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  • Morris Tomahawks win 8U Mokena Fathers Day tourney

    MOKENA – The Morris Tomahawks 8U baseball team won the championship at the Mokena Fathers Day Tournament.
    June 29, 2015 - 9:58 pm
  • Oesterle: Morris has its hands full with work and play

    Usually in this job, the summer is a time that’s not quite so busy. Last week was not a normal summe ...
    June 29, 2015 - 9:57 pm
  • Morris Shootout runs smooth at 30

    MORRIS – Some things get better with age.The annual Morris Boys Shootout, which took place Wednesday ...
    June 28, 2015 - 9:01 pm
  • Slammers sweep DH to win fifth straight

    JOLIET – After completing a surprising road sweep over Schaumburg, the Joliet Slammers returned home hoping to continue their recent winning ways.
    June 27, 2015 - 11:13 pm
  • Rogers: It's never a bad time to get kids fishing

    There are few things in this world as precious as the smile of a child. Another constant truth is when someone catches a fish; they sport a big toothy ...
    June 25, 2015 - 9:29 pm
  • Mixed results for Minooka’s second day

    MORRIS – After five games in two days at the 30th annual Morris Boys Shootout, Minooka basketball coach Scott Tanaka had mixed feelings.
    June 25, 2015 - 9:27 pm
  • Morris’ day highlighted by buzzer-beating win

    MORRIS – After navigating strong pool competition at Wednesday’s games at the 30th annual Morris Shootout, the Morris boys basketball team found itsel ...
    June 25, 2015 - 9:23 pm
  • Morris boys basketball struggles in tough shootout pool

    MORRIS – Heading into Wednesday’s pool play at the 30th annual Morris Boys Shootout, Morris basketball coach Joe Blumberg knew his team would face som ...
    June 24, 2015 - 9:57 pm
  • Minooka boys basketball goes 1-2 in Morris Shootout's first day

    MORRIS – Despite not having the lineup it plans for the winter months, the Minooka boys basketball team came away with a 1-2 record Wednesday during p ...
    June 24, 2015 - 10:09 pm
  • Area Roundup: Rohder wins Rivett Scholarship

    DWIGHT – The 17th Annual Rivett Memorial Golf Outing was June 20 at the Dwight Country Club. All proceeds from the event went to an educational schola ...
    June 23, 2015 - 10:42 pm
  • Coal City athletic fields heavily damaged

    COAL CITY – Coal City High School underwent a major expansion in 2010. Along with adding a new gymnasium, cafeteria and auditorium to the existing sch ...
    June 23, 2015 - 10:09 pm
  • Video: Coal City High School softball and baseball fields get tornado damage

    In this video, you can see the damage left behind by the tornado that hit Coal City High School's softball and baseball fields.
    June 23, 2015 - 3:02 pm
  • Hoffman passes Koerner for late-model win

    MORRIS – Eddie Hoffman could see leader Scott Koerner after he moved into second place with 20 laps remaining in Friday night’s late-model feature at ...
    June 22, 2015 - 9:27 pm
  • Morris Shootout to tip off for 30th year

    MORRIS – Back in 1986, it seemed like a radical idea.High school basketball? During the summer? In M ...
    June 22, 2015 - 9:21 pm
  • All-Area baseball team announced

    Another high school baseball season is in the books, and it’s time to see what the area had to offer.
    June 21, 2015 - 9:49 pm
  • Reed has the car to roll to ARCA win

    JOLIET – Ryan Reed started in the back of the field because of a wreck in qualifying.No big deal, ho ...
    June 20, 2015 - 10:57 pm
  • Rain postpones Xfinity race to Sunday

    JOLIET – Racing people are eternal optimists, but all the optimism in the world couldn’t stop the rain from pelting Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday n ...
    June 20, 2015 - 10:55 pm
  • Coal City’s Littleton named MHN Player of the Year

    COAL CITY – When Coal City pitcher Brad Littleton looks back at his season, it’s hard for him to pick a game that stands out more than the others.
    June 20, 2015 - 10:55 pm
  • Rogers: Flooded waters can still yield fishing results

    The key to being successful in the outdoors involves the ability to adapt. Take what nature gives you and change your strategy so you have success. Of ...
    June 18, 2015 - 9:45 pm
  • Area Roundup: STARS Series this Saturday at Grundy

    MORRIS – The Short Track Auto Racing Series will have all five divisions back in action Saturday night at Grundy County Speedway.
    June 18, 2015 - 9:47 pm
  • Summer tournament another success story

    After two days and 96 games, the 2015 edition of the Morris Ladies Shootout is in the books.Annawan ...
    June 18, 2015 - 9:22 pm
  • Minooka finishes fourth in Gold bracket

    MORRIS – After going 2-1 in their pool on Tuesday, the Minooka girls basketball team tipped off Wednesday morning in the Gold Bracket. Their opponent ...
    June 17, 2015 - 9:57 pm
  • Coal City shows improvement on second day

    MORRIS – A day made a world of difference for the Coal City girls basketball team at the Morris Ladies Shootout on Wednesday.
    June 17, 2015 - 9:54 pm
  • Morris girls team up for show of toughness

    MORRIS – Parents of the players on the girls basketball team shouldn’t be surprised if their daughters want to sleep all day Thursday.
    June 17, 2015 - 9:57 pm
  • Coal City girls view summer games as learning processes

    MORRIS – After finishing with a 21-8 record last season, and also going 10-1 in the Interstate Eight Conference, Coal City’s girls basketball team saw ...
    June 16, 2015 - 9:55 pm
  • Minooka girls look to rely on defense

    MORRIS – For the last few years, the focus for other teams when it came to the Minooka girls basketball team was Kelly Carnagio.
    June 16, 2015 - 9:54 pm
  • Redskins inherit twice the practice games at Ladies Shootout

