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VIDEO: Class 2A STM Girls' Basketball Regional Final Highlights

Highlights from St. Joseph-Ogden girls' basketball's win over St. Thomas More on Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Class 2A St. Thomas More Regional final, with comments from SJ-O's Kevin Taylor and Peyton Crowe.

Lovie hires new defensive line coach

Illinois lost respected defensive line coach Mike Phair last month after Phair accepted the same role with the Indianapolis Colts.

Lovie Smith announced Phair's replacement on Friday, naming 27-year-old Austin Clark to the position.

UPDATED: Longtime Central AD Woods to depart in July

CHAMPAIGN — After 24 years helming Champaign Central’s athletics sector, John Woods is going big and heading north.

The Centennial graduate and longtime Maroons athletic director has accepted the same position at Libertyville High School, located in a north Chicago suburb. Woods will step aside as Central’s AD on July 1, pending school board approval.

Illini looking for new leaders

WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — Replacing the program's top hitter and top pitcher is a task the Illinois softball team will have to deal with this season.

Not that third-year coach Tyra Perry has lessened her expectations for the Illini after reaching the NCAA tournament each of the last two seasons.

Wrestling storylines: State berths on the line

Vikings bringing a full house

DANVILLE — Entering nine athletes in a tournament with 14 weight classes, in theory, would make it challenging for a team to contend for hardware at that event.

Girls' basketball stats: As of Feb. 8

SCORING

Player, School FG FT TP AVG HG

Meidel, BHRA 242 115 610 19.1 33

Young, Oakwood 219 108 548 18.9 42

Holloman, VG/H 150 74 408 18.5 31

Trimble, SJ-O 189 71 459 17.7 22

Tilstra, IWest 182 92 452 17.3 35

Cramer, Watseka 157 92 462 17.1 44

Peoples, Schlarman 178 86 450 16.7 22

Kirby, Salt Fork 155 91 447 15.4 33

ILLINI HIGHLIGHTS: Wisconsin

Trent Frazier put on a show, knocking down seven 3-pointers on his way to 32 points, but ultimately, it wasn't enough for the Illinois men's basketball team in a 78-69 loss to Wisconsin. Check out all the highlights here, including the radio call courtesy Illinois Athletics and Learfield Sports.

Illinois begins tough home slate

CHAMPAIGN — Brad Dancer puts together the Illinois men's tennis schedule. So the 13th-year Illinois coach has no one to blame but himself for his 10th-ranked Illini (3-1) hosting No. 23 California (3-1) at 6 p.m. today and No. 5 Stanford (5-0) at 6 p.m. on Saturday to start the Illini's home schedule.

Ex-Illini football captain leads way again with $5M gift for performance center

CHAMPAIGN — When he played on the offensive line for Bob Blackman's Illinois teams in the mid-1970s, Stu Levenick didn't have access to state-of-the-art training.

Boys' basketball storylines: Central to honor former coach

CHAMPAIGN — Beginning with the 1992-93 school year, Scott Davis continued a tradition of boys' basketball excellence at Champaign Central. The eventual 21-year Maroon coach posted a 330-234 record and led Central to third place at the Class 3A state tournament in 2008.