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McNary, Meinhart birdie way to early advantage

SAVOY – Entering the UI Players Cup, Bruce McNary and Derek Meinhart didn't exactly know what to expect.

After all, the tournament format changes after every nine holes – first with a scramble, then an alternate-shot series in Saturday's opening round.

Ask Tony

Q: John Wienke is going to Michigan. Have any other area small-school football players made it to the Big Ten?

A: Yes. The first that comes to mind is Tuscola's Fred Wakefield, who played at Illinois before making it in the NFL. In 1903, Hoopeston tackle Lawrence Allen earned a letter at the UI. Among the other small-school area players who earned a letter at Illinois: Alfred Bodman (Bement, 1930-32); Stanley Bodman (Bement, 1930); MacDonald Booze (Sullivan, 1912); Merlyn Morris (Catlin, 1938); Tab Carmien (St. Joseph-Ogden, 1978, '80); Dick Cast (Watseka, 1961); Ryan Craig (St. Joseph-Ogden, 1995-97); Rusty Dardano (LeRoy, 1981); Terry Dysert (Oakwood, 1970); Clarence Ems (St. Joseph, 1917); Richard Fay (Atwood, 1936-37); Charles Galbreath (Tuscola, 1933-35); Scott Golden (Argenta-Oreana, 1981-83); Zach Gray (Iroquois West, 2003); Don Grothe (Unity, 1953, '57-58); Richard Hogan (Arthur, 1982); William Huber (Tuscola, 1946); Larry Huisinga (DeLand-Weldon, 1970-72); Jon Khachaturian (Unity, 1976); Joseph Krakoski (Westville, 1960); John Martin (Watseka, 1992); Terry Miller (Arcola, 1965-67); Harold Morris (Clinton, 1916); Herbert Neathery (Hoopeston, 1950-52); Charles Piatt (Monticello, 1931, '33); Harold Pogue (Sullivan, 1913-15); James Reeder (Tuscola, 1937-39); Rick Reinhart (Tuscola, 1973); John Ryan (Unity, 1951-53); Dale Smith (Georgetown, 1956-57); Bruce Sullivan (Watseka, 1965-66); Hubert Tabor (Sullivan, 1921); Joseph Van Dyke (Westville, 1932); Ed Walsh (Bement, 1965); Mac Wenskunas (Georgetown, 1942, '45-46); Ron White (St. Joseph-Ogden, 1975-76); Kenneth Wilson (Atwood, 1925); Fred Wolf (Jamaica, 1967-68) and John Wright Jr. (St. Joseph-Ogden, 1990-91).

Coaches hitting nation's premier camps in search of top-flight talent

Ready, set ... evaluate. For college coaches, the starter's pistol sounded Friday on the first day of the NCAA summer evaluation period. From Chicago to Cincinnati to Indianapolis, recruiters began tracking the bouncing ball and the prospects dribbling it. The first leg of the evaluation period runs through July 15, followed by a second stanza July 22-31.

During those times, coaches can scramble between about 300 NCAA-certified events across the country to see – and by seen by – the prospects of their choosing.

Back in East Central Illinois, Wakefield spending quality time with family and friends

CHAMPAIGN – Fred Wakefield had planned to take his 5-year-old son Jamison and 3-year-old daughter Carlee to gymnastics class Thursday morning.

Instead, Dad and Jamison plopped on the couch, watching Nickelodeon on the flat-screen television embedded in the wall of the Wakefield's new home in southwest Champaign.

Klee's Corner

What They Said

"It just broke our hearts. He's such a great kid. After how hard he worked to get to this point, it was just a heartbreaking thing to happen to a great young man."

Of Herges, Wienke and troubles with TV

A lot can happen during a three-week vacation. And a lot did.

A big-time commitment for a local athlete. A handful of players saying "I do" to Ron Zook. Our favorite local pitcher going back to where he belongs, the majors. Our favorite local golfer going to another major. Enough TV conflicts to last a lifetime. And, oh yeah, that little home run chase by Barry Bonds.

Countdown to camp

Every day leading up to the start of Camp Rantoul, college football beat writer Bob Asmussen will tell us why he's excited about the 2007 season:

Former UI assistant lands at Ball State

MUNCIE, Ind. – Former Illinois women's basketball associate head coach Marsha Frese was named an assistant at Ball State.

Frese spent two seasons at Ball State (1999-2001) under her sister, then-head coach Brenda Frese. That staff also included Tracy Roller, now the Cardinals' head coach.

No Illini sports stories today

The summer session for Illini SportsFacts began on May 1. During the summer, we do not guarantee that there will be stories every day, as the University of Illinois is not in session and reporters take vacations.

No Illini sports stories today

The summer session for Illini SportsFacts began on May 1. During the summer, we do not guarantee that there will be stories every day, as the University of Illinois is not in session and reporters take vacations.