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.
Spencer Yoggerst (Riverton Forward) Looking at potentially the last game of his high school career, Spencer Yoggerst treated it as such Friday night. Yoggerst fought tooth and nail with SHG for four quarters in the regional championship at the Hawk Center, putting up a game-high 26 points, but falling just short as the Cyclones edged the Hawks for a regional title.
Caroline Jachino (Pleasant Plains Guard) A key piece of the 2019-2020 Pleasant Plains girls basketball state title run, Jachino had some of her best moments at Redbird. Scoring a game-high 19 points in the semifinal game against Port Byron Riverdale, the senior guard had 12 of them in the second half to pull away for a 42-27 win. Then in the state title game, Jachino added 11 more, tying the team high with Asya Smith and helping the school earn the first girls hoops state title in school history.
Andrew Schluter (SHG Guard) The centerpiece of a relentless Cyclones attack, Andrew Schluter and company continued to attack the paint against Riverton Friday night in the regional championship and found consistent success. Schluter led the way with 16 points for the Cyclones, and it was his and one with two minutes to go in the game that felt like it put things away for good for SHG in a 63-52 regional championship win – the Cyclones’ first in 38 years.
Justin Tanner (Auburn Forward) While Luke Hunley and Payton Krager came up clutch at the line in a wild double overtime regional semifinal win over West Hancock, they wouldn’t even have gotten the chance if it weren’t the effort all game from Justin Tanner. The senior forward poured in 29 points, scoring his 1000th in the process, to help will Auburn back from a 27-point deficit and push them to a regional championship appearance.
Kylee Parker (Lanphier Guard) Lanphier’s run to a supersectional has been a team effort by and large, but Kylee Parker’s effort in the sectional semifinal against MacArthur cannot be written off. Parker dropped 16 points against the Generals Tuesday night, consistently coming up with big buckets to keep MacArthur from getting too close in a 69-61 win. Martrice Brooks led the way for the Lions as she tends to do, but Parker’s contributions were just as vital in holding off the Generals and eventually sending the Lions to UIS.
Mikel Ent (Auburn Wrestler) The Trojans went home with their best finish in school history at fourth place in state, and the senior 152 pound wrestler left it all out there for Auburn. Mikel Ent won his quarterfinal, semifinal, and third place match on Saturday, earning a pin by fall in the quarterfinal and third place match, and winning by major decision (10-0) in the semifinal. The senior ended his career about as strongly as you can.
Kamran Banks (Southeast Forward) The sophomore forward has been a very underrated producer for the Spartans as Southeast has quietly built some serious momentum heading into the 3A playoffs. On Tuesday against Glenwood, Banks scored all seven of Southeast’s points in overtime to help the Spartans beat the Titans 57-55 as Banks had 15 points off the bench. After what has been a difficult regular season, it appears Lawrence Thomas has his guys playing good basketball at the right time.
Bennie Slater (Springfield Forward) The Springfield High junior’s composure at the line handed the Senators a late season CS8 win Tuesday over Eisenhower. He hit a pair to put Springfield High up 62-61, and the Senators held on from there, winning 65-61 in Decatur Tuesday night. Slater dropped 30 points for the Senators, showing he’s more than ready for the 3A playoffs to begin.
Levi Vorreyer (Glenwood Diver) In his third trip to state, Glenwood junior diver Levi Vorreyer finished as a state finalist. Coming in at 10th place with a score of 423.35, it was the first time the Titan diver has made the final round. It caps a season for Vorreyer in which he broke the 500 point barrier three times and did not lose a meet leading up to state.
Quincenia Jackson (MacArthur Forward) The Generals’ season ended a bit earlier than they had hoped in the sectional semifinal stage to Lanphier, but Q Jackson’s effort in that semifinal would tell you that the junior will be back with a vengeance next year. Jackson had a game-high 25 points in the loss to the Lions Tuesday night.