DANVILLE – Though high school basketball might not have the reputation as being a high-scoring affair, there is a player at Danville First Baptist who has plenty of experience putting points on the board.
Senior Matt Wells, who averages more than 22 points per game, eclipsed the 1,500-point career mark Tuesday night.
RANTOUL – When Chris Wagner speaks of the remarkable growth of Rantoul senior Tyler Patterson, feel free to take the Eagles basketball coach's words literally or figuratively.
CHAMPAIGN – When the Battle of Champaign last was waged Jan. 11, Centennial and Champaign Central played to a sellout crowd.
If that ever before happened at Centennial's 2,300-seat gym – the largest high school basketball venue in Champaign-Urbana – it was before Central athletic director John Woods started regularly attending Maroons-Chargers boys' games.
PAXTON – St. Thomas More coach Todd Anderson won't blame it on the weather, but icy roads almost cost the Sabers a chance at playing Tuesday night in their 43-40 loss to Watseka in the Sangamon Valley Conference tournament.
Parents helped the players reach the game, the first car arriving in Paxton with the five starters and one bench player – six players, no coach.
DECATUR – When Nathan Swarts thinks about sitting on the bench, he displays a puzzled look on his face and just shakes his head. His face becomes almost as red as his hair, and he can't even put into words how angry the prospect of watching his Monticello teammates from the sideline makes him feel.
"Geez, I don't even want to talk about that," Swarts said after his Sages dropped a 69-60 Okaw Valley Conference tournament semifinal game to Meridian on Tuesday. "I know that I just hate sitting on the bench."
CHAMPAIGN – Boys' basketball in the Big 12 Conference this season has developed into a series of stellar offensive showings.
Champaign Central has eclipsed the 100-point mark once and hit 93 in two other games.
DANVILLE – With each day, Trey McCorkle thinks he's one step closer to fully recovering from an ankle injury that cost him a month of his senior season.
Bismarck-Henning's 6-foot-10 center is running up and down the court, blocking shots and hitting the floor for loose balls. He's just not doing it in long enough stretches to suit himself or his sixth-ranked Class 2A teammates.
ARTHUR – Cerro Gordo coach Scott Bacon knows about the history his team is making this season, and so do his players.
"It's been a long time," Bacon said after his Broncos wrapped up the Little Okaw Valley Conference tournament championship. "Too long if you ask me."
NORMAL – When Mikel Brigham does a self-evaluation, he sees something missing.
"I feel underrated," the Danville junior said.
NORMAL – Second-chance points were instrumental Friday night as Danville rallied to beat Normal Community 57-54 in a Big 12 Conference game.
These second-chance points weren't putbacks following offensive rebounds. They were points scored by two Vikings given a reprieve and receiving more playing time.