NORMAL — Iroquois West’s girls’ basketball program will win more games in the future, but it will never achieve a first like it did this weekend.
Seniors Taylor Cultra and Elena Sanchez left their mark at a school that won 89 games after they entered the building, helping Iroquois West secure its first team trophy in any girls’ sport.
MAHOMET — At 6 feet, 10 inches, Christian Romine towers over his opposition.
But the Mahomet-Seymour senior and Texas-El Paso recruit was no match for 5-year-old Faith Benedict.
Not in a game of hide-and-seek, that is.
“My daughter told me several times he wasn’t a very good hider,” M-S coach Chad Benedict said with a laugh.
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois-Northwestern basketball rivalry isn’t Duke-North Carolina. Or Louisville-Kentucky.
But someday ...
“We’re building,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. “I think they’re trying to build as well.
“Of the nine guys we played (Saturday night), there were four true freshmen and two sophomores. It’s a lot of young guys who are figuring it out.”
Illini legends, lists and lore: Senior Day superlatives
Eighteen years ago today, senior Kiwane Garris played his final game at the Assembly Hall, leading Illinois past Ohio State 90-83. Among his 22 points were 17 free throws, giving him 176 for the season, enough to break Don Sunderlage’s 46-year-old single-season record.
Back in the day, Anthony Figueroa was one of the top guards in the area, helping Centennial to consecutive Big 12 titles. Now, the 37-year-old is in charge of the rising power at Parkland College. Staff writer Bob Asmussen caught up to Figueroa this week as he prepared for Saturday’s regular season finale at DACC:
Can you still play?
CHAMPAIGN — Saturday was the day Illinois celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the 2004-05 Illinois team that went 37-2 and reached the national championship game. That Illinois team was known for, among many things, its unselfishness and impeccable ball movement.
PODCAST: Northwestern Postgame 2-28-15: Play now!
Brian Moline had highlights, score updates, analysis, and listener phone calls after an 86-60 rout of Northwestern.
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The hardest part of the job tonight is picking just three nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. When you make 14 three-pointers and have numerous other highlights, it's a bit of a challenge, but I'll do my best. Rayvonte Rice led five Illini players in double figures with 19 points and seven rebounds, and