Introducing: '14 All-Area Boys' Basketball team

Introducing: '14 All-Area Boys' Basketball team

For years, we’ve named an All-Area Boys’ Basketball team. For the first time, however, we’re unveiling our all-stars on video.

Thanks to Parkland College for opening its gym doors for our photo shoot, and photographers Brad Leeb and John Dixon for producing the video to the right.

Also, thanks to our first-teamers for not only posing for our cameras but providing snapshots from their early years. In some cases, very early years. That photo gallery also is part of this package.

This is only the start. In Sunday’s News-Gazette, staff writer Matt Daniels profiled Player of the Year Michael Finke, an Illinois recruit and repeat selection. He’s on a different kind of stage these days, playing the lead role in Centennial’s spring musical.

Our four-page package also includes a look at our Coach of the Year (Champaign Central’s Wayne McClain) plus all of our award-winners.

If you’d like to weigh in on our selections, email executive sports editor Fred Kroner at



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