I share the name of a recent president, but my sport was basketball. I was named the women''s team''s most improved player in 1993. I wore No. 55 and led the team in rebounding in 1993-94 with a 7.9 average.
CHAMPAIGN – From the second Derrick McPhearson said "I''m signing," Illinois football coaches have counted on big things from the receiver. But Ron Zook and his staff might have to wait a bit longer than they''d hoped.
McPhearson is recovering from surgery on a broken leg sustained during voluntary 7-on-7 workouts.
A local product, I played basketball and golf at the UI in the late 1970s as one of the school''s top female athletes. In ''76, I became the school''s first Big Ten medalist, helping the Illini finish as the conference runner-up. I also competed in the AIAW national tournament. I now work as a pro at a local country club.
URBANA – Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson played professional football and baseball simultaneously. Some athletes, like Willie Gault, have done track and football.
But former Illini Kendall Gill might be blazing a two-sport trail: boxing and basketball.
A product of Bensenville, I was one of the volleyball team''s top attacker in the early 1990s. I led the Illini in hitting percentage in 1992 and ''93. The ''92 season put me in the UI record books with a .433 mark, and I finished my career fourth on the all-time hitting percentage list at .362.
CHAMPAIGN – Tim Brasic has never lacked confidence. Given an opportunity, Rutgers is about to find out if he can back it up. Brasic is expecting a "W" – the first of many.
In his first summer as the Illinois starting quarterback, Brasic has called out the Scarlet Knights. And put the pressure on himself. Happily.
APTOS, Calif. – Former Illini Rajeev Ram lost to Britain''s Andrew Murray 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in the final of the $75,000 USTA Comerica Challenger at Seascape Sports Club.
Ram had advanced with a 6-3, 6-1 victory against Israel''s Noam Okun on Saturday.
I followed Nancy Thies as the best gymnast on the Illini team. In 1978, I won the Big Ten title on balance beam, although that was before the conference officially sanctioned the competition. I made the all-regional team in 1980, a year before I completed by Illini career.
Mittendorf-Calvert Funeral Home's old building at 2400 Galen Drive, C, is being resurrected to house a new Cardinal Fitness center and additional classroom space for the nearby Next Generation private school.
Cardinal Fitness, a family fitness center at Lincoln Square in Urbana, is making the old funeral home its second C-U location, and the Galen Drive center should be ready to open by late August, according to Mark Long, the manager in Urbana.
Perhaps influenced by the success of heavily tattooed Illini millionaire Deron Williams, young Calvin Brock recently made a decision that works for now but which he someday might regret.
He underwent a 1-hour experience in which his upper arm was needle-punctured with permanent indelible colors.