Girls Basketball

02-06-14 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast

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02-06-14 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast.  Fred Kroner, Bob Asmussen, and Matt Daniels take a look at High School and Jr. College sports in Central Illinois.


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Bulletin board: Spartans still short-handed

ST. JOSEPH — Coach Brian Brooks has grown accustomed to putting a starting five on the court that wasn’t the same as the one he projected in the preseason. Injuries have enabled the Spartans (17-2) to create depth.

“We’ve only started what I considered the first five twice all year,” Brooks said.

Chart toppers: Most improved senior hoops players, courtesy Fred Kroner

URBANA — Conner Gremer’s pregame routine includes more than shooting layups and throwing warmup passes to his Urbana basketball teammates.

Before he leaves the Tigers’ locker room, he drops to a knee for a moment of prayer.

Before the referee tosses the ball for the opening tip, Gremer touches his shoes.

N-G Top 10: Girls' basketball — Sabers on top

1. St. Thomas More (1)    24-2    66.5
2. Clinton (2)    19-4    58.5
3. Centennial (5)    16-6    47.7
4. Shiloh (7)    23-3    51.2

Teams of the Week: Clinton girls in spotlight

Four players scored in double figures in the semifinals (against Sullivan) and finals (against Central A&M), opponents the Maroons had previously lost to. Clinton (19-4) hit 20 three-pointers in three tourney wins, led by Jessica Scott (10) and Haley Toohill (six).


Athletes of the Week: Lack, Chambers

Sammy Lack
Centennial, senior, wrestling

Recently: Won the Twin City championship at 126 pounds and clinched the Chargers’ team title by moving up one weight class and registering a pin in the last bout against Champaign Central, his 83rd career triumph.

Prep Girls Basketball: SJO vs. Cissna Park

St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Cissna Park at St. Joseph-Ogden high school in St. Joseph on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.

01-30-14 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast

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01-30-14 Fred Kroner, Matt Daniels, and Bob Asmussen with a look at High School Sports in Central Illinois on the News-Gazette Prep Sprorts Podcast.


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Sabers reign supreme — again

GILMAN — St. Thomas More, the top-ranked girls’ team in Class 2A, took one for the road.

The Sabers, who are in their final season in the Sangamon Valley Conference, got off to a fast start en route to the conference tournament title, defeating Watseka 61-23. It was STM’s seventh title in nine years and Watseka’s third straight trip to the championship game.

Plunk, Blue Ridge on top

BLOOMINGTON — Guard Michael Plunk became Blue Ridge’s all-time leading scorer Saturday night, but the senior had to watch from the sidelines in overtime as the seventh-seeded Knights downed top-seeded Ridgeview 57-56 in the McLean/Heart of Illinois tournament title game.

Plunk, who had 16 points, fouled out on the first possession of OT on a loose-ball rebound after a Knights miss.

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