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  • We need games like these

    ROCK FALLS – SVM photographer Philip Marruffo sent a text message to Patrick Mason about 6 p.m. on Friday night that the parking lot at the Rock Falls ...
    Aug. 29, 2015 - 12:27 am
  • Football: Le-Win knocks off defending champs

    LENA – One year removed from winning the 2A state championship, the Eastland-Pearl City Wildcatz looked little like defending champions in a 46-8 loss ...
    Aug. 29, 2015 - 12:23 am
  • New Cards, same result

    FORRESTON – With most of its 1A state championship team having graduated, Forreston’s 33-13 NUIC crossover win Friday over Ashton-Franklin Center demo ...
    Aug. 29, 2015 - 12:22 am
  • Volleyball: Local teams have taken turns with postseason success

    There's been a theme for the Sauk Valley area volleyball teams out of the Big Northern Conference the few seasons: somebody is going to win at regiona ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 7:52 pm
  • Long likes position switch

    Since starting her freshman year on the Dixon varsity volleyball team, Jessa Long has gotten used to wearing a different colored jersey than her teamm ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 7:52 pm
  • Volleyball: Koning blocks opponents for AFC

    In a steamy gym, the AFC volleyball team was working on a long volley. The heat made it seem longer than it actually was.
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 7:51 pm
  • 2015 NUIC volleyball preview capsules

    AFC RaidersCoach: Jan Cupp (29th season)2014: Lost to Keith Country Day, 25-14, 25-20, in 1A section ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 7:50 pm
  • 2015 NIB-12 & Big Northern volleyball capsules

    Sterling Golden WarriorsCoach: Dale Dykeman (4th season)2014: 28-11Postseason: Lost to Joliet Cathol ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 7:50 pm
  • Memories of an epic hunt

    I received a picture the other day via email that really took me back a long ways. The picture in question is not very high quality. In fact, it is a ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 5:42 pm
  • High school extra: Newman senior Ethan Nash

    Honestly, I like the social aspect of it. It's not necessarily the going out and running type of thing, it's more of getting to hang out with my frien ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 5:41 pm
  • Volleyball: Cobert, Cox ready to lead Cardinals for last time

    Throughout the summer, Rachel Cobert and Emily Cox experienced different types of surroundings during volleyball practices and competitions.
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 10:28 am
  • Volleyball: Bureau Valley unable to stop Wilson, Comets

    STERLING – Abbi Bosnich had seen the scenario before. Her Bureau Valley Storm team playing in front ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 12:05 am
  • Volleyball: Dixon rallies in first game, then rolls in third game to beat Rochelle

    DIXON – After a pair of comebacks in the first two games, the decisive third game Thursday between the Dixon Duchesses and Rochelle Hubs had fans at L ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 12:03 am
  • Volleyball roundup: Oregon needs three sets to down Mendota

    The Oregon volleyball team used double-digit kills from two players to beat Mendota 23-25, 25-15, 25-16 in a road Big Northern West contest.
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 12:03 am
  • NBA: Bulls’ Derrick Rose accused of rape

    CHICAGO – Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose has been accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit filed Wednesday by a former girlfriend in Los Angeles – a ch ...
    Aug. 27, 2015 - 11:54 pm
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