Graver’s two-out knock difference for Spartans

FORSYTH — Nervous can best describe how Emmy Graver felt.

More so in conducting a postgame interview than during a crucial at-bat on Saturday, one the St. Joseph-Ogden second baseman will cherish.

For some time.

Victory a long time coming for Comets

DANVILLE ­— The numbers Oakwood baseball sported Saturday were impressive.

Like the 5-3 victory against Decatur Lutheran in a Class 1A sectional championship game at Danville Stadium, giving the Comets their first sectional title in 13 years.

College basketball extra: Evans talks Illinois recruiting

Halftime chat
Recruiting remains a priority for Illinois, with multiple scholarships still open for 2017-18 and several priorities in the 2018 class. Corey Evans, a national recruiting analyst for, weighs in:

'Gutty' Sestak keys Maroons to crown

MOUNT ZION — From 1994 to 2013, Champaign Central baseball couldn’t talk much about postseason success. Mainly because the Maroons didn’t win a regional title during those particular 20 seasons.

Hale storm: Senior starter cruises after early mistake as Spartans take title

TUSCOLA — Colton Hale knows what one mistake pitch can mean at Tuscola’s Ervin Park baseball field. Pitch location is at a premium. A fastball up in the zone can mean trouble.

College basketball extra: Top Big Ten returnees for 2017-18

The NBA draft window is now closed. No more water to test. Big Ten rosters will still likely change, but here are 10 of the best players returning in the conference:

Miles Bridges, 6-8, F,
Michigan State

Eagles' surprising season ends in regional final

RANTOUL — This season did not go exactly as Travis Flesner had planned. It went even better.

Juggling a roster loaded with youth, including five freshman starters, and starting just a pair of seniors most games, the Rantoul softball coach — along with some of the players — figured 2018 was going to be the year the Eagles would hit their stride.

Illini legends, lists and lore: 1910 baseball team

Coach George Huff’s 1910 Fighting Illini baseball team made history, finishing as the school’s first unbeaten team. Included among the 14 overall victories were 11 conference victories.

VIDEO: Champaign Central's Jackson clears 6-9 to win state title

Nick Jackson cleared 5-foot-9 to win the IHSA Class 2A high jump title at Saturday's state finals.

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 05-27-17

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 05-27-17: Play now!

Michael Kiser and Loren Tate host the Saturday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Derek Piper, Haven Fields, and Bruce Miles.


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