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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.