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I can’t speak for everyone, but the improvement shown by the Topper football team this fall has left me in a state of euphoria.  Cynics might say the four consecutive wins were more the … more
On Oct. 25, 229 Class 1A volleyball teams started a journey that will end in disappointment for all but one on Nov. 13. While a season-ending loss may sting at the time, that game doesn’t tell … more
Alex Bishop’s fourth year at Purdue Northwest University may be his best one yet. At the ONU Bill Johnson Fall Invite at the Elks Country Club in St. Anne on Sept. 17-18, the Litchfield … more
Fourteen players from Montgomery County, including four first-teamers, earned all-conference accolades from the coaches of the South Central Conference after the completion of the 2021 fall … more
After wrapping up one of their most successful seasons in program history, a season where they earned a third straight SCC Conference title and an IHSA Regional Championship, the Hillsboro High … more
It was a long journey to the Litchfield Country Club Club Championship for Steve “Poff” Poffinbarger, but one he won’t soon forget. On Oct. 20, the final day of the tournament … more
For the first time ever, the Litchfield High School boys cross country program is going to state as a team. The Panthers earned their trip to Detweiller Park in Peoria next Saturday by finishing … more
With 59 combined points in their last meeting and eight games of 40 points or more between them, Saturday’s playoff game between Nokomis and Central A&M could have been a shootout. Instead … more
With 14 state tournaments and two state titles under their belts, giant-killers is hardly the role you’d expect to describe Mt. Pulaski’s volleyball program, who took on Lincolnwood in … more
Litchfield’s quest for a regional championship ran into a familiar roadblock, on Thursday, Oct. 28, in Carlinville: the Pana Panthers. The much anticipated match-up between the two South … more
Litchfield senior Kylee Eiting saved some of her best performances for last and it almost earned her a spot at state. Eiting, who was second at the South Central Conference meet two weeks ago and … more
Wednesday’s regional semifinal was everything you’ve come to expect from the Lincolnwood/Nokomis rivalry.  Both teams played all out, diving on the floor, sprinting to balls that … more
Prior to the beginning of the 2021 LHS volleyball season, first year Coach Abby Carlson talked about her vision for the program.  “I want Litchfield High School to have a highly … more
The term “rubber match” generally refers to a game in which one team will be eliminated from a series, arguably when the two teams take things the most serious. While the regional … more
If the adage is that it’s difficult to beat any team three times is true, then facing off against a formidable four times in a single season would be even more challenging. This proved to be … more
Thirty-win seasons are pretty rare, even for a program that has 22 20-win seasons and more 950 wins in 48 years. Of the 690 schools who play volleyball in the IHSA, only 26 have 30 wins according to … more
It’s Saturday. You are dressed head to toe in red and black. You’ve been humming the Nokomis fight song in your head since Tuesday and anytime someone says “All it takes...” … more
It’s been quite the year for Hillsboro racer Chase Saathoff. Of the 105-plus races he entered, Saathoff finished first 86 times, with 18 other top six finishes and just two DNFs (did not … more
Nokomis senior Landon Engelman has been with the Redskin football team every step of their journey to the playoffs, but only in an off the field capacity thanks to a broken arm in week three of the … more
If the Nokomis Redskins were wanting to get a little practice in before the start of regionals on Oct. 25, the Pawnee Tournament proved to be the perfect place to do it. The Redskins finished … more
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