Decatur Lutheran is up next for the Milford Bearcats Boys basketball team. After clipping rival Cissna Park in overtime Friday for the 1A Reg'l C-ship at Armstrong, Milford moves on to Sectional play Tuesday at Danville Schlarman. Game time is 7 p Hear it on 94.1 WGFA or at wgfaradio.com
It's Milford's first regional crown since 1997.
The post season excitement continues after the I-W Lady Raiders brought home a 1A 4th place trophy from the state finals at ISU. And the Lady Irish at McNamara captured a state C-ship in 2A play at ISU.
Iroquois West girls earn fourth place at state; McNamara girls are 2A state champs
Iroquois West's girls' basketball coach Kristy Arie brought home a proud bunch of girls Saturday after her team earned a 4th place trophy at the 1A state finals at ISU's Redbird Arena.
Arie notes the state appearance will bring more interest in the high school basketball program in Iroquois County. "This group set our expectations high since they were freshmen," IW coach Kristy Arie said. "They've been a coachable group and a hungry group. They always exceeded my expectations.
"The big thing this (trophy) does is get everyone excited, all the way down to the little kids in kindergarten. There's tons of interest in the program."
Seniors Taylor Cultra and Elena Sanchez left their mark at a school that won 89 games after they entered the building, helping Iroquois West secure its first team trophy in any girls' sport.
The Raiders lost 45-28 to top-rated Prophetstown in Saturday's Class 1A third-place game in the 39th annual IHSA state tournament at Illinois State University's Redbird Arena.
"We will be one of the teams everybody looks back at," said Cultra, who grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the trophy game. "It was a dream. We knew we were capable of it, and it happened.
"Fourth in the state is not something to be disappointed in. My senior year is everything I wanted. Experiencing state is a great thing."
Sanchez, who led the team in scoring in both state games, had nine points.
Mac Girls win it all >
Bishop McNamara (Kankakee) defeated Breese Central, 55-51, Saturday for the Class 2A Girls championship.
All-Stater Khadaiza Sanders scored 19 points and Hanna Mitchell added 12 to lead the Irish. Both Sanders and Mitchell were unstoppable in the 4th quarter. McNamara finished at 29-4.
Sanders had a record 38 points in Friday's semi-fianls.
Search continues for Kankakee woman, safety stressed
Search & Rescue teams are still searching the Kankakee River for Jessica Hinojosa. The 26-year-old woman is presumed drowned since her call was pulled from the river two weeks ago.
Family and friends are gathering for a fundraiser in Bradley this (Fri) evening.
While friends want to help, Kankakee Fire officials understand that, but untrained volunteers can also hamper efforts. Assistant Fire Chief Phil Perkins says safety has to be the priority.
"We encourage volunteers to help but this water is cold and fast-flowing. This has to be done in a safe manner," Perkins told 94.1 WGFA News. "This river dam is about the most-dangerous thing we have to deal with in this city."
Miss Hinojosa was last seen on a Saturday night. Her family and friends reported her missing the following day.
The search has focused between the river dam and Bird Park to the west.
Perkins said search efforts will continue. "Anytime someone reports a spotting, we check it out as quickly as we can. Boat patrols continue. The biggest problem is the extreme cold temperature," Perkins said.