The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


November 23, 2012

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Seton Academy thumps Danville

LINCOLN — Seton Academy scored 49 first-half points as the Sting handed the Danville Vikings another 24-point loss in the Lincoln Thanksgiving Tournament.

Four players reached double figures as Seton Academy (2-0) defeated Danville 84-60 on Wednesday night.

The Vikings (0-2) was once again led in scoring by junior Denzel Smith, who had 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Smith had 28 in Danville’s loss to Champaign Centennial on Monday night.

Joining Smith in double figures for Danville was senior Devyn McGuire with 14 off the bench.

Johnny Patterson had 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Sting, while Christopher Seaton and Mark Weems Jr. also scored 14 in the contest.

Both teams are back in action at the Lincoln Tournament tonight with Danville facing Cahokia (2-0) in the 6:30 game while Seton Academy plays Lincoln (1-1) in the 8 p.m. game.

Cornerstone Christian 46

Geo-RF 27

OAKLAND — Kyle Coburn had a team-high 13 points but it was enough as the Buffaloes fell to 0-2 in the Tri-County Thanksgiving Tournament.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm, which opened the tournament with a 44-38 loss to Heritage on Tuesday, scored just nine points combined in the second and third quarters.

Jacob Arnold had a game-high 20 points for Bloomington Cornerstone Christian Academy.

The Tri-County Tournament concludes today with Salt Fork and Cornerstone Christian, both 2-0, playing at 2 p.m. today. That game will be followed by Tri-County against Georgetown-Ridge Farm at 3:30 and the tournament concludes with Salt Fork against Georgetown-Ridge Farm at 6:30.

Seeger 57

Clinton Central 33

MICHIGANTOWN, Ind. — Zach Stitt had 15 points to lead the Patriots to a season-opening win over the Bulldogs.

Seth Lynch chipped in with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds for Seeger.

Hoopeston honors

first hall-of-fame class

HOOPESTON — Hoopeston Area High School will induct 26 former athletes and coaches, along with six teams into its inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame tonight during the Cornjerker Classic.

Highlighting the first group going into  the school’s hall of fame will be Thad Matta, a former two-time IBCA All-Stater for the Cornjerkers. Matta starred at both Butler and Southern Illinois and he is currently the head basketball coach at Ohio State.

Other top honorees include Scott Eells, a former All-Stater who was a member of the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers, the last undefeated NCAA National Championship team; Jill (Doty) Misner is a former state champion in track and field as well as an all-state selection in volleyball and then there is Mike Hatfield, a former NCAA track and field All-American at Eastern Illinois.

Also included in the athlete category are Jeff Stipp (1980), Herb Neathery (1948), Greg Matta (1983), Harland Cade (1932), David Grant (1979), Harry Gudeman (1978), Bob Merritt (1950), Tony Montez (1979), Robin Read (1991), Herb Read (1929) and Kevin Root (1986).

Former coaches, friends and administrators being inducted include: Glenn Brasel, Dick Hobbs, Ed Byrd, Beth Carpenter, Randy Feller, Jim Richards, Quentin Ryder, Eileen Vines, Jim Matta, James “Hoppy” Hopkins and Wayne Bandy.

The six teams being recognized will be the 1974 girls bowling team, the 1979 boys cross country team, 1985 and 1986 boys basketball teams, 1987 girls track and field team, and the 1989 volleyball team.

Induction ceremonies will take place between games tonight at the Cornjerker Classic.


Shiloh 46

Geo-RF 38

OAKWOOD — Shelby Smith was 9-of-10 at the free-throw line in the second half as the Raiders overcame a 27-21 halftime deficit to beat the Buffaloes and claim the Pool A championship at the Comet Classic.

Smith scored 13 of her game-high 22 in the second half as Shiloh will play Heritage for the Comet Classic title tonight at 7 p.m.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm had three players in double figures as Callan Hall, Brittany Hay and Maya Green each finished with 12 points. Hall also had a season-high 17 rebounds.

After scoring 27 first-half points, the Buffaloes managed just 11 points in the third and fourth quarters.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm will play Milford in tonight’s third-place game at 5:30.

Hoopeston Area 41

Oakwood 28

OAKWOOD — Cayla Davis scored 13 of her game-high 16 points in the second half to lead the Cornjerkers past the Comets.

Shelby Holzinger added 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds for Hoopeston Area, which won its first game in the Comet Classic.

Harlena Hardin led Oakwood with seven points, while Lexy Terry, Delaney Durst and Sadie Edwards each had six.

In today’s final round, Oakwood will play Chrisman at 1 p.m. in the ninth-place game, while Hoopeston Area faces Urbana University High in the seventh-place game at 2:30 p.m.

Milford 38

Westville 17

OAKWOOD — Samantha Wilken and Kylie Thrush combined for 23 points to lead the Bearcats past the Tigers.

Wilken had a game-high 12 points and Thrush added 11 for Milford.

Courtney Gabeheart and Carson Richardson led Westville with four points each.

Milford will play Georgetown-Ridge Farm in the third-place game at 5:30 p.m. today, while Westville plays Blue Ridge in the fifth-place game at 4 p.m.

Minor-League Hockey

Dayton 6

Danville 5

DANVILLE — Jonathan Juliano had a goal and two assists, but the Dashers fell short against the league-leading Demonz.

Danville, which has lost seven of its last eight, also got goals from Shawn McNulty, David Lun, Lee McClure and Darick Ste. Marie.

The Dashers will play their next three on the road before starting a home stand on Nov. 30 when Danville hosts Williamsport in a 7:05 p.m. contest.

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