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June 6

5 years ago (2002): Jilian Widick and Wendy Niebuhr pitched shutouts as O'Brien Automotive downed the Central Illinois Rebels, 13-0 and 4-0, in season-opening 18-under travel softball action.

15 years ago (1992): Four-time NCAA All-American high jumper Kevin Clements of El Paso confirmed he will not use his final year of eligibility at Illinois State. Clements set the ISU indoor record of 7 feet, 6 1/2 inches as a sophomore but suffered an ankle injury early in his junior season.

25 years ago (1982):Normal's Menah Pratt and the Bloomington pair of Courtney Allen and Bobbi Jo Koehn all kept their title hopes alive in with opening-day victories in the Middle Illinois Tennis Association Qualifying Tournament.

years ago (1957): Manager Hoke Wilson of the Bloomington Chiefs fastpitch softball team announced that the club, formerly sponsored by State Farm Insurance Companies, will be aided this season by the Budweiser Brewing Company.

From Pages Past compiled by Roger Cushman from Pantagraph files

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