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Baker wins 3 medals at Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey

Blake Baker has won many awards during his Special Olympics athletic career. But, none will top what he accomplished last week in New Jersey.

Baker, representing Team Illinois, was one of the more highly decorated athletes at the Special Olympics USA gathering of 3,500 athletes. He won three medals - one bronze and two silver - in bowling at the Games.

Of the seven days he spent in New Jersey, four were spent at the spacious 82-lane Brunswick Zone Carolie, which hosted the 2012 Men’s U.S. Open on the PBA Tour.

Don't forget! Aces golf outing is Friday

The Booster Club golf outing is tomorrow!
The fundraiser begins with lunch at noon Friday at the Shelter House. Golf begins at 1 p.m.
The tourney is a four-person scramble with handicap (men and women will play together).
The cost is $50 per person, or $200 per team. It’s $25 for students, MCHS coaches and administrators. Mulligans will be available for $5 per side. Drawings will also be held for other special gifts.
The winning team will receive four $25 gift certificates or four pair of tickets to all home football games.
You can register at the Golf Course.
Signup continues right up until event time.
Make checks payable to: MCHS Boosters.
If you can’t play golf, you can still support the Aces. For $20, you can join the group for lunch and be included in special drawings later.

Thompson records high finish at bowling state

Bryce Thompson with some of the many awards he has won during his youth bowling career.

When Bryce Thompson walked into the bowling alley in Terre Haute, Ind. for his final career appearance at the Indiana State Youth Bowling tournament in March, he knew he was in for an uphill battle.

“We had to bowl on synthetic lanes,” Thompson said, aware that he only had a “high-performance ball made for wooden lanes.”

That meant he “had to slow my ball down a bunch,” which took awhile to accomplish.

Thompson still managed a score of 182 in the first of his 3-game series. But midway through the series opener, he began to find his mark.

IHSA faces another hearing

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — A second hearing has been set for July 8 by the Illinois General Assembly’s Elementary & Secondary Education Committee to hear testimony from the Illinois High School Association.

The IHSA learned of the date Wednesday, it was announced on the organization’s website. The hearing will be held at noon in the Bilandic Building in Chicago.

The committee held its first hearing with the IHSA on May 20 at the Capitol Building in Springfield.

“We are ready to go,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “We just hope that it is a big room and that we have the opportunity to call witnesses this time around.”

Tough challenge at end of Library 5K

Grady Wilkinson said he felt as if Saturday’s eighth annual Mt. Carmel Library 5K race might never end.

“I expected the library to be right over the next hill, then there were two more hills. There were little slopes you couldn’t see over,” said Wilkinson after repeating as winner in the largest field yet for the Library Foundation fund-raiser.

Due to construction on Fifth Street, race organizers designed a new course, taking runners south and then around to Riverview Stadium for a couple of laps before returning north to Mulberry Street for the challenging long finish stretch, an uphill slope.


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