• REGIONAL CHAMPS - The Reed-Custer wrestling team captured first place in the Plano regional 10 years ago. Comets include (from left, front) Matt Engel (135 champion); Jonathan Eichelberger (112 champion); Pat Casagrande (145 champion); Trent Lyons (103 champion); Zack Speed (171 champion) and Steve Rosenberg (119 champion). Standing are assistant coach Nathan Martinez; Jake Jedryck (140 4th place); assistant coach Jake Sinkular; Spencer Butler (285 champion); Zach Boyer (160 2nd); Ryan Garbin (152 3rd); Alex Edgar; Shane Speed (215 2nd); Chase Fisher (189 champion); head coach Andy Gleixner; Billy Chancey (125 champion); Luke Vandermyde; Ryan Shorkey; assistant coach Jeremy Helsing; and assistant coach Joey Rivera.

    12/01/2020 - 3:57pm
  • COAL CITY earned a second place finish during the IHSA Dual Team State tournament five years ago. Wrestlers include: (front, from left) Brandon Strnad, Max Rowell, Alex Friddle, Ryan Wasielewski, Joey Rivera, Jake Hiles, Hunter Carlson, Cole Garcia, TJ Jezik, Connor Skubic, Danny Norton, (standing) coach Michal Barrie, coach Corey Jurzak, coach Jim Looper, Matt Girot, Michael Chirappa, Brock Crawford, Jonah Englert, Dalton Wallace, Alec Leasure, Trevor Mcintire, Paul Jones, Bryan Stopka, Riley Kauzlaric, coach Nick O’Bert and head coach Mark Masters.

    12/01/2020 - 3:55pm
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    STATE DUAL CHAMPIONS - Wilmington’s wrestling squad made school history 13 years ago in DeKalb, capturing first place in the IHSA’s Dual Team State Tournament. The Wildcats edged Vandalia, 30-29 to win the title. Squad members include (from left, kneeling) Bryan Evans, Ryan Nash, Marcus Dunkin, Alex Jansen, Nick Dziuban, Matt Lyday, Matt Combes, Mike Busby, Vince Vercelli, John VanDuyne, Zack Boyle, Steve Heino and Alex Jones. Second row: Justin Gruca, Kyle Aderman, Kyle Cragg, Jeff Goodwin, Garth Cartwright and Alfonso Dingillo. Back row: assistant coach Josh Peters, trainer Brice Davis, assistant coach Mark Shell, Tom Fritz, assistant coach Eddie VanDuyne, head coach Rob Murphy, assistant coach Robbie Murphy and Jake Murphy.

    12/01/2020 - 3:54pm
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    DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST Brittni Manietta was selected to be on the Coal City volleyball dream team. Manietta was one of the top attackers during her time at CCHS.

    11/24/2020 - 2:38pm
  • WILMINGTON VOLLEYBALL COACH Laura Wakefield chose Lexi Plese to be one of her outside hitters on the Wildcat volleyball dream team.

    11/24/2020 - 2:37pm
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    SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS–The 1991-92 Reed-Custer volleyball team captured the sectional championship 28 years ago, finishing with a record of 27-10-3. The Lady Comets coached by Jill Sorensen-Davis included: (in no particular order) Julie Hernandez, Sr. #1, Janine Keca, Fr. #2, Sarah Ewert, Fr. #5, Sherry Wright, Sr. #10, Mary Cannon, Sr. #11, Carie Loghry, So. #12, Stephanie McPherson, Jr. #13, Tricia Hall, Sr. #14, Vicki Waliczek, Sr. #15, Andrea Trayler, Sr. #20, Jodi Austin, Jr.#21, Kathy Smith, Sr. #22, Courtney Fitzpatrick, Jr. #23, Kori Studley, Sr. #24 and Cindy Bernd, Jr. #27.

    11/24/2020 - 2:35pm
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    NATALIE TEAGUE recently signed her letter of intent to play softball at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Teague will put on the Lady Coaler uniform one more time as they are all hopeful for a summer season this year.

    11/24/2020 - 2:34pm
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    COAL CITY FRESHMEN girls basketball coach Brad Boresi was recently selected by coach Mitch Hamann to be on the Coaler boys basketball dream team.

    11/17/2020 - 3:12pm
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    FORMER WILMINGTON GUARD Colleen Keeley was a dream team selection for girls basketball.

    11/17/2020 - 3:11pm
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    FORMER REED-CUSTER FORWARD Grant Kluge was picked to be on the Comet boys basketball dream team.

    11/17/2020 - 3:10pm
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    COAL CITY GRADUATE Keegan Gagliardo signed his letter of intent to play Division 1 baseball at Illinois State University. The southpaw just finished up his two years at Lincoln Trail College.

    11/17/2020 - 3:08pm
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    FORMER WILDCAT FORWARD Mike Moore was selected by Cluver to be on the boys basketball dream team. Moore won a regional championship with the 1988 ‘Cats.

    11/10/2020 - 3:29pm
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    THE LATE GREAT Howard Becker is the longest running Wildcat coach as he coached wrestling for 30 years and football for 29 years.

    11/10/2020 - 3:28pm

Wilmington Region

WILMINGTON FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT opened up Station 2 in August 2020. The department is now planning to add a new engine to its fleet in 2021.

12/01/2020 - 5:28pm
The Wilmington Fire Protection District covers 104 square miles out of two fire houses. The district is now in the process of adding a new engine to its fleet of vehicles. Fire Chief Tim Zlomie oversees the district, which includes two full time...

Coal City Region

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THE VILLAGE OF Coal City is mourning the loss of its building and zoning official Richard “Bob” Malone who died Nov. 19 following a hard fought battle with cancer.

12/01/2020 - 4:40pm
For a moment, not a word was said, heads hung in silent tribute to a man dedicated to building up the village of Coal City. Known to most in the community as Bob the Builder, Richard “Bob” Malone died Nov. 19 after a hard fought battle with cancer....

Braidwood Region

BRAIDWOOD RESIDENT MIKE Basgen (lower left) was able to secure a $1,250 donation from his employer, Walmart in Elwood, to benefit the Community Care Center food pantry in Braidwood. Basgen presented a check to pantry director Noreen Brandle and center volunteers on Tuesday. Photo by Marney Simon.

12/01/2020 - 5:35pm
It’s been 16 years since the Community Care Center Food Pantry opened its doors in Braidwood. This week, the pantry got a $1,250 boost from one local resident and the generosity of Walmart. Mike Basgen of Braidwood works as a yard driver at the...

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