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Meridian’s Jackson helps lead turnaround

MACON — Emma Jackson reached the 1,000-point mark for her career during the Central Illinois Conference Tournament and was honored during the Hawks' final regular season home game on Friday.

Behind Jackson, along with Kaitlyn Parker and Kaelee Stockton, Meridian improved from a four-win team last year to 13 wins this season.

"They do a good job at setting the bar for our very young team," Meridian coach Mike Houran said. "(Emma) put in a ton of work in the offseason, including playing AAU ball for me as well. She'll definitely play in college with her commitment in the classroom as well.

"Stockton is one of the best defenders in the county and Parker is a very good shooter, and has worked hard on her defense. Good things are coming for Meridian basketball the next few years."

Meisenhelter reaches milestone

MACON — Meridian's Garrett Meisenhelter hit the 1,000-point mark in his career earlier this season.

Meisenhelter, a senior, was All-Central Illinois Conference second team last year and Herald & Review All-Macon County second team after averaging 16.6 and draining 140 3-pointers last year.

Hatchet’s Trussell scores 1,000th

WINDSOR — Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg’s Nikki Trussell crossed the 1,000-career-point mark last week during the Hatchets’ 69-50 win over Louisville North Clay.

Trussell, a senior, scored 21 points to match Hannah Hayes’ 21 as the team’s high scorer.

Illini switching radio stations

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football and basketball games are switching radio stations.

The University of Illinois announced today that WLS 890 AM is the university's newest radio affiliate and will carry all football and men's basketball games, as well as the seasonal coaches' shows, through the 2023-24 season. Games were previously aired on WSCR 670 AM.

The five-year agreement, which officially kicks off with the 2019 football season, marks a first for the Fighting Illini and Cumulus Media-owned WLS.

"We're thrilled to be a part of this great combination; a program rich in college sports history with a station rich in radio history," said Jeff Hill, VP of Sales for Cumulus Chicago.

The Fighting Illini Sports Network now encompasses 50 radio affiliates across Illinois and in St. Louis, Mo. The affiliates and all broadcast aspects are overseen and managed by University of Illinois Athletics' multimedia rightsholder, Fighting Illini Sports Properties.

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