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  • Blocked punt spurs Coal City to improbable win

    PLANO — Trailing by 13 points with under eight minutes to play on Friday night as they visited the Plano Reapers, the Coal City Coalers were finished.
    Sept. 20, 2014 - 11:11 am
  • Area football scores - Sept. 19, 2014

    Check back for area football score updates throughout the evening:FinalSt. Viator 24, Joliet Catholi ...
    Sept. 20, 2014 - 1:41 am
  • Failed two-point conversion gives Sterling OT win over Morris

    STERLING – Jason Wolber was worn out from hand-to-hand combat with some massive Morris offensive line beef Friday.
    Sept. 19, 2014 - 11:57 pm
  • Roundup: Morris soccer falls to NIB 12 East rival Yorkville

    YORKVILLE – The Northern Illinois Big 12 conference East season has not been kind to the Morris boys soccer team yet.
    Sept. 19, 2014 - 10:41 pm
  • Hub Arkush: Bears’ defense faces strong Jets O-line

    How many of you out there can name more than five players on the New York Jets? This Jets club is a ...
    Sept. 19, 2014 - 10:41 pm
  • Blocked punt spurs Coal City to improbable win

    PLANO – Trailing by 13 points with less than eight minutes to play on Friday night against the Plano Reapers, the Coal City Coalers were finished.
    Sept. 20, 2014 - 11:12 am
  • Minooka can't climb back from first half deficit against Oswego

    MINOOKA – When you are playing a team that has won 22 straight conference games, everything has to go your way from the start if you are going to brea ...
    Sept. 20, 2014 - 12:02 am
  • Griffin Sobol leads Redskins to halftime lead over Sterling

    STERLING – One fumble and three long runs told the story of the first half of Friday’s game between Morris and Sterling. The halftime score was Morris ...
    Sept. 19, 2014 - 11:58 pm
  • Roundup: Multiple honors for Redskins in win over Dundee-Crown

    MORRIS – On Wednesday evening, Morris football recognized the Players of the Game for their 27-0 victory against Dundee-Crown last Friday.
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 9:27 pm
  • Indians rally, stay unbeaten in Southwest Prairie

    MINOOKA – It will go down in the books as a fairly easy win for the Minooka girls volleyball team, but Thurday’s 25-15, 25-23 win over Southwest Prair ...
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 9:08 pm
  • Hub Arkush: Why did it take so long for teams, NFL to act?

    The Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers have gotten it right now by placing Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy on the commissioner’s exempt list, a sp ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 8:32 pm
  • Joliet Ski Club offers healthy outdoor activities

    JOLIET – As weather gets colder, people may start buying new winter clothes, tickets to escape the frigid temperature or they might just plan to stay ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 8:26 pm
  • Rogers: Fall temp changes can bring great fishing

    I stepped from my front door just as a few faint streaks of sunlight sliced through the darkness. My breath caught just slightly. For the first time, ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 8:32 pm
  • Roundup: Perinar, Minooka score win over Oswego

    MINOOKA – Ginger Perinar totaled eight kills, two blocks and two aces to lead Minooka to a 25-17, 25-21 Southwest Prairie volleyball victory Tuesday o ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 8:31 pm
  • Redskins to start NIB 12 schedule Friday vs. Sterling

    MORRIS – After all the anticipation over the summer months, the high school football season is already one-third over. Through three games, Morris is ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 8:18 pm
  • Saratoga hopes to continue success in playoffs

    MORRIS – In the past decade or two, the local junior high baseball landscape has been dominated by Minooka and Coal City, as the two schools have comb ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 3:18 pm
  • Despite conditions, Morris soccer blanks Wilmington

    MORRIS – A rainy day and wet field did not put a damper on the Morris boys soccer team Monday, as the Redskins put a pair of goals in the net in the f ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 8:22 pm
  • Despite late charge, Redskins fall to Kaneland

    MORRIS – While the end was exciting and the Morris boys soccer team was able to pull to within a goal in a 3-2 loss against Northern Illinois Big 12 r ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 8:19 pm
  • Roundup: Saratoga baseball remains unbeaten

    MORRIS – It wasn’t easy, but the Saratoga baseball team remained undefeated Saturday, defeating Shabbona, 12-2, and then edging defending IESA Class 3 ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 3:48 pm
  • Hub Arkush: Loss of Tillman a severe blow to Bears’ D

    Anyone who watched the full 60 minutes of the Bears’ stirring come-from-behind victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night had to know there ...
    Sept. 15, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Despite victory, special teams did the Bears no great favors

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — On one punt in the second quarter, the Bears drew three penalty flags. Three.A ...
    Sept. 15, 2014 - 9:22 pm
  • Irish defense tightens up for another win

