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.
During the past decade, Mahomet-Seymour has enjoyed six 20-win seasons in baseball, including last year’s 24-12 mark.
It looks like more of the same this spring.
Wichita TV anchor Cindy Klose will return to familiar surroundings when she reports from Atlanta this weekend.
The former WCIA-TV newswoman, who anchored for CNN in Atlanta after starring here in the early ’80s with Dan Roan, Jerry Slabe and Mr. Roberts, will cover the most unlikely of Final Four contestants, Wichita State’s aptly named Shockers.
Illinois football coach Tim Beckman and Illinois recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh both stressed two areas last Friday.
The importance of recruiting Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.
And picking up some wide receivers for the Class of 2014.
Illinois hit on both areas Wednesday night.
Matt Daniels offers his top five for N-G All-State Player of the Year honors, which will be announced in Sunday's News-Gazette
Former Illini Mike Shaw will continue his college basketball career at Bradley.
The Peoria Journal Star said the forward, who played two seasons at Illinois, committed to Geno Ford on Tuesday. Ford is the brother of current Illinois assistant Dustin Ford.
Hundreds of media types, players, coaches and key figures on the high school basketball landscape filled the second level of the United Center on Tuesday afternoon.
The occasion? Media day for the McDonald’s All-American game.
For any Illinois fans wanting to watch any future players John Groce will have at his disposal next year, sorry, you’re out of luck.
“We recruit every day. A guy I worked for said, ‘It’s like shaving. If you don’t do it every day, you’ll look pretty shabby.’ ” — Illini coach John Groce
Groce always looks clean-shaven, from his chin to the top of his head.
All-stars headed to Parkland
CHAMPAIGN — The second Parkland College/News-Gazette senior all-star basketball games will be April 14 in the Cobras’ gym.
The girls’ game will start at 1 p.m. at Parkland. There will be two 10-player teams, one coached by Chris Mennig, from St. Thomas More, and the other by Susan Thomas, from Centennial.
Teams of the Week
The Bunnies (5-0) won three games in three days, committing one error in 21 innings. Sophomore Kelcie Fredrickson has won her first four decisions, and senior Kalli Gosser is off to a strong start, hammering a home run against Unity. Freshman Emilee Schwing had four hits vs. Lexington.