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Boys Jr High Post Season Schedules Released

The regional pairings are out for the boys basketball post season in SIJHSAA play. The Class L Region 7 tournament will be hosted by Centralia starting on February 5th with Highland and Wesclin followed by Centralia and Franklin Park.  Flora hosts Region 8 with Mt Carmel and Carmi followed by Olney and Flora. In Class…read more »


S.I.T. Final Four Set For Tonight

The Final Four of the 69th SIT is set after last night’s opening round finale.  In the opener, Effingham overcame a 9-point 3rd quarter deficit to beat Mt Vernon 70-64.  Drew Thompson had 21 for the Hearts and Parker Wolfe had 20 including 2 huge 3’s late in the game to seal the victory.  Nate…read more »


Illini Tied For Big 10 Lead

UNDATED (AP) — No. 21 Illinois is tied for first place in the Big Ten heading into a matchup at Michigan on Saturday. The Illini are even with Michigan State after the 11th-ranked Spartans lost at Indiana on Thursday night. That’s a big deal for Illinois, which hasn’t finished above .500 in conference play since…read more »

Illini’s Griffin Suspended 2 Games

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — The Big Ten suspended Illinois guard Alan Griffin two games Thursday for stepping on Purdue’s Sasha Stefanovic. Griffin got called for a flagrant foul 2 and was ejected with 12:21 left in the first half Tuesday at Purdue when he stomped on Stefanovic’s midsection after the guard drove for a layup…read more »

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