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HS Boy's Basketball: M-S vs. Charleston

Mahomet-Seymour vs. Charleston in a prep basketball game at M-S High School in Mahomet on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

11 local schools to leave LOVC; new conference anticipated

After a week’s worth of speculation, as well as submissions of withdrawal from two local schools, 13 other institutions have opted to leave the Little Okaw Valley Conference after the 2018-19 academic year.

Underwood: 'We're making progress'

Illinois coach Brad Underwood discusses his team's early Big Ten opener against Northwestern and how he's not setting limits on what the Illini can do within his system this season.

Lucas: 'We want to play aggressive'

Illinois guards Te'Jon Lucas and Aaron Jordan take a look back at Tuesday's loss to Wake Forest and what needs improving before facing Northwestern.

Illini's Quade looking to unwrap a win in first NCAA tourney game

SEATTLE — Illinois volleyball player Jacqueline Quade turns 20 today. She already got her present from her parents, Jennifer and Rick, who came through with a Kindle.

The present she wants to give herself? A win in the NCAA tournament tonight.

Illini jump into Big Ten play extra early this season

CHAMPAIGN — Brad Underwood had seven game plans to formulate, seven teams to prepare for, before getting to Northwestern.

The fact that the opening weekend of Big Ten play starts today against the Wildcats and continues for the Illini at home Sunday against Maryland did remain in the back of Underwood's mind.

Final 2017 area girls' cross-country leaders

RUNNER, TEAM TIME

Garbutt, Danville 17:08

Rosenstein, Urbana 17:16

Summit, Uni High 17:27

F. Hendrickson, St. Thomas More 17:44

Cultra, Urbana 17:48

Scott, Urbana 17:54

McGrath, Mahomet-Seymour 17:55

Harmon, Unity 17:58

Churm, Mahomet-Seymour 18:01

F. Houston, St. Joseph-Ogden 18:03

2017 girls' cross-country All-Area teams

ALL-AREA FIRST TEAM

NAME YEAR SCHOOL

Shanice Garbutt Sr. Danville

Jordan Harmon Jr. Unity

Fran Hendrickson So. St. Thomas More

Faith Houston Sr. St. Joseph-Ogden

Brisa McGrath Sr. Mahomet-Seymour

Olivia Rosenstein So. Urbana

Arielle Summitt Sr. Uni High

ALL-AREA SECOND TEAM

Lineups: Illinois at Northwestern, 8 p.m. today

Illinois (6-1)

Starters

P Name Yr. Ht. PPG

G Te'Jon Lucas So. 6-1 5.1

G Mark Smith Fr. 6-4 11.0

G Mark Alstork Gr. 6-5 6.7

F Leron Black R-Jr. 6-7 14.1

C Michael Finke R-Jr. 6-10 12.9

2017 girls' cross-country Coach of the Year: Kara Leaman

Coach of the Year:

Kara Leaman, Unity