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10-14-14 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast

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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.

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Illini offering first look at 2014-15 team

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.

Central boys' basketball coach ill

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.”

Monday's prep highlights: Centennial makes state final

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.

Volleyball holds serve in national poll

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.

Small's team leads Sagamore Preview

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.

Beckman: "I'm fighting, these players are fighting"

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.

Tate: Progress desired by Illini football faithful

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.

Illinois lands first '17 commit

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.

HS Golf: Boys Sectional

Area boys competes in the IHSA Class 2A Sectional at University of Illinois Orange Course in Savoy Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.