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Central Tournament Trivia:

Since returning to the tournament field in 2010, the Panthers are 10-8.

Last year made the fifth straight in which Central met up with Metamora. Only one of those meetings was in the opening round. The Redbirds won all five of those matchups.

This is the Central's fifth stint in the tournament field since the M-WHT expanded to 16 teams in 1969. Central has participated 1969-73, 1975-85, 1989-94, 1999-2004, and 2010 to present.

Among current tournament partcipants, only Macomb (163), Pittsfield (146) and Canton (131) have played more tournament contests than Central (90).

In those 90 games, the Panthers are 34-56 (.378) including a 1-12 stretch from 1999-2004.

Jeff Nielsen shares the tournament record of 24 rebounds in a game. (vs. Winchester 1975). That record is also held by Metamora's R.J. Romani (1995). Nielson finished the 1975 tournament with a total of 78 rebounds which is also a tournament record.


Last year in the tourney:

Illini Bluffs W 51-47
Farmington W 53-29
Metamora L 55-35
Lewistown W 45-34

Central Tournament Titles:



Prior to the tournament:

Dec. 5 @ Monmouth-Roseville L 72-49
7 @ Rushville-Industry L 58-38
14 @ Illini West L 65-37
15 Western L 55-48
19 @ Liberty L 64-42
22 West Hancock L 44-32


Central Panthers
Front row L to R: Jalan Vance, Noah Dearwester, Reed Jibben, Devon Buss, Lane Marlow, Cole Williams, Eric Jones, Wilson Stotts.
Back row L to R: Jarrod Grawe, Cruz Meier, Kollen Hughes, Gage Shore, Lane Ippenson, Hayden Neisen, Christian Rigg, Chase Norfolk, Jonathan Lee.
Not pictured: Spencer Trimble.

3 Jalan Vance 5-2     FR
4 Christian Rigg 5-11     JR
5 Jarrad Grawe 5-9     SO
10 Reed Jibben 6-0     SO
11 Chase Norfolk 5-8     SO
12 Wilson Stotts 5-7     SO
21 Cole Williams 5-9     SO
22 Lane Marlow 5-10     JR
23 Noah Dearwester 5-10     JR
24 Gage Shore 6-1     SO
30 Spencer Trimble 6-2     FR
32 Devon Buss 5-11     JR
33 Cruz Meier 6-0     SO
34 Kollen Hughes 5-10     FR
42 Eric Jones 5-9     FR
44 Lane Ippensen 6-2     FR
50 Hayden Neisen 5-10     FR
HEAD COACH... Todd Plattner NICKNAME... Panthers
ASST. COACH... Brad Dixon and James Barnett
HONORARY COACH... Gene Connor SCHOOL COLORS... Black & Gold
SPONSOR... Swede's Autobody CONFERENCE... West Central (South)
CITIES IN DISTRICT: Camp Point, Clayton, Coatsburg, Golden, LaPrairie, Kellerville, Columbus, Paloma

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