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Mac On Sports: Blues Win! Blues Win!

         Decatur St. Louis Blues fans celebrated late Wednesday night after the Blues won the Stanley Cup championship.      Its the first time in history that the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup championship and it came in Boston with their 4-1 win over the Bruins. Interestingly, the Blues won three of their four…

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Mac On Sports: The 35th And Final Forsyth Classic Is Coming Up

    By J. Thomas McNamara, Sports Editor    When you have covered an event for more than three decades each June, it hurts to see it come to an end. But this is it for the Forsyth Classic. Our history of Father’s Day championship golf for the best amateur women golfers in the world will…

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Mac on Sports: IHSA Approves Basketball Format Changes

         The IHSA Board of Directors announced a new IHSA Boys & Girls Basketball State Final format.      The format change comes in conjunction with the Board voting to seek Request For Proposals to host each of the state finals tournaments from 2021 to 2023.      As a result of Monday’s changes, the IHSA Girls Basketball…

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Mac on Sports: Mt. Zion Lady Braves Capture Third Place In State

  East Peoria—The lady Braves came here with one goal in mind—finish their season with a better trophy than they came back with a year ago. Greg Blakey’s team beat Kankakee Bishop McNamara, 4-2, this morning (Saturday) to capture third place.      They finished fourth last year.      I will have more on this developing story in…

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Mac on Sports: Graven Leaves Mt. Zion for South County

       It’s nice to be wanted.      Bryon Graven was recruited by the coach           he’s succeeding.      Dave Suits, the South County (Waverly/Franklin) head coach, is headed to Carlinville to become its new head coach. He and Graven are long-time buddies. As a result, “he got a hold of me” said Graven about Suits reaching out to…

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Mac On Sports: Mount Zion beats Centralia, Advances To Championships

  Mount Zion plays at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Class 3A softball Illinois High School Association championships at the East Side Centre in East Peoria. Greg Blakey’s lady Braves defeated the Orphans, 8-1, in the Mattoon super-sectional. Mount Zion finished fourth last year and is out to better that finish this weekend. I will…

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Mac On Sports: Houser New Hawks Cage Coach

    As expected, Shannon Houser is the new Meridian boys basketball head coach. The Meridian school board approved his hiring at the May 20 meeting. Houser has been coaching the middle school basketball program after successfully coaching three years LSA Lions basketball. He took the Lions to one sectional, going 20-10 his first season…

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Exclusive: Mac On Sports: IHSA Draft Model Of Football Classes And Geographies

      The Illinois High School Association recently released to member schools a draft model of what the football districts and classes would look like if they took effect for this fall’s 2019 season. Some schools already are suffering through some serious indigestion because they’re not thrilled with whom they’re paired. With my 43 years of…

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Mac On Sports: Maroa-Forsyth Coaching Legend Thompson Passes

    Fred Thompson passed away this morning (Tuesday in Dothan, Alabama. Thompson coached Trojans baseball for 18 years where he compiled a won-loss record of 253-76 with multiple state appearances. In football, the legendary Thompson coached the Trojans to two second place finishes during his 14 years on the sidelines, going 90-51-1. I will…

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