Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

Parkland advances to Elite Eight

DANVILLE — The outcome is what Anthony Figueroa and his Parkland men’s basketball team wanted on Tuesday night.

“You’re always happy when you win,” the Cobras coach said.

A 62-54 victory against Johnson County (Kan.) in the first round of the NJCAA Division II national tournament kept the Cobras’ national championship aspirations intact.

HS Baseball: Unity vs. Westville

Tolono Unity vs. Westville in a prep baseball game at Westville High School on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

Parkland's Howard doesn't let slight size deter him on court

DANVILLE — Cornelius McIntosh first met Terrion Howard during his orientation at Parkland College.

McIntosh, a 6-foot-4 guard from Chicago, wasn't quite sure why Howard, who stands a foot shorter than McIntosh, was there.

"I didn't know he played basketball," McIntosh said.

March 23 prep sports chat

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:30pm

Why was Anaya Peoples The News-Gazette's All-Area girls' basketball Player of the Year? When do other All-Area teams from the winter come out? What spring sports teams could contend for a state title this school year? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here to answer your questions at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Dual Parkland hoops national title bids 'a dream come true'

CHAMPAIGN — Before both Parkland basketball teams gathered inside Dodds Athletic Center on Friday afternoon, they were together.

No real surprise there.

“We were just watching March Madness with them downstairs and joking around,” Parkland women’s guard Kerstyn Lowery said. “We’re pretty close with (the men’s team).”

Illini target Smith thriving under recruiting glare

NORMAL — Edwardsville boys’ basketball fans mobbed Mark Smith after his 45-point performance in an 81-59 win over Danville last Friday in the Class 4A Ottawa Sectional title game, with several kids, in high school and younger, sidling up to him for a quick selfie, getting their picture with a player on a meteoric rise.

Finke, Jones believe UI coaching decision in good hands

Champaign Central boys’ basketball coach Jeff Finke has seen plenty of now-former Illinois coach John Groce and his staff over the last five seasons.

HS Boy's Basketball: Monticello vs McNamara 2A Third Place Game

Class 2A Boy's Basketball third place game: Monticello vs Bishop McNamara, Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Carver Arena in Peoria. McNamara defeated Monticello 58-53. 

Despite loss, Sages wrap up best season in school history

PEORIA — With the Monticello football team advancing to the Class 3A state semifinals in the fall, Monticello starters Johnny Dawson and Isiah Florey got a late start practicing with their basketball teammates for this season.

After only one official practice with the entire roster, the first month of the season was pretty hectic for Monticello.

‘Couldn’t be more proud’: Sages cap off unlikely playoff run with fourth-place finish in state tournament

PEORIA — Monticello’s first trip to the state tournament may have come as a surprise to some.

Coach Kevin Roy said Friday his team has considered itself a playoff underdog since the first game of a sectional tournament hosted by Monticello.