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MJ: Louisville, Michigan

Louisville and Michigan: That’s who college basketball beat writer MARCUS JACKSON likes in Saturday’s semifinals

Wichita State-Louisville

Dawson on Groce, Calipari and more

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.

Five softball teams to watch, courtesy Fred Kroner

Tuscola

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).

Thursday's prep highlights: Tarrant tosses no-hitter for M-S

In baseball
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.

Tate: Stuck-in-mud Illini in rush for fix

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.

Prep softball: Salt Fork and Oakwood

Salt Fork and Oakwood in Catlin Wednesday April 3, 2013. 

All-State POY finalists

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.

Cliff Alexander
Chicago Curie

Jackson: 'It was a very difficult decision'

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.

Tuesday's highlights: Judah rallies for baseball victory

In baseball

■ 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.

Wednesday's highlights: Turner fans 11 to lead Westville baseball

In baseball
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.