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The Lick Creek School Lady Eagles cross country team celebrates a second consecutive state championship. Photo provided.
The Lick Creek School Lady Eagles cross country team traveled to Salem on Saturday, Oct. 14, to defend its 2016 state championship.  The Lady Eagles had to overcome losing a lot to graduation to repeat as champs.  Lick Creek lost three of its top four runners from last year to graduation, all who...
Anna-Jonesboro’s Levi Hall participated in the Illinois High School Association state golf tournament Oct. 13-14.  He placed 66th at the state tournament, which was played at the Prairie Vista Country Club in Bloomington. Pictured are Levi Hall and A-J coaches Brandon Bierstedt and Matt Lang. Photo provided.
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School golfer Levi Hall competed in the Class 1A boys’ state golf tournament at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington Saturday, Oct. 14. Hall finished with a 174, which tied him for 66th place.  Hall advanced to state with a 6th place top 10 score of 80 at the...
The Benton High School football team visits Anna-Jonesboro this Friday night as both teams close out 2017 regular season play. The Rangers, 5-3, are in a must win situation for a sixth victory to earn an IHSA playoff berth. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday at The Pit. Friday will be Senior Night...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team won the Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference Mississippi Division title outright with a 46-14 win over host Sparta last Friday night. “That was our goal,” A-J football coach Brett Detering said about winning the title.  “It was something...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team can clinch a Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference Mississippi Division title outright with a victory over host Sparta this Friday. The Wildcats are 7-0 and 4-0 in the league. The Bulldogs are 1-6 overall and 1-3 in the league. Game time...
From left are Hannah Hileman, Sydnie Ralls, Britni Helton, Connar Hadley, Molly Ellis and Emma Ray. Assistant coaches are Steve Taylor and Jerry Ellis.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ and girls’ golf teams each advanced to the Class 1A sectionals following third-place finishes in regional play last week.  “It’s been a while since we’ve advanced to sectional with both teams,” A-J boys’ and girls’ golf head coach Brandon Bierstedt...
With the Southern Illinois River-to-River Mississippi Division Conference title on the line, the Anna-Joneboro Community High School football team prevailed in a 42-36 win over visiting Du Quoin at The Pit Friday night, Oct. 6. “I was really proud of the kids,” A-J football coach Brett Detering...
The Cobden Junior High School baseball team advanced to state after winning a Class S regional championship. Members of the regional championship squad are, in the first row, Kyle Hall, Mitchell Howell, Dustin Sutliff, Brock Clover, Samuel Ingold, Agoberto Amezquita, Jace Wyatt and Jake Tally. In...
The undefeated Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team plays at home at The Pit this Friday night against an always competitive Du Quoin squad. Game time is set for 7 p.m. The game will be aired on WIBH radio in Anna. Both teams have had one common opponent this season in Carterville....
The Pinckneyville High School football team was able to stop the big play attack of visiting Anna-Jonesboro, but couldn’t stop the Wildcats’ rushing game in a 34-0 loss Friday night, Sept. 29. “It wasn’t flashy, but kind of methodical,” A-J football head coach Brett Detering said. “There were no...

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