TOLONO, Ill. - A sign outside the Unity football field says it all. A new beginning. The Rockets have a different look and feel on offense this season. They're passing the ball almost as much as they're running it. It's a new approach for head coach Scott Hamilton, whose run-first philosophy has won him nearly 200 games the last two decades.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt has been one of the best in the Big Ten so far this year, but he will be the first to admit Saturday's game at Washington wasn't one of his best. Lunt threw an interception that got run back for a touchdown, and then later he had the ball stripped away, and it was run back for a Washington score - a couple mistakes in what has been an otherwise outstanding start to Lunt's season. He was proud of the way his team responded in Seattle after he says he put his team in a tough spot.
URBANA -- A local sports program could be in jeopardy if it can't get the funding it needs.
Ryan Allen is giving the SJO Spartans a big lift this season after moving back to the area from Florida.
One of the area's top high school basketball players may be ineligible to play his senior season. Christian Williams transferred back to St. Teresa Monday. He transferred to Lanphier High School in Springfield to start the school year. "I have attended Decatur Catholic Schools with my friends since 4th grade. I want to attend St. Teresa High School whether or not I'm able to play basketball. My goal has always been to graduate from St. Teresa", Williams said. IHSA rules may prohibit him from playing after transferring back from a public school to a private one.
Friday Football Fever play of the week nominees:
Bulldog Invitational ORDER OF FINISH 1. Champaign Central (5-0) 2. Tri-Valley (4-1) 3. Mahomet-Seymour (4-1) 4. Pleasant Plains (3-2) 5. Olympia (4-1) 6. St. Joseph-Ogden (3-2) 7. Lexington (3-2) 8. Manteno (2-3) 9. Charleston (3-2) 10. Effingham St. Anthony (2-3) 11. Williamsville (2-3) 12. Urbana (1-4) 13. Oakwood (2-3) 14. Springfield Southeast (1-4) 15. Rantoul (1-4) 16. Mahomet-Seymour JV (0-5) ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Emma Atkinson, Champaign Central Cortney Bohn, Mahomet-Seymour Shelbie Butcher, Pleasant Plains Alexis Gilbert, Manteno Kylie Michael, St. Joseph-Ogden Mason Moore, Mahomet-Seymour Sara Rathbun, Olympia Summer Sabbo, Pleasant Plains Melissa Swartz, Lexington Taylor Tedrick, Tri-Valley Dana Westfield, Champaign Central Lauren Wombles, Tri-Valley
The #1 ranked St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans moved to 3-0 with a 34-20 win over Monmouth-Roseville.
Washington took a 35-3 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back. The Huskies defeated Illinois 44-19. Illinois hosts Texas State next week.
Friday Football Fever in 90 seconds for week 3 (9/12/14)
Highlights and scores from week 3 of Friday Football Fever.
If the last few weeks are an indication of what's to come, Illinois is in for a high-scoring game when they visit Washington Saturday afternoon.
When Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman isn't coaching the Illini, you'll most likely find him cheering on his son, Alex, Urbana's starting quarterback.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois basketball team got some bad news Thursday. Head coach John Groce announced starting point guard Tracy Abrams tore his right ACL during a preseason skill workout and will miss the entire upcoming season. Abrams will redshirt this season, and then have one year left to play. It's a big loss, though, for this year's team. Abrams was Illinois' second-leading scorer last year, averaging nearly 11 points per game. He led the team in assists and was second in minutes and steals.
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. - For the third time in the last year John Groce and the Illinois basketball team are the bridesmaids. Illinois' top prospect, Stevenson point guard Jalen Brunson, chose to return to his family's roots picking Philadelphia's Villanova over Champaign and the Illini. Brunson's decision comes just ten months after Quentin Snider decommitted from the Orange and Blue in favor of Louisville. That same day, Curie big man Cliff Alexander chose Kansas over Illinois in what will forever be remembered as the hat fake. Brunson left out the drama Wednesday. He simply unzipped his sweatshirt revealing a Villanova shirt - and hat.