Shackelford not cleared to play

CHAMPAIGN — Mikaala Shackelford bounced back from a torn ACL during her junior year at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minn., to help the Royals win their third straight Minnesota Class 4A state title as a senior.

Also on that team? Future Northwestern standout Nia Coffey.

Top of the morning, Aug. 27, 2015

Our 20-page special section previewing the 2015 high school football season will be a part of your Friday News-Gazette.

Of the many reasons to take a look, hearing from Watseka's Hayden Schaumburg just might top the list. Schaumburg, forced out of football after suffering a spinal injury last fall, continues to make significant progress.

Survey says ... from Jamal Milan

Each day leading up to the season opener against Kent State on Sept. 4, we will get to know a little bit more about some Illinois football players beyond what they do on the football field. Today’s guest: defensive tackle Jamal Milan, who is going through his first training camp with the Illini:

Event special for Groce, wife

CHAMPAIGN — During their time at Illinois, basketball coach John Groce and wife Allison have been a part of multiple events designed to raise money for Coaches vs. Cancer. It’s a cause that’s special to the Groces.

Anderson serves notice

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Second-seeded Kevin Anderson, a former Illini, and 13th-seeded Steve Johnson of the U.S. were among four seeded players to advance Wednesday to the quarterfinals at the Winston-Salem Open.

Anderson, ranked 15th in the world, beat 2014 finalist Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 7-6 (2), 6-4 at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.

Clements next man up

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football players sporting plump baby nicknames tend to remain relevant.

Juice Williams immediately comes to mind, with his family proclaiming the ex-Illini quarterback a juicy baby. Jarrod Clements’ loved ones felt the same way upon seeing him as a newborn.

Fotu, Day pay for mistakes

CHAMPAIGN ­— Depth for the Illinois defense continues to take a hit.

Illinois coach Tim Beckman said Wednesday evening after the team went through its lone practice of the day on the grass practice fields near Memorial Stadium that defensive tackle Joe Fotu and safety Caleb Day are suspended indefinitely for a violation of team policies.

Coleman-Lands seeks quick return

CHAMPAIGN — When Jalen Coleman-Lands eventually gets back to full health, the shoes he wears on his right foot are going to have significantly more mileage on them than the ones that go on his left foot.

Central finds girls' hoops coach

CHAMPAIGN — Never mind that Pancho Moore had never coached an official game with the Champaign Central girls’ basketball team after joining former coach Aaron Ratka’s staff in late spring.

By summer’s end, he and the Maroons shared a bond.

Week 1 football storylines: Four teams ranked at outset

Linebacker Chase Strader didn’t feel like Arcola received the respect last season that its undefeated regular season may have warranted.

“We didn’t get ranked very high in the playoffs,” Strader said. “People didn’t expect much out of us.”

This year, the Purple Riders are receiving respect right away after returning nine starters on both sides of the ball.