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St. Elmo State-Tournament Squad Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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By Seth Whitehead

The situation seemed ideal for Dan Denton.

A 2 1/2-hour drive. A scenery-free stretch of interstate.

Plenty of time and minimal distractions in his quest to come up with the perfect words to honor a special team.

But by the time Denton completed his journey from his home just south of Kankakee to the small south-central Illinois town where he enjoyed the most memorable season of his 32-year coaching career, the perfect words had yet to materialize.

It wasn't for lack of material, though. Quite the opposite.


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