5 years ago (2013): Steven Felix, the Normal CornBelters’ leader in home runs and RBIs in 2012, is returning for a second season at the Corn Crib. Felix has re-signed with Normal after hitting .268 with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs. He also led the team in runs and stolen bases.
15 years ago (2003): Behind a combined 42 points from Adam James and Jared Bontemps and clutch free throw shooting, Tremont earned its first sectional title in school history with a hard-fought 55-50 victory over Putnam County in the Class A Fieldcrest Sectional championship game.
25 years ago (1993): For the fourth time in his three-year career, Mike VandeGarde scored the winning points against Drake as Illinois State rallied for a 60-59 victory in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at St. Louis. This time he drilled two free throws with 11.3 seconds remaining.
50 years ago (1968): Illinois Wesleyan’s Tom Gramkow, sophomore guard from Moline, was among the first-team all-star selections for the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. Teammate Dennis Kagel was on the second team for the second year in succession.