5 years ago (2015): Dennie Bridges announced he is retiring as athletic director on July 31, ending a 51-year association with the school as a three-sport athlete, record-setting basketball coach and A.D. Bridges was men’s basketball coach from 1965 to 2001 and served as athletic director at his alma mater beginning in 1981.
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15 years ago (2005): Top-seeded Ridgeview got off to a blazing start and claimed a 61-42 victory over fifth-seeded Lexington in the semifinals of the 95th annual McLean County Boys Tournament. Josh Thomas had a game-high 19 points and seven rebounds to lead the Mustangs.
25 years ago (1995): Senior guard Dave Feeney poured in 26 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, as El Paso High School held off upset-minded Flanagan, 87-81, in a Midstate Conference basketball game at El Paso. The win kept the Comets unbeaten in conference at 6-0.
50 years ago (1970): A year ago, Tom Hoelle was a member of the first swimming team ever produced by Normal Community High School. Now he holds Illinois State University’s 200-yard butterfly record of 2:14.5, set last week in a dual-meet victory over Augustana.
From Pages Past compiled by Jeff Findley from Pantagraph files.