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The official student news of Normal Community High School


The official student news of Normal Community High School


The official student news of Normal Community High School


Ben Kerber

Ben Kerber, Staff Writer

Ben Kerber is a senior at Normal Community High School and a member of the Ironmen football team. He is a staff writer in his first year working with the Inkspot.

My Favorite Film is “Cars.”

The farthest I've been from home is Hawaii.

On the weekend I hang out with friends.

I'd really like to meet Anthony Rizzo.



All content by Ben Kerber
The Ironmen won the Intercity title, going undefeated in the annual tournament to kickoff the 2023-24 season.
Intercity, head coach Mr. Dave Witzig said, is not an easy way to go into your season. You show up and theres 2000 fans. Its a good experience for our guys to handle it right off the bat.

Ironmen boys basketball clinch Intercity Championship in thrilling victory over West Wildcats

Zachary Knox-Doyle and Ben Kerber Nov 29, 2023

The Ironmen boys basketball team hoisted the Intercity trophy Monday night, finishing the annual tournament 4-0 after holding off the West Wildcats 57-54. The Intercity championship, head coach...

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The Ironmen won a third consecutive Regional title last season with a 61-45 win over the Yorkville Foxes. 
The team returns eight players from that roster in Braylon Roman, Jaheem Webber, Dexter Niekamp, Kobe Walker, Terrion Darnell, Mac Brennan, Marcus Russell and Owen Osborn.

Photo Courtesy of: Mr. Nic Kearfott

Towering talent, high expectations: 2023-24 Ironmen boys basketball roster ‘most talented team’ in nearly 3 decades [season preview]

The 2023-24 Ironmen boys basketball roster is the most talented team head coach Mr. Dave Witzig says he has coached in 29 seasons. And the Hall of Fame coach has seen some talent on his way to a 488-232...

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The Ironmens season came to an end with less than 10 seconds on the clock in a hard-fought 1-0 playoff loss. 
Photo Courtesy of: Brad Bovenkerk

Last-second shot propels Moline Maroons to 1-0 victory over Ironmen in Soccer Sectional semis

Lucas Drengwitz and Ben Kerber Oct 27, 2023

For nearly 100 minutes, the Ironmen and Moline Maroons were knotted at 0-0 in the 3A Soccer Sectional Semifinal’s match. Scoreless for 80 minutes of regulation, for the first 10-minute overtime period,...

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In honor of Croctober the Inkspot investigates the Croc fashion phenomenon. 
Promotional Image // Crocs Inc.

Sole searching: Exploring the Crocs craze

The Inkspot investigates the footwear frenzy
Inkspot Staff Oct 27, 2023

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Communitys boys cross country team has a chance to qualify for State as a team. The top six teams from each Sectional advance to the State meet. 
Despite strong Sectional competition, with a good race, the Iron can earn a 5th or 6th place finish.

Community cross country teams gear up for 3A Granite City Sectional after strong Regional performances

The boys and girls cross country teams will race in the 3A Granite City Sectional on Saturday, Oct. 28, after the boys took third in the Alton Regional on Oct. 21 and the girls finished fourth.  Last...

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Fall sports season updates

Fall sports season updates

Golf, soccer, volleyball, cross country... Check out the Inkspot's fall sports updates, the first coverage from some of the Inkspot's Journalism I students.
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Boys cross country takes first at Normal Community open, girls place 6th

Boys cross country takes first at Normal Community open, girls place 6th

Boys cross country takes top honors at season opener The boys cross country team took first in the Normal Community Co-Ed Open Sept. 1 at Maxwell Park, edging out Elmwood Brimfield 39-48.  Two Ironmen...

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