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home : sports : central a&m February 20, 2020

Raiders clock Tri-City on senior night
The Central A&M Raiders celebrated their seven seniors on the night and were victorious in a running-clock win over Tri-City 77-42.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Lady Raiders bow out in sectional loss to Altamont
The Central A&M Lady Raiders allowed Altamont to get to the free-throw line 26 times in their Sectional semifinal matchup on Monday night in Casey. The Indians made 22 of their 27 attempts en route to their 62-50 victory over the Raiders.

“You can’t allow a good team like that that many free opportunities. We let them get to the line too many times, and we didn’t capitalize on our end of the floor. I thought when we had them off balance and were driving to the basket, we were successful, but we shied away from that in the second half,” said Raider head coach Tom Dooley.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Lady Raiders win regional title over Arthur
The Central A&M girls basketball team took on regional host Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond in the championship match Thursday night. The Raiders took control of the game in the first half and carried that through to the end of the game to win 63-39.
Friday, February 14, 2020

30-point fourth quarter leads Raiders past St. T for CIC title
MOWEAQUA — In Friday night’s CIC championship tilt between Central A&M and St. Teresa, the Raiders led by just six points heading into the final frame. It seemed like both teams might duke it out in the fourth quarter, but the Raiders apparantly had other ideas.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Lady Raiders scrap for senior night win over Warrensburg
MOWEAQUA — “This game really described our group of seniors. We came out and played tough in the first quarter, but we had to fight our way back in the third and fourth quarters and they came through for the win. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to help lead the team this season,” said Raider head coach Tom Dooley.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Lady Raiders, Cardinals Unite In Support of Special Olympics
Friday, February 7, 2020

Strong D leads A&M over Rams
The Central A&M Raider girls traveled to Shelbyville on Monday night to take on the Rams. The Raider defense allowed one double-digit quarter while their offense only had one single-digit quarter as they defeated the Rams 67-20.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Raiders prove No. 1-seed, clock Sullivan 66-33
Though a good shooter last season, Griffin Andricks was out to prove something this year, spending extra time in the gym to work on his three-point shot. That extra effort came through for him and the Raiders on Saturday as they opened the CIC tournament with a 66-33 victory over Sullivan.
Monday, February 3, 2020

First three quarters lead A&M over Arthur
The Central A&M girls didn’t need to score in the fourth quarter on Saturday evening as they defeated Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond 53-27.

The Raiders opened the game with 17 points in the first quarter, thanks to five from Channing Reed and MiKayla Denton, and two each from Lanie Sams, Julia Braundmeier, and McKenna Denton while the defense only allowed seven.

Monday, February 3, 2020

A&M clocks Ramsey 88-33
The Central A&M Raiders traveled to Ramsey on Tuesday night for some non-conference action. The Raiders jumped on the Rams early and never looked back as they defeated Ramsey 88-33, which included a running clock in the fourth quarter.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Raiders top Wildcats by 52 in Christian County win Saturday
The Central A&M Raiders hosted Edinburg on Saturday night and controlled the game from the opening tipoff. The Wildcats were held to single-digit scoring in every quarter of the night, as the Raiders pulled away early to win 65-13.
Monday, January 27, 2020

Raiders roll past St. T
DECATUR — The Central A&M Raiders continued their winning streak on Friday as they defeated conference foe St. Teresa 74-52 to move their total out to six wins and remained undefeated in conference play.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Sullivan starts fast in 56-35 win over A&M girls
MOWEAQUA — The Central A&M girls basketball team was looking to give Sullivan its first conference loss of the season on Thursday as both teams head towards the conference tournament, which begins this Saturday in Shelbyville. Sullivan was 4-0 in conference play going into Thursday’s game, which game them the number-one seed in the tourney while A&M was 3-1 headed into the contest.
Friday, January 24, 2020

A&M boys top Tuscola
Before the game on Tuesday night, Jacob Paradee was celebrated for eclipsing the 1,000 point mark back in December,  and Connor Heaton was celebrated for becoming the scoring leader for A&M history. The Raiders then celebrated their win after the game, as they defeated Tuscola 61-39.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Rebounding key as A&M girls power past Mt. Pulaski
Offensive opportunities off the glass were the key for the Central A&M girls in their win over the Mount Pulaski Hilltoppers on Monday night. Channing Reed, MiKayla Denton, and McKenna Denton were a big part of the offensive rebounding for the Raiders Monday, and all three also finished in double-digit scoring on the night as the Raiders defeated the Hilltoppers 57-36.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Second quarter helps A&M girls over North Clay
The Central A&M girls competed in the Altamont Shootout on Saturday and faced off against North Clay. North Clay traveled all of the way from Louisville, Illinois to take on the Raiders, and had to travel back home after falling 67-47.
Monday, January 20, 2020

St. T strong from the stripe in win over A&M
The Central A&M girls hosted St. Teresa on Thursday night in a CIC conference matchup. The Bulldogs were sent to the free-throw line 33 times and made 18 of them while the Raiders were 10-15 from the line. The Bulldgos took the game by that eight point margin, 48-40.
Friday, January 17, 2020

TJHS volleyball splits with A&M
The Tornado seventh and eight grade volleyball teams took on Central A&M on Monday night at home. The seventh grade team was victorious over the Raiders 25-10 and 25-7, but the eighth grade fell in three sets 25-14, 26-28, and 17-25.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Heaton nets number 2,000 in A&M's win over T-Town
Free-throws late in a game are usually nerve-wracking enough, especially for a high school senior in a close game against a tough opponent. They mean a little bit more with a slice of history on the line.
Monday, January 13, 2020

A&M girls roll past Maroa for third in County tourney
After falling to the reining Macon County tournament champions on Thursday night, the Raiders had to take on Maroa-Forsyth on Saturday with third place on the line. The Raiders were third in the tournament as well.
Monday, January 13, 2020

A&M sinks 11 three's, clocks Meridian 96-62
 MERIDIAN — It was Cakes for the Cure night in Meridian on Friday where Meridian and Central A&M players and cheerleaders helped raise money in the fight against cancer with a cake auction.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Sturdy, Finley lead Tri-City over A&M in Macon County tourney
MOWEAQUA — At any level of basketball, it’s hard to stop a post and guard combination that work well together. Think of some of the greats: Kobe and Shaq, Kareem and Magic, Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash; the list could go on.
Friday, January 10, 2020

A&M girls advance in Macon Co. tournament
The Central A&M girls had Monday night off for the Macon County tournament as they were given the number-three seed in the tournament. Tuesday, they faced off against the sixth-seeded Meridian Hawks and were able to advance to Thursday night’s title matchup with a 58-25 win.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Third quarter woes down A&M against Plains
After suffering their first loss of the season earlier in the Effingham holiday tournament, the Raiders had a chance to take fifth place as they took on Pleasant Plains. The Cardinals outscored the Raiders by 10 in the third quarter, which prove to be the difference maker in the 69-57 final.
Monday, December 30, 2019

Raider boys suffer first loss at Effingham Tourney
EFFINGHAM — The Central A&M Raiders suffered their first loss of the season on Friday after winning eight straight to open the season. The Raiders fell to Centennial in their first game on Friday 46-40, but answered with a 75-51 win over the Flaming Hearts to set up a fifth place game on Saturday.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Raider boys complete furious comeback vs Charleston
EFFINGHAM — The Central A&M Raiders trailed Charleston by 12 with five minutes to go in their game on Thursday to open the Effingham/Teutopolis tournament. The Raiders, though, closed out the game on a 22-6 run to stay undefeated as they beat the Trojans 64-56.
Friday, December 27, 2019

A&M boys top Okaw Valley 80-47
MOWEAQUA — The Central A&M boys faced off against Okaw Valley on Friday for a non-conference contest. The Raiders stayed undefeated, as they were victorious 80-47 on the night.
Monday, December 23, 2019

Middle quarters down A&M girls
ALTAMONT — The Central A&M girls were in action on Saturday, when they faced off against Altamont. Altamont outscored the Raiders by 13 points across the second and the third quarters to win 57-51.
Monday, December 23, 2019

Denton's last-second layup holds off Mt. Zion
MiKayla Denton got to the basket in the closing seconds of A&M and Mt. Zion facing off against one another. Denton was the inbounder on a sideline-out-of-bounds play and got the ball in to Channing Reed. Reed then gave the ball back to Denton, who used her speed to get to the basket and finished with her right hand over a Brave defender to come away with the 47-45 victory.
Monday, December 16, 2019

A&M boys dominate Sangamon Valley
The Central A&M boys basketball team opened the Macon County tournament against Sangamon Valley on Monday night. The Raiders lead the whole way through the game and were victorious 92-25.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Big fourth leads Raider girls over Monticello
There’s an old saying in sports that it’s never about how a team starts a game, but how they finish. That was evident on Monday night in Monticello as the Central A&M girls used a 21-7 fourth quarter to defeat Monticello 52-43.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Turnovers lead Lady Raiders past Taylorville 58-27
The Central A&M Lady Raiders didn’t run many offensive sets Saturday night when they hosted the Lady Tornadoes. They didn’t need to.

