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    IN THE BULLPEN for the Comets is senior Max Lepper during a home game this season. Lepper was reliable for the Comets on the mound during his senior season.

    05/21/2019 - 5:40pm
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    REGIONAL CHAMPIONS – The Reed-Custer softball team edged Seneca on Saturday to claim the regional championship. The Lady Comets include (from left, kneeling) Meghan Faletti, Alexa Cieslak, Calia Kmetz, Antoinette Hill, Kelsi Dillon, Abrey Ricketts, Allie Shaw and Hannah Coster. Standing are assistant coaches Tyler Schoonovner and Christina Sukley, Maddie McPherson, Olivia Smith, Natalie Bragg, Naomi Gomez, Sylvia Crater, Kaylee Thompson, Grace Colclasure and head coach Taylor Gunier.

    05/21/2019 - 5:36pm
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    COAL CITY’S Payton Hutchings rocks back on his heels in an attempt to avoid getting hit by an inside pitch during an away game. Hutchings was big for the Coalers in their 6-1 win over Homewood Flossmoor, launching his third home run of the season.

    05/21/2019 - 5:34pm
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    GLOVE OPTIONAL–Coal City junior, Zoe Wills picks up the ball with her barehand after a bunt and fires it to first base during an away contest. Wills was great for the Lady Coalers in their regional win against Morris as she went the distance.

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    REGIONAL CHAMPIONS–Wilmington’s softball team upended Herscher, 10-4, on Saturday during the Watseka Regional to claim the championship trophy, advancing to the Reed-Custer Sectionals against Beecher Wednesday. Lady ‘Cats include (from left, kneeling) Megan Mann, Michelle Gramlich, Ava Narine, Kiley Sowa, Madison Gorges, Lauren O’Donnell, Leah Talley and Anna Liaromatis. Back row: Emily Mazon, Jessica Castle, Bella Egizio, Neena Dingillo, Katie Kucharski, Jenna Jackson, Evelyn Shepherd, Jordyn Reents, Chloe Sanford and Jenny Kucharski.

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    WAIT FOR IT–Coal City senior Madelaine Ragain makes contact with a ball during a game with Wilmington. Ragain had a double in Friday’s game.

    05/14/2019 - 6:46pm
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    HE’S OUT! Coal City junior Jack Bunton tags out Wilmington’s Keaton Hopwood (15) during a 4-3 extra inning win over the Wildcats at Friday.

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Wilmington Region

WESLEY TOWNSHIP ROAD Commissioner Jeff Sorensen had a crew out working on Symerton Road off of Ballou Friday morning. Jim Coyle operated the roller.

05/21/2019 - 8:58pm
Unrelenting rain, a budget to write, supplies to purchase and equipment to repair hasn’t kept Wesley Township’s new road commissioner from getting out and making the township’s byways a little safer and a lot more comfortable to drive on. Travis...

Coal City Region

SEVEN GRADUATES from the Coal City High School class of 2019 intend to serve in the armed forces. Each of the graduates was recognized during the school's commencement ceremony on Sunday. Students who will serve their country include (from left) Kameron Ruhrup, U.S. Army; Walker Hanson, U.S. Air Force; Joshua Chubb, U.S. Marine Corps; Brian Robbins, U.S. Marine Corps; Hussien Knittel, U.S. Army National Guard; Sean McGouirk, U.S. Army National Guard and Benjamin Hawkins, U.S. Navy. Photo by Ann Gill

05/21/2019 - 7:32pm
“Being a soldier is more than courage, it's sacrificing yourself for something greater than yourself.” The anonymous quote accurately depicts seven members of the Coal City High School class of 2019, as each has decided to serve their country as...

Braidwood Region

ENTERING THE SERVICE - Principal Tim Ricketts acknowledges graduates from the Class of 2019 who will enter into the U.S. armed forces after graduation. Those graduates are Trenton Alexander (Air Force), Kyle Coster (Marines), Nathan Cornelio (National Guard), Derick Emanuelson (Marines), Marissa Escobedo (Marines), Logan Martin (Navy), Michael Pareja (Marines), Robert Culotta (Marines), and Alex Heatter (Navy).

05/21/2019 - 6:43pm
This year’s high school seniors are students no more. The 91st Annual Reed-Custer High School Commencement Ceremony was held on Sunday, May 19, as the 115 graduates of the Class of 2019 walked the halls as students for the last time. Reed-Custer...

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