N-G Top 5 Boys' swimming: Chargers riding wave of confidence

1. Centennial (Previous: 1) — Coach Courtney Lehmann's crew dispatched Danville 129-48 in its lone tuneup before hosting the Twin City.

2. Champaign Central (Previous: 2) — A defeat at the hands of Bloomington befell coach Dave Young's boys before a Saturday meet in St. Charles.

Area girls' prep basketball leaders: As of Jan. 18


Player, School FG FT TP AVG HG

Holloman, VG/H 101 44 271 19.4 31

Meidel, BHRA 185 78 455 19.0 33

Young, Oakwood 165 107 417 19.0 42

Peoples, Schlarman 127 28 328 17.3 22

Trimble, SJ-O 143 48 344 17.2 22

Cramer, Watseka 124 63 355 16.1 28

Kirby, Salt Fork 116 68 336 15.3 33

Tinsley, Ridgeview 129 53 311 14.8 18

N-G Top 10 Wrestling: Monticello moves into top 5

1. Clinton (Previous: 1) — The Maroons knocked off GCMS/Fisher last week with wins at 113, 126, 132, 145, 170 and 182 pounds.

2. Mahomet-Seymour (Previous: 2) — Lucas Morgan and Ben Stahl pushed the Bulldogs to a runner-up showing at the Marty Williams Invitational.

Thursday's prep highlights: Watseka wins 23rd straight game

In boys' basketball

McLean County/ HOIC Tournament

Fisher 61, Flanagan-Cornell 52. Ryan Meents led the Bunnies (11-8) to glory, scoring a game-high 27 points. Kade Thomas chipped in 12 points while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out six assists.

Underwood to Finke: 'Worry about defensive end'

CHAMPAIGN — Michael Finke had a single point, two fouls and four rebounds when the first half of Monday night's game at Nebraska came to an end.

Vikings not just a one man show

DANVILLE — There's no denying Kendle Moore's importance to the Danville boys' basketball team. The senior, Drake signee and 2017 News-Gazette Player of the Year averages 21.7 points, 3.4 assists and 2.6 steals per game while shooting 53.7 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Oakwood's Wise heeds sage advice

DANVILLE — This happened 13 days ago in Fithian.

On Jan. 5, Oakwood boys' basketball jumped out to a massive advantage before Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin clawed back through a suffocating press and conversion of critical baskets. The Comets managed to escape with a 75-74 triumph.

VIDEO: Jeff Ford Postgame, Westville-Oakwood Girls' Basketball

Oakwood girls' basketball coach Jeff Ford reacts to his team's 51-45 win over Westville on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Vermilion County Tournament in Danville.

HS Boy's Basketball: Vermilion County Tournament 1/18/18

 Hoopeston Area vs. Salt Fork and Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin vs. Oakwood in the Vermilion County Tournament at the Palmer Arena in Danville on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

Moore? Noe? Finke? Bevy of options for Player of Year

The local prep basketball scene has no shortage of talented athletes. Kendle Moore from Danville. Tim Finke from Champaign Central. Cory Noe from Mahomet-Seymour. Those are just a few.

But which is the favorite for our boys' hoops Player of the Year honors down the road in 2018? Preps coordinator Colin Likas could offer an idea — if you ask him a question about it in his weekly chat.