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home : sports : central a&m January 26, 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

Hardimon signs to play volleyball with Carl Sandburg
Hattie Hardimon made it official on Thursday afternoon as she signed to continue to play volleyball at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois.

Carl Sandburg is a community-college, but Hardimon plans to get a majority of her classes out of the way en route to her Elementary Education degree. “My grandpa on my dad’s side taught for a really long time and my mom is a second grade teacher. It just runs in the family, I guess,” said Hardimon.

Friday, November 22, 2019

First half woes down A&M girls
The Central A&M girls basketball team hosted Cowden-Herrick/Beecher-City on Thursday night. The Raiders only scored 12 points in the first half while Cowden took an eight-point lead, but the Raiders battled back in the second half to close the gap, but fell 45-40.
Friday, November 22, 2019

A look ahead to potential State title matchups
If Central A&M can defeat Athens on Saturday and make it to the State title game next Friday, they would face off against the winner of the other game with Lena-Winslow and Wethersfield/Annawan.

Both teams are 12-0 going into the contest, so one team will emerge with a perfect season on the line.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Paradee, Heaton named to 1A All-State team
Although the Raiders are still vying for the State title with a shot at the championship game this weekend against Athens, the IHSA announced the All-State team Wednesday night. Two Raiders were selected for the team: Connor Heaton at quarterback and defensive back and Jacob Paradee at wide receiver and defensive back.

Connor Heaton has posted some of the best numbers of his career this season: he’s had 32 touchdowns compared to one interception, he’s completed 61 percent of his passes, and is averaging nearly 200 passing yards per game. Heaton also has produced with his legs, as he has posted 718 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns as well.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

A&M looking to control Warrior ground game in semifinals
The Central A&M Raiders will hit the road for the first time this postseason, when they travel to Athens on Saturday for a 2 o’clock kickoff with the Warriors.

Athens, a 10-2 team, has a tough running attack under head coach Ryan Knox, and has used that to control the game and handle the ball. Not only is their running game an issue, but their defense has been ferocious this season as well.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

TJHS 7th and 8th girls top CAM
The Taylorville seventh and eighth grade girls basketball teams defeated Central A&M on Monday night. The seventh grade team was victorious 39-18 while the eighth grade won 33-18.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Lady Raiders rally past Neoga in season opener
While a lot of the focus in Raider Nation has centered around the football team, which is headed to the semifinals on Saturday, the girls basketball team opened their season on Monday night in front of a solid crowd inside the gym.

The Raiders opened the game with their usual demeanor, forcing turnovers and creating opportunities in their offense, but just weren’t able to capitalize on them. The adjustments at halftime in the locker room proved to be beneficial, as they were victorious 50-26.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

A&M stays hot, tops Arcola 42-8 to head to semifinals
A lot of emphasis and focus this season has been on Central A&M’s skill players. Guys like Connor Heaton, Connor Hutchins, Jacob Paradee, Hunter Gregory, Brody Barnes, and Brycen Burgener have been putting up big numbers for the Raiders all season. But those guys wouldn’t be successful without the work of their big men up front.
Monday, November 18, 2019

Raiders vs. Riders: New challenge awaits A&M in quarterfinals
Another year, another trip for Central A&M to the quarterfinals of the 1A IHSA playoffs. Last season, the Raider season was ended in the third-round by Argenta-Oreana in a 56-21 loss on their home field. This year, the Raiders are looking to change their fate and advance to the State semifinals.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Potential semifinal matchups for A&M
For the second year in a row under head coach Brent Weakly, the Central A&M Raiders are back in the quarterfinals of the 1A IHSA playoffs. They have a chance to make the semifinals if they get past Arcola this Saturday, with kickoff at 1:00 p.m. The Raiders will matchup with either Carrollton or Athens in the semifinals, depending on how their contest goes at 3:30 on Saturday in Athens.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Raiders clock Bunnies to coast into Round 3
“Football is all about momentum” said Central A&M senior running back Connor Hutchins after the Raiders rolled the Fisher Bunnies 69-34 in Saturday’s second round Class 1A playoff contest. “We had the momentum from the first play of the game and that helped us to set the tone for the rest of the day.”
Monday, November 11, 2019

Postseason runs are a familiar territory for Raider hoopsters
MOWEAQUA — Four of the starting skill players on the Central A&M football team have very recently been in this one-and-done scenario before, and they thrived in it. Connor Heaton, Connor Hutchins, Brycen Burgener, and Jacob Paradee all played big roles in the Raiders’ third-place trip to the state basketball tournament a year ago.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

A&M Raiders looking to stay perfect against visiting Bunnies
MOWEAQUA — Central A&M will look to maintain their perfect record Saturday afternoon when they host the visiting Fisher Bunnies at 1:00 p.m. It will be Fisher’s second consecutive appearance in the second round, and, just like a year ago, they will be facing a top-seeded opponent.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Raiders move to 10-0 with win over Ducks
Four of the five 9-0 teams entering the first round of the playoffs were put into the North division of the bracket. As the lone 9-0 team in the South, Central A&M was up against a 5-4 Havana team.
Monday, November 4, 2019

A&M drops regional 'ship to Stew/Stras
Central A&M and Windsor-Stewardson/Strasburg have history with one another. They faced off in the A&M’s third match of the season, where Stew/Stras was victorious in three sets.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Raiders on to title game
The Central A&M Raiders took on the host Cerro Gordo in the Regional semifinal on Wednesday night. The Raiders swept the host 26-24 and 25-17.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

What's next? A look ahead into Round 2
Although Central A&M isn’t looking to round two in the playoffs until they get there after a victory on Saturday. They could either face off against Fisher or Toledo in the second round.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Road to the playoffs: A look back at A&M's undefeated season
With an offense that averaged 44 points per game and a defense that allowed just 11.6 points per game, the Raiders finished out the year with a 9-0 record. A run that began back in August, it’s hard to remember exactly what happened, so let’s take a look back throughout the year.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Top-seeded Raiders take on Havana Saturday in 1A playoff
A quick Google search for Havana football won’t produce too many results. While many schools are prominently featured on MaxPreps for their stats and Roster, but not so with the Ducks.

“We haven’t been to the playoffs since 2012, so I think that lack of information just comes down to our success. We have never really been a football powerhouse, more a basketball school. We also have been a part of a co-op for the past two years and this was our first year removed from that co-op,” said third-year Havana head coach Nick Wright.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Central A&M moves past ALAH
The Central A&M Raiders advanced to the Regional semifinals on Wednesday night with a win over Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond on Tuesday night. The Raiders dropped the first set 19-25, but battled to win the next two sets 25-18 and 25-19.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

CAM/Pana finish XC season at Regional
Although the conditions were less than ideal for a cross county meet at the tail-end of October, the Central A&M and Pana teams competed in their final meets of the year as teams in Shelbyville on Saturday.
Monday, October 28, 2019

IHSA playoff pairings announced
Central A&M, Pana, and Taylorville all made the IHSA playoffs this season as A&M was 9-0, Pana was 8-1, and Taylorville made it with a 5-4 record and 37 playoff points.
Monday, October 28, 2019









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