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Illini West Varsity Volleyball team traveled to Monmouth to participate in the Monmouth United tournament on Saturday, October 12.  The Chargers finished the tournament in 4th going 3-2 in the day. The final score of the game was 23-22 

 

Illini West brought the intensity as they won their first matchup against Abingdon/Avon. In 2 games the Chargers beat A-Town  21-9 and 21-10. Sophomores Megan Harrel and Ava Bliss led the team with the most kills with 8 and 7. Junior Karli Artman played her role by adding 21 assists to the Charger's victory.  Senior Taylor Pence made her presence known contributing a total of 19 digs. Junior Alisza LeMaire also added a total of 7 digs from both games. Artman and Pence had the most service points with 6 and 5 points. Lastly, Pence had the hot hand as she contributed 3 Aces to get the win over A-Town.

 

Illini West next matchup against Canton was in their favor as they beat them in 2 games: 21-13, 23-21. Sophomore Ava Bliss continued her hot streak leading her team with 6 kills. Sophomores Megan Harrell and Hallie Ray were tied for the second-most kills in the game which was 5. Junior Karli Artmanlhad the most assist again with a total of 18. Taylor Pence finished with 20 digs, Ava Bliss finished with 9, and Artman finishedd with 8. Junior Alisza Lemaire gave the Chargers 8 service points along with Sophmore Megan Harrell adding 6 points. Harrel also led her team with 2 aces in the win against Canton.

 

After being on a two-game winning streak, Illini West falls to United in 2 games: 17-21, 13-21.  The game against United was the most challenging for them. Sophomores Megan Harrell and Ava Bliss with the help of Hallie Ray were tied for 4 kills. Karli Artman’s assist dropped down to 13. Taylor Pence led the team with 14 digs with help from Megan Harrel adding 12 and Ava Bliss adding 8. Lastly, Megan Harrel was only able to give the team 3 service points. After winning 2 games in a row, the fatigue factor started to set in for the Chargers and that's why they couldn't perform as well.

 

After losing their first match in the tournament, Illini West defeats Southeastern in 2 games: 22-20, 21-12. This game was a comeback game for the Chargers as they weren't too fond of that loss. Once again Megan Harrel and Ava Bliss led the team with the most kills having 8 and 5. Karli Artman added 18 assist, 9 service points and 11 digs against Southerneastern. Ava Bliss added 9 digs 7 service points and led the team with 2 aces. Lastly, Megan Harell and Taylor Pence were tied with 8 digs to give the Chargers the win over Southeastern.

 

Their very last game was against the Illini Bluffs in which they lost in 2 games with 13-21 and 15-21. This wasn't their best game of the day as Megan Harrel and Ava Bliss were tied for 4 kills each, along with Halee With Junior Halee Wood adding 3. Karli Artman kept the momentum going adding 12 assists.  Ava Bliss had 7 digs along with Taylor Pence adding 5. Lastly, Alisza LeMaire put up the most service points for the Chargers with 4 points. The tournament only allowed two losses for a team to be eliminated. Since the Illini West Chargers lost twice they finished in 4th place with a record of 3-2. Illini West is now 24-6 and 4-0 in the conference and their next match is Tonight at Rushville.

 
 

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Both the Macomb boys and girls golf teams participated in their Sectional Tournaments on Monday, October 14th, looking to solidify excellent seasons with a trip to state. Both teams performed admirably and did indeed earn State Invites, as the boys finished third while the girls finished in second.

 

For the girls, Emma Thorman impressed with a 76 for the tournament, while Laine Torrance and Karlie Wisslead had great days on the course as the other two Bombers with sub-90 scores. Lily Vardaman finished with a 91, while Ellen Meixner and Katie Teel put up respectable scores in a day that saw Macomb fall just short of rivals Quincy Notre Dame. The girls State Meet will be held this Friday and Saturday at Red Tail Run Course in Decatur.

 

On the boys side of things, it was Braeden Duncan leading the way for Macomb, in its own hosted Sectional, with a 71 on the day. Connor Hamm, Jack Lockard, Griffin Taylor, Blaine Sutton and Connor Watson all chipped in sub-90 scores in a display of the frightening depth MHS has to offer each and every time out. The boys will be looking for a state title when they play their tournament this Friday and Saturday as well, though they will head to Bloomington/Normal and Prairie Vista Golf Course.

 

We wish both squads the best of luck as they look to bring home the hardware for MHS! 

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Fresh on the back of a historic victory, WIU men’s soccer star winger Paul Kirdorf has been named Summit League Offensive Player of the Week. Kirdorf notched a goal and an assist in WIU’s shocking 4-3 win over Denver.

 

He played a big role in the biggest win in recent school history, as the Leathernecks came in 0-0-11 and without a win over Denver in the history of the Summit League. On the season Kirdorf has scored one goal and recorded two assists, all of which have come in Summit League play. 

 

Kirdorf and the Leathernecks will be hoping for more consistent production as they head into a two-match week. Match #1 comes at home against non-conference foe Detroit-Mercy on Tuesday, October 15th at 3 PM, while the Leathernecks will hit the road on Saturday for match #2 against Purdue-Fort Wayne. 

 

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WIU’s football team headed to Terre Haute this past Saturday licking their wounds a bit following a 3OT loss to a Missouri State team they led against for most of the first 3 quarters. Despite once again taking an early double-digit lead, WIU was unable to hold off a furious comeback from Indiana State, ultimately losing 20-10.

 

The quarterback issue has really become just that, an issue, the past few weeks. It seems that no matter who Head Coach Jared Elliott starts, there is little production from the position. Neither Kevin Johnson nor Connor Sampson have provided Elliott with much, and it may now be time to turn to one of the younger options on the team, given the team’s low percentage of competing in 2019. Sampson, on the day, finished with 102 yards and a 1-to-1 interception-to-touchdown ratio, while completing less than 50% of his throws. Something has got to give at the most important position in the game.

 

One of the more frustrating outcomes of this game was the lack of attention to the running game, something that seemed to be working well for WIU on the day. Max Norris ran for one touchdown and a wildly impressive 15.3 yards-per-carry, yet only touched the ball 3 times. Tony Tate came in from his receiver position and carried the ball well, to the tune of a 9.7 YPC average, yet he as well only ran the ball 3 times. The leading ball-carrier was Deontez Thompson, who carried the rock 7 times for limited production and just a 3.7 YPC average. WIU has to figure out an effective solution to the run problem, or this run of disappointment will continue.

 

Defense could be looked at as a positive in this one, as the Leathernecks actually won the turnover battle on the back of 2 forced and recovered fumbles. Zach Glisan and Andre Whitley combined for 25 tackles on the day as the two had a real nose for the ball and showcased an ability to consistently diagnose and pursue plays. LaCale London had the team’s lone sack on the day, in addition to 2 more tackles for loss, in a day where he showed his disruptive capabilities. The secondary looked good for a half as well as the Leatherneck defense forced a QB change from Indiana State at halftime. That change may have proven the decision of the game, as replacement QB Kurt Wilderman came in and threw for two touchdowns, which when combined with the two second half field goals scored by ISU, resulted in 20 unanswered points for ISU, too much for WIU to recover from. 

 

WIU, still in search of its first win in 2019, will be hoping for some home cooking when they host in-state rivals Illinois State on Saturday, October October 19th. Kickoff for this one is set for 1 PM at Hanson Field.

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Despite a heavy onslaught of shots from the Leathernecks, the Western Illinois women’s soccer team lost and was shutout for its second straight game on Sunday, falling 1-0 to North Dakota. The shot total read 15-10 in favor of WIU, though only two Leatherneck shots were on target. The difference in the game was a 24th minute Megan Wright goal off of a corner kick.

 

The second straight loss will hurt, but perhaps even more frustrating is the two straight shutouts from a side that looked to have found its offensive form against PFW and Omaha in the week prior. Ines Palmiero Herrera continued her strong performance in 2019 with a 3 save effort, though she received little help from her offense and one allowed goal turned out to be a killer.

 

WIU will look to end this mini-skid when they hit the road for a trip through the Dakotas, first taking on South Dakota State in Brookings on Friday, October 18th, and then heading to Fargo for a meeting with the NDSU Bison on Sunday, October 20th. 

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Sciota, IL--The Bushnell West Praraie had their homecoming game pushed back and that upset the young Sparclones team, but they were rewarded with a win on their home turf. 

 

After a scoreless first quarter, both teams struck pay dirt. Senior Jax Hiel scored a rushing TD and a 2 point conversion. Hiel finished the night with 95 rushing yards and 24 receiving. 

 

Marcus Gulley of Peoria/Quest struck with a receiving TD with 3:09 left in the second.

 

After the half, The Sparclones scored again early in the 3rd quarter, Sophomore Shane Shinn scores a rushing touchdown and BWP yet again went for the 2 point conversion but came up short, leaving the score 14-7 in favor of the Sparclones. 

 

Peoria/Quest came back to tie the game with a rushing score from Quarterback Payton Wilson. 

 

BWP was up against the ropes but with the help of the special teams, they made an amazing play to finish the game. The special teams did its job when they blocked a punt with 1:53 left and the punt block was returned for a touchdown by Caleb Norris to break the tie leading to the Sparclones 20-14 win. 

 

The Sparclones take on Astoria (VIT) who fell to Illini West last week in a 40-16 romping. The Sparclones look to move to 3-5.

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The Western Illinois volleyball team has been searching for improvement in 2019 on a tough first year from Head Coach Ben Staupe. That improvement appears to be coming through incrementally, as the Leathernecks already have more wins than all of 2018. They furthered that development this weekend, as they were able to rebound nicely from a sweep at the hands of Omaha on Friday, to return the favor against Oral Roberts on Sunday.

 

The Leathernecks won this one on the back of a strong first two sets, as they did not allow Oral Roberts into the 20s in either. The third set saw a strong push from ORU, but WIU did not give in and took the sweep in a 25-21 set. The sweep over Oral Roberts continued what had been a record-setting weekend for WIU Athletics, as it was the first such win over ORU in WIU history. 

 

WIU got an excellent offensive performance out of JoJo Kruize, as her 12 kills and 1 ace earned her a 13 point effort. Mariah Mitchell and Mackenzie Steckler proved their versatility in this one, as they each racked up an impressive 8 kills while both also racked up 3 blocks, in a huge performance at the net. Freshman Elle Shult had a nice day for the Leathernecks in a variety of ways, as she was able to notch 6 kills to go along with 1 block and 1 ace. 

 

The Leathernecks will hope these performances continue as they embark on a two-game road trip, the first of which sees WIU travel to Vermillion for a matchup with South Dakota. The match is set for a 7 PM first serve.

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Sciota, IL--The Bushnell West Praraie had their homecoming game pushed back and that upset the young Sparclones team, but they were rewarded with a win on their home turf. 

 

After a scoreless first quarter, both teams struck pay dirt. Senior Jax Hiel scored a rushing TD and a 2 point conversion. Hiel finished the night with 95 rushing yards and 24 receiving. 

 

Marcus Gulley of Peoria/Quest struck with a receiving TD with 3:09 left in the second.

 

After the half, The Sparclones scored again early in the 3rd quarter, Sophomore Sahne shin score a rushing touchdown and BWP yet again went for the 2 point conversion but came up short, leaving the score 14-7 in favor of the Sparclones. 

 

Peoria/Quest came back to tie the game with a rushing score from Quarterback Payton Wilson. 

 

BWP was up against the ropes but with the help of the defense and special the made an amazing play to finish the game. The special teams did its job when they blocked a punt with 1:53 left and the punt block was returned for a touchdown by Caleb Norris to break the tie leading to the Sparclones 20-14 win. 

 

The Sparclones take on Astoria (VIT) who fell to Illini West last week in a 40-16 romping. The Sparclones look to move to 3-5.

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Macomb’s varsity football team returned home on Friday, October 11th, for their storied rivalry with Quincy Notre Dame. This is a rivalry that stretches back multiple decades, playoff appearances and legendary coaching battles and is one that, no matter where either team sits, still one both teams get up for. Macomb came in with some momentum following what looked like a rejuvenating second half against West Hancock the week prior, one where McKenna Gabbei began to show out as quarterback. Unfortunately, the Bombers were unable to keep that going in a 40-14 loss.

 

Quincy Notre Dame came in with a number of different, competent rushers that looked to be just too much for the Bombers to keep up with. It seemed as though every time Macomb’s defense adjusted itself for one back, the Raiders would send out a new, fresh runner for them to deal with. The Raiders used a variety of skillsets with the runners as well, as Macomb had to deal with physical bruisers in Lake Bergman and Jack Marth, while also contending with the smoothness of QB Ike Wiley and Johnny Ohnemus. Wiley proved his ability throwing the ball as well, as he was often able to find Jack Gilliland and Grant Hyer on deep throws. Gilliland specifically proved to be quite the multifaceted weapon, as he ran for a punt return touchdown and had one more called back due to a penalty. Overall for QND, they looked the more talented team in every facet of the game. 

