Oakwood's inaugural Wall of Fame class talk of town at meet and greet

OAKWOOD — It was a challenge for Darrin Fletcher to cast his gaze upon the plaque he received Monday evening.

Pictured on it were the former University of Illinois and major league catcher, along with late grandfather Glen, late father Tom and son Casey. The imagery was a token of appreciation for the first family of Oakwood baseball.

Top of the Morning, June 19, 2018

Did you play Little League baseball in Champaign-Urbana?

New Soccer Planet owners familiar with sport's role in community

URBANA — When Soccer Planet opened in 2011, it filled a need for local soccer players.

Champaign-Urbana was one of the last central Illinois towns of its size to add an indoor soccer facility.

Q&A: Two-time UI Open winner Derek Meinhart talks this year's tourney

Derek Meinhart is a two-timer winner of the UI Open, including last year. The Eastern Illinois graduate is the vice president of Innovative Staff Solutions, an employment agency in his native Mattoon. News-Gazette copy editor JOE VOZZELLI caught up with Meinhart ahead of this weekend's event at the University of Illinois Orange Course:

Asmussen | Hockey in C-U sounds cooler than ice

Hockey is cool. Literally and figuratively.

Carrie Busey principal named new CEO of Stephens Family YMCA

CHAMPAIGN — In his new job, Jeff Scott will still be working with kids.

Just a lot more of them. And covering a wider range of ages.

The eight-year principal at Champaign's Carrie Busey Elementary School is the new president and CEO at the Stephens Family YMCA, it was announced Tuesday.

Top of the Morning, June 2, 2018

If you're an NHL team, you'd be wise to hire 2007 University of Illinois graduate NICK ZOMBOLAS.

His first hockey job — a nine-year run in the front office of the Chicago Blackhawks — allowed him to hoist the Stanley Cup three times (one of which is shown above).

Jim Dey | Baseball's physics guru provides 'seamless' analysis

Incoming calls have slowed to a trickle, but last Friday, University of Illinois Professor Emeritus Alan Nathan was talking by phone to reporters "virtually all day."

He said he's "not complaining." Indeed, Nathan accepts it as part of the responsibility that comes with being the "Unofficial Physicist of Major League Baseball."

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: May 20, 2018

In 1946, when the University of Chicago eliminated its varsity football program and withdrew its membership from the Western Conference (now known as the Big Ten), Michigan State University President John Hannah began his petition for the Spartans to take Chicago’s place as the league’s 10th member.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: May 6, 2018

Third-year Illiniois football coach Lovie Smith celebrates his 60th birthday this Tuesday.

Smith played college football at the University of Tulsa for coach John Cooper, then immediately began his coaching career at his prep alma mater, Big Sandy High School in Dallardsville, Texas.