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ATWOOD – On a night when the weather outside could chill a person to the bone, Shiloh heated up the gym to win the Little Okaw Valley Conference girls' basketball tournament title.
The Raiders defended their place atop the conference with a hard-fought 47-34 victory against Arcola on Saturday.
DANVILLE – If you want to know the key to Bismarck-Henning's defensive success, girls' basketball coach Mike Stephens will tell you.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Four Champaign Central players reached double figures but the Maroons fell to LeFlore Prep of Mobile, Ala., 72-59 on Friday in the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions.
LeFlore is ranked sixth nationally by ESPN.com and 17th by USA Today. DeMarcus Cousins, one of the nation's top juniors, led the Raiders with 23 points and Marquette-bound Nick Williams added 15.
FISHER – After Mitch Elkins hit a free throw to give him his fifth point of the game midway through the first quarter, he knew he could relax. The senior forward from Fisher came into the Heart of Illinois Conference matchup against Ridgeview needing only five points to hit 1,000 career points, but he gave the ecstatic crowd much more than that.
Elkins caught fire, scoring 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting and a perfect 5 of 5 from the free throw line to lead the Bunnies to a 76-55 win against the Mustangs.
DANVILLE – Oakwood's boys' basketball team suffered a loss on the court and coach Jesse Johnson felt it in his heart.
"I wanna cry," Johnson said. "I feel something in the back of my mind that says, 'What am I not doing right for these kids?'
CHAMPAIGN – Stan Adkisson has been so busy lately that he barely had time to get nervous before his last wrestling match at Champaign Central on Thursday. He's been juggling studying for exams and spent the early part of the afternoon having a root canal.
His Senior Night excitement and jitters didn't hit, he said, until he returned to Combes Gymnasium and his teammates began discussing the upcoming match against Mahomet-Seymour, which the Maroons lost 45-16.
DANVILLE – Athletes who didn't even play in the game were instrumental in Salt Fork's semifinal victory Wednesday in the 93rd Vermilion County boys' basketball tournament.
Coach Aaron Hird wasn't referring to reserves on the bench as cheerleaders in his analysis after the Storm's 49-44 conquest of Hoopeston Area.
URBANA – In the midst of a basketball season short on wins and long on hard-earned lessons, coach Mike Lindemann points to a Twin City rival as a fitting example for his youthful Champaign Central Maroons.
"I look at our team like what Urbana was going through three years ago," Lindemann said this week. "I tell them, 'That's what we can be if we keep working at it.' "
DANVILLE – Murad Abbed was the top scorer and rebounder for Bismarck-Henning on Wednesday as the Blue Devils reserved a spot in the championship game of the 93rd Vermilion County boys' basketball tournament.
The senior's statistical totals in those areas represent only a portion of his value as second-seeded B-H topped Westville 49-36 in a semifinal game at Palmer Arena.
CHAMPAIGN – Hall of Fame coach Tommy Stewart is back to his daily exercise routine thanks to the assistance of 10 Champaign High and Champaign Central graduates.
Stewart, who coached the Maroons to 199 football victories from 1953 to '83, was presented with a new exercise bike Monday at his Champaign home.