5 years ago (2006): Bloomington pitcher Ryan Juris helped his own cause by driving in the winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning for a dramatic 3-2 baseball victory over Normal West.
15 years ago (1996): Kerri Bartlow’s two-out, three-run homer in the seventh inning gave Illinois State a 4-3 victory over Southern Illinois and a berth in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament finals. The Redbirds also beat Tulsa 8-0 earlier in the day.
25 years ago (1986): Deanna Nevius won both dashes and the long jump to lead Olympia to a dominating victory in its own Class A Sectional track meet. Normal Community advanced four of its five relay teams while taking second in the Metamora Class AA Sectional.
50 years ago (1961): Normal Community nudged University High, 61-60, to win the Corn Belt Conference track title in a rhubarb-infested meet. U High was disqualified from a fourth-place relay finish worth two points and officials changed results of the 440-yard dash after the meet ended.