Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

M-S exploring league options

MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour Principal Shannon Cheek said the school may move toward a breakup with the Corn Belt Conference.

It’s a matter of competitiveness and compatibility, he said — particularly where enrollment is concerned.

“We’re growing,” he said. “Member schools of the Corn Belt are not.”

Bulletin board: IHSA recognizes area duo

CHARLESTON — Two area track officials have been selected to work the upcoming girls’ or boys’ state track and field meets as starters. Danville’s Bob Rice, in his 30th year as a track official, will serve as Class 2A starter for this week’s girls’ meet. In 2014, he was honored as the IHSA Track Official of the Year.

Finke putting staff in place

CHAMPAIGN — Jeff Finke’s first coaching staff at Champaign Central is nearly complete. And the first-time head coach is adding a former head coach in an assistant role.

Finke, who Central hired on April 27 to become the school’s boys’ basketball coach, will have former Villa Grove/Heritage coach Andy Place as one of his two varsity assistants with the Maroons.

Sunday Conversation: Jeff Finke

Jeff Finke won’t coach his first game as the Champaign Central boys’ basketball coach for another six months. But plenty of work is ahead for the former Illini before he begins his first season in charge of the Maroons. And before his oldest son, Michael, takes to the court for the Illini.

Chrisman needs boys' hoops coach

CHRISMAN — Jon Heath didn’t have the opportunity to play basketball at Chrisman under Hall of Fame coach Roger Beals.

“My eighth-grade year (1991-92) was his last year coaching,” Heath said.

Bulletin board: Urbana athlete picks North Central

URBANA — Senior Anna Billman, from Urbana, signed a letter of intent last week to continue her volleyball career at North Central College in Naperville. The 6-foot middle hitter had a team-high 192 kills for the Tigers last fall and earned All-Area special mention recognition.

Chargers golfer to sign with Parkland

Faces of the fall, winter and spring

Each school year, we extend invitations to the best and brightest high school student-athletes for Picture Days at The News-Gazette. Each school year, we're amazed by the response.

Frerichs back coaching Rantoul

RANTOUL — Eighteen months after he resigned, Brett Frerichs is back in charge of the Rantoul High School boys’ basketball team.

His hiring was approved Monday night at a the district’s school board meeting.

When he stepped aside in November 2013, it was due to a conflict with work. Frerichs is employed at BSN Sports.

May 14 high school sports chat

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 11:00am

Soon-to-be retired Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner will handle one final chat during his distinguished career here at The News-Gazette. Who was the greatest athlete he ever saw? The greatest coach? The greatest team? What's going on the area spring sports scene in 2015? Nothing is off limits in Kroner's give-and-take.

Best of Fred, No. 13: Under great direction

Retiring executive sports editor FRED KRONER has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each Sunday until his last day, he’ll share his most memorable stories:

There seems to be a perception that when an individual or a team is anointed as the best at something, then everyone else is chopped liver.

Let’s quickly set that myth to rest.