Posted Online: Feb. 24, 2013, 9:37 pm
IHSA boys' basketball sectionals
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By Terry Duckett, email@example.com
Class 2A Farmington Sectional
Tuesday: Monmouth-Roseville (24-4) vs. Tremont (14-14), 7:30 p.m.Wednesday:Rockridge (23-4) vs. Minonk Fieldcrest (24-5), 7:30 p.m.Friday:Championship game, 7:30 p.m.
Directions:Take I-74 east to the Canton/Kewanee exit. After exiting, turn left onto U.S. 150 and proceed to Illinois 78, where you will hang another left. Follow Route 78 all the way to Farmington. In town, head straight onto South Lightfoot Road and look for the high school on your left.
Getting here:Monmouth-Roseville won its second straight regional title on its home court, beating Knoxville 62-41. The Titans have won five regionals since 2006, with their only sectional title coming in '07. ... Tremont is coming off its first regional crown in five years, beating Manito Midwest Central 58-48 on its home floor. This year is the 10th anniversary of the Turks' lone sectional crown. ... Rockridge's 57-37 home-court win over Orion earned the Rockets their first regional title since back-to-back crowns in 2002 and '03. The Rockets have 11 such crowns to their credit but are still looking for their first sectional title. ... Fieldcrest, a 52-42 title-game winner over Eureka at the Eureka Regional, has 10 regional titles and is looking to follow up last year's first sectional championship.
Rockridge starters:G: Bryan Heath, 6-3 So. (17.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.5 apg) & T.J. Henry, 6-2 Sr. (9.0, 4.0, 2.5, 2.0 steals per game); F: Nyle Stevens, 6-2 Sr. (5.0 ppg) & Darren Southwell, 6-3 Jr. (4.0, 3.5);C: Ethan Happ, 6-7 Jr. (24.0, 10.5).
Mon-Rose starters:G: Martel Hunter, 5-10, Jr. (14.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, 3.0 spg), Connor Gillen, 5-9 Sr. (8.0 ppg) & Liam Merritt, 6-0 Sr. (7.5 ppg); F: Trayvon Smith, 6-6 Jr. (13.0, 8.0) & Dalton Hottle, 6-0 Jr. (8.5, 5.0).
Class 1A Eastland Sectional
Tuesday: Erie (19-13) vs. Lanark Eastland (27-3), 7:30 p.m.Wednesday:Freeport Aquin (25-2) vs. Hanover River Ridge (20-8), 7:30 p.m.Friday:Championship game, 7:30 p.m.
Directions:For Erie fans, head east on I-88 or Moline Road to Illinois 78, then head north until you reach U.S. 52/Illinois 64 at Mount Carroll. Turn right and head east to Lanark, where you will turn left onto School Drive and look for the high school on the right-hand side.
Getting here:Erie won its first regional title in eight years -- and only its second since 1960 -- by beating Paw Paw 73-65 in the Erie Regional finals; the Cardinals had won three district crowns to go with their three regional titles. ... Eastland, a 56-39 winner over Polo at the Polo Regional, has won six regional titles and two sectionals, its last coming when the Cougars were fourth in 1A in 2010. ... Aquin's 56-51 home-court win over Dakota gave it its 11th regional title, but the Bulldogs' lone sectional crown came in 1983. ... River Ridge earned its 11th regional title and its first since 2007 by beating East Dubuque 63-52 at East Dubuque; the Wildcats have won three sectional titles, the last coming in 1994.
Erie starters:G: Jordan Chandler, 5-9 Fr. (6.5 ppg, 3.5 apg) & Connor Saad, 5-10 Sr. (10.0 ppg); F: Jacob Johnston, 6-4 Sr. (23.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 5.0 apg), Rhett Stover, 6-2 Sr. (9.0, 5.0) & Owen McConnell, 6-3 Jr. (6.0, 7.0).
Class 1A Brown County Sectional
Tuesday: Elmwood (26-5) vs. Payson Seymour (26-5), 7:30 p.m. Wednesday: Wethersfield (25-6) vs. Mendon Unity (19-11), 7:30 p.m.Friday:Championship game, 7:30 p.m.
Directions:For Wethersfield fans, the best bet is to take U.S. 34 to Monmouth, then pick up U.S. 67 and take that south through Macomb to Rushville, where you will turn right onto U.S. 24. Stay on that route for 15 miles until you reach Mount Sterling; the high school is on the left-hand side of the highway.
Getting here:Wethersfield's 63-41 win over Annawan at the ROWVA Regional earned the Flying Geese their first regional crown since 2008. They have earned 11 regional or district titles but just one sectional championship, that coming in 1979. ... Mendon Unity won its second straight regional title (but just its fourth) by going to Camp Point and topping Camp Point Central 43-39. The Mustangs' last sectional crown came in 1990. ... Elmwood won its first regional title since 1973 by topping Williamsfield 59-49 at the Princeville Regional; the crown was just the third in Trojans' history. ... Payson Seymour won just its fourth regional title -- its first in 20 years -- by beating Liberty 63-57 at the Griggsville-Perry Regional.
Wethersfield starters:G: Trevor Lay, 5-11 Jr. (21.5 ppg, 5.0 apg), Tyler Litton, 6-0 Sr. (6.5, 4.0 apg) & Cody Phillips, 5-10 Sr. (4.0 ppg); F: Kegan Jacobson, 6-1 Sr. (9.5, 8.0) & Trey Hannam, 6-3 Sr. (7.5 ppg).
-- Terry Duckett, firstname.lastname@example.org