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It may have happened before, but if it has, I’m not aware of it. The recently released Southern Illinois Coaches Association (SICA) All South Girls Golf team had five — count ‘em, five — Lady Patriots on its roster.

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As the 2020 nightmare turns into 2021 and the unsettled school year marches on, guidance from the office of Gov. JB Pritzker, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) continues to roll out on an almost daily basis.

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While there hasn’t been much in the way of prep sports to write about for a good long time now, Massac County athletes have continued to generate some news worth reporting. Two more MCHS athletes inked national letters of intent last week to continue their athletic careers at the next level.

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Massac County senior McKinnley Korte signed a letter of intent to attend Union University in Jackson, Tennessee and play golf for the Bulldog program. Union is a private, four-year, liberal arts, Christian school affiliated with the Tennessee and Southern Baptist Conventions.The athletic tea…

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We’re down by one, four seconds on the clock with the ball in our hands. The point guard drives left, zips a “no-look pass” to a cutter in the lane who directs a “touch pass” to the corner. The shooter has a good look, squares up and launches the fifteen footer. The ball hits the back of the…

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Last week in the Thursday Night Mixed League, Sully’s Billiards ground out a one-point lead over Big John’s and an eight-point cushion over KMI.

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In a Veteran’s Day signing, Massac County’s Macy Pierce signed a national letter of intent [NLI] to attend John A. Logan College in Carterville and play softball for the Vols.

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In another Veteran’s Day signing, Massac County’s Emma Austin put her “John Henry” on a national letter of intent to attend SIU and play softball for the Salukis.

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While the Southern Illinois Junior High School Sports Association is postponing winter sports for the time being, IHSA member schools across the state are still in a state of limbo. In baseball lingo; bottom of the ninth, two outs and down a run.

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Last Thursday night in the Mixed League, Metropolis Big John and Sully’s Billiards opened up a little space between themselves and the four other teams in the league with a pair of 7-0 whitewashes.

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I’m not going to say there was jubilation last Wednesday when the IHSA swam upstream against the governor’s office and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and their recommendations on high school winter sports, but it did sound like there would be some semblance of high school athle…

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From Metropolis SuperBowl, league play looked like this.

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First of all, our hearts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the young men who lost their lives Sunday morning in the car crash near Ozark. Three young men tragically died in the wreck, and three more are in critical condition in St. Louis as of this writing.

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Massac County senior runner Ansley Bailey had no issues with directions this time and no real issues with the rest of the field Saturday at Marissa as she cruised to the finish line 50 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.

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Despite taking a little more circuitous route than the other runners, Massac County’s Ansley Bailey finished almost two full minutes ahead of the rest of the field in last Thursday’s SIRR Conference Ohio division cross country meet.

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With new restrictions on our region [Covid region Five] it was up in the air for a while concerning SuperBowl and league play. But for the time being, things are still “a go.”

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Like almost all small businesses, Super Bowl has been hit hard by COVID-19 and all the restrictions.

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The weather for Monday’s IHSA Class A golf sectional held at Salem Country Club was befitting this COVID-19 year. It was all over the place. Starting off great, then misting rain, 10 minutes or so of howling winds, a little more mist and then, for 30 minutes or so, sunshine and a mild breeze…

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Massac County’s stellar cross country runner Ansley Bailey is like all the other senior athletes who have felt the COVID-19 sting. Unlike some of her cohorts, though, she is getting a chance to compete this fall and is making the most of the limited chances.

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Tuesday’s IHSA Class AA regional at Mt. Vernon’s Green Hills Country Club marked the end of Massac County’s 2020 boys’ golf season. To absolutely no one’s surprise, the Benton Rangers walked away with first place on the team side and their sensational sophomore Cy Norman tore up the Green Hi…

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For the sixth straight year, the Benton Rangers golf team won the SIRR conference Tournament. For the third straight year, A-J’s Luke Lasley took the overall medalist honors.

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I guess the word dynasty might fit here. For the 22nd time in the last quarter century or so, Massac County’s Lady Patriot golf team captured the SIRR Conference Tournament title and like so many times before, it wasn’t close, not by a long shot.

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Front row, from left: Preston Summers, Luke Maurer, Bennett Neeley, Andrew Maurer and Austin Burnett. Back row, from left: Hayden Summers, JJ Sweatt, John Stephenson, Carter Searles and Isaac Burnett.

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Sunday’s no hitter by Alec Mills of the Chicago Cubs really caught my eye for a lot of reasons. I watched his debut as a Cub a couple of years ago against the Reds and I remember thinking the kid was fun to watch.

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Front row, from left: Libby Conkle, Hannah Heine, Julia Helm and Olivia Heine. Middle row, from left: Clara Elliott, Josie Walker, Izzy Hawes, Delaney Williams, Katie Frazine and Coach Mallory McVey. Back row, from left: Elise Coakley, Alexis Frazine, McKinnley Korte, Lily Conkle and Abigail…

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The folks who figure such things have reckoned the odds of a professional golfer recording a hole in one at about 2,500-1. Those odds grow significantly longer for the “average” golfer — more like 12,500-1.

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Jody Dumpprope (white jersey) kicks into gear to hold off a furious finish by a Carrier Mills runner Monday at Vienna.

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With all the COVID distractions getting in the way this year, it really is nice to get back to something approaching normal in the realm of high school sports.

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Massac County’s junior high cross country team was primed and ready for their first meet last week at Marion but Mother Nature threw a wrench in the machine.

