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  • Roundup: Seneca sweeps six-team track meet

    Seneca swept a six-team home track and field meet that included Aurora Christian, Flanagan, Lisle, Marquette and Wilmington on Tuesday, piling up 258 ...
    April 23, 2014 - 9:36 pm
  • Desmarais, Minooka race past Plainfield South

    JOLIET – With Wednesday’s 5-3 victory at Plainfield South, Minooka improved to 13-3, including 7-1 in the Southwest Prairie Conference.
    April 23, 2014 - 9:33 pm
  • Redskins come from behind to earn victory

    When you’re trailing a 9-1 team by two runs heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, it’s not exactly commonplace to call yourselves confident. ...
    April 23, 2014 - 9:23 pm
  • Sandwich stops McDowell from reaching 1,000th win

    COAL CITY – Coal City’s Jerry McDowell will have to wait another day, at least, to earn his 1,000th career victory as a baseball head coach.
    April 23, 2014 - 9:21 pm
  • Roundup: Seneca knocks off Plano in rain-shortened game

    The Seneca baseball team defeated Plano in Interstate Eight Conference action on Monday, knocking off the Reapers in a rain-shortened six-inning game, ...
    April 22, 2014 - 8:24 pm
  • First two innings set tone for Irish

    SENECA – All that will be remembered from the Interstate Eight Conference softball series between Plano and Seneca softball in 2014 is that the Irish ...
    April 22, 2014 - 8:12 pm
  • Coal City’s Aichele victorious against Streator

    In area softball action over the weekend, Coal City earned a split at home by defeating Streator and losing to Prairie Central, while GSW swept Lexing ...
    April 21, 2014 - 9:23 pm
  • Johnson: Trevor Lines is the key for Morris baseball

    MORRIS – It can be said that as star shortstop Trevor Lines goes, so goes the Morris baseball team. Never has that been more true than Saturday mornin ...
    April 21, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Redskins washed out by Spartans in shutout

    MORRIS – It almost seemed like the city of Morris was afflicted by the Charlie Brown syndrome Monday afternoon. Getting set to host a girls soccer mat ...
    April 21, 2014 - 9:22 pm
  • Minooka beats Lockport in Strike Out Cancer game

    LOCKPORT – Minooka baseball coach Jeff Petrovic has been able to count on pitching and defense this season.
    April 22, 2014 - 8:23 pm
  • Redskins come back against Tigers

    MORRIS – For five innings, the Morris varsity softball team couldn’t muster a hit against Plainfield North freshman Abby Kruzel. However, with their b ...
    April 21, 2014 - 9:20 pm
  • Redskins baseball rally past Coalers

    MORRIS – A wild six-run seventh inning allowed the Morris to stun Coal City, 10-9, in a game the Coalers led almost the entire way Saturday morning.
    April 21, 2014 - 9:32 pm
  • Question & Answer with Morris senior softball player Lauren Severson

    MORRIS – Moments after the Redskins softball team finished off its 13th win of the season to one loss, senior third baseman Lauren Severson agreed to ...
    April 18, 2014 - 8:51 pm
  • Seneca grad Baker swatting records at Greenville

    Coley Baker virtually rewrote the blocked shots section of the girls basketball record-book at Seneca High School, but her totals barely resonated on ...
    April 18, 2014 - 8:51 pm
  • Not time to hit the panic button on Minooka volleyball

    CHANNAHON – The Minooka boys volleyball team won six of its first nine matches, which most programs would deem an acceptable, if not oustanding, start ...
    April 18, 2014 - 8:51 pm
  • Morris softball shows what it's learned

    MORRIS – Last year when the Morris softball team played Willowbrook, things did not go well for the Redskins.
    April 19, 2014 - 9:27 am
  • Wilmington holds off Coal City rally

    COAL CITY – Wilmington softball took an early lead and added just enough to it to hold off a late-charging Coal City team, 8-6, Thursday in Interstate ...
    April 17, 2014 - 9:35 pm
  • Rogers: Use spring catalogs to gauge reel needs

    Deals, deals, and more deals. The spring catalogs come flying in the through the mailbox and offer us incentives to come and buy the latest and the gr ...
    April 17, 2014 - 9:20 pm
  • Coal City stomps Sandwich behind offensive surge

