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.
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).
■ 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.
If there’s a modern campus version of the Old West’s gunslinger or World War II’s fighter pilot, look to football’s running back.
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.
On Sunday, we’ll unveil our All-State Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year. Before the envelope is handed out, here are five candidates, listed alphabetically, in the running for the honor.
■ 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.
■ 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.
By FRED KRONER
URBANA — Brittany Sanchez is the one.
The sophomore is the one Illini who has played in all 29 of the team’s softball games.
She is the one who drove in the first Illinois run in Wednesday’s 6-5 nonconference loss to Indiana State at Eichelberger Field.