N-G Top 10: Girls' basketball rankings — Iroquois West at top

1. Iroquois West (7)    28-3    Top scorer, senior Taylor Cultra
2. St. Thomas More (1)    26-4    Top scorer, senior Lexi Wallen
3. Cissna Park (2)    28-3    Top scorer, junior Addison Stoller

Feb. 27 Illinois football chat

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 2:00pm

Beat writer Matt Daniels is still trying to fathom the start of spring ball is only a few weeks away. What does the N-G acting sports editor think are Tim Beckman's priorities this spring? What adjustments does Wes Lunt have to make in 2015? Can the Illini go to a better bowl game next season? Can the Illini go to a bowl game at all next season?

Feb. 26 high school sports chat

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 12:30pm

Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner is staying plenty busy as the postseason heats up for boys' basketball. What did he think of the final state wrestling meet he'll cover? Will the Iroquois West girls' basketball win a state title this weekend? Are there any boys' basketball teams in the area capable of making a deep postseason run? Ask our expert in his weekly chat. 

PODCAST: John Groce teleconference 2-24-15

PODCAST: John Groce teleconference 2-24-15: Play now!

Illinois basketball coach John Groce takes questions from the media ahead of tomorrow night's game at Iowa.


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Efficiency Stats - B1G Update 2-23-15

It's time for our weekly look at efficiency stats in the Big Ten.  I've added a couple of columns to the chart this week, one for last week's efficiency margin, and one for the difference between last week and this week.  The big movers on the plus side this week are Iowa and Northwestern.  Rutgers, Penn State, and Nebraska all took steps back over the past seven days.  Let'

Wrestlers gear up for dual-team sectionals

Wrestling’s dual-meet IHSA state series starts at 6 tonight with sectional matches involving three area schools. With one win, schools will qualify for the Elite Eight and a quarterfinal bout Saturday at U.S.
Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. Fred Kroner takes a look at the area contenders:

Class 2A: Mahomet-Seymour

Monday's prep highlights: Judah's Allender pours in 38 points

In boys’ basketball

Class 1A regional

At Armstrong

Judah Christian 83, Urbana University High 71. Judah Christian’s Ian Allender dropped in a game-high 38 points in the regional quarterfinal win. Brandon Hamilton added 15 points for the fourth-seeded Tribe. Panos Voulgaris paced No. 5 Urbana Uni High with 23 points.

GCMS, Oakwood stay alive

PAXTON — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley overcame injuries en route to a 50-33 win against Bismarck-Henning in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A Paxton Regional on Monday night.

The fourth-seeded Falcons were without Tucker Cribbett, their leading scorer, while Jake Barnes battled through a fracture in his ankle suffered the previous Monday against LeRoy.

Porter delivers for Chrisman

CHRISMAN — The first quarter was merely a warmup, not a foreshadowing, for Brian Porter.

The Chrisman sophomore made one basket, a three-pointer, during the opening eight minutes of the Cardinals’ Class 1A regional basketball tournament game Monday.

It was a good start.

“I’m always more comfortable here,” Porter said. “It’s where I shoot all my shots.”

Iroquois West reaches state semifinals

ROMEOVILLE — Taylor Cultra wasn’t just content with an Elite Eight appearance.