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Ingram paces Blue Devils in tourney tuneup

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.

Vikings handle change

DANVILLE – Mike Ahrens' Coach for the Day designation required more than saying, "Go get 'em," to the Danville boys' basketball team.

Serving as the Vikings' interim coach Friday as Gary Tidwell served a one-game IHSA suspension for his ejection from a game last week, Ahrens had to alter the lineup when two regulars arrived late to the gym and started on the bench.

Sages get it half right

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.

PBL shows composure

PAXTON – Dakota DeMoss scored 19 points and Kendall Cox added 16 as Paxton-Buckley-Loda beat St. Thomas More 59-43 in a Sangamon Valley Conference boys' basketball game Friday.

The Panthers fell behind 9-2 but rallied for a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

Freshman Jones has DeLand-Weldon on road to success

DeLAND – Nestled along the north side of Illinois 10, 23 miles west of Champaign, is a high school many passers-by have seen en route to other destinations, such as Clinton Lake.

Brielle Jones is doing her part to make DeLand-Weldon High School a stopping point.

Urbana in hunt for title

URBANA – Improved confidence appears to be the key to success for the Urbana girls' basketball team.

"We started to play better as a team once we got our confidence up," senior Camille Parsons said Thursday after scoring 14 points to lead the Tigers to a 38-18 Big 12 Conference win against Danville. "I felt real confident tonight and was able to hit my shots. We've also been able to run the ball better lately."

Markwell parlays hard work, dedication into milestone win

FITHIAN – Like many successful coaches, Dave Markwell was a multisport high school standout who went on to play in college.

Unlike many successful coaches, Markwell has thrived in a sport in which he never participated.

Calm, collected Worley shooting way to Spartan stardom

ST. JOSEPH – If Tyler Johnson had his way, Tad Worley would catch passes from him on the football field like he is now on the basketball court.

"I think he could be a receiver," said Johnson, SJ-O's quarterback in the fall and forward in the winter. "He's an athlete, that's for sure. A lot of guys said he's got some pretty good hands."

Clear your calendar

It's the most highly anticipated boys' basketball game of the season in these parts. Scott Davis, left, and Champaign Central (11-3), the state's fifth-ranked Class 3A team, will visit Tim Lavin, right, and No. 9 Centennial (13-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the first of two regular season meetings between these crosstown rivals. Staff writer Jeff Huth, who has covered this series since 1998, previews the latest edition of the Battle of Champaign.

Brigham begins to make name for himself

SPRINGFIELD – Mikel Brigham is not just drawing attention from opposing basketball players intent on stopping him.

He's receiving equal scrutiny from opposing coaches seeking to devise ways to curtail his production.