PHILO — It was in the spring of 2007.
An email was received from a concerned News-Gazette reader. She wanted the sports department to know about this hotshot basketball player.
“You’ll be writing about her,” the writer predicted.
She was extolling the virtues of a fifth-grade girl who attended St. Thomas School in Philo.
CISSNA PARK — Josh Marquez went 3 for 3 with four RBI, leading Cissna Park to a 10-6 victory and a split in its baseball doubleheader against Momence on Thursday.
The Timberwolves lost the first game 13-11.
In the second game, Alex Rabe hit a two-run home run and Jacob Marquez went 3 for 4 with two RBI.
The Illinois men's basketball team will not square off against Marquette tonight in an East Region semifinal game at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
The task to beat Buzz Williams and his Golden Eagles falls on the shoulders of Miami after the Hurricanes narrowly defeated Illinois 63-59 last Sunday night.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The subject of Bonnie Blair’s birth was a topic of conversation in the wake of last week’s death of her eldest sister, Mary Blair Polaski.
Sophie Brunner Aquin Sr. 6-1 F/C: Repeat selection and Arizona State recruit ranked 285th nationally by Blue Star; led 31-3 Class 1A state champions in scoring (20.6), rebounding (10.6) and assists (4.8)
MOUNT CARMEL — If you are reading about Tyra Buss for the first time, then be forewarned: You’re not going to believe it.
If only this story were being published five days from now, then readers would anxiously anticipate two words as the perfect ending: “April Fools.”
News-Gazette All-State Girls' Basketball Players of the Year
Year Player School
2013 Tyra Buss Mount Carmel
2012 Jewell Loyd Niles West
2011 Morgan Tuck Bolingbrook
The numbers weren't mind-boggling, earth-shattering or awe-inducing.
Yet Chicago Simeon and its standout Jabari Parker, who was named Mr. Basketball in Illinois for the second straight year on Monday, don't win a fourth straight Class 4A state championship without the steady play of Illinois signees Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate.
Every week during the prep basketball season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous week's games.