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36th All-Area Girls' Basketball POY: STM's Randa Harshbarger

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.

36th All-Area Girls' Basketball: Meet the first team

Kandie Bloch
Argenta-Oreana, Senior, Forward

Thursday's prep highlights: Marquez powers Cissna Park

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.

Kline weighs in on Illinois

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.

A Life Remembered: Eldest Blair sister introduced family to speedskating

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.

36th N-G All-State Girls' Basketball Team

First Team

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)

All-State POY: Tyra Buss

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.”

N-G POYs: Meet the stars

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

Simeon duo have stellar senior seasons

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.

Hardly.

Weekend Wrap — Bragg helps Vikings win state title

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.