Local Sports Archives for 2016-03

Tickets Available for Sectional Championship Game on Friday

According to Taylorville High School Athletic Director, Paul Held, the 2016 Class 3A Sectional Final between Southeast and Lanphier High Schools is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff on Dolph Stanley Court on Friday. The doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets will be disbursed and handled in the following manner.


500 tickets are available at both Lanphier and Southeast High Schools. Please consult with those schools in regards to their ticket availability and sale times. 100 tickets for Taylorville folks interested in attending will be sold on Friday morning in the West Gym lobby beginning at 8 a.m.


The tickets will guarantee you entrance on Friday night, but the seating is all general admission.

Approximately 900 tickets will be available at the door on Friday. Doors will open at 5 p.m. There will be 3 entrances as there has been for the other games, but when the capacity is met, the ticket sales will be halted. The last entrance that will allow tickets to be sold will be the one in back down the long hallway with the entrance by the baseball field.


The capacity is 1,960 seats at Dolph Stanley Court with limited standing room available. For further information, contact the THS Athletic Department at 217-824-7777 or you can e-mail Held at pheld@tcusd3.org. 

Lovie Smith Named University of Illinois Head Coach of Football

According to University of Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman and multiple media outlets, Lovie Smith has been named the head coach of the Fighting Illini football team. Smith’s hire follows the news of interim head coach Bill Cubit was relieved of his duties on Saturday.


Details of a six year agreement have been released as Smith and U of I are calling for payments of $2 million annually for 2016 and 2017, $3 million for 2018, $4 million for 2019, and $5 million annually for both 2020 and 2021. Smith will also have opportunities for performance incentives that are tied to team academic and athletic achievements. Smith’s appointment will be presented for U of I Board of Trustee approval on March 16.


Smith becomes the 25th head football coach at Illinois. He spent 19 years in the NFL, including 11 years as head coach of the Chicago Bears for nine seasons (2004-12) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 2014-15. He also has collegiate coaching experience with stops in Tulsa, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio State.


A press conference is scheduled at 2 p.m. today. 

Maples Provides Leadership to Her Team

Following the Class 1A State Championship game last Saturday, Central A&M players are still reflecting back on the season and the road to Normal. One of the senior captains, Mikah Maples, says she was able to emulate the leadership to her team after learning from seniors during her freshman year.

Maples led the team in scoring at 16 points per game and scored 511 points of the season. 

Dooley: Ball Distribution was Key in Winning Games

The Central A&M Lady Raiders Girls Basketball team lost to Hardin Calhoun last Saturday in the Class 1A State Championship basketball game by a final score of 60-56 in overtime. After the game, senior point guard Ryan Dooley said on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR that one of the factors of winning the majority of their games was ball distribution.

Dooley was a three time all-stater and is one of four seniors on the squad along with Mikah Maples, Abigail Hilton, and Shelby Daily. 

Central A&M’s Hilton Describes Atmosphere Playing in State Championship Game

Following the overtime loss to Hardin Calhoun in last Saturday’s Class 1A State Championship game, one Central A&M Lady Raider captain had a nice game by nearly recording a double-double. 5’10” senior Abigail Hilton registered 8 points and 8 rebounds in the loss. Including herself, she says in a game of high importance is where players step up and contribute.

Hilton is one of four seniors that was on the squad, along with Ryan Dooley, Mikah Maples, and Shelby Daily. 

Central A&M Senior Cites This Past Season as Favorite Memory

The Central A&M Lady Raiders took on Hardin Calhoun in Saturday’s Class 1A State Championship Game, yet fell to the Lady Warriors by a final of 60-56 in overtime. Along with the coaches, all four seniors were interviewed on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR. One of those seniors, Shelby Dailey, says her favorite year in hoops was her senior year.

Other seniors are Ryan Dooley, Mikah Maples, and Abigail Hilton. 

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