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Litchfield has had a number of elite high jumpers come through their girls track program over the last four decades. Jana Hartke took seventh in 1987 and eighth in 1988. Samera Powell was ninth in … more
Three athletes. Five wins. One date with the best of Class 1A in Charleston on Thursday, June 17. That’s the story of Litchfield’s trip to the IHSA Class 1A boys track sectional in … more
It’s been a busy, but productive few months for Magnus Wells and the best may be yet to come for the Hillsboro High School junior. After playing for the Hillsboro football team, Wells went … more
When the seven wrestlers from Litchfield High School got off the bus at Sacred Heart-Griffin on Sunday, June 13, there was one goal. By 4 p.m., that goal had been accomplished. All seven … more
June 13 was a new experience for the Hillsboro High School wrestling team as the Toppers competed in their first tournament of the season, their first Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials … more
One has to tip his baseball cap to Pana’s left-handed pitching ace Lane Funneman as at least the best the Hillsboro Hiltoppers have faced in the 2021 baseball season after his performance on … more
A six-goal second half sent the Alton Marquette Explorers to the sectional final on Tuesday, June 8, with a 9-0 win over Litchfield at Gordon Moore Park in Alton. The Purple Panthers hung with the … more
Hillsboro High School boys basketball coach Joe Vanzo was recently recognized as one of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association coaches of the year. more
One hundred and six of the state’s best football players will participate in the 47th annual Illinois High School Shrine Game on June 19 at Tucci Stadium on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan … more
Since their freshman year, Maddie Diamond and Becky Painter have been key parts of the success of the Litchfield High School girls soccer team. Now, the two teammates will see if they can have the … more
When Katie Schaake left one year and nine months ago for Lincoln Land Community College, she brought more than the usual college student brings.  It is not clear whether Schaake, who recently … more
It’s been an odd year for high school sports in general and track is no exception. Even with no offseason lifting sessions, limited practice time and a long layoff due to last year’s … more
Kaci Papin’s path to state has been anything but smooth. From going up against the best of the best from Class 2A as a freshman to having her sophomore season washed out due to COVID, the … more
The Litchfield High School wrestling team closed out their regular season at home on Saturday, June 5, picking up two wins in a four-team meet with Taylorville, Metro-East Lutheran and PORTA. The … more
Way back on April 29, the Litchfield girls soccer team opened up their season with a narrow 1-0 win over Staunton. On Friday, June 4, the Panthers beat the Bulldogs again, this time to extend their … more
In a game that will surely be remembered as an instant classic, the Carlinville Cavaliers girls soccer team pulled off a 3-2 upset Friday June 4, against the home Hillsboro Toppers in a game that … more
It somehow seems unjust, but the last run in Hillsboro’s 9-8 win over higher-seeded Gillespie in the Regional B (Section 6) semi-final played at Gillespie Friday afternoon, June 4, was … more
The Litchfield Purple Panthers’ Cinderalla run in the postseason would come to a sudden halt at the hands of the host school and number one seed North Mac Panthers on Friday, June 4. North Mac … more
After surviving a two-week span where their roster was down to just 10 players, the Hillsboro High School softball team hoped that their COVID woes were behind them. Unfortunately, they were … more
“When the wolves are hungry, the wolves, they’ll eat,” snarls the chorus “Wolves” by the band American Aquarium. This past weekend, the Wolves of the Pleasant Hill … more
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