BLOOMINGTON — The IHSA stepped a little closer to normalcy on Friday as its Phase Four return to play guidelines were approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

COVINGTON, Ind. — For five years, Adam Ballard has had some of the best moments of his life as boys basketball coach at Covington High School.

BISMARCK — A 317-68 record, eight trips to the state tournament, eight regional title, two sectional title and a second-place state finish.

Schlarman Academy’s Wade Huddleston signed to play baseball at Elmhurst College. Standing from left to right is Schlarman baseball coach John Carnahan, Wade Huddleston and Schlarman athletics director Eric Crist.

Schlarman’s Dawson Dean signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Houghton College. Sitting from left to right is grandmother Ann Lattrell, mother Juli Dean, Dawson Dean and father Noel Dean. Standing is Theo Smith, Mecqui Smith and Schlarman athletics director Eric Crist.

BISMARCK — Todd Orvis has spent years making Danville High cross country a top program.

Since federal civil rights law Title IX was enacted in 1972 to guarantee equal participation opportunities for women in scholastic and collegiate sports, opportunities for girls high school athletes have risen.

The Altamont Indians girls basketball team in central Illinois finished their 2019-20 season two wins shy of advancing to the state tournament. There were just 10 players aboard for the campaign — a sign of the difficulty many Illinois schools have with participation.

Indiana 3 darts through the north central Indiana countryside like a beam of sunlight. Here, past used car lots, small churches and the local Elks Lodge lies Blackford High School, where an 18-year-old wunderkind has led a basketball revival.

BLOOMINGTON — With Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announcing schools were closed for the rest of the school year, the IHSA now has a weekend to decide what it wants to do.

CATLIN — Brian Russell led Salt Fork’s girls basketball team to new heights this past season and he recently was rewarded for it.

DANVILLE — Across the border in Illinois, boys high school basketball participation has remained steady over the past decade, even as fewer boys in Indiana are taking up the state’s signature prep sport.

DANVILLE — After winning IHSA Class 1A championships in her sophomore and junior years, Schlarman Academy’s Capria Brown still had something to prove.

The film “Hoosiers,” based on tiny Milan’s epic upset of heavyweight Muncie Central for the 1954 Indiana High School basketball state championship, drew critical acclaim and achieved box office success when it was released in 1986.

North Vermillion athletics director Martin Brown had been working on schedules for a possible spring season.

BLOOMINGTON — After Illinois Governor J.B. Priztker extended the state stay at home order to April 30 on Tuesday, the IHSA is still optimistic about a spring season.

Like most sports traditions, high school basketball all-star games have been a chance to see some of the best senior players play against each other.

BISMARCK — Family and togetherness is the basis of Susan Kentner’s years as volleyball coach as Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin.

FRISCO, Texas — In an free agency period that has seen a lot of turnover, Danville’s Justin March decided to stay put.

COVINGTON, Ind. — The Covington High School gym includes pictures of teams that advanced past IHSAA regional play.

CAYUGA, Ind. — While most schools and activities in the area have kept hope of continuing schools and play at the end of the month, North Vermillion has extended its break.

Winter Sports Tournament Glance PREP BOYS BASKETBALL IHSAA Class 2A State Series All times Eastern Western Boone Sectional Tuesday, March 3

Seeger’s Kiley White signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Danville Area Community College: Back (L-R): DACC head coach Erika Harris, Seeger head coach Brent Rademacher and DACC assistant coach Hannah Cronk (L-R): Kyle White, father, Kiley White, signee and Mindy White, mother.

BISMARCK — Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin had a lot of success on the courts this season.

DANVILLE — With fears of the coronavirus growing and growing, local and state sport institutions had to make some tough choices.

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Obituaries

72, of Bismarck, died July, 2, 2020 at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, IN. Arrangements are Pending at Sunset Funeral Home in Danville, IL.

of Williamsport,Judy N. Clawson, 76, died June 30, 2020 at Williamsport Nursing & Rehabilitations. Cremation requested and there will be a family memorial service at a later date. Shelby Funeral Home is assisting the family.

of Paris,Charles Russell Bainbridge, 68, of Paris, former Covington, IN resident died June 30 at Paris. Services 11:00 A. M. EDT Monday July 6, 2020 at Mount Hope Cemetery Covington. Shelby Funeral Home is assisting the family.