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Girls basketball face East Moline United Township in Sectional Semis

Inkspot Staff
Feb 20, 2024

The Ironmen girls basketball team face the East Moline United Township Panthers (26-5) in the Sectional Semifinals at Normal West at 6 p.m. Feb. 20.  Community knocked off the Panthers earlier this season with 75-49 victory on Dec. 21. In that contest, North Caroline State commit Loerna Awou led...

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The Up-Beat – Ep. 2 – Lumber, leprechauns and the lottery

The Up-Beat – Ep. 2 – Lumber, leprechauns and the lottery

Welcome to "The Up-Beat," where each week a group of Inkspot reporters take a break from breaking news to share what's been making them smile this week. Abigail Ziemer, Brayden Blackwell, Anysia Russell and Lucas Drengwitz share what is making them happy this week.  

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Boys basketball Regionals preview: Top-seeded Ironmen face Minooka; Wildcats take on Rock Island

Boys basketball Regionals preview: Top-seeded Ironmen face Minooka; Wildcats take on Rock Island

Jeffery Woodard, Senior Staff Reporter
Feb 20, 2024

The top-seeded Ironmen boys basketball team (26-5) aims for a fourth consecutive Regional title when they host eight-seed Minooka on Wed. Feb 21. The Indians’ 12-19 record might be misleading; after opening the season 3-13, the Indians have gone nine and six down the stretch under first-year head...

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Giana Rawlings continued to pad the schools three-point record on Thursday night, hitting three more shots from range in the Irons Regional title win. 
Photo Courtesty: Mr. Jeff Christopherson

3-point barrage propels girls basketball team to 3rd straight Regional Title, dominating Dragons 57-30

Iron to face winner of Rock Island/ East Moline contest in Sectional Semifinals
Inkspot Staff
Feb 16, 2024

The Ironmen girls basketball team secured their third consecutive Regional title on Thursday with a resounding 57-30 victory over Pekin, slaying the Dragons on their home court.  While Giana Rawlings wasn’t in the lineup for Community’s Regional Semis win on Feb. 14, the school’s all-time three-point...

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East gym lighting overhaul improves visibility, energy efficiency

East gym lighting overhaul improves visibility, energy efficiency

Inkspot Staff
Feb 15, 2024

District maintenance staff began replacing the east gym’s lighting in late January, completing the process in early February. The fluorescent lights were replaced with LEDs, improving visibility and energy efficiency.  Discussions of a lighting upgrade, Community’s Athletic Director Mr. Nic Kearfott...

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Girls flag football,  first introduced by the Chicago Public League schools, is  now an IHSA-sanctioned sport.
 What began as an inaugural league in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Bears has now expanded to over 100 participating teams and IHSA sanctioning, an announcement the IHSA made in partnership with the Chicago Bears from Halas Hall. 
The CPL conducted a postseason tourney in 2021 before the Chicago Bears joined the partnership, hosting a state championship event at Halas Hall in 2022 and 2023

IHSA announces inaugural Girls Flag Football State Series

Inkspot Staff
Feb 15, 2024

The Illinois High School Association announced the introduction of a Girls Flag Football State Series, with the inaugural postseason set to kick off in the fall of 2024. In a press release, President of the IHSA Board of Directors Dan Tully expressed excitement about the addition of Girls Flag Football...

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Digital Illustration // Mr. Brad Bovenkerk

Ironmen trio returns to IHSA 3A State Wrestling Championship looking to improve on last season’s results

Inkspot Staff and Brayden Blackwell
Feb 15, 2024

Three members of the boys wrestling team return to the IHSA 3A State Wrestling competition in Champaign on Feb. 15, looking to build on last season's results, after earning top-three finishes in last weekend’s Quincy Sectional. Cooper Caraway will make his third consecutive appearance at the State...

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Rawlings set Communitys school three-point record earlier this month, a record previously established by Summer Stoewer in 2018 at 219.
Tyler Siebring, a 2015 graduate, holds the boys program record with 166 threes.
Photo Courtesy: Mr. Jeff Christopherson

Girls basketball chases history amidst record-setting season

Rawlings, Corson hit major milestones ahead of postseason play
Bella Green, Staff Writer
Feb 14, 2024

Last season, the girls basketball team set a program win record, going 31-4 record. Now, the Iron have the opportunity to make history again, adding to the class of 2024’s already impressive list of accomplishments. After knocking off Normal West in the Pekin Regional Semi-Final contest on...

