Category Archives: Local Sports

Murray State joins MVFC beginning in 2023

Murray State joins MVFC beginning in 2023

By Jake Fogal BLOOMINGTON – The Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) established Murray State as the 12th member of it’s conference on Monday. “With Murray State becoming the 12th Missouri Valley Football Conference member, we have stabilized and strengthened FCS football in the Midwest and cemented the MVFC’s position as the premier FCS football conference…MORE

Andrew Dakich joins Ryan Pedon’s staff at Illinois State

Andrew Dakich joins Ryan Pedon’s staff at Illinois State

By Jake Fogal BLOOMINGTON-Ryan Pedon has hired his second assistant coach to his staff, as Andrew Dakich joins the Redbird program departing from Elon University. “I’m really excited about adding Andrew to our staff,” said Pedon. “Andrew played for us in his graduate year at Ohio State, and I was able to see firsthand his…MORE

Redbird’s, Pedon adds Walter Offutt as assistant coach

Redbird’s, Pedon adds Walter Offutt as assistant coach

By Jake Fogal BLOOMINGTON-Walter Offutt is the first man to join newly acquired head coach of the Illinois State men’s basketball team Ryan Pedon’s coaching staff. Offutt comes from the University of Toledo, where he has worked as an assistant for the rockets since 2019. Pedon and Offutt worked together at the University of Illinois…MORE

Central Catholic athletic director set to retire

Central Catholic athletic director set to retire

By Neil Doyle BLOOMINGTON – After 45 years in education administration, Central Catholic High School Athletic Director Hud Venerable announced that he will retire July 1. Venerable took over the Saints athletic programs in 2017. During that time, the Saints added girls swimming and boys lacrosse to their roster of athletic opportunities and hosted several…MORE

ISU volleyball coach Allie Matters joins the Scott Miller Show on WJBC

ISU volleyball coach Allie Matters joins the Scott Miller Show on WJBC

By Neil Doyle NORMAL – “A rich tradition of athletic success” is one of the reasons Allie Matters accepted the volleyball coaching job at Illinois State University. Matters was introduced to the community Monday morning on the Scott Miller Show on WJBC. Matters comes to ISU after spending the last four seasons as the head…MORE

Central Catholic adds boys lacrosse team

Central Catholic adds boys lacrosse team

By Neil Doyle BLOOMINGTON – A boys lacrosse team has been added at Central Catholic High School. The team will compete this spring at the IHSA junior varsity level and move to varsity next season under the leadership of head coach Vincent Rasa, according to a news release. Rasa founded the Bloomington-Normal Warriors Lacrosse Club.…MORE

ISU announces Allie Matters as head volleyball coach

ISU announces Allie Matters as head volleyball coach

By Neil Doyle NORMAL – Illinois State University has named Allie Matters the eighth head coach in the history of the Redbird volleyball program. “I am so grateful for this opportunity to lead the Illinois state volleyball team,” Matters said in a news release. “I want to thank President Terri Goss Kinzy, Director of Athletics…MORE

Illinois State introduces Ryan Pedon as it’s new men’s basketball head coach

Illinois State introduces Ryan Pedon as it’s new men’s basketball head coach

By Jake Fogal BLOOMINGTON-Following another underwhelming 13-20 season by the Illinois State men’s basketball team, the University moved swiftly to find it’s next head coach. Nearly an hour after the Redbirds loss to Northern Iowa on Friday, ISU announced that Ryan Pedon, Ohio State Buckeyes assistant, would fill the vacant head coach position for the…MORE

Illinois State hires Ryan Pedon as it’s men’s basketball head coach

Illinois State hires Ryan Pedon as it’s men’s basketball head coach

By Jake Fogal BLOOMINGTON-Following a loss to Northern Iowa in the second round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, Illinois State Athletics has confirmed that Ohio State Top Assistant Ryan Pedon will take the reigns of the men’s basketball program as it’s next head coach. “I am extremely excited to be joining the Redbird family.…MORE

Blogs

Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…