Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Fred Kroner: Nicknames don't bother ex-Redskin

Becky Clayton Anderson played high school basketball for a team called the Redskins (Sullivan).

In the fall, she’ll have a daughter entering high school where the team nickname is the Braves (Mount Zion).

Fred Kroner: Tourney switch not a given for C-U

Dreams are wonderful.

Without dreams, we often have no hope.

Dreams can come in the form of fantasies, or they can take the shape of realistic goals.

A terrific dream is that the boys’ and girls’ high school basketball state tournaments will once again be played in Champaign, the community from which they never should have left in the 1990s.

Sabers will remain in Class 2A

CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More’s girls’ basketball team earned a victory Monday without playing a game.

The Sabers learned they will have the opportunity in 2015 to defend their Class 2A state championship.

Bob Asmussen: I hope IHSA fields my call

The biggest school in the state hosts a baseball super-sectional today.

Softball, too.

“I think any time you have young people on your field and they are exposed to your university that’s a positive,” Illinois baseball coach Dan Hartleb said, “not only for your university, but for the community.”

But is that enough? Not even close.

Central product Litchfield joins Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — Former All-Area standout Laura Litchfield, from Champaign Central, gave an oral commitment to continue her basketball career at Parkland College.

As a freshman, she started 28 games for a 23-6 Southwestern Illinois College team in Belleville.

Sunday Conversation: Sally Walker

At a youthful 53, Sally Walker is way too young to retire. But after 31 years at Uni High, Walker is ready for new challenges. Staff writer Bob Asmussen caught up with Walker in Salem, Va., where she is working at the NCAA Division II softball tournament. She is in charge of the umpires, so Walker has plenty on her plate for what will be a busy retirement.

Saturday's prep highlights: STM's McCoy in Team USA mix

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Tori McCoy, a rising junior-to-be at St. Thomas More, has survived the first two cuts while trying out for the USA women’s basketball under-17 national team.

The tryout brought 145 invited competitors to the event at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. McCoy, an All-Area first-teamer, was one of 70 still seeking roster spots Saturday night.

Unity hires Sabers assistant

TOLONO — Unity High School’s next girls’ basketball head coach was on staff at a school that won a state championship in March.

Former St. Thomas More assistant Braden Heil was approved as the Rockets’ head coach at a Wednesday night school board meeting.

“It’s definitely a happy time for me,” said Heil, 26.

Klein joins STM girls' coaching staff

CHAMPAIGN — Jay Price needed less than 24 hours on the job as St. Thomas More’s girls’ basketball head coach to start assembling his staff.

Former Eastern Illinois University head coach John Klein — who coached Fort Hays’ women’s team to a national title in NAIA in 1991 — will be Price’s varsity assistant.

Mennig 'emotionally hurt'

CHAMPAIGN — Chris Mennig and St. Thomas More had a storybook season that ended with a state championship.

Mennig is now dealing with another ending. Less than a week after he confirmed he had reapplied for the girls’ basketball head coaching position, he learned that the school had gone in a different direction with the hiring of former UI men’s assistant Jay Price.