EVANSTON — Champaign Central’s Payton Woods was the highest area finisher Friday in the preliminaries at the IHSA boys’ swimming and diving state meet.
The Maroons sophomore placed 15th in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.74 seconds. Woods missed advancing to Saturday’s consolation finals by 0.12 second.
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CHAMPAIGN — Until Saturday, Evan Miller’s history with IHSA sectional swimming meets might best be described as two-thirds elation, one-third frustration.
The Champaign Central senior had been a member of sectional team champions every year since he was a freshman. And he had contributed to a total of four relay victories from 2011 to ’13.
The three-day event at State Farm Center starts at 1 p.m. Thursday. If you can only make one session, plan on showing up for Saturday’s 5:30 p.m. championship session.
Storylines will abound.
BLUE RIDGE BOYS’ BASKETBALL
The Knights (18-5) are one of the hottest teams around. Double-figure victories against conference foes Tri-Valley and Deer Creek-Mackinaw last week raised the school’s winning streak to 12 in a row, including every game played in 2014.
CHAMPAIGN CENTRAL BOYS’ SWIMMING
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.
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.