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A ‘sad night’ at Plano

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 3:21 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 3:24 p.m. CST

A moment of silence was held in memory of Jarred Harrell, brother of Aurora Christian Jonathon Harrell prior to the Eagles’ game Saturday against Ottawa.

Jarred Harrell, 21, was killed in an head-on automobile accident Friday night, returning home from watching his young brother’s game at Plano. Janella Harrell, 24, was also injured in the accident and remains in intensive care, according to the Daily Herald.

Ottawa coach Mark Cooper, whose Pirates won 64-45 to advance to Monday’s championship game vs. Morris, called it a very sad night.

“The game was played but it was so minor to what had happened,” Cooper said.

Jonathon Harrell played Saturday, leading the Eagles with 15 points. He is the youngest of nine children, all of whom attended Aurora Christian, according to the Daily Herald.

Aurora Christian coach Pat McNamara didn’t know Jonathon Harrell, who received hugs from several Ottawa players before the game, would play until shortly before the game.

“John grew up in a gym,” McNamara told the Daily Herald. “Different people react in different ways when death is involved. Some people need some time and other people would rather do what they love to do and he loves to play basketball.”

• Short-lived record: Records are made to be broken. Sometimes rather quickly.

Mendota junior James Carroll scored a single-game record with a 42 points in the Trojans’ win over Forreston on Friday at Plano. His name, however, will not go down in the record books. Later Friday, Hinckley-Big Rock’s Eric Phillips erased Carroll’s record with 44 points in a 78-70 win over Sandwich.

The record of 40 had been shared by David Shumway of Sandwich and P.J. Fleck from Kaneland, currently the head football coach at Western Michigan University.

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