October 27, 2019

SJO, Monticello return to 3A playoff list, Beardstown and Princeton are top seeds

Special 2018 State Champion Art for the Monticello Sages
The Sages of Monticello, last year's Class 3A state champions, and St. Joseph-Ogden earned spots in the southern half of this year's IHSA football playoff bracket. The two programs make up a five-team contingent from the Illini Prairie Conference that have shots at a 2019 state football title.

The Spartans, who fell on the road to the Sages two nights ago in their conference finale by way of a 35-6 decision, make their second consecutive appearance in the Skinner era on the heels of a 5-4 regular season finish. SJO will travel to Williamsville on Saturday to face the Bullets at 1pm.

It will be the second meeting in playoff history between the two programs. SJO currently owns the series 1-0.

At 6-3, Monticello's win on Friday secured the program's fourth place conference finish behind Illinois Valley Central, Unity and Prairie Central. The Sages also will hit the road, travel to DuQuoin to face the 8-1 Indians.

Beardstown (9-0) and Princeton (8-1) are the top two seeds in this year's Class 3A football playoff bracket.

Here is a look at the first round matchups that will be played this weekend. Official kickoff times will be released sometime late Monday afternoon.

Game 1 — #16 Poplar Grove (North Boone) (5-4) at #1 Princeton (8-1), TBA
Game 2 — #9 Spring Valley (Hall) (6-3) at #8 Peotone (6-3), TBA
Game 3 — #13 Seneca (5-4) at #4 Farmington (7-2), TBA
Game 4 — #12 Chicago (Carver) (6-2) at #5 Paxton (P.-Buckley-Loda) (7-2), TBA

Game 5 — #15 Rock Island (Alleman) (5-4) at #2 Byron (8-1), TBA
Game 6 — #10 Chicago (Harlan) (6-2) at #7 Durand [Du-Pec Coop] (6-3), TBA
Game 7 — #14 Lisle (Sr.) (5-4) at #3 Wilmington (8-1), TBA
Game 8 — #11 Chicago (Dunbar) (6-2) at #6 Eureka (7-2), TBA

Game 9 — #16 Newton (5-4) at #1 Beardstown (9-0), TBA
Game 10 — #9 Quincy (Notre Dame) (6-3) at #8 Greenville (7-2), TBA
Game 11 — #13 Alton (Marquette) (5-4) at #4 Fairfield (9-0), TBA
Game 12 — #12 West Frankfort (Frankfort) (6-3) at #5 Breese (Mater Dei) (8-1), TBA

Game 13 — #15 St. Joseph-Ogden (5-4) at #2 Williamsville (9-0), 1 pm
Game 14 — #10 Monticello (6-3) at #7 DuQuoin (H.S.) (8-1), TBA
Game 15 — #14 Virden (North Mac) (5-4) at #3 Vandalia (9-0), TBA
Game 16 — #11 Carlinville (6-3) at #6 Mt. Carmel (8-1), TBA


Class 4A IHSA football pairings are set, Unity Rockets earn #4 seed

The 32 teams and brackets are set for Illinois High School Association 2019 postseason for Class 4A. Locally, Scott Hamilton's Rockets in Tolono are the largest school in Champaign County to advance in this year's playoffs. Entering the postseason with one loss, Unity earned a first round home game on their new turf at Hicks Field against former Okaw Valley rival Clinton. Kickoff is slated for 2pm on Saturday.

Unity's Jared Routh blocks St. Joseph-Ogden's Payton Cain during their regular season Illini Prairie Conference game back in September. After dropping their opener to Illinois Valley Central, the Rockets put together eight consecutive victories to earn the #4 seed in their first ever Class 4A appearance. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Here is a look at the other Class 4A pairings and locations for this weekend. Official times for the games below will be available late Monday afternoon.