    BRAIDWOOD – Seneca had seemingly established itself as a team that would win behind its defense, limiting Dwight and Nokomis to a combined total of 14 ...
    Sept. 15, 2014 - 9:20 pm
  • Sophomore Keagan Sobol leads Morris to big win

    MORRIS – In horse racing, when a horse runs well on a wet track, he’s called a mudder.After Friday n ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 3:44 pm
  • Seneca holds its ground, battles back to win against Reed-Custer

    BRAIDWOOD – Reed-Custer owned the first quarter Friday night, as did Seneca the second. With the second half essentially a wash, extra-point kicks and ...
    Sept. 13, 2014 - 1:03 pm
  • Defense, special teams propel Seneca to another win

    BRAIDWOOD – Reed-Custer owned the first quarter Friday night, as did Seneca the second. With the second half essentially a wash, extra-point kicks and ...
    Sept. 13, 2014 - 1:27 pm
  • Morris pitches shutout against Dundee-Crown

    MORRIS – It was nearly a carbon copy to the previous week as far as weather goes Friday night, and despite both finishing in victories, with Morris be ...
    Sept. 13, 2014 - 12:23 am
  • Roundup: Del Toro leads Morris soccer past Streator

    STREATOR – A hat trick by Ricardo Del Toro led the Morris boys soccer team to a 4-2 win over Streator on Thursday at the Streator Tournament.
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 10:51 pm
  • Seneca battles back to win against Reed-Custer

    BRAIDWOOD – Seneca’s chances of starting 3-0 in varsity football fluctuated wildly Friday night as the Fighting Irish overcame a poor start to win, 14 ...
    Sept. 13, 2014 - 1:09 pm
  • Minooka scores on final drive to top Romeoville

    ROMEOVILLE – Friday’s Southwest Prairie Conference opener between Romeoville and Minooka turned into a contest where no lead was safe and whomever had ...
    Sept. 15, 2014 - 9:32 pm
  • Morris shuts out Dundee-Crown at home

    MORRIS – It was nearly a carbon copy of the previous week as far as weather goes Friday night, and despite both finishing in victories, with Morris be ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 10:50 pm
  • Area football scores - Sept. 12, 2014

    Check back for area football score updates throughout the evening:FinalMount Carmel 14, Providence 3 ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 10:28 pm
  • Rogers: Autumn provides outdoor bounty

    The days are getting shorter. There is no doubt about that. The leaves are also starting to show slight hints of the brilliance they will soon reveal. ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 11:31 am
  • Roundup: Griffin Sobol earns Morris QB Club honor

    MORRIS – When a football team scores two touchdowns and wins a game, odds are that the player who scored those two touchdowns is going to be honored i ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 9:52 pm
  • Redskins topple perennial power Lockport

    MORRIS – Morris girls volleyball coach Jackie Litwiller went to high school and played volleyball at Lincoln-Way. She also coached in that district be ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 9:29 pm
  • Hard to believe Goodell is dumb enough to have lied

    Whatever NFL commissioner Roger Goodell might have stepped in, it’s getting harder and harder by the moment for him to get it off his shoes.
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 9:40 pm
  • Roundup: Morris’ Korte named state Player of the Week

    MORRIS – Morris Community High School’s Kaylin Korte, a 6-foot junior outside hitter, has been named MaxPreps/AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Associ ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 9:33 pm
  • Bears adjust travel schedule for upcoming road challenge

    LAKE FOREST – The Bears have dropped eight straight on the road against the 49ers by an average margin of nearly 28 points. For Sunday’s prime time ma ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 9:30 pm
  • For Harvick, Chase has been on for months

    JOLIET – Kevin Harvick is sixth in the Sprint Cup standings – but in reality, the precise placing doesn’t matter. That’s because Harvick won the secon ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 9:20 pm
  • Redskins look to continue win streak Friday

    MORRIS – It’s difficult to say that a game in Week 3 of a football season is a must-win, but Morris coach Alan Thorson is almost to that point concern ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 1:57 pm
  • Roundup: Morris soccer scores big win in Streator Tournament

    STREATOR – After struggling a bit in the first half Monday, the Morris boys soccer team made some adjustments and came away with a 6-1 win over LaSall ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 9:50 pm
  • Korte leads Morris to easy win in home opener

    MORRIS – At long last Tuesday evening, it was finally time for the Morris girls volleyball team to play a match in front of its own fans.
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 11:20 am
  • Forte leaves lasting impression

    CHICAGO – Matt Forte took his time, keeping his back turned to the pack of reporters waiting in front of his locker Sunday afternoon.
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 9:06 pm
  • Bears unprepared for Buffalo?

