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Sanchez continues upward climb in softball

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.

Five baseball teams to watch, courtesy Fred Kroner

Mahomet-Seymour

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.

Tate: Local connection not shocked by Wichita State

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.

Dudek commits to Illinois

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.

Chart toppers: All-State POY finalists

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

Shaw to Bradley

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.

McDonald's All-American game primer

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.

Tate: Groce on the prowl

“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.

Bulletin Board: Parkland to host all-star game

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.

Athletes of the Week: Urbana's England and Rantoul's Pannbacker

Athletes
of the Week

Ellie England
Urbana, Junior
Soccer

Recently: Had two goals and two assists for the Tigers in a 7-0 win against Danville.
In her words: “We have a lot of potential. We will get better as the season goes along.”
I’m driving ... a Subaru Forester.
I’m dying to see ... “Pitch Perfect.” Again.