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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
MEET THE COACH OF THE YEAR:
St. Joseph-Ogden’s Brian Brooks
Centennial, Junior, Guard
All-Area First Team
NAME SCHOOL YR. HT. POS
Dedric Byrd Centennial Jr. 5-9 G
Michael Finke Centennial Jr. 6-9 F