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  • Watch live: Morris vs. IC Prep

    Starting at 7 p.m., watch Morris take on IC Prep during the Coal City Turkey Tournament, through our partner High School Cube.
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 10:09 am
  • Watch live: Gardner South Wilmington vs. Serena

    Starting at 5:30 p.m., watch Gardner South Wilmington play Serena in the Coal City Turkey Tournament, through our partner High School Cube.
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 10:11 am
  • Notes: NFL's best run defense awaits Bears in Detroit

    LAKE FOREST – Often, when aggressive defensive lines get after the passer with such efficiency, they can be exploited by running the football.
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 8:52 pm
  • Eight Redskins named to all-NIB12 East football team

    MORRIS – The Morris football team recently placed four players on offense and four on defense on the All-Northern Illinois Big 12 East teams.
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 8:43 pm
  • Oesterle: Coal City football comes together to form strong bond

    CHICAGO – When the high school football season officially started way back on Aug. 11, I went out to visit Coal City’s team and talk with coach Lenny ...
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 10:14 am
  • Watch live: Coal City vs. Gardner South Wilmington

    Starting at 7 p.m., watch Coal City take on Gardner South Wilmington in the Coal City Turkey Tournament through our partner, High School Cube.
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 5:26 pm
  • Defensive lineman Paea’s presence felt in victory

    CHICAGO – There are times Stephen Paea feels underappreciated – not by his Bears teammates, but instead, by the opposing offensive linemen Paea spends ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 9:18 pm
  • Coalers’ run ends in semifinal loss to Wildcats

    CHICAGO – In many games this season, the Coal City (10-3) football team fell behind early, only to regroup and rally for a victory.
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 9:01 pm
  • Morris girls hoops roll to 4th straight win in

    FAIRBURY – The Morris girls basketball team is on a roll.After losing its first game in the Prairie ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 8:58 pm
  • Redskins open up season with win over Panthers

    COAL CITY – It might not have been the game that Morris boys basketball coach Joe Blumberg pictured, but the Redskins outlasted Gardner-South Wilmingt ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 8:57 pm
  • Watch live: Coal City vs. Serena

    Starting at 7:30 p.m., watch Coal City play Serena in the Coal City Thanksgiving Tournament, through our partner High School Cube.
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 5:50 pm
  • Watch live: Morris vs. Gardner-South Wilmington

    Starting at 5:30 p.m., watch Morris play Gardner-South Wilmington in the Coal City Thanksgiving Tournament, through our partner High School Cube.
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 7:12 pm
  • Phillips runs past Coal City in 4A semifinal

    CHICAGO – In many games this season, the Coal City football team fell behind early, only to regroup and rally for a victory.
    Nov. 22, 2014 - 9:21 pm
  • High school football scores - playoffs week 4

    Check back for playoff football score updates throughout the day.Final:Providence 42, Mount Carmel 2 ...
    Nov. 22, 2014 - 7:18 pm
  • Hub Arkush: Lovie's return could spell trouble for Chicago

    If Sunday’s meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers comes down to Lovie Smith and/or Josh McCown, the Bears could be in trouble.
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 9:03 pm
  • Minooka’s Ley, Paulsen, Sanchez sign to play in college

    MINOOKA – When Minooka seniors Cynthia Ley, Tyler Paulsen and Cristian Sanchez sat in the front of the room at the Minooka Community High School Caree ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 8:51 pm
  • Area teams already seeing action

    While the area boys basketball teams will spend the weekend getting ready for their respective Thanksgiving tournaments, some of the girls clubs have ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 8:51 pm
  • Area sports roundup: Morris grads help North Central football to 8-2 finish

    NAPERVILLE – The North Central College football team finished the season with an overall record of 8-2 and a 6-1 record in the College Conference of I ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 7:36 pm
  • Thanksgiving hoops traditions ready to tip off

    It is becoming one of the more common Thanksgiving traditions, right up there with eating too much, having too many family members in your house and w ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 7:26 pm
  • Rogers: Good hunting can still be found in urban areas

    As I drive to work, I pass by a massive new intermodal project. Warehouses sprout like weeds and concrete smothers the ground. More than a thousand ac ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 7:27 pm
  • Bears notes: Lance Briggs puts Lovie Smith in impressive coaching class

    LAKE FOREST – Lance Briggs’ reverence for Lovie Smith is well known, and he put his former coach in impressive company Wednesday at Halas Hall.
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:30 pm
  • Lovie Smith, Josh McCown remember Chicago fondly

