Illini wrestling legend Werner Holzer, a 1955 state champion at Chicago’s Carl Schurz High School, lettered at the University of Illinois in 1957, ’58 and ’59 for coach Buell “Pat” Patterson.

DEMARIUS SMITH may not be a past IHSA state wrestling champion like former Centennial star Justin Cardani or ex-Urbana standout Luke Luffman, but the 2017 Rantoul graduate is part of Jim Heffernan’s Illinois grappling roster with both of those guys. Smith offered some insight into his Illini…

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The man who coached longer at the University of Illinois than any other person died 57 years ago today at the age of 75. Ed Manley, a native St. Louisan, directed Illini men’s swimming and diving for 37 years after being hired by George Huff in 1912.

In a spinoff of our 'UI 150 & Beyond' project, we asked 10 former Illini coaches now living elsewhere to tell us about the first spot (other than a sports facility) or story that comes to mind when they think back to their C-U days.

A proud UI contingent was on hand Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., as Howard Milton, senior associate athletic director for development, picked up his 'Fundraiser of the Year' award from the National Association of Athletic Development Directors.

Plenty of folks throughout Monticello are no doubt thrilled after getting to stake their claim to some athletic history. The high school in Piatt County — and Loren Tate's alma mater — hosted a trophy giveaway on Wednesday, necessitated by some housekeeping tied to a renovations referendum that was approved last year.

High school's athletic facilities are in the midst of a near-$3 million renovation package that includes one new building and four overhauled complexes.

Fifteen members of the present-day Little Okaw Valley Conference now have a new banner under which they’ll compete moving forward.Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, these institutions will be part of the Lincoln Prairie Conference. League president Matthew Shoaff, Okaw Valley’s principal, announced the title through a Tuesday press release.

Class 1A 106 poundsName, School    W    L    PtsWagner, St. Joseph-Ogden    44    9    208Hosley, Unity    45    7    203B. Tay, Ridgeview/Lexington    40    3    191

Illini Prairie ConferenceFIRST TEAMSENIORS — x-Tyler Lanning, (Pontiac); Wesley Litwiller, (Olympia); x-Peter McCusker, (Rantoul/PBL); Lane Miller, (Olympia); x-Nolan Roseman, (Rantoul/PBL); Jake Wendlng, ( St. Joseph-Ogden); x-Jake Woodrey, (Prairie Central).

ALL-AREA FIRST TEAMATHLETE SCHOOL YR. WEIGHTMason Ajster Oakwood/Salt Fork Sr. 160Jacob Conaty LeRoy/Tri-Valley Sr. 170Hayden Copass Westville/G-RF So. 285Logan Deacetis Prairie Central So. 160Micah Downs Clinton Jr. 182Ezra Elliott Hoopeston Area Sr. 138

With the state meet wrapped up and the 2018-19 wrestling season in the books, preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS issues his final standings for area teams along with our All-Area teams.

URBANA — Taylor Edwards didn’t need to overpower No. 23 Wisconsin when she took the circle Saturday for Illinois softball.She simply had to record outs by any means necessary. And that’s exactly what the Arcola product did.Edwards tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball to lift the Illini to a 2-0 victory over the nationally-ranked Badgers at Eichelberger Field.

After clinching All-America honors on Friday, Illinois redshirt senior will wrestle Myles Martin of Ohio State in his first match on Saturday. The winner reaches the 184-pound third-place match. 

The spring sports season is officially under way.Baseball, softball, girls' soccer and boys' tennis events were contested last week through iffy weather, joining the already-ongoing indoor track and field scene.That means there are some things to discuss pertaining to the conclusion of winter prep athletics and the start of the spring campaign.

2019 Football Schedule

Aug. 31 Illinois vs. Akron W 42 - 3
Sep. 7 at UConn W 31 - 23
Sep. 14 vs. Eastern Michigan L 31- 34
Sep. 21 vs. Nebraska L 38 - 42
Oct. 5 at Minnesot L 17 - 40
Oct. 12 vs. Michigan L 25 - 42
Oct. 19 vs. Wisconsin W 24 - 23
Oct. 26 at Purdue W 24 - 6
Nov. 2 vs. Rutgers W 38 - 10
Nov. 9 at Michigan State, 2:30 CST
Nov. 23 at Iowa, TBA
Nov. 30 vs. Northwestern, TBA