 

Despite this, there were positives to take from this game for Macomb. Were it not for a number of dropped passes or poorly run routes, McKenna Gabbei would have had a wonderful day throwing the ball. As it stood, he still managed over 100 yards through the air and dropped an absolute dime on a 59-yard completion to John Ogle in the second quarter. Speaking of Ogle, his assets as a multi-talented weapon continued to shine through Friday night. He racked up 74 yards through the air and 35 yards on the ground to lock up another 100+ yard all purpose day, as well as another game in which he led the Bombers in total yards. His selflessness and willingness to move from a position at which he has cemented himself as one of the greats is something to be admired and something every player should strive for. It’s remarkable to watch. Additionally, the Bombers continue to get excellent play from Dalton Deener on the defensive side of the ball, who had a few near sacks on Wiley, while the cornerback pairing of Zach Dysart and Spencer Whitney made a number of excellent tackles that saved the score from potentially worsening. 

 

The Bombers will continue looking for that elusive first win when they stay right at home at MHS Field this Friday to take on Mahomet-Seymour. The game is set for a 7 PM kickoff and you can hear it live on 100.1 FM WKAI “K100” as Paul Bubb and Paul Mellema will be on the call. 

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WIU Ends Pair of Losing Streaks

The winless Western Illinois men’s soccer team returned home on Saturday, October 12th, to take on Summit League foe Denver, a team WIU had never beaten in 8 prior attempts. All of that came to an end in one intensely entertaining afternoon as the Leathernecks came away with a 4-3 win. 

 

It was a back and forth affair for the first 20-minutes, with WIU jumping out to a 2-1 lead on goals from Daisuke Otsuka and Cesar Cosio, and it looked as though this could wind up being a “pick the score” type of match. Denver stud Josh Drack got Denver back on level terms just before half and the match went to halftime 2-2. The two first half goals for WIU were the first of any kind they had scored against the Pioneers since November, 2014.

 

The second half was a bit slower paced, both teams settled into a rhythm, and a Ryan DeBois Leatherneck goal broke the deadlock in the 65th minute. WIU feasted on set piece opportunities in this one, as two of their four would come via corner or free kicks. Denver evened the game back up at three on a cracking shot from outside the box off the foot of Kengo Ohira, and it looked as though we were destined for a wild final 20 minutes. The final goal of the game came in the 75th minute, as senior star Paul Kirdorf whipped in a wicked corner that found the head of Kyle Owen, who found the back of the net. 15 minutes later, WIU knew the woes of a winless season were over, as was the dreadful streak against DU.

 

The celebration that followed was pure jubilance on the part of both the players and Head Coach Eric Johnson, who has seen this team through the tough season thus far. The women’s soccer team was on hand in the crowd as well and they joined the men in celebrating the monumental accomplishment they had all been a part of. For WIU, they will look to keep the momentum alive when they take on Detroit-Mercy at home on Tuesday, October 15th, in a match that is set for a 3 PM kick-off.

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Busy week for Illini West as they just released their schedule of athletic events for the week of 10/14/19-10/19/19. 

 

To commence the week Chargers Coed Varsity Goff team will travel to Mt. Sterling to compete in the Brown County Boys Goff Sectional on Monday, October 14 at 10.30 a.m. Next, the Girls Freshman Volleyball team will visit Quincy Notre Dame School in hopes of bringing another win back home. The game is set for 5:30 p.m and the departure time is at 4:00 p.m. Later that day the Boys Junior Varsity football team will have the challenge of defending their home field against South Fulton at 6:00 p.m. To end the day the Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball team is scheduled to play Notre Dame at 6:30 p.m. 

 

For Tuesday, October 15, the Co-ed Varsity Cross Country team will host the Charger Invitational starts at 4:00 p.m. Schools throughout their conference who have accepted the invite will also compete. Next, the Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity team will travel to Rushville-Industry/Schuyler Industry at 4:00 p.m to represent Illini West. The Girls Junior Varsity is scheduled to play first at 6:00 p.m.. they have the job of setting the tempo for the varsity team playing later at 7:00 p.m.

