DANVILLE — Tears streamed down Kendle Moore's face by the third down-and-back sprint as a 10-year-old at Lincoln Park in Danville, his dad shouting at him to continue running.
Julius Moore had taken his son to that park to work on his game, and the pair were working on Moore's free throws. And missed free throws had consequences.
DANVILLE — Luke Beesley thought he was going to play baseball and skip basketball season before Parkland men’s basketball coach Anthony Figueroa talked to him last summer after graduating from Champaign Central.
Terrion Howard also thought his basketball career might be done, as coaches weren’t talking to the 5-foot-4 Centennial grad. That is, until Figueroa corralled him.
All-Area First Team
ATHLETE HT. POS. YR. SCHOOL
Tim Finke 6-6 G Jr. Champaign Central
Calvin Fisher 6-5 F Jr. Monticello
Zach Griffith 6-5 F Sr. Fisher
Trey Layden 6-1 G Sr. Hoopeston Area
Kendle Moore 6-0 G Jr. Danville
Cory Noe 6-2 G Jr. Mahomet-Seymour
Brandon Trimble 6-2 G Sr. St. Joseph-Ogden
From Thanksgiving tournaments in November to sectional showdowns in March, area teams shined. Our final rankings, courtesy sports editor MATT DANIELS:
RK., SCHOOL REC. PREV. COMMENT
Player, School FG FT TP AVG HG
Trimble, SJ-O 249 174 733 29.3 51
Blue, UniHigh 94 84 294 24.5 38
Perry, LeRoy 211 144 640 23.7 32
Moore, Danvl 212 141 623 21.5 39
Wheeler, Unity 155 121 462 21.0 38
Layden, Hoop 198 62 526 20.2 35
Cummins, DFB 134 39 376 19.8 33
Noe, M-S 188 183 612 19.7 28
Prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis takes a capsule look at this year’s honorees:
6-6, G, Jr., Champaign Central
BIG 12 CONFERENCE
SENIORS — Braedon Blackford (Peoria Notre Dame); Neshawn Brooks (Peoria Manual); x-Dazon Farris (Bloomington); Kam Reaves (Centennial); Doug Wallen (Central).
JUNIORS — x-Tim Finke (Central); Patrick Fisher (Bloomington); x-Kendle Moore (Danville).
Why he's Coach of the Year: Plenty of great boys' basketball players and coaches have passed through Monticello, but never had the Sages made an appearance at state. Until this year. Roy harnessed his team's copious amounts of size and talent to upset No. 1 Quincy Notre Dame in super-sectionals. The Sages finished 21-6 and brought home a fourth-place state trophy.
DANVILLE — All Luke Beesley could do was watch.
Before fouling out, the Champaign Central graduate helped keep the Parkland men's basketball team in Thursday's NJCAA Division II national tournament quarterfinal against Richard Bland (Va.).
Beesley led the Cobras with 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists. He helped keep a tall Statesmen frontcourt in check.
DANVILLE — The outcome is what Anthony Figueroa and his Parkland men’s basketball team wanted on Tuesday night.
“You’re always happy when you win,” the Cobras coach said.
A 62-54 victory against Johnson County (Kan.) in the first round of the NJCAA Division II national tournament kept the Cobras’ national championship aspirations intact.