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1/24-25 HS Basketball; Crouch Player of Week

Saturday, Jan. 25

Boys basketball

Grace Christian 77, Portage Christian (Ind.) 39
Pontiac 51, Momence 48 (OT)
Prairie Central 63, Watseka 39

Interstate Eight Conference Tournament Quarterfinals

Coal City 53, Peotone 39
Reed-Custer 92, Westmont 74

First round

Peotone 52, Wilmington 31

Girls basketball

Bishop McNamara 56, Benet 55
Bradley-Bourbonnais 62, Queen of Peace 35

Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament

Cissna Park 47, Momence 30
St. Joseph-Ogden 42, Central 27
St. Thomas More 67, Iroquois West 43
Watseka 42, PBL 32

Grace Christian Tournament

Grace Christian 60, La Lumiere (Ind.) 49
Schaumburg Christian 57, Grace Christian 46

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 1/25/14) IS JUNIOR GUARD TIMMY CROUCH OF THE TRI-POINT CHARGERS.

AVERAGING 16 POINTS A GAME THIS SEASON, AND HIGH ON AREA LEADERBOARDS IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE, STEALS, AND 3-POINTERS, TIMMY HAS HAD SEVERAL GAMES OF 20 OR MORE POINTS FOR THE CHARGERS, AND WAS ESPECIALLY IMPRESSIVE TUESDAY NIGHT IN A 59-51 WIN OVER STREATOR-WOODLAND....SCORING HALF OF HIS TEAM'S POINTS: 30 POINTS, INCLUDING SIX 3-POINTERS.

Friday, Jan. 24

High school Boys basketball

Bradley-Bourbonnais 67, Lincoln-Way West 63 (OT)
Trinity 94, Calumet Christian (Ind.) 60

Girls basketball

Calumet Christian (Ind.) 56, Trinity 51

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Racing legend Dick Potts dies at 76

                              2006 inductee National Dirt Late Model Hall-of-Fame

Racing legend Dick Potts, of Morocco, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette. It is finally revealed that Dick was 76 years old, as it was a running joke that Dick would not tell his age.

Richard R. "Dick" Potts was born in Goodland on November 3, 1937. He was a lifelong resident of Newton County. Dick served his country for three years in the U.S. Air Force. He was a Son of the American Legion, a member of American Legion Post #29 of Rensselaer and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.

Dick started racing in 1960, and #92 had 521 feature wins in his 51 years of racing. He raced at dirt tracks all over the area, as well traveling the country with racing circuits. He was the winningest driver at the Rensselaer Raceway. During his career he had 23 Track Championships, 33 Runner-up Championships, was 7-time Northern Indiana Clay Track Champion, 7-time Illiana Clay Track Champion, and 2-time Eastern Illinois Clay Track Champion. Dick was inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in 2006.

Survivors include his wife,Tressie, nine children: Rick (Connie) Potts, Linda Potts, Dickie Potts, Cathy (Mike) Pruitt, Kris Potts, and Peggy (Bob) Rusher, all of Indiana; and Ilene (George) Winder, Sarah (Kenny) Sprouse, and Cindy (Jay) Price, all of Virginia. 20+ grandchildren, 20+ great-grandchildren, five brothers and one sister also survive.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 2-7:30 p.m. (CST) at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Per Dick's wishes, cremation will take place. Private family services and interment at Russell Chapel Cemetery will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Dick's name to the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer is handling the arrangements. Share memories and condolences online at www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

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1/17-18 HS Basketball; CP's Stoller Player of the Week

Sat., Jan. 18

High School Boys basketball

Bishop McNamara 63, Decatur St. Teresa 55
Chrisman 63, Milford 59

Girls basketball

Interstate Eight Conference Tournament

Coal City 61, Manteno 30
Peotone 50, Reed-Custer 34
Lisle 31, Herscher 24
Sandwich 41, Wilmington 25
Westmont 38, Dwight 14

Regular Season

Cissna Park 55, St. Anne 30
Prairie Central 56, Watseka 39

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 1/18/14) IS SOPHOMORE GUARD ADDISON STOLLER OF THE CISSNA PARK LADY TIMBERWOLVES.
AVERAGING 15 POINTS A GAME THIS SEASON, AND HIGH ON THE AREA REBOUND LEADERBOARD, ADDISON HAD 3 FINE GAMES THIS PAST WEEK: 20 POINTS LAST SAT. IN A WIN OVER HOOPESTON AREA...26 POINTS, 14 REBOUNDS, 4 STEALS, 3 ASSISTS IN A WIN OVER MOMENCE LAST MONDAY...AND 12 POINTS, 10 REBOUNDS IN A WIN OVER WATSEKA ON THURSDAY

