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 By Dan Stevens    Sports    February 19, 2020 

Panthers Claim Cat Fight

They may no longer be in the same conference, but when the Eastland Cougars and Lena-Winslow Panthers lock up on the basketball court, it is still bound to be a battle. Monday night in Lanark, the...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    February 19, 2020 

Two Paths Lead To Same Result

Both Stockton and Lena-Winslow advanced to the Regional semifinals Tuesday night by 20 point margins, but the manner in which they did it was far from similar. Stockton gave up the first basket to Sou...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    February 19, 2020 

Set Up For A Showdown

Both the Aquin Bulldogs and Stockton Blackhawks were able to advance into the Class 1A Regional Championship, but the Bulldogs had a much easier road. In the opening game between Aquin and Durand,...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    February 19, 2020 

Warriors Rise With Riedl

With just over two minutes gone in the first quarter, the Warren Warriors were suddenly faced with a problem – sophomore post, Braydn Bohnsack – had just picked up his second foul and had to head...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    February 19, 2020 

The Pressure To Perform

It would be impossible to celebrate the championship won by the Stockton Blackhawks without having your heart bleed for the Aquin Lady Bulldogs. In what was one of the most competitive back and forth...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    February 19, 2020 

Point To Ponder

I’m having a hard time this year, and I’m trying to put my finger on it, so bear with me for a bit here. Every February things get intense throughout the region for one major reason – the IHSA...

 

A Change In Titles

After falling at home in a close game to the Galena Pirates earlier in the season, the Stockton Blackhawks had the tall task of trying to claim a victory on the Pirate's home floor if they wanted a...

 

Pec Lights Up Aquin

In their previous two meetings, the Pecatonica Indians had topped Aquin by making drives to the basket and attacking the inside, so the Bulldogs were prepared for that to happen. What they didn't see...

 

Emotional Send Off

When the final horn had sounded, and both Aquin and Lena-Winslow were going through the traditional handshake line following the game, nobody was talking about the score. The move on everyone's mind,...

 

Point To Ponder

What’s In A Name? A Rose, by any other name, would still smell just as sweet. OK, my apologies for going back into teacher mode during the unit on Shakespeare, but the reason for the quote popping i...

 

Girls Post Season Predictions

The Regular season has come to a close, and two of the three conferences in our region had co-champions as the race came down to the wire. But who do we think is going to be hot at the right time to...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    February 5, 2020

An Unfair Fight

Over the summer, there was a lot of excitement over what kind of game fans would see when Lena-Winslow, and the Mapes sisters, squared off against the Stockton Blackhawks – their former team. But...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    February 5, 2020

The Mouse That Roared

The program officially lists Andy Wurster as being 5'8" tall. We think it's lying. But the one thing that nobody can deny is how hard and fast the senior guard works for the River Ridge Wildcats. "I k...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    February 5, 2020

A Dakota Dismantling

After winning the jump ball to open the game, the Lena-Winslow Panthers came down and worked their offense for a good twenty seconds before Sean Ormiston pulled up and hit a 15 foot jumper for the...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    February 5, 2020

Now It Gets Serious

The Wrestling post season gets underway this coming weekend where the teams from our region will be making the trip to Polo for the Class 1A Regional. And to say that a lot will be on the line would b...

 

Point To Ponder

I hear a lot of things first. People send me emails, or tips on what they think is newsworthy, and a lot of times it is – so I look into it or try to help promote what’s happening. And admittedly...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    January 29, 2020

Amboy Clips Cougars

It was easily the largest crowd to ever watch a regular season basketball at Eastland ... ever. Not only were both fan bases huge, but there were also several coaches of other girls teams – even...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    January 29, 2020

Handled Correctly

At 10:30 pm Monday night, the call went out and authorities came out to Lena in response to a man who had barricaded himself, and his wife, in his home. A lengthy "stand off" ensued in which the...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    January 29, 2020

Vandigo The Great

Calling Ben Werner and Ben Vandigo over after their Scales Mound Hornets had knocked off Stockton 51-40, Werner let me in on a secret. "He's (Vandigo) probably going to be scared to death to talk to...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    January 29, 2020

Just Out Of Reach

The Orangeville Lady Broncos have come a long way this season, but the hopes of claiming their first double digit wins in more than ten years is beginning to run out of time as they fell 52-40 to the...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    January 29, 2020

Different Tendencies

Both the Lena-Winslow Panthers and Aquin Bulldogs had scouted each other well, and knew what to expect. So when the Panther's Kolton Heun suddenly went off script, it was a major reason why the...

 
 By Dan Stevens    News    January 29, 2020

Stupidity In Power

(I need to start this off by revealing that I am employed as the Stockton/Warren Speech Coach. So while my annual salary is puny, I want to make sure that everyone knows ahead of time that I am...

 

Point To Ponder

Vanity, thy name is woman. For the last few weeks, my wife had been telling me that we needed to update, or renew, or whatever it is you do, to keep our passports current. Most people probably know...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    January 29, 2020

Hornets Get Hosed

When the results from the South Beloit MLK Tournament came in, we had to do a double take – how was it that East Dubuque and Scales Mound could both finish 4-0, but the Hornets were placed in the...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    January 22, 2020

A 'Barr' Too High

Knowing how to beat a team, and being able to execute that plan, are two very different things. Just ask Lena-Winslow. The Lady Panthers had the perfect game plan to knock off Aquin, and after the...

 

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