TOLONO — Unity football coach Scott Hamilton could tell lineman Zach Gadbury was irritated with him.
N-G Top 10: football
Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis’ rankings going into the final week of the season:
RANK, SCHOOL REC. DEEPEST POSTSEASON RUN
1. Arcola 13-0 Class 1A state champion in 1978, 1985, 1988
Bismarck-Henning Girls’ Basketball
The Blue Devils won two games on Saturday at the Cissna Park/Watseka Tournament. Stephanie Bott led the way with 13 points in a 50-27 win against Wilmington, and Lindsey Andrews poured in 23 in a 43-39 win against Watseka.
Paxton-Buckley-Loda girls’ basketball
Why she was chosen: Senior topped 1,000 career points last week, becoming the first player in PBL history to do so and established a career rebounding record at the school while helping Panthers finish 3-1 at the Lady Falcons and Bunnies Tip-Off Classic.
MAHOMET — For four years, Lauren Whitehouse led the way in training and races for the Mahomet-Seymour cross-country team.
Next year, she’ll finally be able to follow.
The senior signed last week to run at Ball State, where she’ll compete for a team that finished 12th in the Mid-American Conference with a team that included three sophomores, two freshmen and no seniors.
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In between chowing down on some turkey and giving thanks this week, feel free to direct your questions about the Illinois football team to sports editor and beat writer Matt Daniels for his 2 p.m. Friday chat. The Illini head to Chicago facing much the same situation as a year ago — beat Northwestern and become bowl eligible. Hat!
Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is DeKalb-bound later this week for a pair of state championship games. Will Arcola return home with its first state title since 1988? Can Unity's somewhat unexpected run end in Scott Hamilton's first state championship in his fifth trip? Zilis can answer those questions — and more — at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Illinois men's basketball team escaped Springfield with a buzzer-beating win against Chicago State, saving the Illini from what would have been one of the worst losses for the program — perhaps of all time. Jalen Coleman-Lands' game-winning three-pointer also kept Illinois from its first 1-4 start since the 1906-07 season. It's safe to say the Springfield experiment didn't really pan out.
CHAMPAIGN — Mike Thomas may be gone, but one of his least-popular decisions as University of Illinois athletic director will play out this weekend — in downtown Chicago and its far-west suburbs.