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The Murphysboro High School football team finished 4-5 last season. The team, which travels to Anna-Jonesboro this Friday, will be dominated by sophomores and juniors. “We’re young,” Murphysboro football coach Gary Carter said. “We’ve only got four seniors.” Game time is set for 7 p.m. The game...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team gets ready for its 2017 season opener at West Frankfort last Friday night. Photo by Tiffiny Dillow for The Gazette-Democrat.
The visiting Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team took advantage of early West Frankfort miscues on its way to a 43-18 win in the 2017 season opener  for both teams Friday, Aug. 25. “That was a nice win,” A-J head coach Brett Detering said. “I was really pleased with how we played....
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ golf team has two sectional qualifiers returning for 2017. The two returning sectional qualifiers are senior Levi Hall and junior Carson Reynolds. “We’ll be competitive with those two starters back,” A-J boys’ golf coach Brandon Bierstedt said. “They...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School girls’ golf coach Brandon Bierstedt lost a lot to graduation last season. “We lost four starters who graduated,” Bierstedt said. “But I still think we can be competitive.” Players who were in the lineup last season and contributed include returning seniors...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School girls’ golf coach Brandon Bierstedt lost a lot to graduation last season. “We lost four starters who graduated,” Bierstedt said. “But I still think we can be competitive.” Players who were in the lineup last season and contributed include returning seniors...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football players gathered around head coach Brett Detering during a break on first day of practice for the 2017 season.
After ending a 15-year Illinois High School Association football playoff run two years ago, the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team bounced back to advance to the playoffs again last year. “We got ourselves back in the playoffs last year,” A-J football coach Brett Detering said. “We’...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team seniors are, from left, Zach Pinter, Drake Pyle, Dalton Goddard, DJ Latham, Jaryt Tripp, Noah Smith, Bryce Osman, Arieh Hart, Sheldon McGrath, Jayce Turner, Ross Pinnon, Zach Massey and Clay Shultz. Senior Nate Frankell could not be present for the picture because he was at boot camp.
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team seniors are, from left, Zach Pinter, Drake Pyle, Dalton Goddard, DJ Latham, Jaryt Tripp, Noah Smith, Bryce Osman, Arieh Hart, Sheldon McGrath, Jayce Turner, Ross Pinnon, Zach Massey and Clay Shultz. Senior Nate Frankell could not be present for the...
Anna-Jonesboro-Cobden-Dongola high school co-op boys’ soccer coach Mark Boomer predicts his team could be very competitive this season. “We’ve got a strong team and we’re going to be competitive and be able to play anybody,” Boomer said. Boomer looks to be in the hunt as long as the team remains...
The Anna Blue Dolphins swim team recently completed its 2017 season. The team had an awards night last week.
The Anna Blue Dolphins swim team has wrapped up its 2017 season. Supporters of the Blue Dolphins said that the team had a great year, with 29 swimmers attending the Southern Illinois Swim League championship meet at Marion on July 29.   Of those attending the meet, 11 swimmers qualified for the...
The Wildcat Youth Football League is preparing for its season opener. Photo provided.
The junior high team for the Wildcat Youth Football League is preparing for its first challenge this week.   The team will head to Benton on Saturday to face Carbondale at 2 p.m. “We lucked out and had a bye for last week,” said head coach Rollie Hawk. “That gave us a chance to go on the road and...

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