Jordan J. Wilson

Jordan J. Wilson

Ray's no-hitter leads Villa Grove to long-awaited title

VILLA GROVE — Jeana Block knew better than to dwell when her Villa Grove softball team dropped seven of its first eight games this season.

That same awareness kept the coach from being too surprised Friday evening when the same group of Blue Devils huddled together for pictures, posing with the program's first regional-title plaque since 2005.

Feagles leads as Illini look to clinch NCAA finals bid

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Mike Small's attention had already shifted ahead hours after his Illinois men's golf team won its ninth straight Big Ten Championship.

"We have the second-longest (finals) streak in all of NCAA Division I," said the Illini head coach of a streak that stands at 11 straight appearances in the NCAA Championships. "That's something we want to keep going."

Danville's Williams gets good lesson in his races

URBANA — Quemarii Williams crossed the finish line drenched in sweat in the 400-meter dash, but not for the most obvious reason.

Taylor's the hero as Illini outlast Boilermakers in 12-inning win

CHAMPAIGN — Zac Taylor will remember this moment for some time. So will his Illinois baseball teammates and those in attendance who stuck around late Friday night at Illinois Field.

Taylor, the Illini center fielder, pulled a walk-off three-run home run over the left field fence to give Illinois a 5-2 win in 12 innings against Purdue.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Coleman, McClure fuel Chargers' rally

In baseball

Illinois Christian Conference Tournament

Saturday's prep highlights: McCarty's no-hitter sparks SJ-O

In baseball

SJ-O Invitational

Simeon OL decommits from Lovie's next class

Illinois football started Sunday with three commits in the Class of 2020, but that number was at two by Sunday night.

Chicago Simeon offensive lineman Marcus Harper, who committed to Lovie Smith's program on April 7, announced via a note posted to his Twitter account on Sunday night he was decommitting from the Illini.

Behind Chassart, Illini claim fifth straight Big Ten title

FLOURTOWN, Pa. — The feeling never gets old for Mike Small. Not even after replicating it for the fifth time.

The Illinois men's golf coach has touted a Big Ten champion squad in each of his last four seasons, a streak that reached five Sunday afternoon when the Illini finished five strokes ahead of second-place Purdue with a three-round score of 868 to seize the title.

Fast start fades for UI in title match

LINCOLN, Neb. — Evan Clark isn't sure he has seen a more routine round of doubles from his Illinois women's tennis team all year than Sunday against Michigan.

Behind wins of 6-1 and 6-2, the Illini smacked the No. 17 Wolverines for the first point of the Big Ten tournament title match at Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center.

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