Game 1 — #16 Chicago (Phoenix) (3-4) at #1 Coal City (9-0), TBA
Game 2 — #9 Chicago (Agricultural Science) (6-2) at #8 Kewanee (H.S.) (6-3), TBA
Game 3 — #13 Chicago (Clark) (5-3) at #4 Wheaton (St. Francis) (8-1), TBA
Game 4 — #12 North Chicago (5-4) at #5 Genoa (G.-Kingston) (8-1), TBA

Game 5 — #15 Chicago (Urban Prep/Bronzeville) (4-5) at #2 Richmond (R.-Burton) (9-0), TBA
Game 6 — #10 Manteno (5-4) at #7 Marengo (7-2), TBA
Game 7 — #14 Chicago (Sullivan) (5-3) at #3 Elmhurst (IC Catholic) (8-1), TBA
Game 8 — #11 Dixon (H.S.) (5-4) at #6 Stillman Valley (8-1), TBA

Game 9 — #16 Taylorville (5-4) at #1 Chillicothe (Illinois Valley Central) (9-0), TBA
Game 10 — #9 Murphysboro [Coop] (7-2) at #8 Bethalto (Civic Memorial) (7-2), TBA
Game 11 — #13 Clinton (6-3) at #4 Tolono (Unity) (8-1), 2 pm
Game 12 — #12 Kankakee (McNamara) (6-3) at #5 Paris (8-1), TBA

Game 13 — #15 Roxana (5-4) at #2 Columbia (9-0), TBA
Game 14 — #10 Fairbury (Prairie Central) (7-2) at #7 Olney (Richland County) (7-2), TBA
Game 15 — #14 Breese (Central) (5-4) at #3 Effingham (H.S.) (8-1), TBA
Game 16 — #11 Salem (7-2) at #6 Benton (8-1), TBA


5A football pairings are out, Sterling and Mt. Zion earn top seeds

The 32-team bracket is set for this year's Illinois High School Association Class 5A football championships. Sterling and Mt. Zion, both with undefeated regular season records, are the division's top two seeds. Boylan Catholic, also 9-0 in regular season play, and Rochester (8-1) are the #2 seeds in this year's postseason standings.

Here is a look at the pairings and locations of the upcoming contests this weekend. Official times will be available late Monday afternoon.

Game 1 — #16 Chicago Heights (Marian) (5-4) at #1 Sterling (H.S.) (9-0), TBA
Game 2 — #9 Glen Ellyn (Glenbard South) (6-3) at #8 Chicago (St. Rita) (6-3), TBA
Game 3 — #13 Burbank (St. Laurence) (5-4) at #4 Country Club Hills (Hillcrest) (8-1), TBA
Game 4 — #12 Oak Park (Fenwick) (5-4) vs. #5 Chicago (Payton) (8-0) at TBA, TBA

Game 5 — #15 Chicago (Hyde Park) (5-3) at #2 Rockford (Boylan Catholic) (9-0), TBA
Game 6 — #10 Aurora (Marmion Academy) (6-3) vs. #7 Chicago (Amundsen) (7-1) at TBA, TBA
Game 7 — #14 Evergreen Park (5-4) at #3 Sycamore (H.S.) (8-1), TBA
Game 8 — #11 Elmwood Park (6-3) at #6 Lombard (Montini) (7-2), TBA

Game 9 — #16 Decatur (MacArthur) (5-4) at #1 Mt. Zion (9-0), TBA
Game 10 — #9 Joliet (Catholic Academy) (6-3) at #8 Morton (7-2), TBA
Game 11 — #13 Peoria (Notre Dame) (6-3) at #4 Kankakee (Sr.) (8-1), TBA
Game 12 — #12 Mascoutah (6-3) at #5 Carbondale (H.S.) (8-1), TBA

Game 13 — #15 LaSalle (L.-Peru) (5-4) at #2 Rochester (8-1), TBA
Game 14 — #10 Highland (6-3) at #7 Cahokia (H.S.) (7-2), TBA
Game 15 — #14 Troy (Triad) (6-3) at #3 Marion (H.S.) (8-1), TBA
Game 16 — #11 Springfield (Sacred Heart-Griffin) (6-3) at #6 Morris (7-2), TBA


Prairie Ridge, East St. Louis earn #1 seeds, Class 6A IHSA pairings set for this weekend

The bracket for Class 6A is set with the top 32 teams in the division for this year's IHSA state championship football series. Here is a look at the pairings and locations of the upcoming contests for this weekend. Official kickoff times will be available late Monday afternoon.

