URBANA — Chris Mennig knew plenty about Arieal Scott well before he took over as Urbana’s girls’ basketball coach this spring. He knew about her pure shooting stroke. He knew about her ability to handle the ball, and he knew that her basketball IQ, cultivated over years at Schlarman and on the AAU circuit, was high for a prep standout.
The 2015-16 preps season might be in the books, but that doesn't mean there aren't questions you can pepper preps coordinator Anthony Zilis with. Maybe you're interested in Jon Davis' continued assault on 4 minutes. Maybe you have questions about Doug Wallen's transfer from St. Thomas More to Champaign Central. Or maybe you're interetsed in looking ahead to 2016-17.
MONTICELLO — The consensus among area boys’ basketball coaches this winter when asked about Monticello’s Zach Fisher centered around one aspect.
Don’t leave him open anywhere on the court.
The senior standout ended up averaging 21.8 points and shooting 53.8 percent from the field. He made 72 three-pointers to go along with making 85.4 percent of his free throws.
Parents are supposed to teach their children. Sometimes, it works the other way around.
My son loves the NBA. He watches regular-season games from start to finish. He knows the best players on every team. He owns multiple jerseys.
Many years ago, before Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Stephen Curry, I had a similar feeling for pro basketball.
The school year wasn’t quite over yet, but already Randy Moss had taken down most of the wall decor in his office at Monticello High School. The assistant principal and athletic director of 22 years is retiring in June and many of his prized possessions lay in a cardboard box on his floor. On Wednesday, Moss excitedly revealed he had 11 working days left until he called it a career.
ST. JOSEPH — A name synonymous with high school basketball is getting back in the game.
Brian Loman, the son of former area coaching legend Lyle Loman, is the new St. Joseph-Ogden girls’ basketball coach.
CHAMPAIGN — His four-year run as principal brought a blue ribbon from the U.S. Department of Education (Champaign's first since 2005) and a state championship in girls' basketball (its first ever).
The times the Maroons and Chargers meet head-to-head on an athletic field are fleeting this school year. A look back at what has transpired in the past nine months, with Centennial holding an 8-5 edge on Central and three contests remaining:
The best female hurdler in the state of Illinois nearly didn’t hurdle.
For Salt Fork senior Jenny Kimbro, the indecision she felt her freshman year is almost unimaginable looking back. But during the fall of that year, she contemplated playing softball instead of running track.
CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More senior Airiana Smith signed last week with Illinois-Springfield, where she’ll continue her basketball career.
Smith averaged 6.5 points per game and knocked down 25 three-pointers this season, when the Sabers made a run to a Class 3A sectional title-game appearance. She earned News-Gazette All-Area special mention honors.