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.
Guided St. Thomas More to a runner-up finish in the Class 2A state tournament. The 32 wins — including 16 in a row — were two of 55 school records (for a season or game) the team set or tied. Among the others: points per game (67.0), field goal accuracy (47.2) and turnovers forced (26.5 per game).
PHILO — It was in the spring of 2007.
An email was received from a concerned News-Gazette reader. She wanted the sports department to know about this hotshot basketball player.
“You’ll be writing about her,” the writer predicted.
She was extolling the virtues of a fifth-grade girl who attended St. Thomas School in Philo.
News-Gazette All-State Girls' Basketball Players of the Year
Year Player School
2013 Tyra Buss Mount Carmel
2012 Jewell Loyd Niles West
2011 Morgan Tuck Bolingbrook
MOUNT CARMEL — If you are reading about Tyra Buss for the first time, then be forewarned: You’re not going to believe it.
If only this story were being published five days from now, then readers would anxiously anticipate two words as the perfect ending: “April Fools.”
Sophie Brunner Aquin Sr. 6-1 F/C: Repeat selection and Arizona State recruit ranked 285th nationally by Blue Star; led 31-3 Class 1A state champions in scoring (20.6), rebounding (10.6) and assists (4.8)
VILLA GROVE — The Villa Grove school board on Monday approved a limited co-op with some sports to be shared with the Heritage school district.
While a majority of the Villa Grove board supports a full co-op, some members said they wanted more information before reaching that decision.
In girls’ track & field
At Champaign. Danville won three events, including two by Alexus Jimson-Miller, en route to finishing second in the 37-team Gene Armer Invitational girls’ meet at the University of Illinois Armory.
This week: Girls’ basketball
SCHOOL (previous) W-L
1. Centennial (1) 30-4
2. St. Thomas More (2) 32-3
3. Clinton (3) 25-6
4. Watseka (4) 26-7
5. Iroquois West (5) 22-10
6. Danville (6) 17-11