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Recruits check out Chicago practice

Alex Golesh came away pleased with the Illinois football team’s practice on Friday evening at Gately Stadium.

The chance to get into Chicago and have a number of signed players and potential targets witness the Illini in action was a key reason for Illinois to hold Friday’s two-hour practice.

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.

All-Area Boys' Basketball Coach of the Year: SJ-O's Brian Brooks

MEET THE COACH OF THE YEAR:
St. Joseph-Ogden’s Brian Brooks

All-Area Boys' Basketball: Meet the First Team

Dedric Byrd
Centennial, Junior, Guard

All-Area Boys' Basketball teams

All-Area First Team
NAME    SCHOOL    YR.    HT.    POS
Dedric Byrd    Centennial    Jr.    5-9    G
Michael Finke    Centennial    Jr.    6-9    F    

All Area Boys Basketball 2013

The News-Gazette All Area boys basketball team was photographer at Parkland College on March 17, 2013.

Saturday's highlights: Hocking leads M-S to track title

In girls’ track & field
■ At Urbana.
Mahomet-Seymour won the nine-team Champaign County Meet, compiling 158 points. ELISE HOCKING won three events for the Bulldogs, placing first in the 100-meter hurdles (16.20 seconds), 300 hurdles (49.20) and the high jump (4-feet-10).

Friday's highlights: Jimson-Miller speeds to finale

In track & field
■ At Texas Relays.
Danville senior Alexus Jimson-Miller advanced to today’s final in the 100-meter hurdles. On Friday, she ran the seventh-fastest qualifying time (14.36 seconds) in her first outdoor race of the season. Jimson-Miller holds the Danville school record in the event at 14.17, which she set as a junior.

In softball

More Class of 2014 rankings

The pursuit for the top players in the Class of 2014 will consume college football coaching staffs in the next 10 months.

Rivals.com took a position-by-position look at the top players in the particular class that will come to the forefront in early February during National Signing Day.

36th All-Area Girls' Basketball Coach of Year: STM's Chris Mennig

Guided St. Thomas More to a runner-up finish in the Class 2A state tournament. The 32 wins — including 16 in a row — were two of 55 school records (for a season or game) the team set or tied. Among the others: points per game (67.0), field goal accuracy (47.2) and turnovers forced (26.5 per game).