Just 1 Question: Unity High Hall of Fame

It's back-to-school night in Tolono for four distinguished alums set to be inducted into Unity High's Hall of Fame in a ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

As they embarked on a trip down memory lane, Editor JEFF D'ALESSIO asked the inductees-to-be: Who's the high school teacher who had the most profound impact on you?

Clark brings 'selfless' nature to Illinois men's tennis team

URBANA — Zeke Clark’s biggest strength has, at times this season, also worked against him. Illinois men’s tennis coach Brad Dancer calls Clark the “heart and soul” of the team. An energy guy with a Russell Westbrook-ian motor.

Wednesday's prep highlights: Frederick fires a no-hitter for ALAH

In baseball

Argenta-Oreana 17, Cerro Gordo/Bement 1. The Bombers rallied for seven runs in the seventh inning in a Little Okaw Valley Conference game played at Cerro Gordo. Kyle Rigsby homered for the Bombers (9-7). Tyler Joplin scored the only run for the Broncos (6-10).

Asmussen | Ford's case shows inconsistencies in NCAA eligibility decisions

#FreeLukeFord didn’t work. At least, not so far.

On Wednesday, the Georgia transfer tight end was denied immediate eligibility at Illinois by the NCAA. Instead of being on the field in 2019, the Carterville native will have to spend games on the sidelines. Until 2020.

Who's No. 1? Bob Asmussen's mock NFL draft

News-Gazette columnist Bob Asmussen started following the NFL draft before ESPN began its expansive coverage. Here are his picks for today's first round, which begins at 7 p.m. on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network from Nashville, Tenn: 

Area prep baseball statistical leaders: April 25, 2019

Batting averages

Player, School AB R H RBI AVG.

Duncan, Ridgvw 33 3 19 8 .576

Broeker, SltFrk 47 23 26 10 .553

Atwood, Milfrd 44 17 24 26 .545

Barney, Milfrd 41 25 22 10 .537

C. Kresin, Tuscl 71 25 38 34 .535

M. Miller, AOC 34 16 18 11 .529

Veldman, M-S 57 27 29 12 .509

Harkins, IWest 36 7 18 11 .500

HS Softball: ALAH vs. Blue Ridge

The Blue Ridge Knights host the Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond Knights in two high school softball games at Weedman Park Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Farmer City.

Centennial at Champaign Central girls' soccer highlights

Video highlights from a girls' soccer match between Centennial and Champaign Central on April 23, 2019, at Franklin Field, with postmatch reaction from Chargers coach Jim Meissen and athlete Jordan DeLuce, as well as Maroons coach Steve Whiteley.

Illini tight end Ford denied immediate eligibility

Illinois tight end Luke Ford, a transfer from Georgia, has been denied immediate eligibility, both the athlete and Illini announced Wednesday.

Around 3:30 p.m., Ford tweeted: “My Waiver got denied... Thanks for all your support,” followed by a sad-face emoji. The tweet then continued: “It’s all in the Lord’s timing,” with a praying emoji.

UPDATE: Cockburn to UI officially official

Cockburn joins WDWS SportsTalk Thursday at 5:10 p.m.  Listen here.

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois men's basketball fans waited, some impatiently, nearly a week for good news on the recruiting front in the spring signing period. They got it Tuesday night.