Prime Time Performers: February 20th – 25th

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.

Sydney Landers & Peyton Hudspeth (Auburn Wrestlers) The two Auburn senior captains got to close out their high school wrestling careers with wins on the mat. Sydney Landers and Peyton Hudspeth led the Trojans to a 23-7 record this season and their first ever trip to state. In their quarterfinal match, they put nine freshman out to take on Wilmington. Syd & Hud both picked up wins but it wasn’t enough to advance to the semifinals. These two will forever be remembered in Auburn wrestling history.

Anthony Fairlee (Southeast Forward) Coming off their loss to Lanphier, the Spartans easily could’ve had a let down game on the road in the emotional setting of Lincoln’s last CS8 game. Sophomore Anthony Fairlee wasn’t about that action. Fairlee put up 24 points and eight rebounds to lead Southeast to a win heading into the postseason, where they head to Taylorville for the regional. In case you forgot, they have some pretty good memories on Dolphy Stanley court from last season.

Lanphier Defense – We don’t do this too often, but we’re allowed to make exceptions whenever we deem necessary. The Lanphier Lions defense earns the Prime Time Performer nod this week for stopping Southeast at home on Tuesday and then holding Glenwood to just FOUR points in the first half. Yes you read that correctly. Glenwood scored just four points in 16 minutes of action. With the emergence of Cardell on offense, this team is looking scary heading into the postseason.

Max Day (New Berlin Forward) How often do you see a triple double in high school? How about the postseason in 1A hoops? We didn’t have time to check all the record books but Max Day certainly put his name down in New Berlin history for his performance in the school’s first regional championship win in over 50 years. Day had 11 points, 12 boards and ten blocks against Calvary.

Angela Perry (Rochester Forward) Speaking of triple doubles, we’re pretty sure Perry had one against Mattoon in the sectional championship. She was completely dominate on both ends of the floor and finished with 18 points. She admitted she loves to play defense and it shows. The Rockets are successful for so many reasons but the MVP has to be Perry.

Max Muller (PORTA Forward) If you saw the highlights from PORTA vs. Illini Bluffs, you saw this guy leave everything he had on the floor in his final time as a Bluejay. Muller put up 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, doing all he could to knock off Taylor Bruninga and the Tigers in the regional semifinal. He also had a dunk that we caught on camera, check the beginning of Big Nasty this week to see it.

Jake Pennell (Williamsville Guard) Probably the most underrated player in the Sangamo conference this season, Jake Pennell had himself quite a regional week. Pennell scored 12 against Riverton, 22 against West Hancock and ten against Pittsfield to help the Bullets go back to back with regional crowns.

Isaac Collins (Pleasant Plains Guard) He may have been a bit overlooked this season but Isaac Collins had himself quite a career in the Cardinals uniform. The three point sniper had 17 points against Illini West and 22 against QND to close out their season strong. The school’s all time three point leader is headed to Illinois College next year, and we’re glad he’s not going very far so we can continue to see him grow.