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Preseason POY: Centennial's Jimmy Fitzgerald

CHAMPAIGN — The Twin City pas­sing record is in jeopardy.

Again.

For the third straight season.

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Thursday's prep highlights: Neitzel, Centennial cruise to win

In girls’ tennis
At Champaign. Centennial made quick work of Normal West in a 9-0 victory. The Chargers won all nine matches in straight sets and didn’t drop a game in four of the matches.

Unity, SJ-O together again — on field

A St. Joseph-Ogden/Unity football rivalry certainly exists in the storied history of both programs. But for the current players on both sides, it’s simply theoretical. None of them has experienced it as players on the field.

Brunson seeks strong bond

CHAMPAIGN — When he was bored and had little else going on as a seventh-grader in Charlottesville, Va., Jalen Brunson would call Carl Brown and ask the same question each time.

Illini golfers ranked sixth in nation

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois men’s golf team will open the fall portion of its schedule as the No. 6 team in the nation after the Golf Coaches Association of America preseason poll was released Thursday.

Illinois utilizing goalkeeping duo

CHAMPAIGN — Bowling Green transfer Michelle Denley started at goalkeeper in Illinois’ season opener against Notre Dame last week. Last year’s starter Claire Wheatley came in at halftime to finish the game.

The same series of events happened two days later, and Denley and Wheatley combined for a clean sheet and six saves in the Illini’s 2-0 win against Louisville.

Illini soccer gets locker room upgrade

CHAMPAIGN — The shouts of excitement from the Illinois soccer locker room were easily audible in the lobby of the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration building Tuesday afternoon.

Big Ten football report: Spartans should romp

TIMPERATURE CHECK

Each week, we’ll gauge Tim Beckman’s promise of turning Illinois football into a consistent winner:

Recruiting: Brown on fast track

DeKALB — Dre Brown committed to Illinois last March but didn’t think about enrolling early at Illinois. At the time.

Time to stuff Huff ... with wins

CHAMPAIGN — Kevin Hambly isn’t worried about the struggles his Illinois volleyball team had during its intrasquad scrimmage last Saturday night. It was a glorified practice for the Illini.

He’d seen them play significantly better the day before. And four days before. Really, through most of the preseason.