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John Hough, Sports Writer

At 10:45 a.m. Thursday in the East Alton-Wood River High School performing arts center, Rebecca Null signed her letter of intent to play softball at Missouri Baptist University.“After playing 13 years of softball, I am excited to continue my career at Missouri Baptist University,” she said.Rebecca...
CARROLLTON - Life throws challenges at everyone all the time and the Carrollton boys basketball team has gotten several since the season ended last March.A season ago, when you looked at the roster and saw that there was one junior, Kyle Waters who didn’t see a whole lot of playing time and a handfu...
ALTON - Maybe it was the 7:30 p.m. home game. Maybe it was learning from a 3-23 season. Or maybe it was the fact that the Alton Lady Redbirds were done with practicing for so long.“The kids were tired of practicing, to be honest. They were ready to play and excited,” Alton head coach Tammy...
ALTON - It’s not very often a basketball team returns most of their production from a year ago. Marquette Catholic boys basketball head coach Steve Medford hasn’t ever had a luxury like this coming into his eighth season with the Explorers.“We got a lot of guys back, we played pretty...
TUSCOLA - With all the big pass plays and the late come from behind victories the Carrollton Hawks have pulled off this season, they always had an extra gear. Coming into the Class 1A quarterfinals, they needed to double, maybe triple that gear. Like Qui-Gon stated, “there’s always a bigger...
CARROLLTON - If you mention the name Tuscola around the vast WIVC area, then there’s a good chance negativity creeps into their minds, from a football perspective that is.Since 2000 the Warriors are 13-2 against WIVC opponents, and the two losses came to Calhoun last year and in 2008 to Triopia.The...
CARROLLTON - Alex Bowker’s football career flashed before his eyes.Madison’s Karl Moore caught a long pass at midfield and had daylight in front of him with Bowker being the Carrollton Hawks only hope of stopping him.“I thought oh crap I better get back,” Bowker said.The five-foot,...
CARROLLTON - Alex Bowker has had a knack for being in the right place at the right time so far in the playoffs.After the Camp Point Central Panthers drove 93 yards down the field and scored on a four-yard touchdown run by Chayse Williams with 35.9 seconds to play, they needed a two-point conversion t...
Camp Point Central at Carrollton IHSA Class 1A football playoff game will be broadcasted live on Riverbender.com. See link below:http://www.riverbender.com/video/live/details.cfm?id=953CARROLLTON - While Carrollton outlasted Madison, Central dispatched Calhoun 30-12. Fullback Noah Strohkirch rushed fo...
ALTON - Marquette Catholic has a new girls soccer head coach, and he is Brian Hoener.“I told the Marquette girls I would find them the best coach possible to continue the great tradition of girls’ soccer at our school and I did! Brian’s accomplishments are many, and he is devoted to...
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