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Corwin earns first state hoops assignment

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Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 2:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 2:03 p.m. CDT

Sheffield’s Al Corwin will officiate in the IHSA 1A-2A State boys basketball tournament in Peoria this weekend.

While he has worked the state football finals twice (2007, 2012), it will be his first boys state finals assignment. Corwin will learn his game assignment when he arrives in Peoria.

On the road to Peoria, he worked the Ottawa Marquette Regional, the Hanover Sectional and the Normal Super-Sectional, all in 1A.

He follows his daughter, Caitlyn, to the state tournament. She was assistant coach and athletic director for Annawan’s 1A State champion girls team.

Three-point showdown: Also experiencing March Madness will be Princeton junior Garrett Duffin, who is among 32 finalists in the Class 2A Three-Point Showdown at Carver Arena. He will be in the second group of eight shooters in Thursday’s preliminary round, which includes Prophetstown senior Ethan Howard.

The top four advance to the 2A finals on Friday with the winner qualifying for the King of the Hill finals on Saturday against the best shooters in the other three classes.

Duffin made 11 of 15 shots to share top honors at the Bureau Valley Sectional.

Ottawa’s Jasmin Bailey won the 4A girls crown by making 10 of 15 shots, and finished fourth in the Queen of the Hill competition.

On the floor: Heyworth, who knocked out Putnam County in the sectional finals, advanced to state with a 72-62 win over Champaign St. Thomas More at Tuesday’s Normal Super-Sectional. It is the first state tournament trip for the Hornets, who will face Sesser-Valier at 2 p.m.

In 2A, Bloomington Central Catholic advanced to the state finals in 2A, knocking out both of the Three Rivers Conference champions. BCC beat TRAC North champ Sterling Newman 77-65 in Tuesday’s Super-Sectional at DeKalb. The Saints handed TRAC South and No. 1 ranked Rockridge its first loss of the year in the sectional finals 56-55.

BCC will face Chicago Providence St. Mel at 8:15 p.m. Friday at Carver Arena.

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