Local Well-Known Head Coach Passes

By Benjamin Cox on March 20, 2020 at 8:29am

A well-known area football and wrestling coach has passed. Billy Joe Brockhouse, 76, of Winchester passed away yesterday at home. Brockhouse who starred at Winchester High School as a player went on to win NAIA All-American football honors in 1966 at Western Illinois University. After college football, Brockhouse played from 1969-1971 in the Continental Football […]

JHS-ESL Game Replayed on WEAI

By Gary Scott on March 18, 2020 at 11:04am

WLDS-WEAI management has announced plans to replay an iconic JHS basketball game from 1987.      The game was between Jacksonville High School and East St Louis Lincoln from a shootout at the JHS Bowl from 1987. It will be played back Friday, March 27th at 6 PM on WEAI.      Jacksonville’s Andy Kaufmann scored 49 […]

All State Selections

By Gary Scott on March 16, 2020 at 12:43pm

West Central placed one player on a first team all-state selection over the weekend.      Gabe Cox, a senior for West Central, made the first team Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. Teammate Cole Howard was named to the third team IBCA., joining Cole Schwartz and Lucas Loos of Payson.      Receiving special mention were Jack Richards […]

All Star Game is Delayed

By Gary Scott on March 14, 2020 at 10:58am

The 42nd annual West Central Boys’ all star classic planned for later this month is on hold.      WLDS-WEAI organizers Gary Scott and Mark Whalen made the announcement this morning.      Scott says the game has been delayed indefinitely, because of the state mandated shutdown of public schools in Illinois, announced yesterday by Governor JB […]

18th Annual Carlinville Rotary Club All Star Basketball Classic Postponed Due to Coronavirus

By Benjamin Cox on March 13, 2020 at 5:35am

Local athletes are having to deal with cancellations of their seasons and other honors amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Carlinville Rotary Club announced yesterday that it will be postponing the 18th Annual Carlinville Rotary Club All Star Basketball Classic scheduled for this Sunday at Carlinville High School. Tim Tarter of the Carlinville Rotary said that […]

Lenz Field Complex Purchased By Two Local Families

By Benjamin Cox on March 7, 2020 at 5:55pm

A small group of investors with ties to local baseball have purchased a Jacksonville sports complex. Two families from Jacksonville and Beardstown are beginning the operation of Future Champions Sports Complex immediately following their purchase of Lenz Field and Sports Complex on March 6, according to an announcement on The Source newspaper’s Facebook page this […]

Thursday Sports-JHS/W Central Win

By Gary Scott on March 5, 2020 at 6:55am

West Central is a step closer to the JHS Bowl.      West Central dropped Calhoun 52-45 at Dupo in sectional play last night. West Central plays Madison for the title Friday. The winner there plays at the JHS Bowl for the super sectional      Jacksonville took its first step in post season last night at […]

Country Financial West Central Illinois Boys All Star Classic roster announced

By Gary Scott on March 2, 2020 at 12:44pm

The votes are in, and the teams have been selected for the 42nd annual West Central Illinois Boys’ All Star Classic, sponsored by Country Financial.             The game will be played at the JHS Bowl, Friday, March 27th, starting about 7:40.             The South squad will be led by West Central Illinois coach Ryan Sichting. […]

Hyde Takes Top Female Athlete, Klein Takes Best Male Newcomer At Midwest Conference Indoor Championships

By Benjamin Cox on March 1, 2020 at 9:25am

Illinois College Senior Sprinter Andrea Hyde continued her dominance at the Midwest Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships yesterday. Hyde broke the meet’s all-time record in the Women’s 60m Dash set last year by St. Norbert’s Junior Audrey Makope at 7.77. Hyde’s time was one-hundredth of a second better at 7.76. Makope finished second yesterday […]

Mansell To Be Inducted Into IHSA Coaches Hall of Fame

By Benjamin Cox on February 21, 2020 at 4:52am

A local wrestling coach will be getting inducted into the IHSA Hall of Fame tomorrow after a three-decade long career. Ken Mansell, athletic director and wrestling coach at the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired, will receive the honor today in Champaign before the start of the state wrestling tournament. Mansell started his coaching career […]