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Southern Illinois guard Marcus Bartley (3) fouls Kentucky forward Nick Richards (4) on a rebound earlier this season. Bartley was named a first-team Academic All-American.

MacArthur grad Bartley Academic All-American

CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois University graduate guard Marcus Bartley, a MacArthur graduate, was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team, earning academic All-America honors for the second straight year.

Bartley graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA in May 2018 and holds a 4.0 GPA in his M.B.A. program.

Bartley became SIU's third-ever two-time Academic All-American, having also earned a spot on the third team in 2018.

Bartley, a Saint Louis transfer, scored 617 career points and dished 261 career assists in his four years. At SIU, he hit 81 3-pointers and shot 37.7 percent over two seasons from the 3-point line.

A&M's Heaton first-team all-state

Central A&M's Connor Heaton, whose Raiders just finished a third-place run in Class 1A, was named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State team.

Heaton, a junior, was part of the 10-player first team. His junior teammates, Griffin Andricks and Jacob Paradee, were second and third team, respectively.

Also making the IBCA All-State team was Nokomis' Carter Sabol and Altamont's Alek Biggs, both second-team members in Class 1A, LSA senior Grant Karsten (Class 1A third team), Teutopolis seniors Clint Weber and Dawson Smith (Class 2A second team), Shelbyville's Malcolm Miller (Class 2A third team), Warrensburg-Latham's Jarius Ingram (Class 2A special mention), Casey-Westfield's Luke Richards (Class 2A special mention), Effingham St. Anthony's Jacob Dust (Class 2A special mention), Cumberland's Zach Wolke (Class 2A second team and Tuscola's Jalen Quinn (Class 2A special mention). Quinn was the only freshman named to the team.

Rios named St. Anthony girls coach

EFFINGHAM — Effingham St. Anthony has hired Aaron Rios as its new girls basketball coach.

Rios, an Illinois Wesleyan former player and graduate, previously coached in Burlington, Iowa. He's employed at Midland States Bank as Head of Operations.

"I look forward to working with Coach Rios building on what Bart Wiedman has successfully done over his tenure here," St. Anthony athletic director Kevin Palmer said. "In addition, I wish Bart all the best and will always admire the knowledge of the game of basketball and what he accomplished in his tenure.

"Coach Rios comes to St. Anthony with both playing and coaching success, as well as a vision for player development and teaching the game."

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