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The Harry Statham Youth Basketball League is set to begin its second season. The youth league was a big hit in 2019 before COVID disrupted life as we know it.

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The Benton Rangers golf team’s quest for a state title came up just short Saturday at Normal’s D.A. Weibring Golf Club as Chicago’s St. Ignatius Prep eased by the Rangers by a score of 585 to 594.

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On their Senior Night, the Benton Rangers rolled to a 48-12 win over Massac on Friday, Oct. 8, to remain unbeaten, setting up a SIRR Conference title showdown with Murphysboro this Friday night, Oct. 15.

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Three members of the girls Massac Junior High School cross country team are heading to state. The Lady Trojans finished fifth overall out of eight teams. Qualifying to run at state are (from left) Kinley Logeman, Bell Hillebrand and Finley Jeffords.

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After an impressive win last Thursday, Sept. 30, at Franklin County Country Club in the Zeigler-Royalton-Christopher Class A regional tournament, the Lady Patriots ground out a third-place finish on the Acorns Golf Course near Waterloo in the Class A sectional to punch their ticket for Decat…

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Massac County’s Patriots golf team held off home-standing Mt. Vernon for a second-place finish in the Mt. Vernon Class AA golf regional at Green Hills Golf Club just outside of Mt. Vernon last Wednesday, Sept. 29.

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Metropolis Country Club hosted its annual fall four-man scramble this past weekend, Oct. 2-3, and in spite of some bothersome rain on Saturday, things went off fairly smoothly.

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Fall sports are beginning to wind down with most teams playing their final matches and entering, or getting ready for, regional competition.

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Herrin’s Tigers broke a five-game losing skid and, in the process, saw fit to ruin Massac County’s Homecoming events with a 31-20 win over the Patriots on Friday, Oct. 1.

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Torrential rain forced the SIRR Conference golf tournament from Carbondale’s Hickory Ridge to Herrin’s Pine Lakes course last Wednesday, Sept. 22, but it hardly mattered to Massac County’s Lady Patriots.

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With an impressive two set win over Paducah Tilghman on Monday night, Sept. 27, the Massac County High School volleyball team ran their record to 16-8 overall.

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With an impressive two set win over Paducah Tilghman on Monday night, Sept. 27, the Massac County High School volleyball team ran their record to 16-8 overall.

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Last week, Sept. 16, in the coverage of the Sept. 10 Anna-Jonesboro vs. Massac football game, I inaccurately described the events benefiting Hadley’s Haven as a “Whiteout for Cancer Survivors,” when the fundraisers were actually for the building of Hadley’s Haven.

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MURPHYSBORO — The fast track of Murphysboro’s “Doc” Bencini Field and a trio of Red Devil speedsters had to weigh heavy on the minds of Massac County’s coaching staff Friday night, Sept. 17, as well it should have.

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Fort Massac State Park was once again the setting for Massac County’s Patriot Invitational Cross Country Meet, which was held Thursday, Sept. 16.

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Centralia’s Orphan Annies took Saturday’s Superman Slam invitational volleyball tournament title, going undefeated in five matches.

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ANNA-JONESBORO — On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, after a moving pre-game tribute to the 13 servicemen who lost their lives in the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle, and on a “Whiteout Cancer Survivors” night to boot, a high school football game seemed an almost secon…

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Clara Elliott became the Patriots’ first female player to score a point in a varsity football game during the Sept. 3 season opener against Ballard Memorial. Elliott is a kicker for the Patriots. The Patriots routed the Bombers, 58-20.

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The Massac Junior High Lady Trojans cross-country team placed third Monday at the meet in Marion. The event had nine schools in the race. Team members are, from left, Bell Hillebrand, Finley Jeffords, Kinley Logeman, Jordan Forthman and Emmy Walquist.

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After an impressive comeback effort that came up just short against Carterville last week, on Tuesday, Sept. 7, the Massac County Patriots’ soccer team found itself on a three-game slide.

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For Massac County High School’s volleyball team, it’s the Cross Roads Tournament. For Patriots’ golf, it’s the Craig Dixon Invitational held in Mattoon.

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Massac County’s boys soccer team shut out Pinckneyville 4-0 to notch their second win of the season. Massac took the opportunity against a somewhat short-handed Panther squad to play a lot of underclassmen and the playing time will only benefit the youngsters and the squad as the season prog…

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After their first week forfeit win over Fulton City, Massac County entered last Friday’s game against Ballard Memorial with high hopes of opening the 2021 campaign with a 2-0 record.

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Massac County’s boys soccer team shut out Pinckneyville 4-0 to notch their second win of the season. Massac took the opportunity against a somewhat short-handed Panther squad to play a lot of underclassmen and the playing time will only benefit the youngsters and the squad as the season prog…

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What was to be the Massac County Patriots’ opening football game of the season turned into a Meet the Patriots event Friday, Aug. 28, when the Fulton, Kentucky, team had to cancel due to COVID. Meet the Patriots featured the varsity team in three quarters with the freshmen and sophomore team…

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After a rainout Monday evening, Aug. 30, against McCracken County, Massac County’s soccer team opened its 2021 schedule at home against Harrisburg on Tuesday, and the lads put on impressive show for the fans in attendance.

