Mac On Sports

St. Teresa Bulldogs Win 3rd, Best in School History

  By J. Thomas McNamara, Sports Editor      Normal–St. Teresa defeated Grayville in two sets, 25-20 and 25-15, to win third place in the Illinois High School Association’s Class 1A volleyball championships Saturday morning in Redbird Arena. The third place finish is the best in school history with the previous best being fourth in the back-to-back…

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Bulldogs Shoot for School History

  By J. Thomas McNamara, Sports Editor      Normal–After falling in two sets to Hartsburg-Emden, St. Teresa plays Grayville at 9 a.m. Saturday for third place in the Class 1A Illinois High School Association volleyball.      The lady Bulldogs previous best finishes were fourth in back-to-back years of 2010 and 2011 when Courtney Huck was one of…

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The Blaze Thrives

       By. J. Thomas McNamara, Sports Editor       Zac Pearson is enthused for the way events have turned out since he took a chance seven years ago to establish hockey in Decatur. Pearson says it’s hard to believe that the Decatur Blaze junior hockey franchise is seven years old. The Blaze Generals Manager and coach…

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St. Teresa Places 3rd in Soccer

             East Peoria–St. Teresa’s boys soccer team Saturday afternoon added to the school’s athletic tradition and legendary lore by doing something no other school in Decartur and Macon County has done with its third place finish after beating Chicago Acero/Soto, 1-0.      The highest finish any team from D&MC had finished was fourth…

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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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‘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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