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Former Milford Coach Fanning Honored

Hall of Fame football coach Sam Fanning, a Milford graduate who returned to coach football at his alma mater, was honored at halftime of Milford-Cissna Park's Oct. 12 game vs. Attica.  The football complex at Milford was officially dedicated Sam Fanning Stadium. 

Fanning lettered 4 years in football at Milford as an offensive guard and defensive tackle (played under the legendary Dick Stearns), 4 years in baseball as catcher, and 3 years in track & field as shot putter and discus thrower.  He was active in FFA his freshman and sophomore years.  Also, Fanning was Salutatorian of his 1967 Graduating Class of 54 students. 

In a 9-year period, starting in 1988, Fanning guided the Bearcats into the playoffs 7 times, including unbeaten teams in the 1993 and 1994 regular seasons.  He retired from coaching football in 1997, but continued to be the High School's Athletic Director and Math Teacher until 2003.  He remained as Math teacher and retired from Education in 2006.  As A.D., the Bearcat athletic teams flourished in the 1990s, honored as the best in the decade by the Champaign News-Gazette.

Sam Fanning's most memorable game was against the Oakwood Comets who were at that time ranked #4 in the state.  The game was won by Milford in the 3rd overtime.

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10/11-12 HS Football; Hines Player of Week

Brother Rice 38, Bishop McNamara 28 - (BM) Jared Marcotte 7/12 passing, 198 yards, 2 TD passes
Bradley-Bourbonnais 34, Thornridge 13 - (BB) Tim Stone 71 rushing yds, 2 TDs, 34 yd punt return for TD
Peotone 33, Coal City 26 - (PEO) Bobby & Jake Rapson, 2 TDs each, combined 194 yds rushing. (CC) Brendan Shetina, 2 TD runs, 1 TD pass. Lane Cowherd 2 FGs, 1 TD catch
Wilmington 48, Reed-Custer 26 - (WIL) Nick McWilliams 24 carries/122 rushing yds, 3 TDs; Nick Hawkins 10 carries, 132 rushing yds; 3 TDs; (RC) Mark Harper 8/14 passing, 168 yards, 2 TD passes, 1 INT, 2 TD runs of 9 and 28
Plano 32, Manteno 19 - (MAN) Ethan Kaufman 271 passing yards, 2 TDs, 5 INTs.  Logan Jernigan 6 catches, 97 yards, 2 scores
Sandwich 30, Herscher 14 - (HER) Brendan Powell 153 yds passing, 1 TD pass, 1 TD run
Seneca 37, Dwight 7 - (DWI) Jack Davidson 55 yds rushing, TD
Central 42, Iroquois West 0 - (CEN) Noah Frerichs 3 TDs, 107 receiving yards. J.R. Caspary 4 TD passes, 11/15, 210 passing yards, 1 INT
St. Joseph-Ogden 47, Watseka 14 - (WAT) Austin Hasselbring TD, Cole Davenport 21 yd TD pass to Cam Eades
Momence 50, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 14 - (MOM) Aaron Cantwell 4 TD passes, 13/15 for 324 yards.  Zach Hamann 7 catches for 184 yards.  Leanthony Reasnover 122 rushing yards, 2 TDs

Saturday 10/12: Attica (IN) 21, Milford-Cissna Park 14 - (MCP) Jacob Marquez 128 yards rushing, 1 TD; Devon Laubscher 73 yards rushing, 1 TD
Saturday 10/12: Rich East 32, Kankakee 12

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS SENIOR HILLARY HINES OF CISSNA PARK VOLLEYBALL.

AN ALL-AREA PLAYER LAST YEAR, LEADING IN BLOCKS, HILLARY IS HIGH ON THIS YEAR'S LEADERBOARDS IN TOTAL POINTS, KILLS, AND ESPECIALLY BLOCKS. A KEY LEADER IN CISSNA PARK WINNING 16 OF THEIR FIRST 24 MATCHES THUS FAR, SHE HAD 5 BLOCKS AND 7 KILLS THURSDAY NIGHT TO HELP LEAD THE LADY T-WOLVES TO A THRILLING 2-SET WIN AT HOME OVER PREVIOUSLY UNBEATEN WATSEKA.

