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HS girls’ basketball: Gillespie and Staunton fall in sectional semifinals

  Brawner breaks single-season scoring record for GHS By JACKSON WILSON Enquirer Democrat Reporter Gillespie and Staunton fans ventured to Beardstown in hopes of seeing their girls’ basketball teams further a dream season while creating the ultimate Route 4 showdown that would take place with a sectional championship on the line. Those desires were denied…

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CHS girls’ basketball holds awards’ banquet

  On Feb. 22, the Carlinville High School girls’ basketball team celebrated another successful season at its annual awards’ banquet in the CHS cafeteria. Plaques were presented to the Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player at both of the varsity and junior varsity levels. A varsity athlete also received a Defensive Player award. This…

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Joel White joins Carlinville 10,000 Shot Club

  Joel White was recently named the latest honoree of the Carlinville Basketball 10,000 Shot Club. White, an eighth grader at Carlinville Middle School, was presented a plaque by Carlinville Boys Coach Dave Suits prior to a varsity home game against North Mac. The award is sponsored by the Carlinville Basketball Boosters. White received a…

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HS boys’ basketball: Southwestern and North Mac humble SCC frontrunner Litchfield

    Carlinville celebrates Senior Day; Gillespie beats Staunton By JACKSON WILSON Enquirer Democrat Reporter The North Mac and Southwestern boys’ basketball teams each picked up a big victory over South Central Conference frontrunner Litchfield during the final week of the regular season. Although the opposing Purple Panthers had already locked up a league championship,…

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HS girls’ basketball: Gillespie and Staunton bound for Beardstown sectional

    Mt. Olive earns playoff victory By JACKSON WILSON Enquirer Democrat Reporter At the start of the season, the Gillespie and Staunton high school girls’ basketball teams were both county contenders. In January, they were conference contenders. Now, they are postseason contenders in mid-February. For one Route 4 rival, sectionals are familiar territory. As…

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HS boys’ basketball: Carlinville hits 12 threes but North Mac hangs on

  Southwestern’s SCC title chances take major hit By JACKSON WILSON Enquirer Democrat Reporter Despite being without its top scorer in Dominic Alepra, the Carlinville Cavaliers gave the North Mac Panthers all they could handle in a tight game at the Big House Feb. 7. Carlinville connected on 12 of 15 three-point attempts but that…

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HS girls’ basketball: Staunton captures first SCC title

  Brawner returns, Gillespie wins Kevin Gray’s final home game By JACKSON WILSON Enquirer Democrat Reporter For the first time in school history, the Staunton Lady Bulldogs are the South Central Conference champions. After her team had missed out on a third consecutive county title, head coach Corrie Allan said that she and her girls…

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Darrin DeNeve coaches 500th game at Carlinville High School

  By JACKSON WILSON Enquirer Democrat Reporter On Feb. 5, Darrin DeNeve coached in his 832nd varsity basketball game and 500th as the Carlinville High School girls’ basketball coach. Prior to coming to CHS, DeNeve previously devoted 25 games as a high school boys’ assistant coach in Erie; 108 games as a high school boys’…

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HS boys’ basketball: Brantley scores 40, Southwestern beats EAWR

Smith leads Carlinville to victory at Staunton By JACKSON WILSON Enquirer Democrat Reporter Ian Brantley became the fourth player in Southwestern High School basketball history to score 40 points in a game and the Piasa Birds flew past East Alton Wood River, 77-61, last week. The 6’ 7” junior center put down 17 of 24…

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