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Saturday, Jan. 4

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[JAN. 4, 2003] 

Lincoln def. Springfield Southeast 56-38

Williamsville def. Mount Pulaski 66-59

[Photos by Bob Frank]

Bloomington, Ill.—Sam Leman, Chrysler, Jeep, Mazda, and Auto Stop

The largest program car dealer in downstate Illinois just announced plans to have one of the largest 4-day events held in Bloomington.  This event will take place on Jan. 2, 3, 4 and 6.  According to Rick Pontnack, general sales manager, outstanding new sales in November and December have resulted in an extraordinary number of used vehicles in stock, “More now than we’ve had in months!  I have program cars, trucks and vans.  Cars starting at $995.00!  We are going to have to move a lot of used vehicles fast…or else they will go to wholesale auction.”

Rather than lose money wholesaling these vehicles, plus carrying cost, Rick decided to slash the prices on the entire inventory in an attempt to sell at least 150 vehicles in 4 days.  “I’ve been given orders to sell some cars for $995 that normally sell for $3000, just to move them.  The Average sale price will be from $1000 to $3000 less than our normal low prices.  The savings will be incredible!”  Sam Leman Chrysler, Jeep, Mazda, and Auto Stop will have all of these used vehicles on display in the heated Interstate Center in Bloomington starting on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003.

“Word of mouth is the best form of advertising, and if you sell people quality cars like we do, you get a lot of loyal repeat customers,” said Rick Pontnack, expressing Sam Leman’s philosophy.

All vehicles are subject to prior sale.  For information, call 309-662-5000.

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  • Lincoln boys take third

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  • Keeney hits 3s, but 'Birds fall short against Indiana

  • Men's basketball pre-game notes: Illinois State vs. Southern Illinois

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  • High school basketball
  • Illinois State suffers worst defeat at Redbird Arena, falls to SMS 76-48


  • High school basketball

Mount Pulaski steals area spotlight

By Jeff Mayfield

[DEC. 30, 2002]  ...And not only did they steal the spotlight in this week's holiday basketball tournaments, they're still doing it. Tonight at 6 at the Shirk Center they will play the top-seeded Quincy Notre Dame program. But don't count out Jim Jumper and his Hilltoppers. People have been doing that all year, and Mount Pulaski just keeps piling up the wins. Good luck, Mt. P!!!

I know that Illini fans were disappointed with Illinois' 74-77 loss to the Memphis Tigers, but I wasn't all that devastated. Don't get me wrong... If we could go 33-0 and they would just hand us the national championship banner right now, I would gladly display it; but I also don't think that that is very realistic. This team will be up and down, but I predict more highs than lows.

I think this game was brilliantly scheduled. Especially if you've glanced at a schedule and already discovered that four of the first six Illini Big Ten games are on the road. That would be tough for a veteran team… multiply exponentially for a young team. Another reason I'm glad we played the Memphis game. Maybe we won't like that taste in our mouth and it will pay off in a couple of close wins somewhere down the road.

Lots of opportunity for the Illini to show how much they can grow up over the next two to three weeks. Next up: Coppin State tonight at 7. Plenty of seats still available!

The Railers got stung by -- you guessed it -- the South Holland Thornwood bunch. They can end the tourney on a happier note with a third-place trophy today at the Horton Fieldhouse at 4:30. Thornwood gets a tough Normal Community at the Shirk at 9 p.m.

The Lady Railers had a nice run in the tourney, and they also will play for third place in the Horton prior to the boys' contest at 3 p.m.!


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The Bears' season mercifully came to an end last night at the hands of Tampa Bay, 15-0. As my friend Greg Taylor says, the Bears are tough to watch. Playoff predictions: In the NFC I'm going with one of the Bays… probably the green one. In the AFC… I'll say either the Titans or the Jets. The safe money is to go with somebody else!


[Photos by Jeff Mayfield]

For you "FANdamonium" fans, there is a holiday treat in store. To give our outstanding production crew (Tim Rogers, Celeste Rogers and Jim Ash) a little break, we will be replaying the interviews we did with Illini coach Bill Self and with Brian Cook. Hope you enjoy them or enjoy them again, and Happy New Year to everyone!

[Jeff Mayfield]


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