5 years ago (2006): Pontiac pole vault sensation Phil Hanson cleared a Pantagraph area all-time outdoor best and meet record 16 feet, 7 inches in the 23rd annual Pantagraph Honor Roll Track and Field Meet at Bloomington’s Fred Carlton Field.
15 years ago (1996): Bloomington singles star Brian Verban won his first two matches at the State Tennis Tournament but a nearly three-hour rain delay forced postponement of his third-round match for another day.
25 years ago (1986): Former Illinois State and Philadelphia 76ers star Doug Collins became the ninth head coach of the Chicago Bulls in the last 10 years. Collins, 34, is the youngest coach in the National Basketball Association.
50 years ago (1961): Illinois State swept its two-game baseball series from Illinois Wesleyan with a 7-3 victory. Jim Ringel, only two years removed from University High, ignited the Redbird offense with a home run in the first inning.