    It is almost impossible to think about the Bears meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday without focusing on the return of Lovie Smith and Jos ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:28 pm
  • Coal City to take on powerful Phillips in Class 4A football semifinal

    COAL CITY – For the sixth time in school history, the Coal City football team will play in a state semifinal when they take on Chicago Phillips on Sat ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 7:24 pm
  • Experience at guard crucial to Morris boys basketball

    Last season, the Morris boys basketball team went 17-10 to mark its fifth straight season with more than 15 wins, the first time that has happened in ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:08 pm
  • Oesterle: 2014 Redskins provide lots of memories

    It was a long and bumpy road for the Morris football team in 2014, but those trips that are nothing but smooth sailing rarely evoke memories.
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 8:06 pm
  • Morris girls drop opener at Prairie Central Tourney

    FAIRBURY – The Morris girls basketball team opened its season Monday with a 47-42 loss to Prairie Central in the Prairie Central Tournament in Fairbur ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 7:58 pm
  • Gutsy 2-point call boosts Coalers into semifinals

    COAL CITY – It could go down in Coal City football lore as “The Comeback,” and at its most critical moment was “The Call” – or “The Calls.”
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 11:42 am
  • Hub Arkush: Grading the Chicago Bears, not the opponent

    Let’s start with this: The Bears as a team get a B+ for showing up Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 7:58 pm
  • Chicago Bears notes: Defense acquits itself by slamming door on Vikings

    CHICAGO – The Soldier Field scoreboard didn’t function properly most of the day, but there was no mistaking a 10-0 Bears deficit after 15 minutes.
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 9:15 pm
  • Coalers rally past Panthers to score semifinal berth

    COAL CITY – Manteno dealt Coal City one-point losses during the 2013 and 2014 regular seasons. Saturday afternoon, with much more on the line, the Coa ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 8:57 pm
  • Lions’ big plays too much for Redskins to rally against

    PEORIA – For most of the last half of the football season, Morris had its back to the wall. After starting the season 2-4, the Redskins were in do-or- ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 8:51 pm
  • High school football scores - playoffs week 3

    Check back for playoff football score updates throughout the day.FinalLincoln-Way East 7, Mount Carm ...
    Nov. 15, 2014 - 9:22 pm
  • Morris rallies, but can’t hold lead in loss to Peoria

    PEORIA – For most of the last half of the football season, Morris had its back to the wall. After st ...
    Nov. 15, 2014 - 8:58 pm
  • Coal City wins with late 2-point conversion

    COAL CITY – Manteno football dealt Coal City one-point losses during the 2013 and 2014 regular seasons.
    Nov. 15, 2014 - 8:56 pm
  • Vikings should be good matchup for reeling Bears

    On the face of it, the Minnesota Vikings should be tailor made for these Bears.Although they’ve actu ...
    Nov. 14, 2014 - 10:14 pm
  • Morris' Julie Jurasits takes next step in basketball journey

    MORRIS – When Julie Jurasits first picked up a basketball in fifth grade, she had no idea where it would lead her.
    Nov. 15, 2014 - 12:37 pm
  • Watch: Coal City vs. Manteno playoff football

    You can catch a recording of the Coal City vs. Manteno playoff football game here, through our partner High School Cube. The game is set to begin at ...
    Nov. 15, 2014 - 5:16 pm
  • Saratoga boys basketball escapes with home-court win over Shabbona

    MORRIS – When two basketball rivals meet up on the court, you can usually expect a hard-fought game. When those two rivals are schools in the same tow ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 9:01 pm
  • Rogers: Holiday gift ideas for the outdoors fan

    November marches on. The stores sit full of holiday goods that beckon us to part with our money. All of this excitement for the season reminds me I ne ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 7:34 pm
  • Local sports roundup: Morris swimmers 2nd at Boiler Tune-Up

    BRADLEY – The Morris girls swimming team took second at the Boiler Tune-Up on Friday at Bradley-Bourbonnais High School.
    Nov. 12, 2014 - 9:10 pm
  • Coal City football hopes to avenge loss to Manteno

    The last time Coal City’s football team met up with Manteno, the Interstate Eight Large division title was on the line. Coal City surrendered 311 yard ...
    Nov. 12, 2014 - 9:05 pm
  • Full-house backfield suits Morris football to a 'T'

    Throughout the season, the Morris football team has tinkered around with various offensive formations.
    Nov. 12, 2014 - 8:19 pm
  • Bears in need of coaching change

    Meeting the media Monday after his Bears suffered their second consecutive dismantling by a real NFL team, this time on national TV in the Sunday nigh ...
    Nov. 11, 2014 - 9:01 pm
  • Oesterle: Ground game, defense keys for Morris, Coal City playoff runs

    It seems like there always its talk about high schools changing conferences, whether it’s for travel or competitive purposes. Sometimes the schools th ...
    Nov. 11, 2014 - 8:39 pm
  • Coalers, Dibble roll to second-round win

    Coal City senior running back Jack Dibble keeps piling up the yardage.His offensive line is not doin ...
    Nov. 10, 2014 - 8:42 pm
  • Defense sets another record for futility

    GREEN BAY, Wis. – Who said the Bears aren’t consistent?They’ve now played the worst two first halves ...
    Nov. 10, 2014 - 8:42 pm
  • Morris’ Shannon sets personal mark at state

    Although she didn’t reached the goals she set for herself, Morris freshman Mya Shannon still had a good day at the IHSA Class 2A state cross country f ...
    Nov. 10, 2014 - 8:39 pm
  • Redskins run past Bulldogs

    MORRIS – If any football team wants to know how to close out a game, all it needs to do is ask Morris coach Alan Thorson for the game film from Saturd ...
    Nov. 10, 2014 - 8:38 pm
  • High school football scores - playoffs week 2

    Check back for playoff football score updates throughout the weekend.FridayFinalLincoln-Way East 47, ...
    Nov. 8, 2014 - 8:54 pm
  • Defense sparks Morris win over Mahomet-Seymour

    MORRIS – Although there were 58 points scored, defense ruled most of the game Saturday in Morris' 35-23 win over Mahomet-Seymour in the second round o ...
    Nov. 8, 2014 - 7:20 pm
  • Coal City knocks off unbeaten St. Edward

    ELGIN – Jack Dibble's 17-yard touchdown run, his fourth touchdown of the game, erased a 20-19 deficit and lifted Coal City to a 25-20 victory Saturday ...
    Nov. 8, 2014 - 7:00 pm
  • Rogers: A nice day to go shooting with my sons

    A couple of Saturday’s ago my youngest son, Cody, sauntered up to me with a toothy grin. I’ve been a father long enough to know beneath that enamel so ...
    Nov. 7, 2014 - 8:27 pm
  • Roundup: Morris girls swimmers score 6th in Independent Conference

    OSWEGO – The Morris girls swimmers and divers participated in the 2014 Independent Conference Swim Championships Nov. 1 at Oswego East High School, wh ...
    Nov. 7, 2014 - 8:28 pm
  • Oesterle: Football teams could enjoy home cooking through playoffs

    Something football players and coaches never do in the playoffs is look ahead to the upcoming weeks. That’s not a safe thing to do when it’s a lose-an ...
    Nov. 7, 2014 - 8:13 pm
  • Watch Live: Morris vs. Mahomet-Seymour

    Catch the Class 5A second round playoff game between Morris and Mahomet-Seymour here, through our partner High School Cube. The game is scheduled to ...
    Nov. 8, 2014 - 7:27 pm
  • Roundup: Morris’ DesLauriers named Academic All-District

    NAPERVILLE – North Central College football player Marc DesLauriers, a senior from Morris, has been voted to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-Distric ...
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 7:59 pm
  • Morris’ Shannon moving in uncharted waters

    MORRIS – Back in August, an unassuming looking freshman girl decided to go out for the Morris cross country team. Mya Shannon had never run cross coun ...
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 6:30 pm
  • Bears receiver Marquess Wilson returns to practice

    LAKE FOREST – For the first time in three months, Bears receiver Marquess Wilson practiced when the Bears began preparation for the Packers on Wednesd ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 9:01 pm
  • Roundup: Saratoga sixth-grade girls basketball team goes unbeaten

    The Saratoga sixth-grade girls basketball A team completed an undefeated season Monday night in Reed Custer with a 21-10 victory. The Hawks’ balanced ...
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 4:26 pm
  • Coalers prepare to face high-powered St. Edward

    They seem to come at opposing defenses in waves.Green waves, that is.The Green Wave of St. Edward, C ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 8:51 pm
  • Morris looks to extend four-game win streak

    It’s funny what a winning streak can to do a team’s frame of mind.When the Morris football team was ...
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 7:49 pm
  • Indians drop heartbreaker in sectional semifinals

    NORMAL – After pulling off one unlikely comeback, it looked like Minooka’s girls volleyball team was on the verge of staging an even more impressive r ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 11:47 pm
  • Morris football tickets on sale today

