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Biggers, Central take regional preview

CHAMPAIGN – Something seemed to be missing Saturday night at Combes Gym.

Danville provided an opening with the absence of a key contributor and Champaign Central took advantage in a 73-55 Big 12 boys' basketball win.

Lacine, McGill spark Maroons

EVANSTON – Depth still is paying off for the Champaign Central boys' swimming and diving team.

The Maroons, who claimed an IHSA sectional title last week at Unit 4 Pool in Champaign, continued their strong season Friday at the state meet.

Falcons dial up long-distance memories

GIBSON CITY – Amid the pandemonium that followed the first boys' basketball regional title since consolidation brought Gibson City and Melvin-Sibley together, there was, in fact, a moment of silence.

The final strand of net had been snipped by the winning Falcons when senior Calab Cook climbed the ladder once again and draped a warmup jersey over the front of the rim.

Sweet showing from line gives Sages back-to-back crowns

ST. JOSEPH – Free throw shooting has been a Monticello forte throughout the current basketball season.

That strength came to the rescue again Friday as the Sages hit 5 of 6 from the stripe in the final 31 seconds to hold off St. Joseph-Ogden 44-43 in the St. Joseph-Ogden Class 2A regional title game.

Henk, Hintz enjoy taking shot at best

NORMAL – Erin Henk and Sarah Hintz are examples of the benefits of the annual IHSA three-point shooting contest.

Henk, a junior at Hoopeston Area, and Hintz, a sophomore at LeRoy, were members of girls' basketball teams that struggled to win games this season.

Knoll, Salt Fork battle until end

LOVINGTON – Salt Fork won the first and fourth quarters, but it was unable to record a win Thursday night in a Class 1A regional semifinal boys' basketball game.

Sullivan broke a 46-46 tie in the final minute and edged the Storm 50-49. The Redskins (15-12) will play Lovington (19-8) in today's 7:30 p.m. championship game.

McCorkle, Blue Devils look for long postseason run

BISMARCK – Trey McCorkle started his senior basketball season at Bismarck-Henning on a high note. Named to The News-Gazette All-Area team as a junior, the 6-foot-10 center signed in the preseason to play at Indiana- Purdue-Fort Wayne.

McCorkle's plans for his senior basketball season were derailed, however, during the Blue Devils' eighth game of the season.

Chargers' freshmen Skelton, Holder dive right in to state

CHAMPAIGN – History tells Don Waybright he won't coach diving Saturday at the IHSA state meet.

"I've never had a freshman boy who finaled," the veteran Centennial head coach said.

Tough night on mat for SJ-O, GCMS

Area schools were shut out Tuesday night in their bids to advance to this weekend's dual-team wrestling state tournament.

In Class 1A sectional matches at Clinton, 14th-ranked Macomb edged 13th-ranked St. Joseph-Ogden 34-33 and, in a rematch from 2007, Petersburg PORTA reversed the outcome against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, beating the ninth-ranked Falcons 34-26.

Jones injury sours Central victory

CHAMPAIGN – Verdell Jones was on the bench with an injured ankle. Keith Biggers was on the bench with foul trouble. Champaign Central was on the ropes after a four-point third quarter.