UPDATE: 9 p.m.
Wayne McClain's Maroons knocked off Springfield Lanphier 78-73 in a Class 3A sectional semifinal. The Lions were ranked second in 3A.
St. Thomas More led most of the way but came up short against Heyworth in a Class 1A super-sectional. The Hornets won 72-62.
Steve Kelly and Loren Tate listen to Illini men's basketball coach John Groce and his basketballers Kendrick Nunn and Jon Ekey, and they talk with Illini Senior AAD Tom Michael, Illini defensive line coach Greg Colby, and with our very own Brian Moline.
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St. Thomas More and Heyworth in the IHSA Class 1A Super-sectional at Redbird Arena in Normal Tuesday March 11, 2014.
CHAMPAIGN — Expectations don’t always follow the projected path to reality.
St. Thomas More’s boys’ basketball program is the perfect example.
Two years ago, the school won a regional championship. Four of the 14 varsity members were sophomores.
One stood 6-foot-5. Another was 6-4.
The future looked bright.
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CHAMPAIGN — In his first six years as a high school basketball head coach, Wayne McClain’s Peoria Manual teams never won less than a regional title.
In Year 1 this season at Champaign Central, the streak continued. He inherited a team that was 5-20, and 13 of the 15 players who scored points were underclassmen. McClain’s mantra is one reason the Maroons are back in the sectional.
Class 1A super-sectional
St. Thomas More (22-7)
vs. Heyworth (23-7)
Tuesday, 7 p.m. at Illinois State University