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Chart toppers: All-State POY finalists

Matt Daniels offers his top five for N-G All-State Player of the Year honors, which will be announced in Sunday's News-Gazette


Shaw to Bradley

Former Illini Mike Shaw will continue his college basketball career at Bradley.

The Peoria Journal Star said the forward, who played two seasons at Illinois, committed to Geno Ford on Tuesday. Ford is the brother of current Illinois assistant Dustin Ford.


Tate: Groce on the prowl

“We recruit every day. A guy I worked for said, ‘It’s like shaving. If you don’t do it every day, you’ll look pretty shabby.’ ” — Illini coach John Groce

Groce always looks clean-shaven, from his chin to the top of his head.


Bulletin Board: Parkland to host all-star game

All-stars headed to Parkland
CHAMPAIGN — The second Parkland College/News-Gazette senior all-star basketball games will be April 14 in the Cobras’ gym.

The girls’ game will start at 1 p.m. at Parkland. There will be two 10-player teams, one coached by Chris Mennig, from St. Thomas More, and the other by Susan Thomas, from Centennial.


Athletes of the Week: Urbana's England and Rantoul's Pannbacker

Athletes
of the Week

Ellie England
Urbana, Junior
Soccer

Recently: Had two goals and two assists for the Tigers in a 7-0 win against Danville.
In her words: “We have a lot of potential. We will get better as the season goes along.”
I’m driving ... a Subaru Forester.
I’m dying to see ... “Pitch Perfect.” Again.


Teams of the Week: Hot start for Fredrickson, Fisher

Teams of the Week

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FISHER SOFTBALL

The Bunnies (5-0) won three games in three days, committing one error in 21 innings. Sophomore Kelcie Fredrickson has won her first four decisions, and senior Kalli Gosser is off to a strong start, hammering a home run against Unity. Freshman Emilee Schwing had four hits vs. Lexington.

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Five girls' soccer teams to watch, courtesy Fred Kroner

Centennial

It’s little wonder that the Chargers are regarded as the area’s premier team.

The roster features three athletes who in previous springs were honored as the All-Area Soccer Player of the Year.


All-Area Swimming Coach of the Year: Central's Trupin

Coach of the Year:
Ben Trupin, Central


All-Area Swimmer of the Year: Danville's Delzell

DANVILLE — Sitting on a cooler with the pool at Danville High School 100 feet away, Jon Delzell leans forward.

He has on a maroon Danville swimming T-shirt and jeans. He exudes the relaxed nature one would expect of a senior who knows he only has a few more months of high school.