Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

B-H's Tidwell changes his view

BISMARCK — Gary Tidwell admits that he argued with officials a bit too much during his time coaching at Danville and Schlarman. Of course, he didn’t realize it then.

“I think that’s kind of the way we’re programmed,” Tidwell said. “We see it on TV from the top-down, and it just kind of goes with the territory.”

First Cobras hoops coach dies at 87

GRAYVILLE — Upon arriving in Champaign back in the late 1960s, Ken Pritchett didn’t have a venue his Parkland College men’s basketball team could call its own.

A place where they could play games. Or even practice.

But it didn’t matter to the first men’s basketball coach in Cobras history.

VG/H hoops coach steps aside

BROADLANDS — Villa Grove/Heritage will play under a third boys’ basketball coach in three seasons once the 2016-17 campaign starts following Brad Wilson’s resignation, which will become official at Monday’s Heritage Board of Education meeting.

2016 Prep Program of the Year: St. Joseph-Ogden

In 2005, we asked now-retired sports writer Fred Kroner to come up with a formula to fairly evaluate all of our area schools against one another, whether they competed in five sports or 20.

2016 Prep Year in Review

TEAMS OF THE YEAR
1. Unity boys’ cross-country. Dominant performance by five seniors at state; they placed among the top 14 individually, leading Rockets to a Class 1A state crown.

2. LeRoy boys’ basketball. School’s first state trophy in the sport was for first place in Class 1A.

UI hoops recruit glance: Theo John

Why he’s a fit at Illinois
The big men on the roster come 2017-18 have their strengths. Leron Black is a rebounder. Michael Finke is a shooter. John, with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, can be what the Illini sorely need — a rim protector.

Preps Year in Review: In Memoriam

The 2015-16 school year was a tough one for local high school athletics. We remember 10 former athletes, coaches, fans and innovators who passed away in the last 12 months.

REMEMBRANCES
■ Stephen Montez, 24, July 16, 2015. Former St. Thomas More wrestler won 114 matches with the Sabers.

UI hoops recruit glance: Terrence Lewis

Why he’s a fit at Illinois
The Illini haven’t had many players that could play above the rim in the John Groce era. Lewis, a 6-foot-6 small forward, would change that immediately. Beyond explosive athleticsm is a consistent jump shot and solid rebounding ability.

Top college prospects for 2017 NBA Draft

Mock drafts for the 2017 NBA Draft were already in the works before the 2016 draft even happened. With that in mind, Scott Richey joins the fun with his way too early top 10:

Rantoul's Williams brothers ready to break out

RANTOUL — Kevonte Williams and Kevin Williams are finally seniors.

Which means area high school boys’ basketball coaches will have to contend with an athletic frontcourt at Rantoul for another season.

Much like they did last season. And the year before that. And the year before that as well.