Rising above it all ¬

Considering everything Minnesota''s women''s basketball program has experienced the past year, the latest salvos fired in its direction probably don''t even bear observance. It''s become chic for Big Ten coaches to take thinly veiled shots at the

Mendoza chips in for Urbana

Mike Mendoza won diving but Urbana fell to Bloomington 112-64 in a Big 12 boys'' swimming meet Wednesday. Mendoza scored 183.30 points. Adam Krawiec had a pair of runner-up finishes in individual events for the Tigers. Krawiec was second in


Ex-Tuscola star taking time off Former News-Gazette All-Area football player Kenny Hogue has decided not to return to Illinois Wesleyan for the upcoming spring semester of his sophomore year. The Tuscola graduate, who started at


Oakwood wrestlers surprise coach After last season''s 16-4-1 record in dual meets with a senior-laden team, expectations at Oakwood were for a down season. This was not the view of outsiders, but an insider. "I thought we''d be rebuilding

Traveling man eager to move

If anyone needed some rest and relaxation during the holidays, it was Brian Cupples. Since shortly before the start of the school year, the former Rantoul boys'' basketball coach has been living  if not loving  the commuter lifestyle. Five


* Thursday-Sunday: 20th All-Canada Show, 3-9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Pheasant Run Resort Convention Center, St. Charles, admission $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 60 and over and children 13-16, free for children 12 and under, outfitters, souvenirs, resorts. Information: 800-325-6290 or * Friday-Sunday: Chicago Muskie Show, noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Harper College,

Eye openers ¬

Minnesota''s startling transformation was the top story in women''s basketball a year ago. Here''s a look at five teams making unexpected waves nationally as January unfolds, including two that faced off earlier this season (Illinois and Wisconsin-Green Bay, right): TEAM RECORD COMMENT DePaul 11-3 Beat Notre Dame and George Washington, with losses to UI and North Carolina Illinois 10-2 Win two this week and the Illini will be back in the national


JUCO BASKETBALL * Cobras hold on. David Baxter had 24 points and Quentin Fairman added 20 as Parkland defeated host Illinois Central 95-91. Fairman hit 16 of 21 free throws for the Cobras, who made 42 of 60 in the game. Illinois Central made 30 of 42 in a game that featured 73 fouls.

News-Gazette Area Teams of the Week

***** MONTICELLO BOYS'' BASKETBALL Randy Moss'' Sages made an eye-opening statement en route to the Leader Classic title. In a showdown of undefeated teams, Monticello edged Unity 52-47 in the final behind MVP Adam Gaskill''s 17 points.


JUCO BASKETBALL * DACC women win. Latoya Pierson had 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead Danville Area Community College to an 84-65 road victory against Spoon River. Melissa DeVore added 14 points for the Jaguars (7-6, 1-0 Collegiate Conference of Central Illinois).