The Eastland Cougars outlasted the Dakota Indians on Friday night 45-36 to win the River Ridge Sectional Championship. The victory advances Eastland (27-4) to the DeKalb Super Sectional, where they take on the Newark Norsemen (31-2). They play at 6 pm on Tuesday, March 9 and a win will advance then to the Final Four and on to the Civic Center in Peoria where they would play on Friday, March 12.
Friday’s game was a back and forth affair with Eastland and then Dakota taking leads. The Indians were able to take a two point lead in at half time (19-17). The Cougars made some adjustments and took a fourteen to eight third quarter advantage in the final period. Eastland used a few Dakota fourth quarter turnovers to finally put the game away.
The Cougars Reid Lessman scored fourteen points to lead Eastland in scoring with teammate Collin Macomber adding ten points and pulling down fourteen rebounds. Austin Oberbruner led the Indians with a dozen points.
The stands were a sea of blue and orange as the Eastland Cougars brought their full contingent of fans to Friday night’s game to cheer Eastland to victory. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
The Eastland Cougar cheerleaders perform for the capacity crowd at River Ridge during the opening introductions to Friday night’s contest between Eastland and Dakota. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
The Eastland Cougar team and coaches pose with their Sectional Championship plaque after downing the Dakota Indians on Friday night 45-36 at the River Ridge Sectional. The Cougars move on to play the Newark Norsemen Tuesday, March 9th at the DeKalb Super Sectional with a trip to the state tourney in Peoria on the line. Watch next week’s Prairie Advocate for the story at DeKalb, as the PA’s press-time is early Tuesday morning. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Boys 1A Super Sectional
At Dekalb - Convocation Center
(27-4) Eastland vs. (31-2) Newark - 6 pm
IHSA Boys 1A Basketball Sectional
At River Ridge
Dakota 43 Scales Mound 42
Eastland 44 Shabbona (Indian Creek) 40
Eastland 45 Dakota 36
Cougars Advance To Sectional Final
By Craig Lang
Prairie Advocate Sports
Eastland’s Brad Dunlap drives by Indian Creek’s Alex Bremmer during Wednesday night’s action at the River Ridge Sectional. The Cougars held off a furious charge to win 44-40. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Despite poor shooting from the field (15-41) the Eastland Cougars managed to have just enough to hold off a gritty Indian Creek team 44-40 to advance to the River Ridge Sectional final.
Eastland led throughout the most of the contest as the Timberwolves shooting was not very successful either. Both teams missed numerous opportunities to take leads with turnovers and missed shots around the basket.
In the end, the Cougars proved to have a little more poise and made shots from the field and the free throw line to ensure they would be taking on Dakota in Friday evening’s Sectional Championship game.
Eastland’s Mack Byers and Collin Macomber shared scoring honors with twelve points apiece. Indian Creek was led by Eddie Soler with twelve points and teammate Seth Sanderson adding eleven.
West Carroll Wrestling News
The following West Carroll wrestlers have made the 2009-10 All Conference 2nd team: Zach Hartman, Payton Nevills, Cody Yenney, Matt Speers, Tripper Carey and Colby Lemm.
Three Mustangs Sign With Blackhawk College
Three members of the 2009 Morrison Mustangs third place baseball team signed letters of intent to play baseball at Blackhawk College in Moline, Illinois. Kyle Dermody, Ben Raney and Charlie Dennehey will play for head coach Arnie Chavera.
The Braves were 32-13 last season and won the Arrowhead conference title with a record of 17-1.
West Carroll Winter Sports Awards
West Carroll High School will hold its winter sports awards’ night on Tuesday, March 16th at West Carroll High School. The purpose of the event is to honor the girls’ basketball players, wrestlers, boys’ basketball players and basketball cheerleaders. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m.