Coach Jeff Graham, PBL, August 2014

PBL football coach Jeff Graham talks about the upcoming season.

Fred Kroner

A look at the STARs

Illinois football beat writer Matt Daniels gives the inside scoop on how position battles are faring for the Illini during preseason camp. Today’s glance hones in on the STARs:

Who has left?

Coaches' corner: Al Seamonson

CHAMPAIGN — Al Seamonson already is hearing from family and friends.

Those who want a seat for the Illinois-Wisconsin game on Oct. 11 at Camp Randall Stadium are letting the Illinois outside linebackers coach and former wide receiver for the Badgers know.

Soccer team has big cleats to fill

CHAMPAIGN — The question marks for the Illinois soccer defense are there, but dwindling. Plenty of returning starters, including goalkeeper Claire Wheatley, and an offseason full of shoring up that back line have the Illini moving in the right direction.

Loren Tate: Welcome, Illini freshmen

Consider yourself lucky. When you begin classes Monday, you’ll be part of a diverse class of nearly 7,000 new students weaned from roughly 33,000 applicants.

Everybody around you is double-smart, the middle 50 percent of freshmen in
engineering averaging 31-34 (out of 36) on the ACT and upward of 92 percent in class rank.

Kroner's football tour '14: A-L/A-H

ARTHUR — Seniority rules within the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond football program.

The Knights’ front-liners in 21 of the 22 offensive or defensive positions are seniors. The lone exception is junior linebacker Tyler Smith.

Kroner's football tour '14: PBL

PAXTON — Thirteen of the 16 seniors on the Paxton-Buckley-Loda football roster are returning lettermen.

That’s not a true reflection of the Panthers’ experience entering the season.

“A lot of them played in different positions, and now they are in different roles,” coach Jeff Graham said.

Wednesday's prep highlights: Roesch propels Falcons

In boys’ golf

■ At Gibson City. Devyn Roesch carded a 39 to share medalist honors and lead Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley to first place at Railside.

No. 9 is ... Fisher

We're unveiling our preseason Top 10 area football teams by video (thanks, senior Isaac Horsch) and story (thanks, Fred Kroner):

Why No. 9?

Preseason Top 10: Fisher at No. 9

Isaac Horsch, Fisher senior, talks about his team’s preseason No. 9 ranking in the N-G Top 10.

The News-Gazette

Syndicate content