ARCOLA — Prior to Friday’s varsity boys’ basketball game against visiting Arthur-Lovington, Arcola will honor its most recent sectional championship team. The tribute is taking place 50 years after the Purple Riders last qualified for a super-sectional.
The 1962-63 and the 1963-64 teams — both coached by Bob Avery — are the only two in school history with back-to-back 25-win seasons.
Area’s most impactful freshmen in the winter sports, courtesy executive sports editor Fred Kroner
ST. JOSEPH-OGDEN BOYS’ BASKETBALL
The fifth-ranked (Class 2A) Spartans (15-2) won three games in four days, including a six-point conquest of state-ranked Teutopolis. Five players reached double figures at least once, including Nate Michael and Brent Schluter in all three games.
ST. THOMAS MORE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
Shiloh, junior, basketball
Recently: Put together three consecutive 30-point games, amassing 100 total points in three wins. He poured in 38 points in a win against La Salette.
I understand the value of cherishing every possession in basketball. I also recognize a need for balance.
Two thoughts are interwined as I reflect on last week's boys' basketball showdown between state-ranked St. Joseph-Ogden and Teutopolis teams.
CHAMPAIGN — Jessi Beachey’s evaluation of her first 16 games as a varsity basketball head coach is all positive.
“Great,” she said.
Her specific evaluation of Game No. 16 — which occurred Thursday night — is much less enthusiastic.
CHAMPAIGN — Coming to a field or stadium sooner than expected: the revamped Big 12 Conference.
The expanding high school athletic league will have conference schedules in play in 20 of 21 sports when another school year starts in August.