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Illini Central Tournament Trivia:

After taking home the 3rd place trophy in the 2012 tourney, the Cougars went on to take the IHSA State 1A championship. Their only tournament loss that year was in the semifinal round by 5 to eventual champs, Metamora.

The Cougars are winless in the tournament since their state title.

After going 0-2 in the 2011 tournament, the Cougars found themselves 3-7. They would finish the season with a win in the IHSA Class 1A third place game in Peoria.

Illini Central is 2-7 in opening round games since 2005.

The 76 points Illini Central surrendered in their opening-round loss in 2010 to Metamora (76-46) was the most points given up in a tournament game by the Cougars since a 1996 loss to Warsaw (79-65).

The squad from Mason City nearly notched their first tournament championship under the Illini Central High School name when the Cougars came back to force overtime in 2002, but fell short to Canton. Mason City High School (now part of Illini Central) won the title during an 8-team event in 1950.

David McGinnis (1990) is the record-holder for most points scored in a tournament (129) and the only Cougar to be named tournament MVP.


Last year in the tourney:

Liberty L 58-27
West Hancock L 50-36

Illini Central Tournament Titles:


as Mason City:

1950 1954


Prior to the tournament:



Illini Central Cougars
Front row L to R: Braden Higdon, Ryne Griffin, Drew Hooper, Matt Painter, Lane Johnson, Chuck Stuff, Lane Dowell.
Middle Row L to R:
Cole Wherley, Cody Thompson, Gage Wherley, Race Damm, Jake Rose, Riley Entwistle, Kyle Worner.
Back Row L to R:
Asst. Manager Cameron McClure, Coach Connor Martin, Wyatt Hilst, Clayton Dixon, Jacob Caggiano, Max May, Coach Scott Francis, Head Coach Tony Wherley.

1 Kyle Worner 5-9   G 11
2 Lane Johnson 6-1   G 11
3 Jake Rose 5-10   G 10
4 Max May 6-3   F 10
5 Cody Thompson 6-0   G 12
13 Cole Wherley 5-9   F 11
20 Braden Higdon 6-0   F 11
22 Lane Dowell 6-0   G 11
23 Race Damm 6-0   G 10
24 Gage Wherley 6-0   G 12
25 Riley Entwistle 5-10   G 12
31 Matt Painter 6-1   C 12
33 Wyatt Hilst 6-1   F 12
34 Chuck Stuff 6-0   C 12
40 Ryne Griffin 6-1   C 11
51 Drew Hooper 6-2   C 12
HEAD COACH... Tony Wherley NICKNAME... Cougars
ASST. COACH... Scott Francis
HONORARY COACH... John Simmons SCHOOL COLORS... Black & Gold
SPONSOR... Gelsosomo's Pizza CONFERENCE... Sangamo & Tomahawk
CITIES IN DISTRICT: Mason City, San Jose, Easton

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