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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.

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Massac County bowling Coach Jason Steele lost about 60 percent of last year's team to graduation as seniors Dakota Ball, Jon Frigo and Izayah Thurman moved on.

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Almost everyone I've talked to about this year's Patriot baskeball team mentions the word 'fun'.Coach Joe Hosman even allows that this could be a fun team to watch.

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Jeffrey Dufour is Joppa's new boys basketball coach and is taking on a formidable task for this season. Graduation was brutally hard on the Rangers this year, and Dufour is left with a scarcity of experienced players.

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Heidi Carder has assumed the role of Coach for Joppa's girls basketball program. Carder teaches at Joppa and so is familiar with her kids.

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Mark Zahm is back for his second season on the bench at Century High and is optimistic about the coming season. He didn't have to wait long to see where he stands as the 'C's kicked off the 2019-20 campaign Monday night at the Vienna Thanksgiving tournament against host school Vienna.

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Century and Joppa both kicked off their boys' season this past Monday. Century opened with Vienna in the Vienna Thanksgiving Classic, and Joppa opened at Crab Orchard in the Crab Orchard Turkey Tourney against Egyptian.

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A pair of Massac's SIRR foes, Murphy and Nashville, have both made it to the IHSA State Football finals. Murphy will take on Richmond-Burton this Friday at DeKalb's Huskie Stadium in the 4A classification, and Nashville will tangle with Sterling- [Newman Central Catholic] in the 2A class, al…

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In the second game of the Wildcat Invitational at Marion, Massac County bolted from the gate taking a 10-0 lead and then basically did enough to win as they held for a 34-28 win over Herrin.

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A big "Congratulations" go to Murphysboro's Red Devils and Nashville's Hornets, as both teams have made it to the IHSA state semis.

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With "Big Blue Nation" knocking off No. 1 ranked Michigan State a week or so ago and then getting bounced on their home floor by Evansville, thus begins basketball season for 2019-20.

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Massac County's "Sweet Sixteen" party didn't last near long enough. After the relatively easy win over Shelbyville, the girls knew they were up against a "horse" of a different color -- a Mule, the Fairfield Mules, to be exact. It proved to be as good a match-up as was expected . . . with a …

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Massac County's Ansley Bailey once again qualified for the state cross country finals as she ran fourth at the Benton Sectional. Bailey covered the course in a time of 17:40. Benton took the team title, advancing to state, with Amelia McClain leading the way with a time of 16:46. McClain wra…

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On the heels of a scintillating regional championship win over Mt. Carmel, Massac County's volleyball team made the long haul to Salem and easily dispatched of Shelbyville's Rams to garner an historic win.

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After proclaiming the Astros the best team in baseball and predicting a World Series victory, I felt a little sheepish after the first two games and more than a little worried that the Washington Nationals might just clinch the Series without it ever getting back to Houston.

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After a solid warm-up for the post-season in the Fairfield Invitational, where they finished third in the gold division, Massac County's volleyball team kicked off regionals up at McCleansboro in the Hamilton County Class 2A regional Tuesday night.

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The Patriot girls' cross country team will run Saturday in sectionals at Benton after finishing third in the West Frankfort regional. Massac's Ansley Bailey finished second at West Frankfort behind only Benton's Amelia McClain. Only six girls in the field cracked the 20:00 mark over the cour…

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The Salem Wildcats came from behind to double up the Patriots last Friday night in the season finale for Massac County.

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It's Tuesday evening, and I'm just waiting on the World Series to kick off. Man what a match-up.

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Massac County's volleyball team continued their torrid play with wins over West Frankfort and Ann-Jonesboro. The rapid fire, two set wins raised the girls' overall record to 26-4 and 10-0 in the conference for the outright conference title.

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The first ever City National Bank Super Soccer Classic Tournament was held Saturday in Metropolis. This one-day soccer tourney featured recreational all-star teams from the local region in various age groups: 3rd-4th, 5th-6th and 7th-8th grades.

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Massac County's boys golf team's season is officially over now with Noah Matesevac and Hayden Summers' appearances at the Charleston IHSA Class AA sectional tournament.

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Massac County's girls' golf team blew away the competition at Franklin County Country Club last Thursday with a team score of 319, which was 60 strokes better than runner-up Zeigler-Royalton.

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The Lady Patriots golf team got in their final tune-ups for Thursday's Class 1A regional at Franklin County Country Club.

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A costly turnover in the waning seconds once again wiped out a chance at a Massac County win as the Herrin Tigers held on for a two point 28-26 win last Friday.

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The Harry Statham Youth Basketball League (HSYBL) will be holding its inaugural season for children, ages Pre-K to fourth grade, at the Harry Statham Gym in Brookport. Games will run from Nov. 16 through Dec. 21, with most scheduled on Saturdays and some on Sunday afternoons.

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The 2016 yearbook picture of the Massac County varsity football team didn't include any of the freshmen boys. They were freshmen. That team dropped their first game of the year to DuQuoin, defeated Nashville 14-13 then got blown out in six of their last seven games of the year. Thus began th…

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First year soccer coach Kyle Reinwald put his Patriots on the pitch Tuesday for their last home game of the 2019 season.

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As their regular season winds down, the Massac County High School's golf teams are getting ready for the post season.