Hillsboro High Sports
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Thousands of snow geese dotted the fields just outside of Coffeen along the route from Litchfield to Vandalia on Saturday, Feb. 15, but the feathered flocks weren’t the only ones ready for a … more
Girls basketball in the South Central Conference has been a grind this year, so it was only appropriate that when Hillsboro and Carlinville met up in the regional semifinal on Thursday, Feb. 13, that … more
It isn’t wise to predict the outcome of a varsity basketball game by watching the junior varsity contest, but those entering the Pana High School gym to encounter the Panthers can gain insight … more
The bank was open late in Carlinville on Monday, Feb. 10, as Vanessa Compton dropped in a three-pointer off the backboard with 2:30 to play to give Hillsboro a 42-39 lead in their regional game with … more
After placing fourth in the IESA State Tournament last year as seventh graders, the Litchfield Middle School eighth grade boys basketball team started the postseason off on the right foot with a … more
Hillsboro’s offense was like a cranky lawn mower’s internal combustion engine on a cold winter morning when the Toppers took the floor Tuesday evening, Feb. 11, in South Central … more
Last season, Jonah Harkins was two wins away from earning a state qualifying spot. Now, Harkins has a second chance. With 28 wins, the Hillsboro senior has six more victories than he did at this … more
Even before the finish of the Carlinville/Greenville girls basketball game, the Hillsboro Lady Hiltoppers knew to even have a chance at the conference title they would have to beat Southwestern … more
The bus trip between Hillsboro and Nokomis has been a fearful one for the Toppers since Steve Kimbro became the head basketball coach in 1981; when the Hiltoppers headed northeast on Rt. 16 Saturday … more
The Carlinville boys’ basketball team that Hillsboro defeated 60-46 the day after Christmas in the Cavies’ holiday tournament wasn’t the same team the Toppers faced on Friday, Feb. … more
An experience advantage benefitted the Hillsboro girls basketball team on Monday, Feb. 3, as the Lady Hiltoppers defeated Nokomis 55-32 in Hillsboro. With freshmen starting at three positions, … more
When Pawnee traveled down the Black Diamond Trail to Raymond and then down the North Road to Hillsboro for a boys' basketball game with the Toppers Tuesday night, Feb. 4, they didn't bring as many … more
Three Hillsboro High School wrestlers medaled at this year’s Rich Lovellette Panther Invitational in Litchfield on Saturday, Feb. 1, as the Toppers tuned up for next weekend’s … more
The Hillsboro girls basketball team avenged an earlier loss to Pana on Thursday, Jan. 30, beating the Panthers 52-36 to deal Pana’s conference title hopes a blow and inserting themselves back … more
Vandalia rolled into Hillsboro Friday evening, Jan. 31, and then rolled over Hillsboro 74-48 in boys' varsity action by jumping to a 13-2 early lead. Gaige Beall slipped free for the first basket, an … more
After three consecutive losses, the Hillsboro girls basketball team was in need of a victory as they traveled to East Alton-Wood River High School on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The trip to the Metro-East … more
Perhaps it was gym envy. Perhaps it was the hour spent on a bus to reach Rochester. Perhaps it was the intestinal illness still affecting the Toppers' varsity squad. Perhaps the Rockets are that much … more
It was a near perfect way to end a great week of basketball at the Rick McGraw Memorial Invitational as the 53rd edition of the Litchfield institution wrapped up with three close games and a stellar … more
Just a few inches separated Nokomis from an upset victory over Pana on Saturday, Jan. 25, as the Redskins fell to the Panthers 50-49 in the third place game at the Rick McGraw Memorial Invitational … more
How a team handles adversity, no matter the social setting but particularly in the world of sports, can become a pleasant memory decades later; that's why the eight Hillsboro players who saw playing … more
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