PEORIA – Zander Culver of Champaign Central advanced Thursday to the finals of the Class 3A Three-Point Showdown basketball skills competition at Carver Arena.
The Maroons senior guard connected on 10 shot attempts during the preliminary round to finish among the top four qualifiers who will compete for the title at about 1:30 p.m. today.
PAXTON – Paxton-Buckley-Loda used a strong second half from guards Kendall Cox, Tyler Waterstradt and Eric Funk to defeat Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 60-43 in a Ford County boys' basketball rivalry game Saturday. PBL has a 14-12 series lead dating to 1993 when GCMS consolidated.
Ahead 30-29 with two minutes remaining in the third quarter, PBL went on a 17-3 run to pull away.
NORMAL – Champaign Central seniors Colin McGill and Mike Lacine enter their final Big 12 Conference swimming and diving meet Saturday as two-time champions.
Danville all-comers meet on tap
DANVILLE – An all-comers indoor track and field meet for males and females is Feb. 7 at Danville High School, beginning at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $1 per event, and individuals are limited to four events.
Mahomet-Seymour standout commits to Boilermakers
TUSCOLA – Tuscola High School must fill three more coaching vacancies after resignations by boys' track coach Steve Spears and girls' track and cross-country coach Mark Sweeney were announced Monday at the district's board meeting.
While Sweeney retained his teaching position in the school's social studies department, Spears' resignation included his teaching position in the math department. Tuscola superintendent Joe Burgess said both decisions were personal.
TUSCOLA – Tyler Carter couldn't believe his eyes.
The Tuscola receiver was used to seeing swift passes from quarterback John Wienke, but the Iowa-bound quarterback was never the swiftest on his feet. So when Carter saw Wienke's 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame scampering down the field against Unity in Week 2, the speedy Carter knew his quarterback would need some help.
TUSCOLA – He's called only Tuscola home for his 18 years. But tonight, John Wienke is leaving home to begin his college football career at Iowa.
And with his dad and former coach Stan Wienke set to continue his coaching career at Waterloo West High in the Hawkeye state, home has a new address.
CHARLESTON – Monticello's 3,200-meter relay team pulled out a switch that proved to be beneficial. The Sages inserted sophomore Steve Keeny into the No. 3 position in favor of Jack Foley, who ran the third leg Friday. The result: a second-place finish in a time of 8 minutes, 0.21 seconds.
"They're both fairly similar speedwise. So we figured we'd run Jack Friday and save Keeney for Saturday so he'll be fresh," said Brent Rhodes, who ran the opening leg. "I think that helped out a lot because he ran a great leg. This was his first state competition but he didn't race like it. He raced like a seasoned veteran."
CHARLESTON – By the time Urbana's Mykhail Chambers cleared 6 feet, 8 inches to win the Class 2A high jump crown, he had gone through enough shoes to last a career.
"I had a pair of spikes, broke them around 6-7, then switched to another pair and broke those again at 6-8," Chambers said.