Henze advances in 3-point showdown
Eastland junior guard Erin Henze is one of four shooters moving on to the finals in the 3-point showdown.
In preliminary action Thursday at Redbird Arena, Henze knocked down nine shots to wind up in a four-way tie for three spots to advance. In a tiebreaker, she hit seven more shots, the most of any shooter in the tiebreaker.
She is joined in the finals by Chicago Hope Academy's Mya Thillet, Mendon's Addison Miller and Flanagan-Cornell's Jadyn Mitchell.
The final round will be after Eastland's semifinal today.
AP releases Class 1A All-State team
AFC senior center Jaynee Prestegaard and Morrison senior center Peyton Tegeler were both named second-team all-state by the AP.
Tegeler averaged 21 points and 14 rebounds per game for the Fillies. Prestegaard averaged 18.8 points and 11 rebounds for the Raiders.
Eastland junior guard Erin Henze was an honorable mention.
RF’s Olson to play at Carroll University
Rock Falls senior Kenzie Olson will continue her academic and volleyball career at Division III Carroll University next fall.
Olson was named first-team all-Big Northern in her junior and senior seasons for the Rockets. She racked up 404 kills in those two seasons, and recorded 122 blocks in each year – finishing first in the area in 2018, and second in the area in 2017.
Carroll is located in Waukesha, Wis., a suburb of Milwaukee. Former Rock Falls standout Morgan Mammosser is an assistant coach with the Pioneers, who went 19-10 overall and 6-2 in College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin play last season.
Dixon’s Rotella to play at Sauk Valley C.C.
Dixon senior Juliana Rotella will continue her academic and volleyball career at Sauk Valley Community College next fall.
Rotella was named first-team all-Big Northern in her senior season for Dixon, and was an honorable mention selection as a junior. She racked up 218 kills, 186 digs and 33 aces in 2018, and recorded 120 kills, 97 digs and 29 aces in 2017.
Sauk Valley rolls past IVCC
Sean Gingrich hit six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points, and Austin Meiners hit four 3s and had 18 points as Sauk Valley defeated Illinois Valley 98-68 on Thursday night.
George Lee added 10 points and nine rebounds, Jyaire Robinson scored 12 points, and Micah Kendrick had four points, four assists and two steals for the Skyhawks (19-8, 7-32 Arrowhead), who led 41-30 at halftime. Fred Brown added five points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Cedric Armstrong chipped in five points and eight boards.
Syracuse coach involved in fatal crash
Longtime Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a man standing along an interstate late Wednesday night as he tried to avoid hitting the man’s disabled vehicle, police say.
Syracuse police say 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez was an occupant in a vehicle with three others when they lost control and hit a guardrail before midnight Wednesday on I-690 in Syracuse.
Boeheim struck Jimenez as he stood on the side of the road while trying to avoid the vehicle in the middle of the highway. Jimenez was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
“I am heartbroken that a member of our community died as the result of last night’s accident,” the 74-year-old Boeheim said in a prepared statement.