Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

'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.

July 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

With Year in Review coverage coming up this weekend (preps) and next (Illinois), it's almost time to hit the reset button and turn focus to the next school year. What do you want to see from The News-Gazette sports section? What could be the biggest storylines this fall? Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell?

June 22 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 2:00pm

Now that Lovie Smith's 2018 recruiting class is now up to five commits, including his first from outside Illinois, what's next for the Illini football staff? What should be priority No. 1 the rest of the summer before training camp? What types of coverage would you like to see in the News-Gazette? Anything is fair game as sports editor Matt Daniels tackles your questions in his 2 p.m.

Scott Richey: Play for the recruiting edge


This week: The Big Ten's best are pretty well known — your Miles Bridges and Ethan Happs of the world. But there's always some player that bursts onto the scene (think D.J. Wilson in 2016-17). Here's 10 candidates for such a leap this coming season:

De'Ron Davis, 6-10, F, Indiana

Welcome Matt: June 12, 2017

Each Monday, sports editor Matt Daniels gets your morning kick-started with that to expect this week from The News-Gazette.


Bozarth bringing passion to position

TUSCOLA — Justin Bozarth peeked into the Tuscola High School gymnasium a few times last week.

The 31-year-old guidance counselor at the high school had good reason to, although only a few family members knew exactly why the 2004 Tuscola graduate would get so excited about the prospect of watching a few open gym sessions the last week in May.