Brownlee regains touch

Ashley Brownlee started a new phase to her basketball season Thursday. The Centennial High junior was the team''s hottest shooter early in the season, scoring in double figures in seven of the Chargers'' first eight games while burying 14

Central''s McGill breaks in quickly

CHAMPAIGN  Mention the word pool in the same sentence with Tyler McGill and it''s best to be specific. Turns out the Champaign Central swimming phenom wields a pretty mean cue stick, too. Just ask big brother Elliott McGill, who''s been

News-Gazette Area Teams of the Week

***** MONTICELLO BOYS'' BASKETBALL Randy Moss'' Sages made an eye-opening statement en route to the Leader Classic title. In a showdown of undefeated teams, Monticello edged Unity 52-47 in the final behind MVP Adam Gaskill''s 17 points.


* Thursday-Sunday: 20th All-Canada Show, 3-9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Pheasant Run Resort Convention Center, St. Charles, admission $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 60 and over and children 13-16, free for children 12 and under, outfitters, souvenirs, resorts. Information: 800-325-6290 or * Friday-Sunday: Chicago Muskie Show, noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Harper College,

News-Gazette Area Teams of the Week

***** SCHLARMAN BOYS'' BASKETBALL The Hilltoppers (10-5) extended their winning streak to seven games, going 5-0 in the Hayden''s Classic. Only one game was closer than 10 points. Ryne Daniel, Tyler Kuemmerle, Trent Pelman, David Pope and Zach

Stephens can''t wait to resume route

If Mike Stephens was a postman and not a basketball coach, then his dedication and commitment would be unquestioned. It is expected that the mail will be delivered through ice and sleet, hail and fog, frigid winters and sweltering summers and

For Muskie hunters, it''s Show and tell time

Muskie hunters fancy themselves as a different breed of anglers, guys who buck bass fishing for the elusive muskie. So they''ll be in their element this weekend in Chicago. The eighth annual Chicago Muskie Show will be held Friday to Sunday at

Traveling man eager to move

If anyone needed some rest and relaxation during the holidays, it was Brian Cupples. Since shortly before the start of the school year, the former Rantoul boys'' basketball coach has been living  if not loving  the commuter lifestyle. Five

Feet on the ground

GIBSON CITY  Too often, the slightest amount of success can swell the ego of a high school basketball player. A.J. Richard has enjoyed more than his share of individual success during his four years at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, and he''ll be

News-Gazette Area Athletes of the Week

CHRIS SCHEHLEIN Junior, Centennial Diving Recent accomplishments: One of the favorites to win the state diving title, Schehlein finished first at the Homewood-Flossmoor Holiday Diving Invitational on Dec. 27. The junior is undefeated on