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Top Sports Moments: 10 Through 6

We take a look at ten through six in our top sports stories of the year.
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10. What a great year for prep basketball in our area...Illini Central is one of those teams that has a rich basketball tradition, but was just missing a championship trophy. In March, the Cougars finally added the hardware to the trophy case. It was the first hoops championship in school history, a 55-44 win in Peoria against Madison put Illini Central in the history books forever.

9. In May, we saw another first for Peoria...it was the first marathon run through the downtown streets of the River city...over 2-thousand people pounded the pavement and attacked the 26.2 mile course through the city....and local talent represented....Ansel Wachter of Peoria Heights crossed the finish line first in just under three hours., and the first female winner was Brimfield's own Jamie Vaughn.

8. At number-8, we look to the efforts of Chillicothe native Justin Parr...he made some noise for the Illini on the diamond...his 33-game hit streak earned him Big Ten player of the year honors, the Illinois Male athlete of the year, as well as All-America status. Even more rewarding, he was drafted in the 8th round by the Philadelphia Phillies. But he might have been most excited about his twin brother getting selected by the Arizona in the 15th round.

7. The fastest man in the state is Pekin's Cole Henderson. The senior won not one...not two...but three gold medals at the state track meet in May. He burned up the track in the 100, 200 and the long jump. And Pekin finished third overall based on Henderson's point alone.

6. Tyler Griffey became a household name with he hit the backdoor layup to upset number-1 Indiana at the buzzer 74-72 in February. It was Illinois' first win against a number-1 one team in nine years...and it spring-boarded the Illini into the NCAA tournament in March. In his first year, John Groce reinvigorates the Illini fan base and takes Illinois to the third round of the tourney before falling to Miami.

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