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Known for his speed on the track, Janesville Parker's DJ Vance translated it to success on the football field in 2015 to be selected as The Gazette's top football player of the season.
For the second straight season, The Gazette has picked the best players from the area at all positions, plus a utility player and a kicking specialist.
Elgin (Illinois) Larkin High used free throws to fend off a Janesville Parker second-half rally Saturday afternoon. The Royals outscored Janesville Parker 19-2 from the line on their way to a 62-55 nonconference boys basketball victory at the 205 Tip-Off Classic in Rockford, Illinois.
The Cardinals senior scored 22 points to land directly on 1,000 in a 60-45 nonconference road victory over Albany.
Craig junior Adam Anhold scored 22 points to lead the charge in a 74-56 victory over Edgewood in the Cougars' season opener Saturday
The Janesville Craig girls basketball team picked up a 48-38 victory Friday afternoon
The Vikings held on to beat Rockford East in a game that was part of the 205 Tip-Off Classic on Wednesday
The high school boys basketball season got underway with a couple area games Tuesday night
When the season opens tonight at Waterloo, Evansville will return all five of its starters from a year ago, including first-team all-league guard Brennen Banks and senior second-team post Kyle Rutkowski.
A roundup of area girls high school basketball games played Tuesday night
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