Colin Likas on preps | You heard it here first

It might not feel like spring outside. Just ask the seven athletes who stopped by The News-Gazette this past Wednesday for the photo on D-1 with temperatures near the freezing mark. But it's time for our third segment of the 2017-18 high school sports season, which kicks off Monday with baseball and softball games on the docket.

Ayo: 'Everybody is watching'

BURBANK — The Morgan Park boys' basketball team walked into the gym at St. Laurence High School about 40 minutes before tipoff of Tuesday night's Class 3A sectional semifinal between the defending state champion Mustangs and host Vikings.

UI Roundup | Illini's Davis finishes in 15th

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Jon Davis knew he would be an All-American before he stepped on the track on Saturday.

It was a matter of whether it would be first or second-team recognition.

It was the latter.

The latest from Illini spring practice | March 10


There were 53 juniors prospects at the workout. None more important than Marquez Beason.

The receiver from Dallas Bishop Dunne went to Twitter on Saturday to announce his commitment to Lovie Smith's program.

DACC one step closer to Region 24 title

DANVILLE — Jamil Wilson has knocked down in excess of 30 points during a basketball game. Multiple times, in fact.

But that was when he attended Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky. Not when he was a member of the Danville Area Community College men's team.

Well, not until Saturday's Region 24 tournament semifinal at Mary Miller Gymnasium, anyway.

Semi-Final Men's Basketball:DACC vs Parkland

2018 Region 24 Division II Men's Basketball semi-final: Danville Area Community College vs Parkland College, Saturday, March 10, 2018, hosted by Danville Area Community College. Danville won 78-70. 

UI Spring Football 2018

University of Illinois Spring Football 2018, Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Memorial Stadium. 

Four-star athlete picks Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Lovie Smith has a major building block to build his 2019 recruiting class on during the next 11 months. Illinois picked up its first prospect in the 2019 class Saturday afternoon with a commitment from four-star athlete Marquez Beason during a visit to campus.

Fox Development holding out hope for its hockey-based proposal

CHAMPAIGN — Despite a feasibility study recommending downtown Champaign be where a potential Division I Illini hockey team play its games, Fox Development Corp. is still holding out hope for its proposed site on St. Mary's Road.