• REED-CUSTER may have only recorded one touchdown in their 28-6 loss to Lisle on Friday, but the Comets continue to find positives moving forward. Reed-Custer faced a 22-0 deficit heading into the second half, but truly came together for the final two quarters, holding the Lions to only six points. Justin Read recorded the TD For the Comets, rushing for a 6-yard touchdown. Reed-Custer will be looking to build upon their tough schedule early on, as they prepare to host Westmont on Friday. Photo by Kerry Shelley.
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  • THE COAL CITY Coalers remained perfect on their season Friday, as they upended Manteno 35-21. Coal City finished with over 300 yards on offense, as they wore down the Panthers from the start, especially with their physical running game. Danny Norton and Connor Skubic (pictured) both finished with two rushing touchdowns, while Payton Hutchings earned a 57-yard passing touchdown to Gavin Williams. With the Coalers improving to 4-0 (2-0 conference), they will head to Herscher next week in a battle between two undefeated teams. Photo by Pam Spreitzer.
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  • THE REED-CUSTER varsity volleyball team finished third during the Sandwich Invitational this past weekend. Members of the team include (kneeling, from left) Marissa Escobedo, Emily Wolf and Taylor Lide. (Standing) Maddi Tiangco, Madelyn Alton, Meghan Faletti, Brandy Ridgely, Alexa Cieslak, Maggie Meyr, Jennifer Fierro, Ashleigh Coster, Haley Hamilton, Gabi Perez and coach Kelly Van Duyne.
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  • LEAPING SAVE - Wilmington junior Allie Homerding defends a back court hit for the varsity Lady Wildcats. Photo by Eric Fisher.
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  • AUSTIN PLANETA recorded the first goal for Coal City during their 8-0 win over Wilmington on Monday. The Coalers went 3-0 over the past week, earning conference wins over the Wildcats and Plano. Photo by Brent Sumner.
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  • CHRSITIAN WILLIAMS dribbles the ball out of Reed-Custer’s defensive side of the field during Saturday’s game. Williams collected both of the Comets’ goals in the game, scoring off a direct kick and penalty kick. Photo by Brent Sumner.
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  • SAVED! – Ian Bastian records a save during Wilmington’s game against Coal City on Monday. The Wildcats wound up losing the conference game, 8-0, as Bastian finished with six saves in net during the first half. Photo by Brent Sumner.
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  • MAKING HER PUTT is Miranda Rohder during Coal City’s match against Wilmington on Thursday. Rohder shot a 50 in the Coaler’s win over the Wildcats. Photo by Brent Sumner.
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  • RYAN WOODALL lines up his putt during Wilmington’s match against Coal City on Thursday. The Wildcats were unable to come away with a win on the day, falling to the Coalers, 204-183. Photo by Brent Sumner.
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  • PAYTON HUTCHINGS tries to escape a tackle during Friday night’s game against Lisle. While the young quarterback got sacked a few times, he still finished with 181 passing yards on the night, and a completion rate of 12-for-15. Coaches will be hoping for production from the young quarterback this week, as Coal City travels to Streator. Photo by Pam Spreitzer.
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  • WRAPPING UP Manteno running back Stevie Silva is Wilmington lineback Cameron Harbor. The Wildcats host Westmont Friday.
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