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We’re down by one, four seconds on the clock with the ball in our hands. The point guard drives left, zips a “no-look pass” to a cutter in the lane who directs a “touch pass” to the corner. The shooter has a good look, squares up and launches the fifteen footer. The ball hits the back of the…

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Last week in the Thursday Night Mixed League, Sully’s Billiards ground out a one-point lead over Big John’s and an eight-point cushion over KMI.

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In a Veteran’s Day signing, Massac County’s Macy Pierce signed a national letter of intent [NLI] to attend John A. Logan College in Carterville and play softball for the Vols.

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In another Veteran’s Day signing, Massac County’s Emma Austin put her “John Henry” on a national letter of intent to attend SIU and play softball for the Salukis.

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While the Southern Illinois Junior High School Sports Association is postponing winter sports for the time being, IHSA member schools across the state are still in a state of limbo. In baseball lingo; bottom of the ninth, two outs and down a run.

  • 0

Last Thursday night in the Mixed League, Metropolis Big John and Sully’s Billiards opened up a little space between themselves and the four other teams in the league with a pair of 7-0 whitewashes.

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I’m not going to say there was jubilation last Wednesday when the IHSA swam upstream against the governor’s office and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and their recommendations on high school winter sports, but it did sound like there would be some semblance of high school athle…

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From Metropolis SuperBowl, league play looked like this.

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First of all, our hearts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the young men who lost their lives Sunday morning in the car crash near Ozark. Three young men tragically died in the wreck, and three more are in critical condition in St. Louis as of this writing.

  • 0

Massac County senior runner Ansley Bailey had no issues with directions this time and no real issues with the rest of the field Saturday at Marissa as she cruised to the finish line 50 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.

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Despite taking a little more circuitous route than the other runners, Massac County’s Ansley Bailey finished almost two full minutes ahead of the rest of the field in last Thursday’s SIRR Conference Ohio division cross country meet.

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With new restrictions on our region [Covid region Five] it was up in the air for a while concerning SuperBowl and league play. But for the time being, things are still “a go.”

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Like almost all small businesses, Super Bowl has been hit hard by COVID-19 and all the restrictions.

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The weather for Monday’s IHSA Class A golf sectional held at Salem Country Club was befitting this COVID-19 year. It was all over the place. Starting off great, then misting rain, 10 minutes or so of howling winds, a little more mist and then, for 30 minutes or so, sunshine and a mild breeze…

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Massac County’s stellar cross country runner Ansley Bailey is like all the other senior athletes who have felt the COVID-19 sting. Unlike some of her cohorts, though, she is getting a chance to compete this fall and is making the most of the limited chances.

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Tuesday’s IHSA Class AA regional at Mt. Vernon’s Green Hills Country Club marked the end of Massac County’s 2020 boys’ golf season. To absolutely no one’s surprise, the Benton Rangers walked away with first place on the team side and their sensational sophomore Cy Norman tore up the Green Hi…

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For the sixth straight year, the Benton Rangers golf team won the SIRR conference Tournament. For the third straight year, A-J’s Luke Lasley took the overall medalist honors.

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I guess the word dynasty might fit here. For the 22nd time in the last quarter century or so, Massac County’s Lady Patriot golf team captured the SIRR Conference Tournament title and like so many times before, it wasn’t close, not by a long shot.

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Front row, from left: Preston Summers, Luke Maurer, Bennett Neeley, Andrew Maurer and Austin Burnett. Back row, from left: Hayden Summers, JJ Sweatt, John Stephenson, Carter Searles and Isaac Burnett.

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Sunday’s no hitter by Alec Mills of the Chicago Cubs really caught my eye for a lot of reasons. I watched his debut as a Cub a couple of years ago against the Reds and I remember thinking the kid was fun to watch.

  • 0

Front row, from left: Libby Conkle, Hannah Heine, Julia Helm and Olivia Heine. Middle row, from left: Clara Elliott, Josie Walker, Izzy Hawes, Delaney Williams, Katie Frazine and Coach Mallory McVey. Back row, from left: Elise Coakley, Alexis Frazine, McKinnley Korte, Lily Conkle and Abigail…

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The folks who figure such things have reckoned the odds of a professional golfer recording a hole in one at about 2,500-1. Those odds grow significantly longer for the “average” golfer — more like 12,500-1.

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Jody Dumpprope (white jersey) kicks into gear to hold off a furious finish by a Carrier Mills runner Monday at Vienna.

  • 0

With all the COVID distractions getting in the way this year, it really is nice to get back to something approaching normal in the realm of high school sports.

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Massac County’s junior high cross country team was primed and ready for their first meet last week at Marion but Mother Nature threw a wrench in the machine.

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In this age of pandemic protocol, Massac County High School and Metropolis Country Club did their best to put on a normal golf tournament last Saturday and their efforts came close.

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Drake Stepter turned in a pretty good Saturday performance on July 25, shooting a two under par 69, but still found himself trailing Greg Beale by four strokes in the opening round of the Metropolis Country Club’s Men’s Open Invitational.

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Metropolis Country Club hosted an appearance from Princeton, Kentucky, native and LPGA Tour professional Emma Talley on Wednesday morning.

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Shawnee Community College (SCC) Athletic Director John Sparks announced that Massac County High School basketball standout, Isaiah Thompson, has committed to the University of the Cumberlands where he will continue his athletic and academic career.

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It seems like a long time ago now, but just a couple months ago when the Governor and the Illinois High School Athletic Association shut down schools and related athletic events, a cruel blow was dealt to our high school seniors, particularly the athletes in the spring sports.