Prime Time Performer: February 5 – 10

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.

The winner will receive a $20 gift card to Mariah’s Restaurant.

Cardell McGee (Lanphier Guard) Make the game winning free throw with 1 second left against MacArthur would probably land on you the Prime Time Performer list. Drop 20 points and grab 7 rebounds and 6 steals in that same game and you’ve locked up a spot. Cardell McGee flirted with a triple double twice last week, putting up 12 points, 8 boards and 7 assists against U-High.

David Jones (Glenwood Wrestler) Some may have called it an upset, but Glenwood senior wrestler David Jones didn’t think so when he beat one of the top ranked kids at the 145 pound weight class on his way to the sectional title match in Lincoln on Saturday. Jones took home second place in the 2A Lincoln sectional at 145 pounds to lock up a trip to the State Farm Center this weekend.

Trey Hild (PORTA Wrestler) This is officially Trey Hild’s final week as a PORTA wrestler. Weird to say considering we’ve seen him in the Grand March three times already. Hild will get his chance to get back there on Saturday night after winning the 1A Olympia sectional, handing QND’s Zach Haley his first loss this season and evening the score between the two best wrestlers in the state at 145 pounds.

Joel Niermann (Plains Forward) Pleasant Plains continues to improve and the sophomores have been leading the way lately. The big man inside Joel Niermann started the week with a double double against Auburn and then scored 16 at the Riverton Shootout, scored 16 points in a win over Cissna Park.

Nic Laird (Athens Guard) Athens has been up and down at times this season but pulled out a big win over Pleasant Plains on Friday night. Sophomore guard Nic Laird gave his senior teammates the best gift he could on senior night….a win. Laird dropped 16 points including a buzzer beater from beyond half court.

Katryel Clark (Auburn Forward) None of the Auburn girls basketball team were even alive the last time the Trojans won a regional title in girls hoops. This year’s group got it done on Friday, led by senior Katryel Clark who had an impressive 26 points against Carlinville. The future Lincoln Land Logger outscored the Cavies through the first three quarters of the game as the Trojans locked up a spot at the Riverton sectional this week.

Langon Blue (Lanphier Wrestler) Last year, the North Side sent one wrestler to state. This year, the Lions have three guys headed to the State Farm Center in Champaign including Langon Blue. The Lanphier senior finished in second place at 182 pounds at the 2A Lincoln sectional on Saturday to join Brayan Reyes and Cody Wheeler on the trip to individual state.

Caroline Jachino (Plains Guard) The Cardinals had comeback for the win at home against Williamsville, but it made for some great drama. Plains pushed past the Bullets and into the sectional thanks to 15 points from Caroline Jachino, including a huge three pointer late in the fourth to lock up the victory.

Deon Mathews (Southeast Guard) The Southeast Spartans head into a very important road trip after picking up wins last week over Springfield and Rochester. In both of those games, junior guard Deon Mathews was huge in helping his team win. Mathews had 20 points against the Senators to lead the way and stepped up big on Friday with Terrion Murdix and Anthony Fairlee off the floor.

Aubrey Hunt (Tri-City Forward) For the second straight season, the Tri-City Tornadoes are regional champs! A big reason why in both was Aubrey Hunt. This year the senior scored 18 points against Barry Western in the 2A Tri-City regional title game to lock up the victory. Hunt needs just 14 more rebounds to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her high school career.