March 30, 2016

Atkins Tennis Center to host mixed-doubles tourney

One of the things the makes Champaign-Urbana a great place to live and play is its large, active tennis community. Brandon Lenfert, head tennis pro from the Atkins Tennis Center, announced a new tournament for competitive players in the area.

Atkins, home of the Fighting Illini tennis program, will host their first annual Fighting Illini Fast 5 mixed doubles tourney on Saturday, April 9th.

The tournament is a mixed doubles only event set in a 4-hour compass draw format. At the end of each round, the winners continue in their tournament in the same direction, while the losers change directions. There are no eliminations. Each doubles pair continues to play until the time limit has been reached.

Compass draws provide a great way for players to face opposing teams and players of different abilities and styles. All duos will play a best of 5 game set. Games are tallied with no-ad scoring and pairs must win by two games. Ties will be broken with a 9-point tiebreaker(first to 5 points) at 5-5.

The competition will begin at 4pm with match snacks and Gatorade will be provided for players through out the one day event. Entry fee is $40.00 per doubles pair and interested players can register in person or call the Atkins Tennis Center at 217-244-8562 to reserve their spot in the draw.

March 29, 2016

Do what you enjoy, life is for living

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

Life is lived once. Be happy. What should you be doing today? What do you want to be doing today? Where should you be today? Where do you want to be today?

An old friend who recently died said, "Do what you enjoy."

Life is not only about our gratification. We have family members and work associates who are impacted by our decisions. To totally go off the wall and make decisions that are only about us is careless. To never make decisions that are about us is stupid.

Another dying friend recently told his Facebook followers to pursue life and go for whatever dreams or goals they had in life. While he had pursued many of his I also got the message that he had unfinished business or dreams that he had cast aside and never pursued.

Don't live your life with regrets. Get in the game and enjoy whatever time you have to play the game. Or, get on the road and enjoy the scenery along the way. Life for many people is watching life go by. We watch others live on television. We watch others at sporting events. We sit on the sofa and vegetate, get depressed, eat too much, get fat and then need drugs to get us through the day.

Life is for living. We weren't created to watch life go by. Life was never intended to be a non-active existence.

Today get up and do something and do it a lot. As long as it's legal, moral and healthy what do you have to lose? Don't spend a lot of time asking others what you should be doing. They really don't know your heart. Ask yourself, talk to God about it and then move forward with living and be happy.

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group, organization or this publication.
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March 11, 2016

Liberty unable to claw their way past LeRoy

Liberty's shots fell anywhere but through the orange hoop in their state semifinal contest against LeRoy early Friday afternoon. Scoring just 8 points in the first half on a frustrating 3-for-23 start, the Eagles fell 48-32 to eventual Class 1A champions LeRoy at the IHSA Basketball State Finals.

Entering the Final Four with a record of 29-4, it was the third time in program history the Eagles had a shot at a state title. In 2005 and 1981, Liberty finished the season with fourth place trophies.

Starters Reed Wolfmeyer and Tayton Roe led Liberty's scoring effort. Roe, who was 2-for-2 from the free throw line, finished with 12 points. Wolfmeyer buoyed his team with 10 points and 4 steals. Cole Wellman was credited with 6 of the team's 25 rebounds and chipped in 5 points in the loss.

LeRoy (27-5) was led by D1 star Matt Chastain. The 6'6', 190-lb senior led all scorers with 20 points - 6 under his season average - and hauled in a game-high 14 rebounds off the glass. Teammate Nick Perry contributed 10 points, three shy of the pair defeating Liberty by themselves.