Boys roundup: Powers goes over 1,000, Clippers take third
While the Eastland Cougars won their own tourney, Tyson Powers had a benchmark day in helping the Amboy Clippers to fifth place with a 50-37 victory over Annawan.
Powers scored 32 points to go over 1,000 in his prep career, and also grabbed 12 rebounds to make the all-tourney team. The senior multisport star is now sixth on the school's all-time scoring list. Amboy (4-10) took a 28-15 lead, and got 11 points from Damon Quest.
Eastland 51, Warren 35: In the title game, the Cougars beat their NUIC West rival by double digits for the second time this season.
Dalton Shaner led all scorers with 19 points, and Eastland (11-2) took a 30-17 halftime lead by outscoring Warren (7-11) 16-7 in the second period. Shaner and teammates Ty Hartman, Austin Hansen and Skylar Paulson were all named to the all-tourney team.
Austin Williams led Warren with 18 points.
Pearl City 49, Fulton 44: The Steamers couldn't build on an 18-9 lead after one period of the seventh-place game.
Nick Fish led Fulton (3-14) with 14 points, but Pearl City (2-11) enjoyed a 27-13 advantage in the middle periods. Evan Bull led the Wolves with 16 points, and Cody Kluck added 14.
Somonauk 60, Dixon 47: The Dukes stumbled out of the gate, being outscored 14-5 in the first period of the 23rd-place game.
Cal Jarrett led Dixon (2-12) with 19 points and grabbed six rebounds, while freshman Isaiah Roby pitched in 14 points and seven boards.
John Wathan scored a game-high 25 points for Somonauk.
Bureau Valley 51, Orion 39: Parker Neuhalfen scored a game-high 19 points, leading the Storm to the tourney title.
Brian Lange added 14 points for BV (13-6), which outscored the Chargers 16-5 in the fourth quarter. Tournament MVP Dylan Schultz led Orion with 18 points.
Erie 65, Knoxville 51: The Cardinals got 19 points from Connor Saad, 18 from Jacob Johnstson and 17 from Rhett Stover in their seventh-place game win.
Erie (10-6) outscored Knoxville 15-4 in the second quarter to take a 27-18 halftime advantage. Nolan Lewis scored a game-high 24 points for Knoxville.
West Carroll 57, Morrison 49: Trevor Jones scored 15 points and Jordan Bacero 13 as the Thunder downed the Mustangs in the ninth-place game.
Jones also pulled down 14 rebounds, while Nick Hughes had nine points and six assists for West Carroll (6-10).
Morrison (3-15) got 11 points from Alexander Volckmann and 10 from Brock Deter.
AFC 58, Prophetstown 52: Ermir Ramadani scored 15 points, and Troy Mairs added 13 as the Raiders (5-6) topped the Prophets in the seventh-place game at Newman.
Carter Ames (17 points) and Grant Ames (12) paced Prophetstown (9-6).
Panthers take fourth: Erie-Prophetstown racked up 147 points to take fourth place in the 16-team Bomber Classic hosted by Argenta-Oreana.
The host team won with 206 points, with Quincy Notre Dame (187) and Monticello (175) rounding out the top three.
The lone champ for Erie-Prophetstown was 106-pounder Brandon McCullough at 106 pounds. Josh Bowling (113) placed third, while Josh Wheeler (138), Dylan Binion (152) and Seth Montgomery (160) were fourth.
Comets, Hawks split matches: Newman and Oregon each split matches at the St. Thomas More New Year's Challenge that wrapped up Saturday in Champaign.
The Comets beat Bismarck-Henning 50-18 and lost to Olympia 36-31. The Hawks beat Rockridge 51-28 and fell to Shelbyville 48-27.
Morrison also wrestled two matches, falling 57-18 to Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and 42-33 to Vandalia.
Seven area wrestlers went 6-0 in the two-day event. They were Newman's Hunter Webb (106), Jake Snow (126), Brandon Ahlgrim (138), Stephen Adamecz (145) and Brian Bahrs (170); Morrison's Nolan Dykema (152); and Oregon's Brandon Sklavanitis (170).
Newman's Brady Rude (152), Morrison's Calvin Harridge (195) and Oregon's John Brink (195) each went 5-1. Oregon's Colby Dace (285) was 4-1.
Tyson Powers, Amboy, 32 points, surpassed 1,000-point mark
Parker Neuhalfen, Bureau Valley, 19 points
Dalton Shaner, Eastland, 19 points
Connor Saad, Erie, 19 points
Ermir Radamani, AFC, 15 points
Brandon McCullough, E-P wrestling, champ at Bomber Classic