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With everything under the sun cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic (and rightfully so), you can’t help but see signs of people mourning the loss of events that they were looking forward … more
For the first time since 1979, Dan Newkirk has had the spring off, but it’s definitely not by choice for the veteran coach of the Litchfield High School boys track team. “This is year … more
“Warm sunny days, missing time spent with the players, and just not able to play this great sport has been very difficult,” said Lincolnwood softball coach Greg Neisler, in regards to … more
Things were already going to be different in the 2020 season than in Dave Mattson’s first five years as coach of the Hillsboro High School girls soccer team, even before the COVID-19 pandemic … more
If you know Hillsboro tennis coach Dyke Buerkett, you know that the shelter-in part of the COVID-19 outbreak has hit the avid cyclist hard. "The hardest thing, not just for me but for those of us … more
On Wednesday, April 1, IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson released a statement regarding COVID-19 and its effect on high school sports in Illinois. “First and foremost, the IHSA … more
While it didn’t become official until March 24, Victoria Francis wasn’t surprised when the decision was made to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics until 2021. more
When the Covid-19 outbreak first hit, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Ryan Held feared the worst. “In my mind, I thought postponement equaled cancellation,” said Held, a graduate of Sacred … more
Things are still at a standstill in the world of high school sports, and in the world in general, but IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson hinted on March 25 that the governing body may be willing … more
Had Abby Brockmeyer’s season not been ended early due to the Coronavirus, she would have gotten even closer to 1,000 points.  But, as the sun set on the third year of her career, the … more
Six Nokomis High School basketball players earned all-conference honors from the coaches of the Prairie State Conference, with three on the girls team and three on the boys team. For the second … more
It’s been 15 years since Hillsboro’s last regional title in volleyball, but slowly the Lady Hiltoppers have become a consistent threat to bring home some hardware. After accumulating … more
Under Head Coach Kimberly Denney, 20-win seasons have been as certain as death and taxes for the Lincolnwood High School volleyball program. In Lincolnwood’s 295 games under Denney, which … more
I’ve sat here for 15 minutes trying to describe what happened on the JNSports Twitter last week and I can’t find the words. So... I guess I’ll forget about being clever and just say … more
Call it making up for lost time. While we have a few weeks off (or more) from the regular spring high school sports schedule, I want to go back a few months and finish up something that got away … more
With the entire sporting world shut down, the Nokomis Football Twitter account came rushing to the aid of those in need of something to quell their lust for competition. “Need a sports fix? … more
Thirty-seven losses seems like a lot, and it is, especially when you are experiencing every single one of them first hand the way the Litchfield High School football team and their fans have. But … more
Nokomis High School senior Carter Sabol was one of ten players selected by members of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association for this year’s Class 1A all-state first team. Sabol, who … more
Greenville University, coached by Hillsboro native Brian Patton, simply does not have a peer in track and field in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.  And Litchfield graduate … more
The good news for Vincent Moore and Hunter Hancock is that they both qualified for the IESA State Wrestling Tournament and made it through this past weekend undefeated. The bad news is that they also … more
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