Girls Basketball

Bulletin board: IBCA honors area coaches

NORMAL — Nearly three dozen area basketball coaches from all levels will be honored Saturday at the annual Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame banquet. In all, 34 area coaches — or coaches with area connections — will be among the 311 from the state who will be feted at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center.

Prairie Central's Crane nears decision

CHAMPAIGN — Laura Crane’s decisions are getting tougher.

The Prairie Central senior was the only player in Saturday’s third Parkland College/News-Gazette girls’ all-star game who hasn’t settled on a college.

“I have to decide between basketball and the major I want,” Crane said.

She could have helped sort things out by not playing well in the seniors-only game.

2014 All-Area All-Star Basketball Games

A gallery of images from the 2014 All-Area All-Star basketball games at the Dodds Athletic Center on the Parkland College campus in Champaign on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Finke, all-stars to hoop Saturday

The teams have been finalized for Saturday’s third Parkland College/News-Gazette all-star basketball game at Parkland. The girls’ will tip off at 6:30 p.m. The boys’ game will start at approximately 8 p.m. At halftime of each game, competing players will participate in a three-point shooting contest.

Kroner: McCoys will stick with STM

CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More is currently without a girls’ basketball head coach.

After five days of rumor and innuendo, that announcement was made by Ryan Bustle, the high school principal, on Friday, with his succinct one-sentence statement: “Mr. (Chris) Mennig is no longer an employee of St. Thomas More.”

Mennig out at STM

Chris Mennig coached the St. Thomas More girls' basketball team to a Class 2A state championship on March 1.

He won't get the chance to duplicate those efforts next season.

The former Illinois women's basketball assistant coach is apparently out as the Sabers' coach.

"Mr. Mennig is no longer an employee of St. Thomas More," STM Principal Ryan Bustle said.

Prep bulletin board from April 9

All-star rosters set
CHAMPAIGN — Area seniors who will participate in the Parkland College/News-Gazette all-star basketball game on April 19 have been divided into teams.

Fred Kroner: Challenging times for IHSA

BLOOMINGTON — The IHSA, in some quarters, is viewed as the Evil Empire.

It’s a perception that is prevalent among those with gripes about an organization in its 114th year of existence.

Some criticize the IHSA for its multiplier policy that is applied to non-boundaried schools.

Others don’t like the number of championships that are permitted in a particular sport.

Girls' All-State POY: Mount Carmel's Tyra Buss

MOUNT CARMEL — Tyra Buss’ averages are mind-boggling: 45.8 and 38.0.

There’s another average which delights her as much as the state single-season scoring record and her all-time IHSA career scoring mark.

It’s 5.0.

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