Three area boys basketball players and potentially a fourth will play in this summer's Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game.
Unity's Cory Miller, Quincy Notre Dame's Justin Bottorff and Pittsfield's Korbyn Personett will play in the game on June 10 in Pontiac, Ill. QND's Carter Cramsey is picked as an alternate for the game.
Miller, the 2017 Herald-Whig Player of the Year, was a second-team all-state selection after he averaged 22.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 4.1 steals per game to help guide Unity to a Class 1A sectional championship. In that game against Peoria Quest, he scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 31 points.
Bottorff was also a second-team all-state pick after he led QND with 17.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He shot 49 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the foul line.
Personett averaged 15.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists to help the Saukees win 25 games.
Highland track boosted by seniors
Highland track and field coach Michael Allgood tried to convince a pair of seniors to compete for the last three years.
The fourth time was the charm.
Matthew Scoggin and Jackson Parrish, seniors at Highland, are running relays for the Cougars this spring. Scoggin also does the high jump.
"They're two basketball guys," Allgood said. "I think the basketball season ended with a bitter taste in their mouth."
Allgood also told them that being two-sport athletes could raise their stock if they're trying to play basketball at the collegiate level.
That made Scoggin and Parrish eager to compete.
"I told them they could help me," Allgood said. "I didn't realize how much they could help."
In Tuesday's Knox County Invitational, Scoggin and Parrish helped Highland win the 4x100-meter and 4x200 relays. Scoggin was second in the high jump at 5 feet, 8 inches.
Both are already improving across the board in their events. They keep wanting to improve too, even if that means running in the hallways for practice on rainy days.
Some of that might have come from basketball, where Highland competed for a Clarence Cannon Conference championship under first-year coach Bruce Bonness.
They're turning that focus to the track.
"They're going to be the different if we can make any noise this season," Allgood said. "Without them, I'm struggling in the dark."