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Head football coach Brett Detering is pictured in the buffet line last Friday morning at Anna Heights Baptist Church.
Members of Anna Heights Baptist Church served breakfast last Friday to the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football players, cheerleaders and coaches. Local churches traditionally have served a breakfast on Friday mornings prior to football games. This Friday morning, the First Baptist Church...
The Shawnee High School Lady Reds volleyball team opened its season with a loss to Egyptian in three sets at home. The scores were 25-27, 25-22, 18-25. Molly Lewis led the team in attacks and was 31 for 32 with 10 kills. Lewis was also nine for 11 serving with four aces. Madilyn Ellet was 14 for 17...
Murphysboro lost to Jackson County rival Carbondale 14-13 in its 2016 season opener and is slated to host Anna-Jonesboro Friday, Sept. 2. The game is set to start at 7 p.m. The game will be aired on WIBH radio in Anna. “I thought Murphysboro should have won the game,” A-J football coach Brett...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High school volleyball team finished in second place at the Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference Tournament at Herrin Saturday, Aug. 27. “Everyone played great,” A-J volleyball coach Amy Fitzgerald-Wilson said. “They worked as a team even when it got tough and we...
Anna-Jonesboro’s Trenton Turner, number 45, looks for some running room against West Frankfort. A-J’s Bryce Osman, number 14, also is in the picture. Photo by Tiffiny Dillow for The Gazette-Democrat.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team’s offense struggled, but the defense held on  to preserve a 12-6 win over visiting West Frankfort in the 2016 season-opener for both teams Saturday, Aug. 27. “I was pleased with our defensive effort only giving up six points,” A-J football...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School Invitational golf tournament scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Union County Country Club course in Anna was cancelled because of inclement weather. The tournament has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the Anna course.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School volleyball season hasn’t begun, but it has already suffered a huge blow. Senior power hitter Maddie Bigler, who the Lady Wildcats were counting on this season, broke a foot during the offseason and will be out. “We’re trying to fill in the power hitter...
West Frankfort High School football coach Brian Beery is looking for his seniors to turn around a team that finished 0-9 last year. “This is one of our strongest varsity football teams since I’ve been here,” Beery said. “We have 15 seniors this year. Hopefully, we don’t make the mistakes we made...
The Shawnee High School baseball team was senior laden last season. “Our seniors were really good last year,” Shawnee first-year coach T.C. Schaefer said. “But now it’s these kids turn. I think we’ll be competitive.” Schaefer is a former Shawnee junior high school baseball coach. “I’ve been...
The Cobden High School baseball team will rely on a strong contingent of underclassmen for success during the 2016 season. “We’re really young,” first-year Cobden baseball coach Jared Clutts said. “But we’re very versatile and we have a lot of kids that can play a lot of different positions.” The...

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