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The 2020 Lady Iron varsity tennis team heads into Senior Night play with a team record of 7-1.

Lady Iron tennis ‘set’ for Senior Night success

September 17, 2020

The Lady Iron varsity tennis team heads into Senior Night confidently, with a 7-1 record, facing the Richwoods Knights today at home. The 4:30 p.m. match recognizes seniors Varsha Naraharasetty and Lexie Wells, who stress the importance of keeping a "good attitude during every situation," Meg Moser ('22) said. Placing sixth as a team at IHSA Sectionals...

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....

File Photo: Mr. Dave Feeney addresses the varsity basketball team during a  scrimmage in the 2018-19 season.

Feeney named Lady Iron basketball head coach

April 17, 2020

Mr. Dave Feeney has been named head girls varsity basketball coach during a virtual meeting of the board of education Wednesday night. The position was vacant after Mr. Marcus Mann stepped down after the 2019-20 season. In eight years as head coach, Mann amassed a record of 130-107. Athletic director Nic Kearfott led a group that interviewed a...

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

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

March 25, 2020

Editor's Note: According to the IHSA, "April 8 is the target date" for the resumption of spring sports. "However, there are state governmental, educational and health bodies that will need to approve this action... It is too early to say definitively that IHSA activities will resume on April 8." Neither Unit 5 nor the Illinois State Board of Education...

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.

Mr. Wes Temples confers with Mr. Bryan Thomas before his final game as head coach against Mt. Carmel High school on Nov. 14, 2017. Temples most successful season as a head coach came with an appearance in the State Quarterfinals in 2015.

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 ...

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...

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