    CHICAGO – Don’t jump! Please!The Buffalo Bills aren’t that bad of a football team. That was 2013’s s ...
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 9:06 pm
  • Oesterle: Morris turns to defense to save the day Friday

    MORRIS – It’s almost as certain as death and taxes. If you want to watch a hard-fought high school f ...
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 9:13 pm
  • Roundup: Morris sophomores claim win over Metamora

    MORRIS – The Morris sophomore football team defeated Metamora, 26-6, on Friday night. Metamora score ...
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 9:13 pm
  • Irish move to 2-0 with big win over Nokomis

    SENECA – A lot of the concern about the Seneca football team heading into the season was how the Irish were going to replace the offensive production ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 2:18 pm
  • Wilmington rolls past rival Coal City

    COAL CITY – Wilmington fell behind Coal City 7-0 early Friday but responded by scoring the next 26 points, claiming a 26-7 nonconference win.
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 4:37 pm
  • Providence breaks records, breezes past Minooka

    NEW LENOX – Providence receiver Miles Boykin is one of the top-rated college prospects in the Midwest.
    Sept. 6, 2014 - 1:07 am
  • Morris holds off Metamora’s last minute charge

    MORRIS — Nearly everyone expected a close, hard-fought game when Morris and Metamora kicked off Friday night.
    Sept. 5, 2014 - 11:21 pm
  • Roundup: Korte leads Morris volleyball team past Ottawa

    OTTAWA – Junior Kaylin Korte and the rest of the Morris girls volleyball team had their way with Ottawa on Thursday night, as the Redskins defeated th ...
    Sept. 5, 2014 - 11:00 pm
  • Lightning delays Coal City, Wilmington matchup

    COAL CITY – Coal City’s football team managed to grab the early advantage during Friday’s nonconference game against rival Wilmington.
    Sept. 5, 2014 - 10:46 pm
  • Bears’ new-look defense to face stiff first test

    Joe Buscaglia, Bills beat reporter for WGR-550 SportsRadio in Buffalo, joins Shaw Media and ChicagoFootball.com’s Kevin Fishbain to preview Sunday’s B ...
    Sept. 5, 2014 - 10:47 pm
  • Providence too much for Minooka in first half

    NEW LENOX – Minooka’s defense, particularly the secondary, went to school Friday night.It was no fun ...
    Sept. 5, 2014 - 10:45 pm
  • Roundup: Morris boys, girls take fourth at Irish Conditioner

    KANKAKEE – Thirteen schools took part at the Kankakee Bishop McNamara Conditioner at Small Park in Kankakee on Wednesday. The race is a different form ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 9:08 pm
  • Rogers: Are bass America’s next deadliest catch?

    I was caught by a headline this last week on a major outdoor magazine cover. It said, Top 10 Meanest Bass Lakes: Fish them if you Dare. Needless to sa ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 9:06 pm
  • Morris to see team similar to itself in Metamora

    For years, Morris and Metamora have been as close to mirror images of each other as high school football programs could be. Both are middle-sized publ ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 8:57 pm
  • Roundup: Morris sophomores drop opening game to Minooka

    MINOOKA – The Morris sophomore football team opened its season with a 28-12 loss to Minooka on Friday night.
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 9:36 pm
  • Larry Schuler captures Lee Schuler Memorial

    MORRIS – The season-ending Lee Schuler Memorial at Grundy County Speedway is a special race no matter what the year or who comes away with the trophy.
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 9:24 pm
  • Minooka beats Joliet Catholic behind 17 kills from Perinar

    MINOOKA – It’s been a few years since Minooka’s girls volleyball team has beaten Joliet Catholic Academy.
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 9:22 pm
  • Roundup: Morris frosh open season with split against Minooka

    MORRIS – The Morris freshman football team opened its season with a 22-8 loss to Minooka in the ‘A’ game on Saturday. Morris created seven turnovers, ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 9:05 pm
  • Coal City bats explode for big win over Shabbona

    MORRIS – Heading into Tuesday’s Illinois Valley Conference game against Shabbona, Coal City’s pitching staff had been put up some out-of-this-world nu ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 8:39 pm
  • Dibble, Coalers rebound with win over Reed-Custer

    BRAIDWOOD – Shortly after 11 p.m. on Friday, after the fans had scattered and the players had shed their gear, Coal City head football coach Lenny Ons ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 7:23 pm
  • Roundup: Minooka boys, girls take second at Normal West Invite

    NORMAL – It might be a new season, but the Minooka cross country program just keeps on running. Both ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 7:33 pm
  • Seneca gets just enough from its offense

    SENECA – The Seneca offense got off to a great start in its first game since graduating over 94 percent of its offense from a nine-win team.
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 7:22 pm
  • Minooka’s passing game lights up the night

    MINOOKA – A few things went as expected in Friday night’s season-opening football game between Morris and Minooka, which the Indians won, 28-21.
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 12:57 pm
  • Coal City, Dibble run past Reed-Custer

    BRAIDWOOD – A 55-minute lightning delay forced fans into the Reed-Custer fieldhouse in the middle of the first quarter as the Coal City Coalers kicked ...
    Aug. 30, 2014 - 1:00 am
  • Gunn propels Minooka to win over Morris on Friday

