The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 14, 2014

Blue Devils extend league win streak

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---- — BISMARCK — Jessica Hall and Brooke Walsh both finished with double-doubles on Monday night as the Bismarck-Henning girls basketball team won its sixth straight Vermilion Valley Conference contest with a 53-44 victory over the Georgetown-Ridge Farm Buffaloes.

Hall and Walsh combined for 31 points and 23 rebounds in the Blue Devils victory. Hall had a game-high 21 points to go along with her 11 rebounds, while Walsh had 10 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for Bismarck-Henning (12-7 overall and 6-1 in the VVC) was guard Lindsey Andrews with 14 points.

Senior Brittany Hay led the Buffaloes with 17 points, while Emilie Bruce and Kayla Wolpert each chipped in with eight.

A big deciding factor in this contest came at the free-throw line as Bismarck-Henning was 13-of-15 from the charity stripe and Georgetown-Ridge Farm made just 7-of-19.

Both teams are back in action on Thursday. Bismarck-Henning plays at Schlarman, while Georgetown-Ridge Farm is at home against Westville.

Armstrong-Potomac 56, Westville 39

ARMSTRONG — Morgan Zindars and Rachel Miles combined for 36 points as the Trojans cruised past the Tigers.

Zindars made a game-high five 3-pointers as part of her game-high 19 points, while Miles scored all 17 of her points in the first three quarters as Armstrong-Potomac built a 49-29 lead after three quarters.

Johanna Bruens also scored in double digits for the Trojans with 10 points.

Adrianne Pate was the leading scorer for Westville with 11 points, while Jicee Lacey finished with 10.

Both teams will return to Vermilion Valley Conference play on Thursday. Armstrong-Potomac will play at Milford, while Westville hosts Georgetown-Ridge Farm.

Hoopeston Area 42, Oakwood 28

HOOPESTON — A consistent, solid defensive effort allowed the Cornjerkers to get past the Comets on Monday night.

Oakwood was held to just seven points in all four quarters by Hoopeston Area, while the Cornjerkers had 19 in the first quarter alone.

Shelby Holzinger, who finished with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds, had six in the first quarter, as did Tori Smock, who finished with 10 points. Hoopeston Area’s Haley Dixon had a game-high 12 points for the Cornjerkers.

Delaney Durst was the only player from Oakwood in double figures with 11 to go along with seven rebounds, giving her a share of the team-high along with Kylie Harden and Sadie Edwards.

Hoopeston Area is back in action tonight with a 6 p.m. game against Milford. It will be part of a girl/boy doubleheader between the Cornjerkers and Bearcats, the boys contest will tentatively start around 7:30 p.m.

Oakwood is idle until Thursday’s VVC road game against Salt Fork in Jamaica.

PREP NEWS

IHSA goes back to Wilson

BLOOMINGTON — The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors approved a recommendation for a new contract with a ball provider.

Chicago-based Wilson Sports Goods will return as the official ball of the IHSA beginning in the 2014-15 school year. The new deal with Wilson, who previous had the contract with the IHSA from 1994 to 2009, will run through the 2023-24 school year.

“The IHSA and Wilson feel like a natural fit together and we are pleased to reunite,’’ said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman in a official release. “Both of our organizations have storied traditions, much of which have been intertwined. We know firsthand the quality of Wilson’s products and service, and we are glad to be able to offer both to our member schools again.’’

Wilson balls will be used exclusively in IHSA State Series contest in the following sports: girls badminton, baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls golf, boys and girls soccer, softball, boys and girls tennis along with boys and girls volleyball.

“We are excited about the opportunity to be reunited with the IHSA,’’ said Bill Kirchner, the vice president of Wilson’s United States Sales. “The Wilson team looks forward to building a strong partnership with Marty Hickman and the IHSA staff. We are committed to supporting the needs of Illinois’ high schools, coaches and student-athletes by providing high quality products that perform at a championship level. Wilson is proud to be the ball of choice in Illinois.’’

The current IHSA deal with Baden Sports will conclude at the end of this school year.

The specific Wilson ball models for each IHSA sport will be announced at a later date.

SUMMER SOFTBALL

WCI Fusion Softball holding tryouts on Saturday

VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — The 10-and-under WCI Fusion traveling softball team will be holding tryouts for the upcoming season on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Hub Gym, located at 301 Newlin Street in Veederburg, Ind.

Anyone that is 10 or under before Jan. 1 can tryout. For information, contact Missy at 765-299-1861.