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Elkins' first-half flurry proves to be difference

CHAMPAIGN – It was only a short spurt, but it won a big game.

Fisher's Mitch Elkins scored 10 consecutive points in a four-minute span in the first half and the Bunnies' defense took over from there as Fisher defeated Tuscola 39-25 in a sectional semifinal Wednesday night at Parkland College.


B-H moves closer to first sectional title

CASEY – The dozens of fans who waited outside the Bismarck-Henning locker room to greet the team after the Blue Devils' 56-48 Class 2A sectional semifinal win against Effingham St. Anthony on Wednesday were all smiles.

High-fives, fist pounds and hugs were flying around.


Fisher-GCMS adds to exciting basketball lineup in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – A fan of the sport, Deon Mennenga would love to watch Friday's boys' basketball showdown between Champaign Central and Centennial.

Trouble is, he's busy.


Underdog Falcons on cloud nine after latest upset

CHAMPAIGN – Cinderella is still dancing.

That translates into an encore performance Friday night for the unheralded Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley boys' basketball team.


Hendricks always there to help

CHAMPAIGN – His teammates in the starting lineup all have seniority, but Bruce Hendricks doesn't make it obvious.

The only junior regular in Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley's boys' basketball lineup, Hendricks has been a catalyst in the Falcons' late-season surge into state prominence. At 6-foot-3, he's one of the team's tallest players.


Rice, Johnson do their part to set up Big 12 battle

CHAMPAIGN – Centennial never trailed in its 62-48 Class 3A regional semifinal victory against Urbana.

But that doesn't mean it came easily.

Rayvonte Rice had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Jeff Johnson added 15 points and nine rebounds as the Chargers (21-7) won on their home floor Tuesday night.


Sages' quick start derailed in second half

CASEY – For about 12 minutes of its Class 2A sectional semifinal game against Olney East Richland, Monticello looked like it would cruise toward an upset of the sixth-ranked Tigers.

Unfortunately for the Sages, it's a 32-minute game.


Warriors push favored Knights to brink

HERSCHER – Barry Bauer created the game plan. His Watseka High School boys' basketball team carried it out, but it still wasn't enough for the Warriors to score an upset Tuesday in Herscher's Class 2A sectional semifinals.

To contend with favored Chicago Christian, Bauer knew his Warriors needed to contain all-state candidate Joel Kamp.


Falcons seniors want to add sectional hardware

GIBSON CITY – The girls' basketball trophy case catches the eye when you walk through the doors of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School.

It's stocked with hardware and mementos from great teams past. There are plaques commemorating regional champions from 1995, 1996 and 2005.


Quick getaway propels Urbana

CHAMPAIGN – The Urbana Tigers found victories hard to come by during the regular season but were able to win when it mattered most.

The Tigers (3-20) held off a Rantoul comeback and defeated the Eagles 62-59 in the opening round of a Class 3A regional at Centennial High School.