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Girls Basketball Tips off
The bouncing ball can be heard again in high schools gymnasiums throughout the area with hopes of going downstate. For some, the season got off to a quick start... for others, first game jitters prevailed... For more from Week 1 of Girls basketball, click here.

2010-11 NBA TV Schedule

The 2010-11 NBA TV schedule is here. The national television networks that show NBA games are TNT and ESPN/ABC. The bulk of games are on TNT or ESPN, with select few regular season games appearing on ABC. However, the NBA Finals are shown on ABC. For more, click here.

EXTRA's from the State Finals
2010 Slam Dunk Spectacular

Jabari Parker became the first freshman — EVER — to start for Simeon

Hillcrest trophy case is full after this season

Who will be ranked the 2010-11 preseason number 1 team? Player?

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2010 State Finals have been decided...
Team efforts decides the Class 3A title for Hillcrest... Marshall rebounds... Illinois-bound Jereme Richmond ends career on a high note... and Simeon wins it all in an easy fashion. Click here to read the State finals' recap.

Semifinals tip-off
With a dominate presence of Chicago area teams downstate, (Simeon, Young, Marshall and Hillcrest), who will come back with their classes' State title? Click here for Friday's recap.

3A/4A Clinch time...
Who's going downstate? Is it
Marshall or St. Viator? Did Hillcrest do enough to follow the girls path to downstate over Robeson? Peoria Richwoods or Oswego? Champaign Centennial or Cahokia? Does Jereme get another shot at a title or did Bartlett have enough fire-power to advance? Simeon or Benet? O'Fallon or Joliet? And finally, will Young advance once mover over Maine South? Click here for recaps...

Robinson wins Class 2A title
The Class 2A championship game took overtime to decide who would stand at the top of the hill and when the final whistle blew, it was Robinson knocking off well-known Peoria Manual. For more, click here.

Spartans rebound at State finals
Less than 24 hours after a disappointing loss, the Spartans rebound and end their season on a winning note defeating Breese Central 80-70. Click here for more.

Hales comes up short in semis
The Spartan magic comes undone against Robinson 64-61 in the Class 2A semifinals. For more click here.

2010 State Final exams put the best of the best in the Class 3A and 4A on the prestigious stage - Redbird Arena!

In the Class 3A final, Montini and Hillcrest battled back-and-forth, but no one was prepared for what would happen in the third quarter. Click here to read our coverage.

The Raiders held-off Young in a late rally to defend their title. For more, click here.

Girls Class 4A semifinals!
Third time is the charm! The table is all set and ready for its guest... Young vs. Bolingbrook!  This is their
third straight year where they are sitting at the BIG table... Who will prevail? Stay tune but for now, click here to read how they got to this point...

Girls Class 3A semifinals!
At the start of every season, all teams have one common goal to not only win their respective conferences but to go  downstate. But once you are there, you want it all and for Hillcrest and Montini, both teams demonstrated on day one that they belong... Read how they won their semi-final games by clicking here.

All aboard... Next stop Redbird Arena!!!
As the girls tickets are being punched for the State finals, the boys are starting their quest for State... Who'll be on top? CLASS 3A: Hillcrest? Oswego? Springfield? Montini? CLASS 4A:  Bolingbrook? Hersey? Fenwick? Young? All of these teams will battle this weekend at Redbird Arena (Normal, IL). Click here for more.

A-L-I   B-U-M-A-Y-E!!!
Who said basketball is about height? In the sectional championship, it was the heart of 5'2" Ali that helped the Lady Hawks advance over number 1 seed T.F. North, 76-62. "They were so tall. I was just trying to get a foul and trying to make my free throws," Ali said after the game.  For more, click here.

Gyms are packed and full of energy...
As the playoffs move to sectionals (girls) and the 1A/2A boys tip-off, every team has high hopes of going downstate. The  dreams truly come full circle this week for many, and turns to nightmares for others. BIG sectional re-match gets things going Tuesday night over @ the Hillcrest sectional (Hillcrest vs Rich Central)... Whew!!!! We are locked and ready to go with our full coverage during these runs... For details on games we covered this week, click here.

2010 McDonald's Rosters
Illinois lone roster spot belong to senior, Illinois recruit, Jereme Richmond was one of 24 boys basketball players named to the 2010 McDonald's All American team today. At the time of this writing, Richmond is averaging 21 points and 12 boards per game.  The McDonald's game will be played March 31 in Columbus, Ohio. To review rosters' click here.

DePaul's young recruit
CHESTERTON, Ind. — Inside a stuffy auxiliary high school gym at 10 a.m. Saturday, 65 miles from his home in Rosemont, 14-year-old Jahlil Okafor worked up a sweat working on his crossover dribble.

Dribble, dribble, cross. Dribble, dribble, cross. Between the left leg, then the right. Down the court and back.

For more, click here.

2010 City-Suburban Showdown

What a wonderful weekend of sports... if Friday nights' public league championship game between Morgan Park (61) and Marshall (60) was the appetizer, then the entree' featured a three-course meal that was not only fulfilling, but absolutely delicious... For more on this entree, click here.

Lady Hawks continue on...

... to the sectional to face Rich Central. But first they had to play Oak Forest and what an offensive explosion this was... Kristyne Marshall had the hot hands in the contest knocking down 15 and grabbed 8 boards, followed by Ali who added 10. For more click here

Week Round-up February 15-21, 2010
It's P-L-A-Y-O-F-F- time... The girls class 3A and 4A have tipped off this week along with the 3-point shooting contest. On the other side of the ball, the boys are fighting for conference championships, bragging rights and final seeding positions, and as you have come to learn over the season... we were at many baselines covering these games... for more click here.

Lady Hawk soar in regionals...
Over the season, Hillcrest has been up and down in the opening quarter of games but not Wednesday night (2/17/10). The Lady Hawks put together a fast-paced, aggressive attack on Bremen which stifle their offensive abilities. For more click here.



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Basketball is back! Need I repeat myself?  Basketball is back!  As I woke up a couple of weeks ago to my delight the four-letter network, ESPN, had prepared a menu for me that was just plain ol' delicious - 24 hours of basketball!!!  MMMM MMMM G-O-O-D!!!  Click here for more...

League of "HER" own Video provided by ESPN
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Best Amateur Dunk in a L-O-N-G time! In a word W-H-E-W!!!
National Federation OKs instant replay ~click here

 OF PREP SCHOOLS ~ click here

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