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The 2020 Ironmen baseball team was set to feature three Division 1 players but will never see the field due to Covid-19 cancellations

Sun sets on potential-filled 2020 Ironmen baseball team

May 27, 2020

The outcome of the 2020 Ironmen baseball season will always remain an unanswered question at Normal Community. With a roster featuring three Division I commits, the team, filled with potential, had their shot at the state tournament, their entire season taken from them. This year's roster planned to make their mark defensively, starting with pitching....

Bob Borchears of Thrivent Financial and Althea Shonn, a nurse at Saint Joe's and mother of Normal Community student Alexandra Shonn ('19), volunteer at the Hyvee pick-up station. The crew also featured Raquel Simmons, a Unit 5 stay-at-home mom (not pictured).

Local businesses partner to distribute free lunches amidst closures

March 16, 2020

A number of local businesses have partnered to create “FeedBlonoKids”, distributing free lunches in an effort to feed local students that are out of school after COVID-19 cancellations. Gill Street Eatz, Healthy In A Hurry and Central Image Car Wraps make up the three primary sponsors, along with a number of other businesses, large and small ali...

A disappointed Ironmen bench watches the final minutes of the Sectional Semi-Finals loss to Normal West.

Boys basketball: Ironmen come up short in Sectional loss to West

March 11, 2020

The Ironmen defense was out of character in their Sectional Semi-Finals matchup versus Normal West, allowing 62 points in their season-ending loss to the Wildcats. Junior guard Nick Rediger’s career-high 18 points helped West beat the Ironmen 62-47 in Pekin, advancing to play Collinsville in the Sectional Championship.  Rediger did not play in either of the previo...

Ironmen Head Coach Dave Witzig gives instruction while facing West in the Intercity Tournament. NCHS won in a four overtime thriller.

Boys basketball: Regional champion Ironmen play West in Sectional Semis

March 10, 2020

The boys basketball team beat Yorkville 50-34 in the Regional Championship hosted by Pekin on Friday, March 6 to advance to the Sectional Semi-Finals. Senior guard Griffin McCluskey led all scorers with 18 as the Ironmen won their first Regional Championship since 2015. The focus now turns to the first game of Sectionals, as the Ironmen are set to...

Girls basketball: Creasey voted team MVP

March 4, 2020

Sophomore guard Karleigh Creasey was announced as the winner of team MVP voting at the Lady Iron basketball banquet on Tuesday, March 3. Voting for the MVP title was done by players on the varsity level leading up to the banquet. “It means a lot to me that I could make a big impact on my teammates and gain respect from them,” Creasey said.  Cr...

Boys basketball: Ironmen avoid upset, break playoff losing streak

Boys basketball: Ironmen avoid upset, break playoff losing streak

March 4, 2020

The boys basketball team was tested in their first postseason matchup, the Regional Semi-Final versus No. 8 seed Minooka, hosted by Bradley-Bourbonnais on Tuesday, March 3. Despite trailing by one point after the first quarter and at half time, the Ironmen prevailed and won 49-40.  Senior guard Griffin McCluskey scored 10 points, helping t...

The Ironmen settle in on defense versus Champaign Central. Tonight, the Ironmen look for their first playoff win in four years.

Boys basketball looks to snap playoff losing streak

March 3, 2020

The Ironmen boys basketball team plays Minooka tonight at 7 p.m. in the first round of their Regional, hosted by Bradley-Bourbonnais.  The Ironmen are clear favorites for tonight’s matchup as the No. 1 seed in the Regional, facing-off against the No. 8 seed. Minooka has amassed a 3-27 record this season and was riding a 13-game losing streak befor...

White shooting at the Sectional Round of the Three-Point Showdown, hosted by Pekin. White finished 7/15.

Plangger, White fail to advance in Three-Point Showdown

February 28, 2020

Regan White (‘20) and Olivia Plangger (‘21) were both eliminated from the IHSA Three-Point Showdown Thursday night after shooting at Pekin High School in the Sectional Round of the competition.  Plangger, who made 9/15 at the Regional shootout, scored five in Thursday night’s contest.  White shot 7/15, one short of the score needed to go int...

White loads a three-pointer in her senior night game versus Bradley-Bourbonnais

Plangger, White set for second round of three-point contest

February 27, 2020

Lady Iron basketball players Olivia Plangger (‘21) and Regan White (‘20) are set to compete in the Sectional Round of the IHSA Three-Point Showdown at Pekin High School Thursday, Feb. 27.  In the Regional contest, Plangger hit 9/15 threes to tie for first place, while White knocked down seven and tied for third as the top four shooters advance...

Madison Feeney ('21) sets up the offense for the Lady Iron

Lady Iron basketball: could young core lead to strong 2020-’21 season?

February 27, 2020

The Lady Iron basketball season came to an end Tuesday, Feb. 18, after falling 51-42 to crosstown rival Normal West. The varsity team lacked consistency on offense, and their effort on the defensive end was not enough to hold off Rosh Webb (17 points) and the Wildcats. NCHS was overpowered by the combination of Webb and Olivet Nazarene commit Olivia...

The Lady Iron varsity basketball team huddles before their annual Pink Game versus Normal West. The Wildcats won 45-26.

Postseason preview: Lady Iron are set to play Normal West, again

February 14, 2020

For the seventh time over the past two seasons, the Lady Iron varsity basketball team is set to play Normal West. For the second time, their seasons will be on the line. By chance, Community is the recipient of a home game, as they host the IHSA 4A Regional Semi-Final at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18.  The teams met four times last season, w...

Madison Feeney out; Mann looks to younger sister Sophie

Madison Feeney out; Mann looks to younger sister Sophie

February 7, 2020

The Lady Iron's Madison Feeney has been ruled out indefinitely due to sickness. Feeney was set to be out of the lineup Wednesday night in the Lady Iron’s game against Glenwood that was canceled due to in-climate weather. Feeney, who averages 5.6 points, is not yet considered to be out for the season, despite only two games remaining in the reg...

The wrestling team celebrated senior night Tuesday, Jan 28, with festivities before and after a meet versus Olympia.

Wrestling Senior Night [photo gallery]

January 30, 2020

The wrestling team celebrated senior night against Olympia on Tuesday, January 28.

Mallory Oloffson ('21) prepares to shoot a three during the third quarter of the Lady Iron's loss to Peoria Richwoods.

Mann ejected, Lady Iron struggle in loss

January 27, 2020

The Lady Iron basketball team struggled in a conference matchup versus Peoria Richwoods Thursday night, losing 51-33. Head Coach Marcus Mann was ejected in the loss, after leaving his bench to address an official on the other end of the court.  Tempers flared in the third quarter when junior forward Mallory Oloffson locked arms with Richwoods forwar...

Schneringer aided by NCHS athletic trainer and Coach Mann after injuring her knee versus Danville.

Schneringer out for season after ACL injury

December 28, 2019

In the offseason following Kylee Schneringer's sophomore season, the Lady Iron basketball’s guard/forward suffered an injury in which she both dislocated her shoulder and tore her labrum. After sitting out for six months, Schneringer returned to the court her junior year - appearing in 12 games. Only to dislocate her other shoulder. This second...

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