Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

Maroons must retool roster after losing four of five starters

CHAMPAIGN — Tim Finke no longer wears the Champaign Central maroon and white, trading in those colors for the Grand Canyon purple, black and white.

Boys' basketball storylines: All lined up for offseason workouts

Falcons balance busy schedule

GIBSON CITY — Preparing to defend a state championship is an important task for any prep program. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley football is experiencing that firsthand after capturing the Class 2A crown last November.

Prep pulse: July 2, 2018

Coaching changes are bound to happen in high school sports, for any number of reasons.

But it's hard to overlook just how many coaches have stepped aside following their respective 2017-18 campaigns.

Tons of well-known individuals have decided to move on from coaching, or jump from one leadership position to another.

2017-18 Prep Year in Review

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

1. Schlarman girls' basketball. Keith Peoples' Hilltoppers, led by Player of the Year Anaya Peoples, suffered just one loss all year en route to a Class 1A state title, the first in program history.

Prep pulse: June 25, 2018

I've used this space previously to discuss our 1,000-point scorers project. And it's time to do so again.

Back in February, I tried to compile a list of former and current high school basketball players who had put up 1,000 points in their prep careers. I quickly received plenty of responses to that effort, and the initial list has grown even longer.

IHSA adjusts rules in 3 sports

Wrestlebacks are back.

A cut day now exists in golf.

And a mercy rule is in place for basketball season.

Those are among the notable IHSA rule changes for the 2018-19 academic year that will affect the state wrestling and golf tournaments, as well as lopsided regular-season basketball games.

'Those were always fun'

Chad Benedict  won six regional titles in 19 seasons coaching at Chrisman (1999 to 2006) and Mahomet-Seymour (2006 to 2018). The man who helped lead M-S to the Class 3A Elite Eight in 2015 will serve as the South coach in today's Class 3A/4A Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game in Pontiac.

'It really was surreal'

Brian Brooks compiled a 324-121 record in 15 seasons coaching at St. Joseph-Ogden before stepping aside in March. The man who helped guide the Spartans to a 2016 Class 2A state title will serve as the South coach in today's Class 1A/2A Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game in Pontiac.

Can't wait for more? Circle these 10 dates on next season's preps calendar

Aug. 24, 2018

Friday night lights. Marching bands. Student sections. Pork chop sandwiches. That's right, the high school football season kicks off this night. Defending Class 2A state champion Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley opens at Ford County rival Paxton-Buckley-Loda, one of many marquee games set for the next nine weeks.