Marquette sneaks by St. Bede with a 53-51 victory on Tuesday Nov. 30, 2021 at Bader Gymnasium in Ottawa.


Hall hangs on to beat St. Bede by a final score of 41-38 on Monday Nov. 29, 2021 at the Academy.


Spring Valley turned into Whoville for Saturday night's Christmas parade. The parade began at Hall High School and made its way to the city's downtown, where several businesses celebrated Small Business Saturday.


Somonauk defeated Hall 77-61 at the 21st annual Seneca Thanksgiving Turkey Tournament on Tuesday Nov. 23, 2021 in Seneca.



A few hundred people attended the fifth annual Mad Hatter Ball on Friday Nov. 19, 2021, at the Auditorium Ballroom in downtown La Salle. Student honorees representing La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties performed and presented their work. “The Mad Hatter Ball is the regional equivalent of a state championship of the arts, where topnotch local talent is honored. Food and prizes and music and fun filled up the evening,” said Julia Messina, executive director of NCI ARTworks. “This event showcases local student performers in all of the arts: visual, music, performing, literary, etc.”


Mendota High School will act as a COVID-19 testing site. SHIELD Illinois will conduct testing in the school's auditorium 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. each Friday. Anyone from the public wishing to be tested should enter through the auditorium doors. Go to Portal.shieldillinois.com to register for an appointment and type agency code: df5brbrjAdditional



Seneca defeated Hall 43-32 during the Falcon-Irish girls basketball Thanksgiving Tournament on Wednesday Nov. 17, 2021 at Seneca High School in Seneca.