Bismarck-Henning helps Unity''s cause

If Unity wins the Illini Central Conference boys'' basketball title, thank-you notes to the Bismarck-Henning team would be in order. The Blue Devils completed a season sweep of Schlarman  the Hilltoppers'' only losses in ICC play  Tuesday

The calls were limited. The choices were many. An early commitment meant November. Most decisions weren''t made until the very end. College football recruiting in the good old days. Ten years ago. Back then, Jeff Hecklinski lived it as a

Off the mark

Not all of the ultra-hyped recruits pan out. Here are six recent players who fell far short of their high school press clippings: Player Pos. High school College Comment Brian Darden RB Vicksburg (Miss.)

Maxedon sparkles in defeat

Amanda Maxedon scored a game-high 47 points, including 35 in the second half, but Oakland fell 78-65 against host Niantic-Harristown on Monday night in Little Okaw Valley Conference girls'' basketball. With the Oaks trailing 36-21 at halftime,

Sheets tearin'' up record book in win

Senior Taryn Sheets scored a career-high 24 points as Unity defeated Westville 54-34 Monday night in girls'' Illini Central Conference basketball action at Tolono. Katie Shutt added seven points and six rebounds for the Rockets (16-8, 11-1),

Best and brightest

Nineteen of the 32 eligible News-Gazette All-Staters will sign with Division I-A colleges. Here are the college plans of the 2002 team: Player Pos. High school College Ben Amundsen OL Moline Illinois commit

Panthers double up

Four Panthers scored in double digits as Paxton-Buckley-Loda defeated host Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 65-44 Monday in Sangamon Valley Conference girls'' basketball. Amber Rock tallied a game-high 16 points for the Panthers. Katie Merkle (11

Salt Fork does not pass Goelz, Jarka

Mallory Goelz and Carrie Jarka had 14 and 13 points, respectively, as host Schlarman topped Salt Fork 53-42 Monday in Illini Central Conference girls'' basketball. Jarka hit two three-point shots, Libby Tamalunis added nine points and Jill

Big Ten tide at low ebb nationally

The Big Ten is losing the winter war of words in comparison with other basketball conferences. All others boast a fire-breathing headliner. Florida, a likely loser tonight at Kentucky, has taken The AP''s No. 1 slot on behalf of the

Pelvic injury slows Head

Illinois guard Luther Head aggravated the pelvic injury that''s plagued him this season during Sunday''s Illini loss at Michigan State. Illinois took the day off Monday and will practice today for the first time since a 68-65 setback to the