Rocky's Carr earns honorable mention All-State honors


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Posted Online: March 14, 2013, 7:22 pm
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By Daniel Makarewicz, danmak@qconline.com
A list that featuring some of the nation's most sought-after prep basketball players includes Rock Island junior guard C.J. Carr.

Carr was one of 29 players named Associated Press Class 4A All-State honorable mention on Thursday. In a statewide media ballot, he earned eight points as he becomes Rocky's first All-State selection since Chasson Randle in 2011.

"Hard work and dedication," Carr said when asked how he made the list. "My teammates helped a lot, too. They got me through a lot. I thank them, too."

One of 12 juniors on the team, Carr's name is among a list that includes Chicago Simeon senior forward Jabari Parker and Chicago Whitney Young junior forward Jahlil Okafor. Both prospects are rated in the among the top three nationally in their respective classes by several recruiting outlets.

"Those guys are great players," Carr said. "It feels good to be noticed with them."

Carr certainly earned the accolades. In his second season as a starter, he averaged a team-leading 12.5 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds.

With Carr running the point, the Rocks won their fourth consecutive Western Big 6 Conference title and reached the Class 4A sectional final.

"But I want to work for next year to show I can compete with the best," Carr said. "I want to get first-team All-State next year. I want to keep on improving."

Gibson named honorable mention: Galesburg sophomore forward Grant Gibson earned Class 3A All-State honorable mention. Gibson averaged a Big 6-leading 22 points per game in helping the Silver Streaks win their first regional title in 12 years.

















 




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1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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