Top 50 teams of 2019: No. 45 Arizona

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the Top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season:

No. 45: Arizona

Coach: Kevin Sumlin

2018 record: 5-7

Projected 2019 record: 7-5

Final area girls' track and field leaders: June 18, 2019

100 Meters

Athlete School Time/Distance

Ameia Wilson, Danville 11.55

Mattie Lieb, Monticello 12.30

Maclayne Taylor, SJ-O 12.40

Tanaya Young, Rantoul 12.40

Dasauna Combs, Urbana 12.48

Sierra Bryant, BHRA 12.51

Alexis Puetz, Milford/CP 12.65

Mya Tinsley, R/L 12.70

Tori Burke, Clinton 12.71

Lakeida Nichols, M-S 12.74

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 45 Verdis Brown

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Scott Richey is counting down the Top 50 most important Illini heading into the 2019 season:

No. 45: Verdis Brown

Vitals: 6-4, 315, R-Fr., OL

Hometown: Chicago

High School: IMG Academy (Fla.)

2019 N-G All-Area girls' track and field teams



Atleigh Hamilton Soph. Jumps/sprints SJ-O

Jordan Harmon Sr. Distance Unity

Fran Hendrickson Jr. Distance St. Thomas More

Kaylenn Hunt Soph. Jumps Tri-County

Mattie Lieb Jr. Sprints Monticello

Emelia Ness Jr. Sprints/hurdles Monticello

Underwood is keeping an eye to future in recruiting

Recruiting is in a quiet period at the moment, but here's a breakdown of four Class of 2021 prospects that Brad Underwood recently offered, courtesy beat writer SCOTT RICHEY:


Tenacity helps Tigers’ tireless Taylor break through mental block

URBANA — As of June 6, DiamonAsia Taylor had saved up $500.

Summer hours with the Penn Station sandwich chain are the source.

That's no chump change for a high schooler. And the Urbana rising senior knows exactly what she hopes to do with her ever-growing funds.

Purchase a car.

Meet the first team | 2019 N-G All-Area girls' track and field

Atleigh Hamilton | St.

2019 N-G All-Area softball first team

All-Area softball first team photos at Eichelberger Field in Urbana on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

June 19 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:30pm

Beat writer Scott Richey is back from vacation and ready to answer all of your Illinois basketball questions. Is the 2019-20 roster finally set? What will Belgian freshman Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk bring to the table? Who are the priorities in the 2020 class and what would an ideal group look like? Richey can answer those questions and more in his weekly chat set to start at 12:30 p.m.