Category Archives: Local Sports

State Farm Holiday Classic gets underway next week

State Farm Holiday Classic gets underway next week

By Neil Doyle BLOOMINGTON – The best basketball this side of March. That’s the saying for the annual State Farm Holiday Classic, which kicks off Tuesday, Dec. 27 and runs through Friday, Dec. 30 here in the Twin-Cities. The tournament is hosted at four venues around town: Illinois Wesleyan’s Shirk Center, Normal Community High School,…MORE

Brackets released for 2022 State Farm Holiday Classic

Brackets released for 2022 State Farm Holiday Classic

By WJBC Staff BLOOMINGTON – The brackets for the 43rd annual State Farm Holiday Classic have been released. Brackets can be viewed and downloaded at www.theclassic.org/brackets/. Seedings were determined by a poll of participating head coaches, state-wide media and tournament committee members, with accommodations made to avoid teams playing a conference or regular season opponent through the…MORE

IHSA board selects ISU’s Hancock Stadium as football state final host

IHSA board selects ISU’s Hancock Stadium as football state final host

By Neil Doyle NORMAL – The Illinois High School Association’s Board of Directors on Wednesday selected Bloomington-Normal and Illinois State University as the new hosts for the football state finals. The new hosting agreement will place the event at Hancock Stadium on Thanksgiving weekend for the years of 2023 to 2027. “We appreciate all of…MORE

Hancock Stadium potential site for future IHSA football championship games

Hancock Stadium potential site for future IHSA football championship games

By 25 News NORMAL – Bloomington-Normal leaders want to bring back the Illinois High School Association’s state football championship games for the next five years, but three other communities are also hoping to land the premier event that’s held each Thanksgiving weekend. ISU’s Hancock Stadium was the venue for the first 25 years of the…MORE

Ironmen falter late, Pekin snatches 32-31 playoff win over Normal Community

Ironmen falter late, Pekin snatches 32-31 playoff win over Normal Community

By Jake Fogal NORMAL – The 2nd round of the IHSA football playoff’s delivered a classic between two Central Illinois teams that came down to the wire. As cheers roared from the stands at Dick Tharp field, Ironmen fans were on their feet anticipating a victory, before things took a drastic turn late in the…MORE

No. 19 Normal Community rolls over No. 14 Hononegah 44-13 in round one of Class 7A playoffs

No. 19 Normal Community rolls over No. 14 Hononegah 44-13 in round one of Class 7A playoffs

By Jake Fogal ROCKTON – Normal Community has extended their win streak to six games as the Ironmen traveled to Rockton for a first round playoff matchup with Hononegah. Community quarterback Kyle Beaty impressed in his postseason debut, throwing for five touchdowns and 255 yards. The sophomore connected with 6’7 wide receiver Elliot Oliver three…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…