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Writing music and inspiring people is my passion, its what I love to do, Benson Boone said in October 2023. 
Two years ago, the TikTok star turned American Idol drop out wasnt so sure.
Photo Courtesy: WB Music

Benson Boone: ‘American Idol’ exit to excellent EP ‘PULSE’ [review]

Inkspot Staff
Feb 14, 2024

It was Valentine’s Day 2021 when Katy Perry fell in love with Benson Boone during the 18-year-old’s audition for the nineteenth season of “American Idol.” Boone would punch his ticket to Hollywood, with judge Perry predicting to the up-coming singer, “I see you winning American Idol if...

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Top 5 Disney sidekicks

Top 5 Disney sidekicks

Brantley Dumas II, Senior Staff Reporter
Feb 13, 2024

Everyone needs someone to help them navigate life’s trials and tribulations: a trusty companion, a sidekick, a wingman… Think of them as the unsung heroes behind the scenes, offering sage advice, comic relief or simply a shoulder to lean on when times get tough.  Batman has Robin. Spongebob has...

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Olivia Corson led Community in scoring in the regional win over Normal West. Six of Corsons 14 points came in the first quarter, helping establish the Irons lead.

Photo Courtesty of: Mr. Jeff Christopherson

Ironmen girls basketball dominant against Normal West, Eye third straight Regional title

Inkspot Staff
Feb 13, 2024

The Ironmen have their sights set on a third consecutive Regional title after knocking off Normal West 49-26 on Feb. 12, improving to 29-3 on the season. While Community and West traded leads for the first five minutes of play, the Iron began to pull away after Olivia Corson banked a layup of the backboard...

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Nike Newsome led the Ironmen in scoring with 10 points, his final three points gave Community the lead and the win. 

Photo Courtesty of: Mr. Jeff Christopherson

Ironmen boys basketball rallies to upset Moline Maroons 31-29 in nail-biter

Inkspot Staff
Feb 13, 2024

The Ironmen came away with a 31-29 win over defending 4A State Champions, the Moline Maroons, battling back from a nine-point first-half deficit. Community (25-5) and Moline (23-6) posted season-low scores in what was, at times, a slow to no-tempo game. The Ironmen trailed 8-5 at the end of the...

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The Up-Beat – Ep. 1 – Spotify discoveries, a daily dose of Dr. Zbrozek, Pizza Olympics & bowling balls

The Up-Beat – Ep. 1 – Spotify discoveries, a daily dose of Dr. Zbrozek, Pizza Olympics & bowling balls

Welcome to "The Up-Beat," where each week a group of Inkspot reporters take a break from breaking news to share what's been making them smile this week. B.J. Dumas, Lyra Townsend, Terrion Darnell and Bayli Ferris share what is making them happy this week.  

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The Ironmen and Maroons are tied at 2-2 the last two seasons. Community swept the season series against Moline in 2022, eliminating the Maroons from the postseason. 
Last season, the Maroons repaid the favor, ending the Ironmens season. 
// Digital Illustration

Ironmen seek redemption against reigning 4A boys basketball champs Moline Maroons

Jeffery Woodard, Senior Staff Reporter
Feb 9, 2024

The Ironmen boys basketball team (24-5) hosts defending 4A champions the Moline Maroons Community’s final regular season home game, tipping off Saturday at 3 p.m. in a potential postseason preview. The Moline matchup has morphed into a rivalry in recent years, Iron assistant coach Mr. Matt Schweinberg...

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Community fell to defending 3A champions Metamora Saturday, Feb. 3 in the finale of the Midwest Crossroads Shootout at Normal West. The contest was back-and-forth until midway through the 3rd quarter when the Cardinals pulled away. 

// Photo Illustration

Beyond the box score: 5 things we learned from boys basketball’s loss to Metamora

Zachary Knox-Doyle, Senior Staff Reporter
Feb 9, 2024

A nine-point scoring differential–in football, that’s a two-score game; in baseball, it’s a team hitting the cover of the ball; and in hockey and soccer, a rather rare feat.   In the realm of high school basketball, where every possession counts and every point can tilt the scale, a box score...

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