Colin Likas

Colin Likas

Spartans, Warriors to vie for title

GIBSON CITY — Kevin Taylor's program possessed multiple advantages entering Monday's Class 2A Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Sectional semifinals.

A pair of career 1,000-point scorers in Bree Trimble and Peyton Crowe.

Success against a challenging schedule, leading the Spartans to No. 4 in The Associated Press voting panel's last regular-season rankings.

N-G girls' basketball Top 10: Feb. 11, 2019

With the number of active local girls' hoops programs dwindling, preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS checks in with his newest rankings:

RANK, TEAM, REC. (PREV.)

1. Schlarman, 28-2 (1)

Hilltoppers eased to regional championship on home court, take on St. Teresa in sectional semis at Decatur.

Class 3A/4A girls' basketball: Big schools tip off run

Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS gives a rundown of each area program before their postseason starts today:

CLASS 4A

Quincy Regional

No. 11 Centennial Chargers (1-26)

Players to watch: Alayah Biggers (So.);Silvia Du (Jr.); Ashley Kirby (Sr.).

Prep pulse: Feb. 11, 2019

Three area football teams celebrated a state championship in 2018.

While some might only recall Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and Monticello doing that job during late November, there was another local program up to the task.

Milford/Cissna Park was the first-ever Illinois 8-Man Football Association champion, defeating Alden-Hebron for the top prize.

Vikings sophomore enamored with hoops leads local scorers

DANVILLE — When the 2017-18 girls' basketball season ended, Danville's Mikala Hall graced the top of the area scoring ranks with a 19.4 points-per-game average.

Hall now is hooping it up at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. On Twitter, folks can see her draining halfcourt shots in the Cougars' practices.

Luffman continues quest for three-peat

MAHOMET — Luke Luffman furiously flipped through a deck of playing cards in a corner of the Mahomet-Seymour gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

The Urbana senior wrestler already secured his spot in a Class 2A sectional championship match, slated for later that day.

Shining sectional stars heading to state

WYATT HEIMANN, Mahomet-Seymour

After losing his quarterfinal match on Friday night at 170 pounds in Mahomet, the Bulldogs senior ensured his season wouldn't end before state by topping three opponents in 2A wrestlebacks to earn fourth place.

Toppers cap perfect run

DANVILLE — Schlarman girls' basketball has been here before.

Winning a Class 1A regional title is nothing new to the reigning small-school state champions.

Even so, Friday's 69-30 victory over fourth-seeded Armstrong-Potomac to secure a fourth consecutive regional plaque held special meaning to the top-seeded Hilltoppers.

Road to Peoria: Five area boys' basketball regionals to watch

The Illinois High School Association released the Class 1A and 2A boys' basketball postseason pairings on Friday afternoon. Here's a breakdown on five area regionals to watch when the action gets going on Monday, Feb. 18, courtesy preps coordinator Colin Likas:

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