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.
The high school basketball season in Illinois has ended, with a few Illinois recruits and targets playing on the final weekend while only a few other targets for John Groce are still playing.
CHAMPAIGN — Steve Kouri was nervous.
Palm-sweating, anxiety-ridden, biting-your-fingernails-type nervous.
After 77 years, the Illinois high school boys’ basketball state tournament had moved away from Champaign.
Away from the Assembly Hall, the state’s most well-known basketball venue, and its precursor, Huff Hall.
In girls’ track & field
At Champaign. Danville won three events, including two by Alexus Jimson-Miller, en route to finishing second in the 37-team Gene Armer Invitational girls’ meet at the University of Illinois Armory.
Sayonara, Decatur MacArthur and Decatur Eisenhower. Once the Big 12 Conference starts play in the 2014-15 school year, those two longstanding members will not find themselves in the league anymore. Both Decatur schools were accepted into the Central State Eight Conference on Wednesday. The Big 12 athletic directors met Friday morning in Peoria.
■ Cissna Park 5, Fisher 3. The host Timberwolves were limited to three hits but took advantage of four Fisher errors to win their opener. Beau Anderson and Alex Rabe each had one hit and one RBI for Cissna Park. Kyle Williams and Tate Estes had two hits and one RBI apiece for the Bunnies.
Tito Odenigbo sees plenty of scarlet and gray.
Practically every Friday at Centerville (Ohio) High School, his fellow students don the colors of Ohio State.
The defensive lineman who verbally committed to Illinois on Monday said a few might throw on the maize and blue of Michigan.
Even fewer, however, sport the orange and blue Illini colors. With the exception of Odenigbo.
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.
Ron Ullery has coached football at Centerville (Ohio) High School since 1977, with the head coaching responsibilities falling on his shoulders since 2000.
During that lengthy time pacing the sidelines for the Elks, he can’t remember a player at Centerville committing to a college this early, like Class of 2014 prospect Tito Odenigbo did to Illinois on Monday night.
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.