Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Ex-St. Teresa coach set to take over at STM

CHAMPAIGN — Ashley VanEtten sought to move on from "a bad situation." Josh and Krista Hinkley were aiming to close a "window of uncertainty."

In one fell swoop, the two sides combined to accomplish both of these goals.

VanEtten is slated to become St. Thomas More's next girls' basketball coach, the school's co-athletic directors announced Tuesday.

Prep pulse: July 2, 2018

Coaching changes are bound to happen in high school sports, for any number of reasons.

But it's hard to overlook just how many coaches have stepped aside following their respective 2017-18 campaigns.

Tons of well-known individuals have decided to move on from coaching, or jump from one leadership position to another.

2017-18 Prep Year in Review

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

1. Schlarman girls' basketball. Keith Peoples' Hilltoppers, led by Player of the Year Anaya Peoples, suffered just one loss all year en route to a Class 1A state title, the first in program history.

Prep pulse: June 25, 2018

I've used this space previously to discuss our 1,000-point scorers project. And it's time to do so again.

Back in February, I tried to compile a list of former and current high school basketball players who had put up 1,000 points in their prep careers. I quickly received plenty of responses to that effort, and the initial list has grown even longer.

IHSA adjusts rules in 3 sports

Wrestlebacks are back.

A cut day now exists in golf.

And a mercy rule is in place for basketball season.

Those are among the notable IHSA rule changes for the 2018-19 academic year that will affect the state wrestling and golf tournaments, as well as lopsided regular-season basketball games.

Garriott steps aside as STM girls' basketball coach

CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More hired four new prep sports coaches between May 21 and June 17. Turns out the Sabers’ work isn’t finished just yet.

Girls’ basketball coach Tom Garriott stepped aside Thursday after two seasons helming the program, simultaneously accepting the same position at Pontiac.

Can't wait for more? Circle these 10 dates on next season's preps calendar

Aug. 24, 2018

Friday night lights. Marching bands. Student sections. Pork chop sandwiches. That's right, the high school football season kicks off this night. Defending Class 2A state champion Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley opens at Ford County rival Paxton-Buckley-Loda, one of many marquee games set for the next nine weeks.

All-Star game features local hoopsters

PONTIAC — The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association announced its 2018 boys' and girls' All-Star rosters on Friday and will feature 11 area players.

On the boys' end, Monticello's Calvin Fisher and Luke Stokowski join St. Joseph-Ogden's Jordan Brooks on the Class 1A/2A South roster. Former SJ-O coach Brian Brooks will serve as the team's head coach.

Making history: Stillman set to become Maroons' first female athletic director

CHAMPAIGN — Jane Stillman admits her decision to apply for Champaign Central's open athletic director position wasn't as simple as throwing her name in the proverbial hat.

"I went back and forth. I won't lie about that," said the 10-year Central assistant principal, who has served the institution for 15 years altogether by way of coaching roles in basketball, soccer and track.