Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

Best of Fred: No. 23 — Happily avoiding conflict

In honor of my son’s upcoming birthday — how is it possible he will be 32 on Monday? — some reflections on how sports and family occasionally became intertwined.

I was never a parent who forced his child to do a sport, although I wanted Devin to experience a sport firsthand before he made his own decision to continue it or not.

M-S' Romine overcomes 'serious illness'

MAHOMET — At 6 feet, 10 inches, Christian Romine towers over his opposition.

But the Mahomet-Seymour senior and Texas-El Paso recruit was no match for 5-year-old Faith Benedict.

Not in a game of hide-and-seek, that is.

“My daughter told me several times he wasn’t a very good hider,” M-S coach Chad Benedict said with a laugh.

Sunday Conversation: Anthony Figueroa

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?

Big-school roundup: Centennial's senior night spoiled


CHAMPAIGN — Centennial’s Senior Night was nearly perfect until Normal West crashed the party, defeating the Chargers 56-40.

“A disappointing loss, that’s for sure,” Chargers coach Tim Lavin said Friday night. “But that’s a good team. We made some defensive mistakes, and they made us pay for it.”

SJ-O trio secures regional title against PBL

PAXTON — Every time St. Joseph-Ogden’s Jake Pence possessed the ball during Friday night’s Class 2A Paxton-Buckley-Loda Regional championship game, Paxton-Buckley-Loda’s Blue Crew serenaded him with the chant, “MVP.”

Centennial Vs. Normal West 02-27-15

Centennial Vs. Normal West 02-27-15: Play now!

Brian Moline and Scott Beatty have the call from Centennial High School, as the Chargers take on the Wildcats.


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Monticello fends off comeback bid, wins regional crown

MONTICELLO — An 11-point Monticello lead halfway through the fourth quarter seemed safe.

Then the Bombers had to go and blow it all up.

Argenta-Oreana scored 11 straight points to tie the Class 2A regional championship game at 57, but Monticello’s Zach Fisher and the host Sages hoisted the hardware after a tense 65-60 win over the Bombers.

HS Boy's Basketball: Paxton 2A Regional Championship

St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Paxton-Buckley-Loda in the class 2A Regional Championship game at PBL High School in Paxton on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

LeRoy, Ridgeview boys set to meet for regional title

LeROY — In one sense, basketball is a 50-50 proposition. Shots will either be made or missed.

There is no other alternative.

The 50-50 part of the game for LeRoy’s boys’ basketball team on Thursday came in a different aspect.

02-26-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast

02-26-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast: Play now!

02-26-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast.  All kinds of High School Sports finals to talk about this week with Fred Kroner, Matt Daniels, and Scott Richey.  The guys talk about State Wrestling, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Swimming and much more.


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