    MORRIS – One of the perks of hosting a basketball shootout is getting to play at home. The team is in a familiar setting and no travel is involved.
    June 16, 2015 - 10:03 pm
  • T.J. Condon honored in NJCAA Division III Player of the Year

    Last year, as a freshman, Minooka graduate T.J. Condon earned first-team NJCAA first-team All-American honors for Joliet Junior College as well as win ...
    June 15, 2015 - 9:31 pm
  • MCHS offers sports camps this summer

    MORRIS – Morris Community High School will be holding camps for various sports this summer.The follo ...
    June 14, 2015 - 9:25 pm
  • Morris Ladies Shootout tips off Tuesday

    MORRIS – Summer basketball season is in full swing in Morris, starting with the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament last week.
    June 14, 2015 - 9:39 pm
  • Area roundup: Highland wins 3A title at Silver Cross

    JOLIET – Highland edged Nazareth, 7-6, Saturday morning in a back-and-forth Class 3A state baseball championship game at Silver Cross Field.
    June 13, 2015 - 7:46 pm
  • Morris' DeGraaf drafted by Toronto Blue Jays

    Like nearly every kid that puts on a baseball glove in his youth, Josh DeGraaf dreamed of playing professional baseball.
    June 13, 2015 - 7:19 pm
  • Morris tennis camp continues in full swing

    MORRIS – Ever since her sophomore year at Morris Community High School, Sara Davy has been putting on a tennis camp for the kids of the Morris area.
    June 11, 2015 - 8:47 pm
  • Morris in tight game with Minooka

    MORRIS – After missing several games because of rainouts so far this season, the Morris 13U Tomahawks baseball team was more than happy to get a few i ...
    June 10, 2015 - 9:24 pm
  • Oesterle: Plenty of action ahead

    With the calendar turning to June, I’ve had a lot of people ask me what I am going to do with myself during the summer. While it’s true that there are ...
    June 9, 2015 - 9:23 pm
  • Area Roundup: Schuler wins second straight late-model feature at Grundy

    MORRIS – On Friday night at Grundy County Speedway, Larry Schuler wore a broad smile after winning his second consecutive late-model feature.
    June 7, 2015 - 9:53 pm
  • Two phases not enough for Minooka

    BLOOMINGTON – Two of the three phases for Minooka's game on Saturday were capable of a win, as the pitching of Joe Butler, Miguel Ruiz and Brad Van As ...
    June 7, 2015 - 9:45 pm
  • Despite rain, Macker delivers excitement

    MORRIS – Sunday morning, the rains were coming down.That didn’t deter many basketball players from g ...
    June 7, 2015 - 9:20 pm
  • Kuna resigns head football coaching post at Romeoville

    ROMEOVILLE – Romeoville football coach Jeff Kuna resigned recently. Kuna coached the Spartans for seven years, starting in 2008.
    June 7, 2015 - 9:56 am
  • Maupin, Peotone halt JCA’s late-season run

    MORRIS – Senior first baseman Carley Maupin is quite a leadoff hitter for the Peotone softball team.
    June 6, 2015 - 11:11 pm
  • Minooka bats stymied by O’Fallon’s Harrison

    BLOOMINGTON – Sometimes, you just have to tip your cap to the other team after a loss.That was the c ...
    June 6, 2015 - 11:11 pm
  • Rogers: Don’t be afraid to trot out old standards

    Things change. Fads come and go. Every industry across this land witnesses trends born from nowhere, take charge, and then seemingly vanish into histo ...
    June 4, 2015 - 10:07 pm
  • Area Roundup: Minooka 11U Rivercats win St. Charles tourney title

    The Minooka 11U Rivercats baseball team won the championship of the Rumble at the East Side Tournament in St. Charles last weekend.
    June 4, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Changes power Minooka hot streak

    In April, if anyone made a list of high school baseball teams they thought would be playing for a sectional championship in June, Minooka most likely ...
    June 4, 2015 - 9:54 pm
  • Vesper powers Minooka to final

    BLOOMINGTON – After starting the season with a very uncharacteristic 3-10 record, the Minooka baseball team rebounded in a big way. The Indians put up ...
    June 3, 2015 - 9:27 pm
  • JCA ends Morris’ softball season in sectional

    MORRIS – On Tuesday, a day after winning the Class 3A Ottawa Regional championship with a 2-1 victory over LaSalle-Peru, the Redskins opened play in t ...
    June 2, 2015 - 9:20 pm
  • Schuler wins late-model feature at Grundy

    Throughout the early part of the 2015 season, Larry Schuler has been talking about getting better.In ...
    June 1, 2015 - 9:56 pm
  • Sanchez pitches Minooka to regional title

    JOLIET – Minooka right-hander Cristian Sanchez quieted the Plainfield South bats Monday, pitching a five-hit, 2-0 shutout to give the Indians baseball ...
    June 1, 2015 - 9:52 pm
  • Morris secures regional, walk-off style

    OTTAWA — In her first at-bat in Monday’s Class 3A Ottawa Regional championship game, Morris softball player Melissa Benson hit the ball hard off LaSal ...
    June 1, 2015 - 9:48 pm
  • Area Roundup: Seneca, Minooka athletes finish in 2nd

    CHARLESTON – Both Seneca’s Ross McCormick and Minooka’s Peter Andreano were entered in multiple events at this weekend’s IHSA state boys track and fie ...
    May 31, 2015 - 10:01 pm
  • Oesterle: Weather in spring makes life interesting

    One of the things that makes life interesting for a sports writer in the spring is the weather. You look at the schedule and try to plan your week, bu ...
    May 31, 2015 - 9:44 pm