Spartans win! SJO defeats Oakwood in TODC championship game

SJO celebrates TODC victory

ST. JOSEPH - Tim Blackburn-Kelley holds up St. Joseph-Ogden's first piece of tournament hardware this season while celebrating the team's 74-42 title win over Oakwood. The Spartans took command of the game and never looked back going up 26-8 in the first quarter on their home court against the Comets. The victory marked the fourth-consecutive Toyota of Danville championship for the program.

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Rematch: Oakwood, St. Joseph-Ogden face off in Toyota of Danville Classic championship game

Charleston's Luke Bonsletter goes up for a shot on a fast break against ALAH. The junior scored 26 points in his team's 48-41 loss to SJO Friday night. The Trojans will be play for third place at the TODC tonight starting at 5pm.

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ST. JOSEPH - The field is set for championship day at the Toyota of Danville Classic. St. Joseph-Ogden and Oakwood went undefeated in pool play and will face each other on the hardwood in a rematch of last year's title game starting around 6:30pm tonight in the Main Gym at St. Joseph-Ogden High School.

Before that, St. Teresa and Charleston, who earned two wins against one loss in pool play, square off in the third-place game starting at 5pm. The markings of an exciting contest, St. Teresa's Raheem Tyus and Charleston's Luke Bonstetter will lead their respective teams for the in the prelude to the championship game. Tyus and Bonstetter led their teams in Friday's game, scoring 26 points.

The fifth place game features Paxton-Buckley-Loda against Evan LaBelle and the Watseka Warriors. LaBelle had an outstanding night, scoring 24 of his team's 51 points against Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond (ALAH).

ALAH will be the home team against Cissna Park, opening the final day's competition at 2pm.

Toyota of Danville Classic
Championship Day Schedule

2:00 PM: 7th Place Game-Cissna Park vs. ALAH

3:30 PM: 5th Place Game-PBL vs. Watseka

5:00 PM: 3rd Place Game-Decatur St. Teresa vs. Charleston

6:30 PM: 1st Place Game: Oakwood vs. St. Joseph-Ogden

Prep Sports Notebook | Area basketball scores & leaders

After impressive first half Tigers fall to Trojans

Urbana - Kaya Hill turned a season-best performance on Thursday in Urbana's home basketball game against Charleston. The sophomore opened the non-conference contest with a pair of treys and shot 50% from the free throw line in the Tigers' 57-38 loss. Freshmen Lai'yonna Harper and Zion Reid added seven points each in the loss.

The Lady Trojans were led by Ally Langston's game-high 24 points. After scoring just one field goal in the first half, Langston exploded in the third quarter with 16 of Charleston's 24 points in the frame.

Addy-ing it up

DANVILLE - St. Joseph-Ogden forward Addisyn Martinie scored ten points in the first quarter on her way to a game-high 18 points on Thursday in the Spartans' road game in Danville. Addison Frick nearly matched her performance with 17 points in SJO's 57-32 victory over the Vikings. Sophomore Addison Brooks, who drained three treys, rounded out the top scores for the team with nine points.

The Spartans improve to 2-2 on the season, enjoying a two-game win streak. St. Joseph-Ogden are back in action on the road Monday evening against Maroa-Forsyth.

Unity knocks off ALAH by 14

ARTHUR - After a quiet first quarter, senior Raegen Stringer lit up the scoreboard with 24 points in Unity's 49-35 road win against Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond. In addition to leading all scorers, Stringer grabbed five steals for the 5-3 Rockets.

Addison Ray and Claire Meharry collected four rebounds apiece, and Reagen Little, who finished eight points, snatched three. Ray connected three times from beyond the arc to finish the night with 11 points, and Meharry chipped in a field goal.

SJO basketball team improves 2-0

ST. JOSEPH - Tanner Jacob paced St. Joseph-Ogden (2-0) with a dazzling 20-point display on his home court against Watseka at the Toyota of Danville Classic. He was one of three that help put away the Warriors early on Thursday night in SJO's 74-38 win.

Tanner Siems notched his first double-double of the season with 13 points and ten rebounds. Sporting a new aerodynamic haircut, Coy Taylor finished the game with ten points to round out the top three scorers. Luke Landrus was credit eight boards. Meanwhile, senior Logan Smith collected 1/3 of the team's 15 steals.

Tonight, the Spartans face Charleston in the final pool play game of the tournament. Tipoff this evening is scheduled for 8pm.

Knights tackle challenge in loss to the Spartans

Colin Smith

Knights' Colin Smith scoops up a loose ball before Spartans' Collin Thomey during their Toyota of Danville Classic tournament opener on Tuesday. St. Joseph-Ogden beat Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, 80-21. The Spartans play game three tonight against Charleston at 8pm. See more exciting photos from the game here...

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Spartans win Game 1 at Toyota of Danville Classic

Luke Landrus

ST. JOSEPH - St. Joseph-Ogden's Luke Landrus goes up for a shot past Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond's Colin Smith during the second game on opening night of the Toyota of Danville Classic Tuesday. Landrus led the Spartans with 16 points in the team's first game of the 2023 season. A total team victory, 12 of 14 players on the SJO roster contributed points in the 80-21 win. The Spartans play their next tournament game on Thursday at 5 pm against Watseka.

