Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

2019 Parkland/N-G Boys' All-Star Basketball Highlights

Video highlights from the 2019 Parkland College/News-Gazette All-Star boys' basketball game on April 14, 2019, at Dodds Athletic Center in Champaign.

Judah Christian, St. Thomas More rivals shine in exhibit

CHAMPAIGN — Philip Coulter had one message to deliver after Sunday's Parkland College/News-Gazette All-Star Game at Dodds Athletic Center.

Although the Judah Christian senior couldn't help but laugh after getting the words out of his mouth.

"My boy Riley Morris, he still can't hang with me. Make sure that's in the paper," Coulter said. "Riley Morris can't hang with me."

Local All-Star talent adds to coaches' fervor

PAXTON — When Adam Schonauer walks into the Parkland College gymnasium on Sunday, he'll see plenty of familiar faces.

The Paxton-Buckley-Loda boys' basketball coach is helming Team Gold in the eighth annual boys' Parkland College/News-Gazette All-Star Game, which begins following a 2 p.m. girls' game.

Rare air

UPDATE: April 9, 2019

With the 2018-19 prep basketball season in the books, preps coordinator Colin Likas has checked in with local schools about their latest 1,000-point scorers. Turns out, a fair number of kids cracked the plateau.

UPDATED: Houpt resigns after seven years leading Danville hoops

DANVILLE — Ted Houpt didn’t think he’d coach the Danville boys’ basketball team for seven seasons.

Posting a 35-73 record in his first four years, however, ensured a lengthier reign.

“After a slow start to the career, you get competitive,” Houpt said. “You don’t want to go out like this. You want to make sure you can leave with a little dignity.”

Ohio State-bound Liddell finds joy at the end of his prep road

PEORIA — E.J. Liddell became a little emotional once he packed up his hotel room, getting ready to leave for Carver Arena and the Class 4A state championship game on March 16. Those same emotions returned in the locker room ahead of Belleville West's showdown with Evanston.

87th News-Gazette All-State boys' basketball team



Rashaun Agee | Bogan, 6-8, Sr., F

The Tigers big man, who averaged 19.3 points and 13.1 rebounds for the 3A runners-up, is the top uncommitted prospect in the state.

Max Christie | Rolling Meadows, 6-7, So., G

Outgoing LOVC members name new conference

Fifteen members of the present-day Little Okaw Valley Conference now have a new banner under which they’ll compete moving forward.

Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, these institutions will be part of the Lincoln Prairie Conference. League president Matthew Shoaff, Okaw Valley’s principal, announced the title through a Tuesday press release.

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. Spring sports packages will be available by, at the latest, early July.

Finke transferring, looking for better fit

CHAMPAIGN — The Grand Canyon men’s basketball team’s postseason stay was a short one. After losing to New Mexico State in the WAC championship game — and losing the one NCAA tournament bid for the conference — the Antelopes dropped a 77-63 game at West Virginia in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational on March 20.