Mac On Sports

Two Veteran Basketball Coaches Ready To Start 35th Year Together

      By J. Thomas McNamara, Sports Editor      When prep boys basketball practices begin early next month, two veteran coaches will start their 35th season together. They’ve been inseparable for more than three decades. Although they are not biological brothers, they admit to being like ones.      They are Tom Saunches and Tom Brown, two…

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Latest District 61 Athletic Hall Of Fame Class Inducted

       Martha Downing came all the way from California to attend her induction at this weekend’s District 61 Hall of Fame luncheon and Saturday afternoon program at halftime of the Eisenhower/MacArthur Tate & Lyle (Staley Day) game at Lindsay Field on the Millikin campus.      Before the luncheon program began, Martha quipped, “I don’t know what I…

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St. Teresa’s Wright Moves Up In The Record Book

       During my four-plus decades of serving as the Decatur Tribune sports editor, I’ve enjoyed the privilege of chronicling the exploits of numerous brilliant and outstanding running backs and other gridders from the 12 football-playing schools we cover here each week. St. Teresa’s Jacardia Wright is the latest whose Bulldogs career is nearing completion with…

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Millikin Begins Baseball Field Construction

       If you’ve driven south on Fairview Avenue and looked east, you may have witnessed some earthmoving underway and wondering what was going on, immediately behind the Decatur Indoor Sports Center.      The earthmoving equipment is moving dirt to prepare the site for Millikin’s new state-of-the-art Workman baseball complex. I dropped by there last…

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‘Papa Bear’ George Halas To Rose Bowl Hall of Fame

There would not be the professional Chicago Bears today if it wasn’t for the foresight of the late A.E. Staley, who hired George Halas to work at the A. E. Staley Manufacturing Plant in Decatur for the specific purpose of creating a top-notch football team. Historian Mark Sorensen chronicled well the relationship between the two…

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