Randle likely to play in next exhibition

CHAMPAIGN – As a precautionary measure, Brian Randle sat out the second half of Illinois' 82-61 win against Division II Quincy.

The senior said he banged his knee while going for a rebound, so Randle and the athletic training staff decided against returning him to an exhibition game. Instead, he watched Mike Davis leap and run onto the scene with 13 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes. Randle believes the freshman has great promise.

Tate: Opportunity knocking in Mendenhall's record pursuit

CHAMPAIGN – As the focal point of the nation's eighth-ranked ground attack, Illinois junior Rashard Mendenhall is poised for a high-honors breakthrough.

With three regular season games to go, Mendenhall needs 218 yards to pass Antoineo Harris as the UI's all-time single-season rusher. Saturday night foe Minnesota is giving up 415 yards per game, of which 204 are on the ground.

Rowe captures tourney opener

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Illinois senior Ryan Rowe defeated Southern California's Robert Farah 6-4, 7-6 (6) on Thursday in the first round of the ITA National Indoor Championships.

Unity seniors hold squad together

TOLONO – Unity had been to the playoffs in each of coach Scott Hamilton's first 13 seasons as coach.

But after a 3-3 start this season, that streak appeared to be in jeopardy.

Sages bow out in sectionals

TOLONO – For coach Annie Camacho and her Monticello Sages, this season was quite the success story.

The Sages finished the regular season 27-1 and followed it up with a regional title.

Chargers' season slips away

CHATHAM – Centennial started quickly but finished too soon.

The best summation for the Chargers' volleyball season is also an accurate description for the team's final match.

Tate: Weber's looking better every day

CHAMPAIGN – It's November, basketball is sweeping into the spotlight and Bruce Weber, the nation's winningest coach during the last four years (he's 112-28), is off the canvas and swinging again.

First of all, with 6-foot-9 rookies Mike Davis and Bill Cole nearly making double-doubles while playing roughly half of Wednesday's 82-61 exhibition win against Quincy, the new freshman class appears better than expected.

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Hoerr up for league honor

PARK RIDGE – Illinois senior cross-country runner Trent Hoerr was named a Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree Wednesday.

Hoerr, who finished third Sunday at the Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio, is one of 21 student-athletes who will be considered for the award, which is given at the end of the school year.

McCamey quiets practice critics with steady play when it counts

CHAMPAIGN – Some days, Demetri McCamey seems passive, almost indifferent, as the Illini battle for future playing time in practice drills. He's not what you might call a great practice player.

Thing is, McCamey's reputation as a standout lead guard wasn't built in practice. His two basketball mentors – Westchester St. Joseph coach Gene Pingatore and Illinois Wolves coach Mike Mullins – have said McCamey will bring it when the lights come on.