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  • Roundup: Morris Chiefs beat Wilmington to open season

    MORRIS – The Morris Chiefs varsity football team was the only one in the program to record a win in Saturday’s season-opening games, defeating the Wil ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 9:20 pm
  • Arkush: Bears' QB Jay Cutler looks, acts like changed man

    Nothing makes me crazier than an analyst who believes he’s made a discovery but refuses to put his name on it for fear of being proven wrong.
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 9:15 pm
  • Minooka’s Smith to anchor USF’s offensive line

    JOLIET – Kenny Smith and Samie Sabbah were both recognized for their play along the offensive line for the University of St. Francis last season.
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 9:14 pm
  • Redskins volleyball team stepping up its search

    MORRIS – It’s been a week since Morris girls volleyball coach Jackie Litwiller started her team’s first practice with only six players on the varsity ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 9:12 pm
  • Brett Sontag takes overall title in Frank Welch Memorial

    MORRIS – Brett Sontag was more than happy to have fellow competitor John Nutley roll the dice to decide the invert for the third and final segment of ...
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 9:41 pm
  • Holmes looks to repair his NFL career in Chicago

    LAKE FOREST – Santonio Holmes will spend the next two weeks trying to revive his NFL career with the Bears.
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 9:41 pm
  • Minooka’s Brozovich in thick of USF QB race

    JOLIET – Football coaches usually can expect to see a few good battles for positions when they open camp.
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 9:40 pm
  • Roundup: Coal City opens title defense with sweep of Bourbonnais

    COAL CITY – The Coal City eighth-grade baseball team opened up its season in defense of last year’s state championship with a doubleheader sweep over ...
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 9:43 pm
  • Warriors walk off with win in instant classic

    COAL CITY – It’s not often that you see a playoff-quality baseball game in the third game of the season. Then again, it’s not often two teams of the q ...
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 9:38 pm
  • Oesterle: Optimism abounds as fall season starts

    During the course of this week, I have spent a lot of time at early season practices at varying shools and varying sports. One common theme has emerge ...
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 8:34 pm
  • Gunn has Minooka's hopes riding high

    MINOOKA – The first time Minooka football coach Paul Forsythe saw star tailback Nate Gunn, he thought somebody was playing tricks on him.
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 8:28 pm
  • Roundup: Eighth-grade Minooka girls softball notches win

    Minooka’s eighth-grade girls softball team got into the win column Thursday night with an 8-4 victory over Wilmington.
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 8:34 pm
  • Check your trailers, then check them again

    You always hear people talking about how things happen in threes. If someone you know breaks an arm, someone else might get pneumonia, and then a thir ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 8:19 pm
  • Seneca hopes to enjoy home cooking on football schedule

    SENECA – Dwight and Seneca have played annually in football for many years, yet their opening-week game in 2014 will offer some unique aspects from th ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 8:18 pm
  • Roundup: Frank Welch Memorial takes place at Grundy tonight

    MORRIS – The fifth annual Frank Welch Memorial “94” presented by Rod Baker Ford will take place tonight at the Grundy County Speedway. The program wil ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 8:22 pm
  • Morris soccer hopes to extend regional streak

    MORRIS – Quick. Name the program with the best post-season streak at Morris Community High School.If ...
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 10:33 am
  • Morris hoping to state its case on court

    MORRIS – After one of the more successful seasons in school history, Morris girls tennis coach Becky Ortega is hoping for one thing this year.
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 9:03 pm
  • 5 Players to watch on "D" vs. Jaguars

    There are very few guarantees in the National Football League but one of the rare ones is, if the Chicago Bears defense doesn’t make significant impro ...
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 9:04 pm
  • Morris football season tickets on sale today

    MORRIS – On Monday, the Morris football team held its first official practice. On Wednesday, the Redskins were able to wear shoulder pads for the firs ...
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 9:03 pm
  • Morris volleyball hopes less is more

    MORRIS – For most of the summer, Morris girls volleyball coach Jackie Litwiler was pretty secure in the fact that she had a solid roster of 12 girls f ...
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 10:30 am
  • Clausen getting chance over Palmer in backup role

    BOURBONNAIS – It is in line with what we have heard from Bears coach Marc Trestman all camp about the backup quarterback competition, but it also make ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 8:46 pm
  • New team, new role for former Bear Peppers

