Colin Likas

Colin Likas

Danville boys fifth, Sullivan girls third in AP hoops poll

Both the Danville boys' and Sullivan girls' basketball programs took a small jump up their latest state rankings, which were released Tuesday afternoon.

The newest Associated Press hoops polls include eight local programs — all of the same groups as last week — across four classes.

Emphasis on endurance keeps Rockets grapplers built to last

TOLONO — No motorized vehicles exist inside Unity's cozy wrestling facility, located just beyond the high school and next door to the Rockets' baseball diamond.

The closest qualifier is any of the three exercise bikes along the back wall — the only of the structure's four that isn't covered with safety padding.

N-G boys' basketball Top 10: Jan. 15, 2019

Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS shuffles the bottom half of his ranks as two new schools impressed enough to make the cut:


1. Danville, 16-2 (1)

Vikings outlasted both Urbana and Peoria Notre Dame, welcome Peoria Richwoods to town Friday night.

Monday's prep highlights: Boastick's first-ever double-double leads Urbana

In boys' basketball

Vermilion County Tournament

Salt Fork 48, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 30. The Storm (10-6) held the Buffaloes (3-14) scoreless in the second period, keying an opening-round victory in Bismarck. Clayton Jarling and Payton Taylor both climbed to 14 points for Salt Fork. Cale Steinbaugh's 12 points paced G-RF.

2018-19 prep basketball schedules and results


Nov. 20    vs. BHRA*            L 59-25        0-1

Prep pulse: Jan. 14, 2019

Anyone looking to catch a local prep basketball game last Saturday was out of luck, as the first significant storm of this winter season struck beginning Friday night.

It left all of the scheduled contests postponed or cancelled, depending on necessity.

Among the losses were the Vermilion County Tournament and Little Okaw Valley Conference girls' tournament's opening rounds.

N-G girls' basketball Top 10: Jan. 14, 2019

Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS regroups after snow wiped out Saturday's local action, adding a fresh face to his rankings:


1. Schlarman, 17-2 (1)

Hilltoppers defeated Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin and Tri-County on consecutive days, ran win streak to five.

The curious case of Mitch McNutt: A day in the life

GIBSON CITY — It's a very specific hypothetical. But it's relevant when talking with Mitch McNutt.

Imagine you're attempting a 600-pound deadlift.

For those uninitiated, a deadlift is an exercise in which the participant tries to hoist from the ground a barbell loaded with weight, finishing the lift at the height of his or her hips.

Cowper lifts Chargers to rivalry win

CHAMPAIGN — It'll be remembered as the Bryson Cowper Game.

It's just hard to say which of his standout moments mattered most in a potential season-defining victory for Centennial boys' basketball.

Snow alters Saturday's prep scheduling

Thus far in the 2018-19 winter high school sports season, Illinois-based teams and their fans have experienced good luck with the weather.

But that all changes this weekend, as projected significant snowfall has caused mass cancellations to area contests.