CAM was able to consistently force turnovers and score in transition as they ran away from Taylorville on a 58-27.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Raiders fend off early LSA attack, open season 1-0
Thirty-six: That’s the combined number of games that all other teams in the AP top-10 1A basketball rankings had played going into Friday night.

For the top-seeded Raiders, that number was zero.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Lady Raiders open CIC play with win
The Central A&M Raiders continued their winning ways as they took on Meridian on Thursday night in their first conference game of the season. It was a defensive showcase as the Raiders were victorious 54-24 on the night.
Friday, December 6, 2019

A&M girls down Arcola at home
The Central A&M girls basketball team was back at home on Monday night after wrapping up the Pana tournament on Saturday with two wins. The Raiders continued their streak against Arcola, as they defeated the Purple Riders 53-44.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Central A&M girls finish fifth in Pana tournament
The Central A&M girls had a rough trip through the Pana tournament as they found themselves 1-2 in the tournament after the first two days. On the final Saturday, though, the Raiders came out on top in both of their contests to finish the tournament with a 3-2 record. The Raiders defeated Okaw Valley 52-18 in the afternoon session, and defeated Athens in a rematch from last week with a 51-30 final score.
Monday, December 2, 2019

Seasons Change: A&M caps off State run in DeKalb
DEKALB — Central A&M knew that they had a tough test going into their matchup on Friday morning, but they had their goal in mind: To come away with a State championship.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Record Day Leads Lena Over Central A&M
DEKALB — Jacob Paradee breaks away for a big gain on a kickoff return in the second quarter of the IHSA 1A State title game. Unfortunately, the Raiders fell 58-20 in the contest. A full recap will be in Sunday’s edition of the Breeze-Courier.
Breeze-Courier photo/Robert Fagg

Friday, November 29, 2019

Raider girls dominate Argenta
The Central A&M girls basketball team faced off against Argenta-Oreana as they took a break from the Pana tournament for a game on Tuesday night. The Raiders were victorious 57-14.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Raiders down Athens for 1A title bid
“The best part about being 13-0, is that you get a chance to play next week and be 14-0,” said a lemon-lime Gatorade drenched Brent Weakly to his team after topping Athens in their 35-21 State semifinal game on Saturday afternoon.

Going into the game, it was Athens’ rushing game that was the point of emphasis by everyone, but the Raiders proved that they could score in both the rushing game and passing game en route to their first State championship game since being classified as a 2A school in 2001.

Monday, November 25, 2019

A&M girls split on day two of Pana tourney
The Central A&M girls basketball team faced off against Williamsville and Athens on Saturday for their second games of the tournament. The Raiders defeated the Bullets 54-52, but fell to the Warriors 41-38.
Monday, November 25, 2019

Pana earns zero quarter in win over A&M
There’s always a different atmosphere when two neighboring schools are scheduled to face off against one another. That rivalar was on display Friday night at the Pana Thanksgiving Tournament when the Panthers hosted the Central A&M Raiders.

The contest between Central A&M and Pana was played tightly throughout, but the difference maker was the Panthers holding the Raiders scoreless in the second quarter as they would go on to win 50-33.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Lady Raiders have all the pieces for deep run
For the Central A&M Lady Raider basketball team, all the pieces are in place for a deep playoff run. Head coach Tom Dooley and his squad just have to put them all together.

The Raiders are coming off a 20-10 season a year ago where they took home a regional title. Channing Collins and Haylee Virden have departed, but the Lady Raiders will see the return of all-conference center Channing Reed, who is expected to be a physical presence on the floor for the Raiders. “Channing is an excellent, excellent rebounder, and she’s such a strong finisher inside on offense,” Dooley said, noting that his team will have an inside-out look this season due to the presence Collins will bring.  “We’ve also got Hannah Schinzler coming back for us, who is our point guard. She had to kind of step into that role a year ago, but she’s worked hard, and I think she just has a better feel for the  offense this year. We run the pick-and-roll a lot, and just having the confidence on when to make those reads is really huge for us, and she’s made some big strides.”

Saturday, November 23, 2019

A&M boys eager to get back to State
While a majority of the Central A&M basketball team is still fighting for a football title, the rest of the team has been in the gym hard at work to get back to State.

The Raiders return four starters form their third-place 33-4 team a year ago. The Raiders fell to Cissna Park on the opening day of the State series last year, but finished the season with a 70-39 victory over Concord Triopia.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

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