WBB roundup: Bollant seeks correct combination

CHAMPAIGN — Four returning Illinois women’s basketball players started at least 16 games last year. Four more had at least six starts, as head coach Matt Bollant tried to find a combination that worked in what turned out to be a 9-21 season.

In the grand scheme of things ... Minnesota could be beat

— On his first open Saturday of the season, how do you think Tim Beckman spent the time?
Watching football, of course.
The Illinois coach spent the afternoon in the Chicago area, watching a high school game. On Saturday night, he planned to watch Florida State-Notre Dame.
“I want to watch that one,” Beckman said.

Sunday Conversation: Jimmy Collins

Hear from Collins Tuesday at 5:10 on WDWS.


He is one of the most beloved assistant coaches in program history. Jimmy Collins is being recognized for his great work at Illinois by being named an honorary member of the Varsity I Association, which will include ceremonies during Homecoming weekend.

Tate: Illini in familiar situation

For the languishing Illinois football family, Mike White remains something of a folk hero.

Counting three ties, the Illini had won once in 20 Big Ten games when the flamboyant Californian took over in 1980.

Sound familiar? They’re currently 1 of 25.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Illini football ties

Forty years ago today, Red Grange returned to Champaign for the 50th anniversary celebration of Memorial Stadium’s dedication. Anticlimactically, the Fighting Illini and Michigan State battled to a 21-21 tie.  College football rules legislation ended the possibility of tie games beginning in 1996. Today, we review some of Illinois football’s most famous ties:

Class 1A Regional Championship Boys Soccer

Class 1A Regional Championship Boys Soccer, St. Thomas More vs Judah Christian, Saturday, October 18, 2014, hosted by the High School of St. Thomas More. 

Kroner's Top 10: Unity dethrones St. Joseph-Ogden

For the first time all season, there’s a new school atop the area leaders’ list. Unity moves up after its resounding win at home over previously unbeaten St. Joseph-Ogden. Fred Kroner’s rankings:

Football playoff picture: Who's qualified, and who's on the bubble?

Playoff picture

Mahomet-Seymour clinched its 13th consecutive playoff berth Friday night with its win at Bloomington Central Catholic. Here are other area teams that can look forward to the playoffs after Week 9 — and those eagerly awaiting their regular season finales.

Saturday Sports Talk 10-18-14

Saturday Sports Talk 10-18-14: Play now!

Steve Kelly and Loren Tate talk with EIU AD Tom Michael, The News-Gazette's Marcus Jackson, Illini Associate AD Mike Waddell, and with Illini women's basketball coach Matt Bollant, and they listen to former Illini men's basketball coach Bruce Weber.


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Friday night wrap: B-H wins third straight title

Prairie Central........................ 35
Eureka....................................... 12

EUREKA — Touchdown runs from Luke Sieving, Zach Tjarks and Nick Kauffman helped Prairie Central build a 21-6 halftime lead. and the Hawks never looked back in the win.

Lexington................................. 40