5 years ago (2006): Pontiac pole vaulter Phil Hanson won the Class AA state title by clearing 16 feet, 6 inches. Central Catholic shot putter Josh Brent (55-10 1/2) and Dwight’s 1600-meter relay team of Kyle Wade, Cody Doran, Jacob Scheuer and Pat Pfeifer (3 minutes, 22.65 seconds) won in Class A.
15 years ago (1996): Normal Community, a team that started the softball season with seven straight losses, felt that unfriendly chill again in a 9-1 loss to Rantoul in the championship game of the Rantoul Class AA Regional under a frowning gray sky.
25 years ago (1986): Junior pitcher Brett Robinson, who built an earned-run average of 1.64, was voted Illinois Wesleyan’s most valuable baseball player. Shortstop Brian Metz, a Normal Community graduate, and infielder-pitcher Mike Simeur were elected co-captains for 1987.
50 years ago (1961): Illinois State weightman Tom Tucker, undefeated in the shot put this season, set Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and school records with a mighty heave of 51 feet, 5 1/2 inches. Southern Illinois ran away with the team title.