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2022 began with a host of honors from the Southern Illinois Coaches Association being passed out to a handful of Massac County fall sports athletes.

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Joppa and Century met Tuesday night, Jan. 4, in boys’ basketball action, and the Rangers got themselves another win with a 62-51 victory over the Centurions.

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The area’s holiday tournaments are in full swing this week, and, in fact, some will have wrapped up by the time you read this.

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After the disappointing loss to Vienna in the City of Metropolis tournament finale and the blowout loss to Breckinridge County at the McCracken Shootout, Massac’s Lady Patriots righted the ship last week with conference wins over Herrin and Harrisburg on Tuesday, Dec. 14, and Thursday, Dec. …

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Shawnee Community College’s Kyler McIntosh grabs a rebound over Southwestern Illinois College’s Luke Davis Saturday afternoon, Dec. 18. South Western won the game, 74-66. McIntosh is a graduate of Massac County High School.

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Massac County’s Patriots stopped their three-game skid last Friday, Dec. 17, with a home win over Harrisburg.

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American Legion Post 306 presented a new American flag to Masssac County High School students and athletes before the game against Harrisburg game on Friday, Dec. 17. The automated roll-down flag hangs above center court.

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The City of Metropolis wrapped up last Thursday night, Dec. 9, with the matchup everyone expected — Massac County vs. Vienna.

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The Friday night weather nightmare forced cancellations and postponements all over the area for high school sports.

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After a couple of tough losses to high quality teams in Carterville and Graves County, the Massac County Lady Patriots basketball team caught a “breather” beating Murray High Saturday night, Dec. 4, and then throttling Carbondale Monday night, Dec. 6, in the opening round of the City of Metr…

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While 2020 was a bit of a disaster all around, this year promises a fresh start for Massac County’s Lady Patriots bowling team.

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Joppa’s Rangers took on Elverado Tuesday night., Dec. 7, in a home game. The boys entered the game with a 2-1 record with a previous win over Dongola on Friday, Dec. 3, and looked to make it three in a row against the Falcons.

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Marshall County at home is never a comfortable match-up for teams around here, and Massac County experienced that discomfort last week in person as the Patriots suffered a one-sided 76-41 loss in the opening day of the Hoopfest.

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Hailey Edwards, Massac County’s two-time SIRR All-Conference player, signs a letter of intent to attend Rend Lake College. Edwards, an outside hitter, was a mainstay on the 2021 conference champion Lady Patriots. Edwards is surrounded by (from left) her parents Brian and Charlene Edwards and…

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While Massac County was playing in the Vienna tournament, the boys at Joppa and Century were getting started on their 2021-22 campaign.

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After watching Massac County demolish a scrappy Meridian team in their first game at the Vienna Thanksgiving Classic, it was hard to envision anyone in the field beating them.

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Massac County’s Lady Patriots were looking to make it two in a row with a win Tuesday night, Nov. 30, at Carterville.

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You knew the growing pains were gonna come, and the first wave arrived at Mt. Vernon Saturday afternoon, Nov. 20.

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In the IHSA football playoffs, the dealin’ is almost done.

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For 16 minutes, the second game of the Vienna Thanksgiving Tournament between Meridian and Massac County was all a high school hoops fan could want — a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter and a one-point lead at halftime fraught with non-stop action, some good plays, a few great p…

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Two teams represented Sully’s Billboards Bar & Grill of Metropolis — Linda’s Team, consisting of Zac Blankenship, Linda Brewer, Eric Ford, Adison Hazard, Austin Summers, Matt Summers and Savanna Summers; and Sully’s Team consisting of David Bunch, Matt Caldwell, Donna Downs, Wendy Siegel…

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Jori DeNeve is back for her second go at the helm of Joppa’s Lady Rangers basketball program, and things are already looking up.

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The Joppa Rangers welcome Kaleb Cox back to the familiar environs of their venerable old wooden-roofed gym.

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Massac County High School Lady Patriots’ basketball coach Justin Kindle has a lot to smile about these days. He’s also got some things to puzzle over.

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Century High School boys’ basketball coach Mark Zahm got clobbered by graduation at the end of the 2020-21 school year, losing basically his entire starting lineup.

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Massac County High School Patriots bowling team coach Jason Steele lost only a couple of bowlers from last year’s squad, but they were big losses. Dalton Holt and Ethan King left a pair of big shoes to fill.

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Facing what we all hope will be a “normal” year, it’s hard to miss the excitement surrounding this year’s Massac County Patriots.

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Century High School girls’ basketball coach David Dexter likes the group he’s got this year.

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Massac Junior High School’s seventh-grade Trojans basketball team made history this month. It is the school’s first seventh-grade team to go undefeated at the Harrisburg Tournament since 2014. Members are (from left) David Burnham, Jayden Twitty, Max Elliott, Jude Harmon, Eli Blye, Dee Carut…

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The IHSA fall sports playoffs are wrapping up and there are a few “deep south” representatives left.

