Fisher's Chittick is going the distance — all the way to the Boston Marathon

FISHER — The path to Lucas Chittick's impending involvement in Monday's 123rd Boston Marathon is unorthodox, to say the least.

That Chittick is competing at all is fairly unique.

The Fisher senior is just 18 years old — the absolute minimum to line up for one of the world's premier 26.2-mile races. Only 26 individuals of the same age finished the 2018 Boston Marathon.

Whitman, Illini remain all in on hockey

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman set a tentative initial goal of having a decision on Division I hockey at Illinois — one way or the other — by the end of 2018.

The end of the year came and passed without an answer, the timeline for such pushed back until spring.

Top of the Morning, March 30, 2019

A few weekend reminders ...

Top of the Morning, March 19, 2019

Last March, the men's basketball players from Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., promised the feisty residents of Liberty Village that they'd visit again should they qualify for the 2019 NJCAA National Tournament in Danville.

Guess who'll be stopping by this afternoon?

Illini wheelchair-basketball forward's family came from afar to cheer him on

CHAMPAIGN — The premiere place to watch the Illini at the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on Friday was with a large clump of fans on the west side of State Farm Center.

'It was really surreal to be in that atmosphere'

CHAMPAIGN — State Farm Center was empty the day before the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, save for the Illinois men's and women's teams.

But Illinois coaches Matt Buchi and Stephanie Wheeler wanted their players to experience it as if it were full.

Wheeled wonders: 1969-70 wheelchair-basketball champs reminisce about team

CHAMPAIGN — Kim Pollock was excited when he enrolled at Illinois in 1966, and with good reason.

After all, he was set to join the Illinois football program as a manager, just like he had done in high school. He couldn't actually play sports, he was always told, after his legs were damaged because of the polio he contracted as a child.

But this was the next best thing.

Top of the Morning, March 14, 2019

No one belts out the national anthem quite like JIM CORNELISON. Hear for yourself at the fundraising Gottheil Cup on March 30 at the University of Illinois Ice Arena.

It's the second consecutive year that the man who revs up Blackhawks fans at United Center will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before four fraternities take to the ice for a good cause.

Tate | Forward-thinking Delany still not without his critics

The basketball-mad Atlantic Coast Conference will move to 20 league games next season, following the lead of Jim Delany's forward-thinking Big Ten.

Getting Personal: Matt Buchi

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, staff writer Paul Wood chats with MATT BUCHI, head coach of the men's wheelchair basketball team at the University of Illinois.

Matt, where are you from and how did you get here?