Boys, girls basketball
It's long been said officials only get noticed when they make a bad call. And it's true. Any good referee will tell you it's not about them, and it shouldn't be. But the future of high school athletics could be in the balance of the men and women who wear those zebra shirts.
Local basketball scores and highlights
High School basketball scores and highlights.
Wallen (2,000), Comerford (1,000) and Stoller (1,000) all reach scoring milestones Thursday night
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Thursday will be Wayne McClain Day in Champaign in honor of the former Central coach and Illinois assistant who died of cancer late last year. The St. Thomas More girls basketball team, led by McClain's good friend Jay Price, plan to pay tribute. During the Sabers conference game against Monticello Thursday night, a portion of the gate proceeds will be donated to the Wayne McClain Pipeline Foundation. Both teams will also wear pink to honor the late coach. "It was devastating to me when he passed away," Price said. "I thought this was a good way for me to be able to honor his memory and to help his foundation and to let our girls know sort of like what's come before them and what kind of people have helped coach high school basketball. He was a great person, and I miss him every day, and I'm excited that we can do something to honor him." All the festivities start Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. at St. Thomas More. The varsity game tips off at 7:30 p.m.
Boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If you only judged players by their height, Terrion Howard might not measure up as just 5' 3'' tall. "It's funny to me," Howard said of the criticism. "Most people don't think I can do what I do. I know what I'm capable of. I don't take offense to it. I don't think about it." He isn't short on game. Centennial's senior point guard tries to get his teammates involved. He also scored 33 points in a game earlier this season. "Quickness. Protecting the ball," Howard said, listing his strengths. "I have to box out. People get offensive rebounds off me, and I need to make sure that doesn't happen."
WATSEKA, Ill. - Watseka athletic director Barry Bauer preaches balance to the teams he coaches, and if there is one coach qualified to talk about balance - it's Bauer. The Watseka athletic director is in his first year coaching the girls basketball team. He took the job in part to spend more time with his daughters Taylor and Madison. Then in July the boys basketball coach left; he was asked to take over that team as well. Bauer accepted, and needless to say it has been a busy couple months. "I wouldn't recommend it," Bauer said of his busy schedule. "It's been a lot of work, a lot of time but I'm so grateful because I really enjoy the group I have, both the boys and girls."
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The individual state wrestling tournament will stay in Champaign for at least five more years. The Illinois High School Association announced Monday it has extended the agreement with State Farm Center through 2020. The IHSA also announced the state finals for boys golf (Bloomington-Normal, Decatur), softball (East Peoria) and competitive cheerleading (Bloomington) will stay at their current sites for five more years.
The Centennial Chargers finished the game on a 17-0 run to beat rival Central 66-48.
Highlights and scores from Full Court Friday on 1/9.
Boys & girls basketball, wrestling
ST. JOSEPH, Ill. - One of the state's best football coaches says he has one year left in him. St. Joseph-Ogden coach Dick Duval told WCIA 3's Bret Beherns next season will be his last on the sidelines for the Spartans before he retires. Duval has coached 27 years at SJO, leading the Spartans to 24 straight playoff appearances.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - IHSA member schools rejected a proposal Tuesday that would have eliminated conferences in high school football. The proposal would've moved the sport toward a regional or district model. Schools overwhelmingly voted in favor of keeping the current conference system. Only 35% of schools voted to change it. The proposal called for schools to be divided into regions based on enrollment, and it would have meant a lot more travel for some area schools.
GIRLS BASKETBALL Rantoul 43 Centennial 67 BOYS BASKETBALL Central A&M 51 Argenta-Oreana 65
5. SJO Softball coach Randy Wolken wins his 900th game. 4. SHG, Rochester win state football championships. 3. OVC shake-up after Maroa-Forsyth leaves. 2. Wayne McClain passes away. 1. St. Thomas More girls basketball wins a state title. Chris Mennig is out as head coach, Jay Price is in. Tori McCoy tears her ACL.
It was another big year for Central Illinois high school sports. To help wrap up the year, we're counting down the top ten high school sports stories of 2014. WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten has stories ten through six.
BLOOMINGTON -- Centennial beat Edwardsville 56-48 in the third place game of the State Farm Holiday Classic Tuesday afternoon at Shirk Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University.
The Fisher boy's basketball team won the BSN Classic over VGH Monday night 77-65. Monticello fell to Ridgeview 65-56 in the Sages Holiday Hoopla finals while the Mt. Zion Lady Indians won the girls Hoopla title over Neoga 66-55.
Highlights and scores from a busy day of high school basketball tournaments and college hoops from across Central Illinois.
The Monticello boys basketball team won both its games at the opening day of the Sages Holiday Hoopla Friday, beating Argenta-Oreana 57-52 and Negoa 75-33.
The SJO Spartans defeated the PBL Panthers 43-26 to claim their third straight Leader Classic title.
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