Road to Peoria
We asked prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner for his thoughts on the Class 1A and Class 2A boys' basketball playoffs:
Score one for defense
Fisher can credit its defense for reaching the super-sectional in 1A. In four postseason double-figure wins, coach Deon Mennenga's Bunnies have held each opponent to at least 10 points less than they scored in their previous game. Collectively, the four schools scored 92 points fewer vs. Fisher than in their previous contest.
Hot at the right time
Stanford Olympia was sub-.500 in the Corn Belt Conference (6-8) and has 19 wins overall, but coach Gerry Thornton's team advanced to the super-sectional by upsetting teams with 25, 27 and 26 wins in its last three games.
The schools ranked first and second in the final AP regular-season polls in both Class 1A and Class 2A are among the Elite Eight entries. In 1A, that's Lewistown and Warrensburg-Latham. In 2A, that's North Lawndale and Peoria Manual.
Storybook season ends
Chicago Englewood is a high school with only seniors this year and will shut its doors for good in June. The team had its state tournament run ended with a two-point loss in the sectional finals on Friday to No. 1 North Lawndale.
Illini fans had to be in heaven as Olney East Richland and Bismarck-Henning played (right) in Friday's 2A sectional title game at Casey's historic gym (built in 1929). While sitting at the press table on the stage, reporters saw a sea of orange to their left (Olney fans) and an equal sea of blue to the right (B-H fans).
Add Villa Grove's Travis Parsley to the list of area qualifiers for next weekend's IHSA three-point shooting contest. Parsley will compete for the Class 1A title.