DeeMack Lady Chief Ellie Schmidgall (8) attacks the net during DeeMack volleyball's 25-7, 25-13 victory over Fisher on Thursday, March 25 in Mackinaw. 

The Morton Potters varsity football team hosted the Washington Panthers on Friday, April 2.  Coming into Friday’s game, Morton was 1-1 and Washington was 2-0.  First half scoring was dominated by Washington as they scored with just under nine seconds left in the second quarter to go into hal…

After nearly a year and a half since the previous home varsity football game, the Washington Panthers hosted the Dunlap Eagles Friday Evening, March 26. After a scoreless first quarter, Dunlap got on the board first with a touchdown in the second and went into halftime with a 7-0 lead. Both …

The WCHS boys’ varsity soccer team hosted the Pekin Dragons on Tuesday evening, March 30.  Within the first minute of play Washington scored what turned out to be the game winning goal as the Panthers held the Dragons scoreless.  Washington scored four goals in the first half and added anoth…

The Washington Park District and Washington Water Jets have opened up registration for the 2021 summer swim team. All returning 2019 water jet swimmers may register in-person at the Washington Park District. All potential new residents may register beginning Monday, April 12 either online or…

The WCHS girls’ volleyball season got underway mid-March and on Thursday, March 18, the Panthers hosted the Pekin Dragons for games across all levels.  It was the Panthers’ second set of games of the season and their first at home.  The Panthers’ teams swept the Dragons, with each team winni…

DeeMack's Isacc Adams (55) looks down field to make the tackle against Eureka last Saturday in Mackinaw.  The Chiefs lost to the Hornets, 30-14. 

With the IHSA decision to eliminate post-season play for high school varsity basketball, conferences throughout the state considered the idea of holding local conference championships.  The teams within the Mid-Illini Conference agreed to a post-season Tournament March 11-13.  To get to the …

DeeMack Lady Chief Rylee Kahlo (24) shoots for two points against GCMS in Gibson City in a Wednesday, March 3. DeeMack went on to win the game 37-20. Photo courtesy of Norm Stone

The seventh-grade Normal Kingsley Cavaliers were hosted by the Central Intermediate Trojans on Monday, March 1.  The limited, in-person spectators and all those watching the live stream experienced an exciting match.  Kingsley got off to an 11-2 lead in the first game before Central mounted …

The Central eighth-grade girls’ volleyball team hosted Washington Middle School at CIS’ new gym on Thursday, March 4.  A few of Central’s players were subject to quarantine protocols and did not play.  WMS got off to a fast start with good serves and with CIS players struggling with returns.…

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The St. Pats boys’ basketball teams hosted Pekin Rankin on Monday, February 22.  St. Pats got out to an early lead in the seventh grade game and kept it as they led 30-10 at the half on their way to a 45-23 win.  The eighth grade game was close through the first period as the Irish held a sl…

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The Washington Middle School girls’ volleyball teams hosted East Peoria Central Junior High School on Tuesday, February 23.  In the seventh grade game, the WMS Panthers won the match in two sets, 25-19 and 25-20.  The eitghth grade WMS team won the first game 25-22 while CJHS won the second …

The Central Trojans hosted the Washington Panthers for a seventh grade boys’ basketball game on Thursday, February 25.  The game was originally scheduled the week prior at WMS but was postponed due to extreme weather.  Central scored first to take a 3-0 lead but WMS held an 8-3 lead after th…

The Route 9 rivalry heated up in Mackinaw last Friday, February 19 when Tremont came to town.  DeeMack's Justin Reedy (24) goes up for a shot during the Chiefs 65-31 victory over the Turks. 

The Washington girls’ basketball teams hosted the Pekin Dragons on Saturday, February 20.  For the sophomore game, Saturday was the first time in over a week the team got to play due to quarantine protocols.  Washington overpowered Pekin as the Panthers led 31-4 at the half and went on to wi…

The Panthers boys’ basketball teams hosted the Potters on Tuesday, February 16.  In the sophomore game, the first period and most of the second period were close.  Washington had a strong finish to go into the half with a 28-20 lead.  Shortly into the third period, Morton erased the lead and…

DeeMack Lady Chief Addison Swadinsky (22) shoots for two points during the Lady Chiefs 38-27 loss in ElPaso last Thursday, February 11, 2021. Photo submitted by Norm Stone

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The Central Trojans hosted the Germantown Hills Warriors on Thursday, February 11.  For the seventh grade game, the score was close the entire game, with Germantown Hills holding a slim 25-24 lead at the half.  The Warriors extended their lead in the third period to 35-28 before Central defe…

Weston Gilbert (33) and the DeeMack Chiefs opened the season Friday, February 5 at home against Le Roy. The Chiefs played close before falling to Le Roy with a 52-59 final score. 

