10-14-14 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast: Play now!
10-14-14 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast. Fred Kroner, Matt Daniels, and Scott Richey discuss the week in High School Sports and look at the upcoming golf and football playoffs.
Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..."
CHAMPAIGN — Because of the State Farm Center renovation, there will be no Orange and Blue Scrimmage this season. That means no opportunity for fans to get an early look at the 2014-15 Illini prior to the lone exhibition game against Quincy on Nov. 7.
Champaign Central head coach Wayne McClain is in the hospital battling pneumonia, but Maroons’ athletic director John Woods said he spoke with McClain’s son Sergio on Monday night and Wayne was reportedly doing a little better.
“We certainly want to protect the family’s privacy,” Woods said. “We want to respect the family and keep praying for him.”
In boys’ golf
■ At Savoy. There’s no waiting for Centennial. The Chargers locked up their spot in the Class 2A state tournament this weekend with a third-place finish at the University of Illinois Orange Course on Monday.
The Illinois volleyball team remained ranked No. 15 in the nation Monday in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. Illinois (12-5, 4-2 Big Ten) split its matches last week with a five-set loss to Ohio State on Wednesday before upsetting then-No. 5 Penn State in four sets Saturday.
The Illini were again one of seven Big Ten teams ranked in the AVCA Top 25.
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — The Illinois men’s golf team turned a four-stroke deficit after one round into an eight-stroke lead after the second round Monday at the Sagamore Preview at Sagamore Golf Club.
CHAMPAIGN — Even amid uncertainty about his future at Illinois, even amid calls for his dismissal from large chunks of the Illinois fan base and even amid a three-game losing streak to start Big Ten play, Tim Beckman didn’t back away from a scheduled public appearance on Monday evening.
Unlike Illini, Big Ten foes prove competitive
At Purdue, the fans long for the “glory days” of Joe Tiller.
In a 12-season tenure ending in 2008, Tiller’s aerial game qualified the Boilermakers for 10 bowl games, gave them a respectable 5-7 record against Notre Dame and gave them 10 wins in 12 attempts against Indiana.
CHAMPAIGN — Marijke Van Dyke can’t sign a national letter of intent until November 2016, but that didn’t stop the sophomore from Munster, Indiana, from verbally committing to play volleyball at Illinois this past weekend.
Van Dyke, a 6-foot-1 outside/right side hitter, is the first Class of 2017 commit for the Illini.