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Illinois club basketball teams sparkled in July

Despite an abbreviated high school season, Illinois players achieved a high level of success on the shoe circuits.

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Ron Ferguson, former Bradley AD and Thornridge boys basketball coach, dies at 89

Ferguson was renowned as the coach of the Thornridge boys basketball team that won back-to-back state titles in 1971 and 1972 and is regarded by many as the best in state history.

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Kenwood’s JJ Taylor is a star in the making

The rising junior is a top-10 player in the country, according to several recruiting services.

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Chicago Academy football coach Anthony Dotson finally finds his place

As a youth intervention specialist and football coach in Chicago Public Schools, Anthony Dotson has heard some hard-luck stories. But he also can tell a few of his own.

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City/Suburban Hoops Report Three-Pointer: Player rankings, team rankings and a wish

Illinois could have four players ranked in the top 100 for the first time since the Class of 2017.

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Want a ‘Hoop Dreams’ souvenir? Shuttered suburban Catholic school at center of documentary is auctioning everything

Act fast. The last days of the auction — which includes everything from basketball hoops to science equipment —are Wednesday and Thursday.

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High school basketball notebook: Jaden Schutt picks up Duke offer as deep Illinois Wolves squad grabs attention

An update on the biggest recruiting happenings so far in the July live period.

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Buffalo Grove’s Kam Craft commits to Xavier

Following visits to Marquette, Iowa and Xavier, Kam Craft pulled the trigger July 1 and committed to the school that was on him the longest.

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Illini football recruit Jared Badie has the tools to succeed

The Oswego East senior is one of the state’s premier two-way athletes.

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Native imagery in sports continues to evolve

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary since the Washington Football Team dropped its former nickname and the accompanying Indian head logo after 87 years. The Washington Football Team will be around for one more season, with a new name set to be revealed in early 2022.

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Former Orr basketball star claims self-defense in deadly shooting

Raekwon Drake’s attorney said Drake shot Martin Palafox after he was chased and had his dog snatched. But prosecutors said Palafox let the dog go before Drake and his girlfriend repeatedly beat him. Drake allegedly finished off the attack by shooting Palafox in the head.

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From preps to coaches: A look at the 18 Division I basketball coaches from Illinois

Here is a rundown of college head coaches — from their playing days in Illinois to their coaching résumé.

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Wrestler Natalie Cortes leaves title legacy at Lane

Cortes is the first Public League girl to win a championship in the IWCOA state series.

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Ranking the Class of 2022: How the seniors stack up heading into July

While Young’s AJ Casey remains the top long-term prospect in the class, the distance between No. 1 and No. 2 has narrowed.

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High school football notebook: Illinois coach Bret Bielema picks up a local recruit

Bret Bielema’s persistence paid off with his biggest in-state recruiting catch yet.

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High school bass fishing on edge: Changes inevitable as IHSA board extends Carlyle three more years

After the Illinois High School Association board extended the contract for Carlyle to host the bass fishing state finals for three more years, changes appear inevitable.

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Wrestling with the elements: Teams turned to outdoor meets this season

Fenton moved eight of its 20 meets outside.

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Breaking down the Riverside-Brookfield and Normal West Summer Shootouts

Joe Henricksen’s deep dive into all of last weekend’s high school basketball action.

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Ten high school basketball players that elevated their stock during the first live period

These players either cemented their standing or elevated themselves.

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Yorkville Christian’s Jaden Schutt hits the recruiting trail after pandemic layoff

Jaden Schutt’s totals are eye-opening. He’s made 217 three-pointers in three seasons while shooting 40% from beyond the arc.

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Plainfield East beats Lake Park to win the Class 4A state baseball title, its first championship in any sport

Plainfield East baseball players Gavin Schmitt and Christian Mitchelle aren’t sure if their school even has a trophy case.

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Michael O’Brien’s high school basketball notebook

Observations from a busy day at the Riverside-Brookfield Summer Shootout.

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Springfield beats Prairie Ridge to win Class 3A state baseball title

The Senators overcame a six-run deficit to beat the Wolves 8-7 and win their first baseball state championship.

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College coaches finally get up-close look at high school basketball players

June and July offer several chances for Illinois high school basketball players to finally get the college attention they’ve been missing.

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IHSA bass fishing state finals staying put: IHSA board announces Carlyle will host next three finals

The Illinois High School Association board announced on Monday that the state finals for bass fishing will remain at Carlyle for the next three years; Carlyle hosted the first 12, too.

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A look at eight of next season’s top high school basketball teams

A way-too-early preseason list to get us started.

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One final go-round for Bishop McNamara football coach Rich Zinanni

The Fighting Irish’s head football coach since 1975, he will spend one more season on the sideline before handing the reins to coach-in-waiting Alan Rood.

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St. Rita running back Kaleb Brown commits to Ohio State

St. Rita’s Kaleb Brown, the top prospect in the state’s Class of 2022, gave an oral commitment to Ohio State on Monday. Brown recently visited Columbus.

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Joliet Catholic linebacker Malachi Hood commits to Illinois

The junior linebacker didn’t have a Division I offer until last week, when he picked up one during a workout at Illinois.

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Lane Tech baseball players learn new way of getting noticed

When the pandemic robbed them of their junior season, the players learned how to pitch themselves.

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Looking back on Jon Scheyer’s remarkable road from Glenbrook North to Duke head coach

The high-profile, defining moments throughout his basketball career were endless, some even surreal.

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Senior Day: A look back at the high school basketball Class of 2021

If any class deserves a little extra attention, it’s this year’s seniors. And we’re going to give it to them.

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Duke’s Jon Scheyer has never been afraid of a challenge

The Glenbrook North graduate will become the Blue Devils’ new coach when Mike Krzyzewski retires after the upcoming season.

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Glenbard East six-sport athlete Lauren Huber a true ironwoman

Like most high school athletes, Lauren Huber saw her usual schedule go out the window because of the pandemic.

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Florida governor signs ban of transgender athletes on first day of Pride Month

Democrats and LGBTQ advocates said the law is discriminatory and will be challenged in court as unconstitutional. 

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Football coach Troy McAllister leaves Phillips, will take over at Sandburg

Troy McAllister, the only Public League coach to win a state football championship, has left Phillips to take over at Sandburg.