MJ's Minute, April 29, 2015

Basketball beat writer Marcus Jackson breaks down the seven scholarship offers John Groce made to Illinois prep stars this week.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Monticello tops STM in baseball

In baseball

■ Monticello 7, St. Thomas More 0. Daniel Caldwell struck out nine batters as part of a complete-game two-hitter, Ryne Bundy had three hits and Konnor Bundy had two RBI to lead the Sages (18-3).

Baseball streak reaches 18

CARBONDALE — April was a perfect month for coach Dan Hartleb’s No. 6 Illinois baseball team.

The Illini, led by David Kerian and Matthew James, defeated Southern Illinois 7-5 on Tuesday night.

Illinois extended its school-record winning streak to 18 games and finished 16-0 in April.

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UI Softball vs Western Illinois

Illinois sofball vs. Western Illinois University in a game at Eichelberger Field in Urbana on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Illini golf team sweeps honors

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois men’s golf team swept all three Big Ten individual awards Tuesday.

Thomas Detry was named Big Ten Player of the Year, Nick Hardy earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year and coach Mike Small was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Tate: Ennis could bring different element

There’s a strong Canadian tinge to this week’s three-team recruiting showdown for Villanova transfer Dylan Ennis.

Ennis is making rapid-fire visits, inserting Illinois between Baylor and Oregon, with Dana Altman’s Ducks reportedly having an inside track as the result of basketball connections tracing back to Ontario.

Familiar spot for tennis team

URBANA — When the Illinois men’s tennis team learned its NCAA tournament assignment on Tuesday, there was some familiarity from the Illini with their first-round opponent, Green Bay.

Area girls' soccer leaders (week of April 27)

Chalifoux, Central    18
Brunner, Mahomet-Seymour    14
Haney, Mahomet-Seymour    13
Johnson-Monfort, Mahomet-Seymour    10
Lilly, University High    10
Torres, Danville    7
Lienhart, Monticello    6

Bulletin board: Urbana athletes make choices

URBANA — Four Urbana High School athletes will sign letters of intent Wednesday to continue their athletic careers in college. Football players Moaso Bumba and Cedrick Fry will remain teammates at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. Another football player, Malik Harris, is heading to the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.