CATLIN – When the Salt Fork and Westville wrestling teams meet tonight in Catlin, it will be a bit of a family feud for Salt Fork junior Caleb Williams.
Williams, who has excelled this season with a 23-2 record, is the ne-phew of Westville coach Sean Wilkus.
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.
URBANA – Michael Renner is not like most record-breaking high school basketball players. He doesn't get to the gym at 6 a.m. to work on his ball handling. And he doesn't stay hours after practice to iron out the wrinkles in his jumper.
Being a student at the academically challenging Urbana University High doesn't allow for such habits to develop. But that hasn't stopped the senior from making an assault on the school's all-time scoring record that his older brother Alex holds. Well, for a couple more days at least.
DANVILLE – Success was a relative term for Salt Fork's girls' basketball team Tuesday.
Only one time in the third quarter of the Storm's Vermilion County tournament semifinal game against Oakwood did the team make its first shot as it set up in the halfcourt offense.
MAHOMET – After putting his title-round opponent on his back, Brandon Ward spent plenty of his postmatch recovery time in a prone position, too.
"I was pretty exhausted," the Champaign Central wrestler said after repeating as 171-pound champion of the Bulldog Invitational on Saturday. "I didn't think I'd be able to hold on til they (called) thepin."
CHAMPAIGN – Matched up against one of the state's top teams – and possibly the best player in Illinois as well – St. Thomas More responded with the heart of a scrappy fighter.
And the bloody nose to prove it.
DANVILLE – There was no shortage of stellar performances Saturday as the 28th girls' Vermilion County basketball tournament quarterfinals were played at the Palmer Arena.
DANVILLE – Saturday was a day without upsets, but a day filled with action as the 93rd boys' Vermilion County tournament got under way at the Palmer Arena. The highlights:
Bismarck-Henning 58, Milford 47.
CHAMPAIGN – You know it as the Battle of Champaign.
To Tim Lavin, it was strictly the Battle of the Boards.