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|Last Two Western Big Six Teams Standing Need Wins to Stay Alive; Billtown's Ott Named First-Team All-State
|Two Western Big Six boys basketball teams are still alive in the postseason and need wins Wednesday night to advance to their sectionals' championship games.
Rock Island (22-6) meets upstart Morris (16-14) at 7:30 p-m. The #6 state-ranked Rocks beat Galesburg (63-58) to win the Geneseo Regional. Morris won the LaSalle Regional by knocking off Streator (57-50) despite being seeded 4th in that field. The Redskins are seeking their first sectional title. That will be a tall task with #1 ranked Peoria Richwoods (26-2) awaiting the winner in Friday night's championship tilt. The Knights escaped Morton in overtime (56-54) Tuesday night. Rocky is seeking back-to-back sectional crowns.
United Township (19-8) plays Normal Community (21-9) for a spot in Friday night's sectional championship game against state-ranked O'Fallon (27-2). O'Fallon earned a spot in the title game by beating Edwardsville (55-51) Tuesday night. The Panthers are making their second sectional appearance in the past three years after winning their own regional. Normal is appearing its third straight sectional.
All-State High School Boys Basketball
A standout basketball player from the area is among the Associated Press Class 1A first-team all-state selections for the 2009-10 season.
Williamsfield senior Alex Ott was named to the five-player squad. Ott averaged over 20 points per game this season for the Bombers. He is also a first-team ICAC all-conference pick.
Tanner Williams of Orion was selected as a member of the second-team. Players named all-state honorable mention include Quinton Hatfill of Lewistown, Jeff Todd of Peoria Heights, Sean Walker of Annawan and Ethan Westart of Brimfield. Westart was also named to the ICAC first-team.
Peoria Manual's Lawrence Alexander was named to the Class 2A all-state first-team. His teammate Marvin Jordan is a member of the all-state honorable mention team that also includes Mercer County's Brett Anderson and Matt Putrich of Canton.
Rock Island Alleman's Keelan Prince, an All-Western Big Six first-team selection, was named to the all-state second team. Prince helped lead the Pioneers to a regional title this past season.