When Tom Garriott announced that this year would be his last as Prairie Central’s girls’ basketball coach, he thought he’d take next season off at the very least as he adjusted to his new job at State Farm in Bloomington.
But when Jay Price stepped down at St. Thomas More, his thought process changed.
NEW YORK — When Tori McCoy looked outside of the Jordan Brand headquarters in New York earlier this week ahead of Friday’s Jordan Brand Classic, one aspect left her in awe during her first trip to the city.
“The lights look so amazing,” she said.
PONTIAC — The merger between the Okaw Valley and Corn Belt conferences is complete.
Pontiac became the final school to approve the new conference at Tuesday’s school board meeting, meaning a new 10-team league commences beginning with the 2017-18 school year.
CHAMPAIGN — Prairie Central senior Kiana Coomber learned to take a step back at times in the 2015-16 season.
The Loyola-Chicago commit knows when to dish to her teammates and make those around her better. During the first three quarters of Sunday’s Parkland College/News-Gazette All-Area All-Star Game, she did just that, deferring and scoring just three points.
TUSCOLA — Before one of the Tuscola girls’ basketball team’s final practices prior to the 2015-16 season, Halle McCrory and Maddie Meinhold, along with fellow senior Anna Kauffman, approached coach Tim Kohlbecker, one by one, and managed to conjure a few tears.
LA GRANGE PARK — The odds of Kathleen Doyle being a college athlete were always pretty high. After all, it runs in the family.
Brother Mick played baseball at Notre Dame, sister Annie was a basketball player at Saint Mary’s College and sister Sheila plays volleyball at North Carolina. Brother Colin and sister Bridget were prep athletes at Benet Academy.
Check out all of the News-Gazette's all-area content from the 2015-16 winter season.
All the All-Area teams for our winter sports have been unveiled. What do you think? How do the packages come about? What spring sports are catching your eye? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here to answer any of your questions at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday in his weekly chat. Feel free to submit questions ahead of time.