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Betty John created girls sports at Hilltop

Present-day Lady Aces athletes owe a debt of gratitude for what Betty John and women like her around the state did.

Smith, Rigg honored for service

Kevin Smith and Jerry Rigg each were honored for more than 20 years in the coaching ranks at Mt. Carmel High School during a pre-season meeting of all coaches on Tuesday night at Hogg Heaven.

Smith and Rigg are both football assistant coaches at the Hilltop, assisting with a program they once starred in as student athletes at MCHS. They were presented with plaques by Athletic Director Doug Spear. Smith was on hand to receive his award. Rigg was out of town.

Zach Loll takes the reigns at WVC

He was being groomed as Paul Schnarre’s replacement as Athletic Director ever since his hire at Wabash Valley College five years ago. So, he’s had plenty of time to learn the operation from Schnarre, who in over 30 years at the helm has turned WVC into a national power in every sport it fields.

No IHSA class changes for Aces teams

The good news and the bad news from the IHSA are the same: there will be no classification changes for Aces athletic teams in the 2013-14 school year.

Wilkinson, Gidcumb top winners at Hayden's Walk 5K

SUMNER, Ill. — Mt. Carmel runners won the top two awards on Saturday at the Hayden’s Walk 5K at Red Hill State Park.

Grady Wilkinson won his second straight 5K race when he toured the 3.1-mile layout on the north side of the park in 18:47. The 14-year-old had won the Mt. Carmel Library 5K race one week earlier.

Chelsea Gidcumb, 24, was the top female finisher with a time of 24:44, good for eighth place overall. It was her third straight victory in the race in support of research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

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