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Miller named MVP in all-star game

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Cory Miller of Unity High School scored a game-high 21 points to help Team Pepsi rally for a 131-123 victory over Team Mountain Dew in the WBBA/WJBM All-Star Classic Saturday night at Voshall Gym. Team Pepsi trailed 74-54 at halftime be

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Sunday Conversation with Kevin Garner
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Kevin Garner

Kevin Garner has come a long way from playing basketball in the park in Edina, Mo., and playing basketball at Knox County High School to becoming an assistant executive director with the Missouri State High School Activities Association. Garner, 50, made

Sunday Conversation with Jim Rakers
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Sunday Conversation with Jim Rakers

Notre Dame has been a big part of Jim Rakers' life. He attended both Notre Dame and Christian Brothers High Schools, graduating in 1961. He was an all-state selection in basketball, and despite practicing with just two hurdles, he qualified for the state

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All-West Central Conference Basketball Teams

All-Conference Boys West Central Conference North Division First Team Carter Fayhee, Macomb; Logan Dorethy, West Hancock; Lane Marlow, Central; Jackson Porter, Illini West; Riley Langford, West Hancock; Jared Kirby, Monmouth-Roseville Honorable Mention Ke

Super-sectional shocker: Top-ranked Raiders ousted as Sages score in final seconds
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Super-sectional shocker: Top-ranked Raiders ousted as Sages score in final seconds

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Johnny Dawson had the Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team right where he wanted them. Without the ball. Monticello had the ball with 1:14 remaining and the score tied at 49, and it was determined not to let the Raiders get the ball back.

Sluggish start to second half ruins Mustangs' state hopes
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Sluggish start to second half ruins Mustangs' state hopes

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- Cory Miller stood outside the Unity boys basketball team's locker room in the depths of the Jacksonville Bowl. Okawville players walked past him on their way to their locker room with snippets of net in their ear. One of the Rockets...

'I just wasn't ready to say goodbye'
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'I just wasn't ready to say goodbye'

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- It wasn't supposed to end this way. Tuesday's Class 2A super-sectional basketball game at the Recreation and Athletic Center on the University of Illinois campus was supposed to be a coronation. A huge pro-Quincy Notre Dame crowd...

Frederking finds way to lead Okawville despite Miller's defense
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Frederking finds way to lead Okawville despite Miller's defense

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- The amount of tape the Unity boys basketball team watched on Okawville's Noah Frederking was countless. A 40-point game in a victory over New Berlin in the sectional championship game warranted that.

Losses in December and January might pay off in March
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Losses in December and January might pay off in March

Strength of schedule. Fans of college basketball hear that phrase repeatedly during this time of the year. It's one of the many metrics used by people who select teams for postseason basketball tournaments. All teams are allowed to participate in most high school postseason tournaments in Illinois and Missouri, so strength of schedule isn't typically discussed for prep teams. Its importance, however, shouldn't be ignored.

Blue-Collar Guy: Willer does grunt work for high-flying Raiders
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Blue-Collar Guy: Willer does grunt work for high-flying Raiders

The Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team is putting up eye-popping numbers on offense this season. The Raiders are averaging nearly 80 points per game since Jan. 31, and they have two of the top scorers in school history in Carter Cramsey and Justin Bottorff. "There are so many guys who do things so flashy," Raiders coach Kevin Meyer said. "But Wade's our blue-collar guy."