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DANVILLE – Defense has been a staple of Jeff Millis-coached Westville boys' basketball teams.
"This is one of those years where defensively we've had to do many different things," Millis said.
CHAMPAIGN — Julia Jamieson and Melissa Kopinski signed letters of intent to join Michelle Dasso’s Illinois women’s tennis team next season.
Jamieson, a senior at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, is a five-star recruit who ranks 75th nationally and seventh in the state, according to TennisRecruiting.net. Kopinski, a Palos Heights Stagg product, is ranked 15th nationally and second in the state.
PHILO – Patty Harshbarger provided her young daughter every opportunity to follow in her footsteps. Birthday or Christmas gifts would include an assortment of dolls.
Finally, Mom got the hint.
"As much as I tried to push baby dolls and Barbie, a basketball always ended up in her hands," Harshbarger said.
Women's college basketball beat writer Tony Bleill breaks down Thursday night's game between Illinois and Ohio State:
CHAMPAIGN — Defensive tackle Corey Liuget is one of 56 early entrants in the NFL draft, including three from Illinois. Based on early projections, he might be the first Illini to hear his name called.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper projects Liuget among the first 20 to go in April’s draft.
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Former Illini Jeff Hecklinski will return to Memorial Stadium next season ... with Michigan.
Win or lose against No. 1 Ohio State Saturday, Illini basketball carries a brighter look this week.
That's because, for one glorious night, Brandon Paul and Jereme Richmond played up to their expectations. These athletic youths, both winners of the state's Mr. Basketball award, combined for 34 points and eight rebounds off the bench in Tuesday's 71-62 defeat of Michigan State.
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It was a whirlwind week for Illinois freshman Jereme Richmond. He left the team for a few days to deal with some personal matters before rejoining the Illini in Madison but not playing in the loss to Wisconsin.