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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


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

Rantoul’s Williams named MVP in win

DANVILLE — St. Joseph-Ogden’s Brandon Trimble scored 16 points and Player of the Game Kevin Williams, from Rantoul, hit 14 as the Eastern Illinois Senior All-Stars defeated their counterparts from Western Indiana Sunday afternoon at Danville Area Community College, 63-48, in the final game of the Battle of the Border.

Tuscola coach out after 6 years

TUSCOLA — In the day after Tuscola boys’ basketball and golf coach Matt Franks told athletic director Ryan Hornaday he was leaving to take the boys’ hoops position at Morton, Hornaday began receiving inquiries Thursday about the Warriors’ post.

“Word of mouth — well, I guess word of social media — has really got it rolling,” Franks said.

Danville stays in house with Hightower

DANVILLE — Vikings boys’ basketball assistant coach Demetric Hightower was nervous two years ago when he received a text from athletic director B.J. Luke, saying he’d like to speak with the 2004 Danville graduate.

“When your boss sends you a text you’re like, ‘Ah, man,’ ” he said. “I thought maybe I did something wrong.”

Trimble nets MVP honors, local athletes record victory

COVINGTON, Ind. — Most Valuable Player Brandon Trimble, from St. Joseph-Ogden, scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Eastern Illinois senior All-Stars past their counterparts from Western Indiana 87-69 Friday night in the seventh annual Battle of the Border boys’ basketball game.

Underwood to visit Finke

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CHAMPAIGN — Brad Underwood is still trying to lock down a full roster for the upcoming season, but the new Illinois basketball coach is keeping an eye on the future.

Top of the Morning, April 18, 2017

It was neat enough to attend the Final Four. But what made Centennial senior Kam Reaves' trip to the Phoenix area even better was his time with NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

College basketball extra: Tim Finke starts another AAU season

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Central’s Finke ready to take on advanced role with AAU’s Meanstreets

On campus: Hoyer moves up all-time field list

Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with ex-area standouts excelling in college