Les Winkeler, Southern Illinoisan

Les Winkeler

Southern Illinoisan

Monte Vista, CO, United States

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Recent articles by Les:

Sports Column | Les Winkeler: SIU women need to build out defense to reach potential

The Saluki women are their own worst enemies. → Read More

SIU women’s basketball

CARBONDALE – It happened quickly. → Read More

Sports Column | Les Winkeler: SIU's softball season starts soon

It’s hard to fathom the SIU softball team beginning a season without Kerri Blaylock at the helm. → Read More

Outdoors | Accessible boat launch installed at Crab Orchard Lake in Carterville

A new kayak/canoe boat launch has been installed at the Carterville Boat Ramp. → Read More

SIU Basketball | Illinois State narrowly beats Salukis 59-56

CARBONDALE – They were soooo close. → Read More

Outdoors | New year launches renewed cycle for bird sightings

For birders, from rank amateurs to trained ornithologists, Jan. 1 is a red-letter date. → Read More

Sports Column | Les Winkeler: New Year's Day Saluki game felt like old times

What better way to bring in the New Year than watching Saluki basketball on New Year’s Day. → Read More

Outdoors | Scenes from this past year

Two major Southern Illinois attractions celebrated anniversaries in 2022. → Read More

Outdoors | Southern Illinois sites have a lot to celebrate

Two major Southern Illinois attractions celebrated anniversaries in 2022. → Read More

Sports Column | Les Winkeler: The shot clock debate continues

If it’s basketball season, someone, somewhere in Illinois is clamoring for the Illinois High School Association to adopt a shot clock. → Read More

Sports Column | Les Winkeler: Remembering Gary Marx

A Southern Illinois poet was silenced last week when Gary Marx passed away. → Read More

Outdoors | Great blue heron provides year round photography in Southern Illinois

Great blue herons are photogenic. They just are. → Read More

Outdoors | Southern Illinoisans can help declining bird population with simple changes

Bird populations throughout the country, and in Southern Illinois, have been shrinking for decades. → Read More

Sports Column | Les Winkeler: Taunting takes celebrating successes too far

Playing an organized sport, at any level, can be an emotional experience. → Read More

Sports Column | Les Winkeler: Hot Stove regulars weigh in on who Cardinals should trade

The “Hot Stove League” is already becoming overheated for St. Louis Cardinals fans. → Read More

Outdoors | 'Snowbirds' slip into Southern Illinois as seasons shift

As the fall to winter transition unfolds Southern Illinois residents will notice “snowbirds” moving into the area. → Read More

Sports Column | Les Winkeler: Cardinal rule of sportswriting: avoid lists

As someone who struggles with authority issues, even I understand rules are important. → Read More

Outdoors | Hunters get set for firearm deer season in Southern Illinois

The Illinois deer harvest has been remarkable stable for the past decade. → Read More

Sports Column | Les Winkeler: Sports fans are rarely happy

It’s a lot more fun talking about great plays than getting someone fired. → Read More

Prep Football | Causey leads Johnston City to playoff win over Flora

What looked like a runaway victory early turned into a nail biter in the fourth quarter. → Read More