 

There are no scheduled events for Wednesday.

 

On Thursday, October 17, the events will pick back up as the Boys Freshman Football team have an opportunity to play against CO-OP West Hancock in Hamilton. This game is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m and the departure time is at 5:00 p.m. Next the Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity will be matched up against West Praire at home. With the intensity from the crowd, the Chargers should use that to help build momentum against West Prairie. The Girls Junior Varsity game will start at 6:00 p.m and the Varsity team will play at 7:00 p.m.

 

The Chargers have been waiting on this all week. On Friday, October 18, the Boys Varsity Football team will play at home against RushvilleiIndustry/Schuyler Industry at 7:00 p.m. The Varsity team has had a pretty rough season only winning one game thus far. Their record in the conference is 1-5. But as long as the Chargers maintain that grit they’ll be able to overcome any team and change their season around.

 

 Lastly, to close the week, the Chargers Coed Varsity Cross Country team will travel to Detweiller Park to accept the Peoria Heights Patriot Invitational. The invitational is set to commence at 1:00 p.m. but they will depart at 9:30 a.m. After a long busy week of events, the Chargers will need to get their rest if they expect to do well at the invitational.

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With the regular season coming to a close, the IHSA has released its seeding for Sub-Sectional A of the Pleasant Plains 2A Sectional. What can immediately be found in these listings is a number of familiar names.

 

At the top of the list is Quincy Notre Dame, who seems to be at the top of their game in every sport at the moment. Coming in at #2 is Macomb, who used explosive height, jumping ability and youth to power through for a surprising season. The three seed will be Illini West, who exceeded expectations and used the passing prowess of Karli Artman to finsih an excellent year. Other local squads in this field were Rushville-Industry in 6th, Beardstown in 9th and West Hancock rounding out the field in 12th. 

 

The most exciting and intense time for these fall athletes is upon us, so stay tuned to localsportsnow.com for all the updates on the Fall 2019 IHSA State Volleyball Tournament.

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The WIU women’s soccer team made its longest trip in the Summit League on Thursday, out west to Denver, and after snow pushed the match indoors, fell to the Pioneers 3-0. 

 

The goals for Denver all came in a flash, as they scored their first in the 27th minute, second in the 37th and third just two minutes into the second half. WIU and goalkeeper Ines Palmiero Herrera were peppered by Denver’s attack all game, as the Pioneers outshot the Leathernecks 23-5. 9 of those Pioneer shots were on goal, as opposed to 0 for WIU. This was a dominant offensive and defensive effort for Denver as they look to bounce back from an uneven start.

 

WIU will look to put this one behind them when they return home Sunday to take on North Dakota. That game is set to begin at 1 PM.

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On the back of one of their most impressive seasons, the Macomb girls golf team proved that performance was no fluke in the postseason with a win in their Regional Tournament on Thursday.

 

The girls dominated in every aspect on the course as they had the top-2 individual finishers and 4 of the top 10. Emma Thorman won the individual title while Laine Torrance finished second, while Lily Vardaman wrapped up a 7th place finish and Karlie Wisslead secured 10th. The combination of these performances resulted in a staggering 76-stroke win for the Bombers. 

 

The girls will head to the Sectional Tournament next week, in Jacksonville, for a chance to make it to state.

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Carthage, IL--Illini West is continuing its amazing 2019 campaign as the Chargers win yet another home match, this time against Abingdon-Avon in two sets: 25-16, 25-20.

 

A few familiar names lead the Chargers in stats yet again. 

 

Megan Harrell lead the team in kills, pouring in 10 and adding 8 digs to the effort.

 

Sophomore Karli Artman posted 20 assists and 9 digs.

 

Hallie Ray and Ava Bliss each add 5 kills and Taylor Pence leads the team in digs in yet another week with 12.

 

The Chargers are Undefeated in conference play and 21-4 on the season and the ladies are heading into tournament play Saturday at 8:30 a.m. vs. A-Town at the Monmouth United Tournament. They play play 5 games Saturday (A-Town, Canton, Southeastern, United, and TBD) and lok to take home some hardware.

 

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The Monmouth-Roseville Titans have recently accepted an invitational from the Sherrard Tigers Varsity Volleyball team.   The tournament will be held at Sherrard Highschool Saturday, on October 19th. 

