Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

'Bold' Timberwolves can't slow St. Mel in championship game

PEORIA — Cissna Park High School doesn’t maintain a watersports division within its athletic department.

That didn’t stop Timberwolves boys’ basketball from getting a little creative before it embarked upon what turned into a historic 2018-19 campaign.

HS Boys 1A Championship: Cissna Park vs. Providence St. Mel

The Cissna Park Timberwolves fall to the Providence St. Mel Knights 52-29 in the IHSA Class 1A championship game at Carver Arena Saturday, March 9, 2019 in Peoria.

Boys' basketball state semifinal: GCMS vs. Nashville

Video highlights from a Class 2A boys' basketball state semifinal between Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and Nashville on March 8, 2019, in Peoria, with postgame reaction from Falcons coach Ryan Tompkins and Hornets coach Wayne Harre.

Hoopeston Area's Eighner wins three-point contest

PEORIA — Hoopeston Area senior Graham Eighner already showed his outside shooting potential by just making it to state in the Class 2A three-point contest.

Defending champs Belleville West end Danville's season

For The News-Gazette

EAST MOLINE — A postseason run from the Danville boys' basketball team defined by comeback victories offered a fourth chapter on Friday night.

All that was missing was a perfect ending.

Falcons meet match with Nashville, fall in semifinal bout

PEORIA — It didn’t feel like the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley boys’ basketball team knew how to lose.

The Falcons boasted 31 consecutive victories entering Friday night’s Class 2A state semifinal game versus Nashville. Increase that figure by 14 for the program’s state-champion football players.

HS Boys 2A Semifinal: GCMS vs. Nashville

The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Falcons take on the Nashville Hornets in the IHSA Class 2A semifinal game at Carver Arena Friday, March 8, 2019 in Peoria. Gibson City lost the game 47-45.

Boys' state basketball semifinal: Cissna Park vs. Central A&M

Video highlights from a Class 1A boys' basketball state semifinal between Cissna Park and Central A&M on March 8, 2019, in Peoria's Carver Arena, with postgame reaction from Timberwolves coach Kevin Long and athlete Brian Fehr, as well as Raiders coach Rob Smith.

Stout defense pushes Cissna Park hoops to state final

PEORIA — Kevin Long keeps his emotions buttoned up while pacing the sideline for Cissna Park boys’ basketball.

Sure, he’ll hoot and holler like most any coach does. But there isn’t an abundance of clapping. Very rarely will the 24th-year Timberwolves leader crack a beaming smile.

That often transitions to postgame press conferences as well, even at the Class 1A state tournament.

HS Boys 1A Semifinal: Cissna Park vs. Central A&M

The Cissna Park Timberwolves take on the Central A&M Raiders in the IHSA Class 1A semifinal game at Carver Arena Friday, March 8, 2019 in Peoria. Cissna Park won the game 56-44 to advance to Saturday's championship game.