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Control. It’s important in all sports, including track and field. You have to control your breathing, your pace, your emotions and even your temper sometimes. But what happens when that control … more
Ever since his daughter, Danielle, was killed by a drunk driver in October of 2014, Bob Allen has found some kind of solace in coaching. That has made this year’s delay in the 2020 season due … more
By the end of this week, Montgomery County teams will have had 161 games cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coffeen official Louis Lang knows their pain all too well. With 43 years of … more
As revered as the Nokomis boys basketball program is, it’s difficult to argue that the Redskins baseball program hasn’t been just as good the last few years. The Skins have four … more
Though she be but little, she is fierce. William Shakespeare’s line from A Midsummer Night’s Dream has applied to the Hillsboro girls track team often over the last few years, but in … more
It’s been a slow build for Coach Bret Tuetken and the Hillsboro High School softball team in terms of frustration over the delay in starting the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 virus. Coming … more
Austin Grabow’s football career at Illinois College officially ended last fall, but the education is scheduled to continue.  The Hillsboro graduate started his football career as an … more
Originally scheduled for early June, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association all-star basketball games have been cancelled for this year. “We will still be naming student-athletes to … more
Hillsboro Boys Track Coach Adam Haston hopes he is wrong, but he has a feeling that 2020 may be about “what might have been.” “When April 30th comes around, I just don’t … more
Almost everyday, Litchfield Head Softball Coach Jessica Ball receives a reminder of what the COVID-19 pandemic is taking from her team. “I already uploaded the schedule and everyday it pops … more
After losing just two players from last year’s team, which won Litchfield’s sixth regional championship in girls soccer since 2013, the 2020 edition of the Lady Panthers was ready to hit … more
With everything under the sun cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic (and rightfully so), you can’t help but see signs of people mourning the loss of events that they were looking forward … more
For the first time since 1979, Dan Newkirk has had the spring off, but it’s definitely not by choice for the veteran coach of the Litchfield High School boys track team. “This is year … more
“Warm sunny days, missing time spent with the players, and just not able to play this great sport has been very difficult,” said Lincolnwood softball coach Greg Neisler, in regards to … more
Things were already going to be different in the 2020 season than in Dave Mattson’s first five years as coach of the Hillsboro High School girls soccer team, even before the COVID-19 pandemic … more
If you know Hillsboro tennis coach Dyke Buerkett, you know that the shelter-in part of the COVID-19 outbreak has hit the avid cyclist hard. "The hardest thing, not just for me but for those of us … more
On Wednesday, April 1, IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson released a statement regarding COVID-19 and its effect on high school sports in Illinois. “First and foremost, the IHSA … more
While it didn’t become official until March 24, Victoria Francis wasn’t surprised when the decision was made to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics until 2021. more
When the Covid-19 outbreak first hit, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Ryan Held feared the worst. “In my mind, I thought postponement equaled cancellation,” said Held, a graduate of Sacred … more
Things are still at a standstill in the world of high school sports, and in the world in general, but IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson hinted on March 25 that the governing body may be willing … more
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