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Highland men win opener, women fall to Wabash

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FREEPORT (WREX) — Highland Community College has a newly-renovated gym, but no fans are allowed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Still, the Cougars took care of business on opening night as the men's team beat Wabash Valley, 77-72. A big finish helped propel the Cougars to the victory in Luke Norman's first game as head coach.

Marvens Petion led the way for Highland with 20 points and 6 rebounds, while Byron grad Tony Eddy chipped in 7 points. Norman, a Freeport native who also played at Highland, coached his team to the win, as he follows in his dad Pete Norman's footsteps.

The Highland women had a 37-33 lead at the half, but Wabash Valley used a big 3rd quarter to beat the Lady Cougars, 90-75. Highland battled back in Blake Becke's first game as head coach. After giving up 36 points in the 3rd and trailing 69-56, the Lady Cougars went on a 4th quarter run to pull within 2 at 75-73 with 3:13 to play. But the Lady Warriors closed out the game on a 15-2 run to seal the deal. Madison Zadro led Highland with 16 points, while Aquin grad Abby Barr and Pearl City grad Tyra Clark each had 13 points in the loss.

Derek Bayne

Derek Bayne joined 13 WREX as the sports director in December of 2011. He grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved back to Illinois after working several years in North Carolina. For any sports story ideas or tips, you can email

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