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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…

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In one of the strangest basketball games I've ever witnessed, Dongola's Demons eked out a 60-58 [I think] win over Joppa to spoil the Rangers' 2020 homecoming. I said "I think" because there were a lot of things that were left to the imagination during this one.

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The IHSA Class A and AA girls' basketball regionals are in full swing now with Massac, Century and Joppa all in action Monday night.

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Massac County's Paige Troutt found the cramped quarters at Salem Bowl last Saturday enough to her liking to roll a six-game 1252 series, which placed her atop the leaderboard at day's end.

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Massac County's Lady Patriots ripped Murphysboro 72-49 Saturday to extend their winning streak to six games. The "gang that couldn't shoot straight" seems to have found their stride offensively, averaging almost 60 points a game on the current streak, and their opponents have paid the price.

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The high school girls basketball season is winding down with regionals [Class A & AA] starting next week, and the junior high season just wrapped up with MJHS's girls bringing home another championship trophy.

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It was a wild, harrowing ride Saturday afternoon, but the Lady Trojans of Massac County Junior High made it two in a row, and three of the last four, in the SIJHSAA Class L championship with a convincing 47-38 win over the Tigerettes of Centralia Junior High.

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Massac County's boys got a good win Friday night against Murphysboro as they overcame a 24 minute offensive drought with a 22 point fourth quarter to take a 45-39 conference win. Trailing for the entire game, the Pats mounted a 13-2 run in the final quarter and held off Murphy in the last co…

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The "far end of the state" was well represented Saturday at Rend Lake with Century, Massac County, New Simpson Hill (NSH) playing in their in their respective classes. Century and NSH in the small school class and Massac in the large school class.

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Herrin's Tigers found Collinsville's Camelot Lanes a lot to their liking last Saturday as they blew away the field en route to the IHSA Sectional title.

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Coming up on four years ago, I wrote briefly about the passing of Lewis Bowles, one of Massac County High School's sports biggest benefactors. "Louie" died in April of 2016 and left a huge hole in many of our hearts that is still healing.

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Last year Danny Farmer's Bluejays had to deal with a talented Carbondale team in the finale of the Superman Classic, and it didn't go well for the 'Jays'. This year the opponent was the home team ,and Massac County fought "tooth and toenail" before succumbing 63-49.

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A look back at the top sports photos from 2019.  These photos were published in the Metropolis Planet last year and presented in this video. A shout out of thanks to our sponsor, Shawnee Community College.

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The 2019 Elks Hoop Shoot winners are: 8-9- year-old boys, Hunter Beck, winner and Carter Bell, runner-up; 8-9- year- old girls, Aubrey Williamson, winner; 10-11- year-old boys, AhDaven Corruthers, winner and Wakley Keller, runner-up; 10-11-year-old girls, Harley Durham, winner and Emerson Wa…

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Massac County Junior High School's Lady Trojans have reached the "promised land" again. The girls breezed through the Class L regionals last week and will begin play at Rend Lake Saturday afternoon at 1:15 p.m. against the Region 5 champion. Mascoutah and Whiteside Elementary of Belleville p…

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In the opener of the 37th annual City of Metropolis Superman Classic the Carterville Lions beat Graves County 42-30 to get things rolling. Massac County and Vienna had the finale of Monday night's action, and Massac rolled to a 64-43 win over the Eagles.

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Massac County's boys bowling team missed the four-team, regional cut by 108 pins Saturday at the Herrin Bowl. Bowling in their home house, Herrin's Tigers rolled to a 317 pin win over their nearest competitor the Wildcats from Anna-Jonesboro.

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The two-edged sword of technology has made its presence known again in sports, and this time it hits close to home for me.

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KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Five climbers are attempting to scale Mount Everest, battling extreme cold, high winds and piled-up snow and ice as they try to become the first to reach the top of the world's highest mountain in the winter in 27 years, an official said Wednesday.

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Massac County's Lady Patriots keep limping along and last week followed up the road win at Vienna with a bruising 46-25 loss at Benton, but rebounded Saturday morning with a 58-46 win over Goreville.

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Massac County's Lady Pats won the "battle of attrition" Monday night at Vienna. In what should have been a pretty good game, had both parties been at full strength, Massac County prevailed against an overmatched lady Eagles bunch.

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Super Bowl's parking lot was jammed up Tuesday afternoon for a re-match between the Anna-Jonesboro Wildcats and the Massac County Patriots. The big house saw some first rate bowling as the young keglers put on quite a show.

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While golf season may be months away for most of us, there are a die-hard group of golfers out at Metropolis Country Club that just don the long underwear, fire up the propane and play all year. It came to my attention a couple of weeks ago that one of "the herd" recorded his second career h…

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When the pairings and seeds for the 55th annual Eldorado Holiday Tournament came out, three teams stood out Fairfield, Herrin and Massac County.

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Massac County student athletes racked up a few more honors this past week as junior Madison Hammonds and seniors Jessie Lewis and Kara Womack all received S.I.C.A. [Southern Illinois Coaches Association] 'All South' honors.

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Massac County's bowling program looks like they may have finally turned the corner. The girls' team has been highly successful so far, and the boys aren't very far at all behind.

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The most entertaining game of the year for Massac County's 'Fun Bunch' last Friday night was followed by a disheartening loss Saturday night. Murphy was the host school for Friday night's game, and with the Red Devils honoring their state runner-up football team at halftime it was a 'fun' ni…

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Massac County's Lady Pats rolled to a 19 point 52-33 win over Mayfield to sweep the field [3-0] in the City of Metropolis Tournament last Thursday. After dispatching of Carbondale and Paducah Tilghman, the girls rolled over Mayfield to take the title.

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Massac County's Patriots, AKA "The Fun Bunch", took a brief respite from the DuQuoin Tipoff Classic last Thursday before resuming play Saturday with a "day/night doubleheader." When the dust had settled Saturday evening they found themselves on top of the heap.

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Massac County's Lady Patriots snapped a three-game skid Monday night with a 49-35 win over Carbondale in the opening round of the City of Metropolis Tournament.

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Massac County's Lady Patriots opened SIRR Conference play last week with a resounding 60-33 road win over Murphysboro.

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Massac County had little trouble with Red Bud's Musketeers Monday night at the opening session of DuQuoin's Tip Off Classic, as they rolled to a 65-38 win.

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While Massac County just cranked up their boys' roundball season, Joppa and Century have both gotten in a couple of weeks' worth of action in tournaments at Crab Orchard and Vienna respectively.

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Massac County's lady Patriots opened the 2019-20 campaign with wins over Herrin and Marion last week at the Lady Wildcat Tip-off Classic.

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After sitting on the bench with past coaches Keith Shelton and Jim Prevallet for several years, Justin Kindle stepped front and center this year and assumed leadership of the MCHS Lady Patriot basketball program.