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Cubs-Cardinals rained out again, will be made up tomorrow afternoon

The Cardinals and Cubs game that was slated for this afternoon at Wrigley has been called off due to rain. This is the second time in three days the two rivals will not be able to play. This game will be made up tomorrow afternoon in Chicago. Coverage begins at 12:45 p.m. on Macomb News Now WLMD (104.7 FM). First pitch is slated for 1:20 p.m.


Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/17/2018

High School Baseball


Canton 4 vs Illini West 5 (9 innings)

-Kennedy Gooding (IW): 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI

-Lincoln Gooding (IW): 1-4, BB, RBI (drew walk-off walk)


Central 2 vs Monmouth-Roseville 7


Rushville-Industry 10 vs Bushnell-West Prairie 9 (9 innings)

-Andrew Jones (R-I): 3-5, R, RBI

-Briar Stinson (R-I): 4 IP, 0 ER, H, 7 SO, BB


West Hancock 3 vs Macomb 7

-Jacob Burg (MHS): W, 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 7 SO, 5 BB

-Brandon Bickers (MHS): 1-3, BB, R, HR, RBI

-Ben Higgins (MHS): 2-3, BB, R, 3 RBI


High School Softball


Bushnell-West Prairie 5 vs Southeastern 7


Central 15 vs Monmouth-Roseville 0


Macomb 7 vs West Hancock 6

-Kelsey Cawthon (MHS): 1-4, R, HR, 3 RBI

-Erin Gerhardt (WH): 1-3, BB, R, 2B, 2 RBI


QND 0 vs Illini West 11

-Lara Pence (IW): 2-2, 5 RBI

-Pence: W, 5 IP, 2 H, 9 SO, BB


Unity 2 vs Illini West 10

-Katelyn Murphy (IW): 3-3, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

-Blair Boston (IW): W, 7 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 8 SO, BB


WIU Men's Golf


Beu Mussatto Invitational- Macomb, IL

-WIU finishes 6th out of 14 teams

-Drew Eaton: T12 (+7)


WIU Softball


Western Illinois (14-22) 2 vs Iowa (19-22) 1 (8 innings)

-Hailey Duwa: 1-2, R, HR, RBI

-Emily Ira: W, 8 IP, ER, 3 H, 6 SO, BB


Cubs-Cardinals rain out to be made up as part of July 21 doubleheader

The Cubs were rained out for a second consecutive day, as tonight's scheduled Cubs-Cardinals series opener was called off this afternoon. The game will be made up Saturday, July 21 as part of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field. 


The teams will be back in action tomorrow night in Chicago. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. Coverage can be heard on Macomb News Now WLMD (104.7 FM). 


Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/13-15/2018

High School Baseball


Friday 4/13


Illini West 11 vs North Fulton 0


Payson 9 vs Rushville-Industry 6


High School Softball 


Friday 4/13 


Bushnell-West Prairie 1 vs Macomb 3


Payson 1 vs Illini West 6


WIU Baseball


Friday 4/13


Omaha 8 vs Western Illinois (7-20, 5-6) 5



Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/12/2018

High School Baseball


Camp Point Central 0 vs Macomb 4

-Parker Schmalshof: 1-3, 2 RBI

-Ben Higgins: W, 5.1 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 1 SO

-Jacob Burg: S, 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 SO


Farmington 1 vs Rushville-Industry 15

-Brady Klitz (R-I): 6 IP, 1 H 1 ER, 8 SO, 5 BB

-Drew Schmidt (R-I): 3-4, BB, 2 R, 4 RBI


Illini West 2 vs Monmouth-Roseville 4

-Nick Corman (M-R): 2-3, 2 RBI

-Lincoln Gooding (IW): 1-2, BB, 2B, 2 RBI


South Fulton 2 vs West Hancock 17

-Quinn Dupree (WH): 3-3, BB, 4 R, RBI


High School Softball


Bushnell-West Prairie 3 vs Rushville-Industry 8


Camp Point Central 4 vs Macomb 2

-Jacey Nall (CPT): 12 SO


Mendon Unity 8 vs West Hancock 9


Monmouth-Roseville 2 vs Illini West 21

-Sydney Carlisle (IW): 2-3, BB, 4 R, 3 RBI, 

-Brooke Lawson (IW): 2-2, 2 BB, 3 R, HR,  2 RBI

-Kaetlyn Murphy (IW): 2-3, 2 R, 5 RBI


Monmouth-Roseville 1 vs Illini West 23

-Sydney Carlisle (IW): 3-3, BB, 4 R, 2B, 4 RBI

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 3-3, 3 R, HR, RBI

-Kaetlyn Murphy (IW): 2-3, BB, 2 R, 4 RBI


Southeastern 1 vs South Fulton 11






Mon-Rose's Woodard among six WIU Volleyball signees

Western Illinois Volleyball has announced the signings of six players for the 2018-19 season. Among the six is a local product, Kaylee Mae Woodard of Monmouth-Roseville High School. The 5'8 outside hitter/defensive specialist comes to Macomb after three seasons as an all-conference player for the Titans. She was a named to the all-tournament team at the Charger Invite three times.


"Kaylee is a six rotation outside that will more than likely make the transition into a defensive role for our program," said WIU Head Volleyball Coach Kelly Richardson in a WIU Athletics press release. "Her ability to play six rotations though has made her a well-rounded player, and will help her bring consistency to our defense. Kaylee has big goals, and will continue pushing herself and those around her to improve. She is fierce competitor, and we look forward to her fighter mentality in the gym this fall."


Woodard will come to a university that is both close to home, and has sentimental value to her. 


"I chose Western because I loved the campus, it was close to home and my grandfather attended WIU and played basketball," Woodard said in the release. "WIU also has a great Nursing program, which made my choice even easier to make."


In addition to Woodard, Richardson and her staff have added five more players. All six recruits hail from either Illinois or Iowa. The remainder of the class is made up of the following athletes:


-Erika Moore: 5'7 defensive specialist/libero from Bloomington, IL (Bloomington Central Catholic High School)

-Mariah Mitchell: 6'0 right side from Wapello, IA (Wapello High School) 

-Alaina Kline: 5'7 defensive specialist/libero from Pecatonica, IL (Christian Life High School)

-Kennedy Drewis: 5'10, outside hitter from Tripoli, IA (Tripoli High School)

-Madeline Dieter: 6'1, middle blocker from Plainfield, IL. (Plainfield North High School)


WIU Women's Basketball signs Spanish national team's Flores

(Photo via WIU Athletic Communications)


Western Illinois Women's Basketball has announced the signing of Spanish recruit Carla Flores. The 5'10 12th grader will play for WIU in the 2018-19 season. 


"She is a national level player in Spain, and will be a perfect fit for our playing style," Western Illinois Head Women's Basketball Coach JD Gravina said in a WIU Athletics press release. "She plays the game with a smoothness and confidence that will be great in our transition motion offense."


Flores has played for the Spanish National Team for the past three seasons. Her team won the gold medal at the U16 European Championship in Italy. The Barcelona native has played for the Liga Femenina Team, as well as being a three-year member of the club team State of Cataluña. 




Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/11/2018

High School Baseball


Bushnell-West Prairie 2 vs Illini West 5

-Jacob Dietrich (IW): 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 10 SO, 1 BB

-Kennedy Gooding (IW): 1-3, R, HR, 3 RBI

-Trenton Teel (BWP): 1-3, 2 RBI


West Hancock 3 vs Clark County (MO) 9


High School Softball


Illini West 16 vs Beardstown 4

-Bailee Clampitt (IW): 1-2, BB, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 

-Gracie McDowell (IW): 3-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI

-Lara Pence (IW): 1-3, BB, R, HR, 2 RBI


Knoxville 12 vs Rushville-Industry 10

-Madelyn Belville (R-I): 3-6, BB, 2 RBI

-Chaddam Crosier (R-I): 3-6, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI


Monmouth-Roseville 2 vs Galesburg 10


WIU Baseball


Western Illinois (7-19) 4 vs Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (7-23) 3 (10 innings)

-Mitch Ellis: 2-4, BB, 2 RBI, (GW RBI Double)

-Drue Galassi: 2-5, R, HR, 2 RBI 




Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/10/2018

High School Baseball


Beardstown 13 vs Rushville-Industry 6


Macomb 3 vs Camp Point Central 8


South Fulton 11 vs Farmington 8


High School Softball


Macomb 1 vs Camp Point Central 6


Rushville Industry 12 vs Mendon Unity 5


Cubs home opener to be made up Tuesday, April 10

With today's home opener against the Pirates canceled due to snow in the Chicago area, the Cubs will wait an extra day to play their first home game of the 2018 season. Chicago will play at Wrigley Field Tuesday afternoon against Pittsburgh. Coverage begins at 12:45 p.m., with a 1:20 p.m. first pitch. You can hear the game on Macomb News Now WLMD (103.7 FM-104.7 FM-1510 AM). 


