Area Teams On the Radar For First AP Boys’ Basketball Coaches Poll

By Benjamin Cox on December 15, 2023 at 11:43am

The first AP coaches poll for boys’ basketball for the 2023-24 season has been released. A number of teams from the area are on the radar. In Class 3A, Decatur-MacArthur (7-1 Overall, 5-0 in the Central State 8) appears as a honorable mention with 3 points. The Generals visit Normal U-High on Saturday. In Class […]

Triopia School Dismissed Early. Games Moved to Virginia High

By Beth Anderson on December 15, 2023 at 11:12am

Triopia School has dismissed early today due to gas leak. The Triopia vs Carrollton Basketball game tonight has been moved to Virginia High School. The JV game will still begin at 6 PM with varsity to follow.

Tomhave Resigns As Athletic Director, Assistant Principal at Pittsfield High School; Remains Boys’ Basketball Coach

By Benjamin Cox on November 29, 2023 at 6:06pm

Pittsfield High School is searching for a new assistant principal. The Pike Press reports that Brad Tomhave has resigned to become the West Central Illinois Education Administrator for the Illinois Department of Corrections. Tomhave has been a staff member at Pittsfield High School for 19 years. His reported last day will be December 31st. Tomhave, […]

Madson Returns As Carrollton Girls’ Basketball Coach

By Benjamin Cox on November 16, 2023 at 10:01am

The Carrollton Girls Basketball season almost didn’t start this season. The Greene Prairie Press reports that only a small number of girls showed up to an October 30th player-parent meeting, which led to Head Coach Blaine Hartwick to submit his resignation the following day. Hartwick had been with the Hawks for 7 seasons, leading them […]

Mitchell-All State-CP and GNW has Two Each

By Gary Scott on November 15, 2023 at 6:24am

For the second year in a row, Jacksonville has a player on the Illinois Football Coaches all state first team. A year ago, it was Elijah Owens. This year, it is senior running back Cam Ron Mitchell. Mitchell had an outstanding year with JHS, rushing for 1433 yards. He also finished with 12 touchdowns, averaged […]

New Transportation Guidelines Announced For South County Athletic Co-Op

By Benjamin Cox on September 11, 2023 at 8:28pm

South County families who have athletes were recently notified of transportation changes. The South County Co-Op Committee recently met and discussed recent transportation issues. According to a press release today, the following changes have been put in place in order to have consistency across the athletic program’s transportation. There will be a 15-minute allowance for […]

Messina Named New I.C. Softball Coach

By Benjamin Cox on August 10, 2023 at 12:57pm

The Illinois College Athletic Department announced the new head coach of their softball program today, and it’s a familiar face. Leslie Messina will replace Meghan Roman at the helm starting this season. Messina comes to I.C. From Blackburn College, where she has been the head softball coach since 2021. She earned her 400th career softball […]

IL District 17 All Stars Wins World Championship

By Benjamin Cox on August 7, 2023 at 7:57am

The Illinois District 17 softball team, composed of players throughout West-Central and Central Illinois, won the Senior League World Series championship yesterday. The team pushed across a pair of late runs to beat last year’s champion Texas 5-4 in Lower Sussex, Delaware. The win kept District 17 undefeated through World Series play at 7-0. The […]

Chatham Brings Back Blakeman to Helm Boys’ Basketball

By Benjamin Cox on June 22, 2023 at 8:55am

A familiar face is returning to Chatham-Glenwood’s basketball sidelines. Ryan Mahan of the State Journal Register reported last night that the Ball-Chatham Board of Education voted to re-hire Todd Blakeman to replace Kody Kirkpatrick as head boys’ basketball coach. Kirkpatrick replaced Blakeman when he resigned from the position two years ago. Blakeman led the Titans […]

Buxton Named LLCC 2023 Dick Dhabalt Female Athlete of the Year

By Benjamin Cox on June 21, 2023 at 3:32pm

A Pleasant Plains graduate has been named the 2023 Dick Dhabalt Female Athlete of the Year at Lincoln Land Community College. Madalyn Buxton, a 2021 graduate of Pleasant Plains High School, is a sophomore center midfielder for the LLCC women’s soccer team. She led the team with 9 points, 3 goals and 3 assists this […]