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Racing legend Dick Potts dies at 76

                              2006 inductee National Dirt Late Model Hall-of-Fame

Racing legend Dick Potts, of Morocco, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette. It is finally revealed that Dick was 76 years old, as it was a running joke that Dick would not tell his age.

Richard R. "Dick" Potts was born in Goodland on November 3, 1937. He was a lifelong resident of Newton County. Dick served his country for three years in the U.S. Air Force. He was a Son of the American Legion, a member of American Legion Post #29 of Rensselaer and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.

Dick started racing in 1960, and #92 had 521 feature wins in his 51 years of racing. He raced at dirt tracks all over the area, as well traveling the country with racing circuits. He was the winningest driver at the Rensselaer Raceway. During his career he had 23 Track Championships, 33 Runner-up Championships, was 7-time Northern Indiana Clay Track Champion, 7-time Illiana Clay Track Champion, and 2-time Eastern Illinois Clay Track Champion. Dick was inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in 2006.

Survivors include his wife,Tressie, nine children: Rick (Connie) Potts, Linda Potts, Dickie Potts, Cathy (Mike) Pruitt, Kris Potts, and Peggy (Bob) Rusher, all of Indiana; and Ilene (George) Winder, Sarah (Kenny) Sprouse, and Cindy (Jay) Price, all of Virginia. 20+ grandchildren, 20+ great-grandchildren, five brothers and one sister also survive.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 2-7:30 p.m. (CST) at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Per Dick's wishes, cremation will take place. Private family services and interment at Russell Chapel Cemetery will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Dick's name to the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer is handling the arrangements. Share memories and condolences online at www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

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1/17-18 HS Basketball; CP's Stoller Player of the Week

Sat., Jan. 18

High School Boys basketball

Bishop McNamara 63, Decatur St. Teresa 55
Chrisman 63, Milford 59

Girls basketball

Interstate Eight Conference Tournament

Coal City 61, Manteno 30
Peotone 50, Reed-Custer 34
Lisle 31, Herscher 24
Sandwich 41, Wilmington 25
Westmont 38, Dwight 14

Regular Season

Cissna Park 55, St. Anne 30
Prairie Central 56, Watseka 39

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 1/18/14) IS SOPHOMORE GUARD ADDISON STOLLER OF THE CISSNA PARK LADY TIMBERWOLVES.
AVERAGING 15 POINTS A GAME THIS SEASON, AND HIGH ON THE AREA REBOUND LEADERBOARD, ADDISON HAD 3 FINE GAMES THIS PAST WEEK: 20 POINTS LAST SAT. IN A WIN OVER HOOPESTON AREA...26 POINTS, 14 REBOUNDS, 4 STEALS, 3 ASSISTS IN A WIN OVER MOMENCE LAST MONDAY...AND 12 POINTS, 10 REBOUNDS IN A WIN OVER WATSEKA ON THURSDAY

Friday, Jan. 17

High school Boys basketball

Calumet Christian (Ind.) 61, Grace Christian 55
Central 60, Momence 51
Dwight 63, Westmont 49
Gardner-South Wilmington 54, Donovan 33
Hales Franciscan 89, Bishop McNamara 75
Herscher 53, Wilmington 28
Peotone 74, Sandwich 64
Plano 41, Manteno 38
Reed-Custer 78, Coal City 68
Rich Central 63, Kankakee 55
St. Anne 77, Illinois Lutheran 69
Thornwood 84, Bradley-Bourbonnais 83 (2OT)
Tri-Point 57, Beecher 56

Girls basketball

Grace Christian 54, Calumet Christian (Ind.) 40

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1/10-11 HS Basketball-Castonguay Player of Week

Saturday Jan. 11 Boys Basketball

Central 62, Tri-Point 39
Coal City 62, Momence 36
Dwight 52, Gardner-South Wilmington 27
Trinity 89, Christ Lutheran 37
Unity 63, Watseka 55

Girls basketball

Bishop McNamara 66, Marist 60
Central 70, Donovan 14
Cissna Park 64, Hoopeston 22
Coal City 48, Sandwich 20
Dwight 48, Gardner-South Wilmington 38
Herscher 42, Tri-Point 27
Iroquois West 67, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 37
Trinity 42, Chillicothe Christian 27
Watseka 45, Milford 29
Wilmington 52, Grant Park 23

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 1/11/14) IS JUNIOR GUARD NATALIE CASTONGUAY OF THE WATSEKA LADY WARRIORS.

A STAR FOR WATSEKA'S VOLLEYBALL AND BASKETBALL TEAMS, NATALIE BROKE OUT WITH A SPECTACULAR NIGHT THURSDAY AT HOME, SCORING A GAME-HIGH 22 POINTS, AND CONVERTED SEVERAL STEALS INTO EASY BASKETS, LEADING THE WARRIORS TO BEAT PREVIOUSLY UNBEATEN IROQUOIS WEST 61-47....THE LADY WARRIORS, ONE OF ILLINOIS CLASS 2A'S TOP-RANKED TEAMS, NOW HAVE A 15-2 RECORD.