Macomb Boy's Basketball's Fayhee signs with Carl Sandburg

(Photo via Chris Duerr, KHQA)


Macomb Boy's Basketball senior forward Carter Fayhee signed with Carl Sandburg College Wednesday at Macomb High School.


Fayhee led the Bombers in scoring, rebounding, and assists for both his junior and senior seasons. He surpassed the 1,000 point milestone on January 26 in a win at Camp Point. He helped lead Macomb to an 18-10 record in 2017-18, which included a 10-game winning streak. 


Fayhee now heads to Galesburg to join a junior college program with a winning tradition. The Chargers went 23-9 in 2017-18, and were co-champions of the Arrowhead Conference. 


Cubs Tuesday rainout to be made up with May 19 doubleheader

Following a rainout against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs have announced that the game will be made up as part of a Saturday, May 19 doubleheader. Coverage of the day game begins at 11:35 a.m., with coverage of the night game beginning at 5:35 p.m.


These games will be part of a four-game series at the Great American Ballpark in the Queen City, beginning Friday, May 18 and ending Sunday, May 20. 


The Cubs get a travel day Wednesday, as they head to Milwaukee to begin a series with the Brewers. The first game of the series is Thursday, with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m.


All 2018 Chicago Cubs regular season and post season games can be heard on Macomb News Now (103.7 FM, 104.7 FM, and 1510 AM) WLMD. Pre-game coverage begins 35 minutes prior to first pitch for every game. 


WIU Softball's Marlow wins Summit League Player of the Week

Kelsey Marlow, a senior infielder from Terre Haute, IN, has been named the Summit League Player of the Week for the week of March 26 – April 1. Marlow's accolades for the week include breaking a program record, with five hits against South Dakota in Saturday's 20-12 victory in Vermillion. This is the first time Marlow has earned this award. 


In Western Illinois' three-game series sweep of the Coyotes, Marlow hit .643 with an on-base percentage of .643 and a slugging percentage of .929. For the series she recorded two doubles and a triple, along with eight RBI.


Western Illinois is now 10-22 on the season, with a 3-0 Summit League record following the opening series with South Dakota.  


Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/30-4/1/2018

High School Baseball 


Friday 3/30


West Hancock 1 vs Illini West 2


West Hancock 0 vs Illini West 2


Saturday 3/31 


Macomb 10 vs Peoria Richwoods 7


Macomb 2 vs Peoria Richwoods 8


High School Softball


Friday 3/30


Bushnell-West Prairie 2 vs West Hancock 9


WIU Baseball 


Friday 3/30 


Western Illinois 1 vs Fort Wayne 3


Saturday 3/31


Western Illinois 9 vs Fort Wayne 3


Sunday 4/1 


Western Illinois (4-17, 3-4) 1 vs Fort Wayne 6


WIU Softball


Friday 3/30 


Western Illinois 5 vs South Dakota 3


Western Illinois 7 vs South Dakota 4


Saturday 3/31 


Western Illinois (10-22, 3-0) 20 vs South Dakota 12


WIU Women's Basketball's Clemens, Farrow earn Academic All-League honors

Two Western Illinois Women's Basketball players were named to the Summit League All-Academic Team Thursday. WIU seniors Emily Clemens and Michelle Farrow are two of the six athletes to earn spots on the team. The teams were voted on by faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors across the Summit League.


To be eligible for the team, a student-athlete must maintain a GPA of at least 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale), completed at least one full academic year at the current institution and participated in 50 percent of her team's competitions. The women’s basketball all-league team is made up of the five student-athletes receiving the most votes with all ties standing.


Clemens, a marketing/sport management major with a 3.67 GPA, lands on the Academic All-League Team for the second consecutive year. A Senior CLASS Award finalist and two-time first team all-league selection, Clemens broke league records for career assists (687) and free throws made (558), while becoming the program’s all-time leading scorer (1,699). She was named the ESPNW National Player of the Week (Dec. 26) and also became the first Leatherneck to surpass 1,000 points, 500 assists and 200 steals. Clemens led the league with 7.5 assists per game and 3.3 steals per game, while ranking second in points per contest (18.0).


