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School might not be in session, but news isn’t hard to come by. Here are a few headlines you might have missed during summer break, courtesy staff writer SCOTT RICHEY:
SAVOY — Kendall Gill emerged from his black sport utility vehicle, shaking hands, posing for pictures and sharing hugs with fans and old friends.
The main attraction at Monday’s 25th Cunningham Children’s Home golf outing at the University of Illinois Golf Course, Gill didn’t mince words when the topic turned basketball.
CHAMPAIGN — Letters from college basketball coaches continue to fill the mailbox at the Finke household in southwest Champaign.
But they’re no longer addressed to Michael Finke, the oldest of Jeff and Laura’s three sons who is working out at Illinois in preparation for the start of his college career.
We asked Fisher’s Josh Wallick what high school sports meant to him:
High school athletics helped mold me as an individual. Creating a personal identity for yourself in high school is important because it changes how you interact with others in high school.
TEAMS OF THE YEAR
MONTICELLO — The leaderboard is changing thanks to Monticello’s fast-charging Sages.
A year ago, the Piatt County school wasn’t among the top 10 in The News-Gazette’s end-of-the-school-year list of all-sports area leaders.
This year, Monticello is No. 1.
A few questions with Scout.com’s Scott Burgess, who’s been evaluating prep players for 10 years:
VERNON HILLS (AP) — Former NBA player Rick Brunson has been charged with sexual assault in connection with an alleged encounter with an employee of a suburban Chicago fitness center.
Vernon Hills police say the 42-year-old Brunson was charged June 25 with attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery.