Prep Soccer: Centennial vs. University High

Centennia. vs. University High in a prep soccer game at Centennial in Champaign on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

Sports Talk 4-1-14

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Steve Kelly and Loren Tate talk with Illini football defensive coordinator Tim Banks and with Illini baseball head coach Dan Hartleb.


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Quarterback Club seeking new leadership

CHAMPAIGN — Since 1942, the Illini Quarterback Club has been raising money and doing good deeds for the school’s football program. Steady as a rock.

But the organization is undergoing a major leadership shakeup.

President Michael Byrd has resigned. And the 15-member board is being replaced, too.

Offers increase for Oseland

Northern Illinois, Oregon and Ohio State were all in serious discussion for a BCS bowl game last November.

Illinois was just fighting for a chance at a bowl game, which ultimately did not come.

All four schools, according to highly-regarded right tackle Quinn Oseland, are recruiting him the hardest.

Monday's prep highlights: PBL’s Zenner throws gem

In baseball
■ Tri-County 16, Martinsville 0. Cyrus Furgeson had two hits and two RBI for the Titans. Brandon Stone scored three runs.

■ Oakwood 12, Armstrong-Potomac 1. Kyle Girton had seven strikeouts and allowed two hits. Blake Vinson was 3 for 4 with three RBI for the Comets.

Beckman irked at SI article

CHAMPAIGN — Tim Beckman didn’t waste much time once practice ended Monday morning at Memorial Stadium to refute a recent Sports Illustrated story about the Illini.

In the piece, which appeared online last Tuesday, Beckman was quoted at the end of the article saying, “I want this program to get better. That’s the bottom line. And that means five or six wins.”

White's All-American postcards from Chicago

Illinois women's basketball recruit Chatrice White is at the McDonald's All-American Game this week. Here's here latest postcard:

Hey Illini fans, I know you will be happy to hear that during our media interviews -- which are going to be on the Jumbotron during Wednesday’s game -- I was asked five Illini trivia questions and only missed one!

Powell back at practice for Illini

1 Powell back. Defensive tackle Teko Powell had the jersey Illinois fans wanted him to have back on Monday morning.

The Miami native wasn’t wearing the purple no-contact jersey he had sported for the first nine spring practices, instead donning a No. 93 orange jersey.

A nagging right foot injury had sidelined Powell so far this spring.

Tate: Don't lose sleep over union case

Amid the consternation and furor over the National Labor Relations Board’s regional decision to accept Northwestern athletes as union employees, have you noticed that the NCAA’s five major conferences are already taking steps in resolving the issues of concern.

First, understand that through appeals and lawyerly delays, the resolution of the Northwestern case will take years.

Prep Softball: M-S vs. Monticello

Mahomet-Seymour vs. Monticello in a prep softball game at Mahomet-Seymour high school in Mahomet on Monday, March 31, 2014.

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