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Let, second serve: Iron Tennis warms up for new challenges

Let, second serve: Iron Tennis warms up for new challenges

March 25, 2020

Despite the core of last year’s boys tennis team graduating or otherwise not returning for the 2020 season, the Iron Tennis program remains determined to repeat their 2019 success.  In 2019, the program won the Big 12 Conference, an IHSA Class 2A Sectional, and qualified six entries to the State tournament.  “We’ve lost a lot of key players - we know that,” Muneeth Narra (‘20) said, “but we hope to compete just as strongly as we did last year because we have a great group of younger guys coming through,”  In years past, the focus of the season has been to improve on the one prior; but after such a successful ’19 campaign, this year’s goals center around not building, but maintaining those levels. Of last season’s varsity players, four will be coming back. Despite the turnover - which included three-year State finalist and captain Parker Honegger - the team retains key personnel from last year, who will be relied on to provide leadership throughout the season. 

Coach Short, Ironmen seniors offer opinions ahead of baseball season

Coach Short, Ironmen seniors offer opinions ahead of baseball season

March 25, 2020

After graduating 14 seniors, the Ironmen varsity baseball team began their 2020 season with clear goals and high hopes.  The goal isn’t “really about doing any better than last year,” Head Coach Ryan Short said, but “just trying to do as well as this group can.” Prior to the postponement of the season, Short was optimistic about the team’s potential, saying he  “think[s] this group can do really well.” After last year’s exit on a rainy day in the Regional Championship game against Moline, Short is determined to make it a step further this year, and he thinks the Ironmen are up for the challenge. On their journey to Regionals, Short hopes to win the Big 12 Conference since NCHS is currently half a point ahead of Peoria Notre Dame for the all-sports trophy. “We spring sports need to pull our weight,” Short said. Short believes that the key to the team pulling its weight and reaching its full potential is camaraderie and chemistry, something he doesn’t think will be an issue for this group, which will make it easier to focus on and achieve season success.

Wes to West: Former head football coach to take on Athletic Director duties for Wildcats

Wes to West: Former head football coach to take on Athletic Director duties for Wildcats

March 21, 2020

Former Ironmen head football coach and current physical education/driver's education teacher Mr. Wes Temples has been hired as the next athletic director of Normal West. Temples will be replacing Mr. Stan Lewis, who is retiring at the end of the school year.  Athletic director has been a goal on Temples' mind since he left coaching after a 10-1 season ...

When sports return, rule changes set the XFL up for success

When sports return, rule changes set the XFL up for success

March 21, 2020

Before COVID-19 indefinitely shut down professional and amateur sports alike, a bright spot emerged in the ordinarily dark time after the Super Bowl. The NFL season concluded on February 2 with the Kansas City Chiefs being crowned league champions. In years past, the days and months after the NFL playoffs were continually counted down by football...

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

Boys basketball: Regional champion Ironmen play West in Sectional Semis

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...

Boys basketball looks to snap playoff losing streak

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...

Plangger, White fail to advance in Three-Point Showdown

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

All Fantasy fantasy team

All Fantasy fantasy team

February 10, 2020

The dust has settled after a fierce fantasy football season. League champions have been crowned, bets have been lost, and pride has been squashed. The Chiefs 31-20 Super Bowl victory serves as a reminder that the new Fantasy Football season is a long six months away. In the meantime, here is a look back on the team that could have been. The Inkspot...

On Thin Ice

On Thin Ice

February 10, 2020

As the NHL All-Star game was played in St. Louis on January 25, hockey fans saw some of the most exciting storylines of the season. Or they could have - if anyone was watching. New York Islanders' young phenom Mat Barzal ended Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid's three year of the Edmonton Oilers' reign as the league's fastest skater; St. Louis native...

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