CHAMPAIGN –Illinois wrestling coach Mark Johnson said he wants his 16th-ranked squad to get tougher as the season progresses.
If Friday night's 21-13 victory against No. 8 Northwestern is any indication, the Illini are well on their way.
CHAMPAIGN – Cara Pomeroy and Tyler Yamauchi were the top scorers Friday night at the annual Mixed Pairs Exhibition at HuffHall. The twosome finished with a score of 29.800, just ahead of the team of Michael Boyer, Kim Kruk and Nick Stango (29.700).
A weekly review and preview of Illini sports:
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois junior middle blocker Vicki Brown was selected to the All-Big Ten volleyball honorable mention list Tuesday.
Brown led the Illini with a .324 attack percentage and was second on the team with 352 kills. She was named tournament MVPat the State Farm Illini Classic and Marquette Kickoff Tournament. She also was named to the all-tournament team at the North Carolina Volleyball Classic.
CHAMPAIGN – Sprinter Marcus Duncan of Port of Spain, Trinidad, highlights the latest recruiting class for Illinois men's track and field coach Wayne Angel.
Duncan was the 2006 national junior college champion in the 100 and 200 meters.
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois women's gymnastics coach Bob Starkell signed two recruits Wednesday: Allison Buckley of Schaumburg and Melissa Fernandez of Eudora, Kan.
"We are extremely excited about the two young ladies that will be joining our Illini family. They both carry qualities and strengths that will help our program reach our goals both nationally and in the Big Ten Conference," Starkell said.
PARK RIDGE – Illinois soccer coach Janet Rayfield is expecting big things in the program's 10th season.
Big Ten coaches are high on the Illini, too.
Most bartenders at Barfly in downtown Champaign get requests for martinis, cosmopolitans and chardonnay.
Justin Spring gets requests for handstands.
I was the 1941 NCAA gymnastics champion in tumbling. One year later, I was an All-American in that event as well as the all-around and long horse (now pommel horse). I earned two Big Ten titles in tumbling, in 1941 and '42.
I followed Nancy Thies as the second first team All-Big Ten gymnastic in UI women's history. I earned that distinction in 1978, before the conference sanctioned women's sports. I captured the Big Ten's balance beam competition that year.