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  • Role players provide key points in Eastland’s semifinal victory

    NORMAL – It was no secret the Eastland Cougars were going to look for Makenzie Fink. The senior hit ...
    Nov. 12, 2016 - 12:17 am
  • Eastland looking forward to opportunity to match 2008-09 repeat championships

    NORMAL – For the second year in a row, Eastland is in the state championship game. The one team standing between the Cougars and a repeat is West Prai ...
    Nov. 11, 2016 - 11:48 pm
  • Fresh faces in Sterling, but not too much change

    The faces are familiar, but the roles are all brand new for the Sterling girls basketball team. Aft ...
    Nov. 12, 2016 - 12:21 am
  • One-time Dixon hoops rivals now best friends

    Dixon seniors Isabelle Shiaras and Bre Scheidegger have been best friends since fourth grade. Before that, not so much – and it was due to basketball ...
    Nov. 11, 2016 - 11:46 pm
  • Guard-heavy Rock Falls prepares for up-tempo style

    The Rockets have their shoes laced up and they’re ready to run. The Rock Falls girls basketball team, which comes in without much height and a roster ...
    Nov. 11, 2016 - 11:44 pm
  • Newman bringing back four full-time starters

    This year's Newman Comets should look a little familiar. With four full-time starters returning, the Comets have a lot of big expectations coming off ...
    Nov. 11, 2016 - 11:43 pm
  • Many, many deer to be had

    Well y'all, saying that there's some big deer being killed around here would be an incredible understatement on my part. Heck, my biggest problem is ...
    Nov. 11, 2016 - 11:40 pm
  • Snyder has played key role

    LANARK – Gabby Snyder may be a sophomore, but she’s holding down the back line of a state tournament-bound volleyball team. The Eastland libero stepp ...
    Nov. 11, 2016 - 12:27 am
  • Sweenie locked in at helm for 10-1 Steamers

    Fulton senior quarterback Tyler Sweenie could be excused if he was happy there was no trip to Orion this season. After all, the last two times he’s b ...
    Nov. 11, 2016 - 12:22 am
  • Sterling, Sycamore better than in Week 1 meeting

    Even though the Sterling Golden Warriors already have a win over Sycamore this season, don’t think they’re taking the Spartans likely or thinking Satu ...
    Nov. 11, 2016 - 12:27 am
  • Newman facing potent Chiefs attack

    Newman might be the No. 1 seed in the northern half of the 2A postseason football bracket, but all eyes weren’t quite on them after the second round. ...
    Nov. 11, 2016 - 12:21 am
  • SportShorts for Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

    Morrison softball second baseman Emma Melton has signed a letter of intent to play at Illinois-Springfield. The Fillies’ leadoff hitter hit .454 as a ...
    Nov. 11, 2016 - 12:10 am
  • Tiger co-op relay team is all Duchesses

    They might wear the orange & black of Byron, but the Tigers’ 200-meter freestyle relay team bleeds purple and white. Dixon students Kaylee Rice, Gret ...
    Nov. 10, 2016 - 12:04 am
  • New cast of Cougars looking to defend state championship

    With a first-year coach in Mallory Clements and a roster that was almost entirely turned over, Eastland finally looked like a team that could be had o ...
    Nov. 10, 2016 - 12:00 am
  • Eastland seniors get to end high school careers at state

    LANARK – Nia Blackmore, Ashley Beyers and Makenzie Fink are doing what they need to do in order to get their teammates ready.
    Nov. 8, 2016 - 11:44 pm
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