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 By Todd Nielsen    Sports    February 19, 2020 

'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...

 
 By Todd Nielsen    Sports    February 19, 2020 

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...

 
 By Todd Nielsen    Sports    February 19, 2020 

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...

 
 By Todd Nielsen    Sports    February 19, 2020 

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...

 
 By Todd Nielsen    Sports    October 2, 2019

Miscues Cost EPC

When a game finishes with seven total points between two teams, the questions always persist, "Is that because there were good defenses or pitiful offenses?" The answer is usually a combination of...

 

Dakota Can't Slow Panther Juggernaut

Any team that has the Lena-Winslow Panthers on their schedule has to have their coaches wondering how they could possibly beat them. Big, strong, fast...if there's an attribute or skill that can help...

 

River Ridge Lights Out In Home Opener

When the River Ridge Wildcats hosted the Lake Forest Academy Caxys (Ancient Greek for the word "ribbit"- seriously), there wasn't a whole lot of drama. In fact, about the only question to be answered...

 

Shaking Off The Jitters

Most of the first half between the Orangeville Broncos and Aquin Bulldogs was a clinic in how to not have successful offensive drives. Whether the result of first game jitters or not, both teams made...

 

New Blackhawks ... Old Blackhawks

The Stockton Blackhawks are a team full of hungry players. Although the Blackhawks didn't graduate a lot of players from last year's team in terms of numbers, they did graduate a lot in terms of...

 

Jo Daviess County Fair Photo Spread

A Collection of photos from the Jo Daviess County Fair...

 

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