Beat writer Matt Daniels breaks down the good and the bad from Saturday's spring game.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Illinois gymnast Jordan Valdez, who entered the NCAA Championships ranked No. 1 in the nation in high bar, remained at the top of the heap on the night it mattered most.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois lost a play-making linebacker with Jonathan Brown's departure.
Perhaps they have found a new one.
T.J. Neal left a solid impression on his teammates and coaches after Saturday's spring game.
Neal finished with six tackles, including two for loss, on the victorious Blue squad.
Blue 38, Orange 7, Final.
No starting quarterback has emerged yet for Illinois. The three in contention — Wes Lunt, Aaron Bailey and Reilly O'Toole — all had their moments on Saturday.
Lunt completed only 6 of 16 passes for 99 yards and one interception, but showed his potential on several throws.
Steve Kelly and Loren Tate are in the studio talking all things sports with Illini basketball coach John Groce, syndicated columnist George Will, Illinois Atheletic Director Mike Thoams, and Illini football with Martin O'Donnell.
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■ Bismarck-Henning 8, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 3. B-H’s six-run fifth inning was the difference. Dylan Dodd was 3 for 3 with an RBI. Michael Feeney had two hits and an RBI. Nathan Moreman had two RBI. Dustyn Ingram allowed two hits and struck out 11 in six innings.
The Illini softball team dropped to 18-17 (2-9) after losing both games of a doubleheader at Wisconsin 3-2, 10-3.
In game one, the Illini rallied in the sixth inning to tie the game after falling behind 2-0. Ruby Rivera’s RBI single scored Danielle Trezzo. With runners on first and third base, Alex Booker stole home for the Illini’s second run of the inning.
The kickoff is set for 2:06 p.m. today. Fans can stop by Memorial Stadium as early as 9 a.m. for a spring merchandise sale featuring Illinois items at a discounted price sold in the Great East Hall. Here’s five other tidbits to know before today’s scrimmage: