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 By Drake Skleba    Sports 

Historic season comes to a close for Minooka

On a cold Saturday evening in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood of Chicago, the historic 2019 football campaign of the Minooka Indians came to an end. After winning a school-record 11 consecutive games to open up the season, the... — Updated 11/18/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports 

Big second half leads Minooka to win over Edwardsville in Class 8A playoffs

After watching Edwardsville (8-3) score the last 10 points of the first half, the host Minooka went to its halftime locker room trailing the Tigers 17-14. That was all the scoring... — Updated 11/13/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Defending Class 5A State Champion Hilltoppers start fast - hand Mt. Zion first loss of season

In their IHSA Class 5A second-round playoff game with undefeated Mt. Zion on Saturday, the defending Class 5A State Champions from Joliet Catholic Academy got off to a quick start. The Hilltoppers opened up a 27-0 lead at the half... — Updated 11/10/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Unbeaten Indians second-half avalanche buries Edwardsville

After watching Edwardsville (8-3) score the last 10 points of the first half, the host Minooka went to its halftime locker room trailing the Tigers 17-14. That was all the scoring Edwardsville got in Saturday's Class 8A... — Updated 11/10/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Joliet Catholic Academy opens 2019 playoffs with commanding win

For the second consecutive year, Joliet Catholic Academy travelled to the Peoria suburbs for its IHSA Class 5A first-round football game. In 2018, the road to Champaign began for... — Updated 11/6/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Minooka, Downers Grove North win playoff openers

Friday night's IHSA Class 8A First-Round game between Minooka and Joliet West was also a de facto Southwest Prairie Conference Championship Game as the SPC East champion Tigers... — Updated 11/2/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Thirteen area school's playoff-bound

SOUTHWEST PRAIRIE WEST Minooka 28 Oswego 21 The Indians (9-0, 5-0) rallied past Oswego (8-1,4-1), to win the SPC West. The 2019 Indians are the first team in Minooka football history to finish a perfect 9-0 for the regular season.... — Updated 10/26/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Lehr, undefeated Indians drive past Oswego for SPC West title

In the state's top game of Week 9, the Associated Press' Class 8A No. 6 Minooka (9-0, 5-0) traveled to No.8 Oswego (8-1, 4-1), on a picture-perfect fall evening. The Southwest Prairie West championship game was also a battle for... — Updated 10/26/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Minooka looks to end Oswego's SPC run

Over the last eight-plus Southwest Prairie Conference seasons, Oswego High School has won eight consecutive SPC football championships. In that time period, the Panthers have amassed a 66-2 SPC record. The only Panther SPC losses... — Updated 10/24/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

H-F holds off Bolingbrook in Class 8A Top Ten match-up

The host Vikings from Homewood-Flossmoor entered Friday night’s Southwest Suburban Blue showdown ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Class 8A state football rankings. The Vikings entered the game with a 6-1 overall record and a... — Updated 10/19/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

WEEK 8 RECAP: Minooka sets up game of undefeated teams with win

SPC WEST Minooka 27 West Aurora 13 Minooka improved to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the Southwest Prairie West with the senior night victory over West Aurora (2-6, 0-4). Oswego (8-0, 4-0) ran past Yorkville 28-20, setting up an SPC West... — Updated 10/19/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Maine South beats Glenbrook North, earns fifth win to become playoff eligible

After dominating the Central Suburban League's North Division for years, Glenbrook North was reassigned to the CSL South for 2019. On Friday night, the Spartans hosted Maine South o... — Updated 10/16/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Benet Academy falls to Loyola in the first of three season-ending games against tough opponents

Closing out the 2019 regular season, with Loyola, at St. Rita on October 18th and at home against the defending Class 7A State Champions from Nazareth, Saturday, was the first of th... — Updated 10/16/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

WEEK 7 RECAP: Indians stay unbeaten and improve to 7-0

It was Homecoming 2019 at Minooka High School Friday night as the Indians welcomed undefeated and state-ranked Yorkville. After 48 minutes, the Foxes were no longer undefeated. Improving to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Southwest Prai... — Updated 10/12/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Hawks start slow, bury Glenbrook North for fifth consecutive victory

After dominating the Central Suburban League’s North Division for years, Glenbrook North was reassigned to the CSL South for 2019. On Friday night, the Spartans hosted Maine South on a cold Friday night in Northbrook. Welcome to... — Updated 10/12/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Minooka defeats Plainfield North to move to 6-0 on the season

Entering Friday night's crucial Southwest Prairie West match-up, Minooka was ranked No. 7, in the Associated Press Class 8A state rankings, while Plainfield North, were looking to... — Updated 10/9/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Plainfield North falls to second unbeaten team in a row as Minooka upsets Tiger homecoming

Entering Friday night's crucial Southwest Prairie West match-up, Minooka was ranked No. 7, in the Associated Press Class 8A state rankings, while Plainfield North, were looking to... — Updated 10/9/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Minooka wins annual battle with Plainfield South in week two matchup of SPC schools

On a cool, Friday September night, the Minooka and host Plainfield South met for the 18th edition of the annual "Battle for the Ridge" Rivalry. Separated by just 10 miles of Ridge... — Updated 10/2/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

East battles, falls to Minooka

In 2013 and 2014, under head coach Mike Romeli, the Bengals of Plainfield East High School made consecutive trips to the IHSA Class 7A playoffs. Since that 2014 Class 7A Playoff loss to St. Rita, the Bengals have won just 10... — Updated 10/2/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Bolingbrook falls short to powerhouse Lincoln Way East

Entering Friday night's Southwest Suburban Conference Blue opener, on the new black turf at Bolingbrook High School, the host Raiders, entered the game ranked No. 6 in the... — Updated 10/2/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Minooka moves to 5-0 on the season, faces Plainfield North next week

Friday night at Oswego East, two undefeated and state-ranked football teams, were scheduled to meet, in a crucial Southwest Prairie Conference West Division opener. Mother Nature, a... — Updated 10/2/2019

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

North rally falls short in loss to Oswego, Minooka next

With 36 seconds remaining in Saturday afternoon's Southwest Prairie Conference West Division opener, Plainfield North senior quarterback, Adam Smith (8-for-13, 78 yards), connected... — Updated 10/2/2019

 

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