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  • Area Roundup: STARS opener Saturday

    MORRIS – The Short Track Auto Racing Series (STARS) season opener is Saturday at Grundy County Speedway. STARS will have all five divisions competing ...
    May 28, 2015 - 10:06 pm
  • Rogers: Midewin nature site to aid bison comeback

    It is almost impossible to imagine what Illinois looked like before westward expansion. I try constantly with limited success. When thinking of the Pr ...
    May 28, 2015 - 9:54 pm
  • Sanchez leads Minooka to regional win

    JOLIET – Whoever said you see something different in every baseball game hit the nail on the head.Mi ...
    May 28, 2015 - 9:26 pm
  • Morris’ season ends in regional loss to L-P

    OTTAWA – Heading into this season, Morris baseball coach Todd Kein knew his team would have good pitching. The defense looked solid, but the big quest ...
    May 28, 2015 - 9:23 pm
  • Vigilance leads Morris softball to regional final

    OTTAWA – The first batter Morris’ softball team sent to the plate Wednesday scored. For a while, it appeared it would be the only run of the game, but ...
    May 27, 2015 - 9:45 pm
  • Oesterle: Wantland continues on comeback trail

    At the start of the spring season, Morris’ Jake Wantland had overcome two hip surgeries in two years to qualify for the Illinois Top Times meet at Ill ...
    May 26, 2015 - 9:36 pm
  • Area Roundup: Gardner-South Wilmington wins regional crown

    SOUTH WILMINGTON – Emily Foley drove in two runs in the bottom of the third inning of Saturday’s Class 1A Gardner-South Wilmington Regional championsh ...
    May 26, 2015 - 9:43 pm
  • Rogers: Keep an eye out for turtle crossings

    Spring is time for renewal and nature knows it. Species all across the land are busy raising newborns. Just this last week I saw several new family gr ...
    May 25, 2015 - 9:40 pm
  • Minooka’s season ends in loss to Plainfield C.

    CHANNAHON – Less than a week ago, the Minooka boys volleyball team clinched the Southwest Prairie Conference title with a 25-18, 22-25, 25-23 win over ...
    May 25, 2015 - 9:24 pm
  • Garza, Slammers explode for 4th straight win

    JOLIET – Third baseman Mike Garza went 4 for 4 and drove in four runs as the Joliet Slammers won their fourth in a row, 14-5, over the Gateway Grizzli ...
    May 23, 2015 - 10:23 pm
  • Lincoln-Way East captures third straight girls state track title

    CHARLESTON – The phrase “3-Peat” is synonymous with the Bulls, but in girls track and field, Lincoln-Way East can now lay claim to the same phrase.
    May 23, 2015 - 9:43 pm
  • Class 1A, 2A girls track roundup: Reed-Custer's Zacharias repeats as pole vault champion

    CHARLESTON – Morgan Zacharias defended her pole vault title with a state meet record jump of 13 feet in Saturday’s Class 1A finals at Eastern Illinois ...
    May 23, 2015 - 9:41 pm
  • Area softball/baseball roundup: Sessler drives in 5; JJC wins Series opener

    KINSTON, N.C. – It took awhile for Joliet Junior College baseball to get the bats going, but once the Wolves flipped the switch, things changed.
    May 23, 2015 - 9:40 pm
  • Vautier replaces Huertas for Plainfield-based Dale Coyne Racing in Indy 500

    SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Even Donald Davidson, the walking, talking record book of everything concerning the Indianapolis 500, can’t recall a month like the o ...
    May 23, 2015 - 7:55 pm
  • Coyne's female driver one of two at 500

    INDIANAPOLIS – Pippa Mann rattled off the list of body parts still aching after a brutal crash at Indianapolis 500 practice.
    May 23, 2015 - 7:54 pm
  • Wilmington softball gets no hits, but wins regional title

    COAL CITY – Few teams ever win a regional title when they collect no hits and strike out 15 times in six innings.
    May 23, 2015 - 7:41 pm
  • Herscher thumps Coal City baseball for regional title

    COAL CITY – Back on April 17, Coal City’s baseball team defeated Herscher, 13-3.On Saturday, the two ...
    May 23, 2015 - 7:36 pm
  • Coal City’s Littleton outduels Reed-Custer’s Headrick

    COAL CITY – Anyone who thinks that a 1-0 baseball game is boring wasn’t at Coal City on Thursday.Wit ...
    May 21, 2015 - 8:58 pm
  • Morris girls soccer team falls to JCA in regional

    NEW LENOX – The regional title streak for the Morris girls soccer team ended Wednesday when the Redskins lost 5-1 to Joliet Catholic Academy at the Cl ...
    May 21, 2015 - 7:56 pm
  • Morris’ Burton, Mayberry hope to get jump on state competition

