Ryan Donohue, Monticello, Senior, Basketball
Recently: Scored in double figures in both of the Sages’ Class 2A regional wins, hitting matching 14-point totals in the semifinals and the finals. Only squad member who has started all 27 games.
RIDGEVIEW BOYS’ BASKETBALL
Three years removed from a 1-26 season, the Mustangs (23-7) captured a Class 1A regional title, beating two Heart of Illinois Conference foes by double-digit margins. Three players reached double figures in the title game, including Trevor McIntosh with 15 points.
ST. THOMAS MORE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
On Saturday, the Assembly Hall celebrates its 50th birthday. Prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner researched the 83 high school basketball teams that were crowned as state champions at the Hall (57 boys’ teams and 26 girls’ teams) and came up with these five memorable championship games.
CHAMPAIGN — Now comes the fun part for Rantoul.
On its home court.
With less than 24 hours to rest.
And no practice.
We asked staff writer Matt Daniels for his take on this week’s wide-open Class 3A Centennial boys’ basketball regional:
Centennial. Urbana. Mahomet-Seymour. Rantoul. Champaign Central.
One of those boys’ basketball teams will emerge Friday with a Class 3A regional championship plaque. Who, however, is anyone’s guess.
ARCOLA — Curtis Plank scored a game-high 18 points, leading Arthur-Lovington to a 60-59 victory against Central A&M in a Class 1A boys’ regional title game Saturday night.
SULLIVAN — Throughout the season, Monticello’s eight seniors were looking to make memories.
Most of the group has played together for years, but they haven’t had that one postseason triumph that connects them for the rest of their lives.
HOOPESTON — The Class 2A Hoopeston Regional championship game was close.
Then the third quarter started.
Top-seeded St. Joseph-Ogden overwhelmed Bismarck-Henning with its precision three-point shooting in the second half and picked up the pace en route to a 54-27 win against the Blue Devils on Friday night.
CHAMPAIGN — Xavier Martin hit two free throws with 14 seconds left and Champaign Central survived a 15-foot shot attempt by Danville at the end to pull out a 57-55 Big 12 victory Friday night at Combes Gym.
“I thought we defended it pretty well,” Maroons coach Scott Davis said.
NORMAL — Armstrong-Potomac junior Morgan Zindars is one of four qualifiers for today’s Class 1A three-point shooting finals. She hit 9 of 15 attempts during Thursday’s 32-person competition at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena and tied for the fourth spot.