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|Local Sports 2/22/13
Regional championship games for boys basketball will be played at several area sites tonight. In Oneida, an all-Lincoln Trail Conference matchup features top-seeded Kewanee Wethersfield against upset-minded Annawan. In Princeville, Williamsfield looks for a third win over Elmwood this season. And at Rockridge, the host Rockets will try to hold off conference rival Orion and advance to the sectionals. Meanwhile in Monmouth, the Titans will have to wait an extra day to play for the title, as Knoxville and Farmington will meet tonight at 6pm in a makeup from last night's semifinal postponement.
The regular season will come to a close for the boys class 3A and 4A teams tonight. The final night of Western Big-6 play finds the Silver Streaks on the road at Rock Island Alleman. The Streaks enter the game with an overall mark of 17-13, and 6-3 in conference play, while Alleman is 7-17, and 2-7 in the conference. A win by Galesburg and a loss by Rock Island in their game against Quincy would force a three-way tie for the league title, while a Rock Island victory would give the Rocks the outright championship. We'll have the broadcast of the Silver Streaks game beginning at about 7:10 with Brad Bennewitz and Jim Lee here on WGIL.
The girls Lincoln Trail All-Conference basketball team was announced this week, and it includes ROWVA's Mikalylin Bent and Galva's Alex Strom on the first team. Second team selections included ROWVA's Haylee Swanson and United's Sydney Toops.
Girls basketball is alive and well in the Peoria area, as two of their teams are headed to next week's supersectionals following wins last night. Peoria Richwoods will face Chicago Heights Marian in the class 4A Bloomington Supersectional on Monday. Richwoods advanced by upsetting previously undefeated and top-ranked Edwardsville last night 41-36. The Morton Potters are moving on to the class 3A Pontiac Supersectional, where they will play Kankakee Bishop McNamara. Morton defeated Limestone 49-41 to win the Washington Sectional last night.
The Monmouth College women begin Midwest Conference Tournament play tonight when they face St. Norbert in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Cornell College is the host and top-seed going into the weekend event.
Carl Sandburg College will play their final regular season games tomorrow when they travel to Kishwaukee. The games were postponed due to the weather forecast yesterday.
Galesburg boxer George Carter, Jr. is finishing up training today ahead of tomorrow night's fight in Davenport, Iowa. Carter will face Shawn Wilson of LaVista, Nebraska for the North American Middleweight championship as the featured event on the card at the Danceland Ballroom. Carter is undefeated at 8-0 so far since turning professional.