Colin Likas

Colin Likas

Local girls' hoops trio makes history through qualification

The last time two local girls' basketball teams competed in the state semifinals during the same season was 2011.

Ridgeview and Shiloh each lost a Class 1A semifinal at Normal's Redbird Arena, leading to a 67-66 overtime triumph for the Mustangs in the next day's third-place game. As for the most recent occurrence of three area outfits simultaneously vying for state glory?

N-G boys' basketball Top 10: Feb. 20, 2019

Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS compiles his last rankings before All-Area content hits next month:


1. Danville, 27-3 (1)

Vikings earned a share of the Big 12 Conference title by dumping Peoria on Tuesday.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Maroons upset state-ranked Irish

In boys' basketball

Class 2A Monticello Regional

Potent duo of Warriors keys upset against Spartans

BROADLANDS — Justin Bozarth needed the clock to run just a little more quickly Tuesday night.

His seventh-seeded Tuscola boys' basketball team was clinging to a slim advantage against top-seeded St. Joseph-Ogden in a Class 2A Heritage Regional quarterfinal.

Vikings earn share of league title

DANVILLE — A year removed from its first outright league championship since 2001, Danville boys' basketball finds itself back in that conversation.

Tevin Smith dropped 25 points as the host Vikings earned a share of the Big 12 Conference crown via a 81-70 victory over Peoria.

Falcons third, Timberwolves fifth in last 1A/2A hoops poll

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and Cissna Park boys' basketball both finished within the top five of their respective Associated Press polls.

The last versions of the Class 2A and 1A rankings were released Tuesday afternoon, along with the penultimate ratings for Class 4A and 3A programs.

2018-19 prep basketball schedules and results


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

Hilltoppers' quest continues at state

PONTIAC — The Schlarman girls' basketball Twitter handle is an active one, sharing the reigning Class 1A state champion's results, practice videos and even player birthdays.

The "@ScharmanHoops" account, though, has been most consistent with one hashtag since last year's run to the crown.


State awaits 'special' group of Spartans

PONTIAC — As Bree Trimble's teammates celebrated around her, the St. Joseph-Ogden girls' basketball senior grabbed at her upper lip in a minor state of shock.

The Class 2A Pontiac Super-Sectional plaque — the second such piece of hardware in program history — had just struck Trimble in the chops.

Coulter picks up, goes with hoops for Judah Christian

CHAMPAIGN — Philip Coulter boasts a strong statline for Judah Christian boys’ basketball entering the Class 1A postseason.

Prior to Friday night’s 57-39 victory against Cornerstone Christian to secure the East Central Illinois Conference Tournament title, the senior was averaging 18.6 points, 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals per tilt for the now-26-2 Tribe, not to mention 59 three-pointers.