5 years ago (2013): Jackie Carmichael, who averages 17.4 points and league highs of 9.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game, was selected to the all-Missouri Valley Conference first team. Carmichael also was selected to the All-Defensive Team and was third in voting for the Larry Bird Award as the Valley’s Player of the Year.
15 years ago (2003): Normal West held Peoria Woodruff to 1-of-16 shooting in the first quarter, laying the groundwork for an impressive 64-54 victory in the Class AA Peoria Woodruff Regional semifinals. Stan Chismark paced the Wildcats with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
25 years ago (1993): Lisa Noble’s 23 points helped Gibson City beat Tolono Unity, 59-41, in the Class A state girls basketball quarterfinals. The Greyhounds take a 29-1 record and a 17-game winning streak into today’s Final Four.
50 years ago (1968): Jerry McGreal of Illinois State was named to the 1968 college basketball Little All-American team by The Associated Press. George Terry of Illinois State received honorable mention.