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Saturday's prep highlights: Vaughn throws aside old record

CHAMPAIGN — Two weeks after establishing a school record in the shot put, Centennial’s Luke Vaughn did it again Saturday.

The senior’s toss of 58 feet, 11/2 inches helped him set a school record in the event, which he won during the Charger Invitational at the University of Illinois Armory. Vaughn had a school-record toss of 57-111/4 in Centennial’s first indoor meet before Saturday.

N-G Top 10 Girls' Basketball: Chargers finish out front

SCHOOL (previous)    W-L
1. Centennial (1)    30-4
2. St. Thomas More (2)    32-3
3. Clinton (3)    25-6
4. Watseka (6)    26-7
5. Iroquois West (—)    22-10
6. Danville (4)    17-11
7. Central (5)    16-12
8. LeRoy (—)    20-10

Bulletin Board: No place like home for Carver

OAKLAND — After Charlie Carver’s last year as Tri-County boys’ basketball coach (2008-09), he and his family relocated to Florida, where he coached for a year near Lake Wales. He found, “we were back and forth a lot,” so he returned to Illinois and landed at West Central (in Biggsville) for the past two seasons.

Athletes of the Week: Donohue and McCoy

Ryan Donohue, Monticello, Senior, Basketball

Recently: Scored in double figures in both of the Sages’ Class 2A regional wins, hitting matching 14-point totals in the semifinals and the finals. Only squad member who has started all 27 games.

Teams of the Week: Ridgeview boys' basketball in spotlight

Three years removed from a 1-26 season, the Mustangs (23-7) captured a Class 1A regional title, beating two Heart of Illinois Conference foes by double-digit margins. Three players reached double figures in the title game, including Trevor McIntosh with 15 points.


Chart toppers: Best Assembly Hall memories, courtesy Fred Kroner

On Saturday, the Assembly Hall celebrates its 50th birthday. Prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner researched the 83 high school basketball teams that were crowned as state champions at the Hall (57 boys’ teams and 26 girls’ teams) and came up with these five memorable championship games.

Waiting's the toughest part for young Sabers squad

NORMAL — The conversation was to the point.

When freshmen Jade Brinkoetter and Erica Wallen first sat in coach Chris Mennig’s office, he showed them a local newspaper article he had clipped out.

The story documented how Brinkoetter and Wallen had helped St. Matthew win the eighth-grade girls’ basketball state championship in 2008.

When going got tough, STM's Wallen got going

NORMAL — In a season of milestones for the St. Thomas More girls’ basketball team, sophomore Lexi Wallen was at her best when the opposition was the best.

She reached the 500-point mark for the second consecutive season once the Sabers reached state. It wasn’t a total she achieved by flourishing against the weaker schools.

Bittersweet ending for Centennial girls

MOUNT ZION — One by one, they exited the floor.

A few jogged. A few walked.

STM's McCoy quietly steals the show

NORMAL — Tori McCoy’s television debut was Emmy-worthy.

The 6-foot-4 freshman was the dominant force from the opening tip Friday night as St. Thomas More handed El Paso-Gridley a 62-48 Class 2A state semifinal loss in the IHSA state tournament at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena.