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Unity, SJ-O vying for state titles

Rockets’ focus stays on task at hand
TOLONO — Unity coach Tim Gateley won’t refresh his phone, updating the team standings time after time this Saturday.

He won’t emphasize to his team that a trophy is within reach if that scenario arises.

Area track athletes among best

Among the best
Entering the boys’ state track and field meet, 14 area athletes rank among the top five in their individual events based on sectional performances. The list:

Davis aims for state records

CHARLESTON — The 25 mph winds didn’t affect Jon Davis like he thought they would two weeks ago at the Mahomet-Seymour Bulldog Invitational.

By the time the Oakwood senior finished his 3,200- meter run in 9 minutes, 5 seconds, his personal best a year ago, he wasn’t completely spent.

HS 2A Baseball Sectional: PBL vs. SJ-O

St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Paxton-Buckley-Loda in a 2A Sectional semi-final game at St. Thomas More in Champaign on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

Who wears it next?

Nick Anderson started the tradition.

The Chicago Simeon product wore No. 25 during his playing days at Illinois to honor his high school teammate Ben Wilson, who was shot twice and killed prior to his senior season in 1984.

It was widely believed that Wilson, regarded as the nation’s top recruit, was headed to Illinois.

PODCAST: Sports Talk 5-25-16

PODCAST: Sports Talk 5-25-16: Play now!

Steve Kelly and Marcus Jackson talk with Brad Sturdy from Orange and Blue News.

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05-25-16 Penny for Your Thoughts

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05-25-16 Penny for Your Thoughts.  Jim Turpin with a two hour Penny open line.  Today's topic, reaction to the U of I decision to dismiss Kendrick Nunn.

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Illini offer four-star power forward

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Illinois’ pursuit of post depth in the Class of 2017 continued Tuesday with a scholarship offer extended to four-star Grand Rapids Christian power forward Xavier Tillman.

Sedlock is Big Ten's best pitcher

CHAMPAIGN — Despite the Illinois baseball team failing to live up to last year’s successful run all the way to an NCAA super regional, the Illini can tout the Big Ten’s best pitcher for the second year in a row.

Cody Sedlock, a junior right-hander for coach Dan Hartleb’s program, took home the honor on Tuesday, becoming the fifth pitcher in Illinois history to do so.

Richey: Big Ten NBA draft prospects

Diamond Stone and Deyonta Davis have hired agents. They’re in the NBA draft to stay. Other Big Ten standouts like Iowa’s Peter Jok and Purdue’s Vince Edwards have pulled their name from the draft and will return to school. Four more are using every minute available to them to decide before Wednesday’s deadline to withdraw.