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.
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.
MEET THE COACH OF THE YEAR:
St. Joseph-Ogden’s Brian Brooks
Centennial, Junior, Guard
All-Area First Team
NAME SCHOOL YR. HT. POS
Dedric Byrd Centennial Jr. 5-9 G
Michael Finke Centennial Jr. 6-9 F
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).
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.
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.
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).