August 29, 2016
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Carthage football coach Mike Yeager will lead the Red Men on a trip to Italy until May 31. The Red Men will play an exhibition game during their trip. ( KEVIN POIRIER )

Red Men start summer break on working vacation


After two years of planning, the Carthage football team will finally get to experience life overseas for the next week.

Forty-three players, six coaches and about 25 parents/family members were scheduled to depart Chicago O’Hare on Monday night for Rome, Italy — with a connection in Zurich, Switzerland.

Rucks awarded posthumous honor

KENOSHA — Every coach puts all their energy into being successful — that much is a given.

But there are some who strive to do more than that. They want to connect with their athletes and help them in any way possible.

Three Red Men first-team All-CCIW in football

KENOSHA — For the first time since 2010, the Carthage football team had three players named first-team All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.

The league announced its all-conference selections on Wednesday.

Wheaton drops Red Men in finale

For more than three quarters Saturday afternoon, the Carthage football team was right with the class of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin and one of the top NCAA Division III teams in the country.

Then the fourth quarter hit.

Red Men close season at Wheaton

In the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, the top four finishers in the regular-season standings in baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball qualify for championship tournaments.

While football does not have a four-team conference tournament, Carthage would have been a qualifier this season if such a thing existed.

Red Men win third in a row


KENOSHA — On a day when the seniors for the Carthage football program were honored, it was a pair of underclassmen who made the biggest plays.

And they didn’t hold back on their future expectations for the team after the Red Men ended their home schedule with a gritty 14-6 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin win over North Park on Saturday afternoon at Art Keller Field.

Carthage unveils monument to Rucks

KENOSHA — A sunny day in November and a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football game being played at Art Keller Field.

Those were the days that former Carthage coach Tim Rucks lived for. And Carthage honored him appropriately on Saturday afternoon.

Carthage to honor seniors in final home game

KENOSHA — The Carthage football team will recognize nine seniors when it hosts North Park in the final home game of the season 1 p.m. Saturday at Art Keller Field.

While Terrance Allen, Jacob Alten, Kevin Blank, Sam Calderaro, Mark Clark, Brendan Dix, Marquis Hines Jr., James Sowa and Rocco Zaccaro have lost more games than they have won, they have been instrumental in helping the Carthage program turn the corner.

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