CHAMPAIGN — The bus rides are the shortest of the season for Urbana.
They’ve also become the most enjoyable.
A week after the Tigers knocked off then-state-ranked Centennial on the road, Vashoune Russell’s squad put it to Champaign Central on Tuesday night in a 75-56 Big 12 Conference win at Combes Gym.
In boys’ basketball
■ Decatur Christian 49, Urbana Uni High 46. The Illineks nearly pulled off a late rally after trailing 42-26 to start the fourth quarter of their quarterfinal game. PATRICK WONG (18 points) and GEORGE VOULGARIS (10 points, 10 rebounds) paced Uni.
BEMENT — Back in the day, Rich Gross was a 2,000-point career scorer in basketball for Sheldon High School.
Three decades later, some 60 miles to the southwest, the family tradition continues.
Connor Gross — who was introduced to the sport as a youngster by his father, Rich — led the area in scoring as a sophomore at Bement and ranks No. 1 again as a junior.
The Corn Belt Conference will have eight members once the 2014-15 school year arrives.
The conference met Thursday and approved 6-1 to add Chillicothe Illinois Valley Central to the league. Conference president Lance Thurman, the principal at Stanford Olympia, said approval required a two-thirds majority vote, but he declined to say who voted against the measure.
In boys’ basketball
■ Normal West 29, Champaign Central 26. The Maroons trailed 7-1 at the end of the first quarter and could not recover in a road loss. SEAN SUGGS led Central with seven points and ALEC ALTMYER chipped in six points while KAMERON ROWAN added five rebounds.
Class 1A regional TITLE GAMES
- Schlarman 45, Armstrong-Potomac 38. At Armstrong, SIERRA BELL’s 23 points led the third-seeded Hilltoppers, who rallied in the second half. ELLA BLACK added 10 points for Schlarman, which outscored A-P 29-21 after the break. ERIKA SIEBERNS led the Trojans with 15 points.
MONTICELLO — The last time Unity and Monticello met on the hardwood, the Rockets ended the Sages’ season in devastating fashion, winning 102-70 in a Class 2A regional in Tuscola.
What a difference a year makes.
CHAMPAIGN — Urbana won’t win the Big 12 Conference championship.
Centennial might not, either.
The Tigers never trailed and held off a furious fourth-quarter rally by Centennial to prevail in a 64-57 upset Tuesday night.
CHAMPAIGN — Three Centennial athletes will sign letters of intent to play football in college. It marks the 16th consecutive year under coach Mike McDonnell that at least one Charger has committed to a college and brings his cumulative total at the school to 83.