Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner dishes on the latest news and notes concerning our local high school scene. Feel free to submit questions early.
The Illinois men's basketball team doesn't have any games slated until Saturday. But our beat writer Marcus Jackson is here to answer any questions you may have ahead of the Illini's home game against Penn State. What are the Illini working on this week? How's recruiting going for the Illini? Will they make the NCAA tournament? Submit questions early and often.
CHAMPAIGN — Having just wrapped up a grueling stretch of three games in six days, the week in between games couldn’t come at a better time for Illinois, which will return to the court on Saturday at home against Penn State.
Name, School W L Pts
T. Bergstralh, Prairie Central 20 7 90
Cartwright, Bismarck-Henning 27 9 85
Richard, Rantoul 12 5 44
Nisly-Nagele, Monticello 17 11 43
Alvea, Oakwood 10 4 36
Jackson, Prairie Central 12 10 28
Harmon, Fisher/GCMS 10 7 23
Justus, LeRoy 3 1 11
Daniels, Unity 12 12 3
UI women at Michigan — 6 p.m. today
Illinois (11-8, 2-5 Big ten)
P Name Yr. Ht. PPG Previous game
G Kyley Simmons Jr. 5-7 9.5 40 min., 11 points
G Brittany Carter Sr. 6-0 8.9 39 min., 15 points
CHAMPAIGN — One of Matt Bollant’s favorite stories to tell about Chatrice White was her reaction to Illinois’ rebounding in one of the games she attended before joining the Illini.
Illinois was getting worked on the boards. White turned to another prospective recruit sitting next to her and said things would be different once she suited up in orange and blue.
CHAMPAIGN — Isaac Humphries arrived in the United States from Sydney, Australia, in mid-December and enrolled at La Lumiere School, joining a prep team flush with Division I talent.
The first Super Bowl he was permitted to photograph — Cowboys vs. Bills in '93 at the Rose Bowl — didn't end so well.
"I was taking pictures of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, because that seemed like the thing to do," Brad LaPayne said. "I got thrown out, told I had to leave. I didn't have the proper credentials."
The college football season ended for Illinois one month ago. Never too early, though, to glance ahead to the 2015 season. Beat writer Matt Daniels does just that with his forecasted depth chart for the 2015 season opener against Kent State, which is only 216 days away: (*indicates starters)
Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
Wes Lunt* 6-4 225 Jr.