Friday Jan. 10 Boys basketball

Bishop McNamara 67, St. Francis de Sales 62
Bradley-Bourbonnais 64, Thornridge 57
Central 78, Iroquois West 57
Cissna Park 56, St. Thomas More 50
Coal City 45, Dwight 41
Grace Christian 54, Portage Christian (Ind.) 44
Grant Park 55, Beecher 52
Herscher 53, Plano 41
Illinois Lutheran 57, Gardner-South Wilmington 50
Lisle 49, Wilmington 34
Milford 70, Schlarman 44
Peotone 42, Westmont 37
Rich East 91, Kankakee 73
Sandwich 74, Reed-Custer 72
Seneca 53, Manteno 42
St. Anne 70, Tri-Point 48
St. Joseph-Ogden 72, Watseka 46

Girls basketball

Bradley-Bourbonnais 55, Thornridge 39
Coal City 49, Dwight 10
Trinity 46, Danville Christian 31

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1/3 HS Basketball-Lemenager Player of Week

Friday, Jan. 3

High school Boys basketball

Central 90, Reed-Custer 59
Dwight 57, Newark 43

Saturday's Watseka @ Judah Christian game was postponed due to inclement weather; reschedule date TBA

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 1/4/14) IS JUNIOR JUSTIN LEMENAGER OF THE CENTRAL COMETS.
A big contributor to Central's 8-0 start, Justin is one of the area's deadliest 3-point shooters. He scored 32 points, including 6 treys, in a Dec. 21 win over Wilmington. Then at the Kankakee Holiday Tournament, he won MVP, scoring a total of 65 points in 3 wins, helping lead the Comets to the Small School Title. Finally on Jan. 3, he scored 19 to help lead Central to a dominating home win over Reed-Custer.

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12/27-28 HS Boys & Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 28

High school Boys basketball

Kankakee Holiday Tournament

Manteno 63, Grant Park 33 - 7th pl Small Bracket
Lincoln Way North 49, Andrew 45 - 7th pl Large Bracket
St. Anne 61, Momence 39 - 5th pl Small Bracket
Julian 55, Hope 42 - 5th pl Large Bracket
Herscher 49, Peotone 25 - 3rd pl Small Bracket
Carver 64, Richards 62 - 3rd pl Large Bracket
Central 78, Illiana Christian 72 (OT) - 1st pl Small Bracket
BBCHS 82, Kankakee 61 - 1st pl Large Bracket

State Farm Classic

Cissna Park 55, Macon Meridian 54 (OT)
Bishop McNamara 65. Peoria Christian 60

Marseilles Christmas Classic

Reed-Custer 79, Flanagan 68
Woodland 56, Gardner-South Wilmington 52

Plano Christmas Classic

Yorkville 71, Coal City 57

BSN Classic

Watseka 56, Georgetown Ridge Farm 45

Girls basketball

Blue Devil Classic Championship

Watseka 48, Shiloh 41

Momence Holiday Tournament

Cissna Park 45, Momence 20
Wilmington 31, Dwight 19
Tri-Point 47, St. Anne 34

Championship

Serena 54, Cissna Park 52 (OT)

Third place

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 45, Momence 31

Fifth place

Wilmington 36, Tri-Point 28

Seventh place

Dwight 46, St. Anne 26

 

Friday, Dec. 27

High school Boys basketball

Kankakee Holiday Tournament

St. Anne 42, Manteno 40
Julian 44, Andrew 36
Momence 60, Grant Park 40
Hope 70, Lincoln-Way North 67
Illiana Christian 58, Herscher 52
Bradley-Bourbonnais 65, Carver 55
Central 62, Peotone 51
Kankakee 66, Richards 60

State Farm Classic

Bishop McNamara 67, Prairie Central 41
Cissna Park 45, Rock Falls 36

Marseilles Holiday Tournament

Gardner-South Wilmington 43, Earlville 26
Dwight 74, Reed-Custer 66

Plano Christmas Classic

Lisle 69, Wilmington 25
Morris 57, Coal City 51

Hayden's Classic

Judah Christian 61, Watseka 37
Bismarck-Henning 53, Watseka 33

Girls basketball

Bradley-Bourbonnais Holiday Tournament

Championship

Bradley Bourbonnais 62, T.F. South 49

Fifth-place game

Peotone 47, Romeoville 38

State Farm Classic

Bishop McNamara 57, El Paso-Gridley 34

Blue Devil Classic

Watseka 56, North Vermillion (Ind.) 25
Watseka 52, Salt Fork 30

Lisle Holiday Tournament

Coal City 38, Wheaton St. Francis 32

Momence Holiday Tournament

Serena 59, Dwight 32
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 46, Wilmington 21
Cissna Park 46, Tri-Point 27
Momence 39, St. Anne 24