    The Coal City baseball team picked up another Interstate Eight Conference win on Wednesday, knocking off Sandwich, 13-2.
    April 17, 2014 - 9:20 pm
  • Burns feeling it in win against Barbs

    MORRIS – Redskins freshman pitcher Abby Burns got her fourth shutout of the season Thursday afternoon, striking out 13 in the process. The three-hit e ...
    April 17, 2014 - 9:19 pm
  • Roundup: Led by Smyk, Rochelle tennis decisively defeats Morris

    The Morris tennis team dropped a 4-1 decision to Rochelle on Wednesday with No. 2 singles player Jon Smyk beating Kalvin Parker, 6-2, 6-2.
    April 16, 2014 - 9:36 pm
  • Musick: For Versteeg, it’s déjà vu (plus a ’do)

    CHICAGO – Kris Versteeg unveiled a new haircut Wednesday. The Blackhawks’ winger had his hair closel ...
    April 16, 2014 - 9:34 pm
  • Channahon volleyball enjoys undefeated season

    CHANNAHON – A second-place finish at the 2013 IESA Seventh Grade Class 4A Girls Volleyball State Tournament provided Channahon Junior HIgh’s players w ...
    April 16, 2014 - 9:27 pm
  • Morris softball opens NIB12E slate with win over Yorkville

    MORRIS – Both the Morris and Yorkville softball teams certainly know each other by now. Not only are they Northern Illinois Big 12 East Conference riv ...
    April 16, 2014 - 9:25 pm
  • Redskins open conference with victory

    With weather forcing cancellations on both Monday and Tuesday, the Morris Redskins baseball team kicked off its conference slate Wednesday night with ...
    April 16, 2014 - 9:22 pm
  • Senior hitter leads Minooka past Plainfield South

    CHANNAHON – One dominant hitter can mask a lot of mistakes for a volleyball team. So can mistakes being made in bunches by the opponent.
    April 15, 2014 - 9:27 pm
  • Vogrin tosses no-hitter as Minooka beats Plainfield East

    MINOOKA – Mitch Vogrin came up one pitch shy of a perfect game last season so the Minooka senior didn't want to miss out on a chance to grab a no-hitt ...
    April 15, 2014 - 9:51 pm
  • Snowy weather sends spring sports scrambling

    COAL CITY – What was supposed to be the beginning of conference play for several local prep baseball and softball teams is instead a bit of a mess.
    April 15, 2014 - 9:23 pm
  • Musick: Shaw savors role as Hawks’ intense goofball

    CHICAGO – Brent Seabrook had no place to hide. Moments earlier during Tuesday’s practice, Seabrook h ...
    April 15, 2014 - 9:40 pm
  • Morris drops home game against Kaneland

    MORRIS – On an uncommonly cool April night that saw plenty of area sporting action cancelled in lieu of the weather, the Morris Lady Redskins soccer t ...
    April 15, 2014 - 9:21 pm
  • Morris boys track team set to get going

    The weather has improved of late, and with the opportunities it has created, the Morris boys track and field team likely has improved as well.
    April 14, 2014 - 9:11 pm
  • Seneca girls track wins Irish Invitational

    By a margin of more than 100 points, the host Seneca girls track and field team won big Friday night at the Irish Invitational, in which 15 teams were ...
    April 14, 2014 - 9:11 pm
  • Johnson: Comets baseball likes where its heading

    SENECA – Reed-Custer and Seneca seemed like teams heading in different directions when they played to a 11-2 Comets victory Friday to open the Interst ...
    April 14, 2014 - 9:14 pm
  • Smith: Lindberg earned his title as official White Sox historian

    Late last month, the Morris Public Library hosted a presentation by Chicago White Sox historian Richard Lindberg called “The White Sox” – From the Ver ...
    April 14, 2014 - 9:14 pm
  • Minooka girls track captures Plainfield North Relays

    PLAINFIELD – Minooka girls track and field coach Kevin Gummerson has been most pleased with his team’s success in a variety of events.
    April 14, 2014 - 8:58 pm
  • Minooka track looks for better results

    Minooka’s boys track and field team enters the outdoor season with four major goals. None would be considered modest by the standards of almost any pr ...
    April 11, 2014 - 9:35 pm
  • Question & Answer session with Morris shortstop Trevor Lines