Farrow is a senior biology major with a 3.96 GPA. She started 30-of-32 games this season for the Fighting Leathernecks with 11 double-digit scoring contests, including a career-high 25 points in the win over North Dakota State (Jan. 27).


Macomb's Fuhr, Hare, sign to play college basketball

A pair of Macomb High School basketball players have officially signed on with college programs. Macomb Boys Basketball’s John Fuhr has signed with Division 3 Central College in Pella, Iowa. Macomb Girls basketball player Jordyn Hare has officially signed on at Illinois Central College, a junior college in East Peoria. The signings took place Wednesday in the Macomb High School Library. 


Fuhr averaged career highs across the board this season, stepping into the starting center role for Macomb. He reached a career high 19 points twice during the year, and hit two game-winning free throws in a contest with conference rival Monmouth-Roseville in January. 


As a senior, Hare led the Lady Bombers with 12.9 points per game, and finished second on the team with 6.9 rebounds per game. She was named MVP of the Canton Kiwanis All-Star Game last weekend. Hare also led Macomb in scoring and rebounding as a junior. 


(Top: Fuhr signs with Central College. Bottom: Hare signs with Illinois Central College)


Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/28/2018

High School Baseball


Macomb 4 vs Beardstown 3

-Jacob Burg: W, 6 IP, 3 H, 8 SO, 4 K

-Brandon Bickers: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 


High School Softball


Southeastern 3 vs Macomb 13 (5 innings)

-Kelsie Cawthon: W, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 SO, 3 BB

-Maggie Swanson: 3-3, 4 R, 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB


West Hancock 2 vs Illini West 6

-Lara Pence (IW): W, 6.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 7 SO, 4 BB

-Katelyn Murphy (IW): 2-3, 2 RBI


West Hancock 0 vs Illini West 12 (5 innings)

-Blair Boston (IW): W, 5 IP, 1 H, 5 SO, 1 BB

-Hannah Wood (IW): 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R


WIU Baseball


Missouri vs Western Illinois (Rainout)


Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/27/2018

WIU Baseball


Illinois State (9-11) 8 vs Western Illinois (3-15) 4

-Alex Dorethy: L (0-2), 2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 SO

-Drue Galassi: 2-4, 1 RBI

-Steve McShane: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 3B

-WIU: Will host Missouri today at 3:00 p.m.


WIU Men's and Women's Basketball give awards at Macomb Downtown Athletic Club

(WIU Women's Basketball players Olivia Braun and Michelle Farrow receiving team MVP honors Monday)
The Western Illinois Men's and Women's Basketball Programs announced their Macomb Downtown Athletic Club MVP Awards. WIU Head Men's Basketball Coach Billy Wright selected senior Dalan Ancrum, Junior Brandon Gilbeck, and freshman Kobe Webster as the three players that will share the honor for his team. WIU Head Women's Basketball Coach JD Gravina awarded seniors Olivia Braun and Michelle Farrow with MVP. The awards were announced at Monday's Macomb Downtown Athletic Club meeting at Sportscorner @ 124 in Macomb. 
Ancrum, one of three Leatherneck Men's Basketball seniors, finished second on the team in scoring with 13.6 points per game. He was also third in rebounding (5.3 rpg), second in assists (1.8 apg) first in steals (1 spg) and tied for second in blocks (0.4 bpg). He started all 28 games for Western Illinois.
Gilbeck, who earned the Summit League Defensive Player of the Year award, led the Summit League in blocks with 2.6 per game. Gilbeck averaged 10.8 ppg (on 65.7% shooting) and a team best 7.1 rpg. He started all of the games for the Leathernecks. 
Webster, who was named to the Summit League's All-Newcomer Team, led Western Illinois in scoring with 15.9 points per game, as well as in assists with 3.5 assists per game. The freshman started every game for Western. 
Braun, who started all 32 games for WIU, finished the season with a team best 2.3 blocks per game. She averaged 6.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, and 1.3 spg. 
Farrow, who started 30 of 32 games for Western Illinois, finished the year with 8.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.1 apg, and 1.6 spg. She also finished third on the team in three pointers, hitting 57 shots from distance.
(Above left to right: Kobe Webster, Brandon Gilbeck, Dalan Ancrum, and Coach Billy Wright)
(Above left to right: Ed and Sue Holzwarth of the Macomb Downtown Athletic Club pose with Olivia Braun, Michelle Farrow, and Coach JD Gravina)


Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/23-25/2018

High School Baseball


Friday 3/23


Macomb 9 vs Dunlap 12


High School Girls Basketball


Canton Kiwannis All-Star Game: Saturday 3/24


South All-Stars 102 vs North All-Stars 75

-Macomb's Jordyn Hare and Sophie Whitford played for South All-Stars

-South All-Stars coached by Macomb Head Coach Zach Keene and Macomb Assistant Coach Kelly Sears

-Hare: Won MVP Award


High School Softball


Friday 3/23


Macomb 22 vs South Fulton 4

-Kelsie Cawthon: 4-5, 2 R, 8 RBI (grand slam in 4th)

-Cawthon: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 SO


WIU Baseball


Friday 3/23


South Dakota State (3-17, 1-3) 6 vs Western Illinois (3-14, 2-2) 3

-12 inning game

-CJ Schaeffer: 2-5, 1 RBI

-Deion Thompson: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB





WIU Baseball Head Coach Ryan Brownlee recaps Indiana trip, NDSU, and Maryville; previews SDSU

Western Illinois Baseball prepares for a weekend series against South Dakota State in Macomb. The Leathernecks will have 1 p.m. games Friday-Sunday at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium. 


Right now WIU is 3-13, with a 2-1 Summit League record. Western comes off of Wednesday's 4-3 home win against Maryville. Last weekend the Leathernecks took two of three games from North Dakota State at home. That came after a spring break road trip to the state of Indiana, where Western Illinois dropped two games to Indiana State and one to Indiana. On that trip two games were rained out. 


I spoke with WIU Head Baseball Coach Ryan Brownlee about this weekend's series, as well as his team's recent play and some of the key players for his team. You can listen to the interview here


0:00-4:40: Recapping Indiana rode trip, NDSU series and Maryville victory
4:40-7:09:The play of senior pitcher Ryan Dunne, who just won Summit League Pitcher of the Week
7:09-9:20: The play of junior Bailey Montgomery, who’s hitting .375 and had 3 RBIs in win over Maryville
9:20-10:38: How the team has progressed with NDSU series win
10:38-12:12: The production from juniors Steve McShane and Justin Fitzpatrick, the two Leathernecks who play both football and baseball
12:12-14:33: The progression of local players Grant Hannant (Macomb) and Alex Dorothy (South Fulton)
14:33-16:49: Preview of weekend series with South Dakota State
16:49-19:06: Scheduling Missouri for non-conference meeting Wednesday in Macomb




Illini West hires Marion County's Ellison as boy's basketball coach

Illini West High School has hired Justin Ellison as its next Head Boy's Basketball Coach. Ellison will replace Bill Rasmussen, who's resignation was officially accepted by the Illini West Board of Education Wednesday.


Rasmussen coached at Illini West for the last four seasons. Ellison coached at Marion County (MO) for the previous two years. Per the school's announcement, Ellison was also hired as a PE teacher at Illini West. 


In addition to the changes within the Boy's Basketball Program, Illini West announced that Jonah Coggeshall will take over as the school's head wrestling coach, and Danielle Gronewold will be the head girls track coach this spring. 


Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/21/2018

High School Baseball


Alleman 13 vs Macomb 4


Central 8 vs Rushville-Industry 5


Sherrard 1 vs Monmouth-Roseville 11


Southeastern 9 vs South Fulton 19


High School Softball


Alleman 6 vs Macomb 2


Mercer County 1 vs Illini West 7


WIU Baseball 


Maryville 3 vs Western Illinois (3-13) 4


WIU Softball


Western Illinois (7-22) 0 vs Bradley 12




Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/20/2018

High School Baseball


Canton 1 vs Illini West 0

-Jackson Porter (IW): 7 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 13 SO


Lewistown 12 vs Rushville-Industry 10

-Briar Stinson (R-I): 3-3, 3 RBI


High School Girl's Soccer


Olympia 1 vs Macomb 1

-Maya Pfafman (MHS): goal


WIU Men's Golf


Twin Oaks Intercollegiate (Springfield, MO)

