The daily pitch from Sports Editor Matt Daniels: April 5, 2024

Apr. 5—➜ next year. That means two starters — Bostic and point guard — are already planning on returning for the 2024-25 season.

➜ . Just another reminder of what a gem we have in our backyard.

➜ . The duo is our latest high school Athletes of the Week, powered by Copper Creek Contractors. Read more about the pair in Monday's paper.

as the Illinois women's basketball coach. The 41-25 record Green has compiled, with the latest victory happening Wednesday night to win the inaugural WBIT, is the best start to a tenure coaching the Illini since started 37-23 (.617 winning percentage) from 1995-97.

➜ . The team finals between Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State start at 7 p.m. Friday at State Farm Center in Champaign.

➜ . Individual finals at 7 p.m. Saturday as (still rings) and (floor exercise) look to become repeat Big Ten champions in their respective events for Illinois.

➜ Even with the crummy weather, the Illini (12-6, 4-1 Big Ten) aim for their third straight Big Ten win when they host the Gophers (10-7, 3-2) at 3 p.m. Friday inside Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana.

➜ the Dallas Cowboys.

➜ Shauna Green, Bobby Cox and Brad Underwood.

➜ looking at a first-pitch fastball right down the middle of the plate.