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HS Basketball 2/6-7; Cultra Player of Week

Saturday Feb. 7

Boys Basketball

Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament

Dwight 50, Central 42 (Championship)
Watseka 66, Iroquois West 56 (3rd Place)
Gardner-South Wilmington 62, Momence 52

Girls Basketball

St. Anne 33, Grant Park 30
Bishop McNamara 57, Marian Central 36
Trinity 40, Westlake Christian 30

Friday Feb. 6

Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament

Central 50, Cissna Park 37
Dwight 48, PBL 43
Iroquois West 58, Momence 52
Watseka 52, GSW 47

Boys Basketball

Bradley-Bourbonnais 71, Andrew 57
Providence 72, Bishop McNamara 46
Crete-Monee 76, Kankakee 73 OT
Hercher 56, Lisle 40
Milford 46, Armstrong-Potomac 32
Beecher 54, Donovan 42
Plano 82, Reed-Custer 81
Coal City 33, Manteno 28
Peotone 46, Westmont 33

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA AND CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 2-7-15) IS SENIOR TAYLOR CULTRA OF THE IROQUOIS WEST LADY RAIDERS.

A STAR PLAYER IN VOLLEYBALL AND BASKETBALL AT IROQUOIS WEST, TAYLOR IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THE LADY RAIDERS BASKETBALL CLUB IS NOW 23-3, HEADING INTO REGIONAL PLAY. LAST WEEK, SHE HAD 3 FINE GAMES: JAN 31, SHE SCORED 33 POITNS AND 10 REBOUNDS IN A WIN OVER MIDLAND, ANOTHER 10 POINTS MONDAY IN A WIN OVER WATSEKA, AND THURSDAY NIGHT, POURED IN 36 POINTS IN A WIN OVER RIVAL CENTRAL.

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HS Basketball 1/30-31; CP's Birr Player of Week

Saturday, Jan. 31

High School Girls Basketball

St. Anne 44, Illinois Lutheran 29
Bishop McNamara 56, St. Viator 48
Iroquois West 73, Midland 26

Boys Basketball

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 70, Momence 57

 

Friday, Jan. 30

High School Boys Basketball

Streator 98, Reed-Custer 90
Central 65, Momence 41
GSW 59, Dwight 49
Thornton 71, Bradley-Bourbonnais 68 OT
Rich South 56, Kankakee 55
Watseka 53, Cissna Park 50
PBL 69, Iroquois West 33
St. Anne 85, Donovan 45
Milford 62, Oakwood 50
Illinois Lutheran 58, Beecher 49
Tri-Point 63, Grant Park 60
Seton Academy 80, Bishop McNamara 58
Plano 50, Peotone 46 (I-8 Conference Tournament)

High School Girls Basketball

Coal City, 42, Peotone 34 (I-8 Conference Title Game)

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA AND CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS SENIOR MATT BIRR OF THE CISSNA PARK TIMBERWOLVES.

BIRR IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPROVED PLAYERS THIS SEASON, AVERAGING 3 POINTS A GAME LAST YEAR, AND IS NOW AVERAGING 15 A GAME. HE'S ALSO HIGH ON AREA LEADERBOARDS IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE AND REBOUNDS. HE'S SCORED TEN OR MORE POINTS IN 11 OF HIS TEAM'S LAST 12 GAMES.

LAST SATURDAY 1/25, HE HAD 21 POINTS AND TEN REBOUNDS IN AN EXCITING WIN OVER BISHOP MCNAMARA. FRIDAY NIGHT 1/30, DESPITE HIS CLUB LOSING A CLOSE GAME AT WATSEKA, BIRR STILL LED HIS CLUB WITH A NICE 26 POINTS IN DEFEAT.

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1/23-24 HS Basketball; Lemenager Player of Week

Saturday, Jan. 24

High School Girls Basketball

Reed-Custer 68, Manteno 40
Marion 59, Bishop McNamara 54
Gardner-South Wilmington 58, Dwight 38
Danville 45, Kankakee 16
Coal City 41, Seneca 30

Boys Basketball

Cissna Park 49, Bishop McNamara 48
Trinity 60, Portage Christian 33
Milford 52, North Vermillion (IND) 44
Peotone 69, Manteno 51
St. Anne 70, Tri-Point 55
Prairie Central 55, Watseka 49
Reed-Custer 80, Sandwich 70

Friday, Jan. 23

High School Boys Basketball

Kankakee 64, Bloom 63 (OT)
Tri-Point 62, Illinois Lutheran 48
GSW 55, Beecher 42
Momence 62, Watseka 60 (OT)
Grant Park 67, Donovan 42
Manteno 39, Westmont 26
Herscher 29, Wilmington 22
Sandwich 57, Coal City 47
Dwight 58, Cissna Park 45
St. Rita 78, Bishop McNamara 44
Lincoln-Way West 68, Bradley-Bourbonnais 57

