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Of the 116 wrestlers who started the Class 1A postseason in the 165-pound weight class, only 16 were able to make it to state. Of those 16, half lost, with half of that number losing for a second … more
A strong start in both the first and second halves helped Gillespie score their first regional championship since 2012 on Friday, Feb. 16, as the Miners defeated Hillsboro 59-45 in the title game at … more
Heading into the postseason, what better way to prepare for the big games ahead than to have a big game to finish the season. For Litchfield, that big game took place in Piasa on Thursday, Feb. 16, … more
Prior to the start of the Hillsboro at Greenville end-of-the-regular-season basketball game, the odds seemed stacked in the Comets’ favor. They had defeated the Toppers 51-39 in the Kaskaskian … more
The WFO Hare Scramble Series will start its 2024 season on March 3, in Keithsburg, and if the 2023 season is any indication, chances are that someone from the Journal-News Motorsports area will be … more
Isaiah Atkins, a Hillsboro graduate and Greenville University middle-distance runner, did double duty at the Illinois College-hosted Snow Bird Invitational. It was held at King Fieldhouse in … more
Four local racers competed in the IXCR Cross Country Racing series in Indiana, including one who came home with a class championship. Walshville racer Travis Lentz finished first in the Super Mini … more
The Fox Valley Off Road series has been a favorite of the Duff Boys Racing Team and for good reason as Cooper and Zach Duff, along with their father Ryan, have had more than their fair share of … more
With four wins in four events, Litchfield’s Greyson Hopley wrapped up a series championship in the 13.90 Index class of the Midwest Junior Drag Racing Super Series with the series banquet on … more
Nokomis High School took a moment to honor its six senior basketball players and one senior cheerleader prior to their 74-25 win over Tri-City on Tuesday, Feb. 13. From the left are Kennedy DeWerff, … more
The Auburn girls basketball program has had a fair amount of success in the past, including three 20-win seasons in the last seven years with an average of 18-wins per season (not including the COVID … more
Unless you’re one of the lucky few who hoists a state championship trophy, every season ends too early. That was the case for the Nokomis girls on Tuesday, Feb. 13, as they saw their campaign … more
It hadn’t happened before this season, so Feb. 13 was a red letter day for a Hillsboro’s boys’ basketball program as the young men swept a triple header from the visiting Piasa … more
The Lincolnwood-Morrisonville boys basketball team held Greenfield-Northwestern to almost half of its scoring average as they beat the 18-win Tigers 38-27 on Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Raymond. With … more
After all the ups and downs for the Purple Panthers, it would not be complete without a speed bump in the last week of the season. Needing just one win in their last two games to be the outright … more
The good news for Tri-City was that they were able to take advantage of the opportunities that the Nokomis defense gave them on Feb. 13, and hit seven threes against the Redskins. The bad news … more
Strike up some fun with the Litchfield Sports Boosters as they host a bowling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 17. Doors open at the Litchfield Bowling Alley at 5 p.m., and the tournament begins at … more
Saturday, Feb. 10, was the first day of the Lunar New Year and while the Chinese zodiac says that it’s the year of the Dragon, everyone in Peoria found out quickly that it is actually the year … more
The COVID pandemic may keep Zander Wells from 100 wins in his prep wrestling career, but nothing was going to stop the Hillsboro High School senior from a trip to state. On Saturday, Feb. 10, … more
Vincent Moore got a taste of state wrestling last year, but this year, the Litchfield sophomore is ready for a whole meal. Moore, whose two losses at state last year were to the fourth and … more
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