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News-Gazette All-Area content from 2018-19 school year

Below is All-Area content from the 2018-19 high school sports season, put together by members of The News-Gazette staff.

Whitman open to idea of IHSA state basketball tournament returning

CHAMPAIGN — Josh Whitman is hopeful the University of Illinois can reacquire both IHSA state basketball tournaments, saying Tuesday "we intend to go after it aggressively."

Likas | Fans will benefit the most from changes to IHSA hoops showcase

Anyone who has attended an Illinois High School Association state basketball tournament during the last several years could tell change was required.

IHSA alters state basketball tournament format for 2021, beyond

Beginning with the year 2021, future IHSA state basketball tournaments will be conducted under a new format thanks to a decision made by the IHSA board of directors.

Monticello's trophy trove

Plenty of folks throughout Monticello are no doubt thrilled after getting to stake their claim to some athletic history. The high school in Piatt County — and Loren Tate's alma mater — hosted a trophy giveaway on Wednesday, necessitated by some housekeeping tied to a renovations referendum that was approved last year.

Prep pulse: June 3, 2019

St. Joseph-Ogden High School will be a great place to catch boys' basketball this upcoming winter.

Spartans athletic director Justin Franzen on Friday announced both matchups for the 2019 Toyota of Danville Classic — formerly the Leader Classic — and the field for the 2020 Christie Clinic SJ-O Shootout.

Likas | Thinking back on the last year of prep sports action

Thinking back on the cheers, tears and titles

Local IHSA participation concluded this past Monday when two baseball teams and one softball team fell short in their small-school super-sectional games.

Those results put the finishing touches on a busy and largely successful 2018-19 school year, from an area athletic standpoint.

Robinson, Patterson strive to connect with Danville's young risers

DANVILLE — Durrell Robinson and Zack Patterson each made one of their primary objectives perfectly clear on Thursday.

Tap into Danville's youth.

Even though both of the high school's basketball programs finished above .500 last season, their new coaches already are thinking to the future.

Robinson, Patterson selected for Danville hoops jobs

DANVILLE — Durrell Robinson and Zack Patterson will helm the Danville boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, respectively, in the 2019-2020 school year.

Vikings athletic director Mark Bacys announced school board approval of both men Wednesday evening.

Former Illini to play in ESPN tournament

Former News-Gazette All-Area Player of the Year Michael Finke will play for Illinois BC in this summer's The Basketball Tournament on ESPN.

A standout at Centennial High School before playing collegiately at Illinois and Grand Canyon, the 6-foot-10 Finke is pursuing a professional basketball career.