    MORRIS – The scholarship offer Morris senior Trevor Lines recently accepted at Creighton University is academic, but it comes with an assurance that h ...
    April 11, 2014 - 9:35 pm
  • Morris girls track kicks off outdoor season in Ottawa

    Redskins girls track and field team claimed fifth place with a team score of 70 points on Thursday in Ottawa. Dixon won the event with 163 team points ...
    April 11, 2014 - 9:35 pm
  • Coalers outlast Dwight to get back to .500

    DWIGHT – Both the hosting Dwight and Coal City baseball teams opened up the Interstate Eight Conference schedule Friday afternoon. Playing in idyllic ...
    April 11, 2014 - 9:35 pm
  • Reed-Custer beats Seneca in early innings

    SENECA – Over the final five innings, the Reed-Custer Comets and Seneca Fighting Irish baseball teams played evenly Friday afternoon, with each team s ...
    April 11, 2014 - 9:32 pm
  • Rogers: There are multiple reasons for thinning whitetail population

    If you are a deer hunter, know a deer hunter, or have been talking to anyone that chases whitetails you may have heard them discussing the declining d ...
    April 10, 2014 - 9:25 pm
  • Minooka survive scare from Oswego, grab walk-off victory

    MINOOKA – Whew!That was the reaction of Minooka softball coach Mark Brown when asked his initial tho ...
    April 10, 2014 - 9:18 pm
  • Roundup: Morris softball beats Sterling on the road

    The Morris softball team pushed across one run in the seventh inning at Sterling and that held up in a Northern Illinois Big 12 crossover game.
    April 10, 2014 - 9:20 pm
  • Morris' fifth-inning rally aids to win over Herscher

    MORRIS – The Morris Redskins baseball team giveth ... and then taketh away.With senior lefty Nick Ev ...
    April 10, 2014 - 9:15 pm
  • Roundup: Morris tennis loses to Geneseo in NIB12 match

    In Northern Illinois Big 12 tennis action on Wednesday afternoon, Morris lost to Geneseo, 4-1. “It w ...
    April 9, 2014 - 9:39 pm
  • Lockport softball team blanks Minooka

    LOCKPORT – Lockport's softball team looked for a complete turnaround from its previous day's performance when it played host to Minooka on Wednesday.
    April 9, 2014 - 9:27 pm
  • Indians withstand charge by Wildcats

    PLAINFIELD – After watching Minooka score seven runs in Tuesday’s game and the first four runs in Wednesday’s game, Plainfield Central baseball finall ...
    April 9, 2014 - 9:27 pm
  • Morris baseball captializes on errors, beat Ottawa

    MORRIS – The clutch hits were not always there for Morris on Wednesday, but it found ways to score enough against Ottawa in Northern Illinois Big 12 C ...
    April 9, 2014 - 9:24 pm
  • Morris girls set goals high

    MORRIS – Sixth-year Morris assistant girls track and field coach John Courter said there are a number of Redskins with potential beyond Haleigh Knapp ...
    April 8, 2014 - 9:41 pm
  • With 16 runs, Joliet West trumps Coal City

    In area baseball action in recent days, Joliet West beat Coal City, Mendota defeated Seneca and Indian Creek defeated Newark, though Reed-Custer beat ...
    April 8, 2014 - 9:41 pm
  • Johnson: Burns, Morris softball make big impression

    BRAIDWOOD – One half of the talented freshman vs. talented freshman pitching match-up that transpired at the Reed-Custer softball field Monday afterno ...
    April 8, 2014 - 9:43 pm
  • Morris baseball cruises to easy win against Plano

    PLANO – On Monday afternoon, the Plano baseball team scored 19 runs against Ottawa, beating the Pirates by 14 runs. Seeing that Morris had both of tho ...
    April 8, 2014 - 9:37 pm
  • Pitching, defense come up big for Minooka to shut out Plainfield Central

    MINOOKA – Minooka baseball coach Jeff Petrovic thinks his team is built around its defense and pitching, and both showed up in Tuesday’s Southwest Pra ...
    April 8, 2014 - 9:36 pm
  • Morris tennis team has successful weekend

