Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

STM principal takes post at Pontiac

CHAMPAIGN — His four-year run as principal brought a blue ribbon from the U.S. Department of Education (Champaign's first since 2005) and a state championship in girls' basketball (its first ever).

Chargers edging Maroons in year's action

The times the Maroons and Chargers meet head-to-head on an athletic field are fleeting this school year. A look back at what has transpired in the past nine months, with Centennial holding an 8-5 edge on Central and three contests remaining:

Specialization isn't stopping three-sport stars

The best female hurdler in the state of Illinois nearly didn’t hurdle.

For Salt Fork senior Jenny Kimbro, the indecision she felt her freshman year is almost unimaginable looking back. But during the fall of that year, she contemplated playing softball instead of running track.

Bulletin board: Smith signs with Prairie Stars

CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More senior Airiana Smith signed last week with Illinois-Springfield, where she’ll continue her basketball career.

Smith averaged 6.5 points per game and knocked down 25 three-pointers this season, when the Sabers made a run to a Class 3A sectional title-game appearance. She earned News-Gazette All-Area special mention honors.

Video: Winter Sports Postseason Highlight Reel

Relive some of the top moments from the News-Gazette area's winter sports postseason, including LeRoy and St. Joseph-Ogden's state titles in boys' basketball.

Longtime SJ-O basketball coach steps aside

ST. JOSEPH — The St. Joseph-Ogden girls’ basketball team helped coach Jeff Finis make his way through the loss of his daughter in 2013 and his own struggle with colon cancer. But on Thursday, Finis told his team in a tearful meeting that it was time to step away.

“After 18 years of coaching, it’s really hard to step down,” Finis said. “It’s been my life for 18 years, and my family.”

"Illini Prairie" selected as name for Okaw Valley-Corn Belt merger

The new conference consisting of the 10 remaining teams in the Okaw Valley and Corn Belt Conferences will be named the Illini Prairie Conference, the conference announced Wednesday.

The conference will begin play during the 2017-2018 school year.

Garriott hired as STM girls' basketball coach

When Tom Garriott announced that this year would be his last as Prairie Central’s girls’ basketball coach, he thought he’d take next season off at the very least as he adjusted to his new job at State Farm in Bloomington.

But when Jay Price stepped down at St. Thomas More, his thought process changed.

McCoy enjoying Big Apple

NEW YORK — When Tori McCoy looked outside of the Jordan Brand headquarters in New York earlier this week ahead of Friday’s Jordan Brand Classic, one aspect left her in awe during her first trip to the city.

“The lights look so amazing,” she said.

Okaw Valley, Corn Belt conferences will merge

PONTIAC — The merger between the Okaw Valley and Corn Belt conferences is complete.
Pontiac became the final school to approve the new conference at Tuesday’s school board meeting, meaning a new 10-team league commences beginning with the 2017-18 school year.