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  • Offensive line goes from suspect to strength

    This is the fifth in a series of Bears position breakdowns by the Chicago Football staff leading up to the start of training camp July 25 in Bourbonna ...
    July 11, 2014 - 9:48 pm
  • Gallick, Galloway highlight All-Area team

    For two of the area’s three girls’ soccer teams, 2014 was a historic season. Both Morris and Coal City won regional titles, and the Coalers reached th ...
    July 11, 2014 - 9:44 pm
  • Complement for Bennett sought

    This is the fourth in a series of Bears position breakdowns by the Chicago Football staff leading up to the start of training camp July 25 in Bourbonn ...
    July 10, 2014 - 8:46 pm
  • Rogers: Nothing like watching kids fishing

    There are few things more precious in this world than the smile of a child. It is heart warming and makes everyone around them smile too. This past we ...
    July 10, 2014 - 9:06 pm
  • Morris’ Capko making strides in college

    When Jake Capko left Morris Community High School last year, he didn’t know exactly what his next year would be like.
    July 10, 2014 - 8:26 pm
  • Marshall, Jeffery expected to continue dominance

    There is little question, in fact none in my mind that entering the 2014 season,  wide receiver is the strongest position on the Bears roster and Bran ...
    July 9, 2014 - 8:35 pm
  • Minooka Rivercats second in Tri-State Tournament

    The Minooka Rivercats 10U baseball team completed a successful 2014 season recently, taking second place in the Nations Tri-State Championships Tourna ...
    July 9, 2014 - 8:26 pm
  • Morris hopes to improve on last year’s mark

    BOLINGBROOK – Before last season, the Morris football program had qualified for the playoffs 12 straight years and 28 of the previous 30.
    July 9, 2014 - 8:23 pm
  • Five from Morris, three from Minooka lead All-Area baseball team

    Selecting an all-area team is not an easy task. Some people like to look at raw numbers, but they don’t tell the whole story. Are big offensive number ...
    July 8, 2014 - 9:08 pm
  • Morris’ Lines shows that hard work pays off

    MORRIS – Ever since he was a little, Trevor Lines has wanted to play baseball. That’s understandable, seeing as how a lot of little boys harbor dreams ...
    July 8, 2014 - 9:08 pm
  • Rogers: Even big city folk enjoy the beauty of natural scenery

    This last week has taught me a lot about the outdoors and what it means to different people. As many of you know, I have been in New York State for al ...
    July 9, 2014 - 9:49 am
  • Baker wins Magnabosco Memorial at Grundy County Speedway

    He never lost the points lead, but on May 30, Ricky Baker did lose a little bit of his swagger during a dry spell at Grundy County Speedway that began ...
    July 7, 2014 - 9:11 pm
  • Hamilton takes STARS checkered at Grundy County Speedway

    MORRIS – Just a little more than one month ago at Grundy County Speedway, Kyle Hamilton ended up on his head, upside down in turn one after an inciden ...
    July 7, 2014 - 9:09 pm
  • All-Area softball team: Area produces wealth of softball talent

    Narrowing down the All-Area team is a tough process, but one that has to be done. Morris turned things around and went from a team that won eight game ...
    July 4, 2014 - 9:23 pm
  • Softball Player of the Year: Burns makes the difference for Morris

    When it comes to naming a Player of the Year in any sport, a lot of questions go into consideration. First, is the player a dominant force? Second, di ...
    July 4, 2014 - 9:22 pm
  • King of the Wing, STARS to headline at Grundy County Speedway

    MORRIS – On Saturday night, sprint car drivers from all over the United States will converge on the one-third mile Grundy County Speedway. The event i ...
    July 2, 2014 - 9:24 pm
  • Local teams’ football schedules released

    With basketball shootouts done in the area and the calendar flipping to July, the focus on the high school level naturally shifts to football. In acco ...
    July 1, 2014 - 9:12 pm
  • Oesterle: Offering some answers, thoughts on area athletics

    I’ve been on the job full-time for a couple of months now at The Morris Daily Herald, and there have been some questions I keep hearing. I will do my ...
    July 1, 2014 - 9:11 pm
  • Hoffman’s outside take wins at Grundy County Speedway

    MORRIS – Eddie Hoffman used the outside to keep everybody else looking in Friday night at Grundy County Speedway. The Wheaton native scored his third ...
    June 30, 2014 - 8:32 pm
  • Nothing funny about Hagan's Joliet NHRA win

    JOLIET – Often, it’s the crew and the crew chief that has to encourage a driver who isn’t winning.Wi ...
    June 30, 2014 - 8:30 pm
  • Arrieta finally realizes potential

    CHICAGO – After each game, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta receives about 20 to 60 text messages from friends and family. After his start Tuesday, the amoun ...
    June 27, 2014 - 8:47 pm
  • Rogers: High waters can make it tough to find fish

    I thought it might be appropriate this week to talk about how to find and catch fish during high water or flood-type conditions. It can be challenging ...
    July 9, 2014 - 9:50 am
  • Oesterle: Basketball shootout celebrates another successful year

    There may have been odd circumstances for the Morris boys basketball team Thursdayat the 29th annual Morris Boys Shootout, but overall, the two-day ev ...
    June 28, 2014 - 9:28 am
  • Coal City shows improvement on second day

    MORRIS – After losing three games Wednesday in the 29th Annual Morris Boys Shootout, Coal City boys basketball coach Brad Boresi was interested to see ...
    June 26, 2014 - 9:46 pm
  • Morris has long, strange day in shootout

