UI Open: Meinhart's the man

SAVOY — When Derek Meinhart sank his final putt on the 18th hole Sunday at the University of Illinois Orange Course, he let out a large sigh of relief.

Meinhart had just secured his second UI Open championship.

The MJs: June 19, 2017


After his team lost the NBA Finals in five games, the Cavaliers star took to Instagram to show off his new bald head while working out. LeBron is really taking all these debates about himself and Michael Jordan pretty seriously. Hopefully a pro baseball career isn't in the works, too.

RARE AWARD: Penguins fans

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 42, Griffin Palmer, TE

No. 42: Griffin Palmer, TE

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 43, Mike Epstein

Best of ... Illini

No. 43: Mike Epstein, RB

All-Area Girls Soccer Team: No pony show

MAHOMET — A few years ago, Gary Johnson decided to take a fraction of his family's property, which spans several acres of pasture, and hire a contractor to even out the land and lay grass near the stable for his family's three horses, a number that has dwindled over the years as the Johnson-Monfort family has become busier and busier.

Coach of the Year: M-S' Joey Gruner

Why he's coach of the year: In his sixth year as Mahomet-Seymour's head coach, Gruner already has surpassed the 100-win mark and has four regional titles. The Bulldogs racked up a 19-4-1 record and another Class 2A regional championship this season, and they may only get better next year, when they bring back an impressive core.

Jim Dey: A fresh start in C-U for Lovelace

Curt Lovelace doesn't bear the mark of Cain, but he freely acknowledges the scars left by a three-year experience in which he was charged with the murder of his wife and, after two widely publicized trials, found not guilty by a Sangamon County jury.

"Just Google me," said the 48-year-old Lovelace, referring to his internet notoriety.

Top 50 most important teams: No. 43, Iowa

No. 43: Iowa

Coach: Kirk Ferentz

2016 record: 8-5

Projected 2017 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Nov. 11 at Wisconsin

Bowl trip: Holiday

Final 2017 area girls' soccer stats

Johnson-Monfort, Mahomet-Seymour    34
Woods, Centennial    30
G. Olson, Centennial    25
Maupin, Monticello    19
DuPree, Central    17
Ruckman. University High    15
Limentato, Judah Christian    13

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: L.T. Bonner

A former Fighting Illini football letterman who became a Hall of Famer as a multi-sport official was born on his date in 1932.

Lory Thomas “L.T.” Bonner, born in Fulton, Ky., and a star at Zion High School, played for Illinois head coach Ray Eliot and lettered in 1957 and ’58.