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It's back to work for the Illinois football team.
After taking a week off following the regular season finale at Fresno State, the Illini resume practice this afternoon.
Recruiting guru Cody Westerlund previewed all seven games at Saturday's fifth Shootout at the Hall:
CHAMPAIGN – Colleen Ward tries not to think about it. There is, after all, far more pressing business for the junior outside hitter and her Illinois volleyball teammates to attend to first.
Next up for the No. 14 Illini is an NCAA Sweet 16 match against No. 6 Texas today at Austin, Texas. And if eighth-seeded Illinois can't get past the ninth-seeded Longhorns, the intriguing prospect of Ward facing her former team in an Elite Eight showdown becomes moot.
Champaign Central 53, Urbana 28. The visiting Maroons outscored Urbana 34-15 in the middle two quarters en route to a Big 12 victory. Jakeenya Evans and Cheyenne HedringtoN combined for 23 points for Central. Tiffany Walthour scored a game-high 13 points for the Tigers.
Junior puts hip injury in rearview mirror, scores 15
ST. JOSEPH – If the game clock is running, then so is Josey Fruhling.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois soccer coach Janet Rayfield was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Mondo Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year on Thursday.
As a result, Rayfield’s name will be placed on the ballot for the NSCAA/Mondo National Coach of the Year award. The winner will be announced Jan. 14.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure was named to Rivals.com’s third-team All-America squad Thursday.
The Centennial product has rushed for 1,513 yards — second on the UI’s single-season rushing list behind Rashard Mendenhall’s 1,681 — and 14 touchdowns. He has 175 yards and three TDs receiving.
ST. JOSEPH – Mark Sjuts was an assistant basketball coach under three different St. Joseph-Ogden head coaches.
There was never a concern, however, that he would undermine the coach's authority and seek to emphasize a different system or a different philosophy.
Troy Gentle's weekly look at Illinois' basketball recruits headed to Champaign-Urbana: