Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

Ragle resigns as Fisher boys' basketball coach

FISHER — Marking the second major coaching change in the last two weeks, Ron Ragle resigned from his position as the head coach of the Fisher boys’ basketball team Friday.

“It was very difficult, very tough and emotional,” Ragle said of his decision to step down. “I’ve devoted 10 years of my life to it. I’m probably the only one in my family who agrees with the decision.”

Kroner: M-S team lifts up community

MAHOMET — There have been Mahomet-Seymour boys’ basketball teams with more wins in a season.

There was a team from the school that qualified for state, losing in the quarterfinals to a Harvey Thornton squad in 1933, led by freshman Lou Boudreau, that went on to win the state championship.

Who's that Illini? Wa_y_e M_Cl_in

One of the best coaches in IHSA history, he also made an impact at the UI, which won 70 percent of the time he was on the bench.

Heard it here first

Acting sports editor Matt Daniels and the still title-less Scott Richey were flying solo again without executive sports editor Fred Kroner's wealth of area preps knowledge for this week's News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast.

03-24-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast

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03-24-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast.  Matt Daniels and Scott Richey discuss the close of the winter high school sports season and look ahead to the spring sports.


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Tate: Hottest topics go by wayside in coach's chat

As he clicks on the reset buttons for 2015-16, John Groce is placing new emphasis on competitiveness and togetherness, two aspects he saw missing at season’s end.

The Illini basketball coach harped on those two items during wide-ranging discussions with the media Monday.

March 26 high school sports chat

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:30pm

Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner is churning out plenty of All-Area selections and Player of the Year honorees this week for our winter sports. Who were some of the top athletes and teams he watched these last four months? What is his take on the area spring sports scene? Is it a good thing or bad thing that the boys' basketball state tournament will remain in Peoria through 2020?

NJCAA notebook: Conley delivers instant offense

DANVILLE — Troy Conley earned his spot on the all-tournament team in less than two minutes of the second half Saturday.

The Phoenix College sophomore nailed five three-point shots in a span of 1 minute, 43 seconds as the Bears expanded a four-point lead into a 14-point margin in the third-place game of the NJCAA Division II tournament at Danville Area Community College.

NJCAA title game: Bland completes journey

DANVILLE — The last two days of the NJCAA Division II men’s basketball tournament were challenging ones for Richard Bland College.

The team trailed by 13 points in Friday’s semifinal but came back to win despite losing guard Reginald Moses to a knee injury in the first overtime.

Best of Fred: No. 20 — Fans for life

Another NJCAA Division II Tournament has come and gone.

I always associate the annual men’s basketball junior college nationals with “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

In 1992, before the event relocated to Danville, I traveled to Delta (Mich.) Community College to cover the tournament when there were only eight qualifiers. The schedule worked out that there was a free evening.