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.
NOT A FAN OF QUADRANTS
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Team takes its bumps but grabs first Big Ten win
Wheaton’s Red Grange would have been proud of Wheaton’s Reilly O’Toole.