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Warren lineman Willis Singleton commits to Iowa State

The defensive tackle also had offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Missouri and Washington State.

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Evaluating the NCAA’s new June recruiting landscape

June became a month where scholarships were earned while prospects played with their high school teams.

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Longtime Dunbar football coach Glenn Johnson dies

Glenn Johnson, known both for his innovative tactics and his easy-going personality, died on Saturday. He was 72.

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Football notebook: New coaches at Eisenhower, Young and more college commitments

After writing a Public League success story at Back of the Yards, where he built a successful program from the ground up, Sheamus Murphy took over this spring as head coach at Eisenhower.

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This prep baseball tournament, taking place this week at UIC, is a tale of four cities

Team Chicago opens with a victory in the inaugural GEICO Baseball City Series, with Thursday’s final to be televised on ESPNU.

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Recruiting notebook: Updates from Hillcrest, Evanston and Simeon

Hillcrest star Mar’Keise Irving has 12 offers, including Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

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Reviewing the Ridgewood Shootout

A rundown from a busy weekend that caps off what has been a very successful two weeks of basketball in Illinois.

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Homewood-Flossmoor lineman Marcus Harper II commits to Oregon

It’s been an interesting journey for Harper, who didn’t start playing tackle football until high school.

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Remembering Gene Pingatore

Players and coaching peers share memories of the legendary St. Joseph basketball coach.

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Recruiting notebook: Jake Renfro picks Cincinnati, Brother Rice nabs a talented transfer and more

Providence senior Jake Renfro’s final two schools were Cincinnati and Northern Illiinois, and the former won him over during an official visit two weekends ago.

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Juniors that opened eyes at Riverside-Brookfield

Bryce Hopkins and Louis Lesmond headline a group of juniors that wowed at the R-B Shootout.

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Legendary St. Joseph coach Gene Pingatore dies

Gene Pingatore, 83, was the state’s all-time leader in wins and a star in the award-winning documentary "Hoop Dreams."

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AJ Henning commits to Michigan

The Wolverines now have locked up the top-ranked Illinois recruit in three straight recruiting classes.

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2020 stock-risers from the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout

College coaches from across the country descended on Riverside-Brookfield this past weekend. These seniors were the hot names in the event.

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Barrington’s Lukas Van Ness commits to Iowa

Van Ness had 31 offers, including Illinois and Minnesota in the Big Ten and Kansas and Kansas State in the Big 12.

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College coaches weigh in on the NCAA’s new recruiting calendar

Coaches will be watching more high school ball in June and less club ball in July.

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Riverside-Brookfield shootout expands to 64 teams

The annual event now takes place during an NCAA live period, so dozens of D1 coaches will attend.

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Basketball notebook: Louis Lesmond transfers to Notre Dame, shootout takeaways and more

Summer shootouts, camps and leagues are in full force throughout the state.

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Recruiting notebook: St. Rita’s Kaleb Brown makes a splash, Illini offer Dontrell Jackson Jr.

Kaleb Brown has yet to play a regular-season varsity game, but the sophomore has already made a name for himself nationally.

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Curie lineman Kevo Wesley picks Vanderbilt

Wesley, an offensive tackle, had 29 scholarship offers.

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WW South’s Jack Olsen commits to Michigan State

Olsen, one of the best kickers in the country, made a state-record eight field goals in one game last season.

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Longtime umpire says unruly coaches, parents creating shortage of umps in Chicago

To combat the shortage, he runs the Home Plate Umpires Association (HPUA), an organization that employs more than 100 youth umpires across the city.

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Young’s DJ Steward vaults up national rankings

Long underappreciated, the rising senior is now a consensus top-40 player after dominating in the EYBL.

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Recruiting notebook: Nazareth adds three transfers, Phillips pair commits, new Rivals rankings

Three talented receivers have transferred to Nazareth to play with Michigan recruit JJ McCarthy, the state’s top quarterback.

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IHSA approves basketball state final format change

All four classes will play over one three-day weekend starting in 2021.

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Why the next 10 months are the most important stretch in decades for Illinois

The Illini are struggling for relevancy locally and nationally. It’s possible that could change soon.

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St. Charles North falls to Edwardsville in 4A title game

The North Stars battled back to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh but lost in extra innings.

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Montini beats St. Laurence to win Class 3A title

Starting pitcher Michael Koszewski settled down after a rocky start to pitch all seven innings and earn the win.

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Lincoln-Way East’s Sean McLaughlin commits to Northwestern

McLaughlin also had offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin.

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St. Charles North shocks St. Rita in state baseball semis

First football, now baseball: North Stars pull off a second Catholic League upset

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Five rising seniors ready to emerge

Look for these five under-the-radar players to enhance the Class of 2020.

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Cary-Grove righty Quinn Priester goes to Pirates in first round of MLB Draft

The senior posted a 1.11 ERA and struck out 127 in 88.1 innings during his high school career.

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AJ Casey will leave Simeon for Tinley Park

The best freshman basketball player in the state is transferring from the Public League powerhouse.

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Ranking the classes: The last 15 years of basketball prospects from best to worst

2011 leads the way with Anthony Davis, Wayne Blackshear, Ryan Boatright and Frank Kaminsky.

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Wrapping up the class of 2019

Biggest steals, most promising prospects and a complete list of where the state’s 2019 stars are heading to college.

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Admiral wants to go higher

The former Zion-Benton and Tennessee standout believes he should be a first-round pick.