    The Morris football team will host an second IHSA Class 5A football playoffs against Mahomet-Seymour at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 11:47 pm
  • Poor grade for Trestman, Emery gets incomplete

    It’s time to give some midterm grades to the Bears’ coaching staff and front office.As we all know, ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 10:54 pm
  • Feiden in right spot at right time for Morris

    MORRIS – For most of the 2014 season, the players on the Morris football team have been taking turns playing the starring role in each game. Most week ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 8:55 pm
  • Trestman not ready to throw in the towel

    LAKE FOREST – Bears coach Marc Trestman told his Bears players about recent examples of a 3-5 team that turned things around to make the playoffs, and ...
    Nov. 3, 2014 - 8:48 pm
  • Roundup: Morris’ Shannon makes state cross country meet

    EAST PEORIA – For the second week in a row, Morris freshman Mya Shannon and LaSalle-Peru senior Megan Krolak ran the same time in minutes and seconds ...
    Nov. 3, 2014 - 8:45 pm
  • Morris beats U-High to advance in Class5A playoffs

    The Morris football team showed no fear Saturday against Normal U-High in the Class 5A first-round playoffs at Illinois State University, and the Reds ...
    Nov. 3, 2014 - 8:32 pm
  • High school football scores for Nov. 1, 2014

    Check back for area football score updates throughout the day.Final -Bolingbrook 35, Bloom 0Final -P ...
    Nov. 1, 2014 - 9:18 pm
  • High school football scores for Oct. 31, 2014

    Check back for area football score updates throughout the evening.FinalLincoln-Way Central 7, Lincol ...
    Nov. 1, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Roundup: Minooka tops Rock Island to win regional volleyball title

    MOLINE – Revenge, it is said, is best served cold. There is no mention of the timing of the servng i ...
    Oct. 31, 2014 - 10:25 pm
  • Running game leads Coal City past Manteno

    COAL CITY — During the course of the regular season, Jack Dibble was the workhorse for the Coal City offense.
    Oct. 31, 2014 - 9:38 pm
  • Rogers: Taking full advantage of a free day

    The realization snuck up on me. I wasn’t sure I could pull it off, but the hope was there. A glimpse of what might be kept flashing through my mind. I ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 9:10 pm
  • Oesterle: Fall season quickly coming to a close

    Hard to believe, but the fall season is quickly drawing to a close. Golf and tennis have already had their state competitions, soccer and volleyball a ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 9:08 pm
  • Big league dream comes true for Foltynewicz

    Like nearly every kid who puts on a baseball uniform and steps onto a field, Mike Foltynewicz dreamed of playing in the major leagues one day.
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 9:00 pm
  • Hub Arkush: We shouldn’t be surprised by these Bears

    If you are like most of the people I’ve been talking to on the radio, or the gang that’s emailing me regularly or just most of the folks I bump into o ...
    Oct. 29, 2014 - 9:35 pm
  • Coalers to see similar squad in the Trojans

    COAL CITY – When Coal City’s football team takes its home field Friday at 7 p.m. against Mendota in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs, the Coal ...
    Oct. 29, 2014 - 9:11 pm
  • Minooka volleyball reaches regional final

    MOLINE – It was a case of better late than never for the Minooka girls volleyball team Tuesday night, as the Indians won the third match of the night ...
    Oct. 29, 2014 - 9:12 pm
  • Redskins to take on unbeaten Pioneers

    MORRIS – For most of the rest of the football teams that are in the playoffs, the reality of finality of a postseason loss is a new concept.
    Oct. 29, 2014 - 9:11 pm
  • Roundup: Coal City volleyball falls short

    COAL CITY – The Coal CIty volleyball team almost pulled off the home team upset Tuesday, as the fourth-seeded Coalers pushed top seed Herscher to thre ...
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 9:36 pm
  • Redskins’ season comes to an end vs. Panthers

    COAL CITY – One trademark of the Morris girls volleyball team throughout the 2014 season has been that the Redskins can handle adversity. They have be ...
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 9:30 pm
  • Hub Arkush: Bears can't win as they are now

    Monday nights and Tuesdays are my favorite part of the week during the NFL season because that’s when I get to sit down, block out all the “noise” and ...
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 9:36 pm
  • Morris finds inspiration in small package

    MORRIS – Down on the field after the Morris Redskins clinched a playoff berth with a 49-7 win over LaSalle-Peru Brennan Martin is beaming. Wearing a j ...
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 9:24 pm
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