5 years ago (2012): The Heartland College baseball pipeline is sending three more players to Illinois State. Hawks coach Nate Metzger has announced that outfielder Brinn Bell, infielder Mason Snyder and pitcher Matt Lambert have committed to play for the Redbirds in the 2013-14 school year.
15 years ago (2002): Senior Annie Elzey had nine service points and 18 assists to lead Flanagan to a 15-3, 16-14 win over Midstate Conference champion Deer Creek-Mackinaw in the championship match of the Class A Fieldcrest Regional volleyball tournament at Minonk.
25 years ago (1992): Fullback Anthony Houston scored on runs of 6 and 11 yards, and quarterback Tom Monken added a 14-yard jaunt into the end zone to lead Illinois Wesleyan (7-0 overall, 5-0 CCIW) to a 42-14 victory at Elmhurst.
50 years ago (1967): A broken thumb has limited quarterback Jerry Kinnikin’s playing time with Illinois State’s once-beaten football team, but his talented toe has made him the Redbirds top scorer with 32 points through seven games, including a near-perfect 20-for-21 on conversion kicks.