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N-G preseason softball rankings: No. 2 Arcola

WHY NO. 2?
Illini recruit Taylor Edwards, an All-Area selection last spring, will be a force as a pitcher (10-8 in 2014) and a hitter (.500 average as a junior) for a team that is looking for its fourth regional championship in the last decade.

HOW CAN THEY MOVE UP?

HS Softball: Rantoul vs. Fisher

Rantoul vs. Fisher in a prep softball game at Wabash Park in Rantoul on Thursday, March 26, 2015. 

Why we like Martin O'Donnell

Hear from O'Donnell Thursday at 5:10 on WDWS.

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#TBT: Men reach 2005 Final Four

To celebrate Throwback Thursday, we’ll step back in time to hone in on a noteworthy moment. With the 10-year anniversary of the Illinois men’s basketball team reaching the national title game upon us, here’s what it was like after Illinois clinched a spot in the Final Four:

March 26, 2005

Illini roundup: Home kind to baseball team

CHAMPAIGN ­— Home was where the wins were for No. 17 Illinois’ baseball team.

The Illini (18-5-1) completed their nine-game homestand with a 9-4 victory against Kent State on Wednesday at Illinois Field, going 7-2.

Asmussen: Sweet (16) do-over

A week after staff writer Bob Asmussen put his NCAA tournament picks in the paper, we are giving him a second chance. (Note to Bob: Iowa State will not be in the finals as you originally projected).

Here are Asmussen’s picks for the Sweet 16, which starts Thursday night:

THURSDAY’S GAMES

Notre Dame vs. Wichita State
6:15 p.m., CBS

Recruiting spotlight: Center draws attention

PEORIA — Nick Rakocevic’s long arms seemed to be raised skyward most of last Saturday afternoon — either celebrating a big play by his eventual Class 3A state champion Westchester St. Joseph teammates or encouraging the Chargers fans in the crowd to make a little more noise.

N-G preseason softball rankings: No. 3 Fisher

WHY NO. 3?
Four-year starters Leah Williams and Rachel Tobeck are experienced veterans and among the solid hitters returning for coach Ken Ingold’s Bunnies, who won a Class 1A regional title last year.

Kroner: M-S team lifts up community

MAHOMET — There have been Mahomet-Seymour boys’ basketball teams with more wins in a season.

There was a team from the school that qualified for state, losing in the quarterfinals to a Harvey Thornton squad in 1933, led by freshman Lou Boudreau, that went on to win the state championship.