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Boys High School Basketball News - 2019-2020 Season

Mid-Illini Boys Basketball Season 2019-20

Mid-Illini - 2019-20  Conference Overall
Team W-L % W-L %
Washington Panthers 12-2 0.857 19-13 0.594
Pekin Dragons 11-3 0.786 17-8 0.680
Morton Potters 10-4 0.714 15-16 0.484
Metamora Redbirds 9-5 0.643 19-12 0.613
Limestone Rockets 6-8 0.429 11-21 0.344
East Peoria Raiders 5-9 0.357 12-19 0.387
Canton Little Giants 2-12 0.143 3-22 0.120
Dunlap Eagles 1-13 0.071 5-25 0.167
Post Season Scores (*Score is included in the overall results above.)
March 2, 2020   W-L Score
Canton Little Giants Richwoods Knights L 39-64
Dunlap Eagles LaSalle - Peru Cavaliers L 55-67
Washington Panthers East Peoria Raiders* W 54-45
March 3, 2020      
Morton Potters Lincoln Railsplitters L 37-73
Pekin Dragons East Moline Panthers L 47-48
Washington Panthers Peoria Notre Dame Irish L 35-50
March 4, 2020      
Limestone Rockets Peoria Manual Rams L 40-65
Metamora Redbirds Peoria High Lions W 73-49
March 6, 2020      
Metamora Redbirds Peoria Notre Dame Irish L 38-44

The IHSA announcement on Monday, March 12, 2020, that all 2020 State Series post season tournaments were cancelled as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic brought disappointment to area teams headed to Carver Arena in Peoria for State Finals.  Roanoke-Benson (1A), Peoria Notre Dame (3A) and Peoria Manual (3A) will not be competing for a State championship.

It was also a disappointing season for the Mid-Illini conference with only two teams winning one game each in regionals.  Conference champion Washington beat East Peoria only to fall to regional champion Peoria Notre Dame in the Metamora regional. 

Regional host Metamora beat Peoria High in round one and also lost to the Irish.  The Irish beat Geneseo and Peoria Manual beat Rock Island in the first round of the Peoria sectional and would have faced each other in the sectional championship on March 13th.

In the top left photo, Washington's Devon Vanderheydt (40) works on Pekin's Ryan Collier (2) in their February 15th game in Washington which the Panther's  won 63-55.  Ethan Kizer (21) attempts a block on Pekin's Tyler Durr (23) in the top right photo during the February 21st game in Pekin. The Dragons prevailed over Metamora 63-41.  Click on the photos for a larger view.

The Dragons' Tyler Durr (23), in the above left photo, shoots over East Peoria's Sam Abbey (10) who fouled Durr on the play.  Durr missed the shot but went to the line and made one of two extending Pekin's lead to 29-26 in the fourth quarter. 

Pekin outscored the
Raiders 17 to 2 in the fourth and went on to win 40-28 in a Mid-Illini Conference game Saturday, February 22, 2020, in East Peoria.  The Dragons are holding down the second spot in the M-I at 10-3 and are 16-7 overall. 

On Friday, February 21, 2020, the
Dragons  hosted the Metamora Redbirds at Hawkins Gym.

In the top right photo, Pekin's
Brady Grashoff (4) shoots over Metamora's Ethan Kizer (21)Grashoff paired up with Adam Cash to lead the Dragon's scoring with 12 each.  Grashoff was 7 of 8 from the line.

In the bottom photo,
Grashoff and Ryan Collier (2) battle Redbird's Landon Ivins (4) for the ball with 1:14 left in the game.  The Dragons out-scored the Redbirds 21 to 8 to seal the 63-41 win for Pekin.

Mid-Illini - As Of 2/22 Conference Overall
Team W-L % W-L %
Washington Panthers 10-2 0.833 16-12 0.571
Pekin Dragons 10-3 0.769 16-7 0.696
Morton Potters 9-4 0.692 14-15 0.483
Metamora Redbirds 8-5 0.615 17-11 0.607
Limestone Rockets 6-7 0.462 11-18 0.379
East Peoria Raiders 5-8 0.385 12-16 0.429
Canton Little Giants 2-10 0.167 3-19 0.136
Dunlap Eagles 1-12 0.077 5-23 0.179

Click on the photo(s) for a larger view and click HERE to see all game photos.

Dunlap Eagles Vs. Peoria Quest Gators - February  4, 2020
The Peoria Quest Gators are two for two against Mid-Illini teams with a 80-64 over the Dunlap Eagles Tuesday, February 4, 2019, that moved their record to 18-5.  The defeated East Peoria in the East Peoria Shootout on February 1st. 

Isaiah Brown (1)
was one of three players in double digits and lead the Gators scoring with 15.  Brown scores two in the first quarter in the above left photo. 

The Eagles Gabe Calhoun (2) topped the scoring with 22.  That's him in the above right photo shooting in the fourth quarter. 

The Gator's 80 points was second only to the 117 they scored against Astoria/VIT in December.

Dunlap dropped to 5-16 overall 1-6 in the Mid-Illini and travel to Washington on Friday.  Quest will face the Kewanee Boilermakers on their court next Friday

Click on the photos for a larger view and click
HERE to see all game photos.

Washington Panthers Vs. East Peoria Raiders - December 10, 2019

The Washington Panthers hosted the East Peoria Raiders on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at Torry Gym in a Mid-Illini Conference game.  The Panthers prevailed 52-34, lead by 6'7" junior Devon Vanderheydt (40) who put up 21 with six three point goals.  In the photo on the right, Vanderheydt moves on East Peoria's Jake Huff (30) in the third quarter. 
Panther sophomore Andrew Lewis (4), in the photo on the left, shoots for two of his eight points guarded by Braeden Brown (5).  The Raider's scoring was lead by Clayton Bray with 8.
Washington improved their conference record to 2-0 and 2-3 overall.  They will travel to Dunlap to take on the Eagles.  East Peoria dropped to 1-2 in the conference and 1-4 overall.  They will host Limestone next.  Click HERE to see all game photos

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Steve Daggs, Editor & Photographer