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CHAMPAIGN – James Kinney easily could have been distracted Friday night when Centennial took on Normal West during the Chargers' Senior Night celebration.
Minutes after the game, the Centennial guard's left thumb was bandaged in tape and propped under an ice pack. It started swelling Monday after practice, but neither he nor others who looked at it could determine what happened to it.
DANVILLE – Collis Lillard picked the perfect time of the season to play the best basketball of his career.
Friday night, the Danville senior followed up career-high totals in points (27) and rebounds (16), which he put up Wednesday at Urbana, with a 14-point, 15-rebound effort against Bloomington in helping the Vikings to an 83-59 whitewash of their Big 12 rival.
ST. JOSEPH – St. Joseph-Ogden, usually known for its physical inside presence, mixed it up a little in a 51-43 win against Paxton-Buckley-Loda.
And it all started with senior Tyler Johnson, who hit two three-pointers out of the gates.
URBANA – Points rarely have come easy this basketball season for the Urbana Tigers.
For one half Friday night, they nearly were nonexistent.
CHAMPAIGN – Danville came into Thursday night's game as one of the hottest girls' basketball programs in the area, and they kept on rolling through the Class 3A regional championship.
The Vikings, who have won five straight games, utilized a good defensive effort in a 44-38 win against Big 12 Conference champion Urbana.
TUSCOLA – Kelsi Hoey blew her image Thursday. Emily Joines reinforced hers.
Hoey, a junior at Tuscola, and Joines, a senior at Shiloh, were the central figures for their respective schools in the Class 1A sectional championship girls' basketball game.
CHAMPAIGN – The road to state in IHSA swimming and diving leads through Unit 4 Pool on Saturday.
Centennial will host one of 16 sectional meets throughout Illinois, which will determine the field for the state finals Feb. 22-23 at Evanston. Diving begins at 9 a.m., with the first swimming event scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
It is the ultimate paradox.
There are fewer opportunities for wrestlers to earn scholarships at Division I colleges than there were 10 years ago, yet there is an increase in participation in the sport at the high school and youth levels.