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CHAMPAIGN — Steve Kouri was nervous.
Palm-sweating, anxiety-ridden, biting-your-fingernails-type nervous.
After 77 years, the Illinois high school boys’ basketball state tournament had moved away from Champaign.
Away from the Assembly Hall, the state’s most well-known basketball venue, and its precursor, Huff Hall.
In girls’ track & field
At Champaign. Danville won three events, including two by Alexus Jimson-Miller, en route to finishing second in the 37-team Gene Armer Invitational girls’ meet at the University of Illinois Armory.
Sayonara, Decatur MacArthur and Decatur Eisenhower. Once the Big 12 Conference starts play in the 2014-15 school year, those two longstanding members will not find themselves in the league anymore. Both Decatur schools were accepted into the Central State Eight Conference on Wednesday. The Big 12 athletic directors met Friday morning in Peoria.
MOLINE — Centennial basketball player Michael Finke was selected to The Associated Press all-state first team in Class 3A.
The all-state team, voted on by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters, was announced Thursday.
Good sportsmanship has never been in worse shape.
The past month has produced high-profile examples of deplorable and despicable behavior. Unfortunately, each incident occurred at an IHSA state tournament event, and each trumped the previous one in seriousness.
By MATT DANIELS and FRED KRONER
The Big 12 is getting smaller.
Decatur schools Eisenhower and MacArthur on Wednesday accepted invitations to join what will become a 10-member Central State Eight starting in the 2014-15 school year.
The decision did not catch other Big 12 administrators off guard.
Besides watching to see if coach Robert Smith’s program can win its fourth consecutive Class 4A state title and sixth in eight years, there might be a Donte Ingram sighting. The former Danville High athlete is one of the Wolverines’ reserves.
TEAM (previous) W-L
1. St. Joseph-Ogden (1) 29-5
2. Monticello (2) 23-6
3. Cissna Park (3) 21-11
4. Arthur-Lovington (5) 24-6
5. Centennial (6) 22-9
6. Salt Fork (4) 26-5
7. Ridgeview (7) 24-8
DANVILLE GIRLS’ TRACK AND FIELD
For the ninth time in the past 12 years, the Vikings captured the Big 12 Conference indoor league crown. Alexus Jimson-Miller won three events, sprinter Emone Davis was victorious and the 800-meter relay was triumphant. Davis was joined on that foursome by Ambrosia Williams, Jorriel Stewart and Arionna Graham.