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Sarah Konecek
Carbondale native Sarah Konecek spent her youth as a soccer player and used the skills she learned to coach the boys’ soccer team at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School for the last two seasons. This fall, Konecek used some of those skills to teach boys how not to kick a football. Konecek is the...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School wrestling season began preparations for a new season with the opening day of practice on Monday. “I’m excited about the season,” A-J wrestling coach Eric Massey said. A-J won a Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference Mississippi Division title last...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School Wildcats hosted an IHSA Class 3A football playoff game against North Mac last Saturday afternoon. A big crowd watched the postseason game, which was won by the visiting team. Photographer Tiffiny Dillow shared these images of Wildcats in action during last Saturday’s game. The Wildcats are in the dark uniforms. Pictured is Arieh Hart.
After winning by a field goal in the first round of the IHSA Class 3A playoffs,  the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team lost in a second round playoff game by a field goal in a 10-7 defeat at the hands of visiting North Mac at The Pit Saturday afternoon, Nov. 5. “I thought our...
Egyptian defeated Goreville 66-49 to win the tournament. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Local junior high boys baskeball teams participated in the 18th annual Egyptian Early Bird Tournament at Egyptian School in Tamms on Thursday, Oct. 27. The tournament featured teams from Anna, Century, Egyptian, Goreville, Lovejoy, Meridian, Nell Holcomb and Shawnee schools.  The Egyptian Junior...
 Photo by Tiffiny Dillow for The Gazette-Democrat.
At the close of Saturday’s thrilling win by the Anna-Jonesboro Wildcats over the Fairfield Mules in the first round of the playoffs, this scene brought tears to many eyes in the grandstands. Keaton Busby carried Jackson Boyd (number 3) across the field as the two teams met for handshakes after the...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team is scheduled to play host to North Mac at The Pit this Saturday in an IHSA 3A second-round playoff game. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. For fans who can’t make it to the game, the contest will be aired on WIBH radio in Anna. North Mac is a...
The A-JCHS Wildcats football team opened postseason action last Saturday with a 9-6 road win over host Fairfield. The accompanying photos are from Saturday’s game. Photos by Tiffiny Dillow for The Gazette-Democrat. A-J’s Dylan Fox looks for some running room.
With 1.8 seconds remaining in a tie ball game, Sheldon McGrath kicked a 24-yard field goal to lift the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team to a 9-6 win over host Fairfield in first-round action of the Class 3A playoffs Saturday, Oct. 29. “It’s something I felt confident in,” A-J...
Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
The annual Tour de Shawnee took place on Saturday, Oct. 22. The bike ride began at the Horseshoe Lake Community Center in Olive Branch and had rest stops throughout Southern Illinois.
Recent promotions at Coffman’s Martial Arts Academy in Anna have been recognized.
Dave Fombelle of Anna has been inducted into the Argenta Oreana High School Athletic Hall of Fame. “It’s quite an honor,” said Fombelle, co-owner of the Blue Boar Restaurant near Anna with his son, Bob. Fombelle is the school’s third leading all-time scorer. He also posted one of the highest, if...

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