    MINOOKA — If Yogi Berra was in Minooka on Friday night, he would have said it was deja vu all over again.
    Aug. 30, 2014 - 1:04 am
  • Bears waive Jordan Lynch, cut 4 more to get roster down

    The Bears waived running back and former Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch on Friday and reportedly gave Lynch no assurance of making the pra ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 10:51 pm
  • Roundup: G-SW volleyball rolls past Wilmington

    GARDNER – The Gardner-South Wilmington volleyball team came out on top after a match that took three competitive games to decide the winner Thursday n ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 10:54 pm
  • Seneca takes game with fake field goal

    SENECA – Field position was a big part of the story Friday night at Seneca, though a touchdown pass on a late fake field goal may be all that is remem ...
    Aug. 30, 2014 - 11:22 am
  • Roundup: Fan Appreciation Night, Night of Features at Grundy Speedway

    MORRIS – Labor Day Weekend will be full throttle and wide open at the Grundy County Speedway. The weekend starts tonight, with Fan Appreciation Night, ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:25 pm
  • Rogers: Hunting season is near, but who’s got time?

    I just received several hunting magazines in the mail this last week. All of them had features talking about the upcoming hunting seasons. They specif ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:24 pm
  • Morris tops Coal City in two in season opener

    COAL CITY – Ever since the first day of practice, when the Morris girls varsity volleyball team began practice with six players, the club has been a w ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:10 pm
  • Minooka tops Lockport in volleyball opener

    LOCKPORT – After watching the sophomore teams battle in a close three-set match Tuesday, Minooka beat Lockport in a nailbiting two sets, 30-28, 25-22. ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Minooka scores late to draw with Lockport in opener

    MINOOKA – Chris Drey wasn’t initially credited with his squad’s lone score in Wednesday’s season opener against Lockport.
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 8:46 pm
  • Roundup: Morris soccer wins second game, moves on in War on 34

    LELAND – Make it two in a row for the Morris boys soccer team. The Redskins won their second “D” poo ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 8:50 pm
  • Hamilton dominates STARS field in Pavement Nationals

    MORRIS – Nothing, not even a torrential downpour, could stop Kyle Hamilton during Saturday night’s D’Arcy GMC Pavement Nationals presented by Bell Hel ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 8:41 pm
  • Morris’ Wantland finishes fourth after two hip surgeries

    MORRIS – For the past two seasons, Morris cross country runner Jacob Wantland has had hip surgery. This year, his senior year, he has a clean bill of ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 8:39 pm
  • Lynch to get big opportunity in Bears’ preseason finale

    LAKE FOREST – Nine Bears were healthy scratches in last week’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. Aside from quarterback David Fales, who di ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:30 pm
  • Receivers Morgan, Holmes get ready for preseason finale

    LAKE FOREST – It’s cliché when Josh Morgan says his focus is just about getting better every day, without thinking too much about playing for a job in ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Roundup: Tickets for Morris-Minooka game on sale today

    Morris Community High School will be selling football tickets for Friday night’s game at Minooka. Tickets go on sale Wednesday through Friday from 9 t ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:33 pm
  • Morris opens soccer season with big win

    LELAND – It might not have been exactly as Morris boys coach David Valdivia had asked for, but it was awfully close, as the Redskins opened their seas ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:22 pm
  • Hoffman claims another win at Grundy Speedway

    MORRIS – Eddie Hoffman battled Larry Schuler for second place for most of the Late Model feature Friday at Grundy County Speedway.
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Morris QB Club shows Redskins football team its support

    MORRIS – The Morris Redskin Football Quarterback Club hosted its seventh annual Kickoff at the Morris Moose Lodge on Saturday. The Kickoff dinner feat ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 9:30 pm
  • Morris Chiefs varsity thumps Monee Mavericks

    MONEE – The Morris Chiefs varsity football team picked up its second straight win Saturday, defeating the Monee Mavericks, 28-18.
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 9:22 pm
  • Morris football team impresses coaches in scrimmage

    MORRIS – All things considered, Morris football coach Alan Thorson thought of Friday night’s intrasquad game was a success. The Redskins were able to ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 9:21 pm
  • NIU comfortable with defensive line

    DeKALB – Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey is more comfortable with his defense than he was at the beginning of fall camp.
    Aug. 23, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Dwight tops Morris on fifth man in golf opener

    DWIGHT – In the season-opening match for the Morris boys golf team, it came down to the fifth man on the scorecard. Unfortunately for the Redskins, th ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 10:05 pm
  • Morris football team eager to start season

    MORRIS – The best thing for the Morris football team at Friday night’s intrasquad scrimmage? Well, it depends on whom you ask.
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 10:03 pm
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