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  • Morris’ Moore signs with Benedictine

    MORRIS – When the softball season started earlier this spring, Morris senior catcher Emily Moore had a lot on her mind.
    May 5, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Area High School Sports Schedule

    THURSDAY’S EVENTSBASEBALL4:30 p.m. - Gardner-South Wilmington at Manteno4:30 p.m. - Morris at Yorkvi ...
    May 5, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Speedway season to open Friday

    MORRIS – Due to an unforeseen water issue at the facility, Grundy County Speedway’s opening night, originally scheduled for April 29, has been moved t ...
    May 5, 2016 - 7:28 am
  • Leave turkeys alone and they will be still

    The Illinois turkey season is winding down. As I make my way through the back roads, I often see a f ...
    May 5, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Plainfield North soccer blanks Minooka

    MINOOKA – While Jane Crowe has been able to rely on good defense from her Plainfield North girls soccer team, getting an early goal to go with that ha ...
    May 4, 2016 - 10:54 pm
  • Late-inning runs lift Morris softball past Kaneland

    MORRIS — It was a case of better late than never for the Morris softball team Tuesday in a 2-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 win over Kaneland.
    May 4, 2016 - 1:30 pm
  • Morris baseball team hits speed bump in loss to Yorkville

    MORRIS — A day after beating Northern Illinois Big 12 rival Yorkville in the opener of a three-game series and sending his ace, Matt Walker, on the mo ...
    May 4, 2016 - 8:09 am
  • Area Roundup: Morris, Akre slip past Yorkville in NIB 12 series opener

    YORKVILLE — In a tight pitcher's duel, Morris was able to push one more run across the plate than Yorkville and defeat the Foxes, 2-1, to kick of a th ...
    May 3, 2016 - 11:59 am
  • Minooka soccer team looks to add to successful season

    MINOOKA – It’s been a memorable season for Minooka’s girls soccer team thus far, opening the year with eight straight victories, winning one of the Pe ...
    April 30, 2016 - 10:58 pm
  • Several Minooka athletes to sign with colleges

    MINOOKA — At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, Minooka Community High School will celebrate the athletic accomplishments of several MCHS student athletes th ...
    May 2, 2016 - 7:29 am
  • Minooka, Plainfield South baseball teams battle into 13th inning

    JOLIET – In the rubber match of the Southwest Prairie Conference three-game series, Plainfield South and Minooka played more than three hours and 12 h ...
    April 29, 2016 - 10:52 pm
  • Area Sports Roundup: Morris, Walker blank DeKalb in series finale

    MORRIS — After losing the first two games of its Northern Illinois BIg 12 series with DeKalb on Monday and Tuesday. the Morris baseball team avoided a ...
    April 29, 2016 - 11:14 am
  • Morris softball rolls past Yorkville

    YORVILLE — While the Yorkville softball team continued to struggle at the plate on Thursday against Morris, the Redskins finished with 16 hits against ...
    April 29, 2016 - 7:38 am
  • Morris’ Grant commits to DePauw

    MORRIS – During Monday night’s 6-0 win over Reed-Custer, Morris girls soccer coach Kristen Porter played a lot of her players in positions they don’t ...
    April 29, 2016 - 8:03 am
  • One man vs. Mother Nature: I won this round

    Just over a week ago, my oldest son stopped me and had something to say.“Hey, Dad,” he announced, “I ...
    April 28, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Area High School Sports Schedule

    THURSDAY'S EVENTSBASEBALL4:30 p.m. - Westmont at Gardner-South Wilmington4:30 p.m. - DeKalb at Morri ...
    April 28, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Plainfield North softball team hits together, beats Minooka

    PLAINFIELD – Allison Wodziak smiled at the suggestion.“If that’s the way the girls want to do it, I’ ...
    April 27, 2016 - 7:49 am
  • Minooka's Brad VanAsdlen throws baseball no-hitter against Plainfield South

    MINOOKA –  Minooka 4, Plainfield South 0. Top of the seventh inning Tuesday afternoon.Plainfield Sou ...
    April 26, 2016 - 10:58 pm
  • Morris softball edged by DeKalb in extra innings

    MORRIS — It's hard for a softball team to generate much offense when they are striking out twice an inning.
    April 26, 2016 - 8:52 pm
  • Seneca softball team splits at Fieldcrest

    MINONK — Seneca went 1-1 Saturday in a three-team round-robin at Fieldcrest.The Lady Irish (10-9) de ...
    April 26, 2016 - 9:03 pm
  • Coal City's Miller enters IHSFCA Hall of fame

    The Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame most often rewards head coaches who enjoyed stellar careers from a record standpoin ...
    April 28, 2016 - 7:41 am
  • Walker, Morris baseball blank Pontiac

