Asked what Tolono Unity’s berth in the state championship game would mean to Jordan Reinhart, LeRoy coach B.J. Zeleznik replied, “Oh man, he would have been ecstatic.”
Carol Ketterer's brother-in-law, Brian Snitker, is manager of the Atlanta Braves. Her nephew, Troy Snitker (Brian’s son), is co-hitting coach for the Houston Astros.
Bob Gibson could have pitched in any era of Major League Baseball. His talent and tenacity were transcendent.
Rudy Klokkenga’s love affair with softball began on fields where wooden benches served as “dugouts.” There were no press boxes, either. You don’t get much media coverage playing 4-H softball.
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 sliding down.
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.
As Illinois Wesleyan’s baseball team concluded a fall workout Thursday afternoon, Dennis Martel heard the words come from his mouth. He believed them, too, if only briefly.
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.
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.
Use any word or phrase you prefer: smitten, head over heels, swept off my feet. This sexagenarian is in love.
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.
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.
Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle” almost dares you to reexamine your own father-son relationship. Was it this sad refrain of lost opportunity. or a wonderful connection?
Fuzzy Zoeller’s wife of 46 years, Diane, was diagnosed with what he called “rapid stage dementia” eight years ago. The diagnosis “kind of took the wind out of my sails,” he said.
What is Phil Mickelson like? Is he the smiling, thumbs-up guy we see on the golf course? We don’t know. We can’t say with certainty who Mickelson or any celebrity really is.
A state tournament qualifier in 1970, the Purple Raiders needed one more win to earn a return trip in 1971. They were denied by a 3-2 loss to tiny Macon in the sectional finals
The catchy little ditty has replayed often as the fingers danced across the keyboard. Even in the face of tight deadlines, the tune served as a ballad of prepositions, helping shape their use in a column or game story.
Normal West head baseball coach Chris Hawkins back on the field after last season was canceled and keeps finding strength through Bible readings.
The baseball popped high into the air behind home plate. Tom Murphy, a catcher in his seventh Major League season, positioned himself under it, discarded his mask, opened his mitt and plop … the ball hit the leather and fell to the ground.
Like so many things in a pre-2020 existence, we took our annual sports smorgasbord for granted. We popped the popcorn, ordered wings, grabbed the remote and spent late March/early April with NCAA Final Four basketball (men and women), MLB season openers and the Masters.
Wearing No. 70 on the basketball court, Stan Albeck was a hero to Gene Jontry and other kids in Chenoa. Albeck never forgot about his hometown while coaching in the NBA and Bradley.
The questions came to mind in 2018, when Sister Jean and Porter Moser became household names … in that order. Here they are again, Sister Jean and Moser certainly, but also the questions following Loyola Chicago’s humbling of Illinois on Sunday.
One of the perks of retiring as sports editor is the opportunity to watch more sports. Let me explain.
NORMAL — Anthony Beane and his son, Anthony Jr., will still have a coach-player relationship in college. It just will be a bit farther south t…