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  • Andreano takes second place in 2 events

    BLOOMINGTON – The top track and field talent in the state gathered over the weekend at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center for the Illinois To ...
    March 30, 2015 - 9:46 pm
  • Defending 4A champ Celtics thump Indians

    NEW LENOX – Minooka baseball coach Jeff Petrovic, for one, came away impressed.“They played very wel ...
    March 30, 2015 - 9:23 pm
  • Morris baseball, softball roll in Jacksonville

    JACKSONVILLE – You might not blame the Morris baseball and softball teams if they want to make Jacksonville their second home field.
    March 30, 2015 - 9:22 pm
  • Wildcats’ first game a victory over Morris

    ROSEMONT – After starting the season with five straight wins against Class 1A and 2A competition, the Morris softball team got a look at one of the ar ...
    March 30, 2015 - 9:35 pm
  • Morris softball team rolls over Dwight in win Thursday

    DWIGHT – The Redskins defeated Dwight, 10-0, in five innings Thursday. Offensively for Morris (2-0), ...
    March 27, 2015 - 9:44 pm
  • Coal City’s Dibble signs with North Central

    COAL CITY – When he thinks about the number 2,671, Coal City’s football coach Lenny Onsen has to pause a moment to let its significance sink in.
    March 27, 2015 - 9:19 pm
  • Morris improves in 3-1 win over Minooka

    MINOOKA – When you put the ball in play, you are dangerous. The Morris baseball team proved that Thu ...
    March 26, 2015 - 9:49 pm
  • Morris cruises to victory over Coal City

    MORRIS – After winning two straight regionals, the Morris girls soccer team is looking for a little more this season. So far, it seems to be on the ri ...
    March 26, 2015 - 9:27 pm
  • Warmer weather means more outdoor choices

    I sat in my recliner the other day, flipping through a million TV channels, looking for something to watch. I settled on a spring training baseball ga ...
    March 27, 2015 - 10:07 pm
  • Jurasits caps career with Player of the Year honor

    MORRIS – She is the leading scorer in Morris girls basketball history. She was named tournament MVP at Prairie Central this season, all-Northern Illin ...
    March 25, 2015 - 9:28 pm
  • All-area girls basketball team announced

    The future looks bright for girls basketball in the Morris Daily Herald coverage area. Normally, all-area teams are loaded with seniors. This year’s v ...
    March 25, 2015 - 9:50 pm
  • Patterson, Bjelland lead all-area boys team

    During the course of the boys basketball season, the Morris Daily Herald coverage area saw Newark reach a Class 1A sectional championship game, Morris ...
    March 24, 2015 - 9:24 pm
  • Gym persistence pays off for Morris senior

    MORRIS – When he was in third grade, Austin Patterson moved from Kentucky to Morris. He grew up in the Bluegrass State loving basketball. At the age o ...
    March 24, 2015 - 9:20 pm
  • Wantland wins NIB 12 800-meter title

    STERLING – The Morris boys track and field team competed in the Northern Illinois Big 12 indoor championships Saturday.
    March 23, 2015 - 8:59 pm
  • Late runs lead Morris to extra-inning win

    MORRIS – One of the things constantly drilled into a baseball player’s mind is “go hard into the base to break up a double play.”
    March 23, 2015 - 8:31 pm
  • Patterson falls short in 3-Point Showdown

    PEORIA – During the course of a basketball season, even single game in which a player shoots 60 percent from 3-point range is exceptional.
    March 20, 2015 - 10:32 pm
  • Rogers: Start of spring brings on wild turkey season

    Friday marked the first day of spring. This date means a lot of different things to different people. Some look forward to the boys of summer hitting ...
    March 20, 2015 - 10:35 pm
  • Morris bats silenced by Plainfield North pitching

    PLAINFIELD – It’s not impossible, but it’s also certainly not easy to win a baseball game without getting a hit.
    March 20, 2015 - 10:14 pm
  • Morris baseball aims for encore performances

    MORRIS – Last season, the Morris baseball team won its first regional title, since 2003. The Redskins and coach Todd Kein hope it doesn’t take that lo ...
    March 19, 2015 - 9:12 pm
  • Morris softball has familiar faces returning

    MORRIS – Some of the names are familiar. Where they are playing in the field may not be.That’s the s ...
    March 19, 2015 - 9:11 pm
  • Morris softball opens strong in Wilmington

