• REGIONAL CHAMPIONS! The Reed-Custer softball team won the Braidwood Regional Friday, shutting out Momence 10-0 in five innings. Awarded the plaque were (from left, kneeling) Megan Faletti, Laney Jarchow, Grace Colclasure, Georgia Votta, Taylor Viger-Lide, Hannah Fordonski, Emily Wolf, and Haley Hamilton. Standing are Coach Christina Sukley, Kelsi Dillon, head coach Ramsey Harkness, Val Guzman, MacKenzie Collier, Antoinette Hill, Kenna Wilkey, Ruth Fetzner, Haley Mazon, Michelle Mack, coach Rachel Erscher and coach Chris Van Degraft. Photo by Eric Fisher.
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  • BLAIRE HARSEIM slides into third base during Coal City’s opening Regional game against Plano on Monday. The Lady Coalers rallied in the fifth inning to claim a 5-2 victory over the Reapers. Harseim finished with two runs scored.
    05/23/2017 - 5:37pm

  • EDDIE WILKINS closes the door on Wilmington’s offense on Thursday, but was unable to keep the momentum rolling on Monday. Wilkins pitched all seven innings during Reed-Custer’s loss to Herscher in the Regional title game.
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  • JOSH JONES attempted to give the Wildcat offense some spark in the seventh inning during Wilmington’s game against Reed-Custer on Thursday. Jones hit a two-run line drive up the center to cut into the lead, 9-6.
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  • GREAT PITCHING – Reed-Custer’s Kenna Wilkey earned a shutout victory in the opening round of Regional action Tuesday night. She earned 17-strikeouts in the one-hit allowed performance. Photo by Brent Sumner.
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  • KEEGAN GAGLIARDO works the mound during Coal City’s first game against Wilmington on Friday. He worked through seven innings of the eight-inning loss, letting up four runs (three earned) off six hits. He struck out six.
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  • LESLIE YOUSKEVTCH picked up a win on Friday over Wilmington, as she pitched all seven innings. She let up just one earned run off seven hits, walked one and struck out five. Photos by Brent Sumner.
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  • GARRETT ROTH helped keep Wilmington in the game on Friday, as he pitched six innings against Coal City. Roth finished with three runs (two earned) off eight hits, and four strikeouts.
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  • MASON ROACH runs over to first for an easy out during Reed-Custer’s game against Manteno last week. The Comets wound up dropping the conference game, 8-2.
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  • LORRI KUCHARSKI goes through her wind-up during Friday’s game against Coal City. Kucharski suffered a loss in the circle through 5.1 innings of work. She let up three runs (two earned) off nine hits, walked three and struck out four. Photos by Brent Sumner.
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Wilmington Region

MAYOR ROY STRONG is proposing naming the Baltimore Street bridge over the millrace (pictured) and the bridge over Forked Creek after two Wilmington men who were killed in combat during the Vietnam War.
05/23/2017 - 6:15pm
    It was something Mayor Roy Strong didn’t get around to the last time he was in office, so this term its at the top of his to-do list.     The Baltimore Street bridge over the Kankakee River is named in the honor of former mayor Bob Weidling,...

Coal City Region

A TRIO OF Coal City veterans took part in the 77th fight hosted by Honor Flight Chicago. The journey took the Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C on May 10. Hank Lyons, Pete Dolan and Bill Daniels were selected for the honor and during a stop at the World War II memorial were met by Dolan's brother who resides in the area.
05/23/2017 - 7:30pm
  A trio of Coal City veterans journeyed to the nation’s capital to visit the memorial built in their honor, a gesture of appreciation for answering the country’s call to service.     In the early morning hours of May 10, a limousine pulled up to...

Braidwood Region

05/23/2017 - 6:11pm
The community is invited to an open house to honor Fire Chief Ken Heberer on Saturday, June 3, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Braidwood Fire Department, 275 W. Main St. Chief Heberer will be retiring after provided more than 45 years of dedicated service...

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