Softball salvages split

CHICAGO – Jenna Hall hit a solo home run and Shanna Diller added a two-run shot in the top of the seventh inning as the Illinois softball team scored four runs in the frame to beat DePaul 6-4 in the second game of a doubleheader split Wednesday.

Illinois-Northwestern baseball series preview

TEAMS: Illinois (15-13, 3-5 Big Ten) vs. Northwestern (9-18, 6-2 Big Ten).

Illinois freshman Worsley quickly proves he's the real deal

CHAMPAIGN – Wayne Angel can only imagine what others thought when he signed a sprinter from New Hampshire.

Heck, the Illinois men's track and field coach will admit to the same sense of eyebrow-lifting skepticism when Dominique Worsley – a high school prospect recommended by a recruiting service – returned a questionnaire to Angel back in 2004.

Fabulous Freshman

Dominique Worsley is far from the only Illini freshman who has made a major impact this school year. Here are nine others who've made their presence known:


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Who's that Illini?

My single-game assists record was broken last season by Maggie Acuna, who had 16 – one more than I did in a 1982 game – at Wisconsin. My backcourt mate that season was Cindy Stein, who led the team in assists.

Tate: Seniors leave leadership void

URBANA – An era came to an official close Tuesday night: the UI's basketball superstar era.

When seniors Dee Brown and James Augustine finished collecting their hardware and handshakes at the 84th Kiwanis banquet, coach Bruce Weber looked ahead to a mystery season without a clearcut All-Big Ten candidate.

Late rally lifts in-state rival

PEORIA –Illinois grabbed the lead with a four-run first inning, but Bradley rallied for five runs in the seventh and scored the winning run in the ninth on an errant throw on a potential double play, beating the Illini 8-7 in a game in which a combined eight batters were hit by pitches.

Norris not short on strength

CHAMPAIGN – One stands 7 inches taller than the other. But the size difference doesn't keep Chris Norwell and Josh Norris from sharing the same position.

Norwell continues as a starting defensive tackle, the spot he has held since moving to the position as a redshirt freshman. Older and wiser, the Ohio native has become a leader on the young defensive line.

Youngsters have to step up

URBANA – There were video tributes. There were handshakes and hugs. There were almost tears, but Dee Brown held them in check.

The 84th annual Illinois men's basketball banquet Tuesday night was a celebration of careers as much as any single season, a tribute to Brown and James Augustine that the Illini seniors aren't likely to soon forget.