Illinois offers two more prospects

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ list of recruiting targets isn’t growing at as rapid a pace as last spring, but the Illini coaching staff is still adding new players to their board.

Area baseball leaders (As of April 25, 2018)

Batting averages

Player, School AB R H RBI AVG.

Helmuth, Arcola 15 4 9 3 .600

D. Howard, GRF/C 31 17 17 4 .548

Bunton, Danvl 17 11 9 4 .529

Stokowski, Mont 69 31 35 27 .507

Hoel, Tuscl 70 34 35 17 .500

Macias, PrCntrl 44 24 22 6 .500

Fruehling, STM 53 18 26 12 .491

Romack, SltFrk 49 13 24 11 .490

Boyer's gem, sound defense lifts Storm over Comets

OAKWOOD — Did Salt Fork baseball coach Ryan High believe a five-run first inning Wednesday against Oakwood would provide a large enough lead for his team in the Vermilion Valley Conference showdown?

"No," High said bluntly. "I didn't think it was going to work."

Ex-Illini Foster waiting on his NFL chance

How does an NFL draft prospect keep from fretting about the big event?

For Kendrick Foster, the answer is a combination of laughter, basketball and family.

Wednesday's prep highlights: Frerichs plays hero for Comets

In baseball

Armstrong-Potomac 11, Westville 8. Shawn Reardon had a double and three RBI, while Zane Wright and Nick Cannon each drove in two runs for the host Trojans (3-10) in a Vermilion Valley Conference win. Hayden Davis chipped in two RBI for the Tigers (2-16).

Prep boys' track and field storylines: Migut, Kaiser key Rockets' launch

Local boys’ track and field stars know they have less than a month to prepare for sectional action, which directly preempts the state meet. Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS hit up three area squads to see how their respective seasons are progressing:

Prep baseball: Illini Prairie Conference race wide open

Area prep baseball programs are rapidly approaching — or have already reached — single-digit territory when it comes to regular-season games remaining. That means it's a good time for preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS to offer some thoughts as squads head down 2018's homestretch:

Triple the fun

Illini softball wins 6th straight game

CHAMPAIGN —  The Illinois softball team won its sixth straight game Wednesday night, rallying past Eastern Illinois to record a 5-4 win at Illinois Field.

Bob Asmussen's 2018 NFL mock draft

Staff writer Bob Asmussen takes a stab at his first-round mock selections before tonight's action starts at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas:

1. Browns

Baker Mayfield | QB | Oklahoma

Finally, Cleveland gets one right.

2. Giants

Saquon Barkley | RB | Penn State

Lovie, Illini land Chicago recruit

Earlier in the month, the Illinois football coaches held a clinic at Chicago Phillips.

Looks like it is paying off.

Joseph Thompson, a three-star cornerback from Phillips, made a commitment to Illinois on Wednesday night, announcing so via his Twitter account.