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Sports Editor Matt Daniels’ three reasons we love sports this week.
1. The Ostrander family will plan to make another trip to Akron, Ohio, next summer. Joshua Ostrander, 9, continued the family’s success in soap box derby racing after he recently qualified for the 76th All-American Soap Box Derby Rally World Championships. The championships will take place in Akron next July. Joshua Ostrander is following in older brother Mark’s success in the sport. So far this season, Joshua has won 10 of his 20 races, is the current points leader in the Region 5 Stock Division that includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin and is fourth in the nation for overall Stock points.
2. Junior high girls basketball. St. Malachy, at 23-1, will tangle with Armstrong-Ellis, at 18-1, at 6 tonight, Wednesday, at St. Malachy in a Class 1A sectional championship game. The Tigers beat Champaign Holy Cross 27-20 on Friday night in a regional championship game at St. Malachy while Armstrong-Ellis won its own regional championship 20-15 on Friday night against Cissna Park. For St. Malachy, Kayonna Bufford had nine points in Friday’s win, which came after St. Malachy beat Buckley St. John’s 37-21 on Thursday in a regional semifinal game. Anna Worley added seven points in the regional championship win while Grayson Carver hit two 3-pointers en route to six points. In the regional semifinal win, Andie Bolton led St. Malachy with 15 points while Bufford added 10 points. The winner of tonight’s game advances to a 2:30 p.m. state quarterfinal game on Saturday against either Bourbonnais Maternity BVM or Joliet Laraway at Clinton Junior High School.
3. Armstrong-Potomac senior Megan Porter signed a letter of intent with McKendree University on Nov. 20 to continue her cheerleading career in college. Her parents, Kim and Mark Porter, flank each side of her while A-P cheerleading coach Sara Parkerson (back left) and McKendree cheerleading coach Bianca Timmerman were also on hand for the event. Porter is the first cheerleader to sign with McKendree since the school, located in the Southern Illinois town of Lebanon, moved up from NAIA to Division II.