    MORRIS — Matt Walker was dominant Saturday for the Morris baseball team, and the Redskins rode his three-hit shutout performance to a 6-0 non-conferen ...
    April 26, 2016 - 9:32 am
  • Plainfield North rallies past hosts to win Minooka Invite

    MINOOKA – Things weren’t looking promising for Plainfield North’s boys volleyball team after falling to the hosts, 25-16, in the first set of Saturday ...
    April 23, 2016 - 10:45 pm
  • Minooka boys track team wins DG South Invite, Lockport takes fourth

    DOWNERS GROVE – The fact that things didn't necessarily go as expected for Minooka's boys track and field team on Friday yet it was still good enough ...
    April 23, 2016 - 1:25 am
  • Morris' Shannon to play football for Benedictine University

    MORRIS — One of the most familiar sights of the 2015 football season for the Morris Redskins' team was that of No. 54 out on the field.
    April 22, 2016 - 5:42 pm
  • Morris softball rallies for win over DeKalb

    DEKALB – The Morris High School softball team put on an impressive display of clutch hitting last Thursday, putting five runs on the board in the top ...
    April 21, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Area High School Sports Schedule

    THURSDAY’S EVENTSBASEBALL4:30 p.m. – Seneca at Gardner-South Wilmington4:30 p.m. – Kaneland at Morri ...
    April 21, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Seneca wins own Swing for a Cure tourney

    SENECA – In the annual St. Jude’s Hospital “Swing for a Cure” tournament, Seneca emerged as the tournament champions by winning three games. However, ...
    April 21, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Coal City’s McDowell reaches 500 varsity wins

    MORRIS – About a week ago, Coal City’s baseball team beat Joliet Catholic Academy, 6-4. When any local team beats JCA in anything, that’s pretty big n ...
    April 22, 2016 - 7:35 am
  • ‘Major League Fishing’ is a good change of pace

    The sport of bass fishing has grown by massive amounts since I first cut my teeth on a baitcaster. It is more mainstream today than it ever has been.
    April 21, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Morris baseball team suffers NIB XII loss to Kaneland

    MORRIS – The Morris baseball team collected eight hits Monday, but suffered a 4-1 loss to Northern Illinois Big XII rival Kaneland.
    April 21, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Tyler Fitzgerald fills void for Minooka baseball, beats Plainfield East

    MINOOKA – With ace Joe Butler not feeling quite right, Minooka baseball coach Jeff Petrovic decided to keep him off the mound during this week’s South ...
    April 20, 2016 - 11:00 pm
  • Morris baseball team evens series with Kaneland

    MAPLE PARK — Behind another solid outing from senior pitcher Colton Akre, the Morris baseball team evened its Northern Illinois Big XII series with Ka ...
    April 20, 2016 - 9:28 am
  • Minooka 12U Rivercats win Naperville baseball tourney title

    NAPERVILE— In dramatic fashion Sunday, the Minooka 12U Rivercats baseball team won the championship of the JP Sports - Naperville Tournament.
    April 19, 2016 - 9:49 am
  • Lockport, Minooka hold fifth ‘Strike Out Cancer Day’

    LOCKPORT - On Saturday, Lockport and Minooka hooked up for a baseball game at Ed Flink Field.But it ...
    April 16, 2016 - 11:04 pm
  • Minooka boys track and field sweeps team titles

    MINOOKA – It’s always hard to say a day went perfectly for a team, especially when it happens early in the season after they have dealt with some poor ...
    April 16, 2016 - 11:03 pm
  • Coal City edges Morris baseball in extra innings

    MORRIS — For area high school baseball fans, it didn't get much better than Saturday morning at the Morris Community High School diamond.
    April 18, 2016 - 9:09 am
  • Morris baseball rallies for extra-inning win over Sycamore

    SYCAMORE — Jordan Wright’s two-run home run put the Sycamore baseball team ahead against Morris in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Spartans we ...
    April 16, 2016 - 9:08 am
  • Minooka girls track and field captures title in own invite

    MINOOKA – Finally! That was the word of the night on Friday evening for girls track and field athlet ...
    April 15, 2016 - 11:09 pm
  • Plainfield Central baseball scores five in seventh to overcome Minooka in series finale

    MINOOKA – Plainfield Central’s 3-2 loss to Minooka in the opening game of this week’s SouthWest Prairie Conference three-game series could have been a ...
    April 16, 2016 - 8:59 am
  • Morris softball team downed by Reed-Custer