Friday, Jan. 17

High school Boys basketball

Calumet Christian (Ind.) 61, Grace Christian 55
Central 60, Momence 51
Dwight 63, Westmont 49
Gardner-South Wilmington 54, Donovan 33
Hales Franciscan 89, Bishop McNamara 75
Herscher 53, Wilmington 28
Peotone 74, Sandwich 64
Plano 41, Manteno 38
Reed-Custer 78, Coal City 68
Rich Central 63, Kankakee 55
St. Anne 77, Illinois Lutheran 69
Thornwood 84, Bradley-Bourbonnais 83 (2OT)
Tri-Point 57, Beecher 56

Girls basketball

Grace Christian 54, Calumet Christian (Ind.) 40

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1/10-11 HS Basketball-Castonguay Player of Week

Saturday Jan. 11 Boys Basketball

Central 62, Tri-Point 39
Coal City 62, Momence 36
Dwight 52, Gardner-South Wilmington 27
Trinity 89, Christ Lutheran 37
Unity 63, Watseka 55

Girls basketball

Bishop McNamara 66, Marist 60
Central 70, Donovan 14
Cissna Park 64, Hoopeston 22
Coal City 48, Sandwich 20
Dwight 48, Gardner-South Wilmington 38
Herscher 42, Tri-Point 27
Iroquois West 67, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 37
Trinity 42, Chillicothe Christian 27
Watseka 45, Milford 29
Wilmington 52, Grant Park 23

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 1/11/14) IS JUNIOR GUARD NATALIE CASTONGUAY OF THE WATSEKA LADY WARRIORS.

A STAR FOR WATSEKA'S VOLLEYBALL AND BASKETBALL TEAMS, NATALIE BROKE OUT WITH A SPECTACULAR NIGHT THURSDAY AT HOME, SCORING A GAME-HIGH 22 POINTS, AND CONVERTED SEVERAL STEALS INTO EASY BASKETS, LEADING THE WARRIORS TO BEAT PREVIOUSLY UNBEATEN IROQUOIS WEST 61-47....THE LADY WARRIORS, ONE OF ILLINOIS CLASS 2A'S TOP-RANKED TEAMS, NOW HAVE A 15-2 RECORD.

Friday Jan. 10 Boys basketball

Bishop McNamara 67, St. Francis de Sales 62
Bradley-Bourbonnais 64, Thornridge 57
Central 78, Iroquois West 57
Cissna Park 56, St. Thomas More 50
Coal City 45, Dwight 41
Grace Christian 54, Portage Christian (Ind.) 44
Grant Park 55, Beecher 52
Herscher 53, Plano 41
Illinois Lutheran 57, Gardner-South Wilmington 50
Lisle 49, Wilmington 34
Milford 70, Schlarman 44
Peotone 42, Westmont 37
Rich East 91, Kankakee 73
Sandwich 74, Reed-Custer 72
Seneca 53, Manteno 42
St. Anne 70, Tri-Point 48
St. Joseph-Ogden 72, Watseka 46

Girls basketball

Bradley-Bourbonnais 55, Thornridge 39
Coal City 49, Dwight 10
Trinity 46, Danville Christian 31

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1/3 HS Basketball-Lemenager Player of Week

Friday, Jan. 3

High school Boys basketball

Central 90, Reed-Custer 59
Dwight 57, Newark 43

Saturday's Watseka @ Judah Christian game was postponed due to inclement weather; reschedule date TBA

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 1/4/14) IS JUNIOR JUSTIN LEMENAGER OF THE CENTRAL COMETS.
A big contributor to Central's 8-0 start, Justin is one of the area's deadliest 3-point shooters. He scored 32 points, including 6 treys, in a Dec. 21 win over Wilmington. Then at the Kankakee Holiday Tournament, he won MVP, scoring a total of 65 points in 3 wins, helping lead the Comets to the Small School Title. Finally on Jan. 3, he scored 19 to help lead Central to a dominating home win over Reed-Custer.