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  • Rob Oesterle: Winter means more than just basketball seasons

    As the calendar moves on to December, the sports world has taken on a full-fledged winter aspect. Football is done, and with it goes the fall season f ...
    Nov. 30, 2015 - 11:15 pm
  • Area Roundup: Newark boys go 3-1 to take third at Sycamore tourney

    SYCAMORE – In the first three games of the season, the Newark boys’ basketball team has averaged over 71 points a contest.
    Nov. 30, 2015 - 10:59 pm
  • Morris boys basketball looks down low to top Coal City in weekend tourney

    COAL CITY – The Morris boys basketball team had a distinct size advantage Saturday night in its matchup with Coal City in the final game of the Coal C ...
    Nov. 29, 2015 - 10:02 pm
  • Area Roundup: Seneca boys basketball team wins Thanksgiving Tournament

    SENECA – The Seneca boys basketball team finished fourth at its own Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday, falling, 44-41, to Mendota in the third-place ...
    Nov. 29, 2015 - 10:15 pm
  • Minooka wins friendly reunion game

    MORRIS – All across America, Thanksgiving weekend has a tradition of football, whether it’s the backyard family game, a friendly game with classmates ...
    Nov. 29, 2015 - 10:21 pm
  • Free throws, size lead Morris past Coal City

    COAL CITY — The Morris boys basketball team had a distinct size advantage Saturday night in its matchup with Coal City in the final game of the Coal C ...
    Nov. 28, 2015 - 10:35 pm
  • Watch live: Coal City Turkey Tournament final games

    Watch as Gardner-South Wilmington takes on Immaculate Conception Prep at 5:30 p.m. and then catch Coal City's game against Morris at 7 p.m.
    Nov. 28, 2015 - 5:05 pm
  • Morris' boys basketball offense struggles in loss to Immaculate Conception Prep

    COAL CITY – In Monday’s win over Gardner-South Wilmington in the Coal City Turkey Tournament, the Mo ...
    Nov. 26, 2015 - 10:18 pm
  • Steve Rogers: Be sure to take time to give thanks

    It’s that time again. The day of the year on which we count our blessings. For some, 2015 has been filled with amazing and special moments.
    Nov. 26, 2015 - 10:03 pm
  • Area Roundup: Seneca boys basketball opens with win over Somonauk

    SENECA – A balanced attack helped lead the Seneca boys basketball team to a 49-31 win over Somonauk in its opening game at the Seneca Thanksgiving Tou ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 10:08 pm
  • Scott Horrie’s 35 points lead Gardner-South Wilmington past Coal City

    COAL CITY – For most of the game Tuesday night, Coal City’s boys basketball team was in control against Gardner-South Wilmington in the Coal City Turk ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 10:04 pm
  • Horrie's big night leads GSW boys past Coal City

    COAL CITY — For most of the game Tuesday night, Coal City's boys basketball team was in control against Gardner-South Wilmington in the Coal City Turk ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 9:44 pm
  • Morris, Minooka football alumni to play at Black Friday Night Lights

    MORRIS – After a day of either fighting crowds at various shopping outlets or eating Thanksgiving leftovers and enduring a football hangover, there wi ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 10:17 pm
  • Area Roundup: Coal City boys basketball uses strong second half to win opener in Turkey Tournament

    COAL CITY – The Coal City boys basketball team opened the Keith Kiper era with a 53-40 win over Serena on Tuesday in the Coal City Turkey Tournament.C ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 9:51 pm
  • Minooka fights hard, but suffers tough defeat to Lemont in WJOL Tourney

    JOLIET – The opening game of the 20th WJOL Thanksgiving Classic on Monday night at the Sulivan Center unveiled a budding star.
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 9:59 pm
  • Morris boys open basketball season with big win over G-SW

    COAL CITY – Heading into the 2015-16 basketball season, the Morris boys knew it was short on experience.
    Nov. 23, 2015 - 10:42 pm
  • Arlis, Bachmann return as Minooka Indians aim for SPC title repeat

    MINOOKA – It has become as much a part of the area winter sports season as watching the weather and wondering which games are going to be played and w ...
    Nov. 22, 2015 - 10:03 pm
  • Steve Rogers: Lots of practice can lead to a perfect shot

    As I sit in my living room and gander at the deer hanging on the walls, I reminisce about those past hunts. Each one has its own story. The hunt I am ...
    Nov. 22, 2015 - 9:31 pm
  • Hub Arkush: Bears make themselves more credible with a win against Broncos

