• WRESTLING COACH ROB MURPHY is given a standing ovation Thursday in the WHS gym when it was announced that he had just won his 500th career victory. Murphy, who has been at Wilmington since 1995, ranks ninth by the IHSA for most dual meet victories in a single school career. Tops is Tim Haak with 636 victories who coached at Harvard 27 years. With Coach Murphy are his wife Tina and son Jake. Photo by Eric Fisher.
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  • DRIVING THE BASKET for Coal City during their game against Wilmington last Tuesday night is Payton Hutchings. Hutchings helped pace the offense to the win, finishing the game with 12 points. Photo by Pam Spreitzer.
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  • MATTEO LOMBARDI makes an easy basket during Wilmington’s game against Coal City last week. Lombardi finished with 14 points, as the Wildcats fell to the Coalers, 51-45. Photo by Pam Spreitzer.
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  • BRENDAN NEVIN works his opponent over to his back to pick up a pin during Coal City’s match against Manteno on Thursday. The Coalers secured the conference win over the Panthers, 46-36. Photo by Brent Sumner.
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  • THAT’S A TAKEDOWN - Wilmington 182-pounder Jesse Cox trips up Lisle’s Keebaugh during the final bout of Thursday’s win. Cox defeated Keebaugh 8-2. Photo by Eric Fisher.
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  • ON THE GO during a fast break by the varsity Lady Wildcats is sophomore Emily Greer. Photo by Eric Fisher.
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  • BRIDGET KAUZLARIC drives the basket for a lay-up during Coal City’s conference game against Wilmington on Monday. Kauzlaric led the offense with a nine-point night, as the Lady Coalers improved to 2-1 in the I-8. Photo by Brent Sumner.
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  • CHLOE SANFORD drives the basket against Coal City’s Leslie Youskevtch during the opening quarter of action in Monday night’s game. The Lady Wildcats were unable to manage much offense early on against the Lady Coalers, but exploded for 12 points in the fourth, as they lost, 36-16. Photo by Brent Sumner.
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  • ANTOINETTE HILL attempts to dribble past her defender during last Tuesday’s contest against Herscher. Hill finished with nine points and nine rebounds, as the Lady Comets wound up dropping the conference game. Photo by Kerry Shelley.
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  • ADELL GAMBOA (126) works to pin his opponent during Reed-Custer’s match with Illiana Christian on Monday. The Comets picked up a win in their first home match of the season, defeating the visitors, 63-18.
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Wilmington Region

12/15/2017 - 3:03pm
    Wilmington School District 209-U issued a reminder to all parents and students Friday about the importance of regularly discussing safety strategies and appropriate reactions to potentially dangerous situations.     On Thursday evening, a...

Coal City Region

EACH OCTOBER THE TaTa Trot 5K run/walk takes place in the village of Carbon Hill. The purpose to raise awareness of breast cancer and generate funds to support those impacted by the disease and contribute to life saving research. The 2017 run/walk generated $10,000 that was split between the American Cancer Society and Riverside Healthcare. Lauren Short (second from right), Riverside Healthcare Foundations annual giving manager accepted the $5,000 donation from TaTa Trot team members (from left) Brittany Carlo, Camie Johnson and Beth Carlo.
12/12/2017 - 4:44pm
     As a group of local women know all to well, the fight against breast cancer is not a one-month battle.     This group of survivors and supporters work year round to promote breast cancer awareness and provide financial support for those...

Braidwood Region

HEAD OF THE CLASS — The Reed-Custer High School Illinois State Scholars for 2018-19 are (back row, from left) Jacob Stockin, Ilias Yeck, Breanna Fielder, Cory McGregor, and Emily Wolf. In the front row are (from left) Haley Mazon, Maddi Murphy, and Madelyn Alton.
12/12/2017 - 5:41pm
Eight members of the Reed-Custer High School Class of 2018 have received a prestigious award for academic excellence, honored as 2018-19 Illinois State Scholars. The statewide list of top scholars is released annually by the Illinois Student...


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