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An idea that was born of an impromptu meeting over the tailgate of a pickup truck just turned 10 this past week.

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Century's Hanna Duke returns a volley against Cairo during the Lady Centurions' two-set win (25-10, 25-16) in the Class A regional volleyball quarterfinals.

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After a decisive win over Vienna in the Harrisburg Class 2A regional semis, Massac County met up with the Lady Foxes of Hamilton County for the second time in five days. Only this time the regional title was on the line.

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At the Trenton-Wesclin Class A sectional cross country meet, Pope County’s super sophomore Ahry Comer turned in a lightning-like time of 18:30.4 to capture the individual title and send her off to Peoria’s Detweiller Park for this Saturday’s Class A Championship. Good luck young lady! Massac…

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“Rookie” runner Ella Stephens capped off a fine cross country campaign with a 10th-place finish at the Carterville regional.

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In a game they were expected to win, Massac County made a couple of important statements last Friday night, Oct. 24.

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On the heels of their Tuesday, Oct. 12, convincing win — 25-13 and 25-23 in both sets — over Benton for an outright conference title — their fifth time for a conference crown — Massac County Lady Patriots’ volleyball team put up a straight-set win over West Frankfort on Thursday night, Oct. …

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Massac County “weathered the storm” last Friday night, Oct. 15, literally, to put up a dominating 47-22 win over West Frankfort.

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They breezed through regionals. They squeezed through their sectional. And after the first round of the IHSA Class A State Finals was posted, the Massac County Lady Patriots had squeezed through the “cut round” of the big event at Decatur.

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The Harry Statham Youth Basketball League is set to begin its second season. The youth league was a big hit in 2019 before COVID disrupted life as we know it.

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The area’s holiday tournaments are in full swing this week, and, in fact, some will have wrapped up by the time you read this.

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After the disappointing loss to Vienna in the City of Metropolis tournament finale and the blowout loss to Breckinridge County at the McCracken Shootout, Massac’s Lady Patriots righted the ship last week with conference wins over Herrin and Harrisburg on Tuesday, Dec. 14, and Thursday, Dec. …

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Shawnee Community College’s Kyler McIntosh grabs a rebound over Southwestern Illinois College’s Luke Davis Saturday afternoon, Dec. 18. South Western won the game, 74-66. McIntosh is a graduate of Massac County High School.

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Massac County’s Patriots stopped their three-game skid last Friday, Dec. 17, with a home win over Harrisburg.

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American Legion Post 306 presented a new American flag to Masssac County High School students and athletes before the game against Harrisburg game on Friday, Dec. 17. The automated roll-down flag hangs above center court.

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The City of Metropolis wrapped up last Thursday night, Dec. 9, with the matchup everyone expected — Massac County vs. Vienna.

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The Friday night weather nightmare forced cancellations and postponements all over the area for high school sports.

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After a couple of tough losses to high quality teams in Carterville and Graves County, the Massac County Lady Patriots basketball team caught a “breather” beating Murray High Saturday night, Dec. 4, and then throttling Carbondale Monday night, Dec. 6, in the opening round of the City of Metr…

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While 2020 was a bit of a disaster all around, this year promises a fresh start for Massac County’s Lady Patriots bowling team.

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Joppa’s Rangers took on Elverado Tuesday night., Dec. 7, in a home game. The boys entered the game with a 2-1 record with a previous win over Dongola on Friday, Dec. 3, and looked to make it three in a row against the Falcons.

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Marshall County at home is never a comfortable match-up for teams around here, and Massac County experienced that discomfort last week in person as the Patriots suffered a one-sided 76-41 loss in the opening day of the Hoopfest.

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Hailey Edwards, Massac County’s two-time SIRR All-Conference player, signs a letter of intent to attend Rend Lake College. Edwards, an outside hitter, was a mainstay on the 2021 conference champion Lady Patriots. Edwards is surrounded by (from left) her parents Brian and Charlene Edwards and…

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While Massac County was playing in the Vienna tournament, the boys at Joppa and Century were getting started on their 2021-22 campaign.

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After watching Massac County demolish a scrappy Meridian team in their first game at the Vienna Thanksgiving Classic, it was hard to envision anyone in the field beating them.

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Massac County’s Lady Patriots were looking to make it two in a row with a win Tuesday night, Nov. 30, at Carterville.

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You knew the growing pains were gonna come, and the first wave arrived at Mt. Vernon Saturday afternoon, Nov. 20.

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In the IHSA football playoffs, the dealin’ is almost done.

