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  • Butler shines in Minooka team effort

    JOLIET – Earlier this basketball season, Minooka coach Scott Tanaka’s statement raised a few eyebrows.
    March 4, 2015 - 4:13 pm
  • Watch live: Morris boys varsity basketball

    Starting at 7:30 p.m., the Morris varsity boys basketball team will take on Plano in a regional playoff game. Catch the action live through our partne ...
    March 4, 2015 - 3:47 pm
  • Morris’ Knapp earns all-OVC honors at EIU

    CHARLESTON – Morris graduate Haleigh Knapp, who won three consecutive Class 2A state high jump titles, recently helped Eastern Illinois University’s w ...
    March 3, 2015 - 9:32 pm
  • Coal City boys battle Plano to the end

    COAL CITY – When an underdog wants to pull off an upset in the postseason, nearly everything has to go its way.
    March 3, 2015 - 9:15 pm
  • Coal City’s Budde signs with Trinity Christian

    COAL CITY – Catching has always been a valuable commodity in baseball circles. If you have a player who is good behind the plate, and wants to play th ...
    March 3, 2015 - 9:22 pm
  • Coal City fights Plano to the end in regional loss

    COAL CITY — After playing a nearly perfect first half, the Coal City boys basketball team couldn't quite sustain that level in the second half Monday ...
    March 2, 2015 - 9:41 pm
  • Coal City’s Verdun re-signs with Chicago Bandits

    ROSEMONT – Chicago Bandits general manager Aaron M. Moore announced Monday that the team has agreed to terms with pitcher/first baseman Kirsten Verdun ...
    March 2, 2015 - 9:23 pm
  • Coal City caps season with 3rd-place trophy

    BLOOMINGTON – After experiencing a memorable season in so many respects, it only seemed appropriate Coal City’s wrestling team would capture a state t ...
    March 2, 2015 - 8:53 pm
  • Watch live: Coal City boys varsity basketball

    Starting at 7:30 p.m., the Coal City boys varsity basketball team will take on Plano in the Class 3A Coal City Regional. You can catch the action live ...
    March 2, 2015 - 3:41 pm
  • Balance, bench lead Newark to regional title

    MARSEILLES – Will Clausel and Evan Schomer were, again, the only players in double figures for Newark on Friday, but its latest regional championship ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 10:10 pm
  • Morris notches win in season home finale

    MORRIS – During the first half of Friday night’s boys basketball game between Morris and Northern Illinois Big 12 East rival Sycamore, a basket seemed ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 10:10 pm
  • G-SW falls just short in regional upset bid

    DWIGHT – As expected in a battle of neighborhood rivals, Thursday’s regional semifinal game between Gardner-South Wilmington and Dwight in the semifin ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 7:32 pm
  • Rogers: Wolf sighting may be a good thing for environment

    By now I’m sure many of you have heard about the gray wolf incident west of town. I’m not going to rehash that particular story, but instead focus on ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 9:23 pm
  • Faculty vs. Fuzz basketball game Saturday

    The faculty at Morris Community High School and the members of the Morris Police Department are getting together to play some basketball, all for the ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 9:40 am
  • Morris' Hickey Dransfeldt gets called to DePaul Hall of Fame

    Speed kills.No matter the sport, the team or player with the most speed usually has an advantage. Du ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 8:58 pm
  • Watch live: Coal City girls basketball sectional 3-point contest

    Starting at 5:30 p.m., the Coal City girls basketball sectional will host a three-point contest. Catch the action live through our partner High School ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 9:43 am
  • GSW wins in OT to set up game with Dwight

    DWIGHT – The matchup is set, but it wasn’t easy.Gardner-South Wilmington’s boys basketball team need ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 9:34 pm
  • Newark rolls to regional win over LaMoille

    MARSEILLES – Surviving an early scare, top-seeded Newark defeated Little Ten Conference rival LaMoille-­Ohio, 59-33, in the first of two semifinals We ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 9:34 pm
  • Wooden: Writing for Morris Daily Herald a dream come true

    For most people who find themselves in a line of work that they’re passionate about, there was some confluence of events where dreams became reality a ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 9:32 pm
  • MVK eighth-graders reach new heights

    MAZON – When the current group of players that comprise the Mazon-Verona-Kinsman eighth-grade boys basketball players were in fifth grade, they scrimm ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 9:31 pm
  • Seneca throws scare into top seed Reed-Custer

    SENECA – Earlier in the season, the Seneca boys basketball team lost to Reed-Custer 103-55. That is not a misprint. That is a 48-point loss.
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 9:26 pm
  • Coal City advances to state dual wrestling meet

    PLANO – Sometimes, the points you don’t allow the opposing team to score are as important as the points your own team scores.
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 9:35 pm
  • Seneca graduate Pihl named Big East Softball Player of the Week

    NEW YORK – Coming off the best weekend of her career, DePaul softball player and Seneca High School graduate Nicole Pihl was tabbed as the Big East Pl ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 8:13 pm
  • Redskins and Barbs battle for Big 12 title

    DeKALB – After three quarters Friday night, the Morris boys basketball team led DeKalb, 47-46. Unfortunately for the Redskins, the Barbs got hot in th ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 9:52 pm
  • Butler’s 31 points lead Minooka in comeback win

    PLAINFIELD – The Minooka boys basketball team had a cold start in its Southwest Prairie Conference game Friday night at Plainfield Central.
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 9:43 pm
  • Coalers win 3 titles in state championship

    CHAMPAIGN – Corey Jurzak’s attempt at a back flip after capturing his first state wrestling title was a bit off, but that was one of few missteps for ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 9:27 pm
  • Joe Butler scores 31 in Indians victory

    PLAINFIELD – The Minooka boys basketball team had a cold start in its Southwest Prairie Conference game Friday night at Plainfield Central.
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 10:28 pm
  • Boys basketball teams head into second season

    Even though we are in the latter stages of February, it’s time for what the Illinois High School Association calls the Original March Madness.
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 10:01 pm
  • Bears need to draft a quarterback, just not right away

    INDIANAPOLIS – Bears general manager Ryan Pace is on the record as saying he believes the way you attack the quarterback position is in waves, draftin ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 10:29 pm
  • Watch live: Coal City vs. Reed-Custer

    Starting at 6:45 p.m., the Coal City varsity boys basketball team will take on Reed-Custer. Catch the action live through our partner High School Cube ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 2:55 pm
  • Rogers: Time again for Bassmaster Classic, a fisherman’s dream

    It’s that time of year again. Today, Saturday, and Sunday, 56 of the world’s best anglers will be vying for the crown of Bassmaster Classic Champion. ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:58 pm
  • Lincoln-Way West ends Morris girls’ season

    NEW LENOX – Back in December, the Morris girls basketball team lost a 66-36 decision to Lincoln-Way West in the Ottawa Christmas Tournament.
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 9:48 pm
  • Jurasits holds top score for Morris girls

    NEW LENOX – With slightly more than two minutes remaining in the third quarter Wednesday night against Lincoln-Way West, Morris senior forward Julie J ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 9:22 pm
  • Newark stops G-SW to post 9th straight win

    STAFF REPORTSNEWARK – After falling below the .500 mark midway through the season, the Newark boys b ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 10:04 pm
  • Ottawa trips up Morris, claims NIB 12 west title

    MORRIS – The Gassman dispensed premium – play, that is – and the Ottawa Pirates celebrated an outright Northern Illinois Big 12 west boys basketball c ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 10:04 pm
  • Morris girls use 2nd half to down Coal City

    NEW LENOX – In a basketball game that is close at halftime, the conventional wisdom says that whichever team wins the first few minutes of the second ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 9:51 pm
  • Minooka’s McAsey earns Big Ten honor

    ROSEMONT – University of Illinois men’s track and field middle distance runner Joe McAsey, a Minooka Community High School graduate, has been named th ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 9:31 pm
  • Watch live: Morris vs. Ottawa

    Starting at 7 p.m., the Morris boys varsity basketball team will take on Ottawa. Catch the action live through our partner High School Cube.
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 1:43 pm
  • Coal City wrestlers advance six to state meet

    WILMINGTON – The Coal City wrestlers presented abundant smiles Saturday as they posed for team pictures after the Class 1A Wilmington Sectional.
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 9:40 pm
  • Morris girls bowlers fall just short of state

    PLAINFIELD – The Joliet West girls are returning to the bowling state Tournament. And it’s all becau ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 9:21 pm
  • Morris girls basketball gets past LaSalle-Peru on senior night

    MORRIS – When the starting lineups were read off Friday night before Morris’ final home game of the season against LaSalle-Peru, most of the Redskin n ...
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 10:54 pm
  • Area Roundup: Coal City girls clinch tie for I-8 title

    STREATOR – A big fourth quarter led Coal City’s girls basketball team to a come-from-behind, 35-24 win over Interstate Eight Conference rival Streator ...
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 11:47 pm
  • Watch live: Morris girls basketball vs. LaSalle Peru

    Starting at 7 p.m., the Morris girls varsity basketball team will take on LaSalle Peru. Catch the action live through our partner High School Cube.
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 3:59 pm
  • Rogers: New director, same great direction for C.A.S.T.

    There are many worthwhile nonprofit organizations involved with the outdoors. Many of them impact the sports we love through habitat purchase, reclama ...
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:30 pm
  • Morris girls close gap in loss to Sycamore

    MORRIS – The last time the Morris and Sycamore girls basketball teams played each other, the Redskins lost by 50 points.
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Area Roundup: Minooka, MVK boys headed to state basketball finals

    A pair of local eighth-grade boys basketball teams – Minooka and Mazon-Verona-Kinsman – have advanced to the IESA state finals in their respective cla ...
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:31 pm
  • Watch live: Morris girls basketball vs. Sycamore

    Starting at 7 p.m., the Morris varsity girls basketball team will take on Sycamore. Catch the action live through our partner High School Cube.
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:38 am
  • Kempiak, defense lead Newark girls past Gardner-South Wilmington

    SOMONAUK – It took a little while for the Newark girls basketball team to get going Wednesday night. But when they hit their stride, the Norsemen zoom ...
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 9:34 pm
  • Area Roundup: G-SW boys rally for win over Illinois Lutheran

    GARDNER – If you aren’t going to lead a basketball game for very long, it’s best to lead it late. Th ...
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 9:31 pm
  • So many questions to answer with young Bears linebackers

    With a new general manager and coach, and plenty of questions about which players are returning, the Bears’ organization is difficult to gauge when it ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 10:25 pm
  • Area Roundup: GSW, Seneca girls open regionals with wins

    SOMONAUK – It was a battle of neighborhood rivals, but it turned into a rout. Gardner-South Wilmingt ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 10:01 pm
  • Oesterle: It’s already tourney time for some area basketball teams

    Don’t look now, but the IHSA basketball postseason is already upon us.Girls action actually started ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 9:47 pm
  • Area roundup: Morris wrestlers advance three to sectional

    LaSALLE – Three was a charm for the Morris wrestling team Saturday at the Class 2A LaSalle-Peru Regional. The Redskins saw three members of their team ...
    Feb. 9, 2015 - 8:50 pm
  • Morris boys get win at downstate O’Fallon Shootout

    O’FALLON – Taking a break from its regular schedule, the Morris boys basketball team took part in the Bank of O’Fallon Shootout on Saturday. The Redsk ...
    Feb. 9, 2015 - 8:47 pm
  • Morris girls roll to second-place finish in regional

    STREATOR – Minooka and Morris girls bowling finished first and second, respectively, atop an 11-team field at the Joliet West Regional in 2014.
    Feb. 9, 2015 - 8:42 pm
  • Saratoga falls in 7th grade sectional, while Shabbona drops 8th grade regional final game

    Feb. 6, 2015 - 8:48 pm
  • Area sports roundup: Morris girls wins NIB 12 bowling tourney title

    DeKALB – After rolling through the conference season undefeated, all that remained for the Morris girls bowling team was the Northern Illinois Big 12 ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 6:20 pm
  • Morris boys basketball shoots its way past Yorkville

    YORKVILLE – The old Schoolhouse Rock song says that three is a magic number.For the Morris boys bask ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 6:00 pm
  • Watch live: Boys and girls basketball

    Area boys and girls varsity basketball teams will play throughout the region tonight. Catch the action live through our partner, High School Cube.
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 2:24 pm
  • Big snowfall can bring big enjoyment

    The other day, I turned around in my classroom to write something on the board. This in itself is a terrifying thing for a teacher to do. The antics t ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Area roundup: Peotone girls get revenge on Coal City

    PEOTONE – Just a few days after winning the Interstate Eight Conference Tournament on its own floor against Peotone, the Coal City girls basketball te ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Meet the state-bound Morris cheerleaders

    Name: Kelsey HiderGrade: SeniorFamily members: Michele, Jason, Evan, MitchellFavorite food: PizzaFav ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 11:07 pm
  • Morris cheerleaders are set for state competition

    MORRIS – Their season officially began Nov. 1, but they have been working out since the summer. During the competitive season, they are involved six d ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 11:05 pm
  • Hot shooting leads Morris boys past Yorkville

    YORKVILLE — The Morris boys basketball team's Big Three of Austin Patterson, Evan Bjelland and Jake Walker took center stage Thursday night as the Red ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 10:24 pm
  • Minooka’s Gunn signs with South Dakota

    MINOOKA – With 11 hours of coverage dedicated to National Signing Day on ESPNU and four major Internet services charging in excess of $7.95 a month fo ...
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 8:31 pm
  • Morris girls' defense shuts down Serena in victory

    MORRIS – Defense was the name of the game Tuesday night as the Morris girls basketball team defeated non-conference rival Serena, 54-21. The Redskins ...
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 8:13 pm
  • Bears look to free agency if Forte bolts

    With a new general manager and coach, and plenty of questions about which players are returning, the Bears are a difficult organization to gauge when ...
    Feb. 3, 2015 - 8:54 pm
  • Roundup: Morris, Minooka cheer teams advance to state

    BARTONVILLE – Both the Morris and Minooka cheerleading squads took part in the Bartonville Limestone Sectional over the weekend, and both advanced to ...
    Feb. 3, 2015 - 8:52 pm
  • Shabbona holds off Saratoga rally in regional semi

    MORRIS – Last week, the seventh-grade boys basketball teams from Saratoga and Shabbona staged an instant classic, with Saratoga rallying from a nine-p ...
    Feb. 3, 2015 - 8:48 pm
  • Minooka girls second at SPC bowling meet

    MORRIS – Deciding the Southwest Prairie Conference girls bowling champion came down to the final game at Saturday’s tournament.
    Feb. 2, 2015 - 7:53 pm
  • Area roundup: Morris girls basketball wins, boys lose at Kaneland

    MAPLE PARK – It was a split decision for the Morris girls and boys basketball teams Friday night in a Nothern Illinois Big 12 East doubleheader with K ...
    Feb. 2, 2015 - 7:41 pm
  • Cold shooting night dooms Minooka boys basketball vs. Plainfield East

    CHANNAHON – If you’re wondering how well Plainfield East played defensively in Friday night’s 45-22 Southwest Prairie victory over Minooka, take a loo ...
    Feb. 2, 2015 - 7:40 pm