    The Morris boys tennis team boasted some successes at the St. Bede Tournament this past weekend. Mark Kijowski was second overall in singles action, a ...
    April 7, 2014 - 9:26 pm
  • Minooka edges out JCA for WJOL championship

    JOLIET – There is something about the championship games in the WJOL/Don Ladas Memorial Baseball Tournament at Silver Cross Field. They are all great ...
    April 7, 2014 - 9:24 pm
  • Morris, Burns nearly perfect in 12-0 win

    BRAIDWOOD – Abby Burns was very nearly perfect Monday afternoon at Reed-Custer. The same could also be said for the rest of the Morris Redskins.
    April 7, 2014 - 9:24 pm
  • Morris soccer holds Princeton scoreless

    Morris junior forward Emily Burling got a rebound goal off a shot by sophomore teammate Amanda Grant in the 21st minute and Grant then proceeded to ad ...
    April 7, 2014 - 9:21 pm
  • Musick: Win or lose, Cubs' passion at Wrigley endures

    about the closest thing that there is to it.”You want to know the depth of Bonano’s dedication to t ...
    April 4, 2014 - 9:53 pm
  • IHSA, lawmaker butt heads on HR 895

    IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman believes the not-for-profit organization he oversees is being targeted by the state representative who has intro ...
    April 4, 2014 - 9:52 pm
  • Despite lack of experience, Minooka looks for big things this season

    CHANNAHON – Behind door No. 2 is what Minooka boys volleyball coach Janel Grzetich refers to as a “conventional” offense. The option to impliment it w ...
    April 4, 2014 - 9:26 pm
  • Morris bats heat up in win against Wilmington

    MORRIS – With game-time temperatures hovering near 40 degrees and winds howling our of the west at nearly 30 miles per hour, the Morris softball team ...
    April 4, 2014 - 9:25 pm
  • Morris falls to Plainfield North in close contest

    On a cold, blustery day with the wind blowing out straight to right, Plainfield North junior Kyle Strepek wasn’t just able to neutralize dangerous lef ...
    April 4, 2014 - 9:20 pm
  • Seneca track teams have eyes on higher goals

    Fourteen returning athletes, including 10 girls, competed for Seneca in at least one event at the 2013 Class A Track and Field State Final Meet.
    April 3, 2014 - 9:33 pm
  • Minooka downs Joliet Central with 10-run inning

    MINOOKA – Minooka has beaten ace Jake Godfrey and Providence once already this young baseball season.
    April 3, 2014 - 9:33 pm
  • Roundup: GSW softball team breaks through against Grant Park

    The Gardner-South Wilmington softball team picked up its first win of the season on Wednesday, knocking off Grant Park by six runs.
    April 3, 2014 - 9:38 pm
  • Minooka soccer looking for improvement this season

    After four years of leaning on Minooka standout soccer player Jillian Hetfleisch, the Indians girls soccer team is going to have to make some adjustme ...
    April 3, 2014 - 9:23 pm
  • Experienced Plainfield North blanks Minooka

    MINOOKA – Five-time defending Southwest Prairie Conference girls soccer champion Plainfield North looked the part Thursday, defeating host Minooka 4-0 ...
    April 3, 2014 - 9:22 pm
  • Morris, Coal City tennis teams emerging from shelter

    With the weather finally breaking enough for the local tennis teams to hit the courts, the Morris, Coal City and Minooka boys squads are trying to fil ...
    April 2, 2014 - 8:55 pm
  • Rogers: Suggestions for making youth turkey hunt a success

    This weekend marks an important date for the youth of our area. Saturday and Sunday are the dates for the youth only turkey hunt. The youngsters are a ...
    April 2, 2014 - 8:59 pm
  • Morris softball, soccer garner non-conference wins

    The Morris softball team maintained its winning ways Monday on the road at LaSalle-Peru, knocking off the Lady Cavaliers by a 9-0 score.
    April 2, 2014 - 8:55 pm
  • Timely hits help Morris take Minooka

    MORRIS – Coming off a lackluster performance and loss at Plainfield Central on Tuesday afternoon, the Morris baseball team had a challenge put to it o ...
    April 2, 2014 - 8:58 pm
  • Roundup: Coal City, Minooka baseball get nonconference wins

