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  • 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. 23, 2015 - 10:55 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Coal City falls short against Marengo

    MARENGO – Coal City’s spirits were high as kicker Brad Littleton’s 33-yard field goal sailed through the uprights midway through the third quarter.
    Oct. 31, 2015 - 11:13 pm
  • Area playoff football scores

    8A: Naperville Central 14, Bolingbrook 78A: Huntley 49, Minooka 78A: Barrington 41, Plainfield South ...
    Oct. 31, 2015 - 11:14 pm
  • Coal City football battles but comes up short at Marengo

    MARENGO – Coal City’s spirits were high as kicker Brad Littleton’s 33-yard field goal sailed through the uprights midway through the third quarter.
    Oct. 30, 2015 - 11:29 pm
  • Watch live: Coal City vs. Marengo in Round 1 of high school football playoffs

    Watch Coal City take on Marengo in real time as high school football postseason play gets underway. ...
    Oct. 31, 2015 - 2:11 am
  • Morris girls are regional volleyball champions

    PARK FOREST – For the first time since 2011, the Morris girls volleyball team won a regional championship Thursday night.
    Oct. 31, 2015 - 11:11 pm
  • Newark girls volleyball falls to Flanagan-Cornell in regional final

    SERENA – Several positive qualities carried Newark to 25 wins this season and to three straight girls volleyball regional championships before this ye ...
    Oct. 29, 2015 - 10:36 pm
  • Coal City primed for trip to Marengo

    COAL CITY – Coal City’s football team is a fixture in the postseason, having made the playoffs 26 times in the past 29 years.
    Oct. 28, 2015 - 10:33 pm
  • Area Roundup: Coal City girls volleyball falls to Chicago Christian

    PARK FOREST – The season came to an end for the Coal City volleyball team Tuesday in a 25-15, 25-21 loss to Chicago Christian in the semifinals of the ...
    Oct. 28, 2015 - 10:25 pm
  • Minooka set to take on undefeated Huntley

    MINOOKA – For the first time since 2011, the Minooka football team has qualified for the playoffs. T ...
    Oct. 28, 2015 - 10:18 pm
  • Morris girls volleyball advances to regional final after defeating Lincoln-Way West

    PARK FOREST – As expected, Kaylin Korte led the Morris volleyball team in kills – with 20 of them – in Tuesday night’s match against Lincoln-Way West.
    Oct. 27, 2015 - 9:58 pm
  • Coal City girls volleyball makes short work of Rich East in regional

    PARK FOREST — The Coal City volleyball team didn’t take much time in showing its stuff to host Rich East at the Class 3A Rich East Regional on Monday. ...
    Oct. 27, 2015 - 9:55 pm
  • Morris escapes with regional volleyball win

    PARK FOREST – After winning handily in the first game Monday night, the Morris volleyball team looked like it would easily reach the Class 3A Rich Eas ...
    Oct. 27, 2015 - 10:18 pm
  • Area Roundup: Morris boys, girls cross country qualify for sectional

    CRETE – Both the Morris boys and girls cross country teams advanced to the Class 2A Normal U-High Sectional this weekend by placing high in the Crete- ...
    Oct. 26, 2015 - 10:32 pm
  • Consistency plays key role for Coal City going forward

    SENECA – Consistency is a concept regularly cited as necessary by football coaches at all levels, but for Coal City’s Lenny Onsen, it is more than jus ...
    Oct. 25, 2015 - 9:45 pm
  • Morris ends its football season with 40-0 win against LaSalle-Peru

    LASALLE – The season as a whole didn’t turn out the way the Morris football team wanted. Watching the playoffs from the outside is not something that ...
    Oct. 25, 2015 - 9:38 pm