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We will keep you posted about local high school sports news and events. WQRL covers Benton Ranger High School Sports.

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By Tom Wheeler

Like you probably do, I check the daily sports page very close, especially those box scores. Doing the color for Jim Muir and WQRL radio I get to see a lot of players so I can put points with player’s names. I not only watch for their points but lately I am interested about their free throws as well as their team free throws for the game. I can’t lie, like you, also I look to see which player/coach has picked up a technical foul.

When Jim told me that Egyptian’s Devantae Price had scored 50 points I was surprised because I had missed it in the sports section and I had to admit “OK, I missed it”

Let me explain:

We broadcast all three of the Pharaohs at Thanksgiving at Christopher (where he was MVP for the second year) and then all four games the next week at the Goreville Invitational. After these two weeks I put Mr. Price at the top of my list on my ballot that I turn in to my brother Wendell for his Southern-Illinois All Star game to be played at John A Logan this March.

Devantae scored 50 points against Century in a losing effort as the Pharaohs fell 83-77 to Century. He connected on 13 inside the arch, 3 outside the arch and was 15-18 at the free throw line. I’m not sure when someone in Southern Illinois scored in the 50’s, if you watch closely, a lot of teams are not scoring in the 50’s this year,

To put this in perspective, I checked with the IHSA individual scoring to see who in the south had topped 60, (many over 50) and found that Marion great Greg Starrick scored 70 in 1967 and Ziegler-Royalton’s Sean Connor scored 61 in 1984. Starrick went on to be a Hall of Famer at SIU after transferring home from the University of Kentucky (where he was the freshman athlete of the year). Connor lettered three years in basketball at Notre Dame University and then joined the football team as a punter and became a member of a National Championship football team.

Mt. Carmel’s Tyra Buss, who just recently set the new single season scoring record in Illinois for girls basketball, was in attendance at the Rich Herrin Classic and stopped by and chatted with WQRL broadcaster Jim Muir.

OK, I know your next comment, “What about Tyra Buss at MT. Carmel, didn’t she just score 54 in Duff-Kingston gymnasium at Eldorado.” I guess I knew since it was my son TJ’s record she broke.

When I met her recently before Jim interviewed her, I told her “I don’t really like you” She seemed surprised and asked why. When I told her who I was and whose record she broke, she very seriously said “Oh, I am so sorry” How can you not be supportive of a class athlete like her?

To put Tyra’s scoring in perspective let’s look at it this way. She has already become the state’s all-time leading female scorer and only needs 71 points to beat Tamms-Egyptian’s Charlie “Chico” Vaughn’s career record of 3,358 points.

Since Tyra’s Mt. Carmel Lady Aces are in sectional play this week, she may just get that record this week.

But remember, Tyra Buss is only a junior.

If she does get this record this year I promise you ‘I won’t miss it.’

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