    In area baseball action on Monday, both Coal City and Minooka got non-conference wins while GSW lost a River Valley Conference game to Beecher.
    April 1, 2014 - 9:06 pm
  • Plainfield Central takes advantage of Morris errors in victory

    PLAINFIELD – A four-run inning by the Plainfield Central baseball team in its home opener against Morris proved to be the difference on Tuesday aftern ...
    April 1, 2014 - 9:01 pm
  • Joliet West slides past Minooka after tying rally

    JOLIET – All the Joliet West softball team needed to get in the win column, evidently, was to face the defending Class 4A state champion.
    April 1, 2014 - 8:53 pm
  • Coalers looking for another regional title

    While many spring teams have found being stuck inside due to persistent inclement weather a detrimental thing, Coal City soccer coach Michael Kostbade ...
    March 31, 2014 - 9:28 pm
  • Friddle, Wentworth take grade school wrestling titles

    After a long winter season of competing as a wrestler, the final results are usually indicative of the work that gets put in throughout. Nobody knows ...
    March 31, 2014 - 9:25 pm
  • Morris, Burns cruise past Sandwich

    MORRIS – An unearned run in the first inning with a freshman inside the pitching circle can sometimes lead to very bad things. When Sandwich softball ...
    March 31, 2014 - 9:22 pm
  • Newark’s Clausel makes All-Little 10 Conference team

    The Little Ten Conference boys basketball team was announced in recent days and Newark sophomore Jack Clausel was named as an All-League pick. Clausel ...
    March 28, 2014 - 9:56 pm
  • Morris’ Patterson a All-NIB12E pick

    The Northern Illinois Big 12 Boys Basketball All-Conference team was announced in recent days. Morris junior guard Austin Patterson was a unanimous pi ...
    March 28, 2014 - 9:56 pm
  • Roundup: Coal City baseball splits opener in Jacksonville

    The Coal City baseball and softball seasons got underway this week with the Coalers baseball team splitting a pair of games in Jacksonville. Seneca an ...
    March 28, 2014 - 10:05 pm
  • Feeney looks to continue sparking Morris offense

    MORRIS — Outfielder Maddy Feeney led the Morris softball team in six major offensive categories, including batting average at .346, as a junior in 201 ...
    March 28, 2014 - 9:54 pm
  • Morris Daily Herald All-Area boys basketball team announced

    Each of the six area varsity boys basketball teams produced winning records in 2013-14, creating ample competition for spots on the 2014 Morris Daily ...
    March 28, 2014 - 9:51 pm
  • Seneca’s Callahan shows his stripes as all-around star

    SENECA – Three-point and free-throw shooting percentage are the only major statistical categories in which Seneca senior Conlan Callahan led the area ...
    March 28, 2014 - 9:50 pm
  • Johnson: A look at pro baseball as spring training breaks

    Games played on the other side of the planet notwitstanding, the 2014 Major League baseball season is only a few days from getting underway.
    March 27, 2014 - 9:26 pm
  • Newark softball looks to rebuild into a contender

    Newark softball coach Brian Holman knows, like all the other coaches in the area, that just getting out onto the field this spring has been a challeng ...
    March 27, 2014 - 9:25 pm
  • Gardner-South Wilmington softball looks to repeat

    For the Gardner-South Wilmington softball team, the task this spring is a simple one. Not easy, but simple.
    March 27, 2014 - 9:20 pm
  • Minooka softball hoping to play it forward

    When a team is coming off a season, in which it wins a state championship, one of the things the coaches and players like to do is to emphasize what t ...
    March 27, 2014 - 9:17 pm
  • Anderson proves to be the spark needed for Delaware’s success

    Six days after the clock had struck midnight on the University of Delaware Blue Hens, Kyle Anderson admitted Wednesday morning that life was returning ...
    March 26, 2014 - 8:56 pm
  • Despite loss of seniors, Gardner-South Wilmington looks to soldier on

    In 2013, Todd Grieff had to overcome being a new coach at Gardner-South Wilmington. In 2014, he has to overcome having an almost entirely new team.
    March 25, 2014 - 9:00 pm
  • Coalers trying to bounce back from rare losing season

    COAL CITY – Until last spring, 1986 was the answer to what could have been a common trivia question concerning the Coal City varsity baseball team.
    March 25, 2014 - 8:54 pm
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