Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

'I feel like that's a good fit'

Danville senior guard Kendle Moore, The News-Gazette boys' basketball Player of the Year in 2017, committedto Drake last Sunday after receiving offers from several Division I schools, including Illinois State and Loyola. 

Danville's Moore picks Drake as next destination

DANVILLE — Kendle Moore started attracting Division I interest when he was a sophomore.

Now a senior at Danville, the Vikings' point guard has made his college intentions known.

The News-Gazette's 2017 Player of the Year, after he guided Danville to a Sweet 16 appearance in Class 4A, has verbally committed to Drake.

Growing into his swing

CHAMPAIGN — When Justin McCoy stepped out of the car before the Champaign Central boys' golf team's first summer practice in June, Maroons coach Mike Osterbur didn't recognize the kid who a year earlier was a pint-sized freshman for the seventh-place team in Class 2A.

On your mark, get set ...

With the start of high school sports just days away, we asked prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis to answer five burning questions.

1. Will Mahomet-Seymour repeat as state cross country champions?

The Mahomet-Seymour cross-country team didn't just win a state title a year ago. They ran an historic race.

Post 210 fall in title game

RANTOUL — Danville Post 210 manager Allan Shepherd said there was one thing on he and his players' minds Saturday following an 8-1 loss to Edwardsville in the American Legion baseball state championship game: rest.

Post 210 was unable to capture a second consecutive state title, but it secured a return trip to the Great Lakes Regional with its runner-up finish.

'He'll be missed'

CHAMPAIGN — The letters on their behalf. The phone calls, too.

Those are memories former players of Coleman Carrodine carry with them to this day.

Carrodine, the boys' basketball coach at Centennial from 1978 to 2000, died at 4:06 a.m. on Tuesday at Carle Foundation Hospital. He was 76 years old.

Male Athlete of the Year: Jake Beesley

I would first start off telling my future grandkids how fortunate I was to have the support and means to be able to participate in multiple sports, along with all the fun and difficult times I faced. I would encourage them to do multiple activities and sports during their high school years because of all the memories and new friends I made.

NG athletes of the year: Andrea Coursey and Jake Beesley

St. Joseph-Ogden's Andrea Coursey and Champaign Central's Jake Beesley are The News-Gazette's senior athletes of the year.

Prep Year in Review: Memories they’re sure to cherish

The area high school sports scene kept us entertained and on the edge of our seats from August through June:

Prep Year in Review: Spartans fired up

In 2005, we asked sports writer Fred Kroner to come up with a formula to fairly evaluate all of our area schools against one another, whether they competed in five sports or in 20.