Game 1 — #16 Grayslake (North) (5-4) at #1 Crystal Lake (Prairie Ridge) (8-1), TBA
Game 2 — #9 Lake Villa (Lakes) (6-3) vs. #8 Chicago (Simeon) (6-1) at TBA, TBA
Game 3 — #13 Chicago (St. Ignatius) (5-4) at #4 Cary (C.-Grove) (7-2), TBA
Game 4 — #12 Chicago (Mather) (6-2) at #5 Antioch (7-2), TBA

Game 5 — #15 Crystal Lake (South) (5-4) at #2 Deerfield (H.S.) (7-2), TBA
Game 6 — #10 Riverside (R.-Brookfield) (6-3) vs. #7 Chicago (Kenwood) (7-1) at TBA, TBA
Game 7 — #14 Lake Forest (H.S.) (5-4) at #3 Belvidere (North) (7-2), TBA
Game 8 — #11 Crystal Lake (Central) (6-3) at #6 Maple Park (Kaneland) (7-2), TBA

Game 9 — #16 Chicago (Morgan Park) (5-3) at #1 East St. Louis (Sr.) (9-0), TBA
Game 10 — #9 Rock Island (H.S.) (7-2) at #8 Dunlap (7-2), TBA
Game 11 — #13 Washington (6-3) at #4 Oak Lawn (Richards) (8-1), TBA
Game 12 — #12 Palos Heights (Shepard) (6-3) at #5 Peoria (H.S.) (8-1), TBA

Game 13 — #15 Danville (H.S.) (6-3) at #2 Chatham (Glenwood) (9-0), TBA
Game 14 — #10 Springfield (H.S.) (7-2) at #7 Lemont (H.S.) (7-2), TBA
Game 15 — #14 Midlothian (Bremen) (6-3) at #3 Crete (C.-Monee) (9-0), TBA
Game 16 — #11 New Lenox (Providence Catholic) (6-3) at #6 Normal (Community West) (7-2), TBA


Class 7A football pairings set, Mt. Carmel and Nazareth earn top two seeds

Mt. Carmel earned the number one seed for this year's Class 7A football postseason. The Caravan and 31 team kickoff their title run starting Friday for this year's Illinois High School Association football championship series. Here is a look at the pairings and locations of the upcoming first round contests this weekend. Official start times will be available late Monday afternoon.

Game 1 — #32 Blue Island (Eisenhower) (5-4) at #1 Chicago (Mt. Carmel) (9-0), TBA
Game 2 — #17 Lisle (Benet Academy) (6-3) at #16 Carol Stream (Glenbard North) (6-3), TBA
Game 3 — #25 New Lenox (Lincoln-Way West) (5-4) vs. #8 Chicago (Phillips) (7-1) at TBA, TBA
Game 4 — #24 Burbank (Reavis) (6-3) at #9 Normal (Community) (7-2), TBA

Game 5 — #29 Rockford (Auburn) (5-4) at #4 Arlington Heights (Hersey) (8-1), TBA
Game 6 — #20 Lake Zurich (6-3) at #13 Tinley Park (Andrew) (7-2), TBA
Game 7 — #28 Moline (H.S.) (5-4) at #5 Villa Park (Willowbrook) (8-1), TBA
Game 8 — #21 Lansing (Thornton Fractional South) (6-3) at #12 Yorkville (H.S.) (7-2), TBA

Game 9 — #31 Libertyville (5-4) at #2 LaGrange Park (Nazareth Academy) (9-0), TBA
Game 10 — #18 Pekin (6-3) at #15 Harvey (Thornton) (7-2), TBA
Game 11 — #26 South Holland (Thornwood) (5-4) at #7 Batavia (7-2), TBA
Game 12 — #23 Fox Lake (Grant) (6-3) at #10 Rockton (Hononegah) (7-2), TBA

