Warrensburg-Latham junior Tristen Six is putting in the time for the upcoming 3-point contest.
Six advanced to state last week and is one of three area shooters aiming for the finals today.
She's been sticking to her gameplan -- hours and hours of shooting. Six said Monday was a two-hour day and an estimated 300 shots, and she kept that trend up until heading to Normal today. And if all goes to plan, she's hoping to jump out to a good start.
"Right now, I'm doing really well on my first rack. I made all five in regionals," Six said.
"I'm really excited, not a lot of people go to state."
Six said more playing time this season boosted her confidence and that's translated in several games with three 3-pointers and one with five against Cerro Gordo-Bement recently.
Other Class 2A area participants are Casey-Westfield's JaeLynn Rigglemann and Newton's Olivia Shipman.
Area qualifiers for Class 1A include Okaw Valley's Paige Robinson, Dieterich's Jennifer Robards and Oblong's Nyah Laino.
The preliminary round starts at 5 p.m today.
They're smart, too
Several area athletes made the cut for All-State Academic Team, recently announced by the IHSA.
Pana's Claudia Magnussen, Monticello's Kendyl McFarland, Shelbyville's Tyler Paslay and Taylorville's Luke Sloan were all part of the All-State team.
Robinson's Sydney Beard, Mount Zion's Alicia Davis, Argenta-Oreana's Derek Jones and Central A&M's Olivia Jordan all made the honorable mention team.
Nominees needed to have a minimum 3.50 grade point average on a 4.0 scale after their 7th semester and have participated in at least two IHSA sponsored activities during each of the last two years.
Scroggins coaching St. T again
St. Teresa appointed Brett Scroggins as its boys tennis coach this season.
He previously coached at St. T in 2007 and 2008.
Scroggins graduated from Eisenhower in 2001 and played collegiate golf at St. Leo University in Tampa Bay, Fla.
Grohler, Walker find programs
Cerro Gordo-Bement will have a couple of football players moving on to the college level.
Senior running back Dalton Grohler signed with Division II Lindenwood University while senior lineman Tyler Walker picked NAIA Missouri Baptist University.
Grohler earned H&R Macon County second team last season while Walker was tabbed H&R Macon County first team on the offensive line.
Whitted, Cooley sticking together
Clinton seniors Dalton Whitted and Alec Cooley will play football at Division III Monmouth College.
Whitted accumulated more than 100 tackles in the last two seasons and earned H&R area first team at linebacker.
He will be accompanied by Cooley, who was H&R area second team last season at running back.
McCubbin to MacMurray
Clinton senior Peyten McCubbin verbally committed to Division III MacMurray College's men's basketball program.
He's averaged 12.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for the Maroons and has collected more than 1,000 points in his high school career.
Kircher to Millikin
Meridian standout guard Layne Kircher verbally committed to Millikin University's men's basketball program last week.
He's averaged 25.2 points per game this season and scored a school record 50 points in a 114-61 victory over Edinburg.
Henderson eclipses 1,000
Tuscola senior Emma Henderson surpassed 1,000 career points before the Warriors bowed out to Teutopolis in the Class 2A Newton Sectional semifinal game.
Henderson averaged 15.8 points per game this season.
Area boys with 1,000
Teutopolis senior guard Mitch Hardiek and Mount Zion senior guard Charles Kuhle each reached 1,000 career points during their games at the start of February.
Hardiek achieved the milestone in a 63-45 victory over Effingham St. Anthony while Kuhle hit the mark in a 73-56 win over Taylorville.
Eisenhower's Stephon Bobbitt also has more than 1,000 points in his career. He averages 12.6 points per game for the Panthers.
Effingham St. Anthony's Drew Gibson also managed to make the 1,000 point milestone in a home game against Casey-Westfield.
Ponder to Danville Community College
Tuscola cross country runner Trent Ponder will resume his running career at Danville Area Community College.
He ran a 17:30.71 and finished in 48th place at the Class 1A Effingham St. Anthony Sectional meet this past fall.