Valley of the Coaches

Bruce Weber is the latest Missouri Valley Conference coach to get a basketball promotion. Here are the others who have left MVC schools during the past 20 years: COACH OLD SCHOOL NEW SCHOOL COMMENT Steve Alford Southwest


ILLINOIS ATHLETICS * Lepp earns honor. Illinois sophomore James Lepp was named the Big Ten''s Golfer of the Week after winning his third title of the season at the Bruce Fossum/TaylorMade Invitational in East Lansing, Mich. Lepp shot 8

News-Gazette Top 10

Each week, The News-Gazette ranks the top-10 teams in a spring sport. This week''s topic: girls'' soccer 1. Centennial 11-0-1 * Stingy defense has given up two goals all season 2. Urbana 11-2 * Tonight''s showdown with Chargers

Basketball mercy rule has merits

There are few things in the sporting world more unsightly than watching one team beat the living daylights out of another. Doesn''t matter what level, but it seems a bit uglier the younger you go. And when high school events get lopsided, there

The Word on Weber

From far and wide, national and local coaches, Illinois alumni and those associated with the university offer their thoughts on new Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber: Doug Altenberger, former Illinois player and TV analyst: "For Bruce,

Logging in for an Opinion

What do you think of Bruce Weber as coach at Illinois? Give us your view by visiting our home page at and clicking on the "Bruce Weber: What do you think?" icon. Or e-mail us at Some selected early responses: * "A fantastic choice! He should have been the top choice all along. He is the type of coach who will do right by the University of Illinois and will take the Illini far. It is a great day to be an alumni."  The Rev. Stephen Disney,

Oakwood''s Hibler a hit vs. Hoopeston

Jaydee Hibler''s gamewinning RBI capped a four-run seventh-inning rally for host Oakwood, which defeated Hoopeston Area 11-10 on Tuesday in a nonconference prep baseball game. Bobby Hall went 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Comets (10-8). Cory

McLeese, Warner help Sages go distance

Bridget McLeese and Rebekah Warner won the 3,200 and 1,600, respectively, as Monticello won a five-team girls'' track and field meet Tuesday in Tuscola. Other first-place finishers for the Sages: Jessica Bailey (800), Emily Willis (400) and

Linville goes distance for Danville squad

Melissa Linville won the 3,200 meters and finished second in the 1,600 Tuesday as Danville''s girls'' track and field team was edged by Mattoon in a Big 12 Conference triangular at Urbana. Lacey Botkin and Ann Tran won the long jump and the 400,

Danville slows Urbana express

DANVILLE  After being swept in a doubleheader by Normal West on Saturday, Danville baseball coach Gary Gritton pulled his Vikings together after Monday''s practice to redefine the season. They had fallen to .500 in the conference and halted a