25 Sports High School Friday - February 10, 2023
(25 News Now) - For the first time in school history, Metamora boys basketball took the court as the No. 1 team in the state on Friday night and the Redbirds got their first win as the No. 1 team in the state. Metamora beat East Peoria 60-50 to win their 24th straight game. Elsewhere in the Mid-Illini, Dunlap beat Morton 59-54, Washington topped Canton 57-31 and Pekin got a win over Limestone 45-37.
In Big 12 action, Peoria High beat Champaign Centennial 64-51 while Peoria Manual topped Urbana 73-41. It was also a special day for Peoria hoops as author Jeff Karzen hosted a signing for his book ‘Playgrounds to Pros: Legends of Peoria Basketball’ which chronicles the incredible run of high school hoops from the 1980s through the 2000s.
In small schools hoops, Class 2A No. 4 Normal U-High upset defending Class 3A state champion Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 63-61 in Central State 8 Conference play. In the ICAC, Class 1A No. 4 Illini Bluffs topped Delavan 46-34. In non-conference action, Peoria Christian beat Farmington 53-43.
In the Heart of Illinois Conference, Eureka beat GCMS 46-36, Fieldcrest topped Heyworth 68-44 and El Paso-Gridley got a 58-45 win over Tri-Valley. In non-conference action, Tremont beat Midwest Central 87-43.
The second annual IHSA girls wrestling tournament kicked off on Friday with sectional action at Peoria Richwoods.
It was a special day at Stark County as Rebels senior track and field star Lindley Johnston signed her letter of intent to Murray State.
Morton’s annual Gameball Run check presentation was Friday. The Potters raised $181,861 for the OSF Healthcare Childrens Hospital of Illinois.
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