Illinois vs. No. 23 Iowa,
1:30 p.m. today
NO. 12 SEED ILLINOIS (9-20)
Pos. Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Ivory Crawford Jr. 5-10 14.4
CHAMPAIGN — They won two games during the entire Big Ten race. They are entering the conference tournament as the lowest seed. And they are mired in a double-digit losing streak.
Those are the distressing details on the current Illinois women’s basketball team, but we could just as well be referring to the 2010-11 Illini.
The similarities are striking.
CHAMPAIGN — This season’s Battle of Champaign will be decided Friday night — with a regional title on the line.
Second-seeded Champaign Central defeated third-seeded Mahomet-Seymour 58-49 on Wednesday night in a Class 3A semifinal.
Next up for the Maroons: a date against top-seeded Centennial at Combes Gym.
WESTVILLE — Brian Brooks sets up the St. Joseph-Ogden boys’ basketball schedule with one motive in mind.
“We want to see different styles to get us prepared for the postseason,” Brooks said.
His choices of nonconference opponents included ones with size, quickness, slowdown tendencies, zone defenses and man-to-man defenses.
1. Staying warm. Those who walked from Memorial Stadium to the Irwin Indoor Facility on Wednesday morning had rosy cheeks and watering eyes. Thanks, wind. For the players who went through the paces of the practice, they didn’t have to worry about the cold, going through drills and plays inside.
CHAMPAIGN — Evan Wilson passes the eye test upon first glance.
He’s tall. He’s big. The genetic makeup of a tight end is evident.
The former Illinois player knows, however, he must pass numerous other tests in front of multiple NFL scouts this morning at Illinois’ pro day. Like the 40-yard dash. Three-cone drills. Bench-press reps. Vertical jumps.
BISMARCK — Senior Andy Bott, from Bismarck-Henning, will sign a letter of intent next month to continue his golf career at Marshall University, in Conference USA. He will major in business and said eventually, “I want to do something in the golf industry.”
Bott, the area Player of the Year for the past three seasons, also considered Illinois Wesleyan University.
Dale Schuring and his wife, Val Cornwell, have a reciprocal agreement. They help each other.
They are part of the same family team, even though it’s usually the exact same sports team.
As veteran coaches at Arthur High School, they’ve had to adjust their own schedules when conflicts arise. Sometimes the reciprocal agreement includes their squads.
SCHOOL (Previous) REC. SINCE 2000
1. Centennial (3) 24-4 six regional titles
2. St. Thomas More (—) 21-7 three regional titles
3. Champaign Central (5) 16-10 six regional titles