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    In the closing moments of Sunday night’s AFC showdown between the Lamar Jackson led Baltimore Ravens and Patrick Mahomes led Kansas City Chiefs, Ravens coach John Harbaugh asked his quarterback an important question on fourth and short.

    “Lamar!... Lamar!... Do you want to go for this?,” Harbaugh shouted from the sideline.

      It was a down season for local girls soccer teams last season with only Marion advancing to sectionals in Class 2A. Despite the loss of The Southern Illinoisan Player of the Year Blake Clark, Coach Jaime Clark Verbeck has 10 returning starters to improve upon last year’s record 20-win season.

      CARBONDALE — Behind two goals each from Ibsaa Benti and Josh Payne and a solid defense, Carbondale beat Marion 7-1 to remain undefeated on the season and the South Seven Conference in a boys soccer match at the Fralish Soccer Complex.

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      MARION — Caleb Knight scored the eventual winning goal early in the second half and added an insurance goal a few minutes later to give Carterville-Herrin a 4-2 win over Marion for its first victory against the Wildcats in a non-conference boys soccer match on Tuesday night.

      MARION — After a sputtering start to her career, Marion senior Blake Clark capped it off with the best two seasons of any soccer player in the region, boy or girl, scoring 111 goals, including 59 this season, to become the Wildcats all-time leading scorer. And for that she is named The South…

      CARBONDALE — Marion fell behind 1-0 on a penalty kick, but a goal by Blake Clark and two goals by Nicole Szidik propelled the Wildcats to a 3-1 win over South Seven rival Carbondale for its record tying 17th win on the Terriers Senior Night at the Fralish Soccer Complex on Tuesday.

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