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The weather for Monday’s IHSA Class A golf sectional held at Salem Country Club was befitting this COVID-19 year. It was all over the place. Starting off great, then misting rain, 10 minutes or so of howling winds, a little more mist and then, for 30 minutes or so, sunshine and a mild breeze…

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Massac County’s stellar cross country runner Ansley Bailey is like all the other senior athletes who have felt the COVID-19 sting. Unlike some of her cohorts, though, she is getting a chance to compete this fall and is making the most of the limited chances.

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Tuesday’s IHSA Class AA regional at Mt. Vernon’s Green Hills Country Club marked the end of Massac County’s 2020 boys’ golf season. To absolutely no one’s surprise, the Benton Rangers walked away with first place on the team side and their sensational sophomore Cy Norman tore up the Green Hi…

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For the sixth straight year, the Benton Rangers golf team won the SIRR conference Tournament. For the third straight year, A-J’s Luke Lasley took the overall medalist honors.

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I guess the word dynasty might fit here. For the 22nd time in the last quarter century or so, Massac County’s Lady Patriot golf team captured the SIRR Conference Tournament title and like so many times before, it wasn’t close, not by a long shot.

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Front row, from left: Preston Summers, Luke Maurer, Bennett Neeley, Andrew Maurer and Austin Burnett. Back row, from left: Hayden Summers, JJ Sweatt, John Stephenson, Carter Searles and Isaac Burnett.

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Sunday’s no hitter by Alec Mills of the Chicago Cubs really caught my eye for a lot of reasons. I watched his debut as a Cub a couple of years ago against the Reds and I remember thinking the kid was fun to watch.

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Front row, from left: Libby Conkle, Hannah Heine, Julia Helm and Olivia Heine. Middle row, from left: Clara Elliott, Josie Walker, Izzy Hawes, Delaney Williams, Katie Frazine and Coach Mallory McVey. Back row, from left: Elise Coakley, Alexis Frazine, McKinnley Korte, Lily Conkle and Abigail…

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The folks who figure such things have reckoned the odds of a professional golfer recording a hole in one at about 2,500-1. Those odds grow significantly longer for the “average” golfer — more like 12,500-1.

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Jody Dumpprope (white jersey) kicks into gear to hold off a furious finish by a Carrier Mills runner Monday at Vienna.

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With all the COVID distractions getting in the way this year, it really is nice to get back to something approaching normal in the realm of high school sports.

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Massac County’s junior high cross country team was primed and ready for their first meet last week at Marion but Mother Nature threw a wrench in the machine.

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In this age of pandemic protocol, Massac County High School and Metropolis Country Club did their best to put on a normal golf tournament last Saturday and their efforts came close.

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Drake Stepter turned in a pretty good Saturday performance on July 25, shooting a two under par 69, but still found himself trailing Greg Beale by four strokes in the opening round of the Metropolis Country Club’s Men’s Open Invitational.

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Metropolis Country Club hosted an appearance from Princeton, Kentucky, native and LPGA Tour professional Emma Talley on Wednesday morning.

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Shawnee Community College (SCC) Athletic Director John Sparks announced that Massac County High School basketball standout, Isaiah Thompson, has committed to the University of the Cumberlands where he will continue his athletic and academic career.

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It seems like a long time ago now, but just a couple months ago when the Governor and the Illinois High School Athletic Association shut down schools and related athletic events, a cruel blow was dealt to our high school seniors, particularly the athletes in the spring sports.

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In late December Massac County Youth Football League (MCYFL) players Jacob Smith, of Joppa, and Kyle Williams, of Metropolis, traveled to Dallas, Texas for a week of football after being invited to play in the Bret Cooper Junior All-American Academic Bowl. The two eighth graders were nominat…

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Shawnee Community College (SCC) men’s basketball Coach John Sparks announced on March 10 that local basketball standout Isaiah Thompson was named to the 2020 All-Conference and 2020 All-Region Team.The players are selected by votes cast by the Greater River Athletic Conference Coaches. Thomp…

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In a Class A, Elite Eight rematch from a couple of years ago, Goreville defeated Moweaqua A&M 71-64 to make it to the Final Four. The Blackcats will meet Roanoke-Benson [just northeast of Peoria] Friday night in the state semis.

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Bear with me for a minute while I unload, there IS a “feel good moment” coming. But first: I’m 66½ years old, and maybe gettin’ a little jaded and just maybe for good reason.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Fulkerson scored a career-high 27 points, and Yves Pons made several key jumpers down the stretch as Tennessee rallied from a 17-point deficit to upset No. 6 Kentucky, 81-73, on Tuesday night.

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Mt. Carmel’s Golden Aces brought down the curtain on Massac County’s basketball season last Friday with a 51-44 win over the Patriots in the finals of the IHSA Class AA Vienna regional.

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For the sixth straight year, the Benton Rangers golf team won the SIRR conference Tournament. For the third straight year, A-J’s Luke Lasley took the overall medalist honors.

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I guess the word dynasty might fit here. For the 22nd time in the last quarter century or so, Massac County’s Lady Patriot golf team captured the SIRR Conference Tournament title and like so many times before, it wasn’t close, not by a long shot.