    BRAIDWOOD — Despite a fine outing by sophomore pitcher Gigi Corban, the Morris softball team suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Reed-Custer on Wedn ...
    April 14, 2016 - 12:34 pm
  • Who’s the Player of the Year? Yep, it’s Butler

    MINOOKA – Next year, Joe Butler of Minooka will no longer wear the black and orange. Instead, he will be wearing the red and white of the Illinois Sta ...
    April 14, 2016 - 8:30 am
  • Area High School Sports Schedule

    THURSDAY’S EVENTSBASEBALL4:30 p.m. - Morris at Sycamore4:30 p.m. - Plainfield Central at Minooka4:30 ...
    April 14, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Meet the 2015-16 Morris Herald-News Boys Basketball All-Area Team

    The following list is the Morris Herald-News All-Area Boys Basketball team picked for the 2015-16 year, in alphabetical order.
    April 14, 2016 - 8:32 am
  • With outdoor gear, you get what you pay for

    February was amazing. So far, April has been less than a memorable month. Rain, sleet, wind, and eve ...
    April 14, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Minooka High School to offfer summer athletic camps

    MINOOKA — The Minooka Community High School Athletic Office will once again offer a full slate of athletic camps this summer for students entering kin ...
    April 13, 2016 - 2:57 pm
  • Morris girls soccer team blanks Coal City

    COAL CITY — Behind two goals each by juniors Kelly Monk and Casi Valdes, the Morris girls soccer beat Coal City, 6-0, on Tuesday night.
    April 13, 2016 - 9:17 am
  • Minooka baseball edges Plainfield Central in 9 innings

    MINOOKA – Perennial Southwest Prairie Conference power Minooka and this season’s early leader, Plainfield Central, battled to a 2-2 tie entering the b ...
    April 13, 2016 - 8:38 am
  • Morris softball team wins NIB 12 opener over Kaneland

    MAPLE PARK — If the opening game is any indication, the Morris softball team should have an interesting time navigating the Northern Illinois Big 12 C ...
    April 12, 2016 - 9:43 am
  • Morris baseball drops conference opener at Sycamore

    SYCAMORE – Jack Mizgalski certainly helped himself on Monday.The junior had a big day at the plate a ...
    April 12, 2016 - 9:02 am
  • Brandon Knox's heads-up base running helps Plainfield North baseball beat Minooka

    MINOOKA – Teams such as Plainfield South, Plainfield Central and Plainfield East have offered indication they will be heard from in the Southwest Prai ...
    April 12, 2016 - 12:15 am
  • Morris volleyball camps start June 6

    MORRIS — The Morris Lady Redskin Volleyball program is hosting volleyball camps this summer for potential high school players and for junior high stud ...
    April 12, 2016 - 8:59 am
  • Seneca boys, girls track teams take quadrangular meet

    SENECA — Both the Seneca boys and girls track and field teams scored a win in a quadrangular meet last Thursday over Morris, Herscher and Aurora Chris ...
    April 11, 2016 - 12:37 pm
  • Goss: Manager Jeff Isom likes how Joliet Slammers are shaping up for 2016

    Back in 2011, the Joliet Slammers took the Frontier League by storm, winning the championship in their inaugural season in the league.
    April 9, 2016 - 11:02 pm
  • Matt Taller pitches JJC to 6-0 win over Madison after Wolves drop opener, 2-0

    JOLIET – With Pat Kenny and Matt Taller pitching lights out, Joliet Junior College’s fate in Saturday’s North Central Community College baseball doubl ...
    April 9, 2016 - 10:56 pm
  • Morris girls score soccer shutout over Ottawa

    The Morris girls soccer team upended Ottawa, 3-0. Senior Alexa Rain had the first goal for the Redskins, with an assist from junior Kelly Monk. The se ...
    April 9, 2016 - 10:10 am
  • Joe Butler, Minooka baseball team slips past Plainfield North

    PLAINFIELD – With two speedy runners on base and two outs in the top of the sixth inning Thursday, Minooka’s Joe Butler hit a ball just about as well ...
    April 8, 2016 - 7:33 am
  • Area Roundup: Morris freshman football info meeting set for May 1

    MORRIS —The Morris Redskins freshman football informational meeting will be held on Sunday evening, May 1, in the Morris Community High School Auditor ...
    April 7, 2016 - 4:21 pm
  • Seneca celebrates 10 years since unbeaten season

    Garrett Callahan and some friends spent the weekend of March 11-13 in Peoria.The last time Callahan ...
    April 9, 2016 - 9:40 am
  • Burns endures tragedy, stands tall on diamond

    MORRIS – Morris pitcher Abby Burns and her teammates saw the end of last season come to an end a little sooner than they would have liked on June 2 in ...
    April 8, 2016 - 7:42 am