Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

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.

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


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.