All-American run ends for Illini duo

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Illinois tennis players Megan Fudge and Leigh Finnegan saw their run in the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships end on Tuesday.

Each had advanced through prequalifying to reach the 64-player qualifying fields before losing in the opening round.

Murphy propels St. Thomas More to regional golf title

DANVILLE – For Ryan Murphy, the nerves that used to come with playing in front of a big gallery have pretty much disappeared. That will happen when you spend your summers playing in big-time tournaments against some of the country's best players where the number of spectators could rival that of some low-end professional tournaments.

At Tuesday's Class A regional tournament at Harrison Park, the spectators were out and Murphy was his customary cool. He shot a 1-over-par 72 (36-36) that was the day's best round for the Sabers, who won the team championship by 5 strokes over Monticello. Murphy's performance was only bested by Monticello's Corbin Sebens, who carded a 71.

Mayeda helps Central golfers advance to sectional

GIBSON CITY – Michael Peters' evolution as a golfer was on display when he played a round with his Champaign Central coach, Art Mayeda, two weeks ago.

Playing No. 9 at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin, Mayeda's drive on a straightforward par 4 came to rest about 100 yards from the green. Peters, Mayeda said, was 20 yards out.

Gray, Roegge push Urbana above .500 mark in conference

DANVILLE – In the recent past, Urbana volleyball was known for losing more matches than it won. This year, the Tigers are headed in a different direction. What the team is losing now is its "can't-win" moniker.

Coach Colleen Madera's squad went above the .500 mark in Big 12 Conference play Tuesday, overpowering Danville 25-21, 25-18. The team's 11th win is the most by an Urbana volleyball team in the past decade.

Tricky Ricardo magical again

CHAMPAIGN – Centennial soccer coach Cole Bushue undoubtedly will celebrate the day Champaign Central star Ricardo Vega graduates.

Vega bedeviled Bushue's Chargers on Monday, scoring the game-tying goal in the 53rd minute as the teams played to a 1-1 tie in the Battle of Champaign.

Big Ten cites Illini DeBruler

PARK RIDGE – Illinois freshman Laura DeBruler, who totaled 39 kills in a pair of victories, was selected Big Ten Player of the Week in volleyball on Monday.

The 5-foot-11 outside hitter had a team-high 19 kills in a five-game Illini victory at Michigan State on Friday. One night later, DeBruler belted a match-high 20 kills and hit a career-high .487 in 39 swings to lead Illinois to a three-game sweep at Northwestern.

Tate: It doesn't compute

"Illinois favored? That's probably a typo."

– John Hensley, Champaign

Instant replay: former Illini update

DANNY CLARK, Texans. Backup linebacker finished with three solo tackles in loss to Atlanta.

JAMEEL COOK, Texans. Backup fullback had 28 receiving yards and 6 rushing yards.

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