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Urbana boys top rival Central

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.


Saturday's prep highlights: Chitty helps Judah start with a bang

In boys’ basketball

ECIC Tournament
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.


Gross lets his game do the talking

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.


Chillicothe IVC set to join eight-team Corn Belt

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.


Friday's prep highlights: Diedrich lifts Mahomet-Seymour

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.


Thursday's highlights: Fisher girls sharp

Girls’ basketball
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 turns tables on rival Rockets

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.


McKinley, Tigers surprise Centennial

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.


Bulletin Board: Centennial continues football streak

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.