• Courtesy Photo REED-CUSTER MIDDLE SCHOOL had three wrestlers place during Saturday’s finals at DeKalb. Panther state placers include (from left, front) Gunnar Berg who finished second at 275, Kody Marschner a state champion at 215 and Landon Markle who placed 5th at 100. Their coaches include (from left, standing) Mikal Kelly, Yale Davis, William Marquardt Jr. and Austin Headrick.
    03/12/2019 - 4:12pm

  • Photos by Shawn Long REED-CUSTER SOPHOMORE Shaelin Ruzich clears the final hurdle during the running of the 60-meter hurdles Saturday. Ruzich finished third in the pole vault as well.
    03/12/2019 - 4:10pm

  • Courtesy Photo IESA STATE CHAMPS–The Coal City Middle School wrestling team capped off a perfect season with a state title during the IESA state wrestling finals in DeKalb. CCMS had one state champion and nine other Warriors place. Team members include (from left, kneeling) coach Branden Petersen, Brock Finch, Culan Lindemuth, Noah Houston, Brody Widlowski, Brant Widlowski, Landin Benson, Jack Poyner and coach Widlowski. Back row: Coach Poyner, Blake Dillon, Braiden Young, Derek Carlson, Mike Gonzalez, Mataeo Blessing, Drake Dearth, Joey Breneman, Coleton Elliot and coach Carlson.
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  • Courtesy Photo SECTIONAL CHAMPS–The eighth grade CCMS volleyball team became state qualifiers on Monday night after taking a three-game win over Homer Glen Homer at Channahon. The volleyball team includes (from left, kneeling) Audrey Cooper, Jadyn Cassani, Maya Dimitrijevic, Gwen Wharrie, Addy Waliczek and Lexi Willis. Back row: Ava Smith, Maddy Schaddelee, Kerigan Copes, Carley Morris, Skylar Milinkovic, Rachel Hall, Addy Gagliardo, Nyah Planeta and coach Kerry Yedinak.
    03/12/2019 - 4:04pm

  • Courtesy Photo STATE RUNNER-UP– Coaler freshman Carly Ford placed second in state at 132 pounds during the IWCOA girls state wrestling championships on Sunday inside the BOS Center in Springfield, IL.
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  • Photos by Shawn Long LADY CAT FRESHMAN Kate McCann speeds out of the starting blocks in the 60 meter dash, where she took seventh overall during the RC Invite.
    03/12/2019 - 3:57pm

  • Courtesy Photo STATE CHAMPION! Wilmington Middle School seventh grader Landon Dooley (middle) won the state title at 90 pounds on Saturday. With him in DeKalb are coaches (from left) Travis Ivanoff, James Cox and Nick Dziuban.
    03/12/2019 - 3:55pm

  • Photo by Shawn Long WILMINGTON SENIOR WRESTLER Ryan Shields attempts a reverse against Coal City’s Trent Akre. Shields earned All-Conference honors for the 2018-2019 season.
    03/12/2019 - 3:52pm

  • File photo STATE LEAP - Reed-Custer sophomore Jaden Christian clears 17-feet in the long jump last season to place eighth in state. Watch for her return during the 2019 season.
    03/05/2019 - 5:50pm

  • File photo SENIOR PITCHER Antoinette Hill will be back on the mound for Reed-Custer after amassing over 160 innings pitched and maintaining a 1.90 ERA.
    03/05/2019 - 5:48pm

  • File photo CALEB LAGRANGE was a mainstay in the Reed-Custer batting order, grabbing honors as an I-8 All Conference player for 2018. The Comets hope he can continue his success at the plate in 2019.
    03/05/2019 - 5:46pm

  • File photo by Pam Spreitzer SECTIONAL CHAMPS! Coal City baseball players raise the sectional plaque after defeating Joliet Catholic Academy for the sectional championship last season. The Coalers return several starters from the championship team.
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  • File photo HELEN ONSEN plays keep away with the ball during at game at Wilmington. She returns for Coal City in 2019.
    03/05/2019 - 5:42pm

Wilmington Region

WATER STILL sat in the yard on South Route 53 late Monday afternoon, two days after the last rain, because the drainage in the area isn’t functioning properly. City, township and county officials hope they’ve got a fix in the works.
03/12/2019 - 6:35pm
    The South Route 53 residents who are affected by frequent flooding due to an inoperable drainage system have reached out for help, and representatives from the county, the township, the area drainage district, the city and the state are working...

Coal City Region

03/12/2019 - 5:25pm
Coal City is one of a number of government entities involved in the Ottawa Area Enterprise Zone, so when changes to the boundaries are proposed the village gets a vote. It was recently announced the Reichold Chemical facility in Goose Lake Township...

Braidwood Region

Freshman Kayla Lockhart (left) will take the stage as Marian in Reed-Custer High School’s production of “The Music Man.” Of his stage partner, TJ Sforza (right)says “he’s super talented.” Sforza and Lockhart will take the stage this weekend with 26 of their peers and a children’s ensemble comprised of 10 Reed-Custer fourth and fifth graders.
03/05/2019 - 7:17pm
     What’s old is new again, and in the world of theatre, it’s called a revival.     This weekend, students at Reed-Custer High School are not only reviving a classic piece of musical theatre, but a part of the school’s theatre history.     As...

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