LIVE! From Huff Hall: UI volleyball intrasquad scrimmage

That's a wrap from Huff Hall and the Illinois volleyball intrasquad scrimmage. Make sure you check out Sunday's News-Gazette and at for more from the match.

The LIVE! Report will be back Aug. 29 for Illinois' home opener against Long Beach State in the Illini Classic. The match starts at 7 p.m., and the LIVE! Report will kick off about an hour beforehand.


Kroner's football tour '14: Westville

WESTVILLE — LaDavion Severado is it.

Whether it’s a game of tag or a list of returning football starters at Westville High School, Severado is one and the same.

He is a sophomore in a program with a youthful look. Of the team’s 50 squad members, 38 of them are freshmen or sophomores.

Kroner's football tour '14: Tuscola

TUSCOLA — Nick Bates moved into the Tuscola lineup as a freshman, winning the starting quarterback position by season’s end.

Now a junior, Bates is firmly entrenched in the position. And, there’s news opponents won’t want to hear.

“He is light years ahead of where he was last year,” Tuscola coach Rick Reinhart said. “He has grown into the quarterback position.

No. 6 is ... Unity

Why No. 6?
There’s size on the line, kickers that will help the team win field position battles and experienced players ready to take over the skill positions.

What does Unity have to do to move up the rankings?
With a schedule featuring seven 2013 playoff teams, a 3-0 nonconference start would make a great impact.

Preseason Top 10: Unity at No. 6

Colton Reed, Unity senior, talks about his team’s preseason No. 6 ranking in the N-G Top 10.


Back on the court: Illinois volleyball scrimmage at Huff Hall

Staff writer Scott Richey is covering the game live at Huff Hall this evening. For updates, check out @srrichey on Twitter. The match starts at 7 p.m., and 16 Illinois alumni will be honored prior to the scrimmage.

Ira Jefferson, Rantoul coach, August, 2014

Rantoul football coach Ira Jefferson looks ahead to the upcoming season.

Dan Hennessey, St Thomas More, August, 2014

St. Thomas More's Dan Hennessey looks ahead to the upcoming football season.

Moore on way to Finland soon

CHAMPAIGN — Former Illinois guard/forward Amber Moore will continue her basketball career after signing with Turun Riento Turku in Finland’s SM-sarja League for the 2014-15 season.

Turun Riento Turku’s season runs from late September to early April, and Moore will leave Sept. 8 for Finland.

Illini fall in opener; Rayfield upbeat about play

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ prospects looked good through most of the first half of Friday’s season opener against Notre Dame.

The Illini had a 1-0 lead on freshman Abby Elinsky’s first career goal, and their defense — the focal point of spring and fall preseason practices — was getting stops against a persistent Irish attack.