Gymnastics

Gymnastics

Gymnast, runner grab honors

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ Sarah Schmidt was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week after winning two individual events in the 19th-ranked Illini’s upset of No. 11 Penn State on Saturday.

Botterman, Joannides shine

Senior Marijka Botterman and freshman Kelsey Joannides each won event titles for No. 16 Illinois, which finished second at the Michigan State Quad meet in East Lansing, Mich.

Jeff Huth's Illini Insider

Staff writer Jeff Huth reviews and previews all things Illinois:

Ante up

Jeff Huth spent months researching how much Illinois has spent on recruiting in recent years. He found that across the board, the Illini are major players on the recruiting scene.

Hearing set for former coach accused of taping UI gymnast

URBANA – A pretrial hearing is scheduled in February for a former University of Illinois gymnastics coach accused of videotaping a gymnast in a locker room on campus without the man's knowledge.

Jon Valdez, 40, of the 1900 block of Newport Drive, Urbana, was arraigned Friday on a felony charge of unauthorized videotaping.

Tate: Volleyball might lead rebirth

CHAMPAIGN – If you haven't seen Laura DeBruler, the slam-bang kill-shot artist from Downers Grove, you'll get your last chance Friday and maybe Saturday at Huff Hall.

Former UI coach accused of setting up video camera in locker

URBANA – The Champaign County state's attorney has filed a felony charge against a former University of Illinois gymnastics coach for videotaping a gymnast in a locker room on campus without the man's knowledge.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz filed a charge of unauthorized videotaping against Jon Valdez, 40, of the 1900 block of Newport Drive, Urbana, on Tuesday. A summons was issued ordering Valdez to go to court Dec. 12 to be arraigned on a charge of unauthorized videotaping.

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Man dies after being hit by train near downtown Champaign

An unidentified man said to be in his 50s was killed by a train Saturday evening.

The man was hit about 8:25 p.m. Saturday on the tracks near the intersection of Springfield Avenue and Locust Street, police said. Trains were stopped while police investigated the area of the accident, about 100 yards north of the Springfield Avenue viaduct.

Spring in Beijing

During the Olympics, former UI gymnast Justin Spring will write an occasional diary for The News-Gazette. For more, check out Spring’s Web site at www.justinspringolympics.com