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McDonald's All-American Game report

HQ recruiting blogger Matt Daniels is attending today's McDonald's All-American Game media day in Chicago.

He'll provide updates via twitter. Follow along all day here.


Groce Q&A

John Groce will deal with reporters one last time before heading to the Final Four in Atlanta. Today's news conference is scheduled to start at noon at Memorial Stadium.

Beat writer Marcus Jackson will be on hand and providing twitter updates. Follow along here.


Monday's highlights: Salt Fork softball erupts for 31 runs

In baseball
■ Mahomet-Seymour 11, Champaign Central 7.
Down to its final out with the bases empty, the Bulldogs erupted for six runs to stun the host Maroons. Joe Kenney and Cullen Day each had two-run singles in the seventh for M-S, and winning pitcher Chris Redman held Central to two hits over the final four innings.


All-Area Wrestling Coach of the Year: M-S' Ledin

Coach of the Year:
Rob Ledin, Mahomet-Seymour


All-Area Wrestler of the Year: Urbana's Mammen

URBANA — Cameron Mammen’s story is one of success. It is also one that should provide athletes — and their parents — hope if they are unable to funnel every free waking moment — and dollar — toward the pursuit of excellence in a specific sport.

The 170-pound Mammen won every wrestling match he had as a senior and was the choice as News-Gazette Wrestler of the Year.


Miller leaving Groce's staff

CHAMPAIGN — Brandon Miller, who served as John Groce’s special assistant this past season, is leaving the Illinois program to join Brad Stevens’ staff at Butler, according to multiple sources.

Miller will replace Matthew Graves on the Butler staff. Graves left to take the head coaching job at South Alabama last week.


Points headed to the Masters

HUMBLE, Texas ­— Former Illinois golfer D.A. Points arrived at the Houston Open having failed to break 70 in his last nine rounds on the PGA Tour.

He had made only two cuts in nine tournaments this year, both times finishing at the bottom of the pack.

All that changed Sunday, even after a final round delayed by thunderstorms.


Future Illini Finke honored

CHAMPAIGN — It’s spring break for Michael Finke.

Except there’s little indication it is spring.

On this particular early morning in late March, temperatures in the mid-teens flash on bank signs throughout Champaign-Urbana.
Frost is still evident on nearby fields. The wind is biting.

And there’s no break for the Centennial big man. Hardly.


All-Area Boys' Basketball Player of the Year: Centennial's Finke

CHAMPAIGN — It’s spring break for Michael Finke.

Except there’s little indication it is spring.

On this particular early morning in late March, temperatures in the mid-teens flash on bank signs throughout Champaign-Urbana.
Frost is still evident on nearby fields. The wind is biting.

And there’s no break for the Centennial big man. Hardly.


Happy Birthday, Coach Winckler

Lavere "Liz" Astroth