Anthony Zilis

Anthony Zilis

Illini baseball team not in ‘Dark Ages’ when it comes to analytics

CHAMPAIGN — Two weeks ago, just before an Illinois baseball team practice, Charlie Young was on the roof of the Illinois Field press box, fiddling around with the small box mounted on a tripod that the Illini baseball team hopes will revolutionize its data collection and use of advanced analytics.

Uni High's Summitt achieves in the classroom

BLOOMINGTON — Uni High senior Arielle Summitt knew the thrill of victory early in her high school running career.

As a sophomore, she won a Class 1A state championship in the 800-meter race, and she won the same event again as a junior.

Dupree's hat trick lifts host Maroons over Chargers

CHAMPAIGN — Naomi Dupree had an issue that was holding her back, even as scored 17 goals during her freshman season with the Champaign Central girls' soccer team.

Country duo finds new life in retirement homes

SAVOY — The clock is approaching 7 p.m. Thursday at the Windsor of Savoy Independent Living facility, and a few stragglers are finishing their dinner across the hall as Rick and Ron Alsup make their final preparations for tonight's show, though most had finished their meal much earlier.

UPDATE: 'A mother's worst nightmare'

CHAMPAIGN — It's the little things that Phyllis Driver will remember most about her son, Montrez Vonner, who died early the morning of March 11 after he was shot just outside the American Legion on North Hickory Street.

Some of those things may have even gotten on her nerves at the time — like when he would come home hungry from his job at a pork plant.

Jaguars fall to Triton in NJCAA quarterfinals

DANVILLE — It didn't matter that this was the Danville Area Community College men's basketball team's first trip to the national tournament since 2012.

And it didn't matter that the Jaguars faced off against the top-ranked team in the bracket, Triton, on Wednesday night. At least not to Jaguars coach DaJuan Gouard and leading scorer Jordan Gary.

It's such a good feeling: Mahomet man chronicling all things Mister Rogers (w/ video)

MAHOMET — As he sat down for an on-camera interview last month, Tim Lybarger joked that his wife had forbidden him to wear a zip-up cardigan.

Trademark sweater or not, the Mahomet-Seymour guidance counselor's obsession with Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is clear to see with one look at the back wall of his Mahomet basement, which is replete with memorabilia from the children's show.

Peoples, Schlarman finish strong

DANVILLE — Thursday was Senior Night for the Schlarman girls' basketball team, or at least it would have been if the Hilltoppers had even a single senior on its roster. That youth, though, isn't to be mistaken for inexperience. The Hilltoppers showed that in a 76-38 win over Oakwood in its regular season finale, a team they beat by seven a year ago.

They've got game

You've seen them warming the Illini up during pregame and making sure the players are hydrated during games. Bet you didn't know Illinois' student managers could play a little, too.

Signed, sealed, delivered: Savoy man a premier autograph hunter

In Kyle Emkes' large Savoy basement sits a weathered wooden locker room door from Childersburg High School in Alabama, chipped and scratched from years of use, inscribed in black marker with graffiti reading "Margee and Chris 91-92."