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Strong finish for CPCI

Timberwolves rally in final game at CI; Villa Grove holds on

CRESCENT CITY – CPCI closed the gym at Crescent-Iroquois in style, rallying from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit in a 62-58 boys' basketball victory Friday night against Watseka.


Drought sinks Panthers

ST. JOSEPH – There wasn't a lot of offense, but St. Joseph-Ogden and Paxton-Buckley-Loda played a memorable Sangamon Valley Conference boys' basketball game Friday night.

With one minute remaining in the third quarter, PBL's Dylan Overstreet went to the foul line for a rare four-point play.


Sturgeon provides lift

TOLONO – The Rocket Center at Unity was filled with emotion Friday. Pink was everywhere as the Rockets and Warrensburg-Latham took part in an event to support Coaches vs. Cancer. And perhaps no one on the floor used the emotion as much as Unity's Dylan Sturgeon.

"I was just thinking about my friend who died three years ago and it was just real emotional," Sturgeon said after he and the Rockets finished off a 71-62 come-from-behind win against the Cardinals (14-3, 5-1). "I was crying before the game started and I went out there and played that one for him."


Fred Kroner's prep insider

Each Saturday, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner will review Friday night's boys' action:

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Top seeds set for championship showdown

DANVILLE – Aaron Hird was at a loss for words after a boys' basketball game in which his team was nearly at a loss.

"We escaped," the Salt Fork coach said. "That's the word we used. Sometimes you have to escape."


Prep insider

Centennial awaits Big 12 bout

CHAMPAIGN – With a little more than five weeks left in the Big 12 Conference boys' basketball race, three teams have one or fewer league losses. Two will meet Friday at Centennial in a game with major title implications.


Walker enjoying his return

For Sonny Walker, the seating accommodations at Centennial varsity basketball games this season are a definite upgrade. However, this much hasn't changed: The former Charger standout still has a voice in the proceedings.

"Last year, I would come to the games and be screaming from the stands," Walker said in his tiny office at the Champaign high school. "James (Kinney) would be looking up and I'd tell him something. Rayvonte (Rice) would be looking up, I'd tell him something. So I figured I might as well help coach."


Giving pause for a cause

TOLONO – Jarrett Brown recognizes that the teenage student-athletes of today are the community members of tomorrow.

Thus, the Unity High boys' basketball coach strives to teach more than how to succeed in the athletic arena. He wants his players to understand the importance and the impact of involvement in issues and causes that affect today's society.


Vermilion Co. Tourney: Storm rolls

DANVILLE – Salt Fork coach Dave Ellars acknowledged he would have been worried had he known in advance that his top two scorers for the season, Mallory Weber and Mallory Meade, would combine for one field goal during the first 22 minutes of Tuesday's semifinal game of the Vermilion County tournament at Palmer Arena.

And yet, by the time the Weber-Meade duo hit its second basket, Salt Fork held a 17-point lead over Oakwood in a game it won 59-39.


GCMS makes up big deficit

Bloomington – Gibson City- Melvin-Sibley trailed Deer Creek- Mackinaw 31-19 at halftime, but the Falcons rallied for a 45-43 victory Tuesday night at the McLean County tournament.