Here are this week’s candidates for the Welcome Home Realty 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 Dublin Pub.
Kenzey Decker (Springfield High Guard) The girls City tournament didn’t quite turn out the way the Senators wanted, but Kenzey Decker delivered quite a show in her first City experience. The Senators guard finished up Saturday with 38 points and a win over Southeast.
Sofie Lowis (SHG Guard) If we voted on this award, Sofie would be the obvious choice this week. The Cyclone junior guard hit the game winning three pointer against Lanphier with 7 seconds left in the City tournament championship and then stole the inbounds pass to lock up the crown for SHG. Lowis was dominant all week (50 points combined in the first two games) proving she’s one of the best in the CS8.
Nick Spannaus (MacArthur Guard) It’s how you draw up the game winner in your driveway or at the neighborhood park. Count down from 5 and hit the shot as the buzzer sounds. MacArthur junior Nick Spannaus hit a corner three in overtime to send the Generals to a huge CS8 win over Glenwood in Decatur on Friday night. Spannaus finished with 16 points and put the rest of the conference on notice, MacArthur is a problem.
Asya Smith (Pleasant Plains Guard) They missed her for the major of last season, but with a healthy Asya Smith, Pleasant Plains has proven to be a contender to make a deep run in 2A yet again. The junior guard is back and better than ever, helping the Cardinals to their third straight Sangamo title. Smith helps start the offense, can score inside, is a defensive force and was big in Plains’ conference victories last week.
Derrick Roberts (Calvary Forward) The Calvary Saints claimed the holy war this season with a dominant performance against Lutheran High on Friday evening. In his final one, Roberts made sure everyone knew who the best player of the floor was with 22 points and three highlight reel dunks.
Trevor Bree (Lincoln Wrestler) The Railsplitters senior put on a show against Auburn with a dominant win by fall at 132 pounds. The Lincoln grappler surpassed the 100 career win milestone a couple weeks ago, and we finally got to see him in action against the Trojans. Watch out for Bree at the Bowl this weekend as Lincoln heads to the Jacksonville 2A regional.
Kaylen Reed (Rochester Guard) She may only be a freshman but CS8 coaches are already getting tired of playing against her. Rochester’s Kaylen Reed is going to be a problem for the next few years, proven by Saturday’s by from the Rockets over league leading MacArthur. Reed scored 14 points to help Rochester hand the Generals their first conference loss this season.
Joel Niermann (Pleasant Plains Forward) The Cardinals handed the Cougars their first loss of the season in the game of the week. Pleasant Plains tuned up for that game against West Central by beating North Mac and senior forward Joel Niermann notched his 1000th career point in that game. Kyle Weber and company are more than happy to have Niermann back in the mix as they prepare for the 2A playoffs.
Mason Muller (PORTA Forward) The Bluejays flew away from the Pretzel Dome with an important win last week to keep themselves at the top of the Sangamo standings. Mason Muller had 20 points, two dunks and multiple blocks to make sure PORTA held off New Berlin. The future Minnesota State Maverick is an excellent choice for Sangamo player of the year to this point.
Quincenia Jackson (MacArthur Forward) It was a week of game winners at the buzzer for the MacArthur Generals. Back to back nights in fact. On Thursday, the Generals stayed undefeated in conference action with a buzzer beater from Quincenia Jackson against Glenwood for two of her 32 points to take down the Titans. Jackson had 14 points on Saturday against Rochester as well and is certainly a top candidate for CS8 player of the year on the girls side. Make sure you get to Belz Gym on Thursday for MacArthur vs SHG, basically the Central State Eight girls championship game.
Mason Clem (SHG Wrestler) He was dominant last year as a sophomore and even won first at the freshmen/sophomore state tourney. This year as a junior, SHG’s Mason Clem has continued to impress on the mats and is poised for a big February. Clem won first place at 182 pounds at the Panther Invite in Litchfield on Saturday and the icing on that cake was it was his 100th career victory as a Cyclone. Get ready for Clem to make some noise in Champaign in three weeks.
KJ Debrick (Lanphier Forward) Has there been anyone as consistent as KJ this season in the CS8? You can mark Debrick down for 10 points, 10 rebounds and about 5 blocks per game no matter who the opponent is. He had 10, 10 and 3 against Eisenhower on Friday and then had 10, 10 and 7 against Peoria Richwoods on Saturday evening. Only a junior, Debrick continues to dominant the paint and be a force on both ends for the Lions.