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You could kinda see this one coming. Massac County played host in the Patriot Invitational Saturday morning, Aug. 28, at Metropolis Country Club to a field that included powerhouse boys’ team Benton and an ultra-talented girls’ team from Mt. Carmel.

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You’d never know it was the first week of the season by the way Massac County’s volleyball has played so far.

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Massac County’s golfers had a mixed bag of results from last week as the boys managed to get in a few holes at “The Battle of Rend Lake” on Saturday before the event was washed out.

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Massac County High School’s golf programs are highly regarded in southern Illinois, and rightly so. As such, it takes money to outfit the kids, transport and feed them, etc.

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The Lady Patriots basketball team held its annual summer FUNdamental camp from July 6-9 and reported that around 40 young ladies from third- through ninth-grades attended.

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Drake Stepter continued his winning streak by blitzing the field in this past weekend’s Drake Creek-Texas Roadhouse West Kentucky Open.

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Last week saw the Massac County High School Patriot Basketball Camp come and go, and Coach Joe Hosman was pleased with its attendance.

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First things first: Geoff Hannan, Eddie Mayhall and about a dozen local boys wish to express their heartfelt appreciation to Metropolis’ American Legion Post 306 and Sons of the American Legion for sponsoring their American Legion baseball team this summer.

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For maybe the first time ever, the Lois Lane Ladies’ Golf Tournament coincided with the annual Superman Celebration, and the ladies were blessed with a great day for an outing.

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Massac County High School head football coach Jason Roper has announced Patriot football practices will begin Monday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m.

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Recent Massac County High School graduate Brooklyn Belford signs with Kaskia College to play soccer. The signing took place earlier this month. Witnessing were, from left, seated, Cassie Belford, Jarod Belford; back row, Kaskia coach Joe Basch and MCHS coach Brock Frazier.

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Chad Brown poses on hole No. 3 at Hampton Cove’s par 3 course in Owens Crossroad, Alabama. Brown used a 5 iron to “ace” the 189-yard hole. Brown’s feat was “witnessed by” Todd Barnett, Shane Miller and Carl Stewart. An unnamed source insisted on the quotation marks around “witnessed by,” cit…

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After an impressive win last Thursday, Sept. 30, at Franklin County Country Club in the Zeigler-Royalton-Christopher Class A regional tournament, the Lady Patriots ground out a third-place finish on the Acorns Golf Course near Waterloo in the Class A sectional to punch their ticket for Decat…

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Massac County’s Patriots golf team held off home-standing Mt. Vernon for a second-place finish in the Mt. Vernon Class AA golf regional at Green Hills Golf Club just outside of Mt. Vernon last Wednesday, Sept. 29.

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Metropolis Country Club hosted its annual fall four-man scramble this past weekend, Oct. 2-3, and in spite of some bothersome rain on Saturday, things went off fairly smoothly.

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Fall sports are beginning to wind down with most teams playing their final matches and entering, or getting ready for, regional competition.

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Herrin’s Tigers broke a five-game losing skid and, in the process, saw fit to ruin Massac County’s Homecoming events with a 31-20 win over the Patriots on Friday, Oct. 1.

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Torrential rain forced the SIRR Conference golf tournament from Carbondale’s Hickory Ridge to Herrin’s Pine Lakes course last Wednesday, Sept. 22, but it hardly mattered to Massac County’s Lady Patriots.

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With an impressive two set win over Paducah Tilghman on Monday night, Sept. 27, the Massac County High School volleyball team ran their record to 16-8 overall.

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With an impressive two set win over Paducah Tilghman on Monday night, Sept. 27, the Massac County High School volleyball team ran their record to 16-8 overall.

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Last week, Sept. 16, in the coverage of the Sept. 10 Anna-Jonesboro vs. Massac football game, I inaccurately described the events benefiting Hadley’s Haven as a “Whiteout for Cancer Survivors,” when the fundraisers were actually for the building of Hadley’s Haven.

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MURPHYSBORO — The fast track of Murphysboro’s “Doc” Bencini Field and a trio of Red Devil speedsters had to weigh heavy on the minds of Massac County’s coaching staff Friday night, Sept. 17, as well it should have.

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Fort Massac State Park was once again the setting for Massac County’s Patriot Invitational Cross Country Meet, which was held Thursday, Sept. 16.

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Centralia’s Orphan Annies took Saturday’s Superman Slam invitational volleyball tournament title, going undefeated in five matches.

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ANNA-JONESBORO — On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, after a moving pre-game tribute to the 13 servicemen who lost their lives in the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle, and on a “Whiteout Cancer Survivors” night to boot, a high school football game seemed an almost secon…

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Clara Elliott became the Patriots’ first female player to score a point in a varsity football game during the Sept. 3 season opener against Ballard Memorial. Elliott is a kicker for the Patriots. The Patriots routed the Bombers, 58-20.

