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Brent Feeney, Sports Writer

Feeney, 56, is a native of Granite City and graduated from Granite City South in 1978. He was a part-time writer for the old Granite City Journal from 1979-84 before attending Eastern Illinois University in Charleston,
from which he earned his BA in journalism in 1988. He has worked for newspapers in Sikeston, Mo., Rocky Mount, N.C., Seneca, S.C. and in Charleston-Mattoon. He also worked for the old St. Clair County Suburban
Journals.

His biggest accomplishments include gaining an exclusive interview with Michael Jordan when he was playing minor-league baseball and for an interview with Charles Duke, who walked on the moon as part of the Apollo 16 crew in 1972.

He is single and currently resides Collinsville with his twin brother Colin. He is an avid fan of the three St. Louis sports teams (Cardinals, Blues, STLFC); Missouri, Illinois and Eastern Illinois in college sports; the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League; the Geelong Cats and Carlton Blues of the Australian Football League (Australian Rules football); the South Sydney Rabbitohs of the National Rugby League in Australia; and the US Men's and Women's national soccer teams.

In his spare time, he volunteers for St. Louis community radio station KDHX-FM and is an active member of the Ethical Society of St. Louis. He also is a fan of classic movies (three of his all-time favorite films are early MGM silent films) and of the television quiz show Jeopardy! and has auditioned twice for the show; he describes himself as a "future Jeopardy! champion."

SPRINGFIELD - Edwardsville's boys swimming team won an IHSA sectional championship Saturday at Springfield. The Tigers qualified one swimmer, Porter LeVasseur in the 100 backstroke, to next weekend's state meet in Evanston, but scored 206 points to edge out Chatham Glenwood for the ream title; th...
BELLEVILLE – One of the natures of the IHSA Basketball Championship – boys or girls - is its' unpredictability. As in anything can happen at any time to anybody. Friday night's Class 4A Belleville East Regional final was just such a game. Top-seeded and top-ranked Edwardsville seeme...
CHAMPAIGN – Edwardsville's Noah Surtin will be wrestling for a state championship at the University of Illinois' State Farm Center Saturday night. Surtin, who wrestles at 113 pounds for the Tigers, reached the title bout in his weight class Friday at the 82nd IHSA Class 3A Wrestling Championship...
BELLEVILLE - Edwardsville's girls' basketball team is still undefeated but by just one point. The Tigers had to survive a late run by Belleville East to take a 41-40 win over the Lancers in Friday night's IHSA Class 4A Belleville East Regional final to advance to Monday's Champaign Centennial Sectional...
CHAMPAIGN – Action got under way Thursday in the 82 nd IHSA Wrestling Championship at the University of Illinois' State Farm Center in all three classes; a total of 11 wrestlers representing seven area schools began the quest to bring a state individual championship to their homes, with competition...
SEE VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH ALARIA TYUS BELOW: BETHALTO – The outcome of Thursday night's IHSA Class 3A Civic Memorial Regional final wasn't the easiest outcome to take for the Eagles. Especially seniors Alaria Tyus and Kaylee Eaton; both led CM with 11 points each in the game, which starte...
COLLINSVILLE – Edwardsville's Caleb Strohmeier was right where he needed to be in the dying seconds of their Tuesday night game against Collinsville at Fletcher Gym. The Tigers' Jack Marinko had the ball and drove to the basket; the ball came to Strohmeier, and all he had to do was bank it i...
BETHALTO – A quick start to a basketball game can certainly mean quite a bit for a team. East St. Louis' Flyers can attest to that. The Flyers stormed out of the gates against Civic Memorial in Thursday night's IHSA Class 3A CM Regional final, scoring the first 11 points of the game –...
EDWARDSVILLE – Michael Hoelting has played a key role the last four years for Edwardsville's boys soccer team. Hoelting, a goalkeeper, had an outstanding year for the Tigers in 2017, going 9-0-2 in goal with a goals-against average of 0.19 with 26 saves, nine shutouts (seven solo) and...
SEE COACH LORI BLADE INTERVIEW: BELLEVILLE - Edwardsville got out of the gates a bit slowly in their IHSA Class 4A Belleville East Regional semifinal game Wednesday night against Belleville West. Once the Tigers got going, though, stopping them was no easy chore as EHS advanced to...
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