Why he’s a fit at Illinois: The top-ranked player in the state of Illinois in the 2017 class would be a fit anywhere with his physical tools and versatile game. What puts the 6-foot-4, 205-pound combo guard over the top is a competitive drive equal to few others.
The offseason might be in full effect for area high school athletes, but it's never too early to look ahead. That's what preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here for. What football teams might surprise in 2016? When does The News-Gazette Preps Year in Review come out? Who's the next big-time recruit to come out of C-U? Ask and Zilis will provide an answer in his 12:30 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN — Gary Nottingham knows that mixing the father-son and player-coach relationship doesn’t always work out in a positive way.
The former Illinois basketball assistant coach has done the research.
CHAMPAIGN — Tim Finke set his cellphone to “Do Not Disturb” mode about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The Champaign Central junior had a trip to Terre Haute, Ind., and three games at a team camp at Indiana State the next day.
Sleep was going to be important.
So was making sure his phone wouldn’t wake him during the night.
Because it would have.
BLOOMINGTON — The Class 1A boys’ soccer state tournament will head to East Peoria starting with the 2017 tournament and remain at the Eastside Centre through 2021.
The Corn Crib in Normal has served as the 1A state final site the last five seasons, which saw Urbana Uni High make the state finals in 2012 and 2015.
When do the rest of the All-Area teams come out? Who are some high school athletes to keep an eye on next school year? What teams surprised preps coordinator Anthony Zilis the most this past school year? Zilis is chatting at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, but you can go ahead and ask questions ahead of time.
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Central boys’ basketball coach Jeff Finke and his staff have just 25 contact days with their team this summer.
Most of them have to be crammed into the month of June with football taking over and the return of the summer session of AAU basketball in July.
PONTIAC — Representing LeRoy boys’ basketball one last time, future Loyola Chicago hoopster Matt Chastain tallied 13 points as the boys’ Class 1A/2A North team defeated the South squad 107-95 on Saturday in one of four Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star games.
PONTIAC — Matt Chastain has kept his concentration focused on the task ahead, but he knew his life was about to change as the LeRoy boys’ basketball team warmed up for its Class 1A Ridgeview Sectional title game against the host Mustangs.
Here’s a look back at our Athlete of the Week honorees from start to finish:
Male: Bailey Crose, Hoopeston Area soccer
Female: Lauren Whitehouse, Mahomet-Seymour cross-country
Male: Clayton Miller, Arcola/ALAH golf
Female: Kylie Michael, SJ-O volleyball