For nearly all of our 40 years together, my wife Martha and I have hosted a Fourth of July party for family, extended family, friends, acquaintances, cats, dogs and the occasional drifter.
Take a trip down memory lane with these 19 high school basketball photos from our archives!
Brady Foster's Mattoon teammate Kiefer Duncan finished sixth in the 152-pound weight class.
All three Mattoon wrestlers competing at the IWCOA state meet are ranked in the top 10 in their weight class.
The senior sprinter had medaled twice already on Thursday — a bronze medal in the 100 meters and a silver in the 4x200 relay — and he needed a little extra to finish off the 200, his fourth race of the day.
Effingham St. Anthony softball shut out Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond in the Class A state semifinal in Peoria on Wednesday.
See more photos from the semi final game in Peoria.
See photos from the 3A super sectional at Millikin University
The Charleston baseball team's postseason reached all the way to the Class 3A Super-sectional, but the Trojans fell two runs short in Monday's game against Springfield, losing 7-5 at Millikin in Decatur.
Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond softball defeated Ottawa Marquette on Monday to advance to the Class 1A State Tournament for the first time in program history.
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Mount Zion's Morgan Pilate took fifth place in the Class 2A long jump on Saturday at the IHSA State Girls Track & Field Meet in Charleston.
Mount Zion's Rhiannon Marshall placed fifth in the Class 2A high jump at the IHSA State Track & Field Meet on Friday. Check out her reaction when she jumps off the mat.
Charleston senior Megan Garrett enjoyed a friendly crowd and a homefield advantage running at Eastern Illinois' O'Brien Field on Friday as she medaled with a fifth-place finish in the 800 meters.
There are no longer any spectator limitations. All IHSA host venues, indoor and outdoor may host fans at 100% capacity.