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Front row, from left: Preston Summers, Luke Maurer, Bennett Neeley, Andrew Maurer and Austin Burnett. Back row, from left: Hayden Summers, JJ Sweatt, John Stephenson, Carter Searles and Isaac Burnett.

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Sunday’s no hitter by Alec Mills of the Chicago Cubs really caught my eye for a lot of reasons. I watched his debut as a Cub a couple of years ago against the Reds and I remember thinking the kid was fun to watch.

  • 0

Front row, from left: Libby Conkle, Hannah Heine, Julia Helm and Olivia Heine. Middle row, from left: Clara Elliott, Josie Walker, Izzy Hawes, Delaney Williams, Katie Frazine and Coach Mallory McVey. Back row, from left: Elise Coakley, Alexis Frazine, McKinnley Korte, Lily Conkle and Abigail…

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The folks who figure such things have reckoned the odds of a professional golfer recording a hole in one at about 2,500-1. Those odds grow significantly longer for the “average” golfer — more like 12,500-1.

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Jody Dumpprope (white jersey) kicks into gear to hold off a furious finish by a Carrier Mills runner Monday at Vienna.

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With all the COVID distractions getting in the way this year, it really is nice to get back to something approaching normal in the realm of high school sports.

  • 0

Massac County’s junior high cross country team was primed and ready for their first meet last week at Marion but Mother Nature threw a wrench in the machine.

  • 0

In this age of pandemic protocol, Massac County High School and Metropolis Country Club did their best to put on a normal golf tournament last Saturday and their efforts came close.

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Drake Stepter turned in a pretty good Saturday performance on July 25, shooting a two under par 69, but still found himself trailing Greg Beale by four strokes in the opening round of the Metropolis Country Club’s Men’s Open Invitational.

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Metropolis Country Club hosted an appearance from Princeton, Kentucky, native and LPGA Tour professional Emma Talley on Wednesday morning.

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Shawnee Community College (SCC) Athletic Director John Sparks announced that Massac County High School basketball standout, Isaiah Thompson, has committed to the University of the Cumberlands where he will continue his athletic and academic career.

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It seems like a long time ago now, but just a couple months ago when the Governor and the Illinois High School Athletic Association shut down schools and related athletic events, a cruel blow was dealt to our high school seniors, particularly the athletes in the spring sports.

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In late December Massac County Youth Football League (MCYFL) players Jacob Smith, of Joppa, and Kyle Williams, of Metropolis, traveled to Dallas, Texas for a week of football after being invited to play in the Bret Cooper Junior All-American Academic Bowl. The two eighth graders were nominat…

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Shawnee Community College (SCC) men’s basketball Coach John Sparks announced on March 10 that local basketball standout Isaiah Thompson was named to the 2020 All-Conference and 2020 All-Region Team.The players are selected by votes cast by the Greater River Athletic Conference Coaches. Thomp…

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In a Class A, Elite Eight rematch from a couple of years ago, Goreville defeated Moweaqua A&M 71-64 to make it to the Final Four. The Blackcats will meet Roanoke-Benson [just northeast of Peoria] Friday night in the state semis.

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Bear with me for a minute while I unload, there IS a “feel good moment” coming. But first: I’m 66½ years old, and maybe gettin’ a little jaded and just maybe for good reason.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Fulkerson scored a career-high 27 points, and Yves Pons made several key jumpers down the stretch as Tennessee rallied from a 17-point deficit to upset No. 6 Kentucky, 81-73, on Tuesday night.

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Mt. Carmel’s Golden Aces brought down the curtain on Massac County’s basketball season last Friday with a 51-44 win over the Patriots in the finals of the IHSA Class AA Vienna regional.

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The IHSA Class A and AA playoffs are down to the “Sweet Sixteen” by now and rolling towards state title showdowns in about a week and a half.

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Our other local high schools began Class A regional play Monday and Tuesday night, with Century taking on Dongola in the first round of the Cobden regional.

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We’re getting to the point where we can effectively wrap up some of the winter sports campaigns, and here are some of results so far. Girls bowling just wrapped in Rockport’s Cherry Bowl last Saturday and Lockport Township claimed the team title with an impressive, two-set, 60 game total of …

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In the Class AA Vienna regional, Anna-Jonesboro (A-J) and Johnston City opened play Monday night with Anna’s Wildcats posting an impressive 63-36 win over the Indians. In the Monday nightcap, Carterville posted an equally impressive 83-52 win over the host Eagles of Vienna.

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The NubAbility Athletics Foundation has announced nominations are now open for the 2020 Game Changer Honors, which recognizes a southern Illinois high school athlete, southern Illinois coach and a limb-different athlete from the states of Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky or Tennessee wh…

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Massac County shrugged off the mild, late season funk that had seemingly set in to torch a good Herrin Tiger team last Friday night by a score of 57-41.

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Massac County High School bowler Paige Troutt, who won the individual title at the Salem regional, joined teammate Karsyn Fritch at the IHSA Sectional held last Saturday at Fairview Heights' St. Clair Bowl to vie for a trip to the state finals at Rockford.

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A barrage of three-point baskets by Centralia's Tigers in the first quarter knocked the Massac Junior High School "Trojan train" off the tracks, and the Tigers rode their red-hot shooting to a convincing 64-53 win bringing a wonderful season to a bitter end Saturday in the opening round of t…