Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Sages legend Bob Miller nears milestone


The countdown began about a year ago, when Bob Miller drew the first black “X” through Aug. 1 on the calendar that stretches across the kitchen wall of the two-story Monticello home he and his wife bought 77 years ago. In 10 days, the “X’s” will engulf the large red dot between Aug. 10 and 11.

McCoy's road to recovery winding down

CHAMPAIGN — A behind-the-back pass from Tori McCoy sparks a smile and laughter from one of the youngest participants at the St. Thomas More girls’ basketball camp Thursday evening.

The St. Thomas More players and coaches are stationed at four hoops in the gym, working on different fundamental skills.

McCoy is a hit. When she stops to explain a drill, her young charges listen.

Best of Fred, No. 4: Wide world of numbers

Retiring executive sports editor FRED KRONER has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each Sunday until his last day, he’ll share his most memorable stories:

My interest in numbers started at the same time as my interest in sports.

The reasons were different.

Best of Fred: No. 5 — Top 25 lists

For much of the past 12 years, I’ve written weekly or biweekly lists on a variety of topics, most of which were sports-related.

These selections are my 25 favorites, including the dates they were published in the newspaper.

There’s one list that’s not a top five. It’s a top one.

I don’t have a favorite athlete, but I do have a favorite athlete’s name.

Beachey moves on from Centennial

The Centennial girls’ basketball team will have a new coach next season.

Jessica Beachey will no longer serve as head coach for the Chargers, and her replacement has not yet been named.

Beachey coached two seasons at Centennial, accumulating a 31-25 overall record and a 16-8 mark in conference play.

2014-15: Preps Year in Review

1. Unity boys’ track and field. Class 1A state champions had nine athletes with first-place medals, either individually or as part of a relay.

2. Centennial baseball. Made a statement postseason run, reaching the Elite Eight for the first time in Class 3A.

2014-15 Preps Year in Review: Monthly highlights

July 14, 2014: Maroa-Forsyth announces its intentions to leave the revamped Okaw Valley Conference in two years, to join the Sangamo Conference. When the Okaw league reformed, schools had agreed not to move within the first five years.

Best of Fred, No. 6: Abroad once again

Retiring executive sports editor FRED KRONER has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each Sunday until his last day, he’ll share his most memorable stories:

Dan Park’s mind was working overtime as a group of touring central Illinois athletes and one sports writer returned to American soil following a 10-day cultural exchange trip to China in 1994.

Area Senior Female Athlete of the Year: Lexi Wallen

St. Thomas More’s Lexi Wallen was the runaway choice as The News-Gazette’s Area Female Senior Athlete of the Year. She was the Player of the Year in volleyball and basketball, and was a first-team selection in soccer, raising her streak of consecutive All-Area first-team berths to 10. Because she is a 2015 graduate, we asked for her 15 best sports memories:

Area School of the Year: St. Joseph-Ogden

ST. JOSEPH — It wasn’t just one sport. Nor was it one group of athletes.

St. Joseph-Ogden’s return to the top of The News-Gazette Area All-Sports Standings was a cumulative effort of contributions from a significant portion of the student body.

Last fall, nearly 35 percent of all SJ-O students (160 of 462) participated in a sport.