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Allen, Vikings persevere

NORMAL – Second-chance points were instrumental Friday night as Danville rallied to beat Normal Community 57-54 in a Big 12 Conference game.

These second-chance points weren't putbacks following offensive rebounds. They were points scored by two Vikings given a reprieve and receiving more playing time.

Chargers set for challenges

CHAMPAIGN – Centennial faces a crucial stretch next week, playing Big 12 rivals Danville and Champaign Central.

"When we play disciplined defensively and we screen out on offense and look for the extra pass, we're pretty good," Centennial coach Tim Lavin said. "At times we look really good and at times we struggle, and hopefully as we get closer to the end here, it will be the better part of good."

Radliff, M-S gaining confidence

MAHOMET – Luke Radliff wasn't expecting a stellar performance against Prairie Central.

The Mahomet-Seymour junior can rarely predict nights when he will get in the zone. Instead, he just lets it flow. That's when he's likely to post his best numbers, which he did Friday night with a game-high 23 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 64-43 win against their Corn Belt Conference rival.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda on SVC mission

PAXTON – Kendall Cox had 28 points and made 11 of 14 free throws, including 9 of 10 in the final minute, and Paxton-Buckley-Loda beat Momence 64-52 in boys' basketball Friday night.

The win fortified PBL's stranglehold on the Sangamon Valley Conference, moving the team to 6-0. Momence, St. Joseph-Ogden and Watseka all have two losses.

Broncos seeking redemption in LOVC title game

ARTHUR – Asked if he's been looking forward to tonight's Little Okaw Valley Conference championship game against Lovington, Cerro Gordo coach Scott Bacon responded without hesitation.

"Yes. Yes," Bacon said after Cerro Gordo defeated Tri-County 67-59 in the semifinals Friday. "Very much so."

Spartans' rebuilding program under way

ST. JOSEPH – The dynamics within the St. Joseph-Ogden girls' basketball team have changed this season.

No longer are the Spartans the "hunted," the team that everyone wants to beat to reach their elite level, which included a state tournament berth last year and four successive 20-win seasons.

Schlarman to honor pair

DANVILLE – Schlarman officials will induct two former athletes to their Athletic Wall of Fame today.

Judge Glenn Collier, a 1968 graduate, and Mike Christian, a 1970 graduate, will be honored at Schlarman's Shebby Gymnasium during a halftime ceremony at the boys' varsity basketball game against Salt Fork.

Area referee touched many lives through decades of officiating

RANTOUL – Someone once said the best officials are the ones you don't notice.

On the other side are the colorful characters you can't forget.

Hot start powers Monticello

DECATUR – At the end of a cold night outside the gym, the team that started out hot raised the trophy above its head.

The Monticello Sages stormed out of the gate and withstood a late surge by Unity to win 57-53 and capture the Okaw Valley Conference tournament.

IHSA director Hickman gives the scoop on steroid testing

The IHSA will start drug testing at its member schools next school year.

We can only hope that the positives were surrounding last week's announcement and not the ultimate result.