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Prep Sports Notebook | Spartans beat Tuscola, Urbana still looking for first win

Unity's Addison Ray
Unity's Addison Ray
Ray rains treys in Rocket home win

TOLONO - Unity downed visiting Clinton 50-43 behind double-figure production from three seniors. Addison Ray led all scorers with 14 points. Ray drained three three-pointers to help the rally in the third quarter. Raegen Stringer finished with 13 points, and Reagan Little added another 12 points in the non-conference win. The Maroons were paced by starter Clara Dempsey, who scored 11 points in the first quarter, with 12 points.

SJO first half lead results in win over visiting Tuscola

ST. JOSEPH - Addison Seggebruch led St. Joseph-Ogden's scoring effort with a team-high 14 points in their 61-47 non-conference win over Tuscola. Addisyn Martinie added another 12 points, and Addison Frick finished with 10 points. Warriors' Sicily Moss led all scorers with a game-high 16 points.

Tigers improving

MONTICELLO - Aziyiaha Davis finished with a team-high eight points in Urbana's 42-22 road loss at Monticello. Zion Reid added another seven points to make up the bulk of their team's scoring effort in their best outing this season. The Tigers are at home on Thursday against Charleston.

Hoopeston's Root scores 31

HOOPESTON - Owen Root made 12 of his 20 shots to score 31 in Hoopeston Area's 68-40 win over Judah Christian on Monday. Kendrick Sigerill finished with 12 points. Junior Trenton Montez, who led the team with six assist, rounded the team's top three scorers with nine points. Root also had six rebounds and three steals for the Cornjerkers.

Ray drains 14 points in Rockets home win over Clinton

Addison Ray
TOLONO - Unity's Addison Ray looks to pass the ball back to an open teammate during third-quarter play against Clinton on Monday. Ray scored 14 points, 12 in the second half, to propel the Rockets past the visiting Maroons, 50-43. Unity (4-2) travels to Cissna Park tonight for a tough matchup against the Timberwolves. More photos and a game story coming soon.
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Smith and Suding recognized at state football championships

NORMAL - On Friday, Unity's Brock Suding (left) and St. Joseph-Ogden's Logan Smith were honored prior to the start of the Class 3A state championship football game between Byron and Mt. Carmel as All-Staters by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association.
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Toyota of Danville Classic basketball tournament tips off at SJO tomorrow

ST. JOSEPH - Formerly known as The Leader Classic, the annual Toyota of Danville Classic boys basketball tournament will tip off at 5pm tomorrow with the opening game between the Timberwolves of Cissna Park and the Panthers of Paxton-Buckley-Loda.

Now playing at Illinois State University, St. Joseph-Ogden's Ty Pence goes up for a dunk over Oakwood's Dalton Hobick during last year's Toyota of Danville Classic championship game. Pence, who finished with 33 points and was named All-Tournament MVP, won't be back this season. What will be new this year is the use a 35-second shot clock for all 16 tournament contests.
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This year's eight teams include 2022 runner-up Oakwood, Cissna Park, PBL, and St. Teresa in Pool A.

Pool B teams include Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, Charleston, Watseka, and the hosts and 2022 champions, St. Joseph-Ogden.

St. Joseph-Ogden will play their first pool game on tomorrow evening against Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond at 6:30pm. After a day of rest, SJO are on the hardwood three consecutive days starting on Thursday with the day's matinee against Watseka at 5pm. The Spartans will play their final pool game against Charleston, who make their first appearance in the holiday tournament on Friday.

Spectators and basketball fans can expect lots of fast-paced action. The tournament will be using an IHSA approved shot clock for all 16 contests this year.

Admission fees for this year's tournament are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets will be available at the ticket booth at the main entrance before each game.

2023 Toyota of Danville Classic Schedule

(All games at St. Joseph-Ogden High School)

Tuesday, 11/28/23:
5:00 PM: Cissna Park vs. PBL
6:30 PM: ALAH vs. St. Joseph-Ogden
8:00 PM: St. Teresa vs. Oakwood

Wednesday, 11/29/23:
5:00 PM: Watseka vs. Charleston
6:30 PM: PBL vs. St. Teresa
8:00 PM: Oakwood vs. Cissna Park

Thursday, 11/30/23:
5:00 PM: Watseka vs. St. Joseph-Ogden
6:30 PM: Charleston vs. ALAH
8:00 PM: Oakwood vs. PBL

Friday, 12/1/23: 5:00 PM: Cissna Park vs. St. Teresa
6:30 PM: ALAH vs. Watseka
8:00 PM: Charleston vs. St. Joseph-Ogden

Saturday, 12/2/23:
2:00 PM: 7th Place Game
3:30 PM: 5th Place Game
5:00 PM: 3rd Place Game
6:30 PM: 1st Place Game

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