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  • 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
  • Big contract and all, Happ remains the same ol’ J.A.

    I met up with big leaguer J.A. Happ in the dugout of U.S. Cellular Stadium Sunday, June 26, on the South Side of Chicago. It is quite the playground i ...
    June 29, 2016 - 12:54 pm
  • IHSA multiplier not fair to Bruins track team

    I believe there are times when it is necessary to equal the playing field when it comes to public schools versus private schools in regards to the IHS ...
    June 24, 2016 - 1:13 pm
  • Running down a dream for Heitmann

    It was remarkable that the St. Bede Bruins managed to place second in the IHSA Class A with just three athletes on hand this spring.
    June 16, 2016 - 1:58 pm
  • Grandson lands largest pike in 25 years

    Well, we waited for school to end and it finally did. Now it was time for our annual PHS Canada fishing trip. Our fishermen consisted of PHS students, ...
    June 15, 2016 - 2:49 pm
  • The LaMoille dream team, what could have been

    If you’re a follower of LaMoille High School sports, think for a moment about the dream day the Lions could have had at the state track meet.
    June 1, 2016 - 3:12 pm
  • Class of 2016 moving up to the next level

    College sports signings are becoming as common it seems as Chicago Cubs’ wins. If you’re keeping score at home, the tally so far is 24 and that’s just ...
    May 27, 2016 - 10:55 am
  • Hats off to the Class of 2016

    I have witnessed 30 senior classes come through the BCR Sports pages in my years here at the BCR. I have met hundreds of great kids along the way. The ...
    May 19, 2016 - 9:15 am
  • WSRC reopens in Sparta

    Good news! For the first time in over a half year, the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta has reopened. It is now hosting some shooting ...
    May 18, 2016 - 3:30 pm
  • Move over J.A. Happ, here comes Mom

    J.A. Happ has made a successful career pitching in the Major Leagues, now in his 11th year and winner of 67 Big League games.
    May 12, 2016 - 12:26 pm
  • Swanlund runs to keep the Michaels’ spirit alive

    Mark Swanlund got into running to connect with his son, Paul. He found it has also helped to keep the memory of his son, Michael, running alive and we ...
    May 5, 2016 - 10:18 am