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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.
BISMARCK – On the eve of the annual Vermilion County Tournament, defending champion Bismarck-Henning was out to make a statement against one of the two teams to defeat the Blue Devils this season.
Using an impressive performance at both ends of the court against Vermilion Valley Conference power Chrisman, the Blue Devils notched a confidence-building 76-65 victory at Wilcox Gymnasium and in the process sent a message to the rest of the county tournament field.
MONTICELLO – Two Monticello teams showed up for Friday's Okaw Valley Conference boys' basketball game against Meridian.
The first scored 21 points in the first quarter and 28 in the fourth. Meridian outscored the other 39-13 in the second and third periods en route to a 76-62 victory.