Mac On Sports

MAC ON SPORTS: ILLINI SHOCK COLLEGE FOOTBALL, UPSET BADGERS

  Champaign–James McCourt’s 39-yard field goal as time expired gave Illinois a 24-23 Big Ten win over previously unbeaten and top 10 ranked Wisconsin, sending the Illini Homecoming crowd into a wild celebration. It is the first time all season that Wisconsin has trailed. Illinois’ last-second win just sent shock waves through college football and…

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MAC ON SPORTS: ST. TERESA BULLDOGS HONOR THEIR ’79 STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPS

           For an hour before Dr. Ken Hendriksen escorted to the Boehm-Davis-Munn sidelines the 16 returning players for introductions, they exchanged stories from the times they wore the orange and blue uniforms of St. Teresa that led them to their 1979 state football championship with their impressive win over Amboy. After…

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MAC ON SPORTS: ILLINOIS IS GOING TO IRELAND TO OPEN 2021 FOOTBALL SEASON

       Illinois is going to Ireland to open its 2021 football season with Nebraska its opponent in Dublin. Director of Athletics Josh Whitman and Ireland officials made the announcement earlier today (Monday, Oct. 14), and then met with the media prior to Lovie Smith’s weekly press conference in the Memorial Stadium press box.      The Fighting…

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MAC ON SPORTS: PARKER HOPKINS TO REPRESENT THE USA

       The Hopkins name is synonymous with fast pitch softball and they’ve excelled at it, too. Mike Hopkins has played and coached the sport, including 18 years as coach of the highly-successful Eisenhower Panthers girls softball program. One of these days soon Hopkins will get the call from District 61 officials that his name has…

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MAC ON SPORTS: MAROA-FORSYTH ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL HALL OF FAME CLASS

     The 2006 state football champions and the 2007 state basketball teams are among the teams to be inducted a Hall of Fame dinner March 14, 2020 at Hickory Point Banquet Center.         At the time those teams won their state championships they were only the second school in Illinois High School Association history to win…

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MAC ON SPORTS: ST. TERESA HOMECOMING WEEKEND WILL BE MEMORABLE

       By J. Thomas McNamara, Sports Editor      St. Teresa Homecoming weekend (Oct. 11-13) promises to be a memorable one for a 1955 graduate and the Ursuline nuns, who founded the school and taught there for years. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ken Hendriksen outlined what’s planned for that three-day weekend, including presentation…

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MC ON SPORTS: MacARTHUR’S JACKSON PLAYS LARGE IN ROUT WITH EIGHT TOUCHDOWNS

       Eight touchdowns… Let that sink in for awhile. After missing MacArthur’s 43-0 loss to Rochester, Generals quarterback Deyon Jackson came out on fire against the visiting Southeast Spartans at Matheson Field in their 66-35 romp. He threw three touchdown passes, two to AJ Lawson, and rushed for five others.      That means the young man…

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MAC ON SPORTS: SDHS ’62 STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPS TO GIVE BACK TO COMMUNITY SATURDAY MORNING

      On Saturday morning, Jim Hallihan and some members of his 1962 Stephen Decatur state championship basketball team will conduct the “Character Counts” and “Pursuing Victory with Honor” program at 9:30 at T. J. Jackson’s Bright Morning Star church on East Cantrell Street. The 6 Pillars of Character are Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibili-ty, Fairness, Caring and…

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MAC ON SPORTS: THREE CHEERS FOR WAL-MART’S DECISION ON VAPING

     Three cheers from the chef’s kitchen on the Wal-mart Friday announcement that it is discontinuing selling all e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking products.      Wal-mart is discontinuing sales of e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices amid mounting concerns about potential health risks associated with their use, the company confirmed on Friday.      “Given the growing federal, state…

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