The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 18, 2014

Class 4A girls regional is postponed

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---- — NORMAL — In a season that has been filled with postponements and cancellations, it is not surprising that the IHSA Class 4A Normal Community Regional has had its schedule shuffled by Winter Storm Rex.

The quarterfinal games between Danville High and Normal Community along with Bloomington against Normal West were postponed and rescheduled for Wednesday at 6 and 8 p.m. respectively.

With the quarterfinals being delayed until Wednesday, the semifinal games which will featured Wednesday’s winners against either top-seeded Bradley-Bourbonnais or second-seeded Minooka have now been pushed back to Thursday and the regional championship game, that was scheduled for Friday, will now be played on Saturday night.

The Vikings, who are 11-14 on the season, have split their two games with the Ironmen. Danville defeated Normal Community 41-38 on Dec. 7 in Normal, but the Ironmen beat the Vikings 46-35 on Feb. 11 in Danville.

The weather also delayed the Class 2A sectional semifinals at Clinton. Champaign St. Thomas More, the winners of the Bismarck-Henning Regional, and Watseka will now play at 6 p.m. tonight with Bloomington Central Catholic and Monticello scheduled for 8 p.m.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Michigan 70, Illinois 63

CHAMPAIGN — The Michigan Wolverines scored seven of the game’s final nine points in their seven-point victory over the Fighting Illini before 3,018 at the State Farm Center on Sunday.

Taylor Tuck had a career-best 18 points for Illinois, which falls to 9-17 overall and 2-11 in the Big Ten Conference, while Amber Moore had a team-high 19 for the Fighting Illini, including five 3-pointers.

Michigan forward Cyesha Goree finished with a double-double as she had game-highs in points (30) and rebounds (19) for the Wolverines, who improve to 16-10 overall and 7-6 in the league.

“I thought we played a good first half, especially offensively,” said Illinois coach Matt Bollant in an official university release. “We took really good shots and showed a lot of patience. I really liked the way we played offensively in the first half. Unfortunately, we didn’t make some of those same shots in the second half.

“Our defense was a little better in the second half — our effort was better — but we just didn’t have an answer for Cyesha (Goree) all game. Thirty points and 19 rebounds, obviously that was the difference in the game. Part of it was our lack of length and part of it was the lack of getting somebody on her and rebounding as a team. I thought Taylor had her best game of the year coming off the bench, and I thought Amber stepped up and made shots throughout and was active on the defensive end as well.”

The Illini now get their second open date in the Big Ten schedule this week before returning to action against Indiana in Bloomington on Saturday. That game will air live on the Big Ten Network at 2:30 p.m.

PROFESSIONAL GOLF

Davan takes 5th in Florida tournament

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. — Former Bismarck-Henning standout Michael Davan shot a 3-under 69 on Monday to tie for fifth in Junior Achievement Pro-Am at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

For his efforts on Monday, Davan collected $250.

This tournament came on the heels of Davan taking eighth in the Inaugural Bobby Jones Open on Saturday and Sunday at the Bobby Jones Golf Club in Sarasota, Fla.

Davan was tied for first after an opening-round 5-under 67 on Saturday, but a final round of even-par 72, dropped him three strokes behind the eventual winner, John Duthie of Lansing, N.Y.

Davan, the former Parkland College and IUPUI golfer, earned $800 for his eight-place finish.

In the order of merit for the Tony Jacklin’s West Florida Golf Tour, Davan is currently fourth with 37,667 points and he has collected $3,687 in eight tournaments.