Colin Likas

Colin Likas

Blue Devils, Comets clicking on all cylinders

BISMARCK — First it was Katelyn Young.

Then it was Kylie Neuman.

Then Aubrey Wells. Then Aaliyah Denius. And, last but not least, Paiton Frerichs.

In that order Wednesday night, each Oakwood girls' basketball starter scored one of the Comets' first five baskets.

Spartans soar, Storm survives

TOLONO — Even the most successful athletes can be thrown off their game by reaching a certain level of competition.

Even those from a basketball team that's 20 games above .500.

From an outfit that features two career 1,000-point scorers.

From a group that's ranked fourth in the state.

St. Joseph-Ogden girls inside AP hoops poll's top four

St. Joseph-Ogden girls' basketball climbed within the top four of its state rankings, the last to be issued with postseason play beginning earlier this week.

Associated Press polls released Tuesday will serve as the final ratings for Class 1A and 2A girls' hoops programs.

Monday's prep highlights: Maroons score season high

In boys' basketball

Sages keep up hot streak

TOLONO — Dave Beery didn't see the absence of NaKaya Hughes as an advantage for his Monticello girls' basketball team.

St. Thomas More's leading scorer commands plenty of attention. Beery was aware of this entering Monday's Class 2A Unity Regional quarterfinal between his Sages and the Sabers.

But Hughes, stuck in concussion protocol, never left the bench.

N-G boys' basketball Top 10: Feb. 5, 2019

Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS had to overhaul the bottom half of his rankings, with a new Big 12 team in the fold:

RANK, TEAM REC. (PREV.)

1. Danville, 20-3 (1)

Vikings saw six-game win streak end against tough Normal Community, bounced back next day at Centennial.

GCMS kicker Freehill commits to Oklahoma State football

GIBSON CITY -- For the second time in less than a week, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley football is sending an athlete to the Division I ranks.

Falcons senior Ben Freehill on Monday night verbally committed to Oklahoma State, with the kicker accepting a preferred walk-on offer from the Cowboys.

Recovered and upbeat, Warriors senior savors end of basketball career

TUSCOLA — Natalie Bates' basketball career will end this month.

The Tuscola senior plans to play volleyball at Lincoln Land Community College. She admits she's "never really looked into" a hoops future beyond high school.

The fact Bates has this final campaign with the 21-8 Warriors, however, is something she'll always cherish.

N-G girls' basketball Top 10: Feb. 4, 2019

As Class 1A and 2A postseason action tips today, preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS offers up his latest rankings:

RANK, TEAM, REC. (PREV.)

1. Schlarman, 26-2 (1)

Hilltoppers ended the regular season on a 14-game win streak, face Uni High or Donovan to start postseason.

Prep pulse: Feb. 4, 2019

The local high school winter sports season was having a fairly good run when it came to dealing with the weather.

Turns out, it was too good to stay true forever.

The last couple of weeks have seen heavy snowfall and below-zero temperatures cause a rash of postponements and outright cancellations.

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