Volleyball wins physical battle with No. 13 Purdue

CHAMPAIGN — Based on the roar that echoed through Huff Hall, every Illinois fan was certain the 10th-ranked Illini had pulled off a sweep against 13th-ranked Purdue on Saturday night.

They didn’t. A net violation call on Illinois wiped out what would have been match point, and the Boilermakers fended off the sweep with a 28-26 third-set victory.

Richey's football bracket breakdown


St. Joseph-Ogden football coach and athletic director Dick Duval is on the IHSA football advisory committee.

He’s also been at the forefront of a proposal to eliminate quadrants in playoff pairings.

Saturday's prep highlights: Danville claims regional soccer title

In boys’ soccer

■ At Mahomet. Danville defeated Champaign Central 2-1 to capture the team’s first regional championship since 2001.

“The guys played another outstanding game,” Danville coach Chris Griffin said, celebrating his first regional crown. “They played with the same heart, grace and fight we’ve displayed over the last 10 or 11 games.”

Sunday Conversation: Dick Corn

Before he became executive director of the Illinois High School Basketball Hall of Fame, Dick Corn was a successful coach, winning two state titles at Pinckneyville. The Hall held its latest induction ceremonies last weekend in

Football notebook: Roommates Bentley, Neal star in win

CHAMPAIGN —V’Angelo Bentley and T.J. Neal sit down on the couch in their off-campus apartment. Talk about moments like the one the duo achieved Saturday.

Of Neal stripping the ball from the hands of Minnesota running back David Cobb.

Best of Fred: No. 41 — Tommy Stewart

Retiring executive sports editor FRED KRONER has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each week until his last day, he’ll share his most memorable stories. This week:

For years, I have been surrounded by outstanding people in my wonderful world of sports.

Many of them will hopefully be mentioned before I run out of memories.

Kroner: 'We will be strong for Hayden'

WATSEKA — Steve Lucas canceled football practice last Monday.

He and his Watseka coaches held a meeting with players for 90 minutes Tuesday before taking the field.

Lucas is a veteran coach but a newcomer to dealing with a catastrophic injury to a player.

“I’ve never been in this position before,” Lucas said.

About time: Illini earn first Big Ten home win since '11

CHAMPAIGN — Austin Teitsma’s grin consumed seemingly his entire bearded face.

Then the Illinois defensive tackle produced a load roar while he made his way into the tunnel toward the Illini locker room.

Talk the win over with Juice Williams Monday at 5 on WDWS.

Tate: Illini can celebrate hard-fought win

Team takes its bumps but grabs first Big Ten win

Wheaton’s Red Grange would have been proud of Wheaton’s Reilly O’Toole.

Football pick em week 10 – Ohio State

And on this day, Red Grange looked down on Zuppke/Memorial and smiled…