SportsTalk 10-06-15

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Steve Kelly and Loren Tate host the Tuesday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Steve Batterson.


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Boys' golf: Three teams to watch this postseason

Regional action begins Tuesday for a number of area boys’ golf squads. A look at preps coordinator Anthony Zilis’ teams to watch:

Arcola/ALAH riding high
Clayton Miller was always a quality player, near the top of the area in average.

Area prep statistics: Girls' tennis (Oct. 6)

(Minimum two matches)

Willa Olson, Centennial    No. 4    2-0    1.000
Hexuan Xie, Urbana    No. 3    3-0    1.000

Prep coaches weigh in on MLB playoffs

Playoff baseball begins today with the AL wild-card game, followed by the NL game Wednesday. We asked some area prep baseball head coaches who they like to win each postseason series and why:

Monday's highlights: Crose nets hat trick for Cornjerkers

In volleyball
St. Joseph-Ogden 2, Tri-Valley 1. Karlie Baker (32 assists, 11 digs) and Kylie Michael (20 kills, 12 digs) had double-doubles as the visiting Spartans won the tiebreaking set in Downs to get a non-conference win, 25-20, 18-25, 25-21, on Monday. Ryley Smith had 28 digs and three aces for SJ-O, which is 15-1. Tri-Valley is 17-6.

Area prep statistics: Boys' and girls' golf (Oct. 6)

Name, School    Rnds    Avg.

Chopra, Uni High    10    36.6
C. Miller, Arcola/AL/AH    15    36.7
Rowe, Oakwood    15    37.4
Lindenmeyer, Arcola/AL/AH    8    39.5

UI roundup: Volleyball falls to No. 13 after losses

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois dropped six spots to No. 13 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released Monday.

Ferguson doubtful for trip to Iowa

CHAMPAIGN — Josh Ferguson’s 48-yard first-quarter run against Nebraska ended with the Illinois running back getting off the Memorial Stadium turf, a sharp pain in his right shoulder accompanying him.

Cubit sympathetic toward Big Ten officials

CHAMPAIGN — Bill Cubit talked to Bill Carollo on Sunday.

No, the Illinois interim coach didn’t scream at the Big Ten supervisor of officials.

Nor did he slam his phone down in anger, much like he did to his headset Saturday against Nebraska.

Tate: College hoops shenanigans have my head spinning

By now it must have occurred to Illini basketball fans what their favorites are up against. It’s a nasty, unscrupulous world out there.

And for all those who get caught with their hand in the cookie jar — the 2015 year opened with 18 Division 1 schools dealing with academic fraud alone — don’t you wonder how many cheat and get away with it?