By MATT SCHUCKMAN
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
Doug Allen told the Springfield State Journal-Register he didn't know if his son, Peyton, knew just how serious his bout with mononucleosis was.
It turned out to be more serious than anyone could have imagined.
Peyton Allen, the sharpshooting guard from Chatham Glenwood who is a sought-after NCAA Division I recruit, missed a pair of games the first weekend of January with what he figured to be the flu. As he grew weaker and the diagnosis was changed to mono, Allen had to be taken to a Springfield hospital.
He was then taken by ambulance to St. Louis Children's Hospital.
"It was a flukey-type thing, but he became anemic from the mono attacking some of his organs," Peyton's father, Doug, told the State Journal-Register. "It was pretty serious."
Blood tests ruled out anything more serious.
According to the State Journal-Register, Allen underwent six blood transfusions before being released Sunday. The Titans hope to have Allen back before the end of the season, although no timetable for his return has been set.
"He will make a full recovery and be 100 percent," Doug Allen said. "Probably with two or three weeks of rest, he should be good to go and he'll be able to return this year."
Meanwhile, the Titans are plugging on without him. This week, they are playing host to the County Market Winter Classic, where they are the defending champions.
Glenwood (12-6) got the week started right with a 53-44 victory over Rochester. The Rockets led by seven points at halftime. Luckily, the Titans received 21 points and 15 rebounds -- both game highs -- from forward Craig Fuchs.
Wildcats' streak over: Leave it to one of Neuqua Valley coach Todd Sutton's former assistants to bring the Wildcats' best start in school history to a halt.
Metea Valley knocked off its Upstate Eight Valley Conference rival 53-44 last Saturday and gave Mustangs coach Bob Vozza his first victory over his former team. Vozza spent 11 seasons as the Wildcats' associate head coach, including being on the bench in 2010-11 when Neuqua Valley started 14-0.
The Wildcats were 15-0 before the loss and had won all but one game by double digits. The only single-digit victory was a 38-36 victory over Metea Valley early in the season.
"It's a great accomplishment to see where we've come from, the games that we lost, the tough schedule we had, to come beat a great opponent," Metea Valley guard Sean Davis told the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. "They're undefeated, best in our conference, everybody's saying, one of the great teams in the state. To beat them means a big deal."
Minor on the mend: Cahokia guard Keenan Minor missed two games last weekend to rest an ailing knee. Comanches coach Damien Nash said the move was precautionary.
"Keenan has had this before in the summer, where he plays a lot and it gets sore because he doesn't ice his knees. He's seen a doctor and the trainer at school and they don't see any structural damage," Nash told the Belleville News-Democrat. "It was sore and he was limping a little so the decision was made to shut him down for a few days."
Minor, who is considered one of the top players in downstate Illinois and an NCAA Division I product, is averaging 20.2 points.
Without Minor, the Comanches got a scare from Pittsfield in the opening game of the Jerseyville Tournament. The Saukees led by three points at halftime before getting outscored 34-17 in the second half as the Comanches, ranked third in Class 3A with a 16-2 record, won 59-45.
Nearly perfect: For Belvidere to be considered one of the best teams in the NIC-10, the Bucs have to do the little things right to win close games down the stretch.
That includes free-throw shooting. The Bucs made 22 of 23 free throws Tuesday night to beat Rockford Auburn 62-46 and take over sole possession of first place in the NIC-10, a half-game in front of Rockford East. The Bucs are 11-3 overall and 5-1 in the NIC-10.
"This was a real big win for us," Belvidere coach Aaron Pearson told the Rockford Register Star. "We talked about, in order to be one of the best teams in the conference, we have to beat the best. And Auburn, the last three years, has won the conference. They've won sectionals. They've won supersectionals. They've been to state.
"And this is the only time all year we're going to play them. So this was a game we really wanted, and I'm really proud of our kids."
Simeon junior ruled ineligible: The Illinois High School Association ruled Chicago Simeon junior Donte Ingram ineligible for a by-law violation regarding his transfer from Danville during the summer.
Ingram was cleared to participate in extracurricular activities by the Chicago Public Schools Sports Administration and the IHSA cleared Simeon of any wrongdoing or recruiting of Ingram. However, Danville had an issue with the transfer.
"I have no other comment on it," Simeon coach Robert Smith told the Chicago Sun-Times. "There was nothing down wrong by Simeon. Danville didn't concur with the transfer so the IHSA re-opened the investigation. They sent a letter to the school that said he was ineligible."
Simeon, ranked second in Class 4A and the three-time defending state champion, will not have to forfeit any games in which Ingram participated.