2000: Bloomington High School graduate Tiffany Hamblin was named the Most Valuable Player for the Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team for the second straight season. Normal West graduate Beth Crowley, a freshman outside hitter, was chosen as ISU's Most Improved Player.
1990: A teacher for 17 years, Bloomington High's Rich Gordon knows all about giving final exams at the end of a year. But when he debuts as BHS' varsity coach after 12 years as an assistant, he'll probably feel like he's taking his coaching final at the start of the season with rival Lincoln and talented Danville as first opponents.
1980: Fred Young, sports editor of The Daily Pantagraph from 1922 to 1957, died at age 88. Known by his nickname of "Brick," he became a nationally renowned sports official after starring in athletics at Normal High, Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan. NCHS defeated Bloomington, 54-48, for the Intercity Tournament basketball title.
1955: Showing brief flashes of its potential strength, Normal Community High School passed, ran and shot its way to a 90-64 victory over Gibson City in the Greyhounds' new spacious gymnasium. The Ironmen were led by Everett Lockenvitz with 26 points, Eddie Moore with 20 and substitute Larry Hannah, who chipped in 11.
Compiled by Roger Cushman