    For one, this experience is old hat. For the other, it’s entirely new.Junior Leona Burton and freshm ...
    May 21, 2015 - 7:54 pm
  • G-S Wilmington moves to regional final

    SOUTH WILMINGTON – It wasn’t as easy as the score suggests, but the Gardner-South Wilmington softball team will defend its regional title after beatin ...
    May 20, 2015 - 9:56 pm
  • Minooka tops Morris in shortened contest

    MINOOKA – Whenever Morris and Minooka get together in any sporting event, there’s excitement.That ex ...
    May 20, 2015 - 9:48 pm
  • Area Roundup: Seneca rallies to top Coal City

    COAL CITY – A late-inning rally was able to boost the Seneca softball team to a 5-1 Interstate Eight Conference win over league champ Coal City on Mon ...
    May 19, 2015 - 9:30 pm
  • Minooka suffers tough loss to Oswego

    CHANNAHON – Coming down the home stretch of the Southwest Prairie Conference boys volleyball season, Oswego and Minooka are neck and neck for the conf ...
    May 19, 2015 - 9:15 pm
  • Goss: Minooka’s success is cause to be optimistic

    Minooka coach Jeff Petrovic knows a little something about winning baseball. In an area that boasts ...
    May 18, 2015 - 10:32 pm
  • Seneca rallies to trip Wilmington in regional

    WILMINGTON – At this time of the year, there are no ugly wins, only wins.Just ask the Seneca basebal ...
    May 18, 2015 - 9:59 pm
  • Area Roundup: Two from Morris go to state

    PLANO – The Morris girls track team finished sixth in the 15-team Class 2A Plano Sectional on Friday, and two of the Redskins will be heading to the s ...
    May 17, 2015 - 10:00 pm
  • Morris rallies to score win over Beecher

    MORRIS – Playing a quality team late in the regular season is usually a good way for a team to prepare for the postseason.
    May 17, 2015 - 9:32 pm
  • Coal City baseball defeats rival Reed-Custer

    BRAIDWOOD – Although the baseball teams from Coal City and Reed-Custer easily could meet again within a few days in regional play, Friday’s Interstate ...
    May 16, 2015 - 10:42 pm
  • Joliet West, Minooka baseball finish 4 innings before game is halted

    JOLIET – As with any baseball player, Minooka second baseman Jake Null probably dreams about delivering walk-offs.
    May 16, 2015 - 10:27 pm
  • Coal City girls soccer falls just short in regional final

    COAL CITY – The last three times Coal City and Herscher’s girls soccer teams played, the game was tied at the end of regulation and at the end of over ...
    May 16, 2015 - 10:23 pm
  • Jeffries pitches JJC baseball to World Series

    SCHAUMBURG – Joliet Junior College is headed back to the NJCAA Division III World Series after beating Illinois Valley Community College, 5-1, on Satu ...
    May 16, 2015 - 10:22 pm
  • Freedom sweeps Slammers in opening series

    FLORENCE, Ky. – The Slammers open their home schedule Tuesday night against Lake Erie at Silver Cross Field, and it can’t come soon enough.
    May 16, 2015 - 9:54 pm
  • Area Roundup: Coal City advances to soccer regional final

    COAL CITY – The Coal City girls soccer team moved a step closer to defending last season's regional title Wednesday with a 4-0 win over Reed-Custer in ...
    May 14, 2015 - 9:49 pm
  • Rogers: Tips from an old friend on morel season

    It is fairly obvious if you scrolled through my social media accounts that many of my friends and contacts are avid outdoors enthusiasts. The images t ...
    May 14, 2015 - 9:43 pm
  • Yorkville’s big sixth inning beats Morris

    MORRIS – Morris junior left-hander Matt Walker retired the first 13 batters he faced in Thursday’s Northern Illinois Big 12 East match-up against York ...
    May 14, 2015 - 9:28 pm
  • Area Roundup: Yorkville baseball outlasts Morris

    YORKVILLE – The Morris baseball team scored plenty of runs Tuesday in the second game of its Northern Illinois Big 12 East matchup with Yorkville.
    May 13, 2015 - 9:46 pm
  • Phelps leads Morris to senior night win

    MORRIS – It was senior night at the Morris softball game against Coal City, and all three seniors on the roster – Leah Lines, Taya Torkelson and Alex ...
    May 13, 2015 - 9:23 pm
  • Area Roundup: Morris swings past Sterling

    STERLING – The Morris softball team spread the wealth Tuesday, and there was a bunch of it to spread.
    May 12, 2015 - 9:42 pm
  • Morris girls cruise past Yorkville

    MORRIS – For the last two seasons, any time the Morris girls soccer team has played Yorkville, it has a tight, hard-fought game. In fact, earlier this ...
    May 12, 2015 - 9:35 pm
  • Area Roundup: Morris falls to LaSalle-Peru

