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  • Area high school sports schedule

    THURSDAY’S EVENTSBOYS GOLF4 p.m. – Seneca, Westmont vs. Wilmington at High Point Golf Course4:15 p.m ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Morris girls tennis team takes third at Ottawa

    OTTAWA – The Morris Lady Redskin varsity tennis team took third place at the Ottawa Night Light Invite, which featured Ottawa, Quincy and Peoria Notre ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Morris pumped up to play Chicago Austin

    MORRIS – It’s that time of year again. Calendars turn to late August, leaves begin to turn color, kids head back to school, and high school football t ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Seneca hopes to be a player in I-8 Small

    SENECA – Wilmington’s football dominance of the Interstate Eight Conference Small is showing no signs of slowing, as the Wildcats enter 2016 on a 42-g ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 11:51 pm
  • Seneca looking for quality over quantity

    SENECA — Per the IHSA, Westmont has a slightly smaller classification enrollment than Seneca for a second straight school year, sparing the Fighting I ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 11:51 pm
  • Coal City eyes up another playoff run

    COAL CITY — Coal City's football team was able to shake off both the loss of star running back Jack Dibble and University of Illinois-bound lineman Ma ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 11:49 pm
  • Area programs are holding up to past traditions

    MORRIS – One of the words commonly used in this area when it comes to football is “tradition.”But wh ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 11:47 pm
  • Football preview: Experience, offensive line play key roles for Morris

    MORRIS – After last season's final regular-season game, a 40-0 win over LaSalle-Peru, the Morris football team found itself in an unfamiliar situation ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 11:47 pm
  • Morris boys soccer team opens with win over Limestone

    EARLVILLE — The Morris boys soccer team got off to a strong start Tuesday, defeating Limestone, 5-1, in the opening round of the Earlville War on 34 T ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 2:30 pm
  • Grundy County Speedway: Larry Schuler wins Frank Welch Memorial race

    MORRIS – Even a week’s delay didn’t slow down Larry Schuler last Friday night.In the seventh annual ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 11:14 pm
  • Morris volleyball team opens with loss to Pontiac

    MORRIS — At the start of any team's season, there are questions that need to be answered. Who is going to step up when the team needs it most? How wil ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 9:47 pm
  • Schuler wins Frank Welch Memorial

    MORRIS – Even a week’s delay didn’t slow Larry Schuler on Friday night.In the seventh annual 94-lap ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 7:03 am
  • Morris' Zach Petrick staking his claim half a world away

    When it’s 9:30 at night in Morris, it is 11:30 the next morning in Yokohama, Japan. That’s just one of the interesting facts learned recently in a con ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 6:42 am
  • Intimidating trio lead No. 2-ranked Minooka volleyball

    MINOOKA – Imagine walking to a court during most volleyball players’ favorite part of warmups, hitting lines, and right away it is evident that three ...
    Aug. 21, 2016 - 8:01 am
  • Morris football gives fans a taste of 2016

    MORRIS — Even though opening night is a week away, Morris Community High School football fans got their first look at this season's team Friday night ...
    Aug. 22, 2016 - 6:43 am
  • Morris volleyball hopes to build on 2015 success

    MORRIS – To say that the 2016 Morris girls volleyball team has a tough act to follow may be a bit of an understatement.
    Aug. 18, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Seneca volleyball team to rely on experienced setters

    SENECA – Coach Karen Raney calls senior setters Emily Woods and Cora Wilkinson “cornerstones” to the 6-2 offense that Seneca will again use this girls ...
    Aug. 18, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Nature is not only beautiful, but healthy, too

    I don’t think it is a surprise that spending time in nature helps us feel better. Maybe you take a walk in the evening, go sit in a park and read, or ...
    Aug. 22, 2016 - 6:49 am
  • 94-lap Frank Welch Memorial race rescheduled for Friday night

    MORRIS – As the summer winds down and the leaves begin to turn color, the racing season at Grundy County Speedway is drawing to a close as well.MORRIS ...
    Aug. 17, 2016 - 7:03 am
  • Brehm, Friend, Johnson prepared to lead Morris volleyball team in 2016

    MORRIS – Each of the three captains selected for the 2016 Morris girls volleyball team has her own strength, and Morris coach Taylor Lafond feels like ...
    Aug. 17, 2016 - 6:56 am
  • Mazon-Verona-Kinsman softball secures win over Grand Ridge

    MAZON – Mazon-Verona-Kinsman’s softball team outlasted Grand Ridge on Saturday after four lead changes, to win at Mazon Park, 5-4.  
    Aug. 11, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Now is the time to get your hunting plot ready

    It can’t be possible. We are halfway through August and it feels like I accomplished nothing over the summer. The “to-do” list is far from done and th ...
    Aug. 11, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Excitement blooms in Morris as season starts

    MORRIS – It’s finally here.After months of weightlifting, conditioning and camps, the ISHA football ...
    Aug. 11, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Feeney, Gerischer, Sobol named as Morris captains

    MORRIS – By a nearly unanimous vote of their teammates in all three cases, Keagan Sobol, Michael Feeney and Michael Gerischer have been selected as ca ...
    Aug. 10, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Eddie Hoffman prevails in Late Model feature at Grundy County Speedway

    MORRIS – After a couple of weeks away from Grundy County Speedway, Eddie Hoffman found his regular stomping grounds to his liking Friday night, climbi ...
    Aug. 9, 2016 - 6:46 am
  • Morris cross country team still looking for runners

    MORRIS – The Morris Community High School cross country program is still looking for hardworking student athletes to participate this season. Long-dis ...
    Aug. 4, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Morris boys soccer team hopes to achieve new goals

    MORRIS – In the last four or five years, the Morris boys soccer program has quietly become one of the most consistently successful programs at the sch ...
    Aug. 5, 2016 - 6:46 am
  • Rogers: Boat traffic can be a boon for lake fishing

    Summer is winding down. That type of stress forces us to get those last couple of big weekend celebrations in before it’s too late.
    Aug. 4, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Morris varsity soccer team ends four-year slump with win vs. alumni

    MORRIS – In what has become an annual tradition, the Morris boys varsity soccer team squared off Friday against some former Morris players in an alumn ...
    Aug. 3, 2016 - 6:52 am
  • Morris linemen temper their steel

    BOLINGBROOK – For most of the summer, any high school football action is limited to 7-on-7 passing clinics, camps or tournaments. That gives the runni ...
    July 28, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Morris sees quality competition at multiteam event

    BOLINGBROOK – The competition at the Bolingbrook 7-on-7 Passing Jamboree wasn’t the only challenge for teams to handle during the annual event.
    Aug. 1, 2016 - 6:57 am
  • Using technology to find fish in deep water

    What a week. My family recently returned from an excursion to Branson, Missouri. While most of the e ...
    Aug. 2, 2016 - 7:04 am
  • Danta wins Late Model feature at Grundy

    MORRIS – It doesn’t seem to matter where Anthony Danta starts a Late Model race at Grundy County Speedway. He always seems to be near the front when h ...
    July 26, 2016 - 10:58 pm
  • Illinois Irish finish second in NSA 16U World Series

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Despite facing elimination from the NSA World Series three times in one day, the Illinois Irish 16U softball team finished second a ...
    July 27, 2016 - 7:01 am