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IHSA boys' tourney isn't what it used to be

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.

Saturday's prep highlights: Jimson-Miller breaks own mark

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.

Daniels: Big changes in the Big 12

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.

Thursday's prep highlights: Finke earns all-state honors

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.

Kroner: Teams, fans need to mind their manners

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.

Big 12 searches for conference subs

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.

Chart toppers: Class 3A and 4A hoops teams to watch, courtesy Fred Kroner

Chicago Simeon
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.

N-G Top 10 Boys' Basketball: SJ-O finishes at top


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

Teams of the Week: Danville girls' track & field in spotlight

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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.

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Who's next at Central?

Longtime boys' basketball coach Scott Davis is out at Champaign Central. Who takes his spot? Ask prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner, who had the story on Davis stepping down in today's N-G. Submit questions by clicking here and FLK will respond during his 12:30 p.m. chat.