    GREEN BAY, Wis. – Seeing Julius Peppers sporting a green-and-gold uniform, numbered 56 for linebacker, rushing from a two-point stance opposite Clay M ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 8:46 pm
  • Roundup: Minooka’s McAsey wins Big Ten 800-meter title

    When Joe McAsey was on the track team at Minooka High School, his method of running the 800 meters was a thing of beauty. He would keep close to the l ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 8:49 pm
  • Coalers look for size, speed to key 2014 season

    COAL CITY – Last season, the Coal City football team finished 5-5, earning a spot in the Class 4A playoffs before bowing out in a 33-14 first-round lo ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 8:37 pm
  • Kyle Hamilton claims another 50-lap STARS feature

    MORRIS – In recent years, when a 50-lap midget race is run at Grundy County Speedway and Kyle Hamilton is in the field, he is the man to beat. Hamilto ...
    Aug. 11, 2014 - 9:29 pm
  • Morris selects its captains for 2014

    MORRIS – One of the traditions at Morris Community High School is that the players choose the captains. More often than not, the players have the same ...
    Aug. 11, 2014 - 9:29 pm
  • Roundup: Baker claims seventh late-model win at Grundy Speedway

    MORRIS – Ricky Baker thanked his crew after his seventh late-model feature win Friday night at Grundy County Speedway for adjusting a car that almost ...
    Aug. 11, 2014 - 9:32 pm
  • Morris looking to erase memories of 2013

    MORRIS – Ever since the final horn sounded on Morris’ 49-14 loss to Kaneland to end last year’s football season, the Redskins have been waiting for Mo ...
    Aug. 11, 2014 - 9:23 pm
  • Minooka High School to offer physicals today

    MINOOKA – Minooka Community High School will be offering free sports physicals from 8 to 11 a.m. today at Central Campus, Door 1.
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 10:02 pm
  • Oesterle: Strange trip, but it's good to be back home

    “Lately, it occurs to me...What a long, strange trip it’s been.”I am going to whole-heartedly agree ...
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 10:01 pm
  • Morris' Friend hoping for starting spot at IU

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Last football season, Morris native Danny Friend spent most of his time watching the Indiana University offense and getting time o ...
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 9:54 pm
  • Wiers Baseball Academy tryouts to be held Saturday in Morris

    MORRIS – The 2015 Wiers Baseball Academy Warrior and Lady Warrior second tryout times have been set for at 5 p.m. Saturday Wiers Baseball Academy is a ...
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 9:34 pm
  • Blood types: Vereen brothers road to the NFL

    The narrow passageway that leads up the 17 carpeted steps connecting the first and second floors of Henry and Venita Vereen’s home wasn’t constructed ...
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 9:33 pm
  • Take time to take in the outdoors world

    School is about to start. For most people, they either love it or hate it. No matter how you feel though the start of a new school year means one thin ...
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 9:32 pm
  • Henry, Perry hope to improve Central Michigan’s fortunes

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – In a sport that is dominated by change, during the 2013 football season, one thing was a constant for the Central Michigan Uni ...
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 9:00 am
  • Williams: I know I’ve still got a lot to prove

    BOURBONNAIS – By now, the rehabilitation process has become boring to D.J. Williams.That’s how the 1 ...
    Aug. 6, 2014 - 9:45 pm
  • Roundup: Foltynewicz impressive in big-league debut

    The success of local pitching prospects in the professional ranks continues.In his major-league debu ...
    Aug. 6, 2014 - 9:40 pm
  • Morris' Knapp to continue career at Eastern Illinois

    MORRIS – From an uncertain start to her track and field career, 2014 was a historic spring for Morris' Haleigh Knapp. The senior high jumper became ju ...
    Aug. 6, 2014 - 9:27 pm
  • Bears looking to shore up receiver position

    BOURBONNAIS – With Brandon Marshall taking the day off and Marquess Wilson having surgery Tuesday morning on his fractured clavicle, the Bears’ search ...
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 8:55 pm
  • Baran outduels Prock for first STARS win at Grundy

