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Cissna Park comes up short in IHSA 1A volleyball championship

"It was a boxing match, we knew that going in..." said Cissna Park volleyball coach Josh Landon. "They (Lanark-Eastland) were just too much."

Saturday's Class 1A IHSA state championship match (heard on 94.1 WGFA) witnessed a blow-by-blow match between Cissna Park High School and Lanark Eastland volleyball teams.

"I thought we could match them blow for blow," Landon said. "We talked about it being a boxing fight and for the most part, in set one, we were able to do that."

The physical Cougars, though, took over and wore down the Tiumberwolves to win the Class 1A title in 2-sets, 26-16 and 26-16 at redbird Arena in Normal.

The opening set was tied eight times with four lead changes before Eastland took a 15-14 advantage on a kill by Sydney Guenter. They then stretched the advantage a bit before delivering the knockout blow with a 7-0 run on their way to the state championship.

It was the third state volleyball title for Eastland (40-1-1) and the first since the Cougars won back-to-back crowns in 2008-09.

Cissna Park closed out 33-6-1. The runner-up trophy comes after a third-place finish a year ago in what was their first state finals appearance.

"You don't get too many opportunities like this," Landon said. "We were fortunate enough to make this trip back here and to finish runner-up is pretty special."

"They were able to serve aggressively from behind the line and we were unfortunate in our abilities to execute out of serve receive," he said. "That ultimately was the difference in the game."

Valparaiso University basketball recruit Addison Stoller had five kills and eight digs for the Timberwolves. Anna Kaeb contributed 10 assists.

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KAMEG arrests, 3 in custody

Agents with the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG) took three suspects into custody this week following drug investigations. The agents executed search warrants in Kankakee.

42-year-old Kimberly Murph is charged with unlawful possession of stolen property and unlawful sale of a firearm stemming from a previous investigation. A search warrant on North Schuyler Avenue led to the seizure of a firearm, crack cocaine, stolen merchandise and money.

22-year-old Antonio Weems was also arrested at the residence. He's charged with unlawful use of a weapon and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.

In a separate case.....27-year-old Antwon Williams was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and obstructing police.

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Cissna Park vs Lanark-Eastland in Class 1A volleyball title game

A 9-0 run to start the final and deciding set propelled Cissna Park High School to a berth in the IHSA Class 1A state volleyball finals Friday morning. Saturday's championship will find the Timberwolves matching up against Lanark-Eastland.

Outside hitter Gabby Wessels delivered the serves to open the third set Friday morning at Redbird Arena in Normal. The 9-0 start disrupted Clay City so much, the offense never got going. And Cissna Park cruised to a 25-8 decision and game-win for a berth in the Championship.

Four of Wessels serves were aces. And with dominating play from Karli Boyle and Samantha Hasselbring, each with seven kills, Cissna Park took the match 25-10, 23-25, 25-8.

The quick 9-0 start gave Cissna Park all the momentum after a sluggish second set and into the 10:30 am Saturday state championship match against Lanark-Eastland.

Lanark-Eastland was a winner over Kewanee-Weathersfield.

Anna Kaeb had 30 assists for the Timberwolves from her setter position.

Addison Stoller lead the way for Cissna Park with nine kills. Wessels added eight with Karli Boyle and Samantha Hasselbring each contributing seven.

Friday's semi-final and Saturday's championship can be heard on 94.1 WGFA Radio and www.wgfaradio.com

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Pride Night tonight for #9 Academic Foundation

Students' academic achievements will be highlighted this evening in the Watseka Unit Nine school district. The Unit 9 Academic Foundation is hosting its 14th annual Pride Night. The public is invited. Students in grades 4-12 will be honored for their academic accomplishments at the Watseka High School.

A silent auction also raises money for educational projects not currently funded by the school district. A light dinner is available from 5:30 'til 7:30 pm.

Activities begin at 6 pm in the gymnasium. Students will be introduced and recognized for their accomplishments.

The Foundation has provided over $450,000 for creative programs and technology in Unit 9.

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Hoopeston’s Carle Regional Health Care earns honor

The Carle-Hoopeston Regional Health Care Center has been awarded a top honor. The Center earned the 2015Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for emergency care.

CEO Harry Brockus said he's proud of the award that the hospital has received. ''It demonstrates that our team is dedicated to delivering high-quality emergency care to our patients, and our patients see that dedication in practice,'' said Brockus. ''Our Emergency Department is staffed by physicians who have been with us in Hoopeston for several years, so patients are getting consistent care,'' added Brockus. He says Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center has bolstered the department by hiring more nurses who have years of experience in a critical care setting.

Also recognized in Vermilion County is Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville which earned an 'A' on the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score. The elite national award received by Presence United Samaritans Medical Center is based on a national ratings program, administered by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group.

CEO Jared Rogers, MD and Regional President of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center said "the ''A score is further evidence of the exceptional quality care we deliver to our patients each and every day.''

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