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For 16 minutes, the second game of the Vienna Thanksgiving Tournament between Meridian and Massac County was all a high school hoops fan could want — a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter and a one-point lead at halftime fraught with non-stop action, some good plays, a few great p…

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Two teams represented Sully’s Billboards Bar & Grill of Metropolis — Linda’s Team, consisting of Zac Blankenship, Linda Brewer, Eric Ford, Adison Hazard, Austin Summers, Matt Summers and Savanna Summers; and Sully’s Team consisting of David Bunch, Matt Caldwell, Donna Downs, Wendy Siegel…

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Jori DeNeve is back for her second go at the helm of Joppa’s Lady Rangers basketball program, and things are already looking up.

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The Joppa Rangers welcome Kaleb Cox back to the familiar environs of their venerable old wooden-roofed gym.

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Massac County High School Lady Patriots’ basketball coach Justin Kindle has a lot to smile about these days. He’s also got some things to puzzle over.

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Century High School boys’ basketball coach Mark Zahm got clobbered by graduation at the end of the 2020-21 school year, losing basically his entire starting lineup.

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Massac County High School Patriots bowling team coach Jason Steele lost only a couple of bowlers from last year’s squad, but they were big losses. Dalton Holt and Ethan King left a pair of big shoes to fill.

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Facing what we all hope will be a “normal” year, it’s hard to miss the excitement surrounding this year’s Massac County Patriots.

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Century High School girls’ basketball coach David Dexter likes the group he’s got this year.

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Massac Junior High School’s seventh-grade Trojans basketball team made history this month. It is the school’s first seventh-grade team to go undefeated at the Harrisburg Tournament since 2014. Members are (from left) David Burnham, Jayden Twitty, Max Elliott, Jude Harmon, Eli Blye, Dee Carut…

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The IHSA fall sports playoffs are wrapping up and there are a few “deep south” representatives left.

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An idea that was born of an impromptu meeting over the tailgate of a pickup truck just turned 10 this past week.

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Century's Hanna Duke returns a volley against Cairo during the Lady Centurions' two-set win (25-10, 25-16) in the Class A regional volleyball quarterfinals.

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After a decisive win over Vienna in the Harrisburg Class 2A regional semis, Massac County met up with the Lady Foxes of Hamilton County for the second time in five days. Only this time the regional title was on the line.

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At the Trenton-Wesclin Class A sectional cross country meet, Pope County’s super sophomore Ahry Comer turned in a lightning-like time of 18:30.4 to capture the individual title and send her off to Peoria’s Detweiller Park for this Saturday’s Class A Championship. Good luck young lady! Massac…

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“Rookie” runner Ella Stephens capped off a fine cross country campaign with a 10th-place finish at the Carterville regional.

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In a game they were expected to win, Massac County made a couple of important statements last Friday night, Oct. 24.

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On the heels of their Tuesday, Oct. 12, convincing win — 25-13 and 25-23 in both sets — over Benton for an outright conference title — their fifth time for a conference crown — Massac County Lady Patriots’ volleyball team put up a straight-set win over West Frankfort on Thursday night, Oct. …

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Massac County “weathered the storm” last Friday night, Oct. 15, literally, to put up a dominating 47-22 win over West Frankfort.

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They breezed through regionals. They squeezed through their sectional. And after the first round of the IHSA Class A State Finals was posted, the Massac County Lady Patriots had squeezed through the “cut round” of the big event at Decatur.

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The Harry Statham Youth Basketball League is set to begin its second season. The youth league was a big hit in 2019 before COVID disrupted life as we know it.

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The Benton Rangers golf team’s quest for a state title came up just short Saturday at Normal’s D.A. Weibring Golf Club as Chicago’s St. Ignatius Prep eased by the Rangers by a score of 585 to 594.

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On their Senior Night, the Benton Rangers rolled to a 48-12 win over Massac on Friday, Oct. 8, to remain unbeaten, setting up a SIRR Conference title showdown with Murphysboro this Friday night, Oct. 15.

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Three members of the girls Massac Junior High School cross country team are heading to state. The Lady Trojans finished fifth overall out of eight teams. Qualifying to run at state are (from left) Kinley Logeman, Bell Hillebrand and Finley Jeffords.

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After an impressive win last Thursday, Sept. 30, at Franklin County Country Club in the Zeigler-Royalton-Christopher Class A regional tournament, the Lady Patriots ground out a third-place finish on the Acorns Golf Course near Waterloo in the Class A sectional to punch their ticket for Decat…

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Massac County’s Patriots golf team held off home-standing Mt. Vernon for a second-place finish in the Mt. Vernon Class AA golf regional at Green Hills Golf Club just outside of Mt. Vernon last Wednesday, Sept. 29.

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Metropolis Country Club hosted its annual fall four-man scramble this past weekend, Oct. 2-3, and in spite of some bothersome rain on Saturday, things went off fairly smoothly.

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Fall sports are beginning to wind down with most teams playing their final matches and entering, or getting ready for, regional competition.

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Herrin’s Tigers broke a five-game losing skid and, in the process, saw fit to ruin Massac County’s Homecoming events with a 31-20 win over the Patriots on Friday, Oct. 1.