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Dawson on Groce, Calipari and more

Brett Dawson covered the last McDonald’s All-American to flourish at Illinois.

Bill Self brought in Dee Brown, who had the type of career with the Illini that future players would love to emulate.

The former Illinois men’s basketball beat writer for The News-Gazette is now covering a program that is redefining what it means to bring in top recruiting classes.

Five softball teams to watch, courtesy Fred Kroner

Tuscola

The Warriors have had 20-win seasons six times in the past 10 years. If coach Lenny Sementi’s program continues to flourish, a starting point will be a returning All-Area pitcher (junior Erin Walker) and a returning All-Area catcher (senior Amber Miller).

Thursday's prep highlights: Tarrant tosses no-hitter for M-S

In baseball
Charleston 13, Urbana 2. The visiting Tigers couldn't stop Charleston from scoring at least once in every inning of their five-inning road loss.

Prep softball: Salt Fork and Oakwood

Salt Fork and Oakwood in Catlin Wednesday April 3, 2013. 

Jackson: 'It was a very difficult decision'

Demetrius Jackson just smiled.

The point guard from Marian (Ind.) High School in Mishawaka didn’t flinch, grimace or ignore the topic.

Even though it probably wasn’t the No. 1 subject the McDonald’s All-American point guard wanted to talk about.

Tuesday's highlights: Judah rallies for baseball victory

In baseball

■ St. Thomas More 4, PBL 3.
Winning pitcher Mike Plecki went 2 for 3 and scored twice for the host Sabers. Jonathon Walder was 2 for 2 with two runs for the Panthers.

Wednesday's highlights: Turner fans 11 to lead Westville baseball

In baseball
Westville 4, A-P 1. DILLON TURNER had 11 strikeouts in six innings and TYLER DICKEN shined at the plate (2 for 4, RBI) and on the mound (three-out save) for the Tigers. CHRISTIAN JACKSON had two hits and two RBI in the win.

Five baseball teams to watch, courtesy Fred Kroner

Mahomet-Seymour

During the past decade, Mahomet-Seymour has enjoyed six 20-win seasons in baseball, including last year’s 24-12 mark.

It looks like more of the same this spring.

Dudek commits to Illinois

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman and Illinois recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh both stressed two areas last Friday.

The importance of recruiting Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

And picking up some wide receivers for the Class of 2014.

Illinois hit on both areas Wednesday night.

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