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Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Nov. 11, 2018

Observed annually on Nov. 11, Veterans Day (known as Armistice Day until 1954) was initiated by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, exactly one year after World War I ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Warriors can't slow down host Trojans in state quarterfinal loss

MAROA — Tuscola football's seniors stood shoulder to shoulder on one of the 40-yard lines at Walter Boyd Field.

Nearly all of them shed tears as coaches and underclassmen rolled through the line to deliver hugs and words of appreciation.

Dosunmu may be young, but crafts his game from history

CHAMPAIGN — Ayo Dosunmu's putback layup at the 13 minute, 51 second mark of Thursday night's game against Evansville was notable for more than it being the Illinois freshman's first career points.

Sages, Bombers, Falcons all move on to state semfinals

GREENVILLE — Braden Snyder threw for 430 yards and accounted for six Monticello touchdowns as the Sages overcame a sloppy first half to defeat Greenville 63-21 in a Class 3A quarterfinal game on Saturday afternoon.

Tipoff: Top 10 get-to-know-them players

1. Chris Clemons, Campbell

Don't let his 5-foot-9 (maybe) frame fool you. Clemons can light it up. Campbell's all-time leading scorer with 2,232 points, Clemons is the top returning scorer in the nation after putting up 24.9 points per game a year ago.

2. Justin Wright-Foreman, Hofstra

State football semifinal stage is set

A look at the 32 football teams still in contention to play for a state title Nov. 23-24 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign:

Class 8A

Marist (11-1) at Brother Rice (12-0)

Marist last played for a state championship in 2015. Brother Rice last did so in 1986.

Lincoln-Way East (12-0) at Loyola Academy (9-3)

Mark your calendars: Week of Nov. 11

Now that the 2018-19 season is underway, our college basketball writer provides three games to watch in the coming week — from the elite matchups to the under-the-radar gems — that he’s penciled in on his TV schedule:

Memphis at LSU | Tuesday, 6 p.m. (SECN)

Cluster of state-cut finishes guides Centennial to 4th straight title

CHAMPAIGN — Courtney Lehmann didn't hide her concerns when Megan Bernacchi weeks ago told her she wanted to compete in the 200-yard intermediate medley at sectionals.

The second-year Centennial coach knew Bernacchi was a backstroke and butterfly specialist, but a lingering knee issue gave her pause on how she would fare in the breaststroke.

Conversation with The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Drew Hill

Few teams have as much combined hype between recruiting and the still potential on-court product than the Penny Hardaway-led Memphis Tigers. The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Drew Hill breaks them down:

How different is the vibe around this team — either from the team itself or the community — after the coaching change?

Illini notch another top-10 win, push win streak to 9 matches

CHAMPAIGN — Fans started pouring into Huff Hall as soon as the doors opened at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Sure, winter weather might have sped up the process, but so did the demand for tickets for the top-10 matchup between No. 4 Illinois and No. 7 Penn State.

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