Here are this week’s candidates for Prime Time Performer.
You can vote once every 12 hours until the polls close on Friday at 5 p.m.
Bryson Kirby & Isaiah Bowers (Lincoln Guards) The killer B’s shot the lights out in Logan County on Friday night. A career high for both Bryson Kirby and Isaiah Bowers led to the Railers knocking off the number one ranked team in Class 3A basketball. Kirby went 7 for 7 from three point range for all of his 21 points and Bowers, only a junior, put up 30 points to lead the team on a night Lincoln fans will never forget.
Trent Jennings (SHG Wrestler) Speaking of night to remember, the Cyclone junior grappler will forever remember the day he won a sectional championship, qualified for the 2A state tournament and handed Glenwood’s heavyweight his first loss this season. Trent Jennings seized his opportunity and became the first SHG wrestler to quality for state in a decade.
Trey Hild (PORTA Wrestler) In case you didn’t see the “Second Sucks” piece we did on Trey Hild, take some time to see how good the PORTA wrestler is. Hild gets another Prime Time Performer nod for winning another sectional title and staying undefeated this season. The Bluejay junior has dominated the 132 pound weight class at the 1A level this season and remains focused on winning a title this weekend in Champaign.
Peyton Hudspeth (Auburn Wrestler) There’s only been one wrestler to defeat Auburn’s 195 pounder this season and he’s was unable to qualify for the 1A state tournament due to a skin condition. The man they call Hud is a favorite to win a state title his senior season after winning the Vandalia sectional on Saturday, not meeting much resistance along the way.
Peyton West & Jacquez Stewart (Springfield High Wrestlers) The Senators are sending their share of wrestlers to the state tournament this weekend but two of them get the nod for Prime Time Performer this week for returning home from Mascoutah with sectional championships. Jacquez Stewart won the 126 pound division as only a sophomore while junior Peyton West won the 160 pound title. Both these guys are worth candidates to reach the podium on Saturday.
Isaiah Walton (Southeast Guard) Don’t look now, but the Southeast Spartans are back at the top of the CS8 standings along with their rivals. The boys from the East Side have quietly been going about their business since they got handled in the City championship. A steady senior led the way last week, the man they call Slim. Walton put up 23 points against Springfield High and then led the way with 19 against Rochester. We also can’t forget the slam he had against the Senators, Slim can rise up.
Cole Greer (Pleasant Plains Guard) We’ve grown used to seeing Cole Greer do great things, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve the recognition. After breaking the school assist record last week, how did Greer start the next? By putting 15 points and 17 assists against Auburn, the night after the Cardinals beat North Mac. Then against Athens on Friday, Greer led the charge in the third quarter and finished up with 14 points for another conference win. Wrapping up a four game week, Greer had 11 assists against Dwight in yet another Plains win on Saturday.
Jake Pennell (Williamsville Guard) The Bullets are simply waiting around for Plains and PORTA to slip up so they can be right back in the Sangamo conference race. In the meantime, Williamsville’s out of conference schedule keeps getting stronger and that was proven on Saturday. Jake Pennell poured in 24 points in the Purple and Gold’s win over Quest.
Madison Faulkner (Rochester Forward) An undefeated conference season was wrapped up last week by the Lady Rockets. Rochester has quietly been getting better and better all season and are poised to make a deep postseason run. The Rockets have a ton of talent, including Madison Faulkner. She scored 13 points against Jacksonville and 19 points against Eisenhower, and is a big reason why Rochester is the one seed in their subsectional.