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Maestranzi wins 4A state 3-point shooting contest to lead west suburban shooters

South Elgin's Jacob Maestranzi won the Class 4A state 3-point shooting contest in Peoria. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

South Elgin's Jacob Maestranzi won the Class 4A state 3-point shooting contest in Peoria. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

When South Elgin High School sharpshooter Jacob Maestranzi made it down to Peoria Thursday to compete in the preliminary round of the Illinois High School Association 3-point Showdown, he said he wasn’t nervous.
He credited his father, a longtime AAU coach of Illinois Wildcats, for having him properly prepared.
The junior, who had four other brothers play on the high school varsity level, claimed the state Class 4A championship on Friday at Carver Arena but on Saturday finished fourth in the overall King of the Hill championship, won by Class 3A champ Keenan Minor of Cahokia.
“My dad helped me shoot and get ready for this,” Maestranzi said. “He’s been helping me for awhile now. I just went out and shot and tried to do my best. He’s a really good coach. He taught me everything I know.”

Aurora Central Catholic's Sean Harreld shows the form that elevated him to a top-four finish in Class 3A. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

Maestranzi hit 10 of 15 shots in the preliminary round and was tied with three other shooters for the finals three spots in the final four. He hit just 3 of 10 shots in the overtime shootout but it was good enough to grab the final spot. In the finals, he drained 11 shots but tied with Rockford Auburn’s Fred Van Vleet and had to win 7-6 in another overtime shootout.
Maestranzi was one of 14 state qualifiers from TribLocal west suburban schools. Aurora Central Catholic sophomore Sean Harreld shot 11 baskets in the preliminary round, good for second place in Class 3A. But in the final round, he finished fourth with eight baskets.
“I wasn’t really expecting it – it was a really nice surprise,” he said. “You act like you’re not nervous when you get down here but right when you get to that first rack and get ready to shoot the first ball, you get nervous.”
Other west suburban TribLocal athletes who competed in the final 32 in Class 4A included Glenbard East’s Tahron Harvey, Geneva’s Mike Trimble, Elgin’s Matt Andres, Hinsdale South’s Phil and Joe George, Naperville Central’s Ryan Antony, York’s David Kohn and Glenbard East’s Marvin Grant-Clark.

Glenbard East's Tahron Harvey grimaces after a miss in the state 3-point contest. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

On March 8-9, Aurora Christian junior Ryan McQuade finished tied for first with 11 baskets in the Class 2A preliminary and finished third in the finals with six.
Other area players who made it to the final 32 were Aurora Christian’s Hayden McNelis, Immaculate Conception’s Brian Harvey and Timothy Christian’s Tyler VanderBurg.

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