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10/4 HS Football; Graham Player of Week

Crete-Monee 18, Kankakee 6 - (KAN) Joseph Jordan 14/23 passing, 110 yards, 1 TD pass to Kevion Helem
Bishop McNamara 28, St. Ignatius 17 - (BM) Jonathan Ward 142 yards rushing, 4 TD runs
Herscher 34, Manteno 28 - (HER) Ethan Kaufman 38/55 passing, 425 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs; (MAN) Powell 16/32 passing, 304 yards, 5 TD passes, 1 INT
Lincoln-Way West 22, Bradley-Bourbonnais 20 - (BB) Jarrod Ware 85 yd kickoff return for TD, 40 yd TD run
Momence 31, Iroquois West 12 - (MOM) Aaron Cantwell 235 yards passing, 2 TD passes; LeAnthony Reasnover 166 yards offense, 3 TDs
Watseka 35, Ridgeview 13 - (WAT) Austin Hasselbring 3 TD runs, 126 yds rushing
Peotone 13, Sandwich 0 - (PEO) Bobby & Jake Rapson, 1 TD
Central 49, PBL 14 - (CEN) J.R. Caspary 4 TD passes, 193 yards passing.  Logan Podowicz 2 TD catches, 115 yds receiving.  Derrick Graham 101 yards rushing, 2 TDs (1 on fumble return)
Wilmington 20, Lisle 10 - (WIL) Nick McWilliams 107 yards rushing, 2 TDs
Seneca 50, Reed-Custer 20 - (RC) Mason Dransfeldt, Mark Harper, Logan Zavala each 1 TD
Milford-Cissna Park 39, Georgetown-Ridge Farm-Chrisman 27 - (MCP) Devon Laubscher 4 TDs, 191 yards rushing.  Josh Marquez 1 rushing TD
Westmont 42, Dwight 13....Plano 35, Coal City 14

IN INDIANA:  Caston 34, S. Newton 20 - (SN) John Dafcik 2 TD passes, Trevor Lowe fumble return for TD.....South Central (Union Mills) 44, N. Newton 10.....Tri-County 48, Clinton Prairie 26.....Fountain Central 48, Benton Central 7.....Frontier 40, W. Central 16.......Winamac 30, N. Judson 13.....Pioneer 64, N. White 36

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 10-5-13) IS SENIOR DERRICK GRAHAM OF THE CENTRAL COMETS

VERSATILE ON OFFENSE AND DEFENSE FOR THE 6-0 COMETS, DERRICK IS HAVING A FINE SR. YEAR, HIGH ON THE AREA LEADERBOARDS FOR TACKLES AND SACKS, AND HE HAS SCORED AT LEAST 1 TD IN EACH GAME THIS SEASON. FRIDAY NIGHT AT PAXTON, HE RUSHED FOR 101 YARDS ON JUST 7 CARRIES, INCLUDING A 35 YARD FUMBLE RETURN FOR A TD, AND ANOTHER 55 YARD TD RUN TO HELP LEAD THE COMETS TO A DOMINATING 49-14 WIN OVER PBL

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9/27 HS Football; Caspary Player of Week

Bishop McNamara 34, St. Laurence 7 - (BM) Jonathan Ward 4 TD runs, 199 yards rushing
Bradley-Bourbonnais 49, Thornwood 35 - (BB) Jarrod Ware 171 yards rushing, 4 TD runs; Tim Stone 146 yards rushing, 2 TD runs
Peotone 40, Manteno 0 - (PEO) Jake Rapson 161 yards rushing, 2 TD runs
Reed-Custer 34, Westmont 20 - (RC) Mark Harper 5 TD passes, 19/28 for 233 yards passing
Plano 48, Herscher 24 - (HER) Brendan Powell 289 yards passing, 3 TD passes
Coal City 28, Sandwich 0 - (CC) Brennen Shetina 2 TD runs, 111 yards passing, 49 rushing
Wilmington 14, Seneca 6 - (WIL) Mason Southall 63 yards rushing, TD; Austin Skoryi 65 yards rushing, TD
Momence 42, Watseka 0 - (MOM) Aaron Cantwell 208 yds passing, 4 TD passes; LeAnthony Reasnover 2 TD runs (92, 23)
Central 35, St. Thomas More 10 - (CEN) J.R. Caspary 12/21, 242 yards passing, 5/5 PAT tries, 5 TD passes; 3 to Chris Garcia.  Derrick Graham 85 yards rushing
St. Joseph-Ogden 43, Iroquois West 27 - (IW) Austin Zirkle 178 yards rushing, 3 TDs (61, 39, 33)
Westville 42, MCP 14 - (MCP) Devon Laubscher 55 yd TD run; Jacob Marquez 61 yd TD pass to Josh Marquez
Lisle 41, Dwight 13
Kankakee 46, Rich South 7 (Sat. 9/28)

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 9/28/13) IS SENIOR QUARTERBACK J.R. CASPARY OF THE CENTRAL COMETS.

ONE OF THE AREA'S LEADING QUARTERBACKS, AND A KEY LEADER IN THE COMETS' 5-0 START, J.R. WAS ESPECIALLY BUSY FRIDAY NIGHT AT HOME IN A 35-10 WIN OVER SVC RIVAL ST. THOMAS MORE: HE WAS 12 OF 21 PASSING FOR 242 YARDS.....THREW 5 TD PASSES (24, 14, 35, 36, 38 YARDS)....AND WAS EVEN 5 FOR 5 IN POINT AFTER ATTEMPTS.

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9/20 HS Football; Cantwell Player of Week

Kankakee 42, Ridgewood 29

Fenwick 40, Bishop McNamara 14 - (BM) Odeneal TD catch, Tobeck TD run

Thornton 30, Bradley-Bourbonnais 29 - (BB) Harris TD catch, fumble recovery in end zone for TD

Sandwich 17, Manteno 14 - (MAN) Kaufman 2 TD passes

Wilmington 42, Dwight 0 - (WIL) Zlomie & McWilliams 2 TD runs

Coal City 31, Herscher 14 - (CC) Shetina 2 TD runs; (HER) Powell 210 yds passing, 2 TD passes

Plano 25, Peotone 21 - (PEO) Rapson 2 TD runs

Lisle 24, Reed-Custer 22 - (RC) Harper 214 yds passing, 2 TD runs, 1 TD pass

Central 27, St. Joseph-Ogden  - (CEN) Caspary 3 TD passes

Momence 21, St. Thomas More 14 - (MOM) Cantwell 233 yds passing, 2 TD passes

LeRoy 24, Iroquois West 16 - (IW) Conrad, Miller TD runs

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 41, Watseka 12 - (WAT) Cam Eades kickoff return for TD, 1 TD run

Salt Fork 40, Milford-Cissna Park 30 - (MCP) Jacob Marquez FG, TD run; Rogers 2 TD catches

INDIANA SCORES:  W. Central 56, S. Newton 14 - (SN) Trevor Lowe TD run, Levi Hall TD catch from John Dafcik.......Carroll (Flora) 20 Caston 6....N. White 26, Frontier 3.....Pioneer 42, N. Judson 20.....W. Central 56, S. Newton 14.....Winamac 55, Tri-County 8

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 9/21/13) IS JUNIOR QUARTERBACK AARON CANTWELL OF THE MOMENCE REDSKINS.

FRIDAY NIGHT, AARON HELPED LEAD HIS CLUB TO AN UPSET WIN AT PREVIOUSLY UNBEATEN ST. THOMAS MORE, 21-14, BRINGING THE REDSKINS BACK TO EVEN AT 2-2. AARON TOSSED 2 TD PASSES OF 6 AND 43 YARDS, FINISHING 23 OF 32 PASSING FOR 233 YARDS, AND NO INTERCEPTIONS. IN MOMENCE'S OTHER WIN SEPT. 7, CANTWELL PASSED FOR 3 TD'S AND 197 PASSING YARDS IN A WIN OVER CHICAGO CHRISTIAN.