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  • Cardinals fans trying to hold up in midst of Cubs craziness

    A year ago I wrote about the split households when the Cardinals and Cubs met in the playoffs. Us Cardinal fans remember how that turned out and when ...
    Oct. 21, 2016 - 4:15 pm
  • Young Cubs fan feeling blessed to make it to Wrigley Field

    The fact that the Yaklich family went to Sunday’s Game 2 of the NLCS at Wrigley Field is no surprise. They all bleed Cubbie blue through and through. ...
    Oct. 20, 2016 - 8:49 am
  • Cubs fans, are you confident, cautiously optimistic or fear Cubs’ history and curses?

    Cubs fans know all about billy goats, black cats and Steve Bartman. The years 1908, 1945, 1969, 198 ...
    Oct. 14, 2016 - 11:05 pm
  • Central Illinois a hotbed for MLB playoff talent

    When you think of baseball hotbeds, Florida, California and Texas come to mind right away. Their year-round warm weather climates produce top baseball ...
    Oct. 13, 2016 - 9:52 am
  • Jensen takes a swing at Crohn’s Disease

    Hitting a little white ball into a slightly bigger hole or squaring a round ball with the barrel of a bat is not the hardest challenge of Rachel Jense ...
    Oct. 5, 2016 - 3:27 pm
  • Seeing is believing for 5-year-old T-baller

    Like any little boy, Colby Pollok likes his baseball. He is probably not going to make the major leagues. He may never play college or high school, bu ...
    Sept. 28, 2016 - 3:31 pm
  • It’s J.A. Happ Week in the Illinois Valley

    Attention Illinois Valley and St. Bede Academy: It’s OK to be bursting with pride today. In fact, I’m officially declaring this J.A. Happ Week in the ...
    Sept. 22, 2016 - 12:04 pm
  • Bearing down on a Wisconsin hunt

    A couple of weeks ago, I was driving around Bureau County, and I noticed the cornfields were still partially green but were firing up. This week, they ...
    Sept. 21, 2016 - 2:12 pm
  • ‘We are Tiskilwa’ to relive the Glory Days

    Tiskilwa High School had a long, rich sports tradition up until the very end. Coach Bob Prusator’s ...
    Sept. 15, 2016 - 12:40 pm
  • FCA Golf Director to take swing for Heitmann Memorial

    If you haven’t signed up yet for the upcoming Capt. Thomas Heitmann Swing for the Dream Golf Fundraiser, you’ll want to be sure to right away before a ...
    Aug. 31, 2016 - 3:25 pm
  • Hassler shoots with the best trap shooters in the U.S.

    Back in July, I wrote about the Grand American Trap Shoot, which is the No. 1 trapshooting event in the world. I also mentioned that Princeton would b ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 4:10 pm
  • IHSA products getting the Olympic spirit

    As the eyes of the world follow the action of the Rio Olympics, followers of Illinois High School Association (IHSA) sports can look for some familiar ...
    Aug. 17, 2016 - 3:37 pm
  • Strokes can’t keep Rucinski out of football

    Dave Rucinski is a real football lifer. He’s just happy to still be living to enjoy football.Rucinsk ...
    Aug. 11, 2016 - 8:20 am
  • Bima takes national pastime north of the border

    Logan Bima grew up on the ball fields in Princeton playing for his dad’s youth teams and later in area travel leagues, St. Bede Academy and IVCC.
    Aug. 4, 2016 - 10:32 am
  • Blind luck in new duck blind draw

    For many years, I have attended the duck blind drawing at DePue in hopes of helping a friend get a blind. This year, I received a call from an old fri ...
    Aug. 3, 2016 - 3:16 pm