The Illinois women's basketball team has locked up a first-round bye and will play Nebraska on Thursday in the Big Ten tournament. So now what? Beat writer Scott Richey is more than ready to field any Illini or Big Ten questions you have. He won't mind volleyball, baseball or recruiting queries either. Put him to work.
CHAMPAIGN — Cyesha Goree ran roughshod over Illinois in her last trip to State Farm Center, racking up a 30-point, 19-rebound performance against the Illini last season.
CHAMPAIGN — Matt Bollant’s decision to start his four healthy seniors in their final game at State Farm Center on Saturday necessitated a slight shift in game plan, too.
BLOOMINGTON — The final minute of the meet’s final bout determined whether Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher’s wrestling team was competing in its final match of the season.
Junior Key-Shawn Girkin was in the featured bout for the Falcons. “I knew if I didn’t get the win, we were done,” Girkin said. “That couldn’t happen. I wanted to give these (four) seniors another chance.”
WINNETKA — Payton Woods was cognizant of the strong tradition the Central boys’ swimming and diving team had built.
Well before he ever stepped into a pool to swim for the Maroons.
“I’ve grown up around Central, and I knew a lot about the program before coming to Central,” Woods said. “It means a lot to me to be representing them at state.”
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Ball State tallied a pair of runs in the eighth inning to upend Illinois baseball 2-1 on Saturday, marking the Illini’s first defeat of the young season.
Matthew James launched his first career home run to account for Illinois’ only run, while Drasen Johnson pitched seven four-hit innings, adding six strikeouts for the Illini (7-1-1).
In honor of my son’s upcoming birthday — how is it possible he will be 32 on Monday? — some reflections on how sports and family occasionally became intertwined.
I was never a parent who forced his child to do a sport, although I wanted Devin to experience a sport firsthand before he made his own decision to continue it or not.
CHAMPAIGN — On those special occasions when the three-pointers are falling, it almost seems too easy.
That’s because the points multiply so rapidly. Northwestern drained 39 of 90 treys during a recent four-game win streak, which accounted for 117 points and computes to 65 percent shooting when the extra point is added in.
NORMAL — Iroquois West’s girls’ basketball program will win more games in the future, but it will never achieve a first like it did this weekend.
Seniors Taylor Cultra and Elena Sanchez left their mark at a school that won 89 games after they entered the building, helping Iroquois West secure its first team trophy in any girls’ sport.