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.
CHAMPAIGN — Tori McCoy’s venture to Chicago for the McDonald’s All-American Game in late March won’t be the St. Thomas More senior’s final national all-star game.
Two weeks later, she’ll take part in the Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclays Center in New York.
Two boys' basketball teams will play in Peoria. Can St. Joseph-Ogden and LeRoy come home with state titles this weekend? What have been the keys to these two teams during their March run? When do All-Area teams come out? Isn't baseball and softball right around the corner? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is chatting at 12:30 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN — Parkland men’s basketball coach Anthony Figueroa didn’t hesitate to shout at his team, turn to his assistants in frustration or scold a player or two during Sunday’s NJCAA Division II Region 24 Tournament championship.
CHAMPAIGN — Parkland coach Anthony Figueroa wanted the ball in freshman Terrion Howard’s hands at the end of Saturday’s NJCAA Division II Region 24 tournament semifinal at home against Danville Area, and the former Centennial guard didn’t disappoint him.
CHAMPAIGN — Oakwood’s Jon Davis, a University of Illinois signee, set a Charger Indoor Invitational record in the 3,200-meter run on Saturday at the Armory, finishing in 9 minutes, 21.62 seconds.
Mahomet-Seymour’s Alex Keeble also eclipsed the previous Class A standard (9:26.57) in the event, placing second in 9:24.06.
NORMAL — Mahomet-Seymour’s Jordan Hackmann made nine three-pointers and placed third in the finals of the Class 3A Three-Point Showdown on Friday at Redbird Arena.
CHAMPAIGN — Reserve Joe Larry paced a balanced scoring attack with 15 points, leading Parkland to a 73-45 victory against Lincoln on Friday at the Region 24 men’s basketball tournament.
That’s how Cobras coach Mike Lindemann feels about his squad despite its top seeding in the Region 24 tournament, which begins today at Lincoln College. Anthony Zilis previews Parkland (22-8), which will open its run against eighth-seeded and host Lincoln (7-21):
Depth is key
NORMAL — Mahomet-Seymour’s Jordan Hackmann will compete for the Class 3A Three-Point Showdown title after finishing with 10 conversions in Thursday’s qualifier. The finals will take place Friday at Redbird Arena.