Boys Basketball

Bulletin board: IBCA honors area coaches

NORMAL — Nearly three dozen area basketball coaches from all levels will be honored Saturday at the annual Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame banquet. In all, 34 area coaches — or coaches with area connections — will be among the 311 from the state who will be feted at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center.

Danville's Smith delivers

CHAMPAIGN — Danville’s Denzel Smith is trying something new and different this spring. The senior is high-jumping on the track and field team.

“It’s OK,” Smith said.

Saturday night, the 6-foot-7 All-Area standout returned to the basketball court at Parkland College and did better than OK.

2014 All-Area All-Star Basketball Games

A gallery of images from the 2014 All-Area All-Star basketball games at the Dodds Athletic Center on the Parkland College campus in Champaign on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

PBL hoops coach Vogel on the move

PAXTON — Scot Vogel resigned as boys’ basketball head coach at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School to accept a position as athletic director for the Hoopeston Area School District.

Finke, all-stars to hoop Saturday

The teams have been finalized for Saturday’s third Parkland College/News-Gazette all-star basketball game at Parkland. The girls’ will tip off at 6:30 p.m. The boys’ game will start at approximately 8 p.m. At halftime of each game, competing players will participate in a three-point shooting contest.

Bolen will wrap career at Parkland/N-G all-star game

CHRISMAN — Ty Bolen and Michael Finke will have a brief reunion again on Saturday.

“It will bring back memories,” Bolen said.

It won’t be like the old days, when the two athletes were teammates.

The two high school seniors are no longer even focusing on the same sport as they were in  2007.

As 11-year-olds, they were summer teammates on the Champaign Tribe.

Sunday Conversation: Jordan Caroline

Jordan Caroline left Champaign in 2012 for Orlando, Fla., to enroll at Montverde Academy, which boasts a powerhouse boys’ basketball program. Since then, the former Champaign Central High School big man has played for teams that won consecutive national titles, most recently on April 5 in the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament in New York City.

Champaign Central vs. Centennial 3-7-14

Champaign Central vs. Centennial 3-7-14: Play now!

Wayne McClain's Maroons knock off top-seeded Centennial in a Class 3A Regional Final.  Brian Moline and Tim Ditman have the call.


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Champaign Central vs. Springfield Lanphier 3-11-14

Champaign Central vs. Springfield Lanphier 3-11-14: Play now!

Brian Moline and Tim Ditman have the call as the Maroons upset #2 Lanphier in the sectional semifinals at Mattoon.


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