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Nancy Fahey is introduced as Illini women's basketball coach on 3-24-17.
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Fahey said she has talked to a lot of coaches who have made the jump from Division III to D-I.
CHAMPAIGN — Centennial junior Justin Cardani had every reason to be confident as he stepped onto the floor behind the mats about 20 minutes before his Class 2A 106-pound state championship bout in February at State Farm Center.
The McCoys wants to thank the NCAA women's tournament selection committee for where it sent their favorite team, Ohio State.
Ohio State is the college home of former St. Thomas More star Tori McCoy. She is toward the end of a successful first season.
DANVILLE — All Jake Beesley could do was watch.
Before fouling out, the Champaign Central graduate helped keep the Parkland men's basketball team in Thursday's NJCAA Division II national tournament quarterfinal against Richard Bland (Va.).
Beesley led the Cobras with 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists. He helped keep a tall Statesmen frontcourt in check.
All-Area First Team
ATHLETE SCHOOL YR. WT.
Dale Ashby Hoopeston Area Jr. 152
Justin Cardani Centennial Jr. 106
Hunter Crowley Mahomet-Seymour Sr. 195
Ren Dazey Oakwood Jr. 126
Arnold Fox Urbana Sr. 182
Drew Hoselton Prairie Central Jr. 160
Alex Lamont LeRoy/Tri-Valley Sr. 285
Luke Luffman Urbana So. 220
Why he's Coach of the Year: Ledin guided Mahomet-Seymour to a third straight regional title, and the Bulldogs followed that up with a team sectional win over Chatham Glenwood to earn a trip to state. Four Bulldogs qualified for individual state, with Hunter Crowley taking home a second-place finish at 195 pounds in Class 2A.
106 — (JUNIOR) x-Justin Cardani, Centennial; (FRESHMEN) Javon Jamison, Bloomington; x-Grant Peterson, Peoria Notre Dame.
113 — (JUNIOR) x-Aaron Shaw, Normal West; (FRESHMAN) x-Tristan Daugherty, Peoria Notre Dame.
ATHLETE, School W L Pts
Elliott, Hoopeston Area 36 3 192
Wendling, St. Joseph-Ogden 38 8 175
O'Linc, Monticello 32 12 110
Shellman, St. Thomas More 30 14 94
Maxey. GCMS/Fisher 21 12 54
Griffet, Unity 19 11 45
Deavers, Clinton 18 12 39
Mingee, St. Thomas More 6 3 22