    MORRIS – The Morris boys tennis team was defeated 4-1 by LaSalle-Peru on Monday. Matt Borgstrom and ...
    May 11, 2015 - 9:53 pm
  • Wooden: Saratoga is going to miss one special lady

    For a lot of parents, the physical connection to a school or an athletic department ends with graduation. Sure, they may show up to a game every now a ...
    May 11, 2015 - 9:37 pm
  • Late runs lead Morris to win over Yorkville

    MORRIS – When a high school baseball team is at home and already has the lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the ideal situation is for ...
    May 11, 2015 - 9:24 pm
  • Area Roundup: Morris softball cruises to win over Sycamore

    MORRIS – The bats were out in force for the Morris softball team Thursday, as the Redskins rapped out 16 hits en route to a 17-2 Northern Illinois Big ...
    May 10, 2015 - 9:48 pm
  • Morris shows its support for Ryan Bernickus in several heartfelt ways

    MORRIS – During Thursday’s baseball game against Sterling, Morris wore hats with the letters RB and the number 31 on the front and the incsciption “No ...
    May 10, 2015 - 9:28 pm
  • Maly, Joliet Junior College baseball survive twice in 10 innings

    JOLIET – Looking at Saturday strictly from the standpoint of wins and losses, Joliet Junior College enjoyed a beautiful day Saturday.
    May 9, 2015 - 9:42 pm
  • Morris baseball falls in extra innings to Teutopolis

    MORRIS – After watching the skies and seeing the first day of the Cavaliers Invitational Series washed out Friday, the Morris baseball team started pl ...
    May 9, 2015 - 7:54 pm
  • Rogers: Catching bedding fish is your decision

    I can’t believe as I sit down to type this the air temperature is hovering around 83 degrees.The last few days have warmed the water temperatures to t ...
    May 7, 2015 - 9:37 pm
  • Area Roundup: G-SW’s Foley fires off second straight no-hitter

    SOUTH WILMINGTON – Two days, 10 innings, no hits. That’s the pitching line for Gardner-South Wilming ...
    May 7, 2015 - 9:40 pm
  • Morris pitchers give ‘Bernie’ a win

    Note: A full recap of the Bernie Day festivities, complete with photos by correspondent Craig Lincoln and comments from Ryan Bernickus and Morris co ...
    May 7, 2015 - 9:50 pm
  • Area Roundup: Burton claims firsts for Morris girls track

    YORKILLE – Leona Burton had a big day for the Morris girls track team Tuesday, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Redskins suffered an 88-39 defeat at ...
    May 6, 2015 - 9:36 pm
  • Morris’ Henry taking his shot at NFL

    Kevin Henry has had quite a year. And it’s not over. In fact, it might be starting.He started all 13 ...
    May 6, 2015 - 9:28 pm
  • Bottom third leads Coal City past Ottawa

    OTTAWA – The main job of the bottom third of a batting order is to turn it over to get back to the top.
    May 6, 2015 - 9:28 pm
  • Coal City baseball posts another shutout

    COAL CITY – Good pitching and timely hitting. Those are two key ingredients to a winning baseball team, and Coal City got both of those Monday in a 3- ...
    May 5, 2015 - 9:48 pm
  • Minooka suffers tough defeat to Plainfield North

    CHANNAHON – After a hard-fought first game Tuesday night, neither coach could predict what would happen next in the Southwest Prairie Conference boys ...
    May 5, 2015 - 9:26 pm
  • Area Roundup: Joliet’s Scott Koerner rolls to first late-model career win at Grundy

    MORRIS – Scott Koerner pulled up alongside leader D.J. Weltmeyer and gave him the thumbs-up during a yellow flag situation with two laps remaining in ...
    May 4, 2015 - 10:05 pm
  • Morris’ Patterson to play basketball at Kishwaukee

    MORRIS – Back on January 15, Morris lost a boys basketball game at home to DeKalb on a 3-pointer by the Barbs in the final seconds.
    May 4, 2015 - 9:19 pm
  • Morris tennis blanks Rochelle on senior night

    MORRIS – What a sendoff. On senior night on Thursday, the Morris boys tennis team went out and stage ...
    May 3, 2015 - 9:45 pm
  • Seneca rolls to a pair of softball wins

    SENECA – When all phases of the game are working correctly, that’s a good sign for a team, no matter what the sport.
    May 3, 2015 - 9:27 pm
  • Coal City rolls past Wilmington for 20th win

    WILMINGTON – It was hard for Coal City coach Jerry McDowell to find anything wrong with the Coalers’ performance after Friday’s 10-0, five-inning Inte ...
    May 2, 2015 - 11:28 pm