Wheels turning

CHAMPAIGN – Raquel Roney doesn't mind a little hard work. She's put in enough hours playing sports and training to appreciate a good workout.

But when the 14-year-old Champaign Central incoming freshman decided to spend a week of her summer vacation at a wheelchair basketball camp, she didn't know it would be so grueling.

UI – Maryland date is set

There's a neutral site game in Chicago set for the 2001 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, but the Illini won't be playing in it.

Instead, Illinois will hit the road for a second straight year in the Challenge, traveling to College Park, Md., to face the Maryland Terrapins on their home court.

UI lands Proviso East star

   MAYWOOD  Dee Brown didn''t see any reason to delay the inevitable. That''s why the Proviso East star told Bill Self on Saturday what he made public Monday night  that he''ll play his college basketball at Illinois.

   "It really just felt like the best situation for me and for my family, so I figured I might as well go ahead and get it done," Brown said Monday night. "Now Coach Self can go out and focus on getting another guard and some big people."

Dobrovolny, Lound give Illini golfers one-two finish

SAVOY – It's called the UI Open, and on Sunday, it belonged to the Illini in fact as well as name.

Chris Dobrovolny sank a short putt on 18 to seal a tournament he led virtually from the start, holding off a hard charge from Illinois teammate Geoff Lound to win the 48th Open at the UI Orange Course.

UI teammate, field chasing Dobrovolny

SAVOY – Chris Dobrovolny wasn't surprised, neccessarily, when he saw Geoff Lound, his teammate at Illinois, listed as The News-Gazette's pick to win this weekend's UI Open. But neither was he going to let pass the opportunity to give his fellow Illini a little good-natured smack talk about it.

More on the way for new program

   CHAMPAIGN  Take a guess which Champaign County team had the best record in Illinois'' 7-on-7 passing tournament Saturday.


   Nope, though the Chargers did play well in a tough Class 6A field.

Ex-Illini misses cut

Former Illinois golfer Renee Heiken failed to make the cut for the final round of the Futures Charity Classic in Decatur after shooting a 6-over-par 78 on Saturday.

Hall of Famer Grentz vows to ride out bumps, revive Illini

CHAMPAIGN – Theresa Grentz stood behind a podium in a Knoxville, Tenn., hotel ballroom on June 9, dressed in an evening gown and offering an appearance that few Illinois women's basketball fans had ever seen.

And then she accepted induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, and Grentz began her speech. She appeared visibly moved by the honor, and once again, UI fans received a glimpse into a rarely seen side of the steely willed Illini coach.

Dawson: Self smart to camp out in Chicago

CHICAGO – He wore a navy blue pullover and a pair of khaki shorts, and stuck to the wall just above the plastic chair in which he sat was a strip of masking tape, the words "Athletic Trainer" scribbled across it.

Given all of that, the kid who wandered up in need of an ice pack figured he'd found his man.

Harnisch, Illini recruit make most of chance

BLOOMINGTON – Heidi Harnisch didn't think of herself as one of the state's best seniors in the preseason, but the recent Urbana High graduate demonstrated in the postseason she deserved the recognition.

Harnisch had six points and an assist for the Class AA South, which was overpowered by the North 100-70 in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association girls' all-star game at Illinois Wesleyan.