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CHAMPAIGN – The exposed steel girders are casting a strange shadow at Memorial Stadium these days, but they are nothing compared to Lemont senior lineman Graham Pocic.
The Indians senior, who made an oral commitment in June to play for Ron Zook's Illini, couldn't stop Lemont's 49-7 bludgeoning at the hands of Joliet Catholic in the Class 6A state title game Saturday. But when it was over, the Hilltoppers knew they'd been involved with a mountain of a young man.
CHAMPAIGN – It happened once more.
Westville's second chance for a football state championship resulted in the team finishing second-best.
CHAMPAIGN – Jordan Barney owned up to his mistake and said he was sorry.
There was no reason, however, for the Westville football team to apologize for its berth in the Class 2A state title game.
CHAMPAIGN – His prep football career had come to an end minutes before. But the type of person he is and the sense of humor he exudes, John Wienke couldn't help but crack a joke.
Asked how he felt about his high school career ending, Wienke said, "I still have a semester left, it's not over."
Each Saturday, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner will review Friday's playoff action:
CHAMPAIGN – Plano learned one important lesson in last year's 47-42 Class 3A football playoff championship win against St. Joseph-Ogden.
"We were up three scores and let it go last year, and we were not going to let that happen again," Plano coach Jim Green said after Friday's 32-7 win against Columbia.
CHAMPAIGN – Senior running back Tim Franken and his teammates did not want to be known as the team that couldn't finish the job.
No worries there.
LINCOLN – Danville's Vikings got the basketball exactly where coach Gary Tidwell asked for it to go.
"Daveon Allen's a pressure player and we wanted the ball in his hands at the end," Tidwell said.
TUSCOLA – For years, Robyn Wienke has listened to people criticize her husband. But she had an idea that would be the case when she married Stan Wienke, then a coach at ABL, 25 years ago. Part of being a coach's wife is learning to deal with the criticism, and Robyn has tried to distance herself from it.
She typically stands outside the fence in the west end zone at Tuscola High School, apart from some of the more rabid fans.