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CHAMPAGNE – The situation with Illinois men’s basketball scholarships is still improving, and Brett Bilem has not yet publicly announced his starting defender.

But Ilyina’s fans should not despair. These scenarios will not affect the real games at the Memorial Stadium and the State Farm in a few months.

Also spring in the air.


At least for a few days in Champaign-Urbana before this week will start to feel like summer.

And two Illinois sports that have been constantly battling the elements for the past three months are now entering the stretch of their seasons. After all, Illina’s baseball and softball teams need to win. With frequent clips

Otherwise, their season will not last long.

Last weekend, Dan Hartleb’s baseball team defeated non-conference enemy Miami (Ohio) – not to offend the RedHawks of the Central American Conference, but that’s what the Big Ten teams that aspire to play in the NCAA each year should do – in three games where Ilyina combined with timely strikes.

Cole Kirschsiper and Riley Gowens started, and both threw seven innings each during Saturday’s doubleheader, bringing a 2-0 win and a 5-1 win, and then Ryan Cutt made 5 1/3 innings of effective help on Sunday during 6 -2 Elijah win. This is exactly what you need from pitchers at this point in the season.

Now the main thing is for Illinois (26-19, 12-6 Big Ten) to have the same effect if Nebraska (19-27, 7-11) has a hard time coming this weekend for the three-game series and if Illinois finishes the regular season 19 -21 May in a kind of Penn State (23-21, 10-8).

Who’s to say that Illini’s four-win streak won’t turn into a 10-win streak until a 25-day double-knockout tournament arrives on May 25 at Charles Schwab Field in downtown Omaha, Neb. ., and the chances of bubbles in the Illinois NCAA tournament may improve.

The Illinois softball team will want to avoid a repeat of what happened last weekend when Tyree Perry’s team opens its stay at the Big Ten tournament later this week. The Illini (34-19, 15-7) lost two of three against Penn State (31-21, 13-10), gaining an identical score of 2-0 during Saturday’s second game of Saturday’s doubles and then again on Sunday in the finale of the series on the field of Eichelberger.

Illinois is the third seed in the Big Ten tournament with 12 singles relegations, which runs Wednesday through Saturday at Secchia Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. The Illini have reached the quarterfinals based on their solid regular season and expect the 11th seeded Purdue (24-30) or the sixth seeded Ohio (33-14) at 12:30 pm on Thursday. Illinois did not play for Ohio in the regular season and split its only two games against Purdue in late March during cold weather.

Illinois is not the biggest team in the home run (third-placed baseman Delaney Ramel has 10 points on the team), but still has a second-best average (0.308) in the top ten. The Sydney Sickels and Tory McQueen pitches have caused “Illini” at various points this season, and they are not to blame for losing two in a row against Penn State. If Illinois wants to try to win its first Big Ten title with three wins in three days, the offense will need to raise its production.

Otherwise, Ellie will be nervously waiting for the NCAA qualifying show when it airs at 6pm this Sunday on ESPN2.

On the bell

It’s nice to see that BTN broadcast all 11 games of the Big Ten softball tournament later this week. Even better is to see WDWS broadcaster Scott Beatty travel to East Lansing.

He will be in the booth to name Thursday’s first serve, and plans to broadcast the rest of Elijah’s games as they continue to advance. Beatty usually covers baseball games in Illinois, but “Voice of Illinois” by Brian Barnhart is set to fend off Beatty on Friday and Saturday when Illinois hosts Nebraska.

Play ball

Speaking of WDWS 1400-AM and 93.9-FM sports radio, the first of 12 Kivanis CU Minor League baseball games will be released on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Dodds hosts Joseph Kuhn at Robson Park, with Dave Leak and Eli Adams on call. Here are the remaining games of the regular season of the Minor League, which WDWS plans to cover in May and June, and 18:00 will be scheduled for the first performance of all these games: Mack’s Recycling vs. USI (May 18), Libman vs. Black Dog (May 23), First Federal Vs. Plumbers (June 6), Campus Ink v. Bacon (June 8), Wampler v. Clay Dooley (June 13) and First Federal v. Broeren Russo (June 15). The station will also cover the junior league championship, which will take place on June 3 at 18:00 on June 3 in St. Matthew, two semi-final Super League games scheduled for 18:00 and 20:00 on June 20, and the match for third place in the luxury league (18.00) ) and the championship game (20.00) on 22 June.

Run Reggie, run

Reggie Corbyn had a vision to play in the NFL after four seasons in Illinois. But Beck was not selected in the 2020 draft, and who knows how much the start of the COVID-19 pandemic played a factor that prevented a native of Upper Marlborough, Maryland, 5 feet and 10, 200 pounds, to catch up with the NFL team.

But the 26-year-old footballer did not stop his professional pursuit. Now, playing with the Michigan Panthers in a rebooted USFL, Corbyn memorized the game last Friday night, racing 152 yards on 12 careers, including a 88-yard touchdown that showcased the explosion seen by many Ilyina fans in 2016-19. which showed 2361 career yards in Illinois. Michigan lost to the Philadelphia Stars 26-25, but Corbyn called his name again.

Corbin is now third in the spring league with 308 yards on 41 transfers, and his 7.5 yards per transfer is leading the league.

The Panthers are only 1-3, but if Corbyn can do a few more runs, like he did last Friday night, then maybe the NFL team will pay attention and give him a chance. That’s all Corbyn, and any other player in an eight-team league who plays all his games in Birmingham, Alabama, in front of rare crowds, wants that to happen.

Matt Daniels is the sports editor of The News-Gazette. You can contact him by phone 217-373-7422 or at mdaniels@news-gazette.com.


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