Sunday Conversation with Greg Purdum
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Sunday Conversation with Greg Purdum

Football has taken Louisiana (Mo.) High School football coach Greg Purdum all over the world. In his most recent travels, he helped coach the under-19 USA Football team in the 2016 International Federation of American Football World Championship in Harbin

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Prep notebook: Central boys enjoying turnaround after four-win season
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Prep notebook: Central boys enjoying turnaround after four-win season

The Central boys basketball team won just four games last season. An 83-39 victory over Southeastern on Tuesday night gave the Panthers their sixth this year. As an assistant with the team last season, first-year coach James Barnett saw what could make th

The sectional softball game that wouldn't end
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The sectional softball game that wouldn't end

CAMP POINT, Ill. At first, the start time and location of the Class 1A sectional softball championship game between Central and Hardin Calhoun was in doubt. Then the game seemed like it was never going to finish. Overnight rain made the softball field at

Postseason run brings back memories for former Panthers coach
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Postseason run brings back memories for former Panthers coach

MONROE CITY, Mo. Watching the Monroe City football team's postseason run to the Class 1 state championship game has brought a buzz to the town. It's also brought back memories for Dale Labuary, the coach of the last Monroe City team to win a state champio

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Beyond the Boxscore: Lewis twins real deal for Warrensburg-Latham

WARRENSBURG, Ill. -- As the Brown County football players and coaches watched game tape of the Warrensburg-Latham football team earlier this week, they quickly noticed the dynamic duo the Cardinals' quarterback and running back...

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Liberty's Obert gets redemption in state meet

PEORIA, Ill. -- Katelyn Obert had flashbacks of last year's Class 1A state cross country meet at Detweiller Park as she warmed up Saturday morning. It was a meet the Liberty cross country senior would like to forget. With about 300 meters...

Buford returns in second half, nearly sparks Scotland County to comeback
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Buford returns in second half, nearly sparks Scotland County to comeback

Buford left the game in the second quarter after taking a hit to his left knee while completing a 42-yard completion to Ryan Slaughter. Buford was slow to get up, limped to the sidelines and spent the remainder of the first half watching without his helme

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Beyond the Boxscore: Penalties erase two West Hancock touchdowns

WARSAW, Ill. -- The West Hancock football team was flagged for five penalties for 45 yards in Saturday's 16-14 victory over Fulton in the regular-season finale.

Two of those penalties erased touchdowns, which could have let the Titans breathe a little easier in the fourth quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, running back Riley Langford ripped a 29-yard touchdown run, only to have it wiped by a holding call. The score would have put West Hancock up by three scores.

In the third quarter, quarterback Bryce Buckert had his 4-yard score negated by another holding call. That would have put West Hancock ahead by two scores after Fulton scored late in the first half.

"They were the right calls," West Hancock coach Travis Cook said. "I saw both of them."

Cook wants to make sure the Titans know having two touchdowns erased in a playoff game could mean the season is over.

"You have to get that cleaned up," Cook said. "They're mental...

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Clark's penalty for celebrating fumble recovery jolts Hornets

MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- As Nolan Clark got up from under the pile after recovering a fumble in the fourth quarter, he knew he needed to celebrate.

So the Brown County senior defensive lineman did the first thing that came to his mind -- spike the football.

That was followed by three referees throwing their flags into the air, and they penalized Clark for unsportsmanlike conduct. Regardless, the Brown County coaching staff and Clark's teammates were ecstatic for Clark's recovery.

"I think if the coaches responded differently to him and maybe chewed him for it, but we knew he just didn't know," Brown County coach Tom Little said. "He's not used to having the football in his hands. The emotions got the best of him, and he just didn't know."

Clark's fumble recovery paid off in a big way.

On the very next snap, Brown County running back Devin Tynan burst down the right sideline in front of the Hornets' sideline on the way to a 59-yard touchdown...