LeROY — Losing a starter often leads to losing games.
Fisher High School’s girls’ basketball team has avoided that malady this season due to its depth.
Fred Kroner gets you set for girls basketball playoffs and the end of the boys regular season as well as wrestling and more.
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MILFORD — Bismarck-Henning graduate John Spezia returned to active coaching Monday night against his former high school. The second-year Milford coach was injured in an automobile accident on New Year’s Eve morning en route to a practice and was in an Urbana hospital for three weeks.
He is coaching from a wheelchair and directed the Bearcats to a 55-49 victory.
BLUE RIDGE BOYS’ BASKETBALL
The Knights (18-5) are one of the hottest teams around. Double-figure victories against conference foes Tri-Valley and Deer Creek-Mackinaw last week raised the school’s winning streak to 12 in a row, including every game played in 2014.
CHAMPAIGN CENTRAL BOYS’ SWIMMING
Chris Mennig rolled the dice.
Many high school coaches err on the side of caution in the days leading up to the start of postseason play. If regionals are scheduled to start on a Tuesday, they avoid games on Saturday or Monday, preferring to have a rested team and the additional practice time for attention to last-minute details.
GCMS/Fisher, senior, wrestling
Recently: A two-time state qualifier, he posted his 135th career win in the regional finals at 120 pounds, which marked the third year in a row as a regional titlist. The team leader in reversals has 71 career pins.
CHRISMAN — Regardless of the outcome, the reason was going to be clear.
Free throw shooting.
When state-ranked Shiloh and previously ranked Schlarman played in Tuesday’s first girls’ regional semifinal at Chrisman’s Roger Beals Court, neither school made more than one-third of its free throw attempts.
In girls’ basketball
Class 1A regionals
■ Arcola 62, Tri-County 34. Top-seeded Arcola jumped to a 15-3 first-quarter lead and stayed in command for a semifinal win. Taylor Edwards led the Purple Riders with a double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds), and teammate Klaire Karmazinas added 16 points. Abby Smith paced T-C with 20 points and nine rebounds.