St. Charles wrestler signed with UI

Jason Potter, who will be vying for his second straight Class AA state wrestling title next spring, has signed a national letter of intent with the University of Illinois.

In three seasons at St. Charles High School, the 171-pound senior has a 124-7 record. As a sophomore, Potter placed fourth in the state meet.

Guards Guarneri, Parker team up for UI

STANFORD, Calif. – Lisa Guarneri and Melissa Parker saw each other most often last season while heading in opposite directions.

Guarneri was checking into the game, Parker checking out, and vice versa. It was one point guard substituting for another.

Spicer undergoing 'sophomore surge'

CHAMPAIGN – You've heard of the sophomore slump. But what about the sophomore surge?

Illinois volleyball coach Don Hardin can attest the latter does exist. He witnessed it about this time a year ago with a trio of Illini sophomore starters: Sara Sorrell, Tracey Marshall and Melissa Beitz.

Rookies learning on job

CHAMPAIGN – They might disagree on pizza toppings, television shows and who owes what on the phone bill.

But when the topic turns basketball in the dorm room they share, freshman roomies Robert Archibald and Lucas Johnson are on the same page.

Centennial QB, Illinois connect

CHAMPAIGN – Purdue showed some interest. So did Iowa.

Dustin Ward hoped for one more call. When Illinois offered the Centennial quarterback a scholarship, he didn't wait long to grab it.

Close doesn''t count

CHAMPAIGN – For those who couldn't make it to New York for last week's opener, here's what you missed:

Illinois turning it over too many times. Illinois losing leads late. Illinois dropping a close nonconference call.

Michigan State can't keep a good thing going

EAST LANSING, Mich. – If not for Michigan State, Ohio State and Notre Dame would be lined up for a shot at the national championship.

If not for Michigan State, Indiana and Central Michigan would be thinking about winning seasons.

Rogers hands it to Illini

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois guards who spent Tuesday trying to dribble unsuccessfully against Shawnta Rogers shouldn't feel bad.

George Washington's pint-sized point guard gives everyone he defends fits with his quick hands.

Tate: Illini not on guard in stretch

Height is an advantage when the basketball is caroming off the rim.

But when it's scooting along the court, nobody in Division I is closer to it than 5-foot-4 Shawnta Rogers.

Eight recruits sign with UI baseball team

Joe Ziemba, a senior right-handed pitcher from Darien, was one of eight players to sign with Illinois' baseball team Tuesday.

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