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Anna Junior High School softball players celebrate their victory in the regional championship game.
Avery Page tossed a three-hitter to lead the Anna Junior High School softball team to a 9-3 win over Adams of Marion for the Class M regional championship at Creal Springs Wednesday, Sept. 21. Page gave up a walk and posted 3 strikeouts in the win. She was also 2-for-3 at the plate. Katy Shepard...
The A-J boys golf team placed third in a recent tournament. From left, coach Brandon Biersted, Levi Hall, Carson Reynolds, Aidan Frick, Andrew Ury, Peter Houser and Cole Lannom. Photo provided.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys golf team recently placed third in the Conference Tournament. Levi Hall finished in first place and Carson Reynolds finished ninth. The A-J girls golf team also recently finished in third place in their conference tournament. Tanner Stadelbacher...
On Saturday, Sept. 24, 44 teams and 786 runners from all over Southern Illinois met at Salem’s Bryan Memorial Park for one of the biggest junior high cross country meets of the year.  “It is something to see this many kids not just interested in running, but passionate about it. We never realized...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football coach Brett Detering viewed the game film on the Pinckneyville football team this past weekend. “I think we match up well against them,” Detering said. “We both have similar type offenses.” The Panthers, 1-4, play the Wildcats, 4-1, at The Pit for A-J’s...
 Anna-Jonesboro’s Jayce Turner, number 42, carries the ball. Also in the photo are A-J’s Damien Chrisp, number 27, and Dylan Fox, number 21.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team couldn’t recover from two lost fumbles  which resulted in touchdowns in the opening quarter in a 35-7 loss to host Carterville Friday, Sept. 23. “We had three fumbles and two in the first quarter and one in the second,” A-J football coach Brett...
Anna-Jonesboro’s Clair Boget spikes the ball against Nashville during a high school volleyball game. The game was played Sept. 13 at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. Photo by Tiffiny Dillow for The Gazette-Democrat.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School volleyball team finished in third place at the Massac County Superman Slam Tournament Saturday, Sept. 17. A-J’s Brooke Miller and Elle Basler were named to the all-tournament team. A-J posted wins over Webber Township, 25-19 and 25-14, Marion, 25-23 and 25-...
The Union County team’s John Russell, number 10, in action.
The Anna-Jonesboro/Cobden/Dongola High School boys’ soccer team went 2-1 in recent play.  Marion 3, A-J/Cobden/Dongola 0: John Russell and Jaryt Tripp had the only shots at goal in the loss at Marion Thursday, Sept. 15. Jake Parr played 80 minutes in goal and had 18 saves. A-J/Cobden/Dongola 3,...
The Lick Creek Educational Foundation held its sixth annual Tom Sherrill Memorial four-person golf scramble on Sept. 17 at the Union County Country Club in Anna. Tom Sherrill served as a school board member for 24 years at the Jonesboro Grade School. Tom’s widow Cheryl and sons Brad and Jeff were...
Lick Creek Community Consolidated School District No. 16 hasn’t had a junior high baseball and softball program since 2011.  Now in 2016, the program has picked back up and it’s been a huge boost for the school district. Coach Ron Fulenwider said the year before the last year of the athletic...
Records don’t mean a whole lot in football with some teams. That would be the case with Carterville, which is Anna-Jonesboro’s next opponent. A-J head coach Brett Detering said that Carterville “is a good football team. Don’t let a 1-3 record fool you. It will be a battle again.” The Wildcats will...

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