Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Wolken among local coaches built to thrive

Randy Wolken moved closer to 1,000 career wins with St. Joseph-Ogden softball’s 9-4 triumph at Mattoon on Monday, his 998th while leading the Spartans. Before SJ-O plays at Unity on Tuesday, a look at five ex-area coaches who shined at their respective schools:

Dick Duval


Schroeder, locals can’t complete rally

DANVILLE — Macee Williams had her second consecutive double-double, putting up 19 points and 14 rebounds, while leading the Western Indiana All-Stars past the Eastern Illinois All-Stars 51-46 in Sunday’s girls’ finale of the seventh-annual Battle of the Border.

For the second consecutive game, the 6-foot-3 IUPUI recruit earned Player of the Game accolades.

Danville stays in house with Hightower

DANVILLE — Vikings boys’ basketball assistant coach Demetric Hightower was nervous two years ago when he received a text from athletic director B.J. Luke, saying he’d like to speak with the 2004 Danville graduate.

“When your boss sends you a text you’re like, ‘Ah, man,’ ” he said. “I thought maybe I did something wrong.”

Rantoul’s Espinoza scores 19, but Illinois seniors defeated

COVINGTON, Ind. — Player of the Game Macee Williams, from Fountain Central, broke two scoring records Friday night at Covington High School, leading the Western Indiana All-Stars past the Eastern Illinois seniors 61-46 in the seventh annual girls’ Battle of the Border game.

Henderson, Schroeder shine at all-star girls' hoops game

CHAMPAIGN — One All-Area first-teamer ran full-speed ahead, while the other was still getting her wind back.

But both managed to lead their respective teams in Sunday's Parkland College/News-Gazette All-Star Game.

NG Girls All Star Basketball

The News-Gazette's Class of 2017 6th Annual Girl's All-Star Game, presented by Cobras, Parkland College. Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Dodds Athletic Center. 

Trask's improvement led to success

URBANA — Aja Trask had never played basketball in a competitive setting — assuming playing in the driveway with her brothers doesn’t count — but when she entered Uni High as an eighth-grader, that didn’t matter. At Uni, any girl with a hint of athleticism was asked to go out for the team, she said.

Area college update (April 6): Carter performing well for Wildcats

■ Senior Destiny Carter, from Danville, was the top-finishing collegian in the 200-meter at the Florida Relays. Carter run a personal-best 22.92 seconds, finishing behind Jamaican Olympian Veronica Campbell and Canadian Olympian Crystal Emmanuel.

UPDATE: Illini not among McCoy's options

COLUMBUS, Ohio —Former St. Thomas More All-American Tori McCoy made the Big Ten’s All-Freshman team this year at Ohio State, but she was miserable throughout the season, her father, Tim, said.

40th News-Gazette All-State Girls' Basketball Team

First Team