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SPRINGFIELD – Hunters in Illinois harvested a statewide total of 803 wild turkeys during the 2023-2024 fall archery turkey season.

BLOOMINGTON – The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce a new official corporate partnership with SportsCom, making the Illinois-based company the official baseball coach to player electronic communication device of the IHSA.

SPRING VALLEY – Seneca proved too much for Mendota to handle as the Fighting Irish topped the Trojans, 67-42, in the semifinal-round of the Hall Class 2A Boys’ Regional Basketball Tournament on Feb. 21 at Spring Valley.

MENDOTA – The Northbrook Middle School seventh grade volleyball team won the Starved Rock Conference Tournament on Feb. 22.

MENDOTA – Thirteen straight wins, including two more to close the season, resulted in a 22-7 final record for the Mendota sophomore boys’ basketball team.

MENDOTA – Mendota struggled to score the basketball and Ottawa took advantage to post a 47-39 triumph over the Trojans in a non-conference varsity boys’ basketball game on Feb. 13 at the MHS gym.

SPRING VALLEY – Mendota burned up the nets on both ends of the floor and walloped Hall, 77-46, in the opening round of the Hall Class 2A Boys’ Regional Basketball Tournament on Feb. 19 at Spring Valley.

MENDOTA – Mark Cooper had a legendary career while playing basketball at Mendota High School in the mid-1980s. Now, Cooper can add a legendary coaching career to his resume.

MENDOTA – Thursday Feb. 15, 2024, will forever be a date remembered in Mendota.

SPRING VALLEY – The Mendota Trojans will participate in the Hall Class 2A Regional Boys’ Basketball Tournament to be played Feb. 19, 21, 23 in Spring Valley.

SYCAMORE - Mendota High School bowler Lauren Holland had her season come to a close at the Sycamore Sectional on Feb. 10.

MENDOTA – The Illinois Valley Volleyball Officials Association (IVVOA) is hosting an IHSA Level 1 and Level 2 Volleyball Officials Clinic from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 at Mendota High School, located at 2300 W. Main St.

One bad quarter has been the downfall of the Mendota Trojans in many of their losses this season.

NEWARK – The Mendota Lady Trojans closed out the regular season with a 60-27 loss at Newark on Feb. 8.

BYRON - The wrestling season came to an end for three Mendota High School grapplers after they competed in the Byron Class 1A Sectional on Feb. 9-10.

The Mendota sophomore boys’ basketball team is the Three Rivers Conference champion after rolling up four more victories to run its winning streak to 11.

WARRENSBURG – During the regular season, Holy Cross eighth grade boys’ basketball coach Luke Tillman knew he had a special team.

SPRING VALLEY – Mendota and Hall played three times during the regular season and the Lady Trojans lost all three by a combined 94 points.

SPRING VALLEY – The Mendota Lady Trojans will compete in the Hall Class 2A Girls’ Regional Basketball Tournament to be played Feb. 10, 13, 16.

Needing a win in the worst way, the Mendota Lady Trojans came through in their home finale as they rallied past Somonauk, 42-38, on Senior Night at the MHS gym Feb. 1.

It was a busy week for the Mendota varsity boys’ basketball team with it hitting the hardwood four times in five days.

SANDWICH – Three Mendota wrestlers extended their season by at least another week after the Trojans participated in the Sandwich Class 1A Regional Wrestling Tournament on Feb. 3.

Four wins by the Mendota sophomore boys’ basketball team, including three in the Three Rivers Conference, propelled the Trojans to first place in the league after the smoke cleared during a busy week on the hardwood.

STERLING - Mendota High School bowler Lauren Holland kept her season alive after she advanced out of the Sterling Girls’ Bowling Regional on Feb. 3.

EAST PEORIA – Coach Aaron Eddy knew he had a solid group of seventh graders on his Holy Cross boys’ basketball team.

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