Oblong coach Gregg Brooks said in his first meeting with Dawson Maus, the then-freshman guard announced his goals as wanting to win a sectional championship and wanting to put his name atop the school's scoring leaders.
Maus is well on his way. On Tuesday night, the Panthers' guard surpassed the 1,000-point milestone -- as a junior. Averaging about 24 points, Maus is on pace to catch school record holder Anthony Johnson.
Brooks called Maus "a coach's dream" and cautioned anyone against labeling his 5-foot-guard as strictly a jump shooter.
"He can drive, he can finish," Brooks said. "He's one of those kids who has worked at the game since he was a freshman."
Maus opened the season with a 42-point effort against Grayville and recently dumped in 30 on a strong Marshall squad.
And teaming up with senior guard Zander Laino, Maus has helped his Panthers' team to a 10-7 start to the season. Laino is averaging about 17 points as Oblong already has wins over five of the teams from its sub-sectional.
Bates, Molzen near milestones
Tuscola's Nick Bates needs 18 points to break the Warriors' all-time scoring record. Brian Hatfield's record stood for 25 years as he scored 1,421 points from 1987 to 1990. Tuscola plays Central A&M on Tuesday.
Sullivan's Ty Molzen needs 34 points to hit 1,000 career points. The senior has two games next week to try and hit the mark -- the Redskins play Meridian on Tuesday and St. Teresa on Friday.
ALAH the top seed
ARTHUR -- Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond has been given the top seed for the Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest Division tournament which begins Saturday.
Okaw Valley is the No. 2 seed while Arcola is third.
ALAH (12-5) takes on the Argenta-Oreana vs. LSA winner on Monday night. All games will be in Arthur.
The Northwest championship is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21. That team will then take on the winner of the Southeast Division on Saturday, Jan. 23.
No sophomore slump
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MOUNT ZION -- Jonah Smith has found the range since Christmas.
In the six games since the holiday, the Mount Zion sophomore has hit 18 of 33 3-pointers.
Over that stretch, he is averaging 14.7 points to raise his season average to 12.0.
Wright receives honor
DECATUR -- St. Teresa's Jacardia Wright landed a spot on the MaxPreps.com 2015 Football Freshman All-American Team.
Wright was one of four defensive backs on the 28-person first team. It was mentioned that he could have made the team as a running back as well after rushing for 1,557 yards for the Bulldogs.
The running backs who were mentioned on the first team were Nay'quan Wright from Miami, James Cook from Miami and Deondrick Glass of the national champion Katy, Texas team.
New state sites?
BLOOMINGTON -- The IHSA Board of Directors have decided to open up bids for state finals in Class 1A boys soccer and Class 3A and 4A baseball.
The Class 1A boys soccer finals have been at The Corn Crib in Normal the past five seasons while the 3A and 4A baseball finals have been at Silver Cross Field in Joliet since 2006.
Tuscola's Allen signs
The Warriors' Karli Allen signed to play softball for the College of Central Florida on Friday.
The senior will play first base for the No. 2-ranked team in NJCAA Division I last year.
"She is one of the brightest stars in what I consider to be the best recruiting class we have had at CF," Central Florida coach Kevin Fagan said in a statement. "She will also add some depth for us in the circle. I envision her becoming one of the best offensive players we have ever had."