McDermott receives promotion

CHAMPAIGN – Marcia McDermott was promoted to associate head coach of Illinois' women's soccer team, coach Janet Rayfield announced Tuesday.

Masar, Zurrer team up in USL

Illinois forward Ella Masar and defender Emily Zurrer will play for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the United Soccer Leagues' W-League this summer.

Urbana native Masar signed with the defending W-League champions on May 9. Zurrer, who is from Crofton, British Columbia, is returning for her third consecutive season with the Whitecaps.

Illini to face former coach Ellis

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois' 2007 soccer schedule includes a date against UCLA and former Illini coach Jillian Ellis.

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UI's Mensah captures All-America honors

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Illinois senior Yvonne Mensah earned sixth place in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships, going 20 feet, 6 1/4 inches to claim All-America honors Friday.

"I thought everyone really competed and did well today," UI women's coach Gary Winckler said.

Gonzales seals first-round win

CHICAGO – For the sixth consecutive year, Illinois has reached the quarterfinals at the USTA/ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships.

The host Illini beat No. 9 Oklahoma State 4-2 when Ruben Gonzales clinched the match with a dramatic 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5) win against Dmytro Petrov. It was No. 6 Illinois' fifth win against a Top 20 team this season.

Masar nabs team MVP award

CHAMPAIGN – Ella Masar was named team MVP and Offensive MVP at the Illinois soccer team's annual banquet.

Illinois assistant coach departing

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois soccer assistant coach Dale Armstrong is leaving coaching to return to the Colorado Springs, Colo., area to be near relatives.

Douglas County Museum still not out of woods

TUSCOLA – Members of the Douglas County Museum can breathe a sigh of relief now that their membership drive raised enough money to pay the utility bills.

But fear of losing the museum has not lifted completely. Now members have to worry about how to pay for next winter's bills.