    MORRIS – It’s safe to say that the Morris boys basketball team did not have the day Thursday at the 29th Annual Morris Boys Shootout that they envisio ...
    June 26, 2014 - 9:45 pm
  • Morris goes 1-2, ends up in championship bracket

    MORRIS – The Morris boys basketball team started out in fine fashion Wednesday at the 29th Annual Morris Boys Shootout, defeating East Aurora, 49-45. ...
    June 25, 2014 - 9:55 pm
  • Coal City loses games, gains experience

    MORRIS – It wasn’t the easiest of days for the Coal City’s boys basketball team at the 29th Annual Morris Boys Shootout on Wednesday.
    June 25, 2014 - 9:49 pm
  • Minooka hangs tough with Edwardsville before falling

    MORRIS – Despite having just seven players suited up, the Minooka boys basketball team gave two-time defending Morris Shootout champion Edwardsville a ...
    June 25, 2014 - 9:48 pm
  • Rogers: Fishing can be a New York state of mind

    My family is in the midst of packing for our trip to New York. We are heading out to let my younger son compete in the ever-popular baseball tournamen ...
    June 24, 2014 - 8:47 pm
  • Goss: Courtney, a chip off the old Force block

    NHRA legend John Force has been quoted that his daughter, Courtney, "looks like her mom and races like me."
    June 24, 2014 - 8:47 pm
  • Long, Dibble to lead charge for Coal City

    JOLIET – Who was that green giant snapping the ball during last week’s University of St. Francis 7-on-7 Passing Jamboree at Memorial Stadium?
    June 24, 2014 - 8:40 pm
  • Weinkauf nets ARCA win at Grundy County Speedway

    MORRIS – Close, but unchanging.Those were the first 70 laps of Friday night’s ARCA Midwest Tour Caly ...
    June 23, 2014 - 9:39 pm
  • Minooka honors college signees

    MINOOKA – As has become the norm around Minooka Community High School, a good number of athletes were honored recently at the Spring Collegiate Signin ...
    June 23, 2014 - 9:36 pm
  • Minooka searching for right mix

    JOLIET – The Minooka boys basketball team was missing some of its key pieces Friday at the Joliet West Shootout, including coach Scott Tanaka.
    June 23, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Oesterle: Book on Sox memories benefits local charity

    A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from Joe Schmitz. It seems the area’s biggest White Sox fan had been cajoled by his kids into writing down his bes ...
    June 20, 2014 - 8:56 pm
  • Morris Boys Shootout tips off Wednesday morning

    MORRIS – In the past couple of weeks, the area has been able to see a boys basketball shootout in Braidwood and a girls shootout in Morris.
    June 20, 2014 - 8:43 pm
  • Schuler, Baker head ARCA Series event at Grundy tonight

    “It’s hard to look back in history because I’m still trying to make history,” said veteran Larry Schuler, driver of the No. 30 Rod Baker Ford Racing l ...
    June 19, 2014 - 8:04 pm
  • Seneca’s Callahan chooses Lincoln College

    SENECA – Division I men’s basketball is not played at Lincoln College. In fact, its level of competition is not the highest at which Conlan Callahan h ...
    June 19, 2014 - 8:15 pm
  • Coalers earn 1st win of tourney

    MORRIS – On Tuesday, Coal City girls basketball coach Brad Schmitt said his team has 17 games on the schedule for this week.
    June 18, 2014 - 10:06 pm
  • Indians finish in 3rd

    MORRIS – After defeating Morris in Tuesday's pool play in the Morris Girls Shootout, Minooka girls basketball coach Ray Liberatore mentioned that his ...
    June 18, 2014 - 10:06 pm
  • Hosts improve over the course of tournament

    MORRIS – In the summer, basketball teams are looking for improvement, both from the individuals and the team.
    June 18, 2014 - 10:05 pm
  • Roundup: Full slate of games at Morris Girls Shootout

    MORRIS – Following is a list of scores from the first day’s action in the Morris Girls Shootout. The 32-team field was split into eight four-team pool ...
    June 17, 2014 - 9:34 pm
  • Indians gets past Redskins in pool play

    MORRIS – In many of the various basketball shootouts throughout the state, a game that takes place in the latter half of the first day is usually not ...
    June 17, 2014 - 9:19 pm
  • Roundup: Morris sophomores take second at Reed-Custer

    The Morris sophomore boys basketball team had a good run at the Reed-Custer Frosh-Soph Shootout over the weekend, but fell just short of a great one.
    June 16, 2014 - 9:12 pm
  • Prock, Young big winners in STARS twin features

    MORRIS – Double your pleasure, double your fun is not only an old advertisement for a brand of chewing gum. It also applies to Saturday night’s tenth ...
    June 16, 2014 - 8:05 pm
  • Youth leagues still going strong

    Results from local youth sports programs:TRAVEL BASEBALLCCDL Rockets Elite 14, Minooka Rivercats 10- ...
    June 13, 2014 - 9:28 pm
  • Morris Girls Shootout tips off Tuesday

    MORRIS – The calendar has turned to June and the strains of Alice Cooper's "School's Out" can still be heard echoing in the distance. For sports fans, ...
    June 13, 2014 - 9:28 pm
  • Rogers: Passing on the lessons to youngsters

    It is always fun to have the opportunity to pass along knowledge from one person to the next. Sometimes the recipient of that knowledge is a peer, oth ...
    July 9, 2014 - 9:57 am
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