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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…

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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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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 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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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.