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MVK seventh-graders win sectional, advance to state tourney

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Front row, from left: Seth Johnson, David Hatz, Bryce Roe, Nathen Neal, Russell Marcellis. Back row, from left: Coach Matt Baker, Brett Marques, Evan Nelson, Chase Litwiller, Dalton DeGrush, Jace Summerland, coach Scott Hunt.[]

OTTAWA — The Mazon-Verona-Kinsman seventh grade boys basketball team punched its ticket to the Class 1A IESA State Tournament on Wednesday with a 31-13 win over Rockdale in the Ottawa Wallace Sectional.

Evan Nelson was the game's leading scorer with nine points, and he grabbed 11 rebounds to help lead MVK (15-7). Dalton DeGrush added eight points.  

The Mavericks will play at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday in a state quarterfinal against West Lincoln - Broadwell at East Peoria Central Jr. High School.