5 years ago (2001): Illinois State redshirt freshman linebacker Boomer Grigsby won a spot on the Gateway Conference all-newcomer football team after leading the Redbirds with 89 tackles. He made such an impression around the Gateway that he was second to Northern Iowa quarterback Tom Petrie in Freshman of the Year voting.
15 years ago (1991): No. 4-ranked New Lenox Providence, keyed by a lightning quick defense which snuffed Bloomington’s running game and put constant pressure on quarterback Billy Dicken, posted a 9-3 victory over the top-ranked Purple Raiders in the Class 4A state championship football game.
25 years ago (1981): Buddy Strawn and Illinois State tennis standout Darrell Smith defeated Keith Vens and John Dister of Cleveland, Ohio, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, to win the Men’s Open doubles division of the $1,500 Pekin Open Tennis Tournament. Strawn, assistant professional at Evergreen Racquet Club, and Smith won $350.
50 years ago (1956): Atlanta High School, sparked by the shooting of Lyle Rogers, rolled to its fifth straight victory, a 61-43 conquest of McLean-Waynesville. Rogers, hitting with amazing consistency on short jump shots, scored the first 10 Redwing points and finished the evening with 21.
Compiled by Roger Cushman from Pantagraph files.