CHAMPAIGN – The contemporary photography exhibition "Indirect Objects: Captured Identities" will open Monday at the Parkland Art Gallery, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and a gallery talk at 7 p.m. by Springfield artist Liz Murphy Thomas.
The Valentine All-Stars will perform music during the event, which is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on view through Feb. 6.
The marriage of the health departments operated by Champaign County and Champaign-Urbana is still intact and still unhappy.
In the continuing soap opera involving the two local health departments (Champaign-Urbana and Champaign County), the two sides can't even agree on what they disagree about.
CHAMPAIGN – Perusing the final list of schools from which Centrese McGee made her final decision, one gets the impression that remaining close to her home was important.
The Thornton Fractional North senior, who this month signed to play for the Illinois women's basketball team, put DePaul, Northwestern and Marquette in her final group. She ended up choosing Illinois, at least partly because she has bought into Jolette Law's emphasis that Illinois kids should represent the Illini.
Player of the Game: Mike Davis
Following a disappearing act against Utah, Davis came up big with 17 points and eight rebounds against Bradley. That's the kind of fight coaches want to see from the junior forward – in every game. A repeat of his 28-point performance against Clemson would come in handy on Wednesday.
LAS VEGAS – Black Friday turned into Sorrowful Saturday for the Illini.
In an emotional basketball shootout between in-state rivals, Bradley combined withering three-point shooting with clutch play to rock Bruce Weber's gang 72-68. Thus ended a disastrous weekend that saw Ron Zook's defense stung for six TD passes by Cincinnati's Tony Pike and, hours later in Las Vegas, Weber's Illini squandered a 16-point halftime lead against Utah.
LINCOLN – Centennial's boys' basketball team won't have days like Saturday often.
In a nine-hour span, the state's top-ranked Class 3A team played the schools ranked second and third in this week's state poll.
What It Means
Illinois didn't sustain a losing streak last season until March. This is where veteran leadership comes in. Mike Davis said "this is the time when we have to lead these guys," with a daunting road game at Clemson upcoming. Saturday's entertaining affair showed that Bradley puts more emphasis on the in-state grudge match.
PAXTON – Dylan Overstreet and Connor Allen led Paxton-Buckley-Loda to a commanding early lead and the Panthers were never threatened in rolling to a 65-47 victory against Manteno on Saturday in the title game of the PBL/Central Interstate boys' basketball tournament.
Overstreet scored 11 points and Allen tallied 10 in the first quarter as PBL built a 25-10 advantage.
MINNEAPOLIS – No. 13 Minnesota avenged a three-set loss to No. 5 Illinois with a sweep of its own Saturday night in a Big Ten volleyball regular season finale.
And much like the first meeting of the season, each set was a battle. This time, the Gophers prevailed 25-23, 25-23, 25-22.