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Offense powers Johnson, Illini to victory

CHAMPAIGN — Kevin Johnson will have to wait until his next start to become the all-time innings-pitched leader in Illinois baseball history.

Thanks to his teammates, however, the senior right-hander faced no delay Friday night in reaching career victory No. 19.

SJ-O's Rydell shows way

MONTICELLO — The weather was less than ideal.

Before the meet began, coaches and athletes already were conceding there wouldn’t be many personal bests set and likely no records broken on a day that saw temps fall into the 30s and stretches of light rain as the meet carried on.

Salt Fork's Kimbro a cool customer

TOLONO — Salt Fork’s Jenny Kimbro didn’t require much time to make an impact on the area track and field scene.

Friday night, the freshman needed 15.71 seconds.

In the fourth outdoor meet of her prep career, the 26-school Unity Girls’ Invitational, Kimbro not only won the 100-meter hurdles but also covered the distance in a meet-record time. The previous record was 16.01.

Spring game: 'Great leadership' leads Blue win

CHAMPAIGN — Walking near the weightroom inside Memorial Stadium this week, Bill Cubit didn’t break stride.

“Don’t say anything bad about me,” the new Illinois offensive coordinator joked to Illinois offensive lineman Corey Lewis while Lewis talked to a reporter.

Not much bad could come from the Illinois offense after Friday night’s annual spring game.

Friday's prep highlights: Stewart, Acklin lift SJ-O

In baseball

SJ-O 9, PBL 4. Jake Stewart went 3 for 3 with two runs and three RBI for visiting St. Joseph-Ogden, which received two doubles and one triple from Louis Acklin. Jonah Wilson had three hits for Paxton-Buckley-Loda.

Cosby picks Illini

CHAMPAIGN — When he decided to transfer away from Seton Hall last month, guard Aaron Cosby said he was looking for familiarity with the coaching staff and a style of play that best suited his game. He found both of those on his visit to Illinois this weekend, giving John Groce and his staff a verbal commitment late Friday night.

LIVE from the spring game

Staff writer Matt Daniels will be in the (warm) Memorial Stadium pressbox for Friday's chilly Spring Game, providing frequent updates via twitter. Follow along here

Thursday's prep highlights: Centennial baseball tops Urbana

In baseball

Centennial 13, Urbana 3. Centennial took advantage of defensive struggles by Urbana to dart out to a 10-0 lead after two innings thanks to a nine-run second inning and never looked back in a Big 12 road win during Centennial’s conference opener at Prairie Park that lasted six innings.

Daniels: Spring game a bowlful of chilly

Bring a blanket. And a heavy coat.

Temperatures will most likely be in the mid-30s Friday night when the Illinois football spring game kicks off at 8 (thanks BTN) in what is believed to be the first night spring game in Illinois history — and also the first one on a Friday.

Huth: UI-Purdue baseball preview

College baseball preview: Purdue (11-19, 4-5 Big Ten) at Illinois (19-10, 2-4 Big Ten)

SCHEDULE: 6:05 p.m. Friday; 3:05 p.m. Saturday; 2:05 p.m. Sunday.

WHERE: Illinois Field.

TV: Sunday’s game is on the BTN, with Eric Collins (play-by-play) and John Cangelosi (analyst).