Lanphier 50, Manual 34
CHAMPAIGN — Hunter Hart didn’t play basketball last year for St. Joseph-Ogden.
Didn’t pick up a basketball, either, until six days ago.
You couldn’t tell with how the senior forward handled himself at State Farm Center on Saturday afternoon during the Spartans’ 70-53 win against Monticello.
CHAMPAIGN — An hour before tipoff, Chad Benedict spent time as a chaperone.
The Mahomet-Seymour coach went through a checklist of Bulldogs players and other personnel who were granted passes from the State Farm Center security personnel before they made their way into Illinois’ home venue.
CHAMPAIGN — Centennial and Central could have played basketball all night at Combes Gym.
They nearly did.
In what might go down as one of the best crosstown rivalry games — ever — the host Maroons outlasted the Chargers 80-79 in triple overtime.
DANVILLE — Gary Gritton, who coached the Danville High School baseball team for 12 seasons and won nearly 200 games, has resigned.
Gritton cited the increasing difficulty of continuing to be effective both in the classroom as a history teacher and in his coaching duties.
Urbana, junior, midfielder
Why he made it: All-sectional selection was a unanimous All-Big 12 Conference pick based on his ball-striking ability with either foot. A second-year starter, he had nine goals and a team-high 11 assists for a 14-7-2 team that advanced to the sectional finals.
Why he’s Coach of the Year: Guided his alma mater to the school’s first regional championship, followed by a berth in the sectional finals in which the Cornjerkers were ousted from the Sweet 16 on a goal with less than a second to play by the school (Herscher) that eventually placed second in Class 1A.
URBANA — Saul Downie is all about involvement and commitment.
Whether in soccer or as a resident in his hometown community, Downie is an active participant.
Urbana’s soccer coach, Randy Blackman, learned long ago that he could trust Downie with whatever role was needed.
Why he’s Coach of the Year: The 20th-year coach guided the Sages to the school’s first regional and sectional championships in girls’ golf. Monticello placed 11th in the Class 1A state meet.
CATLIN — The first time Courtney LaFoe played a competitive round of golf — the summer before her freshman season for Salt Fork — her score was 147.
The last time she played for the Storm, her score was 162.
Don’t be deceived by those numbers. Her first round was for 18 holes. Her final event was 36 holes.