The CIS seventh and eighth grade boys’ basketball teams hosted Morton Junior High School on Saturday, February 6, with both games ending in comfortable wins by Morton.  For the seventh grade game, CIS kept it relatively close early in the game as they were down 7-13 after the first period.  …

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The Washington Middle School Panthers boys’ basketball teams hosted Dunlap Middle School on Wednesday, February 3, with the Panthers closing out with two wins.  For the seventh graders, Washington held a comfortable lead most of the game as it ended with a final score 36-28.  The eighth grad…

Leagues are forming now for the Washington Park District Spring and Summer Youth Athletics programs. These leagues include youth lacrosse (girls and boys), seven through 14 years of age; youth soccer, four through 12 years of age; instructional soccer for children two to four years of age; T…

With the cancellation of the IHSA State Cross Country Meet, Shazam Racing and Milesplit IL announced their joint venture to host the Shazam Championships. This provided qualifying elite athletes from across the state an opportunity to compete in post season championship races amongst the bes…

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On Saturday, October 24, the girls and boys Morton Potters varsity cross country teams traveled to Black Partridge Park in Metamora to compete against a strong field of runners from central Illinois in the IHSA Regional Meet. The race format had runners toe the line in three heats for the gi…

First Mennonite took the 2020 Morton Co-Ed Church Softball League tournament championship this season, winning two close matchups on the way to their final win. Team member include (front, from left) Krysten Wallace, Benji Cashdollar, Kyle Cashdollar, Holly Yordy, (middle, from left) Cassand…

The Potters cross country team participated in the Mid-Illini Conference Meet at Detweiller Park on Friday, October 16, 2020. For the women, junior Emma Skinner won her second consecutive championship title and earned first team All-Conference for a third consecutive year.  Freshman Arlie Ak…

The Potters cross country team participated in the PND Blue & Green XC Invitational at Detweiller Park on Saturday, October 3, 2020. The boys’ team finished first overall and the girls’ team finished second overall. 

Runners from Central Intermediate School and Washington Middle School take off from the starting line during the girls' and boys’ varsity races. Germantown Hills also competed in the race. Photos submitted by Jessica Gibson-James

On Saturday, September 26, the Morton Union baseball team captured the IESA Region 8 championship with an exciting 13-12 victory over Rankin School. Morton Union is a junior high coop team consisting of seventh and eighth graders from Bethel Lutheran School and Blessed Sacrament School.  Mor…

The Central Trojans baseball team hosted Tremont on Wednesday, September 9.  Central scored one run in each of the first two innings. Both teams were scoreless in the third inning.  In the fourth inning the Trojans got their bats working and scored seven runs to take a 9-0 lead.  Tremont was…

WCHS hosted both a boys and girls cross country triangular meet at Oak Ridge Park on Saturday, September 5.  The other two teams were Metamora and Morton.  Team totals for the girls were Washington 34, Metamora 43 and Morton 45.  Team totals for the boys were Metamora 31, Morton 35, and Wash…

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The Washington High School girls’ co-op swimming and diving team hosted Pontiac Township High School at Five Points on Thursday, September 3.  Pontiac took first in the one-meter diving and 100-yard Butterfly events.  Washington took first in the other seventh events offered.  For the overal…

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The First Mennonite Church men’s softball team (above) took home the championship after defeating Community United Church of Christ in the 2020 Morton Men’s Church Softball League Tournament. Team members include (front, from left) Kyle Cashdollar, Benji Cashdollar, Josh Felker, Travis Cowle…

The Panther’s varsity boys’ golf team hosted Limestone at Quail Meadows Golf Course on Monday, August 31.  The match took place on the back nine.  Washington came away with a win as the team scores were Washington 170 and Limestone 174.  Senior Tyler Bass on the 16th tee holding his finish a…

The 22nd Annual Snyder Village “Tee It Up” golf outing benefit will take place on Friday, August 7, 2020, at beautiful Metamora Fields Golf Club.  The format this year is different than in the past, using individual tee times to space out foursomes over a longer period of time.  Tee times ar…

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The Metamora Flames won the USA Softball 14U State Championship held July 9th through July 12th at Butler Haynes Park in Mapleton. Most of these girls have played with each other since they were eight years old. It wasn't always pretty, but their hard work and dedication paid off in a big wa…

The Metamora Flames recently won the Fourth of July Explosion at Eastside Center over the Fourth of July weekend. The girls battled tough temperatures and even tougher teams to go 6-0 on the weekend. The girls beat the Midwest Sting, Jets 06 twice, Central Illinois Blitz and the East Peoria …

Washington Community High School announced their award winners for the 2019-2020 school year at the Board of Education meeting held on Monday, June 8. The award winners include:

Former Washington Community High School track athlete, Tera Miller, has advanced to the 2020 Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championship in Brookings, SD, to be held March 5-7. Tera, a freshman at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, qualified last week at St. Ambrose CCAC Conference C…

Morton senior Collin Roche shoots over an East Peoria defender in the Potterdome on February 21.  The Potters came away with a 56-32 victory over the Raiders in a packed house on Gameball Run night and followed it up with a 52-49 victory over Limestone the following evening. 

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Nine Panther wrestlers qualified for the three-day IHSA Individual State Wrestling Tournament held last weekend in the State Farm Center on the University of Illinois campus. There were 16 qualifiers in each of 14 weight classes. First round winners Thursday afternoon competed in the Quarter…