PEORIA – Before Kaneland senior forward Ty Carlson stepped back to fire away in his bid for the IHSA Boys Class 3A Three-Point Showdown title, he took pause at something in the stands.
His cheering section.
Along with his father, grandmother and two younger brothers, Carlson’s backers included Kaneland interim athletic director Ralph Drendel and the Knights baseball team. All were on hand for Thursday’s preliminary round at the Peoria Civic Center.
Although Carlson’s eight 3s fell short of the 10 he needed to reach a playoff for the top four spots in today’s finals, he still left for home feeling content.
“I had a pretty good showing,” Carlson said. “It was very cool for all of them to come out.”
Carlson also was named to The Associated Press Class 3A Honorable Mention All-State team Thursday.
He helped Kaneland to a share of the Northern Illinois Big 12 East title and led the Knights to a regional championship. He led the Knights in scoring at 16.3 points a game and pulled down 7.3 rebounds a contest.
That recognition only added to the euphoria Carlson felt on the floor that will host the Class 3A and 4A state finals this weekend. Carlson was awed at the opportunity to see top recruits Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young) and Jalen Brunson (Stevenson) – opponents in a 4A semifinal today – up close.
Carlson’s younger brothers – Troyer, 8, and Trevor, 12 – served as his rebounders.
“I didn’t really want the season to end. I just kind of tried to keep it going as long as possible,” Carlson said. “It was a really neat experience.”
TUESDAY’S LATE RESULTS
Sycamore places third: Sycamore girls track took third place at the inaugural Gary Egler Invitational. DeKalb placed fourth out of the 10 teams competing.
Sycamore was led by Christina Dailey, who won the triple jump with a mark of 34 feet, 0.5 inches. Alyssa Feuerbach was second in the shot put at 36-05.5 while Sarah Grant was third at 36-00. Junior Lilia Edwards finished third in the 55-meter hurdles and was second in the long jump at 16-02.5.
Sycamore’s 4x400 relay team of Briana Iwans, Edwards, Stephanie Cole and Christina Dailey took third.
DeKalb was led by senior Kelsey Schrader, who won the 800 in 2:34.38. Kayla Federici was second in the 800 behind Schrader and Monica York took second in the 1,600 at 5:38.28.
DeKalb’s Brittney Patrick won the long jump with a mark of 16-03 and Savannah Long took fourth in the 55 hurdles. Kara Alvarez was third in the high jump.
• Shaw Media’s Kevin Druley contributed to this report.