The daughter of two coaches, Megan Jones had a game plan. How could she not? When your mom and dad have a basketball court named after them, y…
Dave Witzig’s love of basketball is well established. In 22 years and counting as Normal Community High School’s boys head coach, his resume i…
Rudy Klokkenga’s love affair with softball began on fields where wooden benches served as “dugouts.” There were no press boxes, either. You do…
Justin Fields was outstanding on Sunday. He was electric. His accuracy on deep passes was uncanny and completely un-Bearlike.
Tim Stuckey likened it to being “stuck in a hole.” You dig into the sidewalls with your fingers and toes in hopes of climbing out, but keep sl…
Among my connections to youth is the familiar radio voice of St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Mike Shannon. At 82, his best days are long past and that’s OK. At 63, so are mine.
Tough love was a way of life for Dean Bartges growing up. His father, Christ Bartges, ran a Greek restaurant in Danville for many years. He he…
The perfect scenario? That occurred 25 years ago this fall, when we chronicled magical playoff runs by Chenoa (Class 1A) and LeRoy (2A). They earned state championships in back-to-back games on Nov. 29, 1996, at Hancock Stadium.
As Illinois Wesleyan’s baseball team concluded a fall workout Thursday afternoon, Dennis Martel heard the words come from his mouth. He believ…
At 40, Adam Wainwright is old by baseball standards. His fastball rarely exceeds 90 mph. He doesn’t overpower this young, strapping generation of hitters. He just out thinks them, and befuddles them with a sharp breaking curveball that has conceded nothing to age.
It was more community service than revenue stream for the McDowell family. Yet, as they step away — at age 60 and after 23 years — they will tell you it is “bittersweet.”
The norm in Bloomington-Normal the last 42 years has been winning and winning big. That’s the lucky part for those of us who have toted Pantagraph press passes.
The dedication was held prior to the Ironmen’s game against Peoria Manual, honoring an Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Famer who had a 158-50-5 record as NCHS head coach from 1966-88.
That team was fun to cover. It had personalities. It persevered. It wasn’t just one of many in 40-plus years of writing about teams. It was different, special.
High school football opened its arms to us Friday night. We hugged back.
The game had been in Hal Chiodo since birth. When your father is Frank Chiodo, former Illinois State standout quarterback and a Hall of Fame h…
Use any word or phrase you prefer: smitten, head over heels, swept off my feet. This sexagenarian is in love.
Pagel is 84, but maintains a youthful energy and passion for the school. On Aug. 19 he will be among the recipients of the Pontiac Distinguished Alumni Award.
Michael Phelps has been a star in the Olympics before. This time, he shined out of the water as a commentator who has been through mental health issues.
Nonnemacher was inducted into the Saint Xavier Athletics Hall of Fame in Chicago. She was an NAIA All-American pitcher on nationally competitive Saint Xavier teams.
Simone Biles made headlines Tuesday. That’s what happens when the best gymnast in the world, arguably the best ever, reminds us she is human.
What kind of swimmer was a young Patrick Kinas? Subpar is a good word. Terrified works, too.
For nearly all of our 40 years together, my wife Martha and I have hosted a Fourth of July party for family, extended family, friends, acquaintances, cats, dogs and the occasional drifter.
Griffin, 59, was head girls coach at Heyworth High School for 16 years. He was diagnosed with cancer after taking over as eighth grade girls coach at Tri-Valley.
Coughlan led the ISU men’s program for 23 years and the women’s program for eight prior to retiring in 2000.