    There is no doubt the Bears are one of the most improved teams in the NFL.At 4-5 and now getting clo ...
    Nov. 21, 2015 - 11:07 pm
  • Morris girls basketball falls to Prairie Central

    FAIRBURY – After a 44-34 win Thursday over El Paso-Gridley in the Prairie Central Tournament, Morris girls basketball coach Kate Carey hoped her team ...
    Nov. 21, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Seneca girls basketball loses lead late in Somonauk tournament

    SOMONAUK – In each of its first three games at the SomonauK Breakout Tournament this week, the Seneca girls basketball team fell behind early and had ...
    Nov. 19, 2015 - 10:45 pm
  • Area Roundup: Seneca girls basketball falls to 0-3 on the season

    SOMONAUK – The Seneca girls basketball team got 11 points each from Paige Hacker and Lyda Robinson on Wednesday, but couldn’t avoid falling to 0-3 in ...
    Nov. 19, 2015 - 10:23 pm
  • Minooka boys basketball hopes to improve on last year's success

    MINOOKA – When the winter sports season rolls around, most talk at Minooka Community High School centers on the wrestling team. And for good reason, a ...
    Nov. 19, 2015 - 11:02 pm
  • Area Roundup: Coal City girls basketball opens with loss to Plainfield North

    COAL CITY – Despite 17 points from Taylor Meents, the Coal City girls basketball team dropped its season opener, 65-32, to Plainfield North on Tuesday ...
    Nov. 18, 2015 - 9:30 pm
  • Morris girls basketball suffers tough defeat in Prairie Central Tournament

    FAIRBURY – Many coaches, especially those with young teams, look at an early-season basketball tournament as a learning opportunity. Their teams get t ...
    Nov. 18, 2015 - 10:29 pm
  • Morris girls basketball team drops season opener to Mahomet-Seymour

    FAIRBURY – The defense was good for the Morris girls basketball team Monday night in its season opener against Mahomet-Seymour in the Prairie Central ...
    Nov. 17, 2015 - 10:35 pm
  • Rob Oesterle: Girls, boys basketball seasons ready to tip off

    It doesn’t seem possible.Just a few weeks ago, the fall sports season was in full swing. Now, for al ...
    Nov. 15, 2015 - 9:47 pm
  • Area Roundup: Morris girls swim team competes in season-ending sectional

    LOCKPORT – The Morris Lady Redskins completed their season on Saturday finishing eighth at the 14-team Lockport Sectional with 50 points.LOCKPORT – Th ...
    Nov. 15, 2015 - 9:41 pm
  • What to watch for: Bears at St. Louis Rams

    How to watch/listen: Noon kickoff on CBS (Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein); can be heard on AM-780 and 105.9-FM (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer ...
    Nov. 14, 2015 - 11:45 pm
  • Morris pitcher Matt Walker agrees to go on to play baseball at Illinois State

    MORRIS – For the past two baseball seasons, Morris’ Matt Walker has become a familiar face on the pitcher’s mound.
    Nov. 12, 2015 - 10:55 pm
  • Steve Rogers: The time has come to prepare yourself for shotgun season

    Each year is marked by big dates on the calendar. Birthdays and anniversaries take up some important space. The beginning and the end of the school ye ...
    Nov. 12, 2015 - 10:40 pm
  • Morris girls basketball team prepares its new legacy in upcoming season

    MORRIS – It is a new era for the Morris girls basketball program.Gone due to graduation is the schoo ...
    Nov. 11, 2015 - 10:56 pm
  • Minooka girls cross country team finds reward at end of road to state

    MINOOKA – It took 37 years, but the area has a team state champion in girls cross country.Minooka co ...
    Nov. 10, 2015 - 10:19 pm
  • Bears' win over Chargers a mixed bag

    SAN DIEGO – The Bears’ defense under Vic Fangio continues to play like a precocious child – sometimes good, sometimes bad and lacking maturity. Fangio ...
    Nov. 9, 2015 - 11:34 pm
  • Roundup: Coal City Turkey Tournament schedule released

    COAL CITY – It’s hard to believe, but the boys basketball season will begin in the area in less than a month.
    Nov. 9, 2015 - 9:48 pm
  • A little Morris goes a long way for Morris alumni Wilmington football coach Reents, Joliet Catholic volleyball coach Scheibe

