Illini recruit Miller handling everything perfectly

DALLAS — Throw a pass in the direction of A.D. Miller.

Chances are the Dallas Bishop Dunne Catholic wide receiver will produce a big play.

The Class of 2015 Illinois commit has proven that hypothesis true through the first two games of his senior season.

Elite Texas big man Thomas enjoys process

CHAMPAIGN — Through Elijah Thomas’ two official visits, everything has gone about as planned. On trips to LSU and Oklahoma State, the four-star power forward from Texas has toured facilities, met potential future teammates and has heard the best recruiting pitches from each program’s respective coach.

All of that was expected.

Thursday's prep highlights: Hockman leads M-S boys' golf

In volleyball

Centennial 2, Urbana 0. Jaime Johnson had 17 assists, four kills and five digs and Kelly Braghini and Jordyn Jones each had six kills as the Chargers (11-5) swept the Tigers 25-17, 25-17.

How does Bailey rate nationally?

Checking in

Aaron Bailey wasn’t the only highly regarded dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2013. The Bolingbrook product checked in at No. 9 nationally in the category, according to How have the rest of the Top 10 fared since Signing Day 2013?

Player, College choice

1. Troy Williams, Washington

Centennial, Central at their best before rivalry game

CHAMPAIGN — Consider this: The last time Centennial and Central each started a football season 3-0, most of the players on the team — save for the seniors and a few juniors — weren’t even born. Mike McDonnell was in Year 1 of what is now 18 as the Chargers’ head coach and had three wins, not 100.

Bailey's staying put

CHAMPAIGN — The dark brown cross necklace dangles from Aaron Bailey’s neck.

It’s clear that faith matters to the third-string Illinois quarterback. Deeply.

“I look up to him and how he lives his life,” Illinois offensive lineman Michael Heitz said. “That’s something that I really try to model mine after because he’s great with his faith.”

Wallen shines, STM knocks off Watseka

CHAMPAIGN — The pressure is off Lexi Wallen. Now it’s on St. Thomas More’s volleyball opponents.

A senior at STM, Wallen picked a sport for college (volleyball) in the preseason and also settled on a school (Illinois State).

“Now I can have a fun and productive senior season,” she said.

Big Ten football report: Illini ready to rebound


Each week, we’ll gauge Tim Beckman’s promise of turning Illinois football into a consistent winner:

HS Golf: Centennial vs. Mahomet-Seymour

Centennial vs. Mahomet-Seymour in a prep boys golf match at the UI course in Savoy  on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

UI Soccer vs. Indiana 2014

Illinois vs. Indiana in a NCAA soccer match at Illinois Soccer Stadium in Urbana  on Thursday, September 18, 2014.