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  • Morris boys hope to make regional noise

    MORRIS — To say this basketball season has been a rough one for the Morris team and coach Joe Blumberg would be an understatement. The Redskins' recor ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 6:37 am
  • Minooka girls bowlers finish 10th at state; Morris 17th

    ROCKFORD — The Minooka girls bowling team finished 10th in the state over the weekend at the IHSA State Finals at The Cherry Bowl, while Morris, which ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 6:48 am
  • Morris' Baldridge settles for second in 2A wrestling

    CHAMPAIGN – After falling in the Class 2A finals a year ago, Morris’ Cody Baldridge was not only hoping for a return trip to the finals, but also look ...
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 6:53 am
  • Morris' Baldridge reaches state title match

    CHAMPAIGN — For the second year in a row, Morris wrestler Cody Baldridge has raeched the Class 2A state championship match at 182 pounds.
    Feb. 18, 2017 - 10:57 am
  • Morris' Baldridge, six Coal City wrestlers reach quarterfinals

    CHAMPAIGN — Morris 182-pound wrestler Cody Baldridge, the defending state runner-up in Class 2A at that weight class, won his first match Thursday at ...
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 6:39 am
  • Gander Mountain the latest victim of internet age

    It is no secret that the advent of the internet has changed the retail industry forever. Brick-and-mortar stores have had to reinvent themselves in wa ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 1:17 pm
  • Morris boys tip Kaneland for second straight road win

    MAPLE PARK — After a stretch of tough losses, the Morris boys basketball team picked up its second win in a row Tuesday night, defeating Kaneland 48-4 ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 7:24 am
  • Morris girls win bowling sectional championship, advance to state

    LaSALLE — The Morris girls bowling team will find out if life is truly a bowl of cherries this weekend after winning the championship of the LaSalle-P ...
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 6:21 pm
  • Morris' Baldridge claims 2A sectional title at 182

    STERLING — Last week, Morris wrestler Cody Baldridge suffered his first loss of the season in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Tournament, falling to Kane ...
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 6:57 am
  • Coal City individual qualifiers utilize team concept

    COAL CITY — One of the big goals for the Coal City wrestling team this season was to advance to the state dual team finals and come home with the firs ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 6:50 am
  • Morris athletes ready to compete at college level

    MORRIS — in the wake of a successful fall sports season, Morris Community High School held a college signing party in the school cafeteria Wednesday. ...
    Feb. 13, 2017 - 6:17 pm
  • First Morris Autograph Night a big success

    MORRIS — It was an idea that Morris boys basketball coach Joe Blumberg picked up from another school.
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 6:52 am
  • Coal City qualifies 11 for state wrestling finals

    COAL CITY – As the postseason progresses, meeting goals generally becomes harder and harder for teams as the competition gets closer to the state fina ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 7:00 am
  • Perfect first quarter for DeKalb leads to Morris loss

    MORRIS — For the last few weeks, the Morris boys basketball team has seemingly played nothing but close games. One or two-possession contests down the ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 6:50 am
  • Girls basketball: Morris trips Sycamore; Newark wins regional title; GSW falls

    SYCAMORE — The Morris girls basketball team moved above the .500 mark in Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference play Tuesday night, scoring a 46-37 over ...
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 7:25 am
  • Bass fishing gets into the fantasy game

    By now, most people are aware of the numerous fantasy sports leagues that are out there. No doubt, f ...
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Morris Community High School to host Autograph Night on Friday

    MORRIS — Immediately following the varsity boys basketball game Friday night against DeKalb, the Morris Community High School boys basketball program ...
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 6:44 am
  • Defense of world title begins soon for Cubs

    Now that one of the most exciting Super Bowls in history has concluded, in a few days, it will be time for four of my favorite words in all of sports.
    Feb. 9, 2017 - 10:13 am
  • Minooka girls top Yorkville in area’s battle of the titans

    MINOOKA – Both the Minooka and Yorkville girls basketball teams have put up some gaudy numbers so far this season, but they had yet to meet on the cou ...
    Feb. 9, 2017 - 7:02 am
  • Morris girls capture regional bowling title

    DECATUR – Talk about peaking at the right time.On Saturday, the Morris girls bowling team traveled t ...
    Feb. 9, 2017 - 7:01 am
  • Morris boys see late lead evaporate in loss to Sycamore

    MORRIS – If close losses are character builders, then the Morris boys basketball team ought to have enough character to earn an Academy Award after Sa ...
    Feb. 7, 2017 - 6:33 pm
  • Late comeback by Sycamore dooms Morris boys at home

    MORRIS – If close losses are character builders, then the Morris boys basketball team ought to have plenty after Saturday night’s 41-38 Northern Illin ...
    Feb. 6, 2017 - 6:38 am
  • Morris girls play well, but fall to Yorkville on Senior Night

    MORRIS — In an ideal sports world, every team would get a win on Senior Night. Unfortunately, the schedule makers don't see it that way, and the Morri ...
    Feb. 6, 2017 - 6:37 am
  • Morris cheer team advances to state finals

    BLOOMINGTON — The Morris cheerleading team has advanced to Saturday's state final competition.The La ...
    Feb. 3, 2017 - 4:13 pm
  • Morris bowlers strike it hot in NIB 12 Tourney

    DEKALB — They were movin' on up.On Thursday evening, the Morris girls bowling team traveled to DeKal ...
    Feb. 3, 2017 - 8:34 am
  • Morris' Villanueva earns third varsity soccer letter

    PELLA, Iowa —Morris Community High School graduate Salvador Villanueva has been honored for his contributions to the Central College men’s soccer team ...
    Feb. 6, 2017 - 6:45 am
  • Area roundup: Morris girls record 15th win of season

    ROCHELLE — The Morris girls basketball team picked up win No. 15 on the season Tuesday night, defeating Rochelle, 54-34.
    Feb. 3, 2017 - 6:45 am
  • Grundy Speedway releases new items for upcoming 2017 schedule

    MORRIS – The Grundy County Speedway has announced its schedule for the 2017 racing season. New to the schedule is the inaugural Illini Midget Burdette ...
    Feb. 2, 2017 - 7:10 am
  • Morris boys trip L-P for first NIB 12 hoops win

    LASALLE – Saturday night, LaSalle-Peru High School celebrated its 110 years of boys basketball history.
    Feb. 2, 2017 - 7:09 am
  • JJC women upset No. 3 Madison

    JOLIET – Joliet Junior College’s women’s basketball team had the unenviable task of following up on a loss to second-ranked Rock Valley College with a ...
    Feb. 4, 2017 - 10:57 am
  • Morris poms nab state runner-up finish

    BLOOMINGTON — The Illinois High School Association has sanctioned poms as a competition for the last five years, calling it competitive dance.
    Feb. 1, 2017 - 6:09 am
  • Rogers: Tis the season to take in a show or two

    As a person who loves the outdoors, mid-winter can be a rough season. It is that in-between place that so many of us dread. Most hunting seasons are p ...
    Jan. 31, 2017 - 12:26 pm
  • Girls basketball: Defense sparks Morris to big win over Plainfield North

    MORRIS — The defense was there from the start for the Morris girls basketball team Saturday night. Once the shots started to fall on the offensive end ...
    Jan. 30, 2017 - 6:41 am
  • Girls basketball: Coal City edged by Herscher for I-8 tourney title

    COAL CITY — As is fitting in a conference tournament championship game, Friday night's Interstate Eight Conference girls championship matchup between ...
    Jan. 30, 2017 - 6:45 am
  • Morris boys swim team dunked by Oswego

    MORRIS — The Morris boys swim team was defeated by Oswego, 141-44, at the District 101 Rec Center on Thursday night.
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 4:15 pm
  • Coal City defense paves way to victory in I-8 girls tourney semis

    COAL CITY – The Coal City girls basketball team struggled out of the gate this season, winning just two of eight nonconference contests before Interst ...
    Jan. 26, 2017 - 6:48 am
  • Coal City in control of conference crown

    WILMINGTON – Although Coal City’s wrestling team is top-ranked in Class 1A after winning major titles in both a dual meet format and in a scored tourn ...
    Jan. 25, 2017 - 5:49 pm
  • Morris boys suffer road basketball loss at Yorkville

    YORKVILLE – The Morris boys basketball team suffered a 42-30 Northern Illinois Big 12 setback to Yorkville on Friday night, slipping back below the .5 ...
    Jan. 25, 2017 - 5:49 pm
  • Catalogs becoming a gateway to what’s hot in fishing industry

    This warm weather has got my outdoor clock all messed up. Last Saturday, I pondered the idea of hooking the boat up and fishing for the afternoon, the ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 6:39 am
  • Me? Am I a cheesehead? It’s not out of the question

    The unthinkable is about a year or so from happening.Having grown up during what could at best be ca ...
    Jan. 25, 2017 - 5:38 pm
  • Seneca girls score upset win over Peotone in I-8 tourney

    COAL CITY — The Seneca girls basketball team has shown steady improvement from the start of the season. That improvement manifested itself Saturday at ...
    Jan. 23, 2017 - 12:55 pm