Trimble nets MVP honors, local athletes record victory

COVINGTON, Ind. — Most Valuable Player Brandon Trimble, from St. Joseph-Ogden, scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Eastern Illinois senior All-Stars past their counterparts from Western Indiana 87-69 Friday night in the seventh annual Battle of the Border boys’ basketball game.

Boys' track and field honor roll (through April 21)

Athlete, School    Time/Distance

100 Meters — 11.58

Girls' track and field honor roll (through April 21)

Athlete School    Time/Distance

100 Meters 13.53

Danville lineman picks Illini

DANVILLE — Earlier in the spring, former Danville football coach B.J. Luke said he would like to see more Big 12 players on the Illinois roster.

Apparently, he is getting his wish.

According to multiple sources, Danville offensive tackle Julian Pearl has made a commitment to Lovie Smith.

April 24 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 10:00am

Which former Illini will be the first player selected in the NFL draft? Is the early signing date a good thing for Illinois football? What nonconference team on the Illinois schedule is the most challenging?

For the answer to these questions, or anything else on your mind, check in with our longtime college football writer.

Illini out of running for Pitt grad transfer

Illinois was one of eight schools to get an in-home visit with Pittsburgh graduate transfer Cameron Johnson this past weekend. Also invited? Ole Miss, Oregon, Rutgers, South Carolina, Florida, Michigan and TCU.

Thursday's highlights: Blue Ridge's Jayne hurls no-hitter

In baseball

Blue Ridge 12, Armstrong-Potomac 0. Freshman pitcher Aaron Jayne fanned nine batters while firing his first varsity no-hitter as the Knights blanked the Trojans. Alec Lyle smashed a single and a triple, and Drew Wells scored a run for the Knights (12-10). The Trojans are now 1-10.

Area prep statistics: Baseball (April 21)


Player, School AB R H RBI AVG.

Carroll, LeRoy 6 9 4 3 .667

Steinbaugh, G-RF/C 32 19 17 13 .531

A. Bundy, Mont 21 15 11 3 .524

Stokowski, Mont 42 10 22 23 .524

J. Coplea, PBL 36 15 18 17 .500

Holoch, LeRoy 38 13 18 10 .474

Griffin, Danvl 36 8 17 4 .472

Plummer, Danvl 49 14 23 15 .469

On campus: Roebuck, Ward honored in basketball

— The Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference and NJCAA Region IV Men's Basketball Committee have recognized Waubonsee Valley Community College sophomores Germaine Roebuck and Deon Ward for outstanding play. Roebuck, from Champaign Central, was named to the All-ISCC first team, All-Region first team and Region IV District 4B all-tournament team.

Tate: Money, recruiting lead college football talks

The press of this state's financial crisis is debilitating for the UI, and even worse for less affluent colleges.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Northern Illinois, which had dreams of becoming football's "Boise of the Midwest," saw state appropriations fall from $91 million in 2015 to $26.4 million, resulting in lower enrollment and the abolishment of 50 academic programs.