The 9U Metamora Redbirds recently won the Silver Bracket Title in the 2019 annual Kevin J. Kiesewetter Memorial Metamora Area Baseball Organization Tournament (KJK MATBO). Over 70 teams from throughout central Illinois competed in the five-day tournament in the 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U age divis…

The 7th annual Bob Duncan Memorial Golf Outing, sponsored by the Eureka American Legion Post 466, will be held Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Fairlakes Golf Club in Secor. All golfers are invited. Fun will be the word of the day as prizes, awards, raffles, food and bragging rights will highlight …

The Morton Premier U8 girls team took home the championship in the River City Invitational held over the June 7-9 weekend. They scored a combined 16 goals throughout the tournament on their way to a perfect 3-0 record. Team members include (front, from left) coach Norman Ramos, Addison Calde…

The Morton Premier U10 Boys Red team placed second in the River City Invitational tournament held over the June 7-9 weekend. The team scored a combined 19 goals with two shut outs on their way to a 3-1 tournament record. Team member include (front, from left) Crew Martin, Max Nestrud, Jon An…

The Morton Premier U10 Girls Red team wrapped up their play in the River City Invitational as tournament champions. Their overall record in the tournament, held over the June 7-9 weekend, was 4-0, with a combined 25 goals and two shut outs in their dominant, perfect-record performance. Team …

The Morton Premier U14 girls team went home as tournament champions after playing in the River City Invitational held over the June 7-9 weekend. The team scored a combined 10 goals over the weekend with two shut outs, including their 3-0 shutout performance in the championship game, finishin…

Abby Winstead of Morton bunts safely against Farmington on the way to an 11-0 win.  The 16U Morton Mystics and the Morton Girls Softball Association hosted a shortened version of their annual "Battle at Birchwood" tournament on June 16, after all games were rained out on June 15. 

The Washington Cobra softball program under the direction of the Washington Park District is taking coaching applications for the 2019-2020 travel softball season. Coaching positions are for 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U travel softball teams. A questionnaire is available at the Washington Park …

The Izaak Walton League Woodford County Chapter will be holding a Kid's Fishing Derby on June 15, 2019 at Izaak Walton Lake, 725 Seven Hills Road in Metamora.  Registration starts at 8 a.m., and fishing will go from 9-11 a.m.  This event is open to all children age 15 and under.  You do not …

The Metamora Flames U12 recently placed second at the Battle for Birchwood, first in the Rowdy Katz Memorial Day Tourney, and third at the Shiner’s Classic. The girls’ overall record is 30-5 halfway through their summer season. The team will hold tryouts next summer at Metamora High School o…

Select Washington Community High School student athletes were recognized during the WCHS Spring Sports Awards Night event held on Thursday, May 30, hosted by the Panthers Boosters in the high school’s multi-purpose room. WCHS Athletic Director Herb Knoblauch served as Master of Ceremonies fo…

Ellie Lockwood crushes a two-out, three-run homerun against the Streator Storm in bracket play at the Pontiac Summer Sizzler on June 9. The 16U Mystics came from behind to win, 4-2.

The 16U Morton Mystics opened up their summer tournament schedule at the Pontiac Summer Sizzler tournament on June 8-9.  The Mystics went 4-2 on the weekend and took second place out of the 14 teams in their division.  They will host their own tournament at Birchwood Park on June 15-16.  

The Community Running Club will be hosting its third annual Donut Run on Sunday, June 9 at 3:30 p.m. This year the club is excited to be holding the event on the Washington High School track. As with previous years, competitive and non-competitive options will be available to participants. T…

Morton Premier Soccer Club will hold Fall Player Evaluations for players born 2001-2013 interested in playing competitive travel soccer on June 1-2 at Carper Field (Morton High School turf field).  To register for fall and for more information on specific times for each age group's evaluatio…

The Lady Potters Track and Field team had seven athletes participate in last weekend’s Illinois State Championships in Charleston.  The Potters earned 21 points, which finished them ninth in the 2A competition.  The Lady Potters had four All State Performances from their distance runners, wi…

Morton Senior Nick Guerra leads off with a double against East Peoria in the regional semifinal on May 22 at Westwood Park. The Potters showed off their offensive power, hitting four home runs in the outing.  Jack Brennan hit two, Nick Guerra hit one and Bryce Brown had a grand slam to help …

The WCHS boys’ varsity baseball team hosted Canton for a double-header on Saturday, May 4. The Panthers swept the Little Giants by winning game one 2-0 and game two 6-2. Caleb Fisher goes up high to try to avoid the tag, but was ultimately called out at home plate. 

Senior student-athletes on the WCHS boys’ track and field team gather together after being recognized for senior day. The Panthers’ boys track team hosted Peoria Manual and Peoria Christian on Wednesday, May 1.  Washington recognized their Senior student-athletes during the meet.  Team score…

The Lady Panthers’ track team hosted Peoria High and Peoria Richwoods on Monday, April 29.  It was Washington’s Senior Night as 19 of their senior student-athletes were recognized during the meet.  The team scores were Washington 59, Richwoods 35 and Peoria High 6. Hillary Kulavic (above) ru…

The Morton Premier U10 Red boys’ soccer team finished as tournament champions at the East Moline Quad Cities Shoot Out held over the April 27-28 weekend. Team members include (from left) Wyatt Null, Nick Soderstrom, Jax Doran, Max Nestrud, Eli Opel, Joe Anders, Blake Smith, Parker Griffin, C…

The Morton Premier U14 girls’ soccer team recently took second place at the East Moline Quad Cities Shoot Out held over the April 27-28 weekend. Team members include (front, from left) Jorja Ferrell, Arlie Akers, Molly Shook, Abbey Pollard, Naomi Steffen, Hannah Epkins, Lola Kaiser, Madison …

