Staff Reports

Coming off a 72-58 victory over Westbrook Christian on Tuesday night to clinch hosting the upcoming Class 2A, Area 12 basketball tournament, the Sand Rock Wildcats (14-3) moved up three spots to No. 7 in the latest Alabama Sports Writers Association rankings.,New Hope (7-5) read more

BEAUMONT, Texas — Despite redshirt junior Micaela Wilson posting a career-high 22 points, the Lamar University women's basketball program fell in overtime to Sam Houston, 83-80, on Wednesday night at the Montagne Center.,From then on out, Lamar turned on the defensive burners and went on to make a huge cut into the Sam Houston lead.,Lamar went into a zone defense to help stop the Sam Houston offense and it helped has the Cardinals won the second period by a score of 22-20.,The third period began nearly similar to the first as Sam Houston came out of the break on a 7-0 run, but huge baskets by sophomore Malay McQueen cut the Bearkat lead to three with 7:50 left to go.,The Cardinals went down 12 early in the fourth but were able to turn the period around beginning with a second chance jumper by Wilson that went on to start a huge Cardinal cut into the Sam Houston lead.

Just like much of it has for months.Coaches, student-athletes and fans expecting the Illinois High School Association to unveil a plan for the remainder of the 2020-21 sports calendar after Wednesday’s board meeting didn’t get it.Again.While the IHSA confirmed it does “hope to conduct all IHSA sports during the remainder of the school year calendar,” time is not on its side.,That’s when the IHSA will meet again to review options for an updated sports schedule.Much depends on when Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health allow sports to restart.Golf, cross country, girls swimming and girls tennis are the only sports that have competed during this school year.,Former St. Laurence and current Evergreen Park boys basketball coach Jim Sexton is the all-time leading scorer in Brother Rice history.Joliet Catholic girls volleyball coach Christine Scheibe said she believes the IHSA needs to produce a concrete plan by Jan. 27.,“We have two groups in charge of high school athletics in the state, the IHSA and governor’s office,” Eimer said.,The board also announced all high school sports not operating under an official IHSA season calendar may begin to conduct contact days as soon as IDPH mitigations and local school guidance allow them.

The boys basketball coaches at Orange County’s private high schools are advancing closer toward creating a club-type league that could take the place of the CIF Southern Section season if it is canceled or greatly reduced because of the pandemic.,Coaches at Trinity League and other private schools will have a Zoom meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12 to discuss options for a season that would be held during the spring.,Becoming a club league, with no school associations, would be a last resort, according to Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight, who has a leadership role in the coaches’ efforts to figure out a way for a 2021 spring season to occur.,Figuring it is a longshot that all seven counties will get to the yellow tier by the time the season is supposed to start, McKnight and other O.C. boys basketball coaches are examining options for an all-Orange County private school league.,McKnight said with other counties perhaps having a more difficult time getting to the yellow tier, an all-O.C. league might provide the best chance for having a season.