CHAMPAIGN — The No. 1 recruiting class in the country has already started to pay dividends for Illinois.
Illini coach Kevin Hambly inserted freshman setter Jordyn Poulter and freshman middle blocker Ali Bastianelli into the starting lineup in Friday’s opener against Louisville. They started again Saturday against Miami (Ohio) and Creighton.
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With the first week of action in the books, preps coordinator
Anthony Zilis checks in with his updated rankings:
RANK, TEAM PREV. REC. COMMENT
1. Tuscola 1 1-0 Nick Bates tallied 119 yards of total offense
Staff writer Bob Asmussen knows college football like the back of his hand (hey, where did that mole come from?). Here are four questions he has going into the 2015 season:
CHAMPAIGN — Mica Allison is going to set in college. Odds are the St. Thomas More sophomore will also do that in one of the best conferences in the country.
Bill Cubit will make his debut as head coach at the University of Illinois on Friday night against Kent State. He’s had two previous first appearances as a head coach, in 1992 at Widener University and 2005 at Western Michigan. Unfortunately for Cubit, both of those debuts resulted in losses (a 40-6 defeat at Gettysburg in ’92 and a 31-19 loss at Virginia in ’05).
St. Joseph-Ogden 36, Winnebago 20. Quarterback Eli Oltean completed 7 of 11 passes for 127 yards, and all three of his touchdown passes went to Jake Pence, who caught five passes for 107 yards. Ty Brown ran for 182 yards on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns.
With all that’s happened, with doubts and allegations popping up like a sea full of dolphins, let me ask:
Is there a more dangerous team than one backed down and carrying an “us against the world” mindset?
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 36, Winnebago 20. Quarterback Eli Oltean completed 7 of 11 passes for 127 yards, and all three of his touchdown passes went to Jake Pence, who caught five passes for 107 yards. Ty Brown ran for 182 yards on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Second-seeded Kevin Anderson, a former Illini, won his first title in more than three years when he defeated qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 7-5 in the Winston-Salem Open on Saturday.
Anderson, ranked 15th, needed 92 minutes to secure his third career ATP World Tour tournament title and his first since winning on March 4, 2012, at Delray Beach, Fla.