BIG 12 CONFERENCE
SENIORS — Kiara Moses (Urbana); Alexis Smith (Champaign Central)
JUNIORS — Megan Burton (Danville); x-McKenzie Jenkins (Peoria); Mary Lakes (Manual); x-Jailynn Lawson (Peoria); Mary O’Brien (Peoria ND); Kendall Sosa (Normal Comm.); Summer Stoewer (Normal Comm.)
Why he’s Coach of the Year: Schlarman’s sectional title was years in the making. Peoples coaches the Hilltoppers’ grade school and middle school teams, cultivating a group that features several Division I prospects. Schlarman finished the season 27-3 despite playing with just seven players on the varsity roster most of the season.
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Why she made it: The Loyola Chicago signee put up 19.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game this season to lead the Hawks to a Class 3A regional championship.
CHAMPAIGN — Tori McCoy sprang off her seat at the end of the bench.
“Stay up!” the 6-foot-4 McDonald’s All-American yelled to her team after a made basket, urging her team to press its opponents as it attempted to scratch out an improbable playoff comeback.
(Minimum 9.0 ppg)
Player, School FG FT TP AVG HG
Maynard, PBL 230 112 597 22.1 36
The offseason is upon the two major programs at Illinois, but will Lovie Smith and John Groce win on the court in 2016 and off the court? How is Josh Whitman settling into his role as athletic director? Will top recruits finally land at Illinois in football and men's basketball? Who are some top area high school recruits? How does The News-Gazette determine its All-Area teams?
How did Tori McCoy's experience at the McDonald's All-American Game go? Who is The News-Gazette's area wrestler of the year? What baseball, softball and girls' soccer teams might make a run to the state tournament? How are the area track and field teams looking as the outdoor season is about to get into full swing? What about boys' tennis?
ST. JOSEPH — One of the more successful athletic programs in the area will have a new athletic director next school year.
ARCOLA — Nancy Stiff has heard the questions for a decade: Is this it? Are you going to hang it up?
Stiff’s answer has always been no.
But now, after 43 years as the only girls’ basketball coach in Arcola history, this is it for Stiff. She is hanging it up.
The longtime Purple Riders coach told her team Monday that she was retiring.