Playing the name game with Illinois football

The college football season ended for Illinois one month ago. Never too early, though, to glance ahead to the 2015 season. Beat writer Matt Daniels does just that with his forecasted depth chart for the 2015 season opener against Kent State, which is only 216 days away: (*indicates starters)


Name Ht. Wt. Yr.

Wes Lunt* 6-4 225 Jr.

Coleman-Lands does it all in trip to C-U

CHAMPAIGN — La Lumiere School can probably be a pretty quiet place before the sun rises, nestled as it is on a small lake about 8 miles north of
La Porte, Ind. 

Except, most likely, for the gym.

Saturday's prep highlights: Bunnies win consolation title

In boys’ basketball

Fisher 58, El Paso/Gridley 38. Grant Pointer led Fisher with 25 points in the McLean/HOIC tourney’s consolation championship game. Nick Griffith added 10 points and 15 rebounds.

UI roundup: Top-ranked golfers scorch Illinois State

PLACIDA, Fla. — The Illinois men’s golf team swept the morning four-ball matches and won five of six singles matches, defeating Illinois State 8-1 on Saturday at the 12th annual Tinervin Cup.

Westville boys claim Vermilion County crown

DANVILLE — Westville’s Tigers are underdogs no more.

The team seeded fifth in the seven-school Vermilion County Tournament capped a banner week Saturday, beating second-seeded Bismarck-Henning 57-50 in the 96th tournament title game as 1,200 spectators watched at Palmer Arena.

To get to the finals, Westville overpowered the first and fourth seeds.

Mahomet assistant principal keeps on believing

MAHOMET — Obstacles have never provided an insurmountable barrier for Courtney Porter.

She attended Shiloh High School, which had 25 students in her graduating class.

Best of Fred, No. 28: You go, girls!

Retiring executive sports editor Fred Kroner has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each Sunday until his last day, he’ll share his most memorable stories:

If someone were to chart the various athletic events I’ve covered, there’d be more girls’ basketball games on the list than anything else.

Illini legends, lists and lore: First-round draft picks

University of Illinois football players have been popular top-round selections in past NFL drafts. While their individual stocks may have been high at the time, many Illini first-round selections were selected before players who eventually blossomed into Pro Football Hall of Famers.

Sunday Conversation: Jay Spoonhour

Jay Spoonhour is no stranger to college basketball. The 44-year-old is in his third season as the men’s coach at Eastern Illinois. But he’s spent most of his life around the game thanks to his late father, Charlie Spoonhour. The Panthers are in a bit of a resurgence this season, compiling a nine-game winning streak before that was snapped Thursday night against Murray State.

Tate: Second-half woes creep back into picture

“We’ve lost more close games than maybe any team in the country.”

Those words by Minnesota coach Richard Pitino — referring to five Big Ten losses by five points or fewer — reminded that the Gophers’ 1-6 Big Ten record was a fooler.