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Thursday's prep highlights: Finke earns all-state honors

MOLINE — Centennial basketball player Michael Finke was selected to The Associated Press all-state first team in Class 3A.

The all-state team, voted on by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters, was announced Thursday.

Kroner: Teams, fans need to mind their manners

Good sportsmanship has never been in worse shape.

The past month has produced high-profile examples of deplorable and despicable behavior. Unfortunately, each incident occurred at an IHSA state tournament event, and each trumped the previous one in seriousness.

Big 12 searches for conference subs

By MATT DANIELS and FRED KRONER

The Big 12 is getting smaller.

Decatur schools Eisenhower and MacArthur on Wednesday accepted invitations to join what will become a 10-member Central State Eight starting in the 2014-15 school year.

The decision did not catch other Big 12 administrators off guard.

Bulletin Board: Vaughn breaks throwing hand

Centennial senior LUKE VAUGHN has broken records nearly every time he has tossed a shot put during the indoor track and field season.

He most likely won’t do so anytime soon after he broke his right hand.

Vaughn, who signed with Mississippi in February, suffered the injury Saturday during a meet at Plainfield North. He was running in a sprint event and placed second.

Chart toppers: Class 3A and 4A hoops teams to watch, courtesy Fred Kroner

Chicago Simeon
Besides watching to see if coach Robert Smith’s program can win its fourth consecutive Class 4A state title and sixth in eight years, there might be a Donte Ingram sighting. The former Danville High athlete is one of the Wolverines’ reserves.

N-G Top 10 Boys' Basketball: SJ-O finishes at top


TEAM (previous)    W-L
1. St. Joseph-Ogden (1)    29-5
2. Monticello (2)    23-6
3. Cissna Park (3)    21-11
4. Arthur-Lovington (5)    24-6
5. Centennial (6)    22-9
6. Salt Fork (4)    26-5
7. Ridgeview (7)    24-8

Teams of the Week: Danville girls' track & field in spotlight

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DANVILLE GIRLS’ TRACK AND FIELD
For the ninth time in the past 12 years, the Vikings captured the Big 12 Conference indoor league crown. Alexus Jimson-Miller won three events, sprinter Emone Davis was victorious and the 800-meter relay was triumphant. Davis was joined on that foursome by Ambrosia Williams, Jorriel Stewart and Arionna Graham.

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Athletes of the Week: Vaughn and Jimson-Miller

Luke Vaughn, Centennial, Senior, Track & Field
Recently: Mississippi recruit set another school record in the shot put at Plainfield North with a toss of 59 feet, 71/2 inches.

In his words: “It’s just been lots of work in the offseason and busting my butt in the weightroom.”

My favorite athlete is ... Lindsay Rogan.

Who's next at Central?

Longtime boys' basketball coach Scott Davis is out at Champaign Central. Who takes his spot? Ask prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner, who had the story on Davis stepping down in today's N-G. Submit questions by clicking here and FLK will respond during his 12:30 p.m. chat.

Davis stepping down at Central

CHAMPAIGN — The dean of boys’ basketball coaches in the Big 12 Conference is stepping aside.

Central’s Scott Davis confirmed on Monday that he is resigning from the one coaching position after 21 years on the job.

He will remain on staff as a teacher and the boys’ tennis coach.