Thursday's highlights: Perry propels Panthers in thriller

In boys’ basketball

McLean County/HOIC

Athletes of the Week: Centennial's Cardani, M-S' Lenschow

Justin Cardani
Centennial wrestling

Why he was chosen: The junior stayed undefeated on the season, improving to 26-0 at 106 pounds, after winning his weight class at the 37th annual Marty Williams Invitational last Saturday at Mahomet-Seymour.

Tuesday's highlights: Unity wrestling wins twice

In boys’ basketball

McLean County/Heart of Illinois Conference Tournament
■ Fieldcrest 62, Blue Ridge 40. Senior forward Nick Homan made six field goals and scored 14 points in a losing cause for the Knights (1-18).

■ Rantoul 79, Charleston 58. From the opening tip, the extra motivation was clear to see.

N-G wrestling: Top 10 (Jan. 18)

The final day of the state wrestling meet takes place a month from now in Champaign. So what better time for our first rankings of the season, courtesy sports editor MATT DANIELS:


Monday's highlights: Oakwood girls win 19th game

In boys’ basketball
Team Works Invitational

Grayslake North 61, Mahomet-Seymour 56. Noah Benedict scored 21 points, Cory Noe had 19 and Bradley Hamilton added 10 for the Bulldogs (11-7), who dropped their third straight tournament game in Washington.

In girls’ basketball
Vermilion County Tournament

Advanced Prep (Week of Jan. 16)

Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar.

Tuscola at Central Girls’ Basketball

Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Area college update (Jan. 16): Carter scoring for Red Wolves

Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with ex-area standouts now excelling in college:

Jan. 20 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 2:00pm

How hot is John Groce's seat? How is Lovie Smith's first recruiting class coming together in the final weeks? What happens first: Illinois makes the NCAA tournament or Illinois makes a bowl game? What teams and players are standing out on the high school sports scene this winter? Sports editor Matt Daniels is taking your questions at 2 p.m.

Jan. 19 prep sports chat

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:30pm

How is the Vermilion County Tournament going? What wrestlers are primed to make a run to state? What's going on with Urbana girls' basketball? Anything is fair game in preps coordinator Anthony Zilis' weekly chat, which gets underway at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. Feel free to submit questions ahead of time.

Saturday's highlights: LeRoy wins OT thriller

In boys’ basketball

Team Works Invitational
■ Canton 41, Mahomet-Seymour 36.
  Junior Cory Noe scored 17 points for the state-ranked Bulldogs, who were outscored 17-8 in the final quarter at Washington. Senior Bradley Hamilton had eight points and junior Noah Benedict collected seven rebounds for M-S, which was 1 of 16 from three-point range.