Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Cissna Park's Stoller gets shot with Valpo

CISSNA PARK — Addison Stoller started playing basketball in second grade, shooting hoops on her driveway with her mom, Sue.

The talent was there for the rising senior at Cissna Park.

But it wasn’t until eighth grade when Stoller thought she might have a future in the game once high school ended.

Latest women's recruit not concerned by allegations

CHAMPAIGN — In any other circumstances, Brandi Beasley’s weekend commitment to Illinois would be just the typical bigger blip on the non-stop recruiting radar.

After all, the point guard from Memphis can’t sign a National Letter of Intent for more than four months. And won’t set foot on the UI campus for her first official day for almost a year.

Best of Fred, No. 7: Wall of memories

Retiring executive sports editor FRED KRONER has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each Sunday until his last day, he’ll share his most memorable stories:

Dan Park is one of many coaches in the “gone too soon” club. He was 55 when he died in 2007.

After class changes, who's moving up?

The Illinois High School Association’s “success adjustment” was successfully delayed a full school year, but that came to an end this week. Non-boundaried schools with too many state trophies in a four-year span are now bumped up a class. Staff writer SCOTT RICHEY looks at that, and four other enrollment/classification tidbits that caught his eye:

Playoff tweak intrigues area coaches

Area coaches and administrators are in agreement: welcome changes are coming to IHSA postseason tournaments.

The Bloomington-based state high school organization this week announced it is altering course for establishing postseason pairings in team sports such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball.

Sunday Conversation: Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson started working for the IHSA in 2011. Starting Jan. 18, 2016, he’ll take over as executive director upon Marty Hickman’s retirement after being named Hickman’s successor Tuesday.

Two Illini prepare for final high school game

PONTIAC — Illinois freshmen Aaron Jordan and D.J. Williams will be teammates this coming season with John Groce’s Illini. But Saturday at 7 p.m. at Pontiac High School, the future Illini will be on opposing teams in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Class 3A/4A All-Star game.

Kroner: Is coaching worth trouble?

Mechanics fix cars. Doctors fix patients.

Isn’t it time for school administrators to fix one of the many problems they face?

Teachers can generally earn tenure if they stay at a school long enough and get good reviews.

Centennial hires new AD

CHAMPAIGN — Tony Millard, formerly of the Meridian Unit 15 school district, is now officially a Charger.

Updated: M-S joining Apollo

MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour is heading to the Apollo Conference.

The longtime member of the Corn Belt Conference recently indicated  an interest in seeking a new conference based on enrollment concerns and some other conference realignments that have taken place in recent years.