Athletes of the Week: Keith Lee and Dominique Lewis

Keith Lee, Urbana boys’ track and field

Why he was chosen: The Tigers senior won the Big 12 800-meter indoor title in 2 minutes, 2.75 seconds — and by one-hundredth of a second over Bloomington’s Jared Collier — on March 10. He followed it up with a second-place finish in the 800 on Saturday in the Gene Armer Invitational.

Predicting the Big Ten's starting quarterbacks

Wes Lunt will be the quarterback at Illinois. And Jake Rudock won’t be at Iowa. And Braxton Miller might be in the NCAA doghouse. Who else is in charge in the Big Ten? Here are staff writer Bob Asmussen’s projected starters at the 14 schools:



Wes Lunt

Asmussen: Making memories at the NCAA tournament

The plan started percolating in my head the moment Dr. Roger Powell (not the basketball player) said, “It’s a boy.”

I was determined to create a father-son tradition. Something we could do every year. Something we could plan together. Something we could look forward to for months.

O'Donnell to replace Kittner

CHAMPAIGN — The Illini Sports Network didn’t need to look very far to find Kurt Kittner’s replacement as football analyst.

He was already in the booth.

Former Illini All-America offensive lineman Martin O’Donnell was named Thursday to follow Kittner, who provided analysis for eight seasons.

Tate: One-and-dones worthwhile

Decade after decade, prep basketball stars attended college with primary goals of earning a degree and helping win championships for the school.

And the booth at Huff Hall’s southwest corner held a pay telephone.

N-G preseason softball rankings: No. 2 Arcola

WHY NO. 2?
Illini recruit Taylor Edwards, an All-Area selection last spring, will be a force as a pitcher (10-8 in 2014) and a hitter (.500 average as a junior) for a team that is looking for its fourth regional championship in the last decade.


HS Softball: Rantoul vs. Fisher

Rantoul vs. Fisher in a prep softball game at Wabash Park in Rantoul on Thursday, March 26, 2015. 

Why we like Martin O'Donnell

Hear from O'Donnell Thursday at 5:10 on WDWS.


#TBT: Men reach 2005 Final Four

To celebrate Throwback Thursday, we’ll step back in time to hone in on a noteworthy moment. With the 10-year anniversary of the Illinois men’s basketball team reaching the national title game upon us, here’s what it was like after Illinois clinched a spot in the Final Four:

March 26, 2005

Illini roundup: Home kind to baseball team

CHAMPAIGN ­— Home was where the wins were for No. 17 Illinois’ baseball team.

The Illini (18-5-1) completed their nine-game homestand with a 9-4 victory against Kent State on Wednesday at Illinois Field, going 7-2.