Trail Blazers able to zone in defensively, earn spot in Region 24 championship game

John Wood Community College guard Joshua Talton scored a pair of transition baskets during a 10-0 run to start the second half Saturday that propelled the Trail Blazers to a 69-51 victory over Illinois Central College in the Region 24 semifinals in Ina, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

INA, Ill. — It isn’t often John Wood Community College men’s basketball coach Brad Hoyt decides to have the Trail Blazers play zone defense. It’s even rarer for them to play that style for an extended period. Saturday was that rare occurrence where it was needed. Trailing by four points at halftime of the Region…

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Shelton sparks offensive outburst as JWCC men earn spot in Region 24 semifinals

John Wood Community College guard Jordan Shelton, center, reacts to getting fouled while making a shot during the second half of Wednesday night's Region 24 quarterfinal victory over Rend Lake at the Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Rend Lake College men’s basketball wanted nothing more than a trip home. So John Wood Community College sent the Warriors home for good. Instead of returning to Ina, Ill., where the Rend Lake campus is located, for the final two rounds of the Region 24 postseason tournament, the Warriors must watch the…

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Shoot to thrill: Sizzling second half carries Illinois boys to victory in inaugural Muddy River Showcase

Illinois swingman Jeremiah Talton, left, gets hounded by Missouri guard Joshua Talton during Saturday's inaugural Muddy River Showcase at John Wood Community College's Student Activity Center. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The spirited battles Jeremiah and Joshua Talton have engaged in either on the family basketball court or during open gyms at John Wood Community College moved to a much more public and brighter stage Saturday. That didn’t mitigate Jeremiah’s height advantage. “Let me get to be about 6-foot-7 and then it would be…

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Monroe City’s Talton receives Class 3 Co-Player of the Year honor from Missouri Basketball Coaches Association

Monroe City senior guard Joshua Talton was named the Class 3 Co-Player of the Year by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association. Matt Schuckman photo

MONROE CITY, Mo. — Brock Edris wondered aloud if Joshua Talton is the first player in the history of the Monroe City boys basketball program to be named the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association’s Class 3 Player of the Year. “It’s a pretty special honor,” the Monroe City coach said. It’s a rare one indeed. Talton,…

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SuperFan Shootout: Talton’s field goal gives Panthers final edge in epic state-ranked showdown with Eagles

Monroe City guard Joshua Talton calls timeout before being tied up by Liberty's Breighton Klingele during the second half of Saturday night's game in the SuperFan Shootout at The Pit. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Tied up, off target, then true. Joshua Talton smiled knowing the last one was the only one that mattered. Stymied at the end of regulation when his drive to the basket resulted in a jump ball and foiled at the end of the first overtime when his elbow jumper caromed off the rim,…

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Area Distributors Area Athlete of the Week: Monroe City’s Joshua Talton

Monroe City's Joshua Talton throws down a dunk during a game against Palmyra in the 97 annual Monroe City Tournament last week in Monroe City, Mo. Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

MONROE CITY, Mo. — Joshua Talton made sure the title stayed in Title Town. A 6-foot senior guard on the Monroe City boys basketball team, Talton scored the first nine points in last Saturday’s championship game of the 97th annual Monroe City Tournament, propelling the top-seeded Panthers to a 77-36 victory over Highland and their…

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