January 2012

January 2012

Board votes 4-3 to put dual-language program at Leal, Prairie

URBANA – The Urbana school board voted 4-3 Monday to start its dual-language program at Leal School and Prairie Elementary, and charged an administrative committee to provide more details about the new program by the Feb. 21 board meeting.

Monday's prep highlights: Moses leads way for Shiloh

In girls' basketball

Shiloh 44, Villa Grove 19. Larissa Moses scored a game-high 15 points for the visiting Raiders, who got 14 points from Shelby Smith.

The Blue Devils were paced by Courtney Helm, who scored 10 points.

Panthers' Class 1A state goals remain within reach

LeROY — The final score wasn't what most irritated Danielle Cooley about Monday night's basketball game between state-ranked girls' teams.

LeRoy was beaten — for the second time in 10 days — by an El Paso/Gridley squad that has won all 25 of its games this season. Monday's outcome favored the Titans 58-38 in front of a near-capacity crowd of 700 at Dud Berry Gymnasium.

Warriors girls closing in on crown

TUSCOLA — So far in their terrific season, the Warriors have seen just about everything. But the box-and-one defense caught coach Tim Kohlbecker by surprise.

"I was prepared for pretty much everything but that," he said with a laugh.

Despite their surprise, the Warriors pulled together to get a win for their seniors, beating Unity 42-23.

Miami's Powell likes UI tradition at his position

MIAMI — Teko Powell wants to play at Illinois. Even if it means signing with a different coach (Tim Beckman) than the one who originally recruited him (Ron Zook). Even if it means taking extra visits to confirm his choice.

Clinch no cinch for Nevolo, Illini

ATLANTA — Second-ranked Dennis Nevolo defeated ninth-ranked Kevin King in straight sets to lift No. 15 Illinois to a 4-3 victory against No. 19 Georgia Tech on Monday in an ITA Kick-Off Weekend consolation men's tennis match.

Klee: Beating Spartans would be a huge boost

CHAMPAIGN — Before practice Monday, Meyers Leonard took a basketball and fired it against a padded wall.

"Fastball," the former right-handed pitcher explained.

Then there was Tracy Abrams joking around with Devin Langford, and another player distracting Nnanna Egwu as he participated in a television interview.

Klee's prediction: Illinois 63, Michigan State 62


Michigan State at UI men, 6 tonight


ILLINOIS (15-6, 4-4 Big Ten)

Probable starters

P Name HT. YR. PPG

G Tracy Abrams 6-1 Fr. 2.7

G D.J. Richardson 6-3 Jr. 12.5

G Brandon Paul 6-4 Jr. 14.6

G Joseph Bertrand 6-5 So. 7.0

C Meyers Leonard 7-0 So. 13.4

Top reserves

Kewanee man faces felony drug charge

URBANA — Urbana police arrested a Kewanee man after he allegedly sold two capsules containing suspected Ecstasy to an undercover police officer on Saturday night.

Richard L. Kennedy, 23, pleaded innocent on Monday to felony unlawful possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance.

UI senate unanimous in criticism of Hogan

URBANA — Ramping up criticism of University of Illinois President Michael Hogan, the campus senate Monday unanimously passed a resolution citing a "failure of leadership" in the events surrounding anonymous emails linked to his former chief of staff.