Next football stop: Illinois as walk-on

CHAMPAIGN  Steve Whitehill''s hopes for a Division I-A scholarship never materialized, but that''s not keeping the Centennial senior from realizing his major-college football dream. Earlier this month, the Chargers linebacker accepted coach Ron

News-Gazette Area Teams of the Week

***** ST. JOSEPH-OGDEN GIRLS'' BASKETBALL That Mike Behrens'' Spartans knocked off top-seeded Schlarman in the regional finals was surprising enough. That they did so after losing their previous two meetings with the Hilltoppers this season by

Sage on the stage ¬ ¬

MONTICELLO  For the last three years, Jesse Vezina has attended the state wrestling meet at the Assembly Hall. He sat in the seats each time, cheering on friends and thinking about other important matters. "Oh, yeah, I thought about that


Wooten glad for one last chance After a year''s absence, Urbana senior Josiah Wooten is back in the state tournament looking for far more than a one-and-done performance. That was the Tiger''s experience as a sophomore, when he lost his

News-Gazette Area Teams of the Week

***** DANVILLE BOYS'' BASKETBALL The Vikings (16-8) got the fifth seed in the Class AA sectional and celebrated by running their winning streak to four games with victories against Urbana and Decatur Eisenhower. Ollie Harrison and LeStan


Salt Fork''s Knoll avenges setback Keith Knoll, a sophomore at Catlin, carries a 30-6 record into Friday''s Class A state wrestling meet at the UI Assembly Hall, but just one of those losses is to a Class A opponent at that weight. Knoll

Comeback by Bowen remarkable

Four years ago, there was no wrestling program at Bowen High School in southeast Chicago. It had fallen by the wayside, though there still was a reminder to the school''s history in the sport. A trophy for winning the 1939 city championship

Coach hopes Illini break a sweat

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  It''s been one dominating performance after another for the Illinois men''s tennis team. The No. 2 Illini own wins against two of the nation''s top six teams, they''ve whipped their opponents by a combined score of 39-3, and last

Bird enthusiasts can get a valid ID from classes

At the Illinois Audubon Society office in Danville, Marilyn Campbell always is getting calls about birds people see in their backyard feeders or along the road during a trip. The calls come from folks who want to know exactly what they saw.

In the minority

The News-Gazette surveyed area Class AA schools as well as schools that are state-ranked in either wrestling or boys'' basketball to determine the level of participation for minorities. Eleven of the 43 schools contacted did not respond. Results from those who did: SCHOOL WRESTLERS MINORITIES BOYS'' BKB MINORITIES Aurora West 56 26 74 36 Bartonville Limestone 30 0 36 7 Belleville Althoff 52 10 40 7