THE FIRST TRUST & SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA AND CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK ENDING 1/24/15 IS SENIOR JUSTIN LEMENAGER OF THE CENTRAL COMETS

JUSTIN HAS AVERAGED 25 POINTS A GAME THIS SEASON, AND STANDS ATOP THE AREA 3-POINT LEADERBOARD. SEVERAL TIMES, HIS INDIVIDUAL POINT TOTAL IN A GAME WAS MORE THAN HALF OF THE TOTAL PUT UP BY THE COMETS TEAM. TUESDAY, HE WAS ESPECIALLY RED-HOT, SCORING 43 POINTS, INCLUDING EIGHT THREE-POINTERS, LEADING HIS TEAM TO A HARD-FOUGHT WIN AT TRI-POINT, 78-68

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1/16-17 HS Basketball; Pickens Player of Week

Saturday, Jan. 17

High school Boys Basketball

Cissna Park 67, Martinsville 29
Dwight 60, Lanark Eastland 39
Manteno 50, Westmont 29
Oak Forest 48, Peotone 44
Watseka 69, Grant Park 60

Martin Luther King Tournament

Kankakee 48, Burlington Central 43
Kankakee 52, Lombard Montini 24

Girls Basketball

Chrisman 54, Milford 35
Cissna Park 72, St. Anne 22
Herscher 50, Tri-Point 13
Normal West 43, Bradley-Bourbonnais 42
Peotone 54, Oak Forest 48
Providence St. Mel 35, Grant Park 20
Seneca 47, Dwight 37

McDonald's Shootout

Bishop McNamara 66, Naperville Central 60

Friday, Jan. 16

High School Boys Basketball

St. Anne 62, Illinois Lutheran 39
Peotone 66, Wilmington 31
Thornwood 76, Bradley-Bourbonnais 73 OT
Central 67, Cissna Park 47
Manteno 34, Herscher 19
Plano 67, Coal City 35
Iroquois West 52, Watseka 47
GSW 64, Donovan 40
Dwight 63, Momence 46
Beecher 51, Tri-Point 48
Reed-Custer 103, Seneca 55

Girls Basketball

Victory Christian 42, Trinity 30

THE FIRST TRUST & SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA AND CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 1-17-15) IS SENIOR KHA'MARRI PICKENS OF THE ST. ANNE CARDINALS.

AVERAGING 15 POINTS A GAME, AND HIGH ON THE AREA LEADERBOARD IN STEALS, KHA'MARRI HAS BEEN A KEY LEADER IN THE CARDINALS' 12-4 START. LAST WEEK HE HAD 3 NICE GAMES: LAST SATURDAY, HE SANK 24 POINTS IN A WIN OVER DONOVAN....TUES. 1/13, HE SCORED 14 IN A WIN OVER GRANT PARK, AND FRI. 1/16, SCORED 13 IN A WIN OVER ILLINOIS LUTHERAN.

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HS Basketball 1/9-10; Milford's Fox Player of Week

Saturday, Jan. 10

High school Boys Basketball

Bradley-Bourbonnais 61, Thornridge 59
Cissna Park 74, Danville Schlarman 43
Coal City 66, Momence 64
Iroquois West 75, Armstrong 43
St. Anne 83, Donovan 35
Trinity 45, Christ Lutheran 43

Girls Basketball

Bishop McNamara 59, Carmel 47
Bradley-Bourbonnais 61, Thornridge 45
Cissna Park 65, Hoopeston 29
Iroquois West 61, GCMS 35
Momence 54, Reed-Custer 44
Watseka 43, Milford 26
Wilmington 47, Grant Park 31
Trinity 37, Christ Lutheran 15

Southside Baptist Tournament

Trinity 44, Chillicothe Christian 23

Friday, Jan. 9

High School Girls Basketball

Coal City 46, Seneca 37

Southside Christian Tournament

Trinity 47, Lake County Christian 11
Trinity 28, Danville Christian 27

Boys Basketball

Cissna Park 53, Iroquois West 34
Dwight 63, Central 43

THE FIRST TRUST & SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 1-10-15) IS SENIOR GUARD WADE FOX OF THE MILFORD BEARCATS.

WADE HAS BEEN A SOLID SENIOR LEADER FOR THE RED-HOT MILFORD BEARCATS, OFF TO A 9-1 START. AT 6-FOOT-5, HE'S ALSO BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE ON DEFENSE WITH SHOT-BLOCKING AND REBOUNDING. WADE HAD 2 NICE GAMES LAST WEEK—ON SAT. JAN 3, HE HAD 11 POINTS IN A WIN OVER ARMSTRONG-POTOMAC, THEN FRIDAY NIGHT JAN. 9, POURED IN 18 IN A WIN OVER DANVILLE-SCHLARMAN, BOTH GAMES WELL ABOVE HIS SCORING AVERAGE.