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March 1

2001 Illinois Wesleyan sold out of reserved seat tickets for its NCAA Division III Tournament game, the first at Shirk Center since 1998. The opponent is Grinnell College, the shoot first, ask questions later gunslingers of college basketball who average 119.4 points a game and cough up 114.7.

1991: Ripon College held Illinois Wesleyan's David Caldwell to a season-low 12 points and the rest of the Titans couldn't pick up the slack from the outside as the Redmen edged IWU, 65-63, in a first-round game of the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional at Ripon, Wis.

1981 Mahomet-Seymour's Eric Skoog (145 pounds) and Doug Younger (132), Fairbury-Cropsey's Jim Farley (112) and Pontiac's Tom Lind (138) won Class A state wrestling championships before 10,256 fans at the Assembly Hall. El Paso's Joe Franzen (105) finished in second place.

1956 Chenoa's unpredictable Redbirds turned off the valiant Lexington Minutemen's late alarm, 62-59, and Forrest-Strawn-Wing interred stone cold Octavia 58-36 in the Fairbury Regional. Slender senior Sam Harmon sang a 32-note swan song in his final appearance as a Minuteman with a bewildering array of shots.

Compiled by Roger Cushman

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