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The Cobden High School softball team returns all of its starters from last season. “I feel pretty good about  the season,” Cobden coach Michele Burris said. “I think we’ll be strong, I’m really excited about it.” The nine returning starters from last season’s 7-13 squad include four seniors:...
The Cobden High School baseball team will have a young team this season, with only two seniors on the squad. “We’re really young, with two seniors,” Cobden coach Jared Clutts said. “But we have a lot of talent and a lot of kids that can play.” Six starters return from last year’s 13-10 squad to...
With seven starters returning from last year’s 10-13 squad, Aaron Roberts is looking for success for the 2018 season. “We’ve looked pretty good  in practice the last couple weeks,” Roberts said. “This will be the year to make things happen.” Two of the seven senior starters, Hunter Ralls and Bryce...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School softball coach Rodney Seip is looking to his senior leadership for success this season. “We’ve got the potential to be pretty decent,” Seip said. “It depends a lot on how our senior leadership steps up.” Senior starters returning from last year’s 13-16 squad are...
Dongola High School softball coach Barry Keller will rely on underclassmen for success this season. “We lost five starters and we gained six,” Keller said. “We’ve got a big freshmen class. We’re going to be young.” Five starters graduated from last year’s 12-12 team and six incoming freshmen will...
In some ways it was like a relief. No, not really as losing is never, ever, a good feeling.  Yet it was difficult to convince yourself Barry Hinson’s 2018 SIU team was going to challenge for a spot in the NCAA’s March Madness game. Yes, the Salukis fooled us once late in the season when they put...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ basketball team finished an outstanding season in 2018. Winning a Class 2A regional for the first time since 2004 and setting a new school record with an amazing 23-9 record were no small feats.  The Class 2A regional title was also especially...
With 1:15 remaining in the game, Jake Parr made a 3-pointer to lead the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ basketball team to a 54-51 win over Chester for the Class 2A regional championship at Johnston City Friday, Feb. 23. The win was a school record for A-J. With the win, the Wildcats...
Local athletes are invited to participate in the 13th annual Fitness Plus indoor triathlon which is slated Saturday, March 3, in Cape Girardeau. The event begins at 8 a.m. The indoor triathlon is designed for all levels, including advanced triathletes, who are looking for a spring warm-up or a...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys' basketball team built an early lead and never looked back on its way to a 67-58 win over visiting Sparta on Senior Night in the final Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference Mississippi Division regular season game Friday, Feb. 16. Jake Parr had 17...

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