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MJ: Louisville, Michigan

Louisville and Michigan: That’s who college basketball beat writer MARCUS JACKSON likes in Saturday’s semifinals

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Five softball teams to watch, courtesy Fred Kroner

Tuscola

The Warriors have had 20-win seasons six times in the past 10 years. If coach Lenny Sementi’s program continues to flourish, a starting point will be a returning All-Area pitcher (junior Erin Walker) and a returning All-Area catcher (senior Amber Miller).


Thursday's prep highlights: Tarrant tosses no-hitter for M-S

In baseball
Charleston 13, Urbana 2. The visiting Tigers couldn't stop Charleston from scoring at least once in every inning of their five-inning road loss.


Tate: Stuck-in-mud Illini in rush for fix

If there’s a modern campus version of the Old West’s gunslinger or World War II’s fighter pilot, look to football’s running back.


All-State POY finalists

On Sunday, we’ll unveil our All-State Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year. Before the envelope is handed out, here are five candidates, listed alphabetically, in the running for the honor.

Cliff Alexander
Chicago Curie


Tuesday's highlights: Judah rallies for baseball victory

In baseball

■ St. Thomas More 4, PBL 3.
Winning pitcher Mike Plecki went 2 for 3 and scored twice for the host Sabers. Jonathon Walder was 2 for 2 with two runs for the Panthers.


Wednesday's highlights: Turner fans 11 to lead Westville baseball

In baseball
Westville 4, A-P 1. DILLON TURNER had 11 strikeouts in six innings and TYLER DICKEN shined at the plate (2 for 4, RBI) and on the mound (three-out save) for the Tigers. CHRISTIAN JACKSON had two hits and two RBI in the win.


Sanchez continues upward climb in softball

By FRED KRONER

URBANA — Brittany Sanchez is the one.

The sophomore is the one Illini who has played in all 29 of the team’s softball games.

She is the one who drove in the first Illinois run in Wednesday’s 6-5 nonconference loss to Indiana State at Eichelberger Field.


Five baseball teams to watch, courtesy Fred Kroner

Mahomet-Seymour

During the past decade, Mahomet-Seymour has enjoyed six 20-win seasons in baseball, including last year’s 24-12 mark.

It looks like more of the same this spring.


Tate: Local connection not shocked by Wichita State

Wichita TV anchor Cindy Klose will return to familiar surroundings when she reports from Atlanta this weekend.

The former WCIA-TV newswoman, who anchored for CNN in Atlanta after starring here in the early ’80s with Dan Roan, Jerry Slabe and Mr. Roberts, will cover the most unlikely of Final Four contestants, Wichita State’s aptly named Shockers.