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 By Todd Nielsen    Sports    April 28, 2021

End Of An Era

The Orangeville Broncos and Milledgeville Missiles finished the odd 2021 spring football season by playing their last 11-man games. Both schools will transition to 8-man football next year. The...

 
 By Todd Nielsen    Sports    April 21, 2021

Warriors 'D'eny BSMS Knights

Black Hawk/Warren coach Desie Breadon has all the faith in the world in his team's defense and his team rewarded that faith with several big plays in the second half against Benton/Scales...

 
 By Todd Nielsen    Sports    April 7, 2021

Winning In The Trenches

Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers are the ones who often get the glory. But football coaches and true football fans know that an offense will only go as far as the offensive line allows i...

 
 By Todd Nielsen    Sports    March 31, 2021

It's A Mind Game

In the second half of the Stockton Blackhawks' game against Durand/Pecatonica, Blackhawks coach Matt Leitzen yelled to his team "You're getting beat in the six inches between your ears!" There was a...

 
 By Todd Nielsen    Sports    March 31, 2021

Getting Self Motivated

In this short volleyball season, with no postseason to come, teams have to find ways to motivate themselves. Teams are usually trying to place themselves in the best position for seeding in the...

 
 By Todd Nielsen    Sports    March 4, 2020

Failing At Gut Check Time

The River Ridge Wildcats entered the fourth quarter of their Fulton Regional first round matchup with the Galena Pirates trailing by one point. Two minutes into the fourth, Tayden Patterson completed...

 
 By Todd Nielsen    Sports    March 4, 2020

A Tough Matchup

All too often when looking at a matchup in sports, people tend to focus on just the overall talent level of one team versus the other. What is often overlooked is how those teams, especially their...

 

'D' Is The Key

River Ridge/Scales Mound held Pecatonica without a field goal for nearly the first 12 minutes of their Regional matchup. The Wildcats were turning the ball over too much, limiting their shots on offense. They shot well in the first quarter, but had...

 

Warren Gives East Dubuque A Scare

There probably wasn't anybody not associated with the Warren girls basketball team that would have given them any shot to upset East Dubuque in the first round of the River Ridge Regionals. And while Warren couldn't quite pull it off, they sure had...

 

Layup Line For The Cougars

It was always a rarity to see a high school team score 100 points. The institution of the running clock has made it a much more difficult feat. The Eastland girls basketball team was on pace to reach...

 

Four Peat

It took just 92 seconds for the Eastland Cougars to jump out to an 11-0 lead against Polo in the Regional championship game. It would be a precursor of things to come as the Cougars delivered a...

 

Ormiston Officially A Hawkeye

Sean Ormiston had quite a high school career wearing the black and gold of the Lena-Winslow Panthers. Now, he's taken the first step in his college career, opting for the black and gold of the...

 

The Great Talent Divide

The gap in talent has never been wider than it is right now amongst the girls basketball teams in the NUIC. There are quite a few great to very good teams and quite a few teams experiencing lows with...

 

River Ridge Comeback Spoils Hornet Homecoming

Wins on the road aren't easy in the NUIC-West. The conference is balanced, with no terrible teams and no great teams. So, the River Ridge Wildcats - a team without much depth and playing without one...

 

Eastland Steals Game From Pec

After an easy win over Galena earlier in the day, the Eastland Cougars played splendid defense in a 67-58 win over Pecatonica on the Indians' home court at the Pecatonica MLK Shootout. That defense...

 

Polo Ends River Ridge's Historic Season

Just minutes after River Ridge's 64-20 loss to Polo in the semifinals of the Illinois 8-Man Football Association playoffs, Wildcats' head coach Doug Nicholas and some of the assistants took a couple...

 

Into The Semifinals

The River Ridge Wildcats played without a couple of their key players in their second round I8FA matchup with Danville Schlarman. No Joseph Diaz. No Jacob Sollars. No problem for the Wildcats as they...

 

Making School History

River Ridge thoroughly dominated the North Fulton Wildcats on the field, taking a 34-0 lead at halftime, scored on their first drive of the second half to enact the running clock and won 48-0. In...

 

Eastland Falls Short

The Eastland Cougars knew coming into the Regional championship game versus Sterling Newman that they'd have to play one of their better games to come away with a victory. They had faced Newman near...

 

The Mental Game

While the importance in having talent cannot be overstated for a team in any sport, having the mental strength to face adversity, which is sure to come at some point, is equally important. That was...

 

Focus On Our Side Of The Net

Morrison entered their Regional match with the Eastland Cougars with just one win on their resume and seeded 14th out of 15 teams in their Sub-Sectional. There shouldn't have been a lot for the...

 

Finishing Strong

The Stockton Blackhawks knew their final regular season game was important in terms of seeding, but for their opponent, the Dakota Indians, it was a do-or-die game. The Indians sat at 4-4, needing...

 

Blackhawk Run Away

It isn't often that a team's most successful play is a kickoff, but that seemed to be the case for the Stockton Blackhawks in their 50-6 win over East Dubuque. The Blackhawks recovered three squib kic...

 

Making Key Adjustments

Based on the first half, it appeared the showdown between River Ridge and Danville Schlarman might not be decided until the final seconds in a shootout. But after taking the lead just seconds before...

 
 By Todd Nielsen    Sports    October 9, 2019

Stockton 'D'-nies Rivermen

For years, teams that played with the smaller teams in the NUIC have heard how they wouldn't have a chance if they played with the big boys - Lena-Winslow, Forreston, EPC and Dakota. They've even...

 

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