Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Prep pulse: Nov. 12, 2018

Our rankings don't take a break. Over the previous few months, you've seen me rate 10 area programs in volleyball, football and boys' soccer each week. Now, we're moving along to the winter sports.

Signing Day 2018-19: Locals heading to college

Photos from local high school athletes during the 2018-19 school year signing with their various colleges to continue athletic careers. Submit your photo at

Girls' basketball storylines to watch: Schlarman, SJ-O return plenty

The girls' basketball season begins today, with opening-day games being allowed Nov. 12. Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS breaks down five items to watch this year:


Veteran Hilltoppers taking on title defense like pros

DANVILLE — The Schlarman girls' basketball athletes want to repeat as state champions. That never will be up for debate.

But there's a bigger picture with coach Keith Peoples' Hilltoppers.

Two of his seniors are in line to be Division I hoopsters — Anaya Peoples at Notre Dame and Sydney Gouard at Oakland. Senior Destiny Dye will head to D-III Illinois Wesleyan.

Centennial announces 2019 Athletics Hall of Fame class

CHAMPAIGN -- Eleven individuals will be inducted into the Centennial High School Athletics Hall of Fame next year, Unit 4 Schools announced Monday.

This is the second group selected to the Chargers' hall. It indclues a variety of athletes, with one alumnus from 1970 and another from 2010.

Prep pulse: Aug. 13, 2018

Anaya Peoples has had plenty of moments to celebrate this calendar year.

The Schlarman senior helped the Hilltoppers girls' basketball team to its first-ever Class 1A state title in February. Then she watched Notre Dame, the college program to which she's long been committed, topple Mississippi State for the NCAA women's championship.

Bacys has Danville's seal of approval

DANVILLE — For the last 11 years, B.J. Luke sat at the top tier of Danville High School sports.

That changed last week when Luke retired from his role as athletic director. It didn't take him long to espouse the new man in charge.

"He'll do a nice job for us," Luke said. "And he dresses better than I do."

News-Gazette All-Area content from 2017-18 school year

We're getting close to starting another school year, which means prep sports are on the horizon. When area golf teams are able to kick off their respective campaigns come Aug. 9, things officially will be in full swing.

Gouard at home with Golden Grizzlies

DANVILLE — Sydney Gouard's calendar year has included some life-changing moments when it comes to basketball.

On Feb. 24, Gouard and her Schlarman teammates topped Stockton 53-31 in the Class 1A state championship game to give the Hilltoppers' program their first state title.

Last Saturday, Gouard turned her focus to college hoops when she committed to Oakland University.

Rare air

UPDATE: July 17, 2018

While waiting for the 2018-19 academic year to begin, preps coordinator Colin Likas has had some time to (finally) update our list of all-time area 1,000-point scorers.