Tate | Ice, ice baby — time to bring hockey to Illinois

City planners deserve plaudits for the way downtown Champaign has exploded on summer weekends.

That festive atmosphere will be expanded into 25 wintry weekends if $50-plus million can be raised to support Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman's plan for a multi-purpose hockey structure.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: June 10, 2018

Champaign's Charlie Finn is one of those individuals who easily qualifies as an Illini "Super Fan," but the man who's celebrating his 85th birthday today has always taken his pride a couple of inches further than most.

N-G Final Top 5: Girls' soccer

1. Mahomet-Seymour (21-3); Previous: 1

COMMENT: Despite Meredith Johnson-Monfort's late-season injury, the Bulldogs still collected their third consecutive Class 2A regional title.

2. St. Thomas More (21-5-1); Previous: 2

Media timeout: Q&A with Wisconsin basketball beat writer

What difference will a healthy D’Mitrik Trice and Kobe King make for Wisconsin next season?

Sky high: Mahomet-Seymour's Johnson-Monfort shines on and off the field

MAHOMET — Deja vu couldn't have struck at a worse time for Meredith Johnson-Monfort.

Christie gets Illinois offer

CHAMPAIGN — While roster questions still abound in the 2018-19 season for Illinois men's basketball, recruiting for future classes didn't stop on Saturday.

Asmussen | Stampley's back home at last

The local receiver is coming home. And he's got big plans.

Former Centennial standout Dominic Stampley made a commitment to the Illinois football program Friday.

"It's the time to rebuild right now," Stampley said. "What better way than with a hometown guy to help the program spark it up a little bit."

'It really was surreal'

Brian Brooks compiled a 324-121 record in 15 seasons coaching at St. Joseph-Ogden before stepping aside in March. The man who helped guide the Spartans to a 2016 Class 2A state title will serve as the South coach in today's Class 1A/2A Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game in Pontiac.

Judah Christian football is the new kids on the block

CHAMPAIGN — At this point 11 weeks from now, Nate Albaugh will wake up on a Saturday morning and have time to fully digest a Judah Christian football game.

After all, the Tribe has never played the sport before in the school's 35-year history.

That changes this fall.

'Those were always fun'

Chad Benedict  won six regional titles in 19 seasons coaching at Chrisman (1999 to 2006) and Mahomet-Seymour (2006 to 2018). The man who helped lead M-S to the Class 3A Elite Eight in 2015 will serve as the South coach in today's Class 3A/4A Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game in Pontiac.