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Bobcats Prepare for Strong Season

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68 total views, 68 views today by Dennis Bowling Last season, Beecher had an exceptional campaign in the River Valley Conference. The Bobcats finished with an impressive 11-1 mark, which earned them a fourth consecutive RVC title. Once again, the Bobcats coach Brandon DuBois has all of the pieces in place to have a great campaign in…

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Bobcats Knock off Bloom

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60 total views, 60 views today In its season opener, Beecher moved into the win column with a 5-2, six-inning verdict over Bloom Township on March 15. Jacob Pevion picked up the win, pitching four innings, allowing one hit and one run. The senior fanned seven and walked two. Hunter Eastham earned the save working two frames…

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Spartans Beat Kays, Advance to Elite Eight

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2,068 total views, 155 views today Photo Caption: Marian Catholic earned its third trip to the Elite Eight as the Spartans downed Kankakee 61-50 at the 3A Pontiac sectional on March 9. The Spartans have won seven regional titles. by Jim Baranski Marian Catholic withstood two late runs by a pesky Kankakee squad to prevail 61-50, winning the…

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Ladycats Ready For Defense of Title

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1,440 total views, 112 views today By Dennis Bowling Beecher Coach Kevin Hayhurst, indeed, has had a magical 15-year run. He just won his third state title last May by beating St. Joe Ogden, 2-1. Now, the newly named Beecher Hall of Famer will have six highly-touted returning players, which could possibly put him in line to…

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Blue Devils Look for Banner Year

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611 total views, 88 views today By Dennis Bowling Peotone Coach Logan Hurley is in the very enviable position of being a 1A area power. The Blue Devils’ tri-captains, seniors Maggie Walsh and Carli Rickson, along with sophomore Courtney Burks, each provide exceptional leadership and lots of offense, which should help Peotone to have a great season.…

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Crete-Monee Seeks Another SAC Crown

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1,485 total views, 103 views today by Dennis Bowling In the upcoming soccer season, Crete-Monee’s strong suit will be a defense that is anchored by senior Sydney Kent and junior Maggie Guerra. But, the bad news for area teams is that junior Grace Miller, one of the top players in this area, is moving to the forward…

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Ladycats Prepare for Soccer Season

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417 total views, 51 views today By Dennis Bowling Beecher Coach Dawn Compton has a very optimistic feeling about the upcoming season. She has 11 very talented returning players, who have played together for the past two years and finished with a respectable 10-10 overall mark last season. The returning players include senior midfielders Carah Graham and…

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Spartans Dominate Pontiac in Sectional

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1,053 total views, 65 views today At the 3A Pontiac Sectional, Marian Catholic started quickly and crushed the host on March 6. Erasing an early Indian lead, the Spartans rolled to a 15-5 first quarter advantage and were up 33-17 at intermission, as Marian was on its way to a 66-40 triumph. Chris White had his second…

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Warriors Upend Eagles, Battle Simeon

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2,402 total views, 103 views today By Jim Baranski Finally, in the postseason, Crete-Monee played the type of basketball Warriors fans had hoped to see all year. The Warriors started the 4A Reavis Regional on February 27 with a 67-45 win over Sandburg. In the finals on March 2, Crete-Monee battled Chicago Simeon for the entire 32…

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Marian, Tidwell Crush Thornridge for Title

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1,098 total views, no views today by Dennis Bowling Marian Catholic junior Malik Tidwell was about to play in his first ever regional title game against Thornridge. He was a bit nervous, that is until he found his shooting touch. He had a memorable game, which continued the Spartans’ strong postseason run on March 2. Tidwell…

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Spartans Advance to Finals

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793 total views, no views today By Dennis Bowling Marian Catholic Coach Mike Taylor has a great memory. He remembers quite well the Spartans beating Providence Catholic, 70-42, in a regular season contest. In the all-important rematch, Marian’s outstanding sophomore Ahron Ulis was in great form, and the Celtics never had a chance on February 27.…

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Warriors Earn Southland Crown

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4,361 total views, 103 views today By Jim Baranski Beating both Rich Central and Rich South last week, Crete-Monee snapped a three-game losing streak and captured the Southland title. The Warriors finished 8-2 in the conference. On February 20, Crete-Monee traveled to Rich Central to play a game that was postponed to due snow two weeks ago.…

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Watseka Ends Bobcat Season

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3,275 total views, no views today By Dennis Bowling Beecher senior Jacob Pevion, who is one of the best players in 2A circles, could not find his shooting touch against Watseka, which led to the demise of the Bobcats on February 23. Pevion, a 6-foot-5 forward, finished with eight points and 10 rebounds. But Watseka, who…

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Slow Start Dooms Spartans

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1,451 total views, no views today By Jim Baranski Just before halftime in its final home game, Marian Catholic trailed Benet Academy, 28-8. A three-pointer by Malik Tidwell narrowed the lead to 28-11 at the intermission. While the Spartans came back to win the second half, it was not enough. Marian lost 43-34 to the Redwings…

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Blue Devils Crush Raiders

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4,065 total views, 67 views today By Jim Baranski In its first round battle with Iroquois West in the 2A Watseka Regional, Peotone appeared to be in for a tough game. The Blue Devils held a slim 14-13 lead. Then, Riley Koehn hit a free throw, and Caleb Hunter canned a putback to end the first quarter…

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Spartan Girls Battle but Fall to L-W East

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1,446 total views, no views today By Dennis Bowling Marian Catholic Coach Dan Murray knew Lincoln-Way East would be a formidable opponent. The experienced Griffins had the upper hand on the young Spartans, but Marian Catholic played hard throughout the entire contest, only to fall short in the late going on February 19. Spartan junior Shannan…

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Illinois Lutheran Upset by Dwight

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372 total views, no views today Dwight downed Illinois Lutheran, 55-49, in the opening round of the 1A St. Anne Regional on February 19, as the Trojans nailed 7-of-11 three-point tries in the second half The Chargers were quick out of the gate, jumping to a 12-6 lead after the opening period, and Illinois Lutheran was…

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