Bulletin board: Ex-Tiger takes over at Millikin

DECATUR — Urbana High School graduate Ryan Birt — who had more than 150 dual-meet wins in wrestling at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley — started Monday as the head wrestling coach at Millikin University, which is resurrecting its program after a seven-year hiatus.

His last day as associate head coach at Loras College, in Iowa, was Friday.

HS Boy's Swimming: Twin City Meet 2015

The Twin City Swim Meet at Centennial pool in Champaign on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Chat recap: 'Things are not going well for the Illini'

Jalen Coleman-Lands was in town this past Saturday night.

The Class of 2015 combo guard from La Lumiere (Ind.) helped his Lakers defeat St. Louis Christian 72-55 at Parkland College.

Staff writer Scott Richey was in attendance as well, taking note of how the four-star talent played. What did Richey think of Coleman-Lands after seeing him?

Illini release spring schedule

CHAMPAIGN — A month after the Illinois season ended with a 35-18 loss to Louisiana Tech in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, the Illini know when spring practices will start.

Tim Beckman's team will get its first workout in at noon on March 14, the first of 15 practices the Illini will conduct from mid-March through mid-April.

God isn't a Bears fan, but maybe Jesus is

A few days after the NFC Championship Game, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was asked whether God roots for one team over another. Rodgers said he didn't think God plays favorites when it comes to determining outcomes of games.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 27, 2015

The next stop on executive sports editor Fred Kroner’s farewell tour takes place at one of his favorite spots: Combes Gym.

Area statistics: Boys' swimming and diving (Jan. 27)

200 Medley Relay

Champaign Central 1:42.93

Centennial 1:49.29

Danville 1:52.29

St. Thomas More 1:53.76

Mahomet-Seymour 2:03.57

Rantoul 2:04.94

Urbana 2:10.95


200 Freestyle

Brandon Bell, Ch. Central 1:51.85

Scott Wierschem, Ch. Central 1:53.64

Payton Woods, Ch. Central 1:55.07

Evan Peirce, Centennial 1:55.82

Early surge nets Monticello girls 'W'

MONTICELLO — The discussion before Monday night’s game in the Monticello locker room centered on getting on Unity early in the Okaw Valley Conference showdown.

Mission accomplished.

The Sages scored 21 points in the first quarter, led by 26 at halftime and handled a rough third quarter to beat the Rockets 57-32.

Strategy falls flat as Illini drop fifth straight

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Illinois’ plan heading into Monday night’s game at Michigan was to get more post touches for Chatrice White and Jacqui Grant and then work the ball outside to its shooters.

To an extent, that’s what the Illini did. Michigan just did it better.