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N-G Top 10: Boys' soccer

With several teams in action on Monday, sports editor MATT DANIELS offers up The News-Gazette's first poll of the 2017 season.

RK., TEAM '16 RECORD COMMENT

1. Urbana 19-4-1 Randy Blackman returns for his 32nd season in charge of the Tigers and the Class 2A regional champs last year open Aug. 29 at Rantoul

Thursday's highlights: Spangler leads GCMS girls to win

In boys’ golf

■ At Harrison Park. Hunter Keith and Kevin Clapp both fired a 40 and Cade Herriott was close behind with a 41 to help Bismarck-Henning/Roseville Alvin beat Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 163-179. Clay Bane led all golfers with a 38 and Connor Birky had a 41 for the Falcons. 

Parr's cycle leads baseball sweep

CHAMPAIGN — As the ball left Justin Parr’s bat in the eighth inning Sunday afternoon, the Illinois center fielder was prepared to shift down into his home run trot.

“I thought it was gone,” he said.

Kroner: Monticello's Phipps says 'it was all worth it'

MONTICELLO — Bryan Phipps isn’t out to prove anything. That mission already was accomplished.

He isn’t trying to impress anyone. The numbers speak for themselves.

The Monticello High athlete is going to play a basketball game today and then join the ranks of those who derive their enjoyment and pleasure by watching contests from the sidelines or from an armchair.

Saturday's prep highlights: Centennial's Martin tosses gem

In baseball
Rantoul 4-10, Kankakee 1-4. CORD CHURCH (two hits, RBI) and CHRIS DEAVILLE (two RBI) lifted the Eagles in Game 1. KOLTON VERMILLION had three doubles and five RBI in Game 2, TANNER McLAIN adding two hits and two RBI.

Roper to the rescue

CHAMPAIGN — It took Reid Roper exactly two at-bats to hit his first home run as a college baseball player.

A sign of things to come?

Not exactly. Following that memorable debut in an Illinois uniform on Feb. 17, 2012, the Harrisburg native went 74 games without a fences-clearing hit.

It’s a streak that still baffles Dan Hartleb.

MJ's take: Things are good

We asked beat writer MARCUS JACKSON for his take on John Groce’s latest commitment:

Spring game review

Staff writer Matt Daniels' take on this weekend's Illinois spring game at Memorial Stadium:

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Multifaceted offense

Happy 27th, Chester Frazier!

Illini Legends, LIsts & Lore: Chester Frazier

Illinois rewards Groce

CHAMPAIGN — Mike Thomas likes what he sees with the Illinois men's basketball program.

So much so that the Illinois athletic director announced Saturday a one-year extension and a $200,000 raise for coach John Groce that increases his compensation to $1.6 million.