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The Massac Junior High Lady Trojans cross-country team placed third Monday at the meet in Marion. The event had nine schools in the race. Team members are, from left, Bell Hillebrand, Finley Jeffords, Kinley Logeman, Jordan Forthman and Emmy Walquist.

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After an impressive comeback effort that came up just short against Carterville last week, on Tuesday, Sept. 7, the Massac County Patriots’ soccer team found itself on a three-game slide.

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For Massac County High School’s volleyball team, it’s the Cross Roads Tournament. For Patriots’ golf, it’s the Craig Dixon Invitational held in Mattoon.

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Massac County’s boys soccer team shut out Pinckneyville 4-0 to notch their second win of the season. Massac took the opportunity against a somewhat short-handed Panther squad to play a lot of underclassmen and the playing time will only benefit the youngsters and the squad as the season prog…

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After their first week forfeit win over Fulton City, Massac County entered last Friday’s game against Ballard Memorial with high hopes of opening the 2021 campaign with a 2-0 record.

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Massac County’s boys soccer team shut out Pinckneyville 4-0 to notch their second win of the season. Massac took the opportunity against a somewhat short-handed Panther squad to play a lot of underclassmen and the playing time will only benefit the youngsters and the squad as the season prog…

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What was to be the Massac County Patriots’ opening football game of the season turned into a Meet the Patriots event Friday, Aug. 28, when the Fulton, Kentucky, team had to cancel due to COVID. Meet the Patriots featured the varsity team in three quarters with the freshmen and sophomore team…

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After a rainout Monday evening, Aug. 30, against McCracken County, Massac County’s soccer team opened its 2021 schedule at home against Harrisburg on Tuesday, and the lads put on impressive show for the fans in attendance.

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You could kinda see this one coming. Massac County played host in the Patriot Invitational Saturday morning, Aug. 28, at Metropolis Country Club to a field that included powerhouse boys’ team Benton and an ultra-talented girls’ team from Mt. Carmel.

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You’d never know it was the first week of the season by the way Massac County’s volleyball has played so far.

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Massac County’s golfers had a mixed bag of results from last week as the boys managed to get in a few holes at “The Battle of Rend Lake” on Saturday before the event was washed out.

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Massac County High School’s golf programs are highly regarded in southern Illinois, and rightly so. As such, it takes money to outfit the kids, transport and feed them, etc.

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The Lady Patriots basketball team held its annual summer FUNdamental camp from July 6-9 and reported that around 40 young ladies from third- through ninth-grades attended.

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Drake Stepter continued his winning streak by blitzing the field in this past weekend’s Drake Creek-Texas Roadhouse West Kentucky Open.

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Last week saw the Massac County High School Patriot Basketball Camp come and go, and Coach Joe Hosman was pleased with its attendance.

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First things first: Geoff Hannan, Eddie Mayhall and about a dozen local boys wish to express their heartfelt appreciation to Metropolis’ American Legion Post 306 and Sons of the American Legion for sponsoring their American Legion baseball team this summer.

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For maybe the first time ever, the Lois Lane Ladies’ Golf Tournament coincided with the annual Superman Celebration, and the ladies were blessed with a great day for an outing.

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Massac County High School head football coach Jason Roper has announced Patriot football practices will begin Monday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m.

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Recent Massac County High School graduate Brooklyn Belford signs with Kaskia College to play soccer. The signing took place earlier this month. Witnessing were, from left, seated, Cassie Belford, Jarod Belford; back row, Kaskia coach Joe Basch and MCHS coach Brock Frazier.

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Chad Brown poses on hole No. 3 at Hampton Cove’s par 3 course in Owens Crossroad, Alabama. Brown used a 5 iron to “ace” the 189-yard hole. Brown’s feat was “witnessed by” Todd Barnett, Shane Miller and Carl Stewart. An unnamed source insisted on the quotation marks around “witnessed by,” cit…

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After the COVID-shortened version of baseball last year, I was really looking forward to this summer.

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Metropolis Country Club was the site for a Junior Golf Clinic on Tuesday. Instructors were Gary Adkins, Craig Armstrong, JR Conkle, Kim Futrell, Galen Shelton and Micah Troutt. Additional photos can be seen in the photo gallery of metropolisplanet.com.

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A few days after the death of his father, Drake Stepter blitzed the field in the Irvin Cobb Championship this past weekend.

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After a one year hiatus due to COVID restrictions, the Metropolis Country Club hosted its annual Superman Couples Tournament this past weekend, and the turnout was great.

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The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association recently handed out its “Coach of the Year” honors and several locals were recognized.

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Shawnee Community College’s new softball coach Kyle Smith didn’t have to go far to grab up a solid second baseman. Recent Massac County High School graduate Kaylee Batha (center) recently signed to be on the team. Batha hit .380 for the Lady Patriots this year and played a big role in the te…