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The Macomb Girls Basketball team headed to Rushville on Thursday, December 7, for a road matchup with the Rushville-Industry Rockets. Macomb managed to get their first win of the 2018 season with an emphatic 70-42 victory.

 

The full-court press was the story in this one, as the constant pressure caused Rushville to rush their offense and make critical mistakes. Macomb’s conditioning was on full display as they were able to maintain this constant pressure throughout, and never seemed to tire of it.

 

One of the key factors of this constant pressure was Head Coach Zach Keene’s second unit of 5, which consistently featured Reagan Emerick, Avery Rexroat, Nyesha Booker, Hallee Evans, and Destiny Reid (Sam Urch also featured). Emerick in particular was extremely impressive, as her 3rd quarter performance grew Macomb’s lead from 11 coming out of halftime to more than 22 coming out of the 3rd. She finished with 11 points and 8 steals, and earned Player of the Game honors for her hard play.

 

To back up the performance of the second unit, Macomb’s star, Ericka Dawson, played as such. She finished the night with 28 points (most in the first half), 10 rebounds, and 5 steals. Dawson seemed to be keenly aware on offense of where she had to be depending on the situation. She showed an ability to move herself around the court, and proved that she did not need the ball in her hands to have an impact. Defensively, her long arms played a huge role in the effectiveness of the full court press. She was often tasked with being at the front of the press, and was able to force several overthrown passes or outright steals as a direct result of her hustle and length. If she continues to perform this way, Macomb should have little problem turning this season around.

 

Macomb’s next game comes Saturday, December 8, at home vs. the South Fulton Co-op. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 2:30 PM.

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The Lewistown Girls Basketball team headed to Abingdon-Avon last night, December 3, and came away with a huge 62-19 win.

 

Lewistown dominated the whole game, and was able to hold most of their starters out for the fourth quarter. Overall, Lewistown had 3 girls finish the game in double-figures: Anna Heffren with 16, Hannah Burdess with 14, and Baylee Mayberry with 11.

 

The win marks Lewistown’s 7th in a row to start the season. They have begun the year with a real spark, and it will be exciting to see where this team goes. The Indians’ next game comes Monday, December 10, against Rushville-Industry. Tip-off for that game is scheduled 7:30.

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It was an absolute heartbreaking loss for the Bombers girls varsity basketball team as they fell at home to the Bushnell Prairie City Spartans 57-48.

 

The Bombers trailed at halftime by 12 points 30-18. It was a magical 3rd quater that got the Bombers back in the game out scoring the Spartans 19 to 10. The game was tied 43-43 with only a couple mins left in the 4th quarter but the Bombers were running on fumes with 4 players having fouled out of the game. The Spartans pulled away behind a sensational performance by #21 Madison Allen. The Spartans outgained the Bombers 14-5 down the stretch leading to the final score of 57-48.

 

While the Bombers fell to 0-8 on the year there were lots of positives to be taken away from this game. 9 players scored for the Bombers, lead by Reagan Johnson's 9 points. The Bombers will look to get their 1st win of the season on Thursday night at Rushville Industry.

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It was a close game after 1 quarter with the Bombers leading 18-17, but it fell apart for the Bombers in the 2nd quarter and they could never claw back into the game. Final score 63-48 QND wins.

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The Bushnell Prairie City Spartans will be on the road today in their first conference
game of the season when they take on the Rushville Industry Rockets.


After suffering three early losses the Spartans got in the win column with a 57-47
tournament win over the West Prairie Cyclones. The Rockets have also collected one
win in preseason action in the Beardstown Turkey Tournament. In the set of games
Rushville beat Griggsville-Perry 64-52 and suffered crushing 72-53 loss to Athens in the
other game. Over their preseason action the Rockets sit at 1-3 and will try to defend the
house against the raiding Spartans.


Conference action will start today at 7:00 p.m at Rushville Industry High School.

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Monmouth-Roseville Season Recap

 

Head Coach Jeremy Adolphson had a recurring theme in his words to his players this year: do things that have never been done before at this school. Those motivational words were the crux of an unbelievable year for the Monmouth-Roseville Titans, as they set records for home wins, total wins, and playoff wins. Though it ended perhaps a bit prematurely, this is a season to be proud of for Adolphson, the school, and the Monmouth community.

 

“I just told them how proud of them I was,” Said Adolphson of his words to his team following the loss to Herscher last Saturday, “The fight that they showed on Saturday was exactly the same fight that they showed to get us to that point.”

 

The clear leader on the field for Monmouth was senior quarterback Addison Fletcher, who truly left it all on the field in what will be his last game as a Monmouth-Roseville Titans. His ability to go through his progressions and read the whole field was on full display, as he was consistently able to find the second, third, and even occasionally fourth option on his throws. His passing ability allowed deep threats Jamonny Skinner and JC Sells to have big performances, as the pair caused all kinds of problems for Herscher’s defense. His leadership will be missed by Adolphson and these Titans.

 

“Fantastic,” Said Adolphson on his feelings towards Fletcher’s final performance, “He was really good once again. He really controlled the offense for us and hit some really big throws. Just his ability, many times on Saturday, to find the non-primary target was really key for us. He was able to do it multiple times, including the big [throw] to JC Sells to set up our last touchdown [where he] came off the primary target and was able to find JC open. He’s a fantastic competitor who’s a really hard-nosed kid, and he plays quarterback exactly like that.”  

 

A performance like they put up on Saturday against a former 4A contender, when added into the mix of all the records Monmouth was able to accomplish, should be something the community should be proud off. One of the main things that has come up in my conversations with Adolphson has been how huge the support from community members has been. The fans have regularly traveled far distances for the Titans, and have truly made them feel at home no matter how far away they may have been.

 

“It was just so much fun, the excitement and the support that we had,” Adolphson remarked of the Titans’ fans, “It was fantastic. I would probably guess that we had more fans at Herscher than they did at their own game, and we’re 2 hours and 45 minutes away. I think that’s what made it special for our guys and it’s fantastic memory for our seniors as they wrap up their football careers.”

 

It was huge for those seniors to be able to go through a run like this, but the impact it can, and undoubtedly did, have on the underclassmen and juniors cannot be understated. These players will now go through their football careers knowing what it feels like and what it takes to be a part of a winning football team, which is something these players will be able to teach to the next wave of talent at Monmouth. Seasons like this can be program-building, but it’s up to the young players to demonstrate that they’ve learned from this experience.

 

“I think they saw how intense it was, I think that’s probably the biggest change,” Adolphson said of what his young players took away from this experience, “All three games were tightly contested, all three games came down to the final minute. And we saw just the level of intensity, how good of a level you have to be to win a playoff game. The extra three weeks of practice too, I think that’s huge”

 

These younger players will now have to deal with expectations, the hope for this school is no longer to simply win 5 games, or make the playoffs, the expectation will be to make deep runs year in and year out. The mark of the evolution of this program will be whether those expectations manifest themselves in the desire and hunger of the players, and if the players are able to use those expectations as motivation to succeed.

 

“I think it definitely raises the bar,” Said Adolphson on what this season means for the program in the future, “That was the goal the team had when we talked about it back in team camp in July. I think the expectations are raised, you already hear kids talking about what they need to do so we can get back to that level next year. You already hear kids talking about how they need to get an extra kid or two out for football next year who didn’t come out this year, because there are some guys who can help us, and there are already some kids who are interested in doing that.”

 

One of the more unfortunate parts of the end of any high school football season is the end of the senior class’ time as members of the program. This group in particular has meant so much to this program, as several of them have been among the most successful players at their positions in program history. They will go down as a whole as perhaps the most successful class in program history as well.

 

“I think leadership [is] number one,” Said Adolphson regarding what they’ll miss from this group of seniors, “It’s a huge class, 15 seniors, we’ve never had that many seniors in my 8 years here, so just the sheer number is huge. I think the explosiveness that Jamonny Skinner and CJ Daniel gave us, especially on the offensive side of the ball, that’s difficult to think that you’re going to have guys that are just going to plug into those spots and think they’re going to do those things for you.”

 

As seniors depart, new blood steps in. This team will be looking to a number of younger players to step up next season and take over the leadership void left by a 15-man class. There will still be plenty of talent left over from this season, so the hope is that they’re able to recover from the loss of man-power relatively quickly and efficiently.

 

“Jakob Thomas, who was an All-Conference player for us this year,” Said Adolphson of which players he’s targeting for bigger roles next year, “Big time defensive player for us, he’s been a starter on the defensive side of the ball since he was a freshman. He’ll be a guy we look to next year along the defensive line and on the offensive side, whether it be on the offensive line or at tight end. Austin Johnson’s another to-be-senior who actually started some games midway through his freshman year as well, so he’s been around for a really long time. He’s a big part of our rushing attack and one of our better players on defense as well. Blake Smith is another senior who got a chance to start a couple times as a freshman several years back, so those three are guys who’ve been on the varsity team for the better part of the last three years and we’ll definitely look to them for leadership.”

 

One key for this team to continue the success they had this season will be keeping themselves in a competitive state of mind throughout the offseason. Whether it be in the weight room or by playing other sports over the rest of the year, it will be key for these kids to stay in that mindset until spring and summer football start up again.

 

“I think the biggest thing, and it’s already kind of started, is that just about all of our guys are involved in wrestling or basketball,” Said Adolphson of how this team can work towards progress in the offseason, “In the spring, we’ll have just about every one of our players involved in baseball or track. We push hard to be two sport athletes at minimum, and we want three sport as much as possible. I think that’s what really helped the senior class this year and I think that’s really helped our school overall.”

 

This will go down as a year to remember for the Monmouth-Roseville Titans, and is one that Adolpshon, this senior class, and everyone connected to the program should be proud of. There may be some rebuilding to do, especially after the loss of a 15-man senior class, but overall the future looks bright for Titan football. It will be interesting to see the direction they go.

 

 

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The Macomb Girls Basketball team took on Pekin in the opening game of the Macomb Tournament. They fell, by a score of 51-36.

 

“It was what you would expect from an opening game played by some young kids,” Macomb Head Coach Zach Keene said, “It was sloppy from both teams at times. We missed a lot of easy buckets inside that should’ve been the difference.”

 

Shooting killed Macomb in this one, as they only hit 13 field goals and went 6/25 from the free throw line. Avery Rexroat made her Washington Street debut, and excelled, as she hit 3 threes to make up her 9 points. Junior Raegan Emerick led the Bombers in scoring with 11 points, while senior leader Ericka Dawson chipped in with 7.

 

Pekin was led in scoring by the duo of Taylor Gross and Lauren Juergens, who each put in 14 points. The Dragons went 15/30 from the free throw line, which was ultimately the difference in the game.

 

Macomb will be looking to improve on this performance when they take on Pekin again in the Macomb Tournament. This game is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, and is set to tipoff at 5 PM.

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Monmouth-Roseville hit the road last Saturday, November 10, to take on Herscher in a 3A State Quarterfinal matchup. The Titans dropped a heartbreaker, giving up a touchdown with under a minute to play to lose 24-20.

 

“I’m incredibly proud of the effort and resiliency we showed on Saturday,” Said Coach Jeremy Adolphson, “In the end, we came up short. But it wasn’t for a lack of effort or heart.”

 

This one was back and forth for almost the entire way, as Monmouth’s passing game was consistently able to keep them in this one. QB Addison Fletcher really stepped up in a heated battle, and proved his worth as he seemed to respond whenever it looked like Herscher might take over. Fletcher finished with 212 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception on 14/20 passing. He willed be sorely missed as a senior leader of this team.

 

Elsewhere for Monmouth, both Jamonny Skinner and JC Sells had big-games in the receiving game with Skinner going for 79 yards and a touchdown on 5 catches and Sells going for 124 yards on 7 catches. CJ Daniel chipped in 76 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries to lead the team’s rushing attack.

 

Defensively, Monmouth was largely able to contain Herscher’s 6’7” receiver, Maxx Becker, as he only recorded 1 catch for 8 yards and a touchdown, but the running game is where they were gashed. Herscher racked up 226 yards and 2 touchdowns as a team on Saturday, 106 of which went to Matthew Dorsey. QB Carter Hendrix also racked up 87 yards and a touchdown, as his and Dorsey’s running ability were able to keep Monmouth’s defense on their heels.

 

This is a game to be proud of for Monmouth, that much is certain. To compete the way they did with a team that had routinely been competing for state titles at 4A is nothing short of impressive. This has been a program-building playoff run, and one that could set them up for years to come.

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Leatherneck Basketball rang loud for the first time this year in Western Hall as the Leathernecks took on North Park University this past Saturday.

 

The Leathernecks took a win easily inside their house scoring 40 points in the first half. Making the most of his shots was Kobe Webster who got 12 in the first quarter. Western didn’t let North Park get their offense started and held them down. Zion Young got Western’s lead to double digits as he hit a lay-up to get the score up to 21-11.

 

North Park could only score 9 more points as the Leathernecks kept pouring in outpacing their opponent. An and-one converted by James Claar got Western up to 33. He kept the ball in his hands made another jumper getting the Leathernecks to 35. Webster later ended the first half with two consecutive buckets, with his last three before the break got his team to a twenty point lead at 20-40.

 

James Claar brought in the second half brutally as he slammed home a dunk for the Necks. Western did not step on any brakes as they jumped to a high of 36 point at one point at 74-38. The Vikings remained dormant as they watched the Leathernecks go on a scoring festival. Five 3s and a 20 point outburst by North Park’s Vegard Tangen was not enough for the Leathernecks not to see victory as they walked away with their first win at a score of 85-56

A bully over the weekend Western had height and strength and used it to their advantage they had 40 of their points coming from inside the paint.

 

Webster set the mark for his team leading in scoring with 21 points while also cleaning the glass grabbing 8 boards. C. J Duff went for 14 points and picked pockets as he came away 3 steals. Three Leathernecks got in double digits as Isaac Johnson had 14, James Caar shot 11, and Ben Pyle ended with 11 three of his shots coming from behind the arc.

 

The Leathernecks will stay at home this Wednesday for their next bout this time against Dominican University.

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Western Illinois’ football team suffered a gut-wrenching loss against South Dakota on Saturday, falling 17-12. They were unable to get anything going offensively, as they mustered only 4 field goals.

 

This game was decided at the line of scrimmage, as WIU rushed for only 21 yards on 22 carries, while South Dakota was able to rack up 147 yards and a touchdown on 41 carries. The telling sign of most games is whether a team was able to run and stop the run, Western did neither, and lost.

 

Clint Ratkovich was one of the lone bright spots for WIU this week, as he racked up 116 yards on 12 catches to lead the way for WIU’s offense. his 116 receiving yards accounted for nearly half of Sean McGuire’s 251 passing yards for the day.

 

WIU and USD were locked in a sloppy battle, as WIU came into the fourth quarter with a  12-3 lead. WIU’s defense gave up the only 2 touchdowns scored by either team in the 4th, and that was the difference. This will be a tough one to swallow, as once again, this team has fallen short right as they were on the brink of being ranked. The playoffs look like a long shot now, as that would also have been more certain had WIU won.

 

Now WIU will look ahead to their final home game, and overall game of the year, as they take on Indiana State for Senior Day. A win could see them sneak in the playoffs, but it’s out of their hands now. They will be relying on other teams losing, and on the hope that the FCS Playoff Committee values a .500 record in the FCS’ toughest conference.

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The Western Illinois Women’s Basketball team suffered a tough loss on Saturday, falling 98-71 to Drake.

 

They were killed by Drake’s depth, as every player who stepped on the court, save for one, scored, and by Drake’s killer 3-point shooting as Drake shot 52% (12-23) from beyond the arc.

 

Western did get a solid performance out of Elizabeth Lutz, as she went for 15 points on 5-12 shooting (4-11 3 pt), and Jinda Guidinger, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

 

Next up for WIU is MacMurray College, who comes to town tonight for a 7 PM tipoff. WIU will get right back on the Power 5 wagon after this game, however, as they head to Indiana for matchups with Purdue on Thursday and Butler on Saturday.

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Western Preview:South Dakota Coyotes

 

The Leathernecks will will look to keep their playoff hopes alive as they take on the South Dakota Coyotes.

 

The 3-6 Coyotes come off a stinging 48-51 loss against the Indiana State Sycamores. A long game that saw both teams battle tooth and nail the Coyotes could not keep up and fell in the third overtime. Coyote quarterback Austin Simmons sent the game into overtime as he led a 81-yard successful drive. He found Brett Samson for a 11-yard touchdown to tie the game at 31-31 in the last seconds of the fourth quarter.

 

The teams matched each other score for score up until the Coyotes had to settle with a 27-yard field goal by Mason Lorber in triple overtime. The Sycamores put the game away as Ryan Simmons threw a 3 yard touchdown to Dante Hendrix. This loss extends South Dakota’s losing streak to 4.

 

The Coyotes’ ‘tough stretch has made them fall to the second lowest standing for the Missouri Valley Football Conference with 2-4 in conference play right above the 1-5 Southern Illinois Salukis. South Dakota hasn’t seen a victory since they went against the Missouri State Bears. This year 70% of the Coyotes’ offense comes from Austin Simmons. The nation’s ninth leading passer Simmons has thrown 2609 yards along with throwing 15 touchdowns.

 

The person getting it down for them for the ground as of late has been Kai Henry. He was their first back this year that broke the 100 yard mark. Simmons has many threats to target. These include Dakarai Allen who has 675 receiving yards this season and has added 5 touchdowns and Levi Falck who has 465 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively the Coyotes are reigned in by All- American Darin Greenfield who has 6 sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss this season. He is ranked second in the Valley right behind Western’s own Pete Swenson. Twin brothers Andrew and Alex Gray hold top tackle honors for their team they total for 147 tackles altougher. Andrew has four forced turnovers this season , and Alex has two sacks and recovered two fumbles this year.

 

The last time these two teams dueled USD took the win their last meeting beating the Leathernecks 38-33 in Macomb. The Purple and Gold will look to return the favor as they return to the DakotaDome this Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

 

-Goalburn Reynolds LSN

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WIU @ South Dakota: PREVIEW

 

Western Illinois (5-4, 3-2 MVFC) travels to Vermillion, South Dakota this Saturday, to take on the University of South Dakota Coyotes (3-6, 2-4 MVFC). South Dakota is reeling of late, losing their last 4, while WIU comes in red hot, winning their last 3.

 

The key for WIU’s defense will be getting the same kind of pressure on South Dakota that they’ve gotten all season. That onus falls largely on senior leaders Khalen Saunders and Quentin Moon, who have been terrors all year. This should be a less difficult task than those of recent weeks, as USD QB Austin Simmons is not a dual threat. He will be in the pocket a lot, which sets up WIU’s front 7 for a big day.

 

Offensively, Sean McGuire should be able to pick apart a defense that has only one category (71st ranked pass defense) that is ranked above 93rd. This is another game where I expect to see a heavy dose of Clint Ratkovich and Steve McShane coming out of the backfield as receivers, as their dual-threat abilities can cause scary issues for opposing defenses. Getting them involved early should open up the deep game for McGuire, where he should be able to utilize the big-bodied strength of Isaiah LeSure, John Brunner, and George Wahee. I can see McGuire going for a 300 yard, 3-4 TD day Saturday.

 

A win in this game sets up a win-and-get-in situation in their last game, at home for senior day, against Indiana State. Indiana State has had a quietly very good year, and should not be taken lightly. Emotions will be running high for that one, and win there would give WIU another quality win on their resumé. In my opinion, a 7-4 team out of the Missouri Valley deserves to make it, if for no other reason than the competition they face on a weekly basis. The bottom line is that if WIU takes care of business and wins the next two games, they should be in the FCS Playoffs.

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Monmouth-Roseville has moved on to the Quarterfinal round of the 3A IHSA State Playoffs and has drawn a road matchup against Herscher. This will mark the second straight playoff game on the road for Monmouth, as the slate of games gets tougher and tougher. This officially marks the deepest into any season Monmouth-Roseville has gone as a program. The accomplishments are beginning to pile up, as Coach Jeremy Adolphson’s goals of achieving things not previously done are being realized.

 

“It’s a great feeling,” Said Adolphson of the feeling of being further than ever, “It’s the goal we set out when the season started, and to get to that point is pretty special right now. Just the excitement that goes along with being successful in general, and I think football’s one of those sports that brings back memories for lots of people. We’ve had incredible support not only throughout the regular season, but it’s really picked up here the last two weeks in the playoffs.”

 

Monmouth will bring its dominant passing attack, led by QB Addison Fletcher, Jamonny Skinner, and JC Sells, along with its potent rushing attack led by Austin Johnson and CJ Daniel to Herscher. Here they will be met by a fierce front seven led by Kyler Masching and his 122 tackles, along with Blake Ohrt and his 10.0 Tackles for loss. Matthew Dorsey, the team’s leading rusher, also has recorded 93 total tackles and 5 for loss, so this will be a tough test for the Monmouth offense.

 

Offensively, Herscher comes in with a quarterback in Carter Hendrix who has racked up more than 1800 total yards (roughly 1000 through the air and 800 on the ground) and 19 total touchdowns (9 passing, 10 rushing ). Hendrix’s main backfield partner is Matthew Dorsey, who has racked up over 1500 rushing yards and 16 rushing TDs on the year. These two are the “go to’s” on this offense, and will be a load for Monmouth’s defense to handle. If there is one spot for Monmouth to target, it would be Jamonny Skinner’s ball-hawking ability as a cornerback, Hendrix has thrown 10 interceptions on the year, so it would not be a surprise to see Skinner looking to get his hands on the ball.

 

“They’re a really good team,” Adolphson said of Herscher, “They’ve been to the 4A Quarterfinals the last two years. Their quarterback and their running back run the ball really well, they’re probably right there with the Eureka kids as far as speed goes, maybe even a step quicker. So I think the offense really runs through those two guys. [Hendrix] can run and throw, [Dorsey] is very good, and they’ve got a great weapon on the outside in a 6’7” receiver (Maxx Becker) that we’ll have to deal with. The nice thing is that we’ve got JC Sells who’s a corner that’s about 6’4” and over 200 lbs. that’s going to match up pretty well and be pretty physical with him.”

 

The aforementioned Jamonny Skinner has been the unquestioned vocal leader for this Monmouth-Roseville team, as his dominating performances as a receiver, cornerback, and return-man have led Monmouth to places it has not been before. He truly has demonstrated the ability to take the top off of any defense, and has flashed promise as a true shut-down cornerback.

 

“Jamonny’s been a guy who’s definitely been more vocal with his leadership this year, being a senior,” Adolphson remarked of Skinner, “Kind of accomplishing some of the things he already had coming in to this year has helped his confidence to be able to step out there and be more vocal in that leadership role. Any time the guy that goes out there and makes big plays for you and does things that not too many guys can do, I think his words carry a little more weight. “

 

Though the numbers have not been huge, running back CJ Daniel has plugged himself firmly into this offense in recent weeks. He has rushed for over 90 yards and a touchdown in both playoff games, as his rushing ability gives this offense a powerful extra dynamic. It is largely his and fellow runner Austin Johnson who have opened up their offense, forcing defenses to respect their ability to run, thus opening up the passing game for Fletcher. If they are able to establish the run game early this Saturday, Monmouth’s offense could be running wild by the end.

 

A win in this game sets up a Semi-Final game, which, as Adolphson told me, would be a home game against either Byron or Lisle. A trip to the Semi-Final would be a dream for Adolphson and this team, who have been through a lot of tough times in their 14 year history. They already have done so in my book, but a Semi-Final trip could set this program up for success for years to come. Kick off for Monmouth-Roseville vs. Herscher is scheduled for 2 PM on Saturday, November 10, at Herscher.

 

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WIU vs. #16 Missouri: Women’s Basketball RECAP

 

Last night, November 6, saw the WIU Women’s Basketball team open their season with a home matchup with SEC powerhouse, and 16th ranked, Missouri. They competed early, but ultimately fell, 89-64.

 

Sophie Cunningham led the way for the Tigers, as her 31 point performance showed why she has been highlighted by many experts as a potential All-American. She lit up the floor with her crafty drives, clever passing, and stellar shooting, and no Western player looked much like keeping up with her. Hers was just a case of a dominant player dominating.

 

One aspect of her game I was able to see from my spot near press row was her intangibles. She has a real ability to communicate with her teammates and has a knack for finding the ball on defense. It was obvious to me that she is extremely well liked within the Missouri basketball community, and that her teammates and coaches have the utmost trust in her ability to get the job done.

 

On the Western side of things, there were plenty of positives to take away despite the lopsided loss. Olivia Kaufmann and Annabelle Graettinger had 18 points apiece, and looked like they could form a fierce guard combo with Taylor Higginbotham once Summit League play begins.

 

Their defense was one thing that I found especially impressive, as despite going up against a much larger and more physical Missouri team, they were still able to fight for rebounds and were able to take the ball away on a number of occasions. That defensive fight will be a key for them as the season progresses.

 

Obviously, the loss in the home opener hurts, but Western will have plenty to build on through their non-conference schedule. They could absolutely be a tough matchup for Drake, Purdue, and Butler (their next three D1 non-conference opponents).

 

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Monmouth-Roseville picked up perhaps the biggest win in program history, when they knocked off Eureka on Saturday by a score of 33-28. Eureka had come in 9-1 and were the 2 seed in their bracket.

 

“I thought Saturday was another example of how well our guys responded to adversity,” Said Head Coach Jeremy Adolphson of the Titans’ performance, “It may not have been our best game of the year, but it may have been our toughest.”

 

Offensively, Monmouth got it done in a variety of ways and through a variety of players. Jamonny Skinner continued his run of excellent play, as he put up 9 catches for 160 yards and one touchdown. Addison Fletcher threw for 223 yards and 2 touchdowns, despite throwing 2 interceptions, with his touchdowns going to Skinner and JC Sells. CJ Daniel, the team’s leading rusher, got into the end zone once, as did Austin Johnson.

 

This was a gutsy performance against one of the more talented teams Monmouth had faced all season. Eureka quarterback Matt Martin was able to eclipse the 300-total-yard mark on the game, but Monmouth was able to keep him in check, as Jamonny Skinner got a key interception off of him late in the game. Jakob Thomas also put in a great defensive performance, as he racked up 9 tackles total, including 2 for loss.

 

“Eureka is a very athletic and talented team that would not go away, but we were able to respond and make the biggest plays when it mattered most in order to get the victory,” Adolphson remarked, “The atmosphere at that game was incredible and our fan support rivaled theirs for sure.”

 

The win means Monmouth-Roseville moves on to the Quarterfinal round of the 3A IHSA State Football Playoffs, where they will travel to Herscher. Herscher got to this point by way of a 17-14 win last Saturday over Hall. Kickoff for Monmouth-Roseville vs. Herscher is scheduled for Saturday, November 10, at 2 PM.

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Coming away from their incredible victory last weekend over Wilmington, Monmouth-Roseville will now travel to Eureka for their second round game in the IHSA 3A State Football Playoffs.

 

Jamonny Skinner has been showing out lately, as his last two games for the Titans have seen him eclipse the 100-yard mark. Additionally, he completed maybe the most famous touchdown in Monmouth-Roseville’s short football history last week, when he scored the game-winning, 90-yard touchdown pass last week. He seems to have a knack for big performances in the most important games, so look for him to have another big day on Saturday.

 

Elsewhere on the offense, CJ Daniel returned to his dominating ways again last Saturday, rushing for 94 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. He and the humongous, physical offensive line of the Titans have been dominating teams all season, and this physicality will be huge against a Eureka defense that plays with dangerous speed and aggression.

 

Defensively, Monmouth-Roseville will have to constantly be aware of Eureka QB, Matt Martin. Martin has been a dynamic offensive force for Eureka through the first round of the playoffs, racking up over 2000 yards of total offense and more than 20 TDs. If they can get consistent pressure on Eureka’s offense, much the same way they did against Wilmington, they will have a great chance to win. Jakob Thomas and Austin Johnson will need to play will the same edge that saw them rack up 7.0 tackles for loss between the two.

 

This will be one of the tougher matchups Monmouth has had all season, as Eureka brings an entirely new challenge for the Monmouth defense, and Eureka’s defense might be the fastest they’ve faced all season. As usual, if the trio of Jamonny Skinner, Addison Fletcher, and CJ Daniel have big performances, a win is not unreasonable to expect. Look out for RB Austin Johnson (offensively and defensively) and WR JC Sells to have solid days as well, as Daniel and Skinner will be soaking up much of the attention at running back and receiver.

 

 

 

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