• Photo by Alyssa Ohlund LADY COMET Alayna Valone scored the first goal of the season on Monday during the season opener against Wilmington.
    03/19/2019 - 4:44pm

  • Courtesy Photo THE REED-CUSTER BASKETBALL program held an awards night last week recognizing standout players. Comet players presented team awards include (from left) Riley Johnson - Most Improved trophy, Justin Read - Hustle Award, Josh Loomis - Mr. Comet Award, Charge Award, Most Steals, Rick Siegers - Free Thow Award and Hustle Award, Gage Stamm - Most Rebounds, and Scotty Scamen - Most Assists, Most Valuable Player award. Scamen was also named to the 2019 2nd Team Interstate Eight All-Conference Team.
    03/19/2019 - 4:43pm

  • Photos by Shawn Long REED-CUSTER’S Vander Dransfeldt competes in the pole vault on Saturday during the 9-team Comet Classic.
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  • Photos by Shawn Long COALER SOPHOMORE Asa Cooper was neck-to-neck with Plano’s Angel Peray during the running of the hurdles on Saturday before placing second inside the Reed-Custer Fieldhouse.
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  • File Photo UP AND OVER –Coal City junior Austin Pullara makes a one-handed shot in the lane against Tiger defenders during a regular season game. Pullara was a 1st team All-Conference Selection and also an honorable mention for 3A All-State.
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  • Photo by Alyssa Ohlund GOING FOR THE BALL - Reed-Custer’s Julia Begler duels with Wilmington’s Rachel Wandless for the ball during a season-opening match on Monday.
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  • Photos by Shawn Long RAZOR SHARP–Wilmington starting pitcher Conner Dempsay threw strikes Monday at Route 66 Stadium in Joliet where the Wildcats won 2-0 over Joliet West.
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  • Courtesy Photo REED-CUSTER MIDDLE SCHOOL had three wrestlers place during Saturday’s finals at DeKalb. Panther state placers include (from left, front) Gunnar Berg who finished second at 275, Kody Marschner a state champion at 215 and Landon Markle who placed 5th at 100. Their coaches include (from left, standing) Mikal Kelly, Yale Davis, William Marquardt Jr. and Austin Headrick.
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  • Photos by Shawn Long REED-CUSTER SOPHOMORE Shaelin Ruzich clears the final hurdle during the running of the 60-meter hurdles Saturday. Ruzich finished third in the pole vault as well.
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  • Courtesy Photo IESA STATE CHAMPS–The Coal City Middle School wrestling team capped off a perfect season with a state title during the IESA state wrestling finals in DeKalb. CCMS had one state champion and nine other Warriors place. Team members include (from left, kneeling) coach Branden Petersen, Brock Finch, Culan Lindemuth, Noah Houston, Brody Widlowski, Brant Widlowski, Landin Benson, Jack Poyner and coach Widlowski. Back row: Coach Poyner, Blake Dillon, Braiden Young, Derek Carlson, Mike Gonzalez, Mataeo Blessing, Drake Dearth, Joey Breneman, Coleton Elliot and coach Carlson.
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  • Courtesy Photo SECTIONAL CHAMPS–The eighth grade CCMS volleyball team became state qualifiers on Monday night after taking a three-game win over Homer Glen Homer at Channahon. The volleyball team includes (from left, kneeling) Audrey Cooper, Jadyn Cassani, Maya Dimitrijevic, Gwen Wharrie, Addy Waliczek and Lexi Willis. Back row: Ava Smith, Maddy Schaddelee, Kerigan Copes, Carley Morris, Skylar Milinkovic, Rachel Hall, Addy Gagliardo, Nyah Planeta and coach Kerry Yedinak.
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  • Courtesy Photo STATE RUNNER-UP– Coaler freshman Carly Ford placed second in state at 132 pounds during the IWCOA girls state wrestling championships on Sunday inside the BOS Center in Springfield, IL.
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Wilmington Region

ELVIS PRESLEY TRIBUTE Artist Dave Carlson was one of very few artists invited to perform on Wrigley Field. Carlson is hanging up his blue suede shoes, but making one final appearance as a professional performer. He will present his “Memories of Elvis” show at Tuffy’s in Wilmington on March 30. Carlson is now a resident of the Island City. Courtesy photo
03/19/2019 - 6:51pm
    When he steps off the stage, he’ll be Dave again, and maybe for good. Dave Carlson, one of the best known Elvis Presley tribute artists in the Midwest, is going to make what may be his last professional stage appearance in his new hometown of...

Coal City Region

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS—Team members taking part in the Interstate Eight Conference Championship were (from left, row one) Brooke Hardy, coach Emily Johnston Hayes and John Majesky-Wills. Standing are Mason Mulcahy, Preston Johnson, Dominic Curtis, Luke Cairns and Trevor Hanson. Courtesy photo
03/19/2019 - 7:00pm
The definition of a champion is, “a person who has defeated or surpassed all rivals in a competition.” That’s the perfect description for the Coaler Scholastic Bowl team. After coming in second at the annual Illinois Masonic Tournament in mid-...

Braidwood Region

POP TABS GALORE – Reed-Custer Elementary School receptionist Lisa Belcher shuffles through a pile of pop tabs students collected during February. An estimated 200 pounds of tabs were collected in order to help the Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn.
03/19/2019 - 5:46pm
If Reed-Custer Elementary students lined up the  pop can tabs they’ve saved since January they’d stretch from here to Wilmington. That’s about four miles. Instead, they’re going to donate them to Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn where they will be...

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