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81st N-G All-State POY: Jabari Parker

CHICAGO — Walk through the rotating doors outside Gate 4 at the United Center.

Take the elevator to the third floor.

Make an immediate left.

One quarter of the plush ballroom is full of circular tables bunched together, replete with white tablecloths and chairs pushed tightly together surrounding the tables.

81st N-G All-State Boys' Basketball Team: POY Jabari Parker

CHICAGO — Walk through the rotating doors outside Gate 4 at the United Center.

Take the elevator to the third floor.

Make an immediate left.

One quarter of the plush ballroom is full of circular tables bunched together, replete with white tablecloths and chairs pushed tightly together surrounding the tables.

Kroner: Central job's a slam dunk

My dream job is different from my neighbor’s. That is to be expected. We are different people, with different interests.

The same is true for folks in a similar profession. One coach might covet a particular job while another wouldn’t even have enough interest to apply when the opening occurs.

MJ: Gimme Louisville

And the winner is ....

College basketball beat writer MARCUS JACKSON’s quick read on Monday’s championship game:

Tate: Hall call for Lou is overdue

It is appropriate to see Gene Keady elevated this year to the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

NCAAs next for women's gymnasts

By The News-Gazette

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A dominant performance by Alina Weinstein on Saturday night propelled the Illinois women’s gymnastics team to its third NCAA Championships appearance in program history.

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Jamar Smith

Celebrating his 26th birthday Sunday is former Illini three-point shooting star Jamar Smith.

The 6-foot-3 guard from Peoria Richwoods was a News-Gazette All-State first-team selection in 2005, joining Chester Frazier and C.J. Jackson in Illinois’ recruiting class.

Bertrand has surgery

Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand had surgery on Friday to repair the labrum in his injured right shoulder. 

Friday's prep highlights: Bloch-Jones breaks mark in high jump

In track & field
At Arthur. In the 11-team girls’ meet, KANDIE BLOCH-JONES of Argenta-Oreana won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 11 inches.

That mark ties the third highest in state history and sets an area record in the event that had stood for 27 years.