All Boys' Basketball Content

All Boys' Basketball Content

Eisenhower's Jackson energized a basketball team – and a community

DECATUR – Jay-Z spits rhymes from the stereo of the decade-old Chevy Cavalier. Lewis Jackson nods to a thumping beat, almost in a state of hypnosis.

Lull him to sleep and he could still find his way home in this city. He knows these streets, crowded by more kids than cars as students exit Eisenhower High School, like the back of the left hand he rests atop the steering wheel.

Fred Kroner's random thoughts

Fred Kroner's random thoughts


Past, present enjoy run

PEORIA – They represent three generations of Champaign high school students. They are individuals whose teenage years are known historically for wars and conflicts.

Ted Beach was raised during World War II. Clyde Turner finished his high school career while the Vietnam conflict was on the minds of youngsters. The turbulence during Verdell Jones' time at the school has centered around the Iraq War.

Loss leaves Maroons feeling a bit blue

PEORIA – Students, parents, teachers and graduates of Central High School filled their corner of Peoria's Carver Arena with maroon Friday afternoon – and with the excitement of seeing their team in the state basketball tournament for the first time in 39 years.

"This is pretty monumental," said junior Sara Salmon. "The fact that it's happening while I'm here (at Central) is lucky for me."

Champaign loses lead, game

PEORIA -- Champaign Central can still win its final game of the boys' basketball season.

The Maroons will have that opportunity Saturday but not in the game they wanted. Central was thrust into the third-place contest of the IHSA Class

3A state tournament by a Chicago Simeon team chasing a third straight state championship.

Lehmann's terms

Senior voices his desire to be sports broadcaster

CHAMPAIGN – Some of us recognize Chris Lehmann in different ways than others.

He's the Champaign Central senior basketball player who is known for wearing a white head- band, as well as adding inside muscle during the tournament series as the Maroons secured a long-sought state tournament berth.

Jones wants to repeat feat

His 80-foot heave lifted Franklin to eighth-grade title

CHAMPAIGN – Verdell Jones already has one state title on his basketball resume.


Staff writer Jeff Huth sat down with Central coach Scott Davis as the Maroons looked to become Champaign's first state champion since 1946.

State Semifinal

Central vs. Simeon, 1:45 p.m. Friday


Random thoughts

Random thoughts from high school beat writers Jeff Huth and Fred Kroner: