SJO swept both games at the Leader Classic Saturday, beating Armstrong-Potomac 75-43 in the afternoon and Cissna Park 51-23 at night. The Spartans will play in the title game Monday night.
HUME, Ill. - Cyrus Furgeson has been told he's lucky more than a few times in his life - not that he minds. "I've always been told it's better to be lucky than good so that's how I think about it," he said. Whether it's luck or skill, Furgeson, who is a senior guard at Tri-County, has a unique ability to make some of the craziest shots you've ever seen. Last Friday the Titans trailed by three with just a few seconds left in the game when it happened. "I was supposed to catch the ball closer to the three-point line and not 10 feet away from it but I just threw it up, he said. "I wasn't expecting it to go in."
BOYS BASKETBALL Unity 74 Argenta-Oreana 62 Meridian 79 CGB 64 St. Teresa 43 ALAH 33 Sullivan 53 Arcola 48 VGH 78 Tuscola 68 Mahomet-Seymour 63 Kankakee 53 Tri-County 52 Arthur Christian 49 Oakwood 50 Westville 44 (F/2OT) A-P 68 Schlarman 53 Milford 58 Hoopeston Area 30 Iroquois West 63 Donovan 34 Watseka 43 Beecher 56 Central A&M 84 Edinburg 72 Mattoon 67 Shelbyville 55 Charleston 54 Cumberland 43 Riverton 67 Sangamon Valley 42 Cowden-Herrick 52 Beecher City 42 St. Anthony 44 Newton 26 Casey-Westfield 64 Neoga 48 PORTA 56 Illini Central 35 Williamsville 60 Mt. Pulaski 42 GIRLS BASKETBALL Central A&M 75 CGB 31 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Parkland 85 John A. Logan 57 WRESTLING Mahomet-Seymour 58 LeRoy 13 Mahomet-Seymour 48 Clinton 30 Clinton 58 LeRoy 24 OAP 71 Charleston 3 OAP 51 Rantoul 24
SULLIVAN, Ill. - Brittin Boyer's basketball memories go way back. "My earliest memory is probably pee wee basketball," she said. "I would play against all the boys, and I have videos and stuff. I would try to whoop them - I'm not going to lie." Boyer has never backed down from a challenge. That's part of the reason why she's bound for Eastern Illinois next season. She has always dreamed of playing D-I basketball and couldn't think of a better school.
Sullivan girls stay undefeated with 66-43 win at Centennial
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tim Finke is no longer the family's best kept basketball secret. The 6 foot-5 inch Centennial freshman has already found himself in the starting line-up. Friday night he played all 32 minutes, scored 20 points and grabbing ten rebounds. It was one of his best games so far. "You just have to go after every game and play your hardest and give it everything you have and play like it's your last," Finke said. "I just go with that mentality every single game and do my best and hope for the best.
The Parkland men's and women's basketball teams both won Saturday while the St. Thomas More girl's basketball team beat Peoria Christian.
Manual 72 Central 67 Peoria H.S. 66 Centennial 61 Richwoods 52 Urbana 39 Normal West 55 Danville 46 (F/2OT) Mahomet-Seymour 70 U-High 62 Teutopolis 57 SJO 41 Arcola 39 Unity 42 Chrisman 48 Oakwood 47 Tuscola 50 Uni-High 29 Warrensburg-Latham 64 Meridian 55 St. Teresa 62 Argenta-Oreana 44 Southeast 53 Eisenhower 49 MacArthur 69 Springfield 53 Stew-Stras 32 Shelbyville 48 Tri-County 65 Okaw Valley 62 (F/OT) Sullivan 50 Neoga 34 La Salette 74 Hutsonville-Palestine 49
Centennial girls beat Central 70-48
Highlights from Central/Urbana, Centennial/MacArthur and Oakwood/STM
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - St. Thomas More's Tori McCoy said Tuesday she has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support she has received after finding out Monday she had torn her ACL and will miss the rest of the season. McCoy is one of the top players in the country on one of the state's best teams, so it is easy to imagine the void the rest of her teammates will have to fill. Besides her 21 points per game, she also provided plenty of leadership. McCoy says he will do whatever she can to help her team achieve their goals.
GIRLS BASKETBALL Rantoul 32 St. Thomas More 73 (F) Bristow, Wallen: 14 pts each
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The area's best players - and one of the best in the country- will not play another basketball game the rest of this season. St. Thomas More star Tori McCoy will miss the rest of the year after tearing her ACL. McCoy suffered the injury on Saturday. The junior was averaging more than 20 points per game at the time of her injury. It is a big blow to the Sabers, who are the defending state champions and the unanimous No. 1 ranked team in Class 2A. McCoy is a five-star recruit, who is ranked among the top players in the country in the 2016 class.
BOYS BASKETBALL Centennial 72 Manual 54 Central 52 Normal West 49 (2 OT) Urbana 60 Notre Dame 73 Danville 54 Normal Community 67 Bismarck-Henning 54 Monticello 76 Chrisman 43 Unity 44 El Paso-Gridley 54 Fisher 34 Flanagan-Cornell 55 GCMS 39
WRESTLING Central 34 SJO 33
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Not a day goes by that Sergio McClain doesn't think about his dad. And those memories are rekindled every time the former Illini standout walks into Combes Gym. They only spent one year together at Central, but in that time Wayne left his mark on the program. Now Sergio is trying to do the same. "He's with me day-to-day, and it's a lot on a man's shoulders to try and be successful this year," McClain said. "I'm not worried about it though because I've been successful all my life."
DANVILLE, Ill. - It's long been said winning breeds confidence. And for Schlarman freshman Arieal Scott -- it's true. Scott and her freshmen teammates hadn't lost a game since fifth grade before falling to St. Thomas More last week. "I was very disappointed but my teammates picked me up and everything was good," said Scott.
Watseka Senior Taylor Bauer is the WCIA 3 volleyball player of the year. The Parkland commit guided the Warriors to a 3rd place finish at state. It's the best finish in school history.
GIRLS BASKETBALL Iroquois West 72 Centennial 52
MAROA, Ill. - Jack Hockaday completed one of the best football careers in IHSA history. He broke the state's all-time yardage record and saved his best season for last, carrying more of the load than ever and leading the Trojans to the state finals. "It just means I've had great players with me to go along with me to help me along the way," Hockaday said of the numerous school and state records he holds. "Great coaches, and I'm just going to give all the props to them."
Sacred Heart-Griffin won its second straight state football title Saturday, beating Lombard Montini 29-14 at Memorial Stadium. The Cyclones finished the season with a 14-0 record.
Rochester won its fifth-straight state football title Friday night, beating Chicago Phillips 49-28 at Memorial Stadium.
Eastland-Pearl City crushed Maroa-Forsyth 41-12 in the Class 2A state title football game Friday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
Maroa-Forsyth, Rochester and SHG will all play for state football titles this weekend at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.
Mahomet-Seymour senior Christian Romine signed his national letter of intent to play for UTEP next year. Before he goes though, he will lead the Bulldogs, who return three double-digit scorers from last season.
ARTHUR, Ill. - Basketball practice in Arthur has a new look and feel this season. The gym is as full as its ever been with more than 30 players out for boys basketball this season. Nearly a dozen are former Atwood-Hammond Rajahs. They joined their former rivals after Atwood-Hammond High School closed earlier this year. "They realize that we're coming over," said senior Avery Schrock, "and they have to adjust to us just as we have to adjust to them so I think it's been pretty easy."
BOYS BASKETBALL Mahomet-Seymour 73 Morton 58 GIRLS BASKETBALL St. Thomas More 65 Schlarman 30
URBANA -- Urbana High School is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Big changes could soon be coming to the high school football landscape in Illinois. A new proposal would eliminate football conferences, and instead the IHSA would place teams in regions based on geography and enrollment. This proposal was submitted by Sycamore principal Tim Carlson. It has been approved by the IHSA's Legislative Commission, and it now goes to the member schools for final approval.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Central senior Connor Mapes signed Monday to continue his baseball career at Illinois State next season. Mapes was a big reason why the Maroons had one of the best seasons in school history last year. When he gets to Normal he will be reunited with his former Maroons' teammate Alec Altmyer. "It's a blessing going to play with Altmyer on what I call the best program in the state," Mapes said. "The MVC being the fifth best division to play in, I mean, it's a surreal moment. I'm very grateful for it. It's a lot of hard work that's paid off, but I'm ready to be a Redbird."
High School football state semifinal scores and highlights
GIRLS BASKETBALL St. Thomas More 61 Southeast 22 Schlarman 53 Urbana 25 SJO 57 Iroquois West 44 Washington 46 Centennial 23
GIRLS BASKETBALL Danville 74 Urbana 41 Schlarman 61 Rantoul 27
CHARLESTON, Ill. - Charleston High School will have a new football coach next season. Longtime head coach Brian Halsey was fired at Wednesday night's school board meeting after 15 years as Charleston's head coach. Halsey led the Trojans to the state semifinals in 2011, but the team had fallen on hard times going just 2-16 over the last two seasons. Charleston principal Trevor Doughty told WCIA 3 that Halsey will stay employed as a social studies teacher.
TUSCOLA, Ill. - Switching schools just a few weeks before his senior year started wasn't something Jarrett McMasters ever envisioned. He was planning on playing his last year of football at Monticello, where he would have been a starter in the Sages' secondary. But when his mom moved to Tuscola in August, Jarrett went with her - even though there were a lot of unknowns. "When I first came here they took me in and made it easy on me," McMasters said. "Everyone has been very nice and it's a great community too."
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Centennial football coach Mike McDonnell announced Wednesday he is calling it quits. McDonnell will retire after 18 seasons as Centennial head coach. Over those 18 years McDonnell racked up 103 wins and led the Chargers to 11 playoff appearances. He held a team meeting with his players and fellow coaches Wednesday after school to inform them of his decision. He will also retire from his position as P.E. teacher. Before arriving at Centennial, 'Coach Mac' was an assistant coach at Illinois and a graduate assistant under legendary head coach Woody Hayes at Ohio State.
GIRLS BASKETBALL Salt Fork 44 Fisher 27 GCMS 41 PBL 28
IHSA football scores and highlights
Watseka volleyball defeats Edwards County while Cissna Park defeats Woodlawn to take 3rd in state.
NORMAL, Ill. - It was a rough day for Watseka and Cissna Park at the state volleyball tournament Friday as both teams lost their state semifinal matches. Watseka lost to Dakota 25-21, 25-18. Cissna Park dropped a three-set heartbreaker against two-time defending state champion Rockford (Keith Country Day) 22-25, 25-22, 25-15. The Timberwolves will face Woodlawn for third place Saturday at 9:00 a.m., while the Warriors will try to salvage a third place trophy against Edwards County Saturday at 12:25 p.m.
CISSNA PARK, Ill. - Cissna Park will make its first appearance in the state volleyball tournament Friday morning when the Timberwolves take on two-time defending state champion Rockford (Keith Country Day). "We talk about enjoying the moment," said head coach Josh Landon. "The big thing here is that you've advanced to the final four, now let's take that next step. Someone has to win the state tournament, why not Cissna Park?"
WATSEKA, Ill. - The Watseka Warriors are heading to the state volleyball tournament for the first time in school history. The Warriors knocked off defending state champion IC Catholic in the supersectional to reach their first final four. "We've worked so hard and we've come so close every year and just finally it happening was a wonderful moment," said senior Emily Allhands. It was an emotional win for the team's seniors, who have been to the elite eight two out of the last three years. Now they're focusing on winning the school's first state trophy. "I think reality will hit when we roll up on Redbird (Arena) what we need to do to be successful and just kind of soak it all in," said head coach Krista Pufahl. "We've gone as far as we could go this so we're just going to keep working hard and hopefully get two more wins." Watseka plays Dakota in the semifinals Friday at 1:30 pm at Redbird Arena in Normal.
TUSCOLA, Ill. - Three years ago Tuscola football capped off a remarkable stretch of seasons. They made it to the state finals five out of six years - winning it all twice. The last three of those trips were under Rick Reinhart, who had never previously coached in the state finals in more than 30 years on the sidelines. "I knew exactly how tough it was," Reinhart said of winning a state title. "I don't think the average bear understands how hard it is. In each run we had two or three games that could have gone either way. I was very fortunate to have kids get the job done and coaches to help get it done. To go three times that's ridiculous - and five out of six years, we're spoiled."
DANVILLE -- A local African-American woman, who fought segregation when she was in high school decades ago, is being honored in that same school.
BISMARCK, Ill. - Bismarck-Henning coach Mark Dodd doesn't have to remind his team about where they have been or how far they have come. The Blue Devils are well aware of both. This year's seniors have won 38 games in four years, but they had never made it past the second round. That was until Saturday when they became the best in school history with a three touchdown win over perennial powerhouse Casey-Westfield. "It meant a lot," said quarterback Dylan Allen. "It was very exciting since it had never been done before."
URBANA -- Some area schools were off Tuesday for Veteran's Day, but Urbana High School students received a lesson from veterans.
Watseka beat IC Catholic in three sets at the Class 2A Christ the King super-sectional Saturday afternoon to advance to the state tournament. Cissna Park knocked off Schlarman in three to move on in the 1A tournament.
St. Joseph-Ogden won the Class 1A girls cross country state title Saturday afternoon while Monticello won the Class 1A boys championship.
SJO beat Unity 41-14 while Tuscola edged top-seeded Lawrenceville 28-21 Saturday afternoon.
HIGHLAND, Ill. - Taylorville fell behind early, but ran away with the game down the stretch as they beat Highland 36-15 in the second round of the playoffs Friday night. The Tornadoes not only earn their first ever 10-win season, but they also advance to the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history. Taylorville awaits the winner of SHG/Marion next weekend.