 

The tournament will be structured by a pool play to the best of 3 games. There are a tremendous amount of schools in the region competing so they’ll either be placed in pool A or B. Games 1 and 2 will continue until the first team reaches 21 with a 25 point game cap. Game 3 if needed will go until the first team reaches 15 points with a 20 point game cap. Each team that comes in first place in their pool will have a chance to compete for the championship. By any chance, if there is a tie-breaker it will go to whichever team allowed the fewest points. 

 

The teams that are listed in pool A are Sherrard, Wethersfield, Erie/Prophetstown, Monmouth-Roseville, United Township, and Ridgewood. Schools placed in pool B are Kewanee, Monmouth United, Mendon, West Praire, Knoxville, and Morrison. 

 

The Titans kick things off bright and earl as they’re scheduled to play against Erie/Prophetstown in gym 2 at 8 a.m. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Titans to have a chance to play against the schools in their region and study how they operate.

 

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Carthage, IL--The Illini West Chargers have reached 20 wins on a young season as they cruise to victory against the Bushnell-Prarie City Trojans in two sets: 25-8 and 25-9.

 

Leading the pack for the Chargers:

 

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Megan Harrell ends with 5, Paige Gutting and Ava Bliss add 4

 

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Karli Artman finishes with 16

 

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Taylor Pence leads all with 10, Madi Cole and Megan Harrell add on 5 each

 

The Chargers advance to 20-4 and will take on Abingdon-Avon at home This Thursday

  

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The Western Illinois women’s golf team has spent the last two days participating in the Butler Invitational, and Tuesday wrapped up an impressive showing. The Leathernecks jumped a few spots on the final day to wind up with a fourth place finish, and did so on the back of a number of great individual performances.

 

Cassidy Jurkaites shot a 78 on the final day to move her score to 226 for the event, putting her solidly in 7th. Though she may have had the highest finish, she was not the only Leatherneck who performed well, Natalie Hooper put in a 78 to mark her lowest round of the tournament and secure a 9th place finish.

 

In a quote obtained by Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant, Danny Frey, Women’s Golf Graduate Assistant Brodie Dakin said, "The team played really well today. They were just a few big holes away from shooting a great score as a team. They need to keep working hard at minimizing mistakes and the scores will continue to improve. Another good showing by Cassidy and Natalie.”

 

The Leathernecks only have one more event remaining on the fall schedule, the Tiger Fall Invitational on October 27th and 28th. The event will be hosted by Savannah State. 

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The Western Illinois volleyball team has spent the entire season to this point playing in a variety of road contests and tournaments. Well, that trend comes to an end this Friday, October 10th, when WIU takes on Omaha in its home opener. This will also be the first match in Summit League play, as the Leathernecks look to take a step forward in Ben Staupe’s second year at the helm.

 

Among the players coming into 2019 with high expectations was redshirt-junior Mackenzie Steckler. Steckler has thus far not only reached but exceeded the expectations, establishing herself as a force at the net. She currently leads the Summit League with 83 total blocks, while she ranks 8th nationally in the same category. Steckler’s defense will continue to be heavily relied upon as WIU looks to make a statement in Summit League play.

 

Along with Steckler’s play, the play of many of the youngsters and incoming players has impressed in 2019. Sophomore Mariah Mitchell has continued to progress after a promising freshman year, and she currently leads WIU with 155 kills on the season. Freshmen Gabby DePersio and Jessie Connell have already begun leaving a similar impact, as DePersio leads the team in digs with 219, while Connell owns the team lead in assists with 327. The success of the young players may determine the success of the volleyball program, as they represent a bright future for WIU.

 

Along with their home and Summit League opening match against Omaha on October 10th, WIU will as well host Oral Roberts on Sunday, October 13th. Each game will be streamed on the Leatherneck Sports Network and can be heard live on 88.3 The Dog.

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The 2019 football season is winding down unfortunately and limitations are coming into play for a number of schools. One of the latest to be affected is the Illini West freshman football team, who saw its Thursday, October 10th game against Clark County (MO) cancelled Tuesday.

 

Per Illini West Athletic Director Zak Huston, the reasons for the cancellation are an issue with the number of players available, as well as the quarter limitations imposed by Missouri. This is an unfortunate side affect of athletic associations’ desire to protect athletes but is an understandable reason nonetheless.

 

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