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  • LaMoille/Ohio’s Mason is a basketball lifer

    John Mason is what you call a lifer. He’s been coaching basketball for 53 years now, back in Bureau ...
    Feb. 18, 2017 - 10:28 pm
  • Making a case to make IHSA regionals great again

    With all the power invested in me, a highly-paid (you may laugh) and experienced (old) sports editor, I’m going to make IHSA regionals great again.
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 4:24 pm
  • To sub-sectional or not, that is the question

    I know what you’re thinking. Why are the Hall girls driving 105 miles to play at Momence, when a regional is just right across the river at Putnam Cou ...
    Feb. 3, 2017 - 4:02 pm
  • NWT banquet a great success

    I attended the annual National Wild Turkey Banquet a week ago and was really impressed with all the items available for participants to win. It was an ...
    Jan. 31, 2017 - 4:18 pm
  • Daughter hoops best in Loftus family

    Move over Jeremy Loftus, you have some company in the family scorebook.Jeremy Loftus scored 1,117 po ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 4:09 pm
  • State champ Barnes catches a bad break at SIU-E

    When we last saw John Barnes on the wrestling mats, he had his arm raised as an undefeated state champion, the first in school history for St. Bede Ac ...
    Jan. 20, 2017 - 4:24 pm
  • Ochuba learning American culture, basketball at St. Bede

    Naomi Ochuba had never played basketball in her native Nigeria. When she moved to America with her mother, Julie, in July 2014 she thought she’d give ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 10:30 pm
  • Bureau Creek Gobblers banquet set Jan. 20

    As we start the new year, it is time to get out and support the wildlife organizations that function in our area helping certain wildlife survive the ...
    Jan. 10, 2017 - 4:00 pm
  • PCS makes its pitch for the J.A. Happ Gymnasium

    J.A. Happ attended Peru Catholic School (PCS) from preschool through eighth grade, graduating in 1997. He honed his basketball skills in the PCS gym t ...
    Jan. 6, 2017 - 3:08 pm
  • A look back at the 2016 sports moments through the eyes of local sports editor

    With the ball dropping on 2017, it’s time to take my annual look back at the sports year for 2016.• ...
    Jan. 3, 2017 - 3:43 pm
  • Reflecting on Lyle King

    In three more days, we can say goodbye to 2016. Just like any other year, it was filled with pluses and minuses. Some families were blessed with the a ...
    Dec. 28, 2016 - 9:47 am
  • My cabinet for Bureau County basketball

    As President-Elect Donald Trump continues to build his cabinet, I thought it would be a good time to work on one of my own. Here’s a look back over my ...
    Dec. 26, 2016 - 10:14 am
  • New Storm coach making a smooth transition

    Jim Nugent always wanted to run his own basketball program. When he got his chance on the eve of the 2016-17 basketball season, he jumped all over it.
    Dec. 16, 2016 - 3:53 pm
  • Tigers honor Nelson with 22-second moment of silence

    He was No. 22 in the program and No. 1 in our hearts. Danny Nelson was taken far too soon when he l ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:44 pm
  • Accident doesn’t keep hunter down

    We have now finished the last day of the seven-day shotgun season for deer. Six days of great weather and the last day, six inches of snow. The first ...
    Dec. 8, 2016 - 10:10 am