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This is strictly baseball. I know there are a few "old geezers" like myself out there who feel this way so here goes.

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While the opening bell for the 2019 school year was still reverberating through the halls, Massac County's golf teams were gearing up for the fall campaign.

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Thirty-one youngsters took to the course at Metropolis Country Club last Wednesday to wrap up their summer golf season.

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We've said it before and it bears repeating: If you've never been to a Shawnee Saints college basketball game, you owe it to yourself to go.

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Laurie Glass’ Lady Patriots golfers are gearing up for their first outing of the year with qualifying rounds.

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The annual Lois Lane tournament saw a full field of women competing Tuesday at Metropolis Country Club. The final tally was 51 teams of two women.

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With the kiddos heading back to school shortly, the Metropolis Country Club junior golf program ended its season this week.

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Boater Mike Keller of Metropolis took top honors at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on the Ohio River at Golconda Saturday after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 14 ounces.

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On this day in Baseball History...

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1882 -- Ambidextrous pitcher Tony Mullane of Louisville pitched with both hands in a MLB at Baltimore. Normally a right-hander, Mullane switched to the left hand in the fourth inning. He lost 9-8.

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The Billy Joel song "Only the Good Die Young" struck me as an ode to rebellion and especially against religious authority.

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The Massac County Volleyball Program hosted its annual summer skills camp at Massac Junior High School June 17-21. Over 70 campers attended the skills camp and sharpened their volleyball skills over the course of the week. Volleyball Hot Shot Award Winners, which was for incoming eighth and …

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The winners of the skills contests at the Lady Patriots basketball camp were announced last week and here they are. There were three events judged and they were: Hot Shot winner, Free Throw winner and One on One winner.

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The third and final volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series featured the ultimate showdown between good and evil. The "return of the king" which transpired this past weekend in St. Louis featured good and misunderstood.

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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Power Camp will be held at Massac County High School next week running from the 25th through the 27th.

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1912 -- The New York Giants outslugged the Boston Braves 21-12 with the teams scoring a total of 17 runs in the ninth inning. The Giants scored seven runs to take a 21-2 lead and the Braves scored 10 runs in the ninth.

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I'll be the first to admit it. I don't follow professional hockey, and never did, and I don't follow the NBA. I used to be a huge NBA fan back in the days of Willis Reed, Lew Alcindor [Kareem Jabbar], Jerry West, Oscar Robertson and their ilk. But I doubt I could name a dozen star players no…

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Golfers in the MCC Men's Open over the weekend might have seen an unusual sight on the pond at hole 11. There was an 8 inch terrapin wedged in a 6 inch overflow pipe in the corner of the pond.

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For the past three years Drake Stepter has had a stranglehold on the Metropolis Country Club Men's Open. But Tyler Gilliand broke the string this past weekend. Mind you it took extra golf to decide the title, but when the smoke cleared the trophy went to Gilliand.

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For the third year, Southern Illinois Healthcare and the Southern Illinois Miners baseball team are honoring outstanding high school athletic coaches. During home stands, Tuesday night is their "Hall of Fame" night for the coaches.

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The MLB season is just about at the 3/8ths pole and so far no one in my favorite division has distanced themselves from the field.

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With one more weekend of play to go, the Illinois State baseball and softball playoffs are almost in the books and so far the southern half or third of the state is pretty well represented again.

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Century High School's Halvorsen twins, Cassidy and Christian, will further their educational endeavors as well as their athletic endeavors about three miles up the road as they will enroll at Shawnee College this fall.

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The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) baseball and softball playoffs are nearing their final stages and things look like this for southern Illinois.

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For Massac County's Lady Patriot softball team, the Carbondale Class 3A regional was a three-act drama. Acts one and two ended well for the girls and act three . . . not so much.

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The Murphysboro Red Devils brought down the curtain on the 2019 MCHS baseball season as the 'Devils won a "close to the vest" 3-1 game in the play-in game [quarterfinal] of the Carterville Class 3A regional.

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In horse racing terms, we're at the quarter pole this baseball season, and I've had quite enough of some things.

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Massac Patriot Hayden Lee recently signed a letter of intent to attend Western Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) in Paducah. WKCTC All Stars Head Coach Mike Chumbler continued his recruiting of local talent to fill his roster and has plans to use Lee at a small forward positio…

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In 2014, then Massac County High School Athletic Director (AD) Parker Windhorst started a program to recognize the student-athletes who participated in multiple sports all through high school. The A.D.'s Nine Plus awards are annually given to student-athletes who manage to participate in at …

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With Class 3A baseball and softball regionals scheduled to begin next Monday, the Massac County teams are bringing down the curtain on the 2019 regular season.

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From a Massac Countian's viewpoint, the "play-in" [quarter-final] game to the IHSA Class A girls soccer regional was a lot more interesting than the semi-final game.

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Saturday's running of the Kentucky Derby, my favorite sports day, was steeped in controversy as Maximum Security, the apparent winner was disqualified and placed 17th after a stewards' inquiry.

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With rain seemingly every day last week, the softball team managed to grab a win over Herrin and with the skies drying up over the weekend and the past couple of days, got in a game against Kentucky rival Graves County.