Author: Pete Hayes

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No matter the sport, getting within reach of the championship means elation on one side and disappointment on the other. There are few moral victories... [Read More]
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While Saturday's 77-58 LCCC victory over Southeastern Illinois was less of a thrashing than the Trailblazers handed the Falcons in January, the District 16 victory... [Read More]
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For Alton High swimmers Noah Clancy and Caden Akal, the approach to reaching the IHSA Boys state Swim Meet has been a bit different than... [Read More]
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Alton's Ashley Westbrook came started strong on Day 2 of the IHSA Girls State Bowling Tournament, but a low score starting the afternoon session was... [Read More]
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There's a new look at the area boys swim sectional, but a pair of Alton High swimmers are hoping to maintain the status quo at... [Read More]
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Ashley Westbrook's first goal at the IHSA Girls State Bowling Tournament was to make it to the second day of competition. Mission accomplished. But... [Read More]
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Heading into the MVCHA Class 1A finals, Bethalto coach Brayden Emerick knew Triad would be a tough nut to crack. And that was if the... [Read More]
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Ashley Westbrook has things in perspective and as a result, she's likely to return from this weekend's IHSA Girls State Bowling Tournament satisfied, no matter... [Read More]
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A season-long bugaboo in reverse reared its ugly head against the LCCC Trailblazers Wednesday night. But in the end, No. 8-ranked John A. Logan College... [Read More]
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Aaron Kestler wasn't about to point fingers when examining the fallout after his Alton team's MVCHA 1A semifinal loss to Bethalto, but he knew who... [Read More]
Lachlan McLean was exhausted. Mario Sanchez was elated and Saint Louis University was frustrated. And the Bronze Boot game made a thrilling return. ... [Read More]
The "Boot" is back - and there's plenty at stake. While local soccer history and reminiscing are in vogue at SIUE and Saint Louis... [Read More]
LCCC's Emma Lucas figured it was time to step up, so she did just that. Lucas, a freshman from Roxana, scored the game-winning goal... [Read More]
The showdown for first place in the South Central Conference boys soccer race wasn't much of a showdown after all. Carlinville pulled away from... [Read More]
Best of friends, but Friday night foes. The Roxana Shells and East Alton-Wood River Oilers will renew their football rivalry at 7 p.m. Saturday... [Read More]
Win a game against an old rival to stay unbeaten and your team's stock will rise, correct. Evidently not always. LCCC, which downed... [Read More]
Being a high school sophomore, EA-WR's Brody Newberry may tend to understate the obvious once in a while. Take his performance carrying the football... [Read More]
Timing, if not everything, is at least a huge part of soccer. Just ask Jersey boys soccer coach Scott Burney. Burney saw his team... [Read More]
If forced to make a choice, Marquette soccer coach Joe Burchett would rather finish strong that start that way. His Explorers did that Saturday night... [Read More]
For East Alton-Wood River football coach Garry Herron, a victory over rival Marquette Catholic would definitley mean a red-letter day. But for the Oilers coach,... [Read More]
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