It wasn't easy but McAuley wins 15th state title

It wasn't easy but McAuley wins 15th state title

Photo by Jeff Vorva McAuley volleyball players show off their championship trophy to their fans Saturday at Redbird Arena in Normal.   NORMAL – Of course it was going to go three sets. Of course it was not going to be easy. But in the end, Mother McAuley, ranked No. 1 in in the nation by, hoisted the Illinois High School Association Class 4A championship trophy after beating Minooka 25-19, 19-25, 25-19 Saturday night... Read more


Big Ten playing Friday night football: A…

Big Ten playing Friday night football: Area coaches say scouting and visits could be reduced

Photo by Jeff Vorva St. Laurence coach Harold Blackmon, who played Big Ten football at Northwestern, said when he was in college he loved playing Saturday morning games.   Richards football coach Tony Sheehan heads home after coaching Friday night games with several hours to rest. He’ll flip on college football, normally a Pac-12 or Mountain West game, before a brief sleep and a return to school for Saturday morning film review. College football on Friday nights isn’t... Read more

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‘Ted 2’ sequel should have stayed in hibernation The comedy “Ted 2” is an unneeded sequel to the film “Ted.” The first brought us Mark Wahlberg as John, along with Seth MacFarlane as Ted, his foul-mouthed Teddy bear of a best friend. This film picks up a little after the first film ended. We see the bear getting married to his sleazy fiancee, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), at a wedding officiated by Sam... Read more


Continuing to give after Thanksgiving


The advancement of social media has created changes in our society in how we think and even what we celebrate. I have become aware this fall of the emergence of #GivingTuesday. When I opened up my email this past Tuesday morning, I saw at least 10 references to this particular charitable cause. But I have a confession to make. Until last month, I had never heard of #GivingTuesday. Park Lawn, a... Read more