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Brewer hopes third time's a charm this weekend

MAHOMET – For some wrestlers, the exit ramp at the IHSA state tournament can be a particularly cruel road to travel.

Just ask Andrew Brewer.


Senior's shooting effort helps Vikings advance to final

CHAMPAIGN – There might not be a hotter girls' basketball team than Danville's Vikings and there might not be a hotter player than the Vikings' Janelle Hensold.

After winning three consecutive games in three days last week, Danville upended Centennial 64-52 in a Class 3A regional semifinal game Tuesday on the Chargers' court.


Parsons, Gray help Urbana rebound

CHAMPAIGN – With a loss in their final regular season game, Urbana's Tigers entered postseason play looking to rebound.

They did so, literally.


Hot start gets Central in the zone

CHAMPAIGN – Bloomington was in a zone, but not for long.

Not with Champaign Central's shooters zoned in from the perimeter.


Foul trouble can't slow Hoey

TUSCOLA – When Tuscola forward Kelsi Hoey picked up her fourth foul at the 6:59 mark of the fourth quarter Tuesday, Warriors coach Tim Kohlbecker had a decision to make.

He could leave in his star and gamble she wouldn't foul out, or he could go to his bench and hope the Warriors could hold on.


Junior Zebe takes command on Senior Night for Rockets

TOLONO – With junior and leading scorer Zebo Zebe on the bench to start the game because of Senior Night, Unity never really got going in the first half against Tuscola, trailing 15-13 at halftime.


Ohl continues to improve, leads Blue Devils to sectional

PAXTON – Bismarck-Henning junior Hannah Ohl has come a long way in the past year.

"Hannah has improved more in one year than any girl I have ever coached," veteran coach Mike Stephens said after Saturday's 55-45 Class 2A Paxton Regional championship win against St. Joseph-Ogden. "She's averaging 17 points this year despite handling the offense after averaging 10 last season."


Brewer delivers at end

WARRENSBURG – Last season, Rachael Brewer probably wouldn't have been Tuscola coach Tim Kohlbecker's first choice to take a clutch shot.

What a difference a year makes.


Vikings encouraged despite result

DANVILLE – The Vikings feel they are on the cusp of becoming a very good basketball team. That makes Saturday's 78-71overtime loss to state-ranked Peoria Manual that much harder to stomach.

The Vikings led the Rams 61-53 with 2:38 seconds to play only to see the visitors rally to force overtime in the final seconds before putting the hosts away by outscoring them 17-10 in the extra session.