Once upon a time, in a rural Midwestern town some would call a sleepy community, a woman accompanied her husband to a high school basketball game.
They had no children playing, coaching or serving as cheerleaders.
Before the first half was completed, the woman was appalled and aghast. It had nothing to do with the quality of play on the court.
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URBANA — Two of the state's premier high school rugby programs will play a preseason scrimmage against one another at 1 p.m. Saturday on a special-purpose field north of Village Inn Pizza (formerly T.K. Wendl's). La Salette, from Olivet, will play St. Ignatius. The varsity match will be followed by the junior varsity contest at about 2 p.m.
MAHOMET — The Corn Belt Conference has been formally approached by four schools about possible membership.
The president of the Corn Belt — Pontiac principal Jon Kilgore — received "letters of interest" from Lincoln, Peoria Notre Dame, Streator and Chillicothe IVC, according to Mahomet-Seymour athletic director Matt Hensley.
URBANA — Bob Smith has a common name but an uncommon connection to sports.
He soon will be in one Hall of Fame and could well have association with another in the future.
The veteran Urbana High School boys' basketball scorekeeper will be enshrined into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on April 28 in Normal.
The hardest fall is the one from grace.
It is usually the suddenness that catches us off guard. Years of good deeds can be erased by a single transgression or a series of them.
Whether it's the political arena or the sporting spectrum, whether it's on a national level or local, these stories are becoming alarmingly more prevalent.
Randy Buhr's dream was like that of many youngsters. He envisioned a life in sports.
From as far back as he can remember, from the childhood days spent growing up near Champaign's Hessel Park, Buhr's passion was sports.