Last Saturday, ISU held a “Return to Horton” basketball game against SIU-Edwardsville, the first game played at the old barn since the Redbirds moved across the street to Redbird Arena in 1988.

Jason Kirby’s West Central Heat outlasted Amboy-LaMoille-Ohio in a 44-36 shootout for the Illinois 8-Man Football Association state championship at Monmouth College. He couldn’t help but feel a sense of relief by catching that elusive championship.

This column was written by former BCR Sports Editor Dick Volker and was published in the International Coca-Cola Collectors magazine in Sept. 2022.