    WILMINGTON – For an opener, it doesn’t get much better. The Morris softball team had the bats going ...
    March 18, 2015 - 9:42 pm
  • Draft Day looming large for Morris’ Henry

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Coming off a heartbreaking defeat in the Bahamas Bowl that saw his Central Michigan squad make a feverish 34-point comeback on ...
    March 18, 2015 - 9:02 pm
  • Area Roundup: Morris baseball team opens with win at Wilmington

    WILMINGTON – A strong pitching performance from Cody Niewinski and timely hitting led the Morris baseball team to a season-opening 7-2 win over Wilmin ...
    March 17, 2015 - 9:16 pm
  • MVK, Channahon earn state berths

    SENECA – It’s onward to state for two area eighth-grade volleyball teams.Mazon-Verona-Kinsman punche ...
    March 17, 2015 - 9:13 pm
  • Ringer: March is here, and it has a specific feel to it

    “You don’t have to look and you don’t have to see, You can feel it in your olfactory.” – Loudon Wain ...
    March 16, 2015 - 9:51 pm
  • Morris, Minooka enter state 3-point finals

    PARK FOREST – All season long, Morris’ Austin Patterson has been known as the area’s best 3-point shooter. In fact, before the season even started, Mo ...
    March 16, 2015 - 9:52 pm
  • Saratoga bows to fierce competition

    MORRIS – It wasn’t the perfect ending to the season, but the Saratoga eighth-grade girls volleyball team has nothing to hang its head about after losi ...
    March 16, 2015 - 9:28 pm
  • Mazon-Verona-Kinsman earns volleyball regional title

    SENECA – Besides Channahon in Class 8-4A and Saratoga in 8-3A, the area had another regional girls volleyball champion crowned.
    March 13, 2015 - 10:23 pm
  • Wantland doesn’t let surgery slow him down

    MORRIS – Jacob Wantland of Morris had surgery on one of his hips on each his sophomore and junior years of high school.
    March 13, 2015 - 9:40 pm
  • Rogers: Outdoors not out of technology’s reach

    Each morning as I drive to work I usually listen to the traffic report and catch the top news stories for the day. Several times this week I heard abo ...
    March 12, 2015 - 8:57 pm
  • Late Saratoga rally wins regional title

    MORRIS – With her volleyball team trailing 24-21 in the third game of the Class 8-3A Saratoga Regional title match against Manhattan on Thursday night ...
    March 12, 2015 - 8:32 pm
  • Homegrowns aim to impress big clubs

    For big-league baseball players, it’s spring training time. For veterans, it’s time to get the muscles loosened up, get back in shape and prepare for ...
    March 11, 2015 - 9:43 pm
  • Channahon beats Coal City for regional title

    CHANNAHON — The last time Coal City and Channahon’s eighth-grade volleyball teams played, the match went three games. Both teams expected another toug ...
    March 11, 2015 - 9:28 pm
  • Three area girls earn special mention all-state

    BEDFORD PARK – The Illinois High School Basketball Coaches Association released its Class 3A/4A girls all-state teams Monday.
    March 10, 2015 - 9:41 pm
  • Saratoga cruises to regional semifinal victory

    MORRIS – Momentum plays a bigger part in volleyball than in almost any other sport. If a team gets on a roll, it can be nearly impossible for the othe ...
    March 10, 2015 - 9:21 pm
  • Families of Faith boys win first conference title

    CHANNAHON – For the first time in school history, Families of Faith Chrisitan Academy’s boys basketball team won the South Shore Christian Conference ...
    March 9, 2015 - 9:47 pm
  • Nequa Valley stops Minooka in 2nd half, wins regional

    JOLIET – Nequa Valley overcame a determined Minooka team to win the Class 4A Joliet West Regional championship, 41-33, on Friday night.
    March 9, 2015 - 9:37 pm
  • Boys basketball season ends too early Friday

    The Morris Daily Herald coverage area still had three boys basketball teams running in the postseason Friday, and all were playing for titles. When th ...
    March 9, 2015 - 9:24 pm
  • Indians put up fight vs. No. 1 Neuqua

    JOLIET – Neuqua Valley overcame determined Minooka team to win the Class 4A Joliet West Regional championship 41-33 Friday night.
    March 7, 2015 - 10:31 am
  • Morris’ Jurasits just misses state 3-Point finals

