IESA BASKETBALL * In Elite company. Joe Nierstheimer scored 17 points as Champaign St. Matthew advanced to the Class A eighth-grade Elite Eight on Monday with a 42-22 victory against Peoria Pleasant Valley at Winona. Tyler Carroll added 13

News-Gazette Bowling Insider

Tournament talk WALSH WINS Practice makes perfect, right? Not for Tammy Walsh. Walsh trimmed her bowling nights from two to one this season and reaped the benefits, the St. Joseph resident winning the 700 division of the C-U 600

Injuries put rotations in Big Ten bind

The first complainer doesn''t have a chance. Just when you were starting to feel sorry for Illinois about the latest debilitating injuries to Luther Head and Nick Smith, here comes Tom Izzo with: "Our injuries are the hardest I''ve had to deal

Wilson''s UI status remains a question

CHAMPAIGN  Bill Self hopes to see Kyle Wilson back on the Illinois campus soon. Whether the freshman''s return to town also means a return to the Illinois basketball team is another matter. Wilson is taking a leave from the team for

Feeling funky

CHAMPAIGN  Lately, Illinois is putting the ´off´ into offense. That''s the diagnosis from Bill Self, who said his team''s problem is your basic offensive funk, as prevalent in February as the common cold. Heading into tonight''s game at the


C.Hill vs. D-Will Michigan State''s defense has been almost impenetrable lately, but offensively, the Spartans are vulnerable. The player most likely to erupt is Hill (left), so Williams (right) probably will draw that defensive assignment.

Centennial win a sight to behold

The Mahomet-Seymour Bulldogs had front-row seats to Centennial''s annihilation of Bradley-Bourbonnais on Monday night. So they know what''s coming when the two meet in Thursday''s Class AA Danville regional championship. Asked what she saw from

Urbana locks up Kankakee

URBANA  It wasn''t the stingiest Urbana''s defense has been this season. And it wasn''t Nicci Cooper''s most prolific scoring output of the year. Still, both came mighty close, which made the Tigers'' regional opener anything but close Monday

Seems like old times

TOLONO  The gymnasium is different. There are new banners on the wall. Some of the names have changed, and the losses are fewer, but the feeling is surprisingly the same. At this time last season, the Unity boys'' basketball team was one of

Cobras get their revenge

Freshman Jennifer Markoff scored 14 points Monday night as the top-ranked Parkland College women''s basketball team avenged one of its two losses with a 60-57 victory against John Wood in Champaign. Markoff hit two straight baskets to give