    MORRIS – On the day Luke Baran was born, his father, Nick, made a promise to his son that he was going to bring home a trophy to put in his nursery. T ...
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 8:55 pm
  • For Coal City’s Miller, it’s all about the community

    JOLIET – There aren’t a lot of perfect matches when it comes to jobs and people. Usually, you have to take what the job entails and find the person th ...
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 8:54 pm
  • Receiver Wilson breaks collarbone

    BOURBONNAIS — The buzz surrounding Bears No. 3 wide receiver Marquess Wilson throughout the offseason and first week of training camp disappeared almo ...
    Aug. 4, 2014 - 9:25 pm
  • Hoffman returns to Grundy winners’ circle

    MORRIS – Eddie Hoffman’s previous late-model feature victory at Grundy County Speedway was June 27.A ...
    Aug. 4, 2014 - 9:24 pm
  • Williams, Morris alumni claim soccer bragging rights

    MORRIS – As far as sports nicknames go, “Slow” isn’t one most people want.Former Morris soccer playe ...
    Aug. 4, 2014 - 9:13 pm
  • Defense dominates in the red zone Friday

    BOURBONNAIS – Tim Jennings (quad) and Charles Tillman (coach’s decision) were hardly bystanders during Friday’s practice. How could they be, watching ...
    Aug. 1, 2014 - 7:37 pm
  • Roundup: Minooka alum Bucciferro promoted to AA Birmingham

    The White Sox have announced that former Minooka High School standout Tony Bucciferro will move from Single-A Winston-Salem to Double-A Birmingham.
    Aug. 1, 2014 - 10:28 pm
  • Minooka grad Foltynewicz called up to Houston Astros

    HOUSTON – It’s been a good couple of weeks to be a professional pitcher from Minooka High School.On ...
    Aug. 4, 2014 - 9:23 pm
  • Roundup: ‘Candyman 33’ Special at Grundy Speedway tonight

    MORRIS – A super line up is set for tonight, as the Street Stocks take center stage for the “Candyman 33” Special in a 33-lap main event honoring form ...
    July 31, 2014 - 8:52 pm
  • Happy Briggs is a ‘true Bear’

    BOURBONNAIS — It’s easy to forget based on how his season ended, but Lance Briggs tied for the Bears’ team lead with 10 tackles for loss in 2013.
    July 31, 2014 - 8:46 pm
  • Rogers: Pool 9 of Mississippi River in Wisconsin a good plan

    I always try to provide readers with possible fishing destinations that are close to home. This last week I fished a good one. For many of you, this w ...
    July 31, 2014 - 8:52 pm
  • Morris’ Franklin realizing dream as Slammers’ GM

    JOLIET – When Chris Franklin was busy being a three-sport athlete at Morris Community High School in the late 1990s, being a general manager wasn’t on ...
    July 31, 2014 - 8:41 pm
  • Vereen plays backup to McCray for a day

    BOURBONNAIS – Almost everything was the same as usual in Bourbonnais on Wednesday morning.The sun wa ...
    July 30, 2014 - 8:43 pm
  • Georgia Satellites to replace Betts at Silver Cross

    JOLIET – The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy announced that the Georgia Satellites will perform as the headline act at Silver Cross ...
    July 30, 2014 - 8:25 pm
  • Oesterle: Another fall season is soon upon us

    Wow. I just looked at the calendar. Don’t get me wrong, I look at it every day, but it just dawned o ...
    July 30, 2014 - 8:42 pm
  • Channahon 10U team narrowly misses World Series berth

    The 10U Mustang baseball team was yet another success story out of Channahon baseball this summer, as they were just one game away from reaching the M ...
    July 30, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Roundup: Joliet Slammers announce giveaway nights

    JOLIET – The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy are introducing a promotion that literally pays to be a Slammers fan in the months of A ...
    July 29, 2014 - 8:41 pm
  • Channahon’s Mazzocchi earns spot in PONY Hall of Fame

    WALNUT, Calif. – Last weekend, the baseball world witnessed some of the greatest players of all time entering the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New Yor ...
    July 29, 2014 - 8:31 pm
  • Prock outlasts competition to win Bob Tattersall Challenge

    MORRIS – To finish first, you must first finish.This old proverb was never more apparent than it was ...
    July 28, 2014 - 9:06 pm
  • Arkush: Bears' backup QB situation still worrisome

