Gibson hospital thriving — and proud

On a recent tour through their hospital, Rob Schmitt and Gary Petersen saved the highlight for last: a brand new two-story addition.

Half this new space at Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services is set aside for future growth, and the other half houses the hospital's brand new, $7 million emergency department, complete with chemical decontamination chamber, overnight room for the doctor on duty, a new security system, an in-house CT scanner and MRI and eight private exam rooms – each with Internet access and its own TV.

Spring fling

Staff writer Bob Asmussen's report from Illinois' scrimmage Saturday at Chicago St. Rita High School:

Tagging along with Juice Williams

Juice Williams is the starting quarterback for an up-and-coming Big Ten program. He's also a loyal note taker in his Society and Leisure class, rides the bus on campus and loves the fish sandwich at McDonald's. The UI freshman allowed staff writer Bob Asmussen and photographer Robert K. O'Daniell to tag along for a typical spring day.

Ups and downs

Three weeks into spring football practice across the country, here are staff writer Bob Asmussen's observations:

Haagensen, Illini cash in

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Illinois gymnasts Wes Haagensen, Chris Silcox, Tyler Yamauchi and Chad Wiest earned All-America honors in individual event finals during the final day of the NCAA Championships on Saturday.

The four Illini extended Illinois' streak to eight years with at least one national honor.

Stankiewicz, rally lift Illini

EVANSTON – Illinois needed a late rally to complete its doubleheader sweep of Northwestern on Saturday.

All the Illini needed in the opener was Mike Stankiewicz.

Klee's corner

Each Sunday, during the offseason, beat writer Paul Klee will take you around the world of college basketball:

Tate: Busy Guenther still supportive

CHAMPAIGN – Illini sports peaked across the board in the school year of 2004-05.

They captured Big Ten championships in women's outdoor track and the male sports of wrestling, baseball, tennis and basketball (NCAA runner-up), took second in women's cross-country and men's gymnastics, and reached the NCAA Elite Eight in soccer.

Illini continue torrid home run pace in softball sweep

URBANA – Wherever they've been this softball season, the University of Illinois has turned in a powerful performance.

It started in Florida, then continued in Nevada, Texas, California and Arizona – with a second jaunt into Florida.

Roark baffles Northwestern

EVANSTON – Illinois starting pitcher Tanner Roark started the weekend off on a good note Friday at Northwestern.

Roark struck out a career-high nine batters in a career-high seven innings as the Illini notched a 6-2 Big Ten victory.