03-27-17 Monday Morning Quarterbacks: Play now!
03-27-17 Monday Morning Quarterbacks. Jim Turpin and Loren Tate are the Monday Morning Quarterbacks. Topic include the Final Four. New coaches at Illinois.
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All-Area First Team
ATHLETE SCHOOL YR. WT.
Dale Ashby Hoopeston Area Jr. 152
Justin Cardani Centennial Jr. 106
What's next for Brad Underwood and Nancy Fahey? How is Lovie Smith's program faring after spring practice ended a few weeks ago? What area high schools could contend for state titles this spring? Anything is fair game as sports editor Matt Daniels takes your questions at 2 p.m. on Thursday.
The spring sports season is well underway. Who are some of the top baseball and softball teams in the area? What about girls' soccer, boys' tennis and track field? How did The News-Gazette determine Kendle Moore as its boys' basketball Player of the Year and Justin Cardani as its Wrestler of the Year? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis takes your questions at 12:30 p.m.
The offseason is in full effect for Illinois. What has Brad Underwood been up to in his first full week on the job? When does Mark Smith commit? How does Illinois stand with Jeremiah Tilmon and the other Class of 2017 signees? Can Trent Frazier start next season? Beat writer Scott Richey is ready to handle any and all of your questions in his 12:30 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN — On a fair March day with temperatures in the 60s, the wind was blowing out at Illinois Field on Sunday.
And baseballs were flying out of the park.
Michigan State launched eight home runs — five in the first two innings — as the Spartans pounded Illinois 17-6 to complete the weekend sweep. The Illini were outscored 41-11 in the three-game span.
This is the Final Four everyone expected, right? In case it wasn’t, college basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY has four things to know about each of the last four teams standing in the NCAA men’s tournament:
Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar:
1. MONDAY: Champaign Central at Tuscola, baseball
Every area team has deal with inclement weather at some point the first two weeks of the season. But enough games have been played for the debut of our rankings, courtesy sports editor MATT DANIELS:
RK., SCHOOL REC. COMMENT
ST. JOSEPH — Tori Witruk is all about chemistry.
Whether that’s on the softball diamond or in the classroom, it doesn’t matter to the St. Joseph-Ogden senior pitcher.
“I’ve considered either forensic chemistry or just being a chemistry teacher as a career,” Witruk said. “It’s one of the few classes where it seems like what they’re teaching makes sense.”