Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

'Always been a fighter'

CHAMPAIGN — A little less than a year after she committed to Duke, sharp-shooting Urbana senior Arieal Scott announced that she won't be heading east after all. Instead, she'll be staying home to play for Illinois and new coach Nancy Fahey, Scott announced on Twitter late Tuesday night.

Urbana standout Scott commits to Illini

Urbana senior Arieal Scott has verbally committed to Illinois women's basketball, doing so on Tuesday night and giving new coach Nancy Fahey one of the top shooters in the state and in the Class of 2018.

Scott posted an announcement on her Twitter account late Tuesday night.

On your mark, get set ...

With the start of high school sports just days away, we asked prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis to answer five burning questions.

1. Will Mahomet-Seymour repeat as state cross country champions?

The Mahomet-Seymour cross-country team didn't just win a state title a year ago. They ran an historic race.

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.

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:

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.