The Morton Premier high school boys’ soccer team recently finished as tournament champions at the East Moline Quad Cities Shoot Out held over the April 27-28 weekend. Team member include (top, from left) coach Oz Bakirdan, Logan Cupi, Caleb Stoops, Mustafa Bakirdan, Lucas Fontana, Justin Har…

The Morton Premier U7/8 boys’ soccer team recently took second place at the East Moline Quad Cities Shoot Out held over the April 27-28 weekend. Team members include (from left) Hayes Kraft, Brady Nightingale, Gavin Selke, Landon Blake, Nixon Albers, Kyle Holmgren and Ben Volpert. Standing b…

The Morton Fury U12 girls’ soccer team recently competed with a first place finish in the Quad City Shootout held over the April 27-28 weekend. Team members include (back, from left) Carly Whitaker, Izzy Peterson, Gabbie Hutchinson, Ruby Brubaker, Paige Selke, Emerson Timmons, Harper Strube,…

The Morton Fury U12 boys’ soccer team recently finished in first place at the Quad Cities Shoot Out held over the April 27-28 weekend. Team member include (back, from left) Brayden Ahlers, Andrew Brooks, Lucas Drake, Alex Mckie, Ian Bair, Caleb Saunders, (front, from left) Uan Chatwell, Max …

The Morton Fury U10 girls recently won the Quad City Shootout held over the April 27-28 weekend. Team members and coaches include (front, from left) Brynleigh Vance, Lucy Rapp, Jade Pflederer, Hadley Lovell, Jolie Farrell, Miley Darche, Bella Joos, (back, from left) coach Jeff Brooks, Mary G…

Nick Guerra (24) greets Jack Brennan at home plate after Brennan hit his second home run of the night against East Peoria on May 1.  The Potters beat the Raiders 13-4 at Mike McDonald Field.  The Potters picked up three more wins last week and are currently 20-4 overall, 8-2 in the Mid-Illin…

Josh Weeks and Yonas Wuthrich led the second lap of the 1600-meter run.  They went on to finish in first and second place, respectively, beating both the Morton school and Tazewell County record time for the event. Weeks finished with a time of 4:50.26, with Wuthrich finishing just behind at…

Washington Community High School will present the annual academic awards ceremony on May 14, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.  The program will recognize the academic achievements and scholarships of the senior class.

The Washington Community High School Athletic Booster Club is currently taking nominations for the Hall of Fame. In its second year, the Hall of Fame will honor and recognize students, alumni, teams, coaches, sponsors and friends of WCHS that have exhibited a high degree of success and or ma…

The Lady Panthers’ varsity lacrosse team hosted Hampshire High School Friday night, April 26.  Washington’s Anna Doty scored within the first 30 seconds of the game, and the Lady Panthers controlled the entire game on their way to a decisive 13-0 victory. Anna Doty (above) celebrates after s…

The WCHS boys’ tennis teams hosted defending State Champion Normal U-High on Monday, April 22.  All the boys played hard, but U-High came away from the matchup winning all the matches, 9-0. Senior Ethan Sabotta’s match (above) was a battle and went to a tie-breaker. 

The Panthers’ varsity baseball team hosted the Pekin Dragons on Monday night, April 22.  The game was a great battle including a lightning delay.  The lead changed four times, coming down to the last two innings.  After being tied 1-1 through five innings, Pekin scored one run in the top of …

The Morton Potters softball team once again had the honor of playing in the Hits for the Cure softball event on April 27, 2019.  This was the fifth year for the event, which raises money for children's cancer treatment and research.  Besides playing softball and collecting donations, the tea…

The Morton High School girls’ varsity soccer team hosted East Peoria on Tuesday, April 23. The Lady Potters put on a dominating performance for their home crowd with an 8-0 over the Raiders. Junior forward Peyton Dearing (8) weaves through the Raiders defense looking to set up another scorin…

Senior outfielder Riggs Wilkinson makes a catch in left field against Streator on April 25, 2019.  The Potters defeated the Bulldogs 6-4 at Mike McDonald Field.  Morton had a busy week, playing six games and going 4-2.  They are now 18-4 on the season. 

Morton senior Braden Brown prepares to throw home during the game against the Streator Bulldogs on April 25, 2019.   The Potters defeated the Bulldogs 6-4 at Mike McDonald Field.  Morton had a busy week, playing six games and going 4-2.  They are now 18-4 on the season. 

The Washington Community High School Panthers’ State Champion wrestling team, Coach Nick Miller and Mayor Gary Manier visited with Governor JB Pritzker on April 11. They also met with Secretary of State Jesse White and Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady, and were honored in both the House and…

The Panther’s varsity softball team hosted the Pekin Dragons on Thursday, April 11 for a planned “Hit for Heroes” game.  The players wore special uniforms in support of Operation Shoebox. Each team had an over-the-fence homerun.  Washington’s Kendall McKinley hit a three-run homer in the fir…

The WCHS varsity baseball team hosted the Dunlap Eagles on Monday, April 8.  The Eagles got off to an early 3-0 lead, and Washington was unable to score a run resulting in a Dunlap win with a final score of 3-0. Senior Brandon Schulte was named the starting pitcher for the Panthers. 

The WCHS Sophomore Baseball team hosted a non-conference game against Williamsville on Tuesday, April 9.  Williamsville was up 4-1 early in the game, but the Panthers rallied in the fifth inning to tie the game at four runs each.  With another run added in the sixth inning, the Panthers secu…