    They are two of the most successful high school coaches in any sport in the immediate area.Wilmingto ...
    Nov. 9, 2015 - 9:47 pm
  • Rogers: Fall's beauty can leave you breathless

    As I pulled my car through our circle drive, I passed right by a maple tree emblazoned with golden leaves. The sun rifled through the branches illumin ...
    Nov. 8, 2015 - 9:45 pm
  • Roundup: Morris swim team tunes up in Bourbonnais

    BOURBONNAIS – The Morris girls swim team competed in the fifth Annual Boiler Tune-Up on Friday. Jennifer Ashley led the way for the Redskins, as she w ...
    Nov. 8, 2015 - 9:42 pm
  • Oesterle: Morris ends season with Rocky-type finish

    NEW LENOX – When a movie, usually a sports-related one, features an underdog who overcomes a traditional longtime nemesis or opponent, the talk about ...
    Nov. 9, 2015 - 9:59 pm
  • Roundup: Lewis women qualify for NCAA nationals

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. – For the second time in three years, the No. 14 Lewis women’s cross country team advanced to the NCAA Division II Championships with ...
    Nov. 7, 2015 - 11:18 pm
  • Forte, Royal ruled out vs. Chargers

    LAKE FOREST – Matt Forte (knee) won’t play when the Bears visit the Chargers on Monday night in San Diego. It’ll be his first missed start since Week ...
    Nov. 7, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Knudsen, Mitchell earn All-State honors

    PEORIA – Individual performances highlighted local efforts in the 70th running of the Illinois state boys cross country meet Saturday at Detweiller Pa ...
    Nov. 7, 2015 - 11:28 pm
  • Minooka girls win Class 3A championship

    PEORIA – Saturday was a historic day for the area at the 37th girls state cross country meet at Detweiller Park.
    Nov. 7, 2015 - 11:13 pm
  • Wilmington football's title defense ends in loss to Byron

    WILMINGTON – Heading into Friday night’s Class 3A second-round playoff game with Byron, Wilmington coach Jeff Reents expected a brawl.
    Nov. 7, 2015 - 11:12 pm
  • Minooka's girls win Class 3A cross country title

    PEORIA – Minooka's girls cross country team made history on Saturday by capturing the Class 3A championship at Detweiller Park.
    Nov. 7, 2015 - 3:16 pm
  • Lincoln-Way North ends Minooka's run

    FRANKFORT – Capturing their program’s first sectional championship since 1999 was a tall enough task for Minooka’s girls volleyball team Thursday.
    Nov. 5, 2015 - 9:15 pm
  • Late-season run ends for Morris volleyball team in sectional final against Joliet Catholic

    NEW LENOX – If someone had told Morris volleyball coach Taylor Lafond when the postseason began that her team would be playing for a sectional title, ...
    Nov. 5, 2015 - 9:14 pm
  • Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston is just hungry to play

    HIGHLAND PARK – It’s a little after 1 p.m. outside a Chipotle in Highland Park, but Lamarr Houston says he isn’t hungry, so he pulls up an outdoor cha ...
    Nov. 4, 2015 - 10:06 pm
  • Minooka withstands Joliet West to advance

    FRANKFORT – Despite allowing 11 aces to Joliet West servers, the Minooka volleyball team defeated the Tigers, 25-23, 19-25, 25-19, in a Class 4A Linco ...
    Nov. 4, 2015 - 9:57 pm
  • Morris hopes to continue postseason run

    MORRIS – When the volleyball season started in August, first-year Morris coach Taylor Lafond set forth some goals for her team.
    Nov. 4, 2015 - 9:53 pm
  • Morris upends top seed Providence in sectional semifinal

    NEW LENOX – From the start of Tuesday’s Class 3A volleyball sectional semifinal at Lincoln-Way West, one team played like the top seed.
    Nov. 3, 2015 - 10:08 pm
  • Morris, Minooka girls volleyball teams use steady improvement to reach sectionals

    One of the key components of making a deep postseason run in any sport is a team playing its best by the time the playoffs begin.
    Nov. 2, 2015 - 10:34 pm
  • Bears might have more building blocks in place than first thought

    In the NFL, good teams find a way to win; bad teams find a way to lose.We didn’t learn anything new ...
    Nov. 1, 2015 - 11:10 pm
  • Close match finally goes Morris' way in girls volleyball regional final

    PARK FOREST – Thursday night’s Class 3A Rich East Regional championship girls volleyball match between Morris and Chicago Christian started out like m ...
    Nov. 1, 2015 - 9:48 pm