April 27 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 2:00pm

How did Mark Smith come to his college decision? What does it mean for Brad Underwood and the Illini? How is Lovie Smith's program faring? When will the number of football commits pick up? Can any area high school team win a state title this spring? Sports editor Matt Daniels is chatting at 2 p.m. on Thursday, so feel free to pepper him with questions beforehand.

April 27 prep sports chat

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:30pm

What area baseball, softball and girls' soccer teams are standing out the spring sports season hits its home stretch? What can Julian Pearl bring to the Illinois football team? Will any track and field athletes have a shot to win state titles next month? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis will answer any of your questions during his 12:30 p.m. chat on Thursday.

UI AD: Goal can't be to 'outspend Ohio State or Michigan'

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman on Monday delivered a presentation to the university's Senate Executive Committee in which he provided an overview of the athletic department as a whole. Whitman touched on a number of topics during his 45-minute address, including budgetary concerns — Illinois generated $91.6 million in revenue for fiscal year 2016 while spending $97.8 million.

UI roundup: Spencer, Evans among those feted

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois athletics held its Oskee Awards event Monday night, with Joe Spencer and Nicole Evans receiving Big Ten Medal of Honor recognition.

Spencer, a former Illini football center, and Evans, an Illini softball outfielder, were recognized for their excellence on and off the field as seniors.

Wolken among local coaches built to thrive

Randy Wolken moved closer to 1,000 career wins with St. Joseph-Ogden softball’s 9-4 triumph at Mattoon on Monday, his 998th while leading the Spartans. Before SJ-O plays at Unity on Tuesday, a look at five ex-area coaches who shined at their respective schools:

Dick Duval


Tate: College tennis an overseas affair

It's 16,032 kilometers, or nearly 10,000 miles, from Virum, Denmark, to Sydney, Australia.

Opposite ends of the planet. Makes a fellow wonder how much farther it would be to travel the opposite way around the ice-bound poles (don't try it, that's an extra 8,000 kilometers).

N-G Top 10: Baseball (April 25)

A topsy-turvy week saw seven of our Top 10 teams lose at least one game. A look at our latest rankings, courtesy sports editor MATT DANIELS:


Host Sages heed coach's post-prom warning

MONTICELLO — Ballgames on the first school day after prom weekend are often trap games for high school teams.

Monticello softball coach Christine Dickerson was concerned how her Sages would react to that situation Monday.

No slowing down for UI in hoops recruiting

Edwardsville guard Mark Smith is set to announce his college decision at 6 p.m. Wednesday. But recruiting is always churning. How five of the Illini’s Class of 2018 targets fared last weekend on the Nike EYBL and Under Armour Association circuits:

Ayo Dosunmu, Mac Irvin Fire (EYBL)

6-5, Guard, Morgan Park