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Dongola High School softball coach Barry Keller will rely on underclassmen for success this season. “We lost five starters and we gained six,” Keller said. “We’ve got a big freshmen class. We’re going to be young.” Five starters graduated from last year’s 12-12 team and six incoming freshmen will...
In some ways it was like a relief. No, not really as losing is never, ever, a good feeling.  Yet it was difficult to convince yourself Barry Hinson’s 2018 SIU team was going to challenge for a spot in the NCAA’s March Madness game. Yes, the Salukis fooled us once late in the season when they put...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ basketball team finished an outstanding season in 2018. Winning a Class 2A regional for the first time since 2004 and setting a new school record with an amazing 23-9 record were no small feats.  The Class 2A regional title was also especially...
With 1:15 remaining in the game, Jake Parr made a 3-pointer to lead the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ basketball team to a 54-51 win over Chester for the Class 2A regional championship at Johnston City Friday, Feb. 23. The win was a school record for A-J. With the win, the Wildcats...
Local athletes are invited to participate in the 13th annual Fitness Plus indoor triathlon which is slated Saturday, March 3, in Cape Girardeau. The event begins at 8 a.m. The indoor triathlon is designed for all levels, including advanced triathletes, who are looking for a spring warm-up or a...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys' basketball team built an early lead and never looked back on its way to a 67-58 win over visiting Sparta on Senior Night in the final Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference Mississippi Division regular season game Friday, Feb. 16. Jake Parr had 17...
Arieh Hart stands on the podium after winning a state wrestling championship. Photos provided.
A Union County high school plans to honor its new state champion this weekend. Anna-Jonesboro Community High School's Arieh Hart won the 152-pound weight class at the Illinois High School Association Class 1A state wrestling championship. The finals were at the State Farm Center in Champaign on...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ basketball team is scheduled to compete at the Illinois High School Association Class 2A regional which is set Feb. 19-23 in Johnston City.  The tournament schedule follows: Monday, Feb. 19: 6 p.m., West Frankfort vs. Vienna. 7:30 p.m., Chester vs....
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School wrestling team qualified four wrestlers at the Class 1A regional at Carterville Saturday, Feb. 3. The four wrestlers will advance to next week’s Class 1A sectional at Vandalia. The 1st through 3rd place finishers advance. Leading the way for A-J was Arieh...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School cheer team placed 6th in state on Saturday, Feb. 3. In the first row are, from left, Mallory Cochran, Maddie Lingle and Ashley Detering. In the second row are Addison Osman, Lily Yana and Lexie Lingle. In the third row are assistant coach Sydney Heern, Hallee Menees, Cheyenne Roach, Jenna Clark and head coach Kristen Chamness. Photo provided.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School Wildcat cheer team finished 6th in the Illinois High School Association  competitive cheerleading state finals in Bloomington on Saturday, Feb. 3.  A-J placed 6th out of 81 small division teams in Illinois. This is the first time the A-JCHS cheer team has...

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