JC Butler, Prairie
The milestone for JC Butler came, fittingly, on a slam dunk.
On his first basket of the game Friday night, The Prairie School senior forward became the first boys player in Racine County history to pass the 2,000-point mark in scoring, and he went on to score 28 points as the Hawks beat Palmyra-Eagle 60-41 in a WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal at Prairie.
Saturday, Butler had 16 points, 10 in the second half, as Prairie advanced to the sectional semifinals with a 57-42 victory over Milwaukee Academy of Science in a regional final at Prairie.
Park boys basketball
The Panthers needed to use slightly different methods to win their two WIAA Division 1 regional games last week.
Friday, after a first-round bye, Park rolled out the offense, led by senior Rance Kendrick’s 22 points and junior Larry Canady’s 15, to beat Milwaukee Bradley Tech 87-51 in a semifinal at Park.
Saturday, the defense helped carry the way as the Panthers edged Milwaukee Riverside 63-57 in the regional final. Park controlled the boards with 46 rebounds, Canady had a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds, scoring Park’s final eight points, and junior Nobal Days also had 16 rebounds.