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Question of the Week: Can Salt Fork repeat?

Question of the Week:

Can Salt Fork win another boys' basketball state title?

Staff writer Marcus Jackson says ... of course

Teams of the Week

Teams of the Week



The Vikings showed what they can do at full strength, reeling off three straight wins. Last week, Danville went 2-0 and sank 19 three-pointers, 11 by football quarterback Dennis Hightower.



N-G Wrestling Top 10

N-G Top 10

This week: Wrestling


1. LeRoy (1) 7-0 Seven varsity regulars still unbeaten

2. Mahomet-Seymour (2) 3-0 One varsity regular still unbeaten

3. Prairie Central (3) 11-0 One varsity wrestler still unbeaten

4. Champaign Central (4) 7-2 No varsity wrestlers still unbeaten

Bulletin Board: Hall makes calls to 15

NORMAL – Fifteen individuals with area connections have been chosen for induction into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class of 2011 Hall of Fame. The organization's 39th annual banquet, scheduled for April 30, is at Illinois State University's Student Center.

Chart toppers: Best area boys' swimmers & divers

Today's topic:

Best area boys' swimmers & divers, courtesy Jeff Huth

No. 1

Kegan Skelton, Centennial

Athletes of the Week

Austin Armetta, Mahomet-Seymour, junior, Wrestling

Recently: Blitzed the field at the 16-team Pontiac Invitational, winning the 160-pound bracket Saturday.

Quote: "So far it's been a pretty good season, but I know I have things to work on. There's always weaknesses. I've got a lot to work on, a lot of improvements to make."

Tate on Jimmy Collins

For Wednesday's News-Gazette, columnist Loren Tate chatted with former Illini assistant Jimmy Collins, who didn't back down when the subject shifted to Bruce Pearl.

"Bruce gets good players and he has a good formula for coaching them. I can't take that away from him. But somewhere down the line he sold his soul to the devil. He is a master of deception and he has been lying forever. He still has people believing what he said."

5 O'Clock Shadow

News you can't leave work without:

Notree, Harrington headed to the Hall of Fame.

Leshoure second-team All-America

Centennial product Mikel Leshoure was named second-team All-America today. The Illinois running back, an All-Big Ten choice, is expected to announce for the NFL after the Dec. 29 Texas Bowl.

Tate: Big Ten whiffed

OK, the Illini are now part of the Leaders Division in Big Ten football, and the opposing sextet will be the Legends (what is legendary about Nebraska in the Big Ten?).

Pardon me if I'm underwhelmed.