Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

Sergio McClain welcomes opportunity

CHAMPAIGN — Sergio McClain knew this day was coming.

He didn’t know when. He didn’t know where. He just knew that one day he would have head coach in front of his name.

That opportunity became official on Friday when he was promoted to interim head coach at Champaign Central, filling the boys’ basketball position that became open when his father, Wayne, passed away Oct. 15.

Central names Sergio McClain coach

CHAMPAIGN — Sergio McClain was at his father's side last season as Champaign Central's boys' basketball program got back on its feet.

Now, it's his job to carry on what his late father started.

On Friday, Central named Sergio McClain interim boys' basketball coach. He takes over for the legendary Wayne McClain, who died Oct. 15.

Bulletin board: Parkland to host prep volleyball event

CHAMPAIGN — The second annual Parkland/News-Gazette All-Star Volleyball match will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at Parkland College.

Top area high school seniors will be showcased. The rosters will be announced at a later date. Those chosen will practice from 1 to 3 p.m. before the five-set match begins at 5 o’clock.

Sunday Conversation: Dick Corn

Before he became executive director of the Illinois High School Basketball Hall of Fame, Dick Corn was a successful coach, winning two state titles at Pinckneyville. The Hall held its latest induction ceremonies last weekend in

Celebrating Coach McClain

Here is one place for all our coverage from the celebration of the life of Wayne McClain.

Sports Talk 10-22-14

Sports Talk 10-22-14: Play now!

On Basketball Wednesday, Steve Kelly and Marcus Jackson talk with Brad Sturdy from rivals.com and with Todd Lindsey from the Illini Quarterback Club.

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10-22-14 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast

10-22-14 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast: Play now!

10-22-14 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast.  Fred Kroner, Matt Daniels, and Scott Richey look at high school sports in Central Illinois.  This week a look at the passing of Central High School Basketball Coach Wayne McClain.

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Kroner: What a celebration


CHAMPAIGN — Wednesday was a good day.

The sun provided the warmth outside.

Thomas to decide Tuesday; Self and Weber to attend McClain's funeral

Four-star forward Elijah Thomas is set to announce his college decision today, with Illinois among his top five.

During an announcement at 1:30 p.m. from Lancaster High just outside Dallas, the 6-foot-9, 240-pounder will choose between the Illini, LSU, Oklahoma State, SMU and Texas A&M.

News-Gazette SportsPage 10-20-14

News-Gazette SportsPage 10-20-14: Play now!

Join the News-Gazette sportswriters as they broadcast from the Esquire Lounge in downtown Champaign, discussing the latest in Illini news.

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