DECATUR — Millikin University, in conjunction with the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW), announces its Jack Swartz Award Recipients and the CCIW Academic All-Conference team for Spring season of 2020.

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Jerry Sloan walked up the steps to the stage at the Basketball Hall of Fame to give his enshrinement speech in 2009, almost as if he were dreading what the next few minutes would bring.


Tee times are becoming more regular and leagues have already begun at area golf courses, as the die hard duffers return to their healthy addiction, even with some handicaps. The weather has been the biggest handicap, so far.

The Okaw Valley High School Timberwolves baseball program was on a roll for six years. The 2020 graduating senior players, however, were unable to butter that roll, due to the virus crisis.

Joselyn Lewis chopped down batters for the Shelbyville Ram softball team, now she is going to clear timber for the Loggers.

Connor Heaton was a leader of a great senior class at Central A&M High School. Now, Heaton and the Illinois Wesleyan Titans are hoping their freshman class of basketball recruits is equally as great.

Amber Rezinas signed out of Shelbyville hHigh School tennis to compete for Millikin University in 2018. She got warmed up as a freshman, then increased her success as a sophomore.

Carson Beyers has been driven. She has been driving the ball down the court in basketball and driving the pole into the box and vaulting into the sky. She has held school records in pole vault and has been a team leader in multiple sports. Now she is vaulting to Illinois College track.

Diminutive Shelbyville setter Mallorie Mason dished it out at John Wood Community College. She was one half of a counter-punch of sophomore setters this past fall, bilingual Blazer bookends.

Central A&M’s All-CIC guard (‘18) and 3-point shooter Taryn Sams (A&M ‘18) landed a gig at Lincoln Land Junior College in 2018 and played for a team that that went 54-9 (15-5 in conference) in her two years.

One of the many celebrated athletes in recent Central A&M High School history has now bid adieu to her national championship collegiate rugby career.

A Central A&M girls basketball 3-point shooter, Brenah Durbin (5’7”), landed a gig at Kaskaskia College this past season and a starting role, as a freshman.

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls have hired Philadelphia 76ers executive Marc Eversley to replace the fired Gar Forman as general manager and work under new top basketball executive Arturas Karnisovas, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.

Dennis Rodman was one of the rivals Michael Jordan had to conquer on his way to his first run of three straight NBA titles. And Rodman then became one of the teammates who helped Jordan pull off his second three-peat.

Dylan Webster (CHHS ‘19) was a multi-talented athlete at Cowden-Herrick High School and even as a freshman he is cashing in at the collegiate level, claiming a SLIAC championship in the pole vault.

Paul Conlin has been on the bench for Shelbyville basketball for six years. When the varsity coaching positioned opened up recently, he was asked to move down to the end of the bench and take the helm.

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for their April meeting via a video conference call on Tuesday, April 21, where the Board of Directors announced its decision to cancel all IHSA spring state tournaments.

They say “When a door closes, God opens a window.” After being verbally committed to go to a different college, Shelbyville Ram top killer Kyleigh Marty is joining former teammate Elizabeth Bowyer at Blackburn College.

For 22 years, Tracy Agney has been growing a crop of wrestlers through Shelbyville Jr. Rams Kid Club Wrestling. On Thursday, the Shelbyville School Board hired Agney as the head varsity wresting coach.

Ryan Skowronski was one of three Rams to sign on the same day to play collegiate sports two years ago. He considered three schools, ran for one, then showed up at another.

Marcus Skinner’s collegiate running career is all but completed. Although at Eastern Illinois University in his fourth year this year, Skinner (SHS ‘16) held on to a year of eligibility.

Whitney Smith was singularly focused as a track standout from Stew-Stras High School. She parlayed that focus into competing for at the NCAA Division I level at Eastern Illinois University.

Grace Harlin (OVHS ‘18) didn’t just land one sport career out of high school, she landed a 2-sport collegiate career.

Torre Koontz was the Shelbyville Ram softball ace and a solid hitting 1st baseman in high school. After a 2-year stint at John Wood playing collegiate softball, Koontz is hitting her stride at Eureka College.

Senior Preston Henze (SHS ‘16) led a cadre of Shelbyville distance runners to the University of Illinois Springfield in recent years. He capped his 4th year in cross country last fall, but ran as a junior in track during the indoor season this year.

When the indoor season began this year, Morgan Powers (SHS ‘16) didn’t know it would be her last collegiate season, as the outdoor season would be canceled. She still made the most of it.

Shelby Area prep volleyball players have provided a steady stream of leaders for the Lake Land College Lakers. A trio of girls recently gave the Lakers a boost.

When a Shelbyville wide receiver showed up at Millikin College, he wasn’t just another player named Smith. It was Jordan Smith, a future school record holder.

Two Shelby County prep stars, sophomore Kasey Bean and freshman Elizabeth Bowyer, despite being underclassmen, were key leaders in Blackburn College’s volleyball attack last fall.

It was a coup for Shelbyville when three Ram players of the 2015 4th place 2A State Team (37-3) signed the same day out of Shelbyville High School, Ryann Ambrose, Hannah Koonce, and Claudia Watson. Teammate and classmate Kelcie Darnell then joined them, giving the Lakers 4 Ram freshmen in 2016.

Shayla Darnell went from playing for the Shelbyville High School volleyball team in 2018 to be a leader in the front line for John Wood Community College.

(Taylorville)—The Miller Media Group has announced that its Shelbyville radio station WSVZ 98.3 will begin airing a “Best Of” Shelbyville Ram football and boys basketball broadcasts from this school year, on Saturdays at 1 p.m. starting this Saturday, April 4.

Coach Matt Colston came to a Shelbyville basketball program last fall that was in transition and the team finished 9-22.

The Central A&M girls basketball team (22-9) notched a 20 win this season and finished as the Arthur 1A Regional Champion and a Casey 1A Sectional semifinalist.

Turner Pullen, the Shelbyville quarterback that led the Rams to back-to-back 2A State Final 4 appearances, called the signals as the red-shirt freshman quarterback for McKendree University this past fall.

The numbers are in and Stewardson Trinity 8th grade volleyball was poised for a deep run in the SIJHSAA State Tournament. Only a pandemic seemed to be able to stop them. 

Okaw Valley boys basketball was quick and overcame physical limitations to rise to a 20-win season for the first time in a decade.

Shelbyville Ram 7th grade volleyball (13-10) made a big push at the end of the 2020 season, winning 7 of the last 9 matches, before bowing to the undisputed #1 seed and Regional Champion Meridian.

Shelbyville 8th grade volleyball was poised for a deep run into the postseason, probably the state tournament and a shot at the title. The COVID-19 scare cost them that chance.

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Dan passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in his home in St. Louis, MO. Private family services will be determined at a later date. Dan was born January 25, 1958 in Shelbyville, IL, where he graduated from Shelbyville High School class of 1976. He went on to receive his bachelor's of psycholo…

Betty E. Perry, 89, of Sullivan, formerly of Findlay, passed away at 8:55 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020 at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Findlay is assisting the family.