Grentz looks to future

CHAMPAIGN – One night this week, Theresa Grentz sat down at her kitchen counter and mapped out a plan.

Her goal: to find an effective way to motivate each member of the Illinois women's basketball team in an effort to get the Illini past the mental roadblock they faced much of the season.

Who's that Illini?

I helped the Illinois wrestling team capture the 1932 Big Ten title by winning the 126-pound crown. I repeated that feat in 1933, then earned All-America honors the same year by placing second in the NCAA Championships.

Tate: Coach promises changes after free-fall

CHAMPAIGN – It's 26 years later, but you don't mess with an Olympic wrestler when he's mad. And Mark Johnson is downright angry.

"People avoid me," the Illini coach said, "and that's OK. I'm not a good person to be around these days."

Who's that Illini?

I hit .418 during the 1994 baseball season, which now ranks as the 12th-highest single-season batting average in Illini history. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association recognized the feat by selecting me to its All-America second team as an outfielder. A year later, I led Illinois in hits, home runs and RBI. I was the team MVP that season as well as a first-team All-Big Ten selection.

Tennis team falls.

The Illini women's tennis team lost to third-ranked Southern California 6-1.

Rohde, Altobelli power Illini baseball to victory

BRADENTON, Fla. – The Illinois baseball team pounded Vermont pitching for 21 hits Wednesday in a 15-7 victory.

Mike Rohde and Dominic Altobelli homered for the Illini (8-6), who have won all four games on their spring trip. Seven Illini had at least two hits, led by Dave Schultz (4 for 5, two RBI). Lars Davis added three hits and two RBI, and Shawn Roof drove in three runs.

The votes are in

While the rest of us were voting on the Champaign school referendum and candidates for governor, Brett Dawson spent his snowy Tuesday deciding which Sweet 16 teams will advance to the Final Four.

Here's how the ballot looked:

Weather cancels final round

PINEHURST, N.C. – The final round of the Pinehurst Intercollegiate was canceled Tuesday because of wet and unplayable conditions.

Illinois junior Patrick Nagle tied for sixth, and the Illini (611) finished 14th.

Who's that Illini?

I was a two-time Big Ten gymnastics champion, capturing pommel horse titles in 1961 and '62. I also earned All-America honors in the event in 1960. In high school at Winnetka New Trier, I was the IHSA state champion in the pommel horse in 1958.

TATE: No slash means Illini get burned

"Dribble penetration is the killer in college basketball today. If you have to run structure all the time, opponents can figure it out, and it can become a problem."

Former Illini coach Lou Henson