Travis Tate

Travis Tate

Rachel Fuller | A story that will stay with you

By RACHEL FULLER

Elizabeth Acevedo's bestselling young adult novel "The Poet X" follows Xiomara Batista, a young girl in Harlem who feels unheard but is yearning to develop her own voice. Her voice, she finds, can be hard to share while also living with(in) the expectations of family.

Catching up with ... Chasson Randle

Chasson Randle noted that he expects Illinois — among three finalists for Randle, along with Stanford and Purdue — to be good this coming year. If and when Randle goes to Illinois, he said he expects to assist at both guard positions, which could be a huge draw after Demitri McCamey's career comes to a close.

Getting to know ... Ted Karras

Blogger Travis Tate caught up with Illini football recruit Ted Karras:

"The great thing about my family is that they said it's my decision and that they would support me with whatever I wanted to do," Karras said. "A few of them went to play in the pros, so it's not like they were totally tied to the University."

Poll voters: Who are they?

The News-Gazette's Bob Asmussen is on the AP Poll Board. Here's the list:

Tiley takes the lead

Craig Tiley, who led Illinois to a national title in men's tennis, is the reader's pick as best coach in Illinois history. Do you agree? Or do you agree with Loren Tate that Bob Zuppke is No. 1? Let us know.

Illinois-Western Kentucky Notes

News and notes from Thursday at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.

Sabers, Parkhill run by Panthers

CHAMPAIGN – Coaches always preach to their players that they must play all 48 minutes to win a game.

All St. Thomas More needed was 24 minutes.

League leaders pounce on PBL

Watseka runs past nonconference foe

CLIFTON – Paxton- Buckley-Loda's game against Clifton Central did not set up well for the Panthers (1-5).

Panthers showing no quit

PAXTON – Paxton-Buckley-Loda is not a powerhouse, but it is a team that's improving.

At least on one side of the ball.

Northen, Spartans get revenge at PBL Classic

PAXTON – A year after being swept out of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Volleyball Classic, St. Joseph-Ogden won five matches to take the title of the eight-team event Saturday.

Andrea Northen had 11 kills as the Spartans beat St. Thomas More (16-5) 25-20, 26-24 in the championship match.

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