Acton, Bird propel Armstrong-Potomac

Zach Acton had 26 points and Ryan Bird 22, powering Armstrong-Potomac to a 59-48 boys'' basketball victory against Hoopeston Area on Wednesday night at the Class A Paxton-Buckley-Loda Regional. The Trojans, who led 33-28 at halftime, face CPCI

Posey won''t just mosey into sunset

Tom Posey''s postseason swan song started off in good form as Prairie Central beat Fisher 83-40 in Class A boys'' basketball semifinal regional action Wednesday at Paxton. Posey, who has spent 29 years coaching basketball, first at

Bowhunters trying to start Christian group

Back in 1984, John Borgers saw an ad for the Christian Bowhunters of America, and he became a charter member. Nearly 20 years later, the Danville native and Schlarman graduate is trying to start a new chapter in Danville. "I''m just interested in meeting other Christian bowhunters," said Borgers, who returned to Danville recently after 36 years away. "Most of the chapters throughout the country are doing well and have members from all denominations. It''s a good chance to get

Who''s the man? ¬

The Jim Miller era (right) is over in Chicago, and Henry Burris is not the answer for the Bears. Chicago is in search of a starting quarterback for the 2003 season. News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Mezydlo offers three players who could be the opening-day starter next season: Player 2002 team Shaun King Tampa Bay * Bears GM Jerry Angelo still thinks fondly of backup from his swashbuckling days Kordell Stewart Pittsburgh * A change of scenery might do Slash

UI tennis in need of stickum

CHAMPAIGN  Illinois men''s tennis is back on top, and this time Craig Tiley hopes it''s for a longer stay. The Illini are No. 1 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, released Wednesday. That''s the school''s second No. 1

Sages about average

CERRO GORDO  Chad Marshall considers himself one of several leaders on this season''s Monticello boys'' basketball team. "We don''t have any one go-to guy," the 6-foot-3 forward said after making his average nine-point contribution in

News-Gazette Area Teams of the Week

***** IROQUOIS WEST GIRLS'' BASKETBALL Two years ago, this program won its first regional title. On Monday, Hanns Meyer''s upwardly mobile Raiders made more history by punching their ticket to the Class A Elite Eight. It''s been a heady run

Huff Hall tourney appealing

It''s been eight years since the IHSA moved its boys'' basketball state tournaments from the Assembly Hall. If you think it''s coming back anytime soon, you haven''t seen the red-carpet treatment Peoria continues to give the IHSA''s marquee event. That doesn''t mean, however, that Champaign-Urbana can''t again host something special in boys'' basketball. Before he left to take a job in the Chicago suburbs, former Mahomet- Seymour boys'' basketball coach Dave Yates kicked around an idea with successor

Parkland first for a reason

DANVILLE  The Parkland College women''s basketball team had two of this week''s five all-league first-team selections, but those players are not the only reasons the Cobras have earned the No. 1 ranking nationally. "We have a lot of weapons,"

Jaguars creep out Cobras

DANVILLE  John Spezia didn''t want a fast-paced game, but Wednesday night''s result was even slower than he sought. "We try to be patient, but we don''t have a good feeling for what we need to do offensively," said Spezia, the veteran Danville