5 years ago (2008): Illinois State pitcher Corey Maines was named Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week. Maines threw a complete game in the Redbirds' 2-1 win over LaFayette in Bradenton, Fla.
15 years ago (1998): Three intercity senior high school basketball players - Bloomington's Nate Caldwell, Normal Community's Ikechi Nnakwe and Normal West's Pete Witte - were named to the all-Big 12 Conference team. Caldwell was an honorable mention selection last year for Normal West.
25 years ago (1988): Junior forward Elaine Hill of Downs (Tri-Valley High School) was elected most valuable player and the best defensive player on the Illinois Wesleyan University women's basketball team. Hill led the Titans in free throws and rebounding, and was second in scoring with 11.7 points per game.
50 years ago (1963): Jack & Kate's of Gibson City made its 3,075 total stand up to nail down first place in the handicap division of the 34th Annual Illinois Woman's Bowling Association State Tournament. Team members were Vi Chandler, Catherine Jacobs, Mae Lage, Evelyn Lange, and Hazel Witt.