    BOURBONNAIS – Barring serious injury issues, the Bears’ 2014 offense is going to be very good, and quarterback Jay Cutler appears poised for his bigge ...
    July 28, 2014 - 9:06 pm
  • Roundup:Baker in right place at right time for Grundy win

    Just call Ricky Baker the “lurker” of Grundy County Speedway. The previous week, the defending track ...
    July 28, 2014 - 9:13 pm
  • Channahon runs into pitching buzzsaw

    CHANNAHON – The great equalizer in baseball is an ace pitcher.Channahon found that out Sunday mornin ...
    July 28, 2014 - 8:57 pm
  • Channahon drops first game at 9U World Series

    WALNUT, Calif. - The first game of the Mustang World Series was anything but a California dream for the Channahon 9U All-Star team on Friday.
    July 25, 2014 - 10:05 pm
  • Channahon moves to 2-0 in Bronco Zone Tournament play

    CHANNAHON – Winning baseball teams are usually built on pitching and defense, combined with timely hitting. Channahon's 12-year-old Bronco team is fol ...
    July 25, 2014 - 9:41 pm
  • Houston, Mundy already impressed

    BOURBONNAIS – If training camp is like going back to school for the veterans and the first day of school for the rookies, it’s a mix of the two for ve ...
    July 24, 2014 - 9:36 pm
  • Rogers: Weekend visit anything but down the tubes

    This past week we had family coming in to visit from out of town. I knew that the weather was supposed to be good, so of course I wanted to do somethi ...
    July 25, 2014 - 9:54 pm
  • Roundup: Seneca’s Callahan awarded Rivett Scholarship

    DWIGHT – The 16th annual Matt Rivett Memorial Golf Outing was June 21 at the Dwight Country Club, with all proceeds from the event going to an educati ...
    July 24, 2014 - 9:46 pm
  • Channahon overcomes adversity to win opener

    CHANNAHON – As the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.That held tr ...
    July 24, 2014 - 9:30 pm
  • Palmer enters camp as No. 2 QB ahead of Clausen

    BOURBONNAIS – One year ago in the same room we sat in Wednesday at Olivet Nazarene University, Phil Emery put his trust in Josh McCown to be the Bears ...
    July 23, 2014 - 8:14 pm
  • Oesterle: Is this Morris' year? The numbers, history says so

    I am going to step right out and admit it now. I am a numbers nerd. Some will argue that I am a nerd in general, and I won't argue that, but for sure ...
    July 23, 2014 - 8:09 pm
  • STARS midgets to race in memory of champion Bob Tattersall

    MORRIS – It’s been three weeks since the most recent D’Arcy GMC STARS National Midget event at Grundy County Speedway. During that brief summer break, ...
    July 23, 2014 - 8:08 pm
  • Channahon 9U Mustangs heading to California

    CHANNAHON – If any kids this summer can be accused of California dreaming, it’s the 9U Mustang All–Star team of Channahon.
    July 22, 2014 - 9:15 pm
  • Channahon to host Bronco Zone Tournament

    CHANNAHON – For years, seemingly forever, the Bronco North Zone Tournament has been a summer youth baseball fixture for 12-year-olds at St. Joseph’s P ...
    July 22, 2014 - 9:14 pm
  • Morris football concludes 7-on-7 season

    MORRIS – When high school football teams started playing 7-on-7 during the summer, it was looked at as a way for teams to keep their players in shape. ...
    July 22, 2014 - 9:12 pm
  • Elliott, Mitchell claim Chicagoland victories

    JOLIET – Only two Sprint Cup drivers were at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night for the NASCAR Nationwide EnjoyIllinois300.com.
    July 21, 2014 - 9:37 pm
  • Roundup: Minooka’s Bucciferro just misses no-hitter

    On Sunday, Minooka graduate Tony Bucciferro came within two outs of a no-hitter for the Winston-Salem Dash, the White Sox’s Class A Advanced team.
    July 21, 2014 - 9:56 pm
  • Indian Pride track meet brings fun to running

    CHANNAHON – In 2008, Minooka track and field and cross country coach Kevin Gummerson had an idea. He wanted to get the community involved and teach th ...
    July 21, 2014 - 9:33 pm
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