St. Joseph-Ogden girls up three spots in AP hoops poll

Little has changed among area teams in the latest Associated Press prep basketball polls, but one program saw a significant boost in its ranking.

The St. Joseph-Ogden girls hopped up from No. 10 to No. 7 in their Class 2A poll, which was released Tuesday afternoon along with seven others.

2019 Twin City boys' swimming and diving highlights

Video highlights from the Twin City boys' swimming and diving meet at Unit 4 Pool on Jan. 22, 2019, featuring athletes from Champaign Central, Centennial and Urbana.

Holzman named Gatorade National Player of the Year

NEW ORLEANS — Ellie Holzman admits she should have known something big was coming. The film crew at her house Wednesday morning should have been a clue. Her aunt in town from New Jersey — for what her parents told her was a conference — another.

NFL star returning to Danville for a cause

DANVILLE -- When the Danville boys basketball team hosts Urbana at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Trent Sherfield will be in attendance — along with a special prize for one lucky fan.

Wierschem, Maroons retake Twin City meet title

CHAMPAIGN — Roster turnover generates opportunities at all levels of athletics.

That was going to be on display in Tuesday's annual Twin City boys' swimming and diving meet.

Asmussen | Ex-Illini Karras has respect of former coaches

Tim Beckman didn't recruit Ted Karras to Illinois. That was Ron Zook. But it doesn't change the way Beckman feels about Karras, who started on the Illini offensive line for four seasons.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Eversole guides VG/H into tournament title game

In boys' basketball

McLean County/HOIC Tournament

Preview: Wisconsin at Illinois, 8 p.m. today


Illinois (5-13, 1-6 Big Ten)


P Name Yr. Ht. PPG Hometown

G Trent Frazier So. 6-1 14.6 Wellington, Fla.

G Ayo Dosunmu Fr. 6-5 14.2 Chicago

G Da'Monte Williams So. 6-3 4.4 Peoria

F Kipper Nichols R-Jr. 6-6 7.6 Cleveland

Prep wrestling stats: Jan. 23, 2019

Class 1A


Name, School W L Pts

Wagner, St. Joseph-Ogden 32 4 169

Hosley, Unity 34 6 152

B. Tay, Ridgeview/Lexington 20 0 106

Travis, Prairie Central 25 13 87

Palmberg, St. Thomas More 21 14 56

Dykes, GCMS/Fisher 8 2 36

Bailey, Monticello 10 7 13

Wallace, Monticello 11 9 13

Bezhanishvili's star is on the rise

CHAMPAIGN — Giorgi Bezhanishvili's BTN Live interview with host and personality Mike Hall after Illinois' win against Minnesota is just shy of eight minutes of must-see entertainment. Within seconds, both Bezhanishvili and Hall are laughing, with the Illini freshman amused that Hall called him a star.