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Central Tournament Trivia:

In 2010, the Panthers returned to the MWHT after a 5-year hiatus.

Last year marked the first time since their return that the Panthers did not make it to the trophy round. Camp Point Central played in the 5th place game in each of the previous two years and has one win (2010) and one loss (2011). Both times their opponent was Metamora.

Camp Point Central has met up with Metamora in each of the last three tournaments with the Redbirds coming out on top of all those matchups.

In their last three years of competition in the tournament prior to their 2010 return (2002-04), Central was only 1-6. However, their average losing margin in those six loses was only six points.

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 (153), Pittsfield (133) and Canton (122) have played more tournament contests than Central (83).

In those 83 games, the Panthers are 30-53 (.361) 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. Nielson finished the 1975 tournament with a total of 78 rebounds which is also a tournament record.


Last year in the tourney:

Metamora L 57-48
Farmington W 58-39
Pittsfield L 29-28

Central Tournament Titles:



Prior to the tournament:

Nov. 27 Unity* W 56-32
29 West Hancock* W 54-51
30 @ Southeastern* W 43-36
Dec. 3 West Prairie W 57-37
6 @ Monmouth-Roseville L 57-38
16 @ Illini West W 56-41
17 Western W 40-36
21 @ Liberty   ppd.
*denotes Suns Classic @ Augusta


Central Panthers
Front Row L to R: Lane Marlow, Eric Lee, Nathan Stoner, Ryan Freiburg, Austin Kramberg, Cole Phillips, Christian Rigg, Noah Dearwester.
Back Row L to R: Tristan Smith, Devon Buss, Jason Dormire, Taylor Heimann, Jacob Eilers, Zach Hibbert, Alger Saldana, Kory Bienhoff, Devin Cassens.

3 Eric Lee 5-6     JR
4 Austin Kramberg 5-8     SR
5 Kory Bienhoff 6-0     SR
10 Christian Rigg 5-7     FR
11 Ryan Freiburg 5-11     JR
12 Noah Dearwester 5-7     FR
21 Zach Hibbert 6-4     SR
22 Alger Saldana 6-2     JR
23 Cole Phillips 5-10     SR
24 Jason Dormire 5-11     JR
32 Taylor Heimann 6-4     JR
33 Nathan Stoner 5-11     JR
34 Devin Cassens 5-11     FR
42 Jacob Eilers 6-7     SR
44 Lane Marlow 5-9     FR
50 Devon Buss 5-10     FR
HEAD COACH... Todd Plattner NICKNAME... Panthers
ASST. COACH... Brad Dixon & Alex Walter
HONORARY COACH... Donald Purnell SCHOOL COLORS... Black & Gold
SPONSOR... Hampton Inn of Macomb CONFERENCE... West Central (South)
CITIES IN DISTRICT: Camp Point, Clayton, Coatsburg, Golden, LaPrairie, Kellerville, Columbus, Paloma

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