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Kroner: Monticello's Phipps says 'it was all worth it'

MONTICELLO — Bryan Phipps isn’t out to prove anything. That mission already was accomplished.

He isn’t trying to impress anyone. The numbers speak for themselves.

The Monticello High athlete is going to play a basketball game today and then join the ranks of those who derive their enjoyment and pleasure by watching contests from the sidelines or from an armchair.


81st N-G All-State Boys' Basketball Team: POY Jabari Parker

CHICAGO — Walk through the rotating doors outside Gate 4 at the United Center.

Take the elevator to the third floor.

Make an immediate left.

One quarter of the plush ballroom is full of circular tables bunched together, replete with white tablecloths and chairs pushed tightly together surrounding the tables.


Kroner: Central job's a slam dunk

My dream job is different from my neighbor’s. That is to be expected. We are different people, with different interests.

The same is true for folks in a similar profession. One coach might covet a particular job while another wouldn’t even have enough interest to apply when the opening occurs.


Chart toppers: All-State POY finalists

Matt Daniels offers his top five for N-G All-State Player of the Year honors, which will be announced in Sunday's News-Gazette


Bulletin Board: Parkland to host all-star game

All-stars headed to Parkland
CHAMPAIGN — The second Parkland College/News-Gazette senior all-star basketball games will be April 14 in the Cobras’ gym.

The girls’ game will start at 1 p.m. at Parkland. There will be two 10-player teams, one coached by Chris Mennig, from St. Thomas More, and the other by Susan Thomas, from Centennial.


Who's the next Central coach?

Ask prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner during Tuesday's online chat, which starts at 12:30 p.m. Submit questions of any kind at any time and Fred will drop some knowledge on you. Click here to participate


All-Area Boys' Basketball Player of the Year: Centennial's Finke

CHAMPAIGN — It’s spring break for Michael Finke.

Except there’s little indication it is spring.

On this particular early morning in late March, temperatures in the mid-teens flash on bank signs throughout Champaign-Urbana.
Frost is still evident on nearby fields. The wind is biting.

And there’s no break for the Centennial big man. Hardly.


All-Area Boys' Basketball Coach of the Year: SJ-O's Brian Brooks

MEET THE COACH OF THE YEAR:
St. Joseph-Ogden’s Brian Brooks


All-Area Boys' Basketball: Meet the First Team

Dedric Byrd
Centennial, Junior, Guard


All-Area Boys' Basketball teams

All-Area First Team
NAME    SCHOOL    YR.    HT.    POS
Dedric Byrd    Centennial    Jr.    5-9    G
Michael Finke    Centennial    Jr.    6-9    F