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The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys and girls golf teams will both be in rebuilding modes this season. “We lost two big graduating classes,” A-J golf coach Brandon Bierstedt said. “We’ll be back to rebuilding this year.” There are nine players so far on the boys’ team this season....
The Anna-Jonesboro, Cobden, Dongola high school co-op boys’ soccer team finished 12-6-2 overall last year. The Wildcats could finish again with a winning season. “Barring any injuries, we should finish above .500,” A-J soccer coach Mark Boomer said. “We’ve got a lot of talent with a lot of speed...
Nile Chotner
Anna Blue Dolphins swim team member Nile Chotner set another record at the SISL championships that were held in Anna on July 28.   Earlier in the 2018 season, Nile broke the 11-12-year-old 50 fly and 100 IM records.   During the 2018 championships, Nile broke his own record in the 50 fly with a 34....
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team lost a lot of talent last year on the 12-1 team that finished in the semifinals of the Class 3A Illinois High School Association playoffs. But the cupboard is not bare this season. “We’re going to be very much senior led,” A-J football coach...
Rachel Griffin will be the new Shawnee Junior High School softball coach this season. Nicole Derossett will be her assistant coach. Griffin succeeds Shanna Pender, who resigned from coaching junior high softball at the most recent Shawnee School Board meeting. Jaycee Pender, a former Anna-Jonesboro...
The Anna Blue Dolphins hosted the Southern Illinois Swim League’s 2018 championship meet on July 28. The meet was held at the Anna City Pool. The picture was taken during one of the boys’ events at the meet.
The Anna Blue Dolphins swim has wrapped up a successful 2018 season. The team had an awards night and swim party on July 31 at the Anna City Pool. The Blue Dolphins are a summer-only swim team. Swimmers on the team range in age from 4 to 18. The Blue Dolphins also hosted the Southern Illinois Swim...
2018 Wildcat football season tailgating/parking spaces
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School Athletic Department once again is offering reserved parking/tailgating spaces for all home varsity games.  The school noted that the procedure for securing a space will be the same as for previous years. Fans will be able to submit sealed bids, with payment...
Cassidy Diana Janke
Anna Blue Dolphins swim team member Cassidy Diana Janke set two records during competition this season. She recorded the fastest times in the 25 freestyle and 25 backstroke for girls ages 9 and 10 this summer.
Dana Pearson will take over the baseball coaching duties at Cobden High School this fall. Pearson, who was hired at last Monday’s Cobden School Board meeting, takes over for Jared Clutts, who resigned at the end of last season to work on furthering his education. “I thought it was either time to...
The team of Dino Bankson, Al Hardin, Al Joiner and Tyler Tripp won first place at a men’s golf scramble which was played July 18 at the Union County Country Club course in Anna. The team of Chuck Goforth, Levi Hall, Josh McFadden and Doug Schluter finished second. The team of Chase Hargrave, Steve...

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