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Tate: Time for baseball team to take action

We should all be as optimistic as UI golf coach Mike Small. Every wayward shot is forgotten. Immediately!

And Terri Sullivan. The Illini softballers have been outscored 35-2 in their last four games, and she’s forever positive. For coaches, it’s in the DNA. You saw it this winter. For John Groce, it was always, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”

Five tennis teams to watch, courtesy Matt Daniels

Danville

TYLER ELLIS has familiarized himself with the various Chicago suburbs that host the state meet. That’s because the Vikings senior has qualified for state each of his first three seasons in doubles play.

Wednesday's highlights: Tabb shines for A-L/A-H

In softball
■ A-L/A-H 16, Martinsville 1. Ashley Tabb (double, RBI) went 4 for 5 and struck out eight, leading Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond in a five-inning game against host Martinsville.

It's official: Butler introduces Miller

INDIANAPOLIS — Butler has hired Brandon Miller as an assistant coach.

He replaces Matthew Graves, who has taken the head coaching job at South Alabama.

Tate: A big question mark

Running backs are born. Watch a speedster juke a defender, break a tackle and you know. They have it or they don’t.

Linemen can be constructed. If the bulk is there, they can be developed if they’re willing.

K-State rewards Weber

 Kansas State has rewarded basketball coach Bruce Weber for winning a share of the school’s first conference championship in 36 years with a raise and a one-year contract extension.

Clarifying fifth-year transfer rule

Mike Shaw transferred to Bradley.

The future college homes of Devin Langford and Ibby Djimde are still undetermined at this point.

But one item is clear.

None of the three men’s basketball players that announced they were transferring from Illinois less than two weeks ago will likely ever suit up for the Illini again.

Commonsense, you might say?

Tuesday's highlights: Tarrant pitches in for M-S

In baseball
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 1, PBL 0.
Hunter Hart struck out 14 while throwing a no-hitter, outdueling freshman Jonathon Walder to lead the Spartans to a home win. SJ-O scored the game’s lone run in the third when Josh Poulter stole two bases and reached home on Jordan Buhs’ single.

D.J. chasing NBA dream

D.J. Richardson’s dream has been to play in the NBA.

Today, the former Illini will take the first step toward realizing that goal while participating in front of representatives from all 30 NBA teams — and alongside 63 other college seniors — at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

Teams of the Week: Salt Fork softball enjoys 5-0 week


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SALT FORK SOFTBALL

The Storm (5-1) enjoyed a 5-0 week thanks to an offensive attack that generated 75 hits — Camaryn Todd had more than 10 — including home runs by Lea Hall (three) and Emilie McFadden (two). Peyton Meade won three of the games, one by shutout.

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G-RF/CHRISMAN BOYS’ TRACK AND FIELD