Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Parkland men's basketball returns to nationals

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.

Parkland men, women seek region crowns

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.

Area prep runners set standards

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.

M-S' Hackmann third in three-point event

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.

Parkland, Danville men to square off

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.

Parkland women 'underdog' in Region 24 tourney

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

Girls' notebook: M-S player reaches finals

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.

McCoy, Coomber receive AP all-state honors

St. Thomas More senior Tori McCoy earned AP Class 3A all-state first team honors, receiving the most votes out of any player when the Class 3A and 4A teams were announced on Thursday.

Bulletin board: Urbana looking for girls' hoops coach

URBANA — Urbana athletic director Steve Waller knew for a little over a month that the Tigers would have an opening for their girls’ basketball coach after Jamal Maatuka handed in his resignation late in the regular season.

Athletes of the Week: Woods and Franklin

Payton Woods
Champaign Central swimming

Why he was chosen: The senior pulled off a feat no other Maroon had done in a decade by winning a state title in the 50-yard freestyle. Woods became the fifth swimmer in Champaign Central history to achieve the accomplishment.