Tuesday, November 24, 2015

UIS men's basketball team benefits from schedule break

The University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball team has had five days between games.

The layoff has been a godsend with leading scorer Jamall Millison and starting forward Jesse Tesmer nursing injuries. Both sat out UIS’ 101-52 win against Robert Morris University last Wednesday.

Millison was on the bench with a toe and thumb injury, while Tesmer wasn't in attendance due to a back spasm.

Millison is expected to take the court in a non-conference game between UIS (2-1) and Lindenwood (3-1) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Recreation and Athletic Center. Tesmer is probable for the matchup, according to UIS coach Bill Walker. Tesmer practiced Monday for the first time in a week.

The pause in games also allowed UIS practice time after playing three times in six days, which included a trip to Las Vegas. “We put in few new sets offensively and defensively,” Walker said. “We got some guys some individual work and extra time in the gym.”

This story appeared online in The State Journal-Register on November 23, 2015.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

UIS women win three straight for first time since 2011

Three straight wins are a real boost for the University of Illinois Springfield women’s basketball team.

The Prairie Stars posted their third consecutive victory Saturday afternoon, defeating Lincoln University 80-69 at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

The last time UIS won three games in a row was December 2011.

With just four games under their belt and first-year coach Mark Kost at the helm, the Stars (3-1) have half the number of wins from last season when they were 6-20. “Coming from last season to this season is a totally different team,” UIS junior forward Syerra Cunningham said.

“We have the same players, but it’s different. It’s team basketball. We’re finding those looks. We’re not forcing it. If it worked it went in the flow of the game and flow of the play. We’re moving a lot better. We’re cutting. Shots are falling. Everything is working.”

This story appeared online in The State Journal-Register on November 21, 2015.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

UIS program shows challenge of providing nutritious, affordable school lunch

University of Illinois Springfield junior Jessica Fager of Sherman had $2 in simulated money Wednesday to buy five items that someone might find in a public school cafeteria.

She skipped the meat items altogether but still found that her $2 didn't go very far.

"I only have 30 cents left," Fager said. "There wasn't much left even if I did eat meat."

Fager was one of about 150 students who attended a special program called Lunch Hour. The evening event was designed to highlight the difficulties school districts have when trying to buy food that is both affordable and nutritious.

Mark Dochterman, director of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at UIS, said school districts across the country spend between $2 and $2.15 on one lunch for one child.

"Think about that. Even buying in mass, it's difficult to make a lunch for $2," Dochterman said. "It's even more difficult to make it a healthy lunch. A lot of schools are stuck making decisions between an inexpensive protein or something like a nice slice of turkey that would be nice and healthy."

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on November 19, 2015.

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