Matt Daniels

Matt Daniels

Dreams still alive for SJ-O, Schlarman and Tri-County

For the first time, three girls' basketball teams from The News-Gazette coverage area will vie for a state title. N-G sports editor Matt Daniels, N-G preps coordinator Colin Likas and N-G photographer Rick Danzl caught up with the starting fives from St.

Dukeman's having a ball for Spartans

ST. JOSEPH — By the time Monday arrives, Hannah Dukeman will put basketball behind her and focus entirely on softball for the next three months.

The first practice for the upcoming season with St. Joseph-Ogden awaits.

Road to Peoria: Seven area teams vie for regional hardware


Heritage Regional

No. 7 Tuscola (19-11) vs. No. 4 Unity (16-14)

Wednesday's prep highlights: Sages earn win in double OT

In boys' basketball

Class 2A Monticello Regional

Bellamy 'learns' ropes during time away from Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Mike Bellamy could hardly put his phone down last Friday.

"From about 10 in the morning on," the former Illinois wide receiver and assistant coach said, "my phone didn't stop ringing."

Monday's prep highlights: Kibler sparks Tuscola

In boys' basketball

IHSA Regionals

Class 2A

Heritage Regional

Remember these Titans: Defense helps propel veteran team to Redbird Arena

SALEM — The Marissa/Coulterville girls' basketball team probably didn't know what to think after the first quarter on Monday night.

Spartans on verge of making history

ST. JOSEPH — Banners adorn the walls inside St. Joseph-Ogden High School’s gymnasium.

A 2016 state championship in boys’ basketball hangs along one wall. A 2006 state championship in softball is situated on another. Multiple cross-county state championships.

A closer look at boys' basketball locals in the Class 1A/2A playoffs

Sports editor MATT DANIELS gives a rundown of area schools about to start their playoff push:


Heritage Regional

No. 1 St. Joseph-Ogden (19-9)

Players to watch: Jack Cook (6-4, Sr., F); Joel Orcutt (6-4, Sr., F); Chance Izard (5-9, Jr., G)

Friday's prep highlights: Comets win VVC championship

In boys' basketball

ECIC Tournament

Judah Christian 57, Cornerstone 39. The Tribe extended its win streak to 14 games with a victory in the tournament championship game on Judah Christian's home court. Philip Coulter led the Tribe (26-2) with 17 points, while Noah Jackson and Connor Lash each added 10 points.