Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

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.

Twenty-one area hoops coaches honored by IBCA

Twenty-one basketball leaders with area ties have been deemed Coach of the Year by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.

Eleven of these individuals come from the high school level, and one is a college-level coach. Ten local names are listed among IESA honorees, but one is a duplicate from the prep ranks.

Here are the area award recipients:

Colin's Best Of The Bunch: April 10, 2018

Preps coordinator Colin Likas' latest Best of the Bunch looks at some high school coaching changes and offers a nod to teams from Salt Fork, Monticello, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman and Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin.

VIDEO: Parkland/News-Gazette All-Star Girls' Basketball Highlights

Video highlights from the Parkland College/News-Gazette All-Area All-Star girls' basketball game on Sunday, April 8, featuring postgame comments from Danville's Mikala Hall, Centennial's Shoente'ra Russell and Watseka's Barry Bauer.

What an encore: Hall named MVP, again

CHAMPAIGN — How would Mikala Hall follow up a Most Valuable Player performance in Saturday's Battle of the Border girls' basketball game against athletes from Indiana?

She didn't have to wait long for an answer during Sunday's Parkland College/News-Gazette All-Area All-Star girls' contest.