CHAMPAIGN — Laura Litchfield knows basketball.
She has also become well-versed in another game. It’s the recruiting game.
By the end of her sophomore year at Champaign Central, she had her first scholarship offer.
It came from Illinois State University.
By the time she had her high school diploma, other schools had entered the recruiting game.
Mike Lindemann is a busy guy. Really busy. He is co-owner of Champaign’s Body N’ Sole Sports (35 years). He is the coach of the highly successful Parkland women’s basketball team (assistant for five years, head coach the last two.) He is a married (Liz) father of three (Laura, Allie and Rachel).
DANVILLE — Rob Buss should have recorded his halftime speech.
His Kishwaukee men’s basketball team, which trailed by 10 points less than a minute before the half Wednesday in the men’s NJCAA Division II tourney, went on a 22-1 run to rally past Lansing (Mich.) 82-68 at Danville Area Community College.
DANVILLE — One day into the 29th men’s NJCAA basketball tournament, Des Moines Area Community College head coach B.J. McGinn felt like one of the fortunate ones.
“We still hadn’t lost,” McGinn said.
The caveat is that his Bears hadn’t played, drawing an opening-round bye.
DANVILLE — Altez Davis had a memorable homecoming Tuesday,
The former Danville High School athlete scored the first two points in the 29th NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Tournament at Danville Area Community College.
DANVILLE — The defending NJCAA Division II men’s basketball national champions took care of business early.
Phoenix College played the 9 a.m. opening game in Tuesday’s 29th annual tournament — a feel-like time of 7 a.m. for the Bears — and overpowered Southeast Community College 81-51 to reach the quarterfinals of the 16-school tourney at Danville Area Community College.
The NJCAA Division II men’s basketball tournament starts today at Danville Area Community College’s Mary Miller Complex. This is the 22nd consecutive year that DACC has served as the official host, and the event is committed to remaining in Vermilion County through at least 2017. During a five-day period this week, 26 games will be played.
CHAMPAIGN — Hannah Wascher nearly left Rantoul for greener basketball pastures several times in her high school career, but she stuck with the Eagles through thick (becoming the program’s all-time scoring leader) and mostly thin (25 wins and 90 losses in four years).
Wascher was an early commit to Karrie Redeker at Parkland.
GODFREY — Shooters with a hot hand talk about being in a zone.
Sunday afternoon, the entire Parkland College women’s basketball team was in a zone. Without possession of the ball.
The championship game of the Region 24 tournament marked the first time this season that the top-ranked Cobras deviated from a man-to-man defense.
Back in the day, Anthony Figueroa was one of the top guards in the area, helping Centennial to consecutive Big 12 titles. Now, the 37-year-old is in charge of the rising power at Parkland College. Staff writer Bob Asmussen caught up to Figueroa this week as he prepared for Saturday’s regular season finale at DACC:
Can you still play?