Proud to be All-Americans?

Brian Cook is the Big Ten''s Player of the Year, but is he a first-team All-American? News-Gazette staff writer Brett Dawson doesn''t turn in his Associated Press All-America ballot until Sunday. Josh Howard and Carmelo Anthony still have a shot, but as of today, his first team would look like this: Player Team T.J. Ford Texas * Best pure college point guard Dwyane Wade Marquette * Current player of year favorite David West Xavier * Lived up to preseason

Sages only beginning the journey

DECATUR Doug Benson was ready to make the trip to Peoria. He had been for six years. When Monticello''s six current seniors were on a sixth-grade traveling team, Benson coached them to a 24-2 record. The Monticello resident was so confident in their basketball future, he made a "reservation" back in 1997 at Peoria''s Hotel Pere Marquette for March 14, 2003. Though Benson couldn''t make an actual reservation, a hotel employee played along and sent him a copy of his mock guarantee 


Player GP FG-FGA 3PT-3PTA FT-FTA R/G A/G STL/G BLK/G PTS PTS/G Darryl Baxter 26 172-386 54-127 72-85 3.2 3.0 1.7 0.2 470 18.1 Kenneth Lampley


Player GP FG-FGA 3PT-3PTA FT-FTA R/G A/G STL/G BLK/G PTS PTS/G Gina Grussing 31 155-261 1-1 101-157 5.8 1.1 1.4 0.3 412 13.3 Beth Burke

As it stands, CPCI still standing

NORMAL  Forced to attend last season''s state tournament as spectators instead of participants, CPCI wanted no part of the Carver Arena stands this time around. "Watching those games hurt a lot," CPCI forward Ben Speirs said. "We hated to


JUCO BASKETBALL * Cobras, Jaguar honored. Parkland College sophomore Beth Burke, a Salt Fork product, and freshman Gina Grussing, an Armstrong-Potomac product, were named to the All-Region 24 team Tuesday. Grussing led the Cobras, who were top-ranked for several weeks and finished 28-3 this season, with 13.3 points a game and 5.8 rebounds a game while shooting 59.4 percent. The former News-Gazette All-Area first-teamer earlier was named the Collegiate Conference of Central Illinois

Plenty rides on Big Ten tournament

CHICAGO As a self-sufficient entity, the Big Ten tournament doesn''t measure up. Compared to what preceded and follows, it is an afterthought, a squeezed-in rumble of short-memory consequence. It doesn''t stand on its own legs. If there

Thanksgiving tourney coming to Urbana

URBANA  Those who prefer a heaping helping of prep basketball with their drumsticks won''t go hungry next Thanksgiving. Sara Seed Promotions today announced the formation of a new boys'' tournament, filling a Thanksgiving weekend void created

Hall ponders Colangelo

Former Illini Jerry Colangelo was one of 21 finalists announced Monday for induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Colangelo was proposed as a contributor. On the players'' list, James Worthy and Robert Parish were among the finalists, the largest group ever by the North American screening committee, which considers the men''s college and pro game. At least 18 votes from the 24member honors committee are needed to be a finalist. This September''s inductees will be announced April 7 during

Moody scores big with reversal

MONTICELLO It didn''t take Alex Moody long to realize his mistake. When Moody was a freshman at Monticello, he decided not to go out for basketball. By the time the Sages'' varsity was playing in a regional final at Bement, he knew the