Chargers use long ball

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Central girls' soccer team dominated in every category except the one that mattered most Tuesday night: goals scored.

The Maroons had their way with crosstown rival Centennial, but the Chargers pulled out a 1-0 win behind a gutsy defensive performance and a questionable save.

Stefan finds groove against Tigers

CHAMPAIGN – Tyler Stefan allowed only two hits Tuesday as Centennial picked up another Big 12 win with a 12-0 triumph against rival Urbana.

Kaleb Wachala (three runs), Collin DeDecker and Neil Hamilton each drove in two runs for Centennial. Addie Aina (two runs), Kyle West and Josh Beamer each drove in one.

New women's coach must win state back

Since Theresa Grentz announced her resignation as Illinois women's basketball coach April 17, state high school coaches have differed about who should replace her.

Names being bandied about include Colorado coach and former Illinois assistant Kathy McConnell-Miller, Evansville's Tricia Cullop and Northern Illinois' Carol Owens.

Momentum, site on Illini's side

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois is back in the business of hosting NCAA men's tennis tournament matches. More important to coaches and players, however, is keeping the school's Sweet 16 streak intact.

Forced to open on the road last season because of Chief Illiniwek's role on campus, the Illini will host first- and second-round matches May 11-12. Win twice and Illinois will reach the Sweet 16 for the sixth consecutive year.

Carter, Mensah take top awards

CHAMPAIGN – Former UI basketball player Warren Carter and track and field standout Yvonne Mensah were named winners of the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor, which is awarded annually at each conference school to male and female senior student-athletes who demonstrate proficiency in scholarship and athletics.

UI's McBride receives fine, 2 years of conditional discharge

URBANA – Former University of Illinois basketball player Rich McBride was sentenced today to two years of conditional discharge and fined $1,000 for driving under the influence of alcohol last fall.

"The cold hard facts are there is a culture of alcohol abuse on campus and precious little is being done to deal with that, " said Champaign County Associate Judge Rich Klaus in declining to impose the least severe penalty requested by McBride's attorney, Mark Lipton of Champaign.

Pomeroy in running for gymnastics award

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois gymnast Cara Pomeroy was recognized last weekend as one of six finalists for the American Award during the NCAA Championship Awards Banquet in Salt Lake City.

The award, presented annually by American Athletic, Inc., honors the senior female gymnast who has best demonstrated her competitive, leadership, academic and community skills throughout her collegiate career.

Illinois-Michigan football to be night game

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois-Michigan football game on Oct. 20 is going prime time.

The game was one of seven prime-time matchups announced by the Big Ten today. Kickoff for Illinois-Michigan is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will be shown on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. That decision will be made later.

Iowa town welcomes Obama, shares war concerns

It was a raw April evening in the far northern stretches of Iowa: 14 degrees outside with the wind chill. Seed advertising signs lined the edges of cornfields, which still contained the remains of stalks from last year. A grain silo, a white farmhouse, a hill here or there. It could have been East Central Illinois.

Lines of cars, vans and pickups filled the two-lane Highway 122 near North Iowa Community College on the outskirts of Mason City. They passed the 4-H calf-fitting clinic and headed toward the gym.

Kemmer keys Falcons

FLANAGAN – Carley Kemmer threw a shutout in Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley's 3-2 11-inning prep softball victory against Flanagan on Monday.

After surrendering two runs in the second inning, the Falcons pitcher didn't give up a run in the final nine innings, striking out 14, for her sixth win of the season.