Asmussen: High school coaches feel they''ve got a better way

During a long, successful career as Edwardsville High coach, Tim Dougherty has sent a pack of players to Division I colleges. Including his quarterback son Jim, who went to Missouri.

Recently, Dougherty hasn''t liked what he sees in recruiting.

Illini aren''t done adding top players

CHAMPAIGN – They have one national title in the bank and a chance for a second this weekend. Now, the Illinois men''s tennis program is planning ahead for the NCAA meet ... in 2006.

Craig Tiley''s team added a pair of recruits, signing Ruben Gonzales of Terre Haute, Ind., and Ryan Rowe of Moline.

Dawson: Leaving early not viable for most students

Apparently, Gary Owen is going to be a lousy lawyer. Owen, who just completed his second year of law school at Illinois, is bright and studious and involved. He''s the president of the Law School Republicans and the student division of the Illinois State Bar Association.

And that''s all very nice.

Roundup: UI softball stays alive

In a must-win situation Friday, the Illinois softball team did.

Knocked from the winners'' bracket at the NCAA regional tournament at Waco, Texas, by host Baylor, the Illini rebounded later in the day to edge Houston 3-2 in an elimination game.

Tulsa native Martin looks for solid play in front of NCAA tennis fans

TULSA, Okla. – It would be a wonderful story if Chris Martin were returning home to the courts he grew up dominating.

It would be a fairy tale ending if the Illinois junior stepped on the court at Tulsa''s Michael D. Case Tennis Center and flashed back to his days as a youngster, dreaming of one day winning an NCAA championship there.

Softball shuts out UTSA; golfers have plenty of work to do

Texas-San Antonio came into its first-round NCAA tournament matchup with the Illinois softball team Thursday in Waco,Texas, as the nation''s home run leader.

Someone forgot to tell Illini pitcher Amanda Fortune.

Mezydlo: Local aid gives UI golf warm feeling

Kara Demirjian didn''t play golf when she was a student at Illinois. Neither did her brother Richard. It didn''t matter.

They play the sport today for recreational purposes, but they are not ready to qualify for USGA events just yet.

Linebacker picks Illinois

Rashard Mendenhall is no longer the lone member of the 2005 Illinois football recruiting class.

Travis Barr, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker from Alpharetta (Ga.) Chattahooche, committed to Ron Turner''s program today. Barr joins News-Gazette All-State tailback Mendenhall, who is considered one of the nation''s top players.

UI golf coach''s title is no small feat

LONG GROVE – There was nothing special about Mike Small''s final round Wednesday at the Illinois PGA Championship. It was the same story it''s been during much of the last four years.

The Illinois men''s golf coach held a big lead going into the final round and played solid enough to capture another title at Royal Melbourne in Chicago''s north suburbs.

From the beginning, Illinois'' Sullivan was a success in the making

URBANA – She grew up in northwest Chicago, in the same house where her father, Gene, was reared and where her mother, Elaine, now lives.

She shared a room with her sister until the time Tracy left for college.