Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Prep Year in Review: Memories they’re sure to cherish

The area high school sports scene kept us entertained and on the edge of our seats from August through June:

Prep Year in Review: Spartans fired up

In 2005, we asked sports writer Fred Kroner to come up with a formula to fairly evaluate all of our area schools against one another, whether they competed in five sports or in 20.

July 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

With Year in Review coverage coming up this weekend (preps) and next (Illinois), it's almost time to hit the reset button and turn focus to the next school year. What do you want to see from The News-Gazette sports section? What could be the biggest storylines this fall? Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell?

Peoples picks Notre Dame

DANVILLE — Schlarman point guard Anaya Peoples wanted it to be clear that her college decision was hers.

She wasn’t making it based on her parents’ influence, even though they’d broken down school after school with her and made meticulous notes on many of the 40 schools that offered her a scholarship.

Retiring PBL athletic director stayed ahead of curve

PAXTON — John Woods was only 7 years old when his father took him up the road to Paxton to watch his alma mater, Fulton, take on Paxton in the 1978 football playoffs.

But that’s when the longtime Champaign Central athletic director began associating then-Paxton running back John Overstreet with the Panthers.

GCMS fires girls' basketball coach Whitehouse

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board approved the termination of Mindy Whitehouse as high school girls’ varsity basketball coach, effective immediately, at its May meeting.

“At this time, we decided we needed to go in a different direction,” GCMS High School athletic director Mike Allen said. “We wish coach Whitehouse nothing but the best.”

Former STM standout McCoy picks Marquette

CHAMPAIGN — Former St. Thomas More girls’ basketball standout Tori McCoy has decided to transfer to Marquette, per an announcement on Twitter.

McCoy spent her freshman season at Ohio State, averaging 8.1 points and 4.9 rebounds in 35 games for the Buckeyes. She also led the team with 59 blocked shots.

Zilis: Basketball not just a game to this family

URBANA — By all appearances, this was a game Arieal Scott would lose.

But the Urbana junior girls' basketball player wasn't afraid of a challenge. Even if she had to manufacture it.

Various current, former local ties set for induction to IBCA Hall of Fame

NORMAL — Eight individuals with area connections will get inducted tonight into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame during ceremonies at Illinois State University. Included in the group are three former area athletes who earned News-Gazette Player of the Year accolades.

Wolken among local coaches built to thrive

Randy Wolken moved closer to 1,000 career wins with St. Joseph-Ogden softball’s 9-4 triumph at Mattoon on Monday, his 998th while leading the Spartans. Before SJ-O plays at Unity on Tuesday, a look at five ex-area coaches who shined at their respective schools:

Dick Duval

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