Question of the Week:
Can Salt Fork win another boys' basketball state title?
Staff writer Marcus Jackson says ... of course
Teams of the Week
DANVILLE BOYS' BASKETBALL
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.
TUSCOLA GIRLS' BASKETBALL
N-G Top 10
This week: Wrestling
SCHOOL (PREVIOUS) RECORD
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
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.
Best area boys' swimmers & divers, courtesy Jeff Huth
Kegan Skelton, Centennial
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."
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."
News you can't leave work without:
Notree, Harrington headed to the Hall of Fame.
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.
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.