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Simeon duo have stellar senior seasons

The numbers weren't mind-boggling, earth-shattering or awe-inducing.

Yet Chicago Simeon and its standout Jabari Parker, who was named Mr. Basketball in Illinois for the second straight year on Monday, don't win a fourth straight Class 4A state championship without the steady play of Illinois signees Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate.


Weekend Wrap — Bragg helps Vikings win state title

Every week during the prep basketball season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous week's games.

Saturday's prep highlights: Staske fans 15 in Chargers' win

In softball
Bradley-Bourbonnais 12-6, Rantoul 2-5. HANNAH CARGO and DIAMOND WALKER each drove in a run for the Eagles, who lost in five innings. In the second game, LACEY BERTRAM had three hits while CARSON CHURCH, KAYLEE DENTON and KATEY SILVER each had two hits to go along with an RBI.  

Friday's prep highlights: Coller delivers for Knights

In softball
Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond 3, Windsor 2. SHERELLE COLLER had three hits and two RBI for the Knights.

St. Joseph-Ogden 3, Monticello 2. MOLLY McELWEE drove in two runs for the visiting Spartans.

Colbert talks Illini

Austin Colbert, like most people across the country, filled out an NCAA tournament bracket this week.

While the Illinois signee wouldn’t divulge how far he picked his future team to advance, the 6-foot-9-inch power forward who is originally from Chesapeake, Va., is confident John Groce’s team can make some noise in March.

Matthews shows off versatility

Gary DeCesare goes old-school when comparing Charles Matthews to another basketball player.

Well, old-school in relation to Matthews, who just finished his sophomore season at Chicago St. Rita High School.

“Penny Hardaway,” said DeCesare, Matthews’ coach at St. Rita. “Just because of the size and his versatility.”

Updated look at 2014 rankings

Jahlil Okafor is still the top player.

Cliff Alexander is still in the top 10.

JaQuan Lyle is still a five-star prospect. The same holds true for Leron Black.

Plenty of Illinois recruiting targets in the Class of 2014 still litter's Top 150 list of prospects that was updated and released last Thursday.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Fisher rolls in softball

In softball
Fisher 17, Tri-Point 0. Winning pitcher Kelcie Fredrickson helped her cause with two hits (triple) and three RBI for the visiting Bunnies in the five-inning game.  

Kalli Gosser (four runs, double, triple, three RBI), Rachel Tobeck (two doubles, three RBI) and Molly Fairfield (3 for 3, two runs, two RBI) paced Fisher’s offense.

Villa Grove OKs limited sports co-op with Heritage

VILLA GROVE — The Villa Grove school board on Monday approved a limited co-op with some sports to be shared with the Heritage school district.

While a majority of the Villa Grove board supports a full co-op, some members said they wanted more information before reaching that decision.