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  • 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 - 10:50 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 - 8:48 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 - 8:42 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 - 9:31 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 - 9:32 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
  • Rodger: Asian carp still posing problems for Illinois waters

    Many of you probably know about the Asian carp problem that has strangled the Illinois River. This invasive fish has had a population explosion and is ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 10:11 pm
  • Morris Quarterback Club Kickoff Classic set for Saturday

    The Morris Redskin Football Quarterback Club will host its seventh annual Kickoff Classic & Draw Down on Saturday at the Morris Moose Lodge from 3:30 ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 10:03 pm
  • Morris cross country off and running before season's start

    MORRIS – Talk about your ups and downs.The number of runners in the Morris cross country program has ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 9:58 pm
  • Roundup: Saratoga baseball team off to fast start in tournament play

    The Saratoga ‘A’ baseball team has opened the season well, going 4-0 out of the game, including winning the championship of the Mazon-Verona-Kinsman T ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 8:47 pm
  • STARS series returns to Grundy this Saturday

    MORRIS – The D’Arcy GMC STARS National Midget series makes its return to the Grundy County Speedway on Saturday night for the D’Arcy GMC Summer Paveme ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 8:40 pm
  • Minooka girls second in season-opening triangular

    NEW LENOX – The girls golf teams from Providence Catholic, Minooka and Lincoln-Way Central all have high hopes as they kick off the 2014 season.
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 8:20 pm
  • Morris golfers excited about high numbers

    MORRIS – When it comes to golf, the lower number is usually best way to go.In the case of the Morris ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 8:05 pm
  • 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
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