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A Pipeline Everyone’s Happy About: Peoria's Basketball Pipeline

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IllinoisLogobigten1Peoria is synonymous with basketball. Basketball is synonymous with Peoria. Because of this, there is an unofficial pipeline between Peoria and our state’s university in Champaign. On this week’s “The Journey” – a feature program on the Big Ten Network – this pipeline is highlighted.

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Girls Sports Seeing Growth in Participants and Booster

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You won't find thousands of cheering fans at a volleyball game at any high school in central Illinois. The girls on the team don't crash through a paper breakaway banner before each contest.

A few hundred might show for a girl's basketball game, if the team is good or has a star player of potential future pro caliber.

Those are just the facts, ma'am. Girls' sports have come a long way in recent decades, but they still have...

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High School Sports Rule

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Did you hear about the $60 million football stadium being built in Texas? Oh, it's not for the Dallas Cowboys or the Texas Longhorns. It is an 18,000-seat stadium for a Dallas suburban high school.

So there are obviously some fans of high school sports that are more fanatical than those in central Illinois. But around here, there are an awful lot of people who believe their high school sports trumps anything else from the end of August...

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Here's To The Winners...

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And the secret to their success

The proverbial references are about water, or blood. As in, "There must be something in the water in that town." Or, "Basketball (or football, or pick your sport) is in that school's blood."

But something — or more often, someone — has to get the juices flowing to create a high school sports dynasty, a perennial power, the kind of program that competes for, and wins, state...

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