Game 13 — #30 Chicago (Lincoln Park) (5-3) at #3 Rolling Meadows (9-0), TBA
Game 14 — #19 DeKalb (6-3) at #14 Mt. Prospect (Prospect) (7-2), TBA
Game 15 — #27 Downers Grove (North) (5-4) at #6 Des Plaines (Maine West) (8-1), TBA
Game 16 — #22 Wheaton (W. Warrenville South) (6-3) at #11 Machesney Park (Harlem) (7-2), TBA


Class 8A football bracket is set, Minooka and Linclon-Way East are top pair

The bracket for this season's Class 8A football championship is set with the top 32 teams in the state's largest school division. Here is a look at the pairings and locations of the first round contests this upcoming weekend. Official times will be available late Monday afternoon after coaches and athletic directors solidify start times.

Game 1 — #32 Joliet (West) (4-5) at #1 Minooka (9-0), TBA
Game 2 — #17 St. Charles (East) (7-2) at #16 Edwardsville (H.S.) (7-2), TBA
Game 3 — #25 Oswego (East) (5-4) at #8 South Elgin (8-1), TBA
Game 4 — #24 Chicago (Brother Rice) (5-4) at #9 Bartlett (8-1), TBA

Game 5 — #29 Plainfield (East) (5-4) at #4 Gurnee (Warren) (9-0), TBA
Game 6 — #20 Plainfield (North) (6-3) at #13 Palatine (Fremd) (7-2), TBA
Game 7 — #28 Elgin (H.S.) (5-4) at #5 Oswego (H.S.) (8-1), TBA
Game 8 — #21 Bolingbrook (6-3) at #12 Hinsdale (Central) (8-1), TBA

Game 9 — #31 Downers Grove (South) (5-4) at #2 Glen Ellyn (Glenbard West) (9-0), TBA
Game 10 — #18 Wilmette (Loyola Academy) (6-3) at #15 Park Ridge (Maine South) (7-2), TBA
Game 11 — #26 Chicago (Taft) (5-3) at #7 Huntley (8-1), TBA
Game 12 — #23 Chicago (Marist) (5-4) at #10 Lombard (Glenbard East) (8-1), TBA

Game 13 — #30 Plainfield (South) (5-4) at #3 Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East) (9-0), TBA
Game 14 — #19 Barrington (6-3) at #14 Niles (Notre Dame) (7-2), TBA
Game 15 — #27 Chicago (Curie) (5-3) at #6 Flossmoor (Homewood-F.) (8-1), TBA
Game 16 — #22 Hoffman Estates (Conant) (6-3) at #11 Naperville (Neuqua Valley) (8-1), TBA


October 22, 2019

More than 6,000 pounds of meat recalled

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a statement that more than six thousand pounds of ready-to-eat pork sausage and turkey patty products produced in George's Prepared Foods' Caryville, Tennessee facility is subject to recall after a small quantity tested positive for Salmonella.

Salmonella symptoms usually start 12 to 72 hours after the contaminate food has been eaten. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. While most people recover in four to seven days without treatment, death may occur with older people, infants, or those with compromised immune systems.

As of today there has not been any reported illness attributed to the listed products. George's issued a statement on their website confirming the recall.

The contaminated product packaged under the Great Value brand name may have been distributed to Walmart Stores after their third-party cold storage facility inadvertently shipped the meat products.

If you purchased these items you are urged not to eat them and return it to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange, or thrown away immediately.

"FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers' refrigerators or freezers or both," the agency announced in Friday'statement. "Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase." Here are the packaged goods recalled :

Product Name: Great Value Original Breakfast Turkey Patties 24.92oz
UPC: 0007874212373 Best If used By Date: 10/24/2019 EST Number: 2260T

Product Name: Great Value Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Patties 35.6oz
UPC: 0007874203062 Best If used By Date: 11/05/19 EST Number: 2260T

Product Name: Great Value Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Patties 35.6oz
UPC: 0007874203062 Best If used By Date: 11/03/19 EST Number: 2260T

Product Name: Great Value Original Pork Sausage Patties 24.9oz
UPC: 0007874202095 Best If used By Date: 10/16/19 EST Number: 2260T




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