Huff Hall tourney appealing

It''s been eight years since the IHSA moved its boys'' basketball state tournaments from the Assembly Hall. If you think it''s coming back anytime soon, you haven''t seen the red-carpet treatment Peoria continues to give the IHSA''s marquee event. That doesn''t mean, however, that Champaign-Urbana can''t again host something special in boys'' basketball. Before he left to take a job in the Chicago suburbs, former Mahomet- Seymour boys'' basketball coach Dave Yates kicked around an idea with successor

Class A state predictions

Three weeks ago, News-Gazette staff writer Fred Kroner was 6 for 9 on his predictions for area Class A girls'' basketball regionals. Buoyed by that success, he is offering his thoughts on the Class A state tournament, which starts Friday at Illinois State''s Redbird Arena: QUARTERFINALS OUTCOME COMMENT Hope def. Riverton Unbeaten Riverton has toughest first-round draw St. Teresa def. Hampshire Underclassmen account for 87 percent of St. Teresa''s points Iroquois West

Gentlemen, start your engines

ST. JOSEPH  The playoffs couldn''t come soon enough for Unity. The Rockets are not much for sitting around. "If these guys could have played at 7 o''clock in the morning, they would have," Unity coach Lance Freeman said. "They are almost too

Jaguars creep out Cobras

DANVILLE  John Spezia didn''t want a fast-paced game, but Wednesday night''s result was even slower than he sought. "We try to be patient, but we don''t have a good feeling for what we need to do offensively," said Spezia, the veteran Danville

News-Gazette Top 10

Each week, The News-Gazette ranks the top-10 teams in a winter sport. this week''s topic: boys'' basketball School Record 1. Monticello * Loss to Warrensburg-Latham should motivate 2. Unity (4) 25-4 * Closed regular season with

Raider Nation ¬ ¬

GILMAN  Less than 24 hours after the Iroquois West girls'' basketball team clinched the school''s first trip to the Class A Elite Eight, things hardly were running on a normal schedule Tuesday morning at the high school. "Nobody''s been going to

Posey won''t just mosey into sunset

Tom Posey''s postseason swan song started off in good form as Prairie Central beat Fisher 83-40 in Class A boys'' basketball semifinal regional action Wednesday at Paxton. Posey, who has spent 29 years coaching basketball, first at

UI tennis in need of stickum

CHAMPAIGN  Illinois men''s tennis is back on top, and this time Craig Tiley hopes it''s for a longer stay. The Illini are No. 1 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, released Wednesday. That''s the school''s second No. 1

Sages about average

CERRO GORDO  Chad Marshall considers himself one of several leaders on this season''s Monticello boys'' basketball team. "We don''t have any one go-to guy," the 6-foot-3 forward said after making his average nine-point contribution in

Illini Insider

News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth''s weekly review and preview of Illinois sports: ONE TO WATCH Men''s Gymnastics 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Huff Hall The Big Ten men''s indoor track and field meet is the marquee event in town this weekend, but if fans want to make a day of it Saturday, there''s a dandy event that night on campus. Three of the top seven men''s gymnastics teams in the nation will square off when No. 2 Penn State and No. 6 Iowa visit No. 7 Illinois. "This might be our mini-Big Ten (Championships) competition," UI coach Yoshi Hayasaki said. Penn State is coming off a decisive victory against No. 1 Ohio State. The Nittany Lions'' score of 220.0 was their highest since men''s scoring rules were revised in 2001. Penn State''s top guns include Kevin Donohue and Kevin Tan. Last year, Donohue became Penn State''s first All-American in the all-around in 17 years, and Tan was the NCAA runner-up in the rings. Iowa''s Michael Reavis is the reigning U.S. Winter Cup champion in