-WIU finishes 4th place out of 11 teams with 884 (+32)

-Jackson Wetherbee finishes 11th individually with score of 216 (+3)


WIU Women's Golf


Morehead State University Citrus Challenge (Sorrento, FL)

-WIU finishes 6th out of 14 teams with 618 (

-Allie Leingang finishes 11th individually with score of 152 (+8)




WIU Football announces new assistant coaches

Western Illinois Football has retooled its coaching staff heading into the 2018 season. On Monday, Head Coach Jared Elliott announced the hiring of three new assistants from outside the program, while promoting coaches from within the Leatherneck football program to fill coordinator roles. 


Following the January departure of former Western Illinois Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher, and the promotion of Elliott from co-offensive coordinator to head coach, WIU lost co-offensive coordinator Doug Malone, and defensive coordinator Tony Grantham. Malone took the associate head coach and tight ends coach position at Tennessee Tech, while Grantham is now at Navy, serving as defensive ends coach. 


2017 Western Illinois Offensive Line Coach Ty Howle now picks up co-offensive coordinator and assistant head coach titles. The other co-offensive coordinator is Davd Rocco. He moves from wide receivers coach to co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. JP Boudreaux, who has been with WIU since 2016, moves from the defensive side of the ball to tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.


Elliott has brought in a wide receivers coach from outside of the program. Mike Brown, who was responsible for the running back unit at Delaware in 2017, will coach the wide receivers in Macomb. 


Defensively, Tyler Stockton takes on the role of defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach. Stockton has been with Western Illinois since 2016, and worked as defensive line coach under the Charlie Fisher regime. Deion Melvin, who joined the WIU staff in 2017, continues the role of inside linebackers coach, along with picking up defensive run game coordinating duties.


New coaches on the defensive end are Josh Zidenberg and John Haneline. Zidenberg will coach the defensive backs at Western, after spending the previous season coaching running backs at Lafayette College. Haneline, who spent the prior two seasons as defensive quality control coach at Mississippi State, will take over the defensive line coaching duties from Stockton.


Elliott also announced that Radmen Niven will join the staff as a graduate assistant, working with video operations and player personnel. 


Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/19/2018

High School Baseball


Macomb (2-1) 3 vs Havana 2

-Cale Reeves: 2-3, 1 RBI

-Ben Higgins: W


Rushville-Industry 6 vs West Hancock 4

-Jacob Reller (R-I): 1-2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB

-Briar Stinson (R-I): 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB


High School Softball


Monmouth-United 1 vs Macomb (1-0) 11

-Kelsie Cawthon: 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR

-Regan Emerick: 3-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB

-Maggie Vallillo: 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI

-Jordyn Hare: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO


Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/16-18/2018

8th Grade Volleyball


IESA State Quarterfinals: Friday 3/16 

Macomb (24-1) 1 vs Homer Glen 2

-Homer Glen wins 25-22, 13-25, 25-17


WIU Baseball


Saturday 3/17 


North Dakota State (7-10, 0-1) 0 vs Western Illinois (1-12, 1-0) 2

-Justin Fitzpatrick: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 2B

-Steve McShane: 1-4, 1 R

-Ian Koch: W (1-4), 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 5 BB, 4 SO


Sunday 3/18 


North Dakota State (8-10, 1-1) 2 vs Western Illinois (1-13, 1-1) 1

-McShane: 0-4 (snapped 8 game hitting streak), 1 RBI

-Ryan Dunne: ND, 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 SO


North Dakota State (8-11, 1-2) 3 vs Western Illinois (2-13, 2-1) 6

-Grant Hannant: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI

-Bailey Montgomery: 3-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 2B, 1 BB

-Jordan Mikel: W (1-0), 1 H, 2 BB, 3 SO


WIU Softball

Rock Chalk Challenge, Lawrence, KS


Friday 3/16


Western Illinois (6-20) 1 vs Northern Colorado (16-14) 5

-Halle Hollatz: 1-3, 1 RBI, 

-Megan Lotarski: L (3-6) 3.2 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 3 SO


