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  • 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
  • B League consolation champs

    The Princeton White Sox won the consolation championship of the B League Softball Tournament in Princeton. Team members are (front row, from left) Kai ...
    July 29, 2016 - 3:50 pm
  • Hassler taking aim on Grand American trap shooting championships

    Each year in my column I write about the Grand American Trap Shooting Competition that is held in Sparta, Ill. It is sponsored by the American Trapsho ...
    July 22, 2016 - 1:18 pm
  • Alumni game to bring excitement, anxious moments

    Gracie Norman, 6, think it’s really cool that her daddy is going to play football.Nachelle Norman ha ...
    July 20, 2016 - 5:02 pm
  • Z-Tour riders ride for many reasons

    Z-Tour riders come in a variety of forms — younger riders, older riders, newer riders, seasoned riders, riders just supporting a cause, riders who don ...
    July 19, 2016 - 8:35 am
  • The Babe Ruth of officials set a Ripken-like streak

    Larry Wilcoxen was one of a kind.He loved his family, he loved his Chicago Cubs and, oh, how he love ...
    July 14, 2016 - 8:44 am
  • Another week fishing in paradise

    Editor’s note: Larry “Yog” Kirgan writes this week’s outdoor column, filling in for his good pal, former teammate and fishing buddy, Lee Wahlgren.
    July 1, 2016 - 1:06 pm