First Cobras hoops coach dies at 87

GRAYVILLE — Upon arriving in Champaign back in the late 1960s, Ken Pritchett didn’t have a venue his Parkland College men’s basketball team could call its own.

A place where they could play games. Or even practice.

But it didn’t matter to the first men’s basketball coach in Cobras history.

VG/H hoops coach steps aside

BROADLANDS — Villa Grove/Heritage will play under a third boys’ basketball coach in three seasons once the 2016-17 campaign starts following Brad Wilson’s resignation, which will become official at Monday’s Heritage Board of Education meeting.

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Top 50 Illini Football Players of 2016: No. 22, Caleb Day

No. 22: Caleb Day, DB

Top 50 College Football Teams of 2016: No. 22, Southern Cal

No. 22: Southern Cal

Coach: Clay Helton

2015 record: 8-5

Projected 2016 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Nov. 19 at UCLA

Bowl trip: Sun

Top of the morning, July 13, 2016

As if all the money raised for Cunningham's Children Home at Monday's Kendal Gill golf outing in Savoy wasn't a good enough story ...

A member of the winning team, 33-year-old Wes Hanner got his picture taken with Gill Monday afternoon. It came about 25 years after the two first posed together at the same tournament (right).

UI hoops recruit glance: Kyle Young

Ohio forward Kyle Young

Why he’s a fit at Illinois
Versatility — even if confined to one position — is almost a must in basketball these days. Young would offer the Illini that as a power forward with his ability to finish on the block and step out to the perimeter.

UI roundup: Riley, Pieters going to Olympics

Former Illinois hurdler Andrew Riley and golfer Thomas Pieters will take part in the 2016 Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Riley will compete as a member of the Jamaican national track and field team, while Pieters will be part of the Belgian men’s golf unit.

Bartsch selected as Olympic volleyball alternate

CHAMPAIGN — The last week has been a hectic one for Michelle Bartsch.

The former Illini and three-time All-American secured a new deal with Italian team Neruda Volley Bolzano on July 5 after three seasons in Germany, which brought two titles and this year’s MVP trophy with Dresdner SC 1898 in the German Bundesliga.

July 14 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 3:00pm

Is John Groce's job now safe through the 2016-17 season after landing Jeremiah Tilmon? What will Hardy Nickerson bring to the Illini defense this season? Who is the next football recruiting target to commit? When does The News-Gazette's high school football preview section come out? Anything is fair game as sports editor Matt Daniels takes your questions at 2 p.m. on Thursday.