Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Mahomet-Seymour's Franklin pivots into All-Star game

MAHOMET — There had to be an adjustment period for Jessica Franklin.

After spending her first three high school years competing for a non-IHSA girls' basketball team at Arthur Okaw Christian, she went through the 2017-18 season suiting up with a Class 3A squad in Mahomet-Seymour.

2018 N-G All-State girls' basketball Player of the Year: Rock Island's Brea Beal

ROCK ISLAND — Brea Beal watched this year's women's Final Four with rapt attention.

An overtime win for Mississippi State in the national semifinals. And one for Notre Dame with Arike Ogunbowale nailing a buzzer beater to topple UConn.

41st News-Gazette All-State girls' basketball team

FIRST TEAM

PLAYER SCHOOL HT. YR. POS.

Brea Beal, Rock Island 6-1 Jr. G/F

Repeat POTY kept up her elite production, averaging 21.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists for Rocks

Mikayla Brandon, Bradley-Bourbonnais 6-1 Sr. F

Make that two for Schlarman's Peoples

DANVILLE — As Arike Ogunbowale sank a running three-pointer with less than a second to play in Sunday night's NCAA women's basketball national championship game against Mississippi State, plenty of individuals had reason to be excited.

Colin's Best Of The Bunch: April 2, 2018

Preps coordinator Colin Likas returns with Best of the Bunch, highlighting the exploits of athletes from schools such as Champaign Central, Urbana, LeRoy and Salt Fork.

Marsh to take over Oakwood girls' basketball program

FITHIAN — When Jeff Ford decided he'd step down as the Oakwood girls' basketball coach once his squad's 2017-18 season was complete, there were two ways the school could've gone about looking for his successor.

Top of the Morning, March 24, 2018

She's 24, living in Phoenix and well on her way to a career as a psychiatrist.

But Cheyenne Hedrington hasn't forgotten her roots.

Her mother, Rhonda Overcast, stopped by News-Gazette Media to drop off Cheyenne's letter, which thanks the many people in Champaign-Urbana who helped her in time of need.

Colin's Best Of The Bunch: March 20, 2018

This week's Best of the Bunch, with preps coordinator Colin Likas, offers props to athletes from Urbana, Monticello, Champaign Central, Georgetown-Ridge Farm, Chrisman and St. Thomas More.

Prep pulse | March 19

Our winter All-Area coverage is off and running.

In Sunday's News-Gazette, readers could see our All-Area girls' basketball package. It was headlined by Schlarman junior Anaya Peoples, who repeated as Player of the Year after keying the Hilltoppers to the first state championship in program history.

Meet the 2018 N-G girls' basketball Player of the Year | Schlarman's Anaya Peoples

DANVILLE — Anaya Peoples constantly seems happy. And she is. Really.

It's not always the case for high school students, going through the challenges associated with growing up and preparing for life beyond the bubble they've often occupied for a majority of their lives.