Sports' top hits for the week


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Posted Online: Feb. 24, 2013, 8:01 pm
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According to the number of clickthroughs on QCOnline.com, these were the most popular sports stories for the past week:

1, `Annawan's VanHyfte again first-team AP All-State': Annawan's Celina VanHyfte led a local
contingent earning Class 1A/2A All-State girls' basketball honors from the Illinois Associated Press.
2, `Annawan girls heartbroken in state semis': The Annawan girls basketball team lost in the statesemifinals to Freeport Aquin, 39-38.
3, `Rockets blow past Alleman': The Alleman Pioneers girls' basketball team had its season end with a 49-33 loss to Limestone in the IHSA 3A Washington Sectional.
4, `Bravettes state their case, top Iroquois West for first Final Four appearance': Even though junior standout Celina VanHyfte was hurt in a morning walkthrough, the Annawan Bravettes stated their case with a 45-40 super-sectional victory over Gilman Iroquois West to earn a spot in the IHSA Class 1A State Final Four.
5, `Happ delivers a classic performance as Rockets break 10-year regional drought': Clad in throwbackuniforms that evoked the successes of the late 1970s and early '80s, the Rockridge boys' basketballteam beat rival Orion 57-37 in the Class 2A Rockridge Regional finals behind Ethan Happ's classic performance.
6, `Golden Eagles earn another 1A state wrestling berth': Seniors Devin Morford and Jon Ricke overcame their 4-0 deficits at 160 and 170 pounds, respectively, with dominating finishes. The two come-from-behind victories cemented the Mercer County Golden Eagles' 34-22 win over Harvard in the Class 1A Byron Sectional, giving the program its second consecutive state quarterfinal berth.
7, `Orion tops Kewanee in 2 OTs, will play Rockridge for regional title': Up by nine points early inthe fourth quarter, the Kewanee boys' basketball team seemed prepared to punch its ticket to the Class 2A Rockridge Regional finals. Instead, the Orion Chargers rewrote the ending, rallying toforce overtime as the third-seeded Chargers logged a 55-53 victory over the No. 2 Boilermakers.
8, `Rocks win outright WB6 title': The Rock Island boys' basketball team celebrated an outright Western Big 6 Conference championship with a 61-47 title-clinching home victory over Quincy.
9, `Rock Island sets WB6 mark with four winter sports titles': For the first time in Western Big 6Conference history, Rock Island claimed titles in boys' and girls' basketball, wrestling and boys'swimming in one season.
10, `McGhee glad he finally listened to dad': Rock Island's B.J. McGhee didn't want to start wrestling "If I couldn't jump off ropes and land on people." Listening to his dad, Barlow, B.J. finally realized that wrestling could be fun and be an avenue to college.

















 



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