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 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 20, 2021 

The First Northwest Illinois All Star Volleyball Game

From the people we’ve talked to, it’s been a long time in coming. There are All Star basketball games for the boys’ and girls’ teams, Highland plays host to an All Star Baseball game, and the...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 20, 2021 

Cardinals Out-Panther The Panthers

It was a scene Panther fans had seen plenty of times before ... never by the opposing team. Lena-Winslow was the ground pounding club that slowly and methodically drained the life out of their...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 20, 2021 

Turning Yellow Into Gold

In practice the Monday before their conference battle with Pecatonica, junior Middle, Leah Baker turned her ankle – forcing a major lineup change for the Orangeville Broncos. "With Leah out, I had t...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 20, 2021 

Lady Wolves Have Become A Pack

Pearl City was always dangerous on the volleyball court. With Savanah Brandt as one of the biggest hitters in the area, nobody could look past them ... but few teams seriously worried about them...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 20, 2021 

Bigger Than Sports

The Stockton Lady Blackhawks played host to the Warren Warriors Thursday night for their annual "Pink Night". Just about every area team has one during the season, and it is meant to promote Breast...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 20, 2021 

There Was Also A Game

The football game between the Lena-Winslow Panthers and Stockton Blackhawks in Stockton Friday night didn't kick off until 7:30 – but that was okay. More people were interested in the pregame...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 20, 2021 

Still Looking For Answers

The Linda Ludwig Tournament held at Eastland was – to put it bluntly – loaded. With a ten team field that only had two teams with losing records on the season, the competition was going to be brut...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    October 20, 2021 

Point To Ponder

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. The other phrase that pops up is how “We are creatures of habit.” But last week, I ventured into new territory. You see, I needed a haircut. On a...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 20, 2021 

Happy Birthday Brayden

Most kids would love to get a car for their eighteenth birthday, and while we have no idea what he actually got, Orangeville's Brayden Cahoon smoked past the Amboy defense as if he was behind the...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 13, 2021

Both Sides "Won"

After watching Aquin's Lucy Arndt play one of the strongest volleyball matches I had ever seen, the headline I had in my mind was "Lucy In The Sky Hits Diamonds". But even though I fully attest to...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 13, 2021

Bright Future Ahead

With area volleyball teams heading down the backstretch towards the Regional tournaments, not a lot of attention has been spent on one group of athletes who have been flying under the radar – but...

 

I'm Nobody's Minion

As one would expect, there was a reaction to our story last week regarding the Lena-Winslow School Board, but the point of note is that the biggest discovery made was how many of the people involved r...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 13, 2021

Pick Your Poison

The last time the River Ridge Wildcats had squared off against the Stockton Blackhawks in volleyball it was a three game barn burner with no game being decided by more than two points. But that...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 13, 2021

Rivermen Exorcise Their Demons

The Du/Pec Rivermen finally exorcised the demons that had been plaguing them ever since the remarkable 14 point come back with five minutes to play that Lena-Winslow pulled off last season. While...

 

Point To Ponder

Fat guys love the fall. Speaking as one of the pleasantly plump, or rather rotund, members of society, I have always heard how people love the spring. You know, the “newness” of life, flowers...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 13, 2021

Playoff Possibilities

With six weeks completed, the potential playoff teams are beginning to emerge, while the hurdles needed to be cleared for those on the bubble are also much more certain. So where does everybody sit?...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 6, 2021

It Can't Go Three

Pearl City was in a pickle. After making a rally back in game one to claim the 25-19 victory over the Lena-Winslow Panthers, the Panthers had gotten hot – exploding out to a commanding 17-8 lead in...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 6, 2021

A Look Says A Lot

The River Ridge Wildcats have come a long way from the 0-8 start at the beginning of the season – in fact, following Tuesday's 25-17, 25-23 victory over Warren, the Wildcats now stand at 4-2 in the...

 

Bring The Popcorn

I always firmly believed that no matter how pig-headed a person might be, if you talked to them rationally, showed them the facts of the matter, and told them how you might agree with them in principa...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 6, 2021

Pirate Machine Rolls On

The 2015 Eastland Cougars were the best volleyball team I had ever seen. And while they still might be, there is definitely a number two now as the Galena Pirates looked almost invincible as they...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 6, 2021

He Who Hesitates

The Milledgeville Missiles did not have more athletes than Orangeville. They did not hit harder, or overpower the Broncos. No, the key to their impressive 56-26 dismantling of Orangeville Friday...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 6, 2021

How Do You Feel

The Blackhawk/Warren Warriors have a tradition after every game where head coach, Desie Breadon gathers the team together and asks a simple question – "How do you feel?" And following their huge...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Opinion    October 6, 2021

Point To Ponder

I can still remember the story my mother told me about how her sister freaked out when she learned her daughter was pregnant. Not because she wasn’t married, or they hadn’t been trying, but...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 6, 2021

Avoiding The Logjam

Maybe the IHSA was just implementing a new pairing system that ignored geography, or maybe, just maybe, they decided that it was time to break up the Sectional so that it didn't turn into another...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Sports    October 6, 2021

Football Power Rankings

Football 1. Lena-Winslow 6 – 0 Panther pass defense was tested. Whether or not they passed will be seen this Friday with Du/Pec. 2. Du/Pec 5 – 1 This is the week that matters. Du/Pec still smartin...

 

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