    NORMAL – In the preliminary round of the Country Financial Class 3A Three-Point Showdown on Thursday, Morris’ Julie Jurasits tied for the fourth-most ...
    March 6, 2015 - 10:25 pm
  • Newark’s sectional title bid falls in overtime

    SOMONAUK – Flanagan-Cornell certainly had to earn its first boys basketball sectional championship since 1983, but earn it the Falcons did, defeating ...
    March 6, 2015 - 10:06 pm
  • Hot-shooting West ends Morris’ season

    COAL CITY – For about a minute or so, things looked pretty good for the Morris boys basketabll team Friday night. The Redskins scored the first two ba ...
    March 6, 2015 - 10:04 pm
  • Report: Chicago Bears trade Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets

    The Bears have agreed to trade Brandon Marshall to the Jets, where he will reunite with two of his coaches from his days with the Dolphins.
    March 6, 2015 - 10:39 am
  • Rogers: Cold weather is good for something – ice fishing

    Early Sunday morning, just as the sun beat back the night sky, I awoke to a sharp whining noise. It took me a few seconds to clear the fog of sleep fr ...
    March 5, 2015 - 9:27 pm
  • Morris boys spread the wealth in win over Plano

    COAL CITY – Right from the start of Wednesday night’s Class 3A Coal City Regional semifinal boys basketball game between Morris and Plano, it was clea ...
    March 5, 2015 - 9:03 pm
  • Hot start helps lead Newark into sectional final

    SOMONAUK – One might assume Newark’s 71-43 defeat of Ashton-Franklin Center on Wednesday at the Class 1A Somonauk Sectional came easily after the Nors ...
    March 5, 2015 - 9:09 pm
  • Morris uses balance to trip Plano in regional semifinal

    COAL CITY — Rebounding and a balanced offense helped lead Morris to a 62-52 win over Plano on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Class 3A Coal C ...
    March 4, 2015 - 10:08 pm
  • Families of Faith to host conference Final Four

    CHANNAHON – For basketball fans, this weekend will be a busy one at Families of Faith Christian Academy in Chanahon. Families of Faith is hosting the ...
    March 4, 2015 - 9:44 pm
  • Butler shines in Minooka team effort

    JOLIET – Earlier this basketball season, Minooka boys basketball coach Scott Tanaka’s statement raised a few eyebrows. “I think Joe Butler is the best ...
    March 4, 2015 - 9:09 pm
  • Watch live: Morris boys varsity basketball

    Starting at 7:30 p.m., the Morris varsity boys basketball team will take on Plano in a regional playoff game. Catch the action live through our partne ...
    March 4, 2015 - 3:47 pm
  • Morris’ Knapp earns all-OVC honors at EIU

    CHARLESTON – Morris graduate Haleigh Knapp, who won three consecutive Class 2A state high jump titles, recently helped Eastern Illinois University’s w ...
    March 3, 2015 - 9:32 pm
  • Coal City boys battle Plano to the end

    COAL CITY – When an underdog wants to pull off an upset in the postseason, nearly everything has to go its way.
    March 3, 2015 - 9:15 pm
  • Coal City’s Budde signs with Trinity Christian

    COAL CITY – Catching has always been a valuable commodity in baseball circles. If you have a player who is good behind the plate, and wants to play th ...
    March 3, 2015 - 9:22 pm
  • Coal City fights Plano to the end in regional loss

    COAL CITY — After playing a nearly perfect first half, the Coal City boys basketball team couldn't quite sustain that level in the second half Monday ...
    March 2, 2015 - 9:41 pm
  • Coal City’s Verdun re-signs with Chicago Bandits

    ROSEMONT – Chicago Bandits general manager Aaron M. Moore announced Monday that the team has agreed to terms with pitcher/first baseman Kirsten Verdun ...
    March 2, 2015 - 9:23 pm
  • Coal City caps season with 3rd-place trophy

    BLOOMINGTON – After experiencing a memorable season in so many respects, it only seemed appropriate Coal City’s wrestling team would capture a state t ...
    March 2, 2015 - 8:53 pm
  • Watch live: Coal City boys varsity basketball

    Starting at 7:30 p.m., the Coal City boys varsity basketball team will take on Plano in the Class 3A Coal City Regional. You can catch the action live ...
    March 2, 2015 - 3:41 pm