With its ninth Tri-County Conference Tournament championship, Putnam County now stands fourth overall in the 87-year rich history of the event that dates back to 1927,
PC passed up Roanoke-Benson, which has won it eight times. The only schools with more TCC titles than PC are Toluca (16), Wenona (12) and Henry (11). Only Henry remains today, the other two schools lost to consolidation.
Granville Hopkins School, which merged with Hennepin and Magnolia Sweeney to form PCHS in 1966, won six straight TCC titles from 1933-38 and claimed a seventh in 1941.
PC has made 16 title-game appearances; Toluca made 25, Wenona 24 and Henry 21.
• All in the family: PC sophomore Harold Fay followed in the footsteps of his father, Harold (1981, '82) and his brothers Carlton (2005, '07) and Kevin ('07, '08), who played on previous PC TTT title teams. The younger Fay said he had big shoes to fill.
• TCC notes: Streator Woodland beat Roanoke-Benson 58-48 for third place, and Peoria Christian defeated Ottawa Marquette 52-48 for fifth place.
Other players selected to the all-tournament team were Andrew Gavin and Evan Shawgo of Peoria Christian, Curtiss Johnson of Ottawa Marquette, Zane Noonan and Jon Hayes of Woodland, Nathan Helle of Henry, Michael Doss of Roanoke-Benson and Nick Marvil of Midland.
Zach Meinhold of Roanoke-Benson of Roanoke-Benson won the free throw competition with Hall's Julian Barroso claiming second. Peoria Christian repeated as the cheerleading champion.