Sunday Conversation: Dick Duval

Dick Duval officially began his 28th and final season as the football coach at St. Joseph-Ogden on Saturday, with a 25th straight playoff appearance certainly a goal for the Spartans. Staff writer SCOTT RICHEY caught up with the longtime coach to discuss his final season, how football has changed in his career and some of his plans for retirement:

Newcomers make impact in volleyball sweeps

CHAMPAIGN — The No. 1 recruiting class in the country has already started to pay dividends for Illinois.

Illini coach Kevin Hambly inserted freshman setter Jordyn Poulter and freshman middle blocker Ali Bastianelli into the starting lineup in Friday’s opener against Louisville. They started again Saturday against Miami (Ohio) and Creighton.

Zilis' prep football rankings after Week 1

Area football top 10
With the first week of action in the books, preps coordinator
Anthony Zilis checks in with his updated rankings:
1. Tuscola    1    1-0    Nick Bates tallied 119 yards of total offense

College football questions: Who fills Final Four?

Staff writer Bob Asmussen knows college football like the back of his hand (hey, where did that mole come from?). Here are four questions he has going into the 2015 season:

Richey: Prep volleyball teams to watch

Back to Normal?

Prep Volleyball '15: STM's Allison set up for success

CHAMPAIGN — Mica Allison is going to set in college. Odds are the St. Thomas More sophomore will also do that in one of the best conferences in the country.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Impressive debuts

Bill Cubit will make his debut as head coach at the University of Illinois on Friday night against Kent State. He’s had two previous first appearances as a head coach, in 1992 at Widener University and 2005 at Western Michigan. Unfortunately for Cubit, both of those debuts resulted in losses (a 40-6 defeat at Gettysburg in ’92 and a 31-19 loss at Virginia in ’05).

Oltean helps SJ-O hang on

St. Joseph-Ogden 36, Winnebago 20. Quarterback Eli Oltean completed 7 of 11 passes for 127 yards, and all three of his touchdown passes went to Jake Pence, who caught five passes for 107 yards. Ty Brown ran for 182 yards on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns.

Tate: Illini have chance to make a splash

With all that’s happened, with doubts and allegations popping up like a sea full of dolphins, let me ask:

Is there a more dangerous team than one backed down and carrying an “us against the world” mindset?