Abraham joins Illini defensive staff

CHAMPAIGN — When Donnie Abraham was a cornerback in the NFL, a future in coaching was not part of the plan.

Seeding is believing (Week of Feb. 15)

Each week until Selection Sunday on March 12, college basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY will project his top four seeds for each region in the NCAA tournament. This week? Thanks for stealing our idea, NCAA:


1. Villanova
2. Oregon
3. Kentucky
4. West Virginia

Urbana's Luffman ready to wrestle the best in the state

URBANA — Luke Luffman came into high school with hype.

As an eighth-grader at Urbana Middle School, he won the USA Wrestling National triple crown, compiling national titles in freestyle, Greco Roman and folkstyle wrestling.

But those accomplishments almost didn’t happen. A neck injury during his eighth-grade football season almost took his wrestling season away.

Marching to Champaign: IHSA state wrestling meet storylines

Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis spotlights a few state-bound area wrestlers before today’s preliminaries at State Farm Center:

Risinger rising at right time

CHAMPAIGN — Jeremiah Risinger was anxious on his way to a second-place finish at 170 pounds during the Class 2A Urbana Regional on Feb. 4.

Three’s company: Girls' basketball storylines

Both Monticello and Tri-County girls’ basketball programs will try to advance to the Elite Eight tonight, while Champaign Central will aim for the Maroons’ first regional title since 2010. Sports editor MATT DANIELS takes a closer look at the three remaining area girls’ basketball teams still playing before they all tip off at 7 tonight:


Athletes of the Week (week of Feb. 15)

Jake Frost
Unity wrestling

Why he was chosen: The junior improved to 39-1 on the season after he won a 182-pound Class 1A sectional title at Clinton and enters the state tournament as a potential favorite to win a state title.

Area college update (Feb. 15): Two swimmers make all-conference

■ Freshman Alivia Hay, a Mahomet-Seymour graduate, and Claire Michael, a Uni High graduate, both earned All-Conference honors for Illinois Wesleyan at the Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin swimming championships. Hay placed third in both the 500 freestyle and 200 backstroke, setting season-bests in both events.

Area boys' basketball stats (through Feb. 15)

Player, School     FG     FT     TP     AVG    HG

Trimble, SJ-O    227    159    667    30.3    51

PODCAST: Sports Talk 2-15-17

PODCAST: Sports Talk 2-15-17: Play now!

Steve Kelly and Marcus Jackson listen to Illini head football coach Lovie Smith, and they talk with Brad Sturdy from Orange and Blue News and with former Illini sports broadcaster Mike Cation.


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02-15-17 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast @ngpreps @ChampaignHS Swimming

02-15-17 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast @ngpreps @ChampaignHS Swimming: Play now!

02-15-17 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast.  Today Matt Daniels and Anthony Zilis are at Champaign Central High School to talk Swimming as they get ready for the sectional meet this weekend.  The Guests are Coach Dave Young, Luke Thompson, and Cam Barnard


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