Cook takes All-America bow

CHAMPAIGN  Basketball never has been about individual accolades for Brian Cook. But the Illinois senior admits when he learned Thursday he''d been named a third-team All-American by The Associated Press, it was more than an honor. It was one

Power supply back on

URBANA  One subpar season has Urbana''s baseball team itching to return to its former level. That''s a reflection of the standards Urbana has established in recent seasons, when hitting heavy clubs put together a string of winning seasons and

Crash course pays off

CHAMPAIGN  Travis Williams could have cruised through his freshman year as a redshirt, taking his time to learn the defense. But when injuries hit the safety position, the Illinois coaches had no choice but to play him. His first assignment:

Vice, Rhoden help squad dominate Paxton meet

Travis Vice had a huge day for Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman, winning four events to help his team win the Preseason Primer in Paxton. Vice won the 200 meters, 400, long jump and triple jump. Teammate Tom Rhoden won the 800 and 1,600. Gene

Illini All-Americans

Brian Cook on Thursday was named a third-team All-American by The Associated Press, the 11th different AP All-American in Illinois history. The others: Player Year Team Andy Phillip 1943 First Dike Eddleman 1948

Quick study ¬ ¬

TUSCOLA  Ryan Bonner is aware of what is around him. He knows who''s who and what they''re doing. And that''s off the track. The Tuscola senior sprinter is in position for a big season. He''s already sent a message to his Class A competitors that

News-Gazette Top 10

Each week, The News-Gazette ranks the top-10 teams in a spring sport. This week''s topic: baseball 1. Armstrong-Potomac * Ryan Bird makes Trojans team to beat again 2. Danville * Jordan Powell gives Vikings a leg up in Big 12 3.


UI''s Cook misses Wooden cuts Five finalists were announced Wednesday for the John Wooden Player of the Year Award, and Illinois'' Brian Cook was not among them. Cook, a 6-foot-10 senior who led the Big Ten in scoring, also wasn''t on the

Her biggest fans ¬ ¬

Christy Luth set a Heritage record for strikeouts in a game Wednesday, leading the Hawks to a 7-2 nonconference prep softball victory against Armstrong-Potomac. Luth (2-0) fanned 13, firing a one-hitter and pitching around eight Heritage


JUCO SOFTBALL * Parkland splits. Candace Welch had four hits on the day as second-ranked Parkland College split a doubleheader against host Kankakee, winning 9-3 and losing 10-3 Wednesday. In the first game, Lacey Franklin went 2 for 2