5 years ago (2013): Illinois Wesleyan senior goalkeeper Zoie Samaan shared the CCIW’s soccer player of the week honors. Samaan had four saves in the IWU’s 2-0 win over North Park, the Titans’ third straight conference shutout.
15 years ago (2003): For the first time in its 25-year history, the State Farm Holiday Classic will utilize six basketball venues across Bloomington-Normal for its 64-team tournament. The largest co-ed holiday high school tournament in the nation is scheduled for Dec. 26-30.
25 years ago (1993): Southwest Missouri State unleashed a vicious hitting and blocking attack to bring an end to Illinois State’s 23-match regular-season winning streak in the Missouri Valley Conference and at least temporarily deny the Redbirds the league volleyball title with a 3-15, 15-13, 15-7, 15-7 victory.
50 years ago (1968): Dick Tharp is putting the football noses of his Normal Community Ironmen to the grindstone this week as he tried to sharpen up some seldom used, recently implemented offensive frills. The 8-0 Ironmen will be on the road for a nonconference contest at LaSalle-Peru High School.