One of the more prolific scorers in area boys' basketball history gets to play again in front of local fans today at Parkland College. Brandon Trimble, who scored 2,115 career points in four seasons with St. Joseph-Ogden and leaves as the program's all-time leading scorer, will suit up today in the sixth annual Parkland/News-Gazette All-Star game that tips at 3:30 p.m.
■ Bismarck-Henning 15, Milford 3. Hunter Keith ended the game with a walk-off grand slam off the bench (by the 10-run rule), giving Luke Steiner a complete-game victory for the Blue Devils. Tyler Schmidt and Jared Schunke had a hit and a run apiece for Milford (4-4, 1-1 Vermilion Valley).
URBANA — On a team dominated by inexperience, there will be ups and downs.
Look no further than the Illini men’s tennis team, which is led by six freshmen and sits at 11-9, including 4-2 in the Big Ten, after Saturday’s 6-1 home win against Iowa.
On this Masters tournament Sunday, former Fighting Illini golfers Steve Stricker and Thomas Pieters will be competing for the famed green jacket. After Saturday’s round, Pieters was tied for ninth place at 1-under 215, 5 strokes behind the leaders, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia. Stricker was tied for 28th place with a 54-hole total of 4-over 220.
No matter how many possessions a team plays or how many games it wins, a finite amount of limelight exists in basketball. And when a team has too much talent to put on the court at once, the shadows grow large.
In Kam Reaves' case, his skills were obfuscated by a 6-foot-7 shadow in the form of consensus top-100 2018 prospect Tim Finke at Champaign Central last season.
Jeremiah Tilmon and Javon Pickett have asked for releases from their signed contracts with the University of Illinois. Beyond that, the cases are not similar.
Tilmon is an agile 6-foot-10 center and would step directly into a starting position at Illinois — or Missouri — next season. By contrast, unless Pickett could make an early splash, he projects as a redshirt.
Every other Sunday in the offseason, college football writer Bob Asmussen provides a
page of news and analysis. Want more? Asmussen chats at 10 a.m. Monday at IlliniHQ.com.
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CHAMPAIGN — It's easy to watch a Brad Underwood-coached team and point out the influences, particularly on the defensive end, from the two highest-profile coaches Underwood worked for as an assistant.
The aggressive style of defense Underwood's teams played at Stephen F. Austin and Oklahoma State is shades of Bob Huggins and Frank Martin. There's no denying that.
Our schedule of area golf events runs periodically throughout the spring and summer. To submit an item, email details to email@example.com.
DATE EVENT COURSE PHONE
April 15 18th Anniversary Party Wolf Creek (217) 446-1025
April 22-23 2-Person Season Opener Lake of the Woods (217) 586-2183