How impressive was the area wrestling scene this winter? What boys' basketball teams could go on a run to Peoria? How surprising it is that no girls' basketball team won a sectional title? What boys' swimmers have a chance to win a state title this weekend? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis will take your questions at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, but feel free to send him some ahead of time.
In boys’ basketball
■ Bloomington Cornerstone 50, Judah Christian 35. Cade Chitty scored a team-high 16 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Tribe (13-13) in the title game.
(Minimum 9.0 ppg)
Player, School FG FT TP AVG HG
A. Scott, Urbana 158 142 514 27.1 42
CHAMPAIGN — Defense was at the heart of Monticello girls’ basketball’s 22-win season and its fourth straight regional title — a program first.
Defense was also central to the Sages’ Class 2A St. Thomas More Sectional championship showdown with regular postseason foe Bloomington Central Catholic. Just not necessarily in the way Monticello expected.
ARCOLA — Tri-County girls’ basketball had enough for a comeback, but couldn’t supply the finishing touch.
Trailing by seven points at halftime of Thursday’s Class 1A Arcola Sectional championship game, Tri-County pulled into a 33-33 tie entering the final quarter, but ultimately had its eight-game winning streak ended by Christ Our Rock Lutheran, from Centralia, 55-48.
URBANA — Second-year Champaign Central girls’ basketball coach Pancho Moore and the Maroons felt the sting of an early postseason loss a year ago.
But it wasn’t nearly the same as Thursday’s 67-51 loss to Class 3A No. 5 Mattoon in the 3A Urbana Regional final.
Both Monticello and Tri-County girls’ basketball programs will try to advance to the Elite Eight tonight, while Champaign Central will aim for the Maroons’ first regional title since 2010. Sports editor MATT DANIELS takes a closer look at the three remaining area girls’ basketball teams still playing before they all tip off at 7 tonight:
Why he was chosen: The junior improved to 39-1 on the season after he won a 182-pound Class 1A sectional title at Clinton and enters the state tournament as a potential favorite to win a state title.