Western Illinois (6-21) 4 vs Saint Louis (11-9) 5

-Madison Boone: 1-1, 3 RBI, 1 2B

-Hailey Duwa: 2-4, 1 R

-Abby Carlin: L (1-6) 2.1 IP, 4 ER, 5 H


Saturday 3/17


Western Illinois (7-21) 6 vs Murray State (9-15) 0

-Boone: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 2B, 1 BB

-Ally Compton: 1-1, 1 RBI, 1 3B

-Ashley Minyard: 3-3, 1 R, 1 BB

-Emily Ira: W (3-6), 7 IP, 1 H, 9 SO






Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/15/2018

High School Baseball


Illini West (0-1) 4 vs QND (1-0) 10


QHS (1-0) 14 vs West Hancock (0-1) 2


High School Softball


West Hancock (0-1) 0 vs QHS (1-0) 13


WIU Softball

Rock Chalk Challenge, Lawrence, Kansas
Western Illinois (6-18) 0 vs Kansas 8
Western Illinois (6-19) 6 vs UMKC: 7


WIU Women's Basketball



Western Illinois (22-10) 64 vs Colorado State (21-11) 67

-Taylor Higginbotham: 17 points

-Michelle Farrow: 14 points

-Morgan Blumer: 3 points (reaches 1,0000 career points)

-Blumer: Fastest Leatherneck to 1,000 points

-2017-18 team first WIU team with three 1,000 point players (Clemens & Higginbotham)


WIU Women's Basketball WNIT game coverage information

Tonight's game between Western Illinois and Colorado State will begin at 8:00 p.m. (CST). Pregame coverage from Fort Collins, Colorado will begin at 7:45 p.m. The coverage can be heard on Rewind 104 WMQZ and the Leatherneck Sports Network. The winner of this game will play the winner of South Dakota and Houston on Saturday. 


Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/14/2018

High School Baseball


Macomb (1-0) 10 vs Jacksonville 7

-Brandon Bickers: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 R, 4 RBI

-Ben Higgins: 3-5, 3 R, 1 RBI

-Mason Westen: 2-2, 3 RBI, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 BB

-Gunner Lantz: W (1-0), 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H

-Will Hall: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 5 SO


WIU Baseball


Western Illinois (0-12) 1 vs (No. 14) Indiana 11

-Drue Galassi: 1-4, 1 RBI

-Steve McShane: 3-4

-Jimmy Perkins: L (0-1), 0.2 IP, 3 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 SO


WIU Men's Golf


Oral Roberts-Stephen F. Austin Spring Break Challenge

-Western Illinois finishes 13th out of 16 with 913 (+67)

-Jackson Wetherbee: Tied for 11th individually with 219 (+6)


WIU Baseball rained out again

Western Illinois Baseball comes off of two straight days of rainouts. The Leathernecks (0-11) had their Monday series finale at Indiana State, and Tuesday game at Indiana canceled due to the incliment weather. WIU now faces Indiana today in Bloomington for just a single game, before coming right back to Macomb for the home opener Friday against North Dakota State. 


Macomb 8th Grade Volleyball heads to states

Macomb Junior High School 8th Grade Volleyball will be one of the eight teams to play at the 2018 Class 4A State Tournament. The Bombers move on following a win over Springfield Grant 25-15 25-14 Monday night in sectionals at the Washington Street Gym in Macomb.




The win moves the Bombers to a perfect 24-0 on the season. They'll play Homer Glen (20-2) in the 4A State Quarterfinals Friday at Mt. Zion High School. The game is slated to start at 8:15 p.m. The winner will advance to the State Semifinals Saturday at 1:15 p.m. against either Rochester (19-6) or Flossmore Parker (20-1). 


WIU Women's Basketball to play in WNIT

Western Illinois Women's Basketball will be one of the 64 teams to compete in the 2018 WNIT. The bracket for the postseason tournament was released Monday night. WIU (22-9, 10-4) will face Colorado State (20-11, 11-7) of the Mountain West Conference. The game will be Thursday in Fort Collins, Colorado, with a tip-off time to be determined. 


Western enters the tournament following a Summit League Tournament Semifinal loss to South Dakota State, the eventual Summit League champions. WIU won games on the road against two power-five conference teams this season, Illinois and then no. 18 Stanford. The Stanford win saw Western Illinois win its first game against a nationally ranked team in program history. 


The Rams of Colorado State most recently fell in the Mountain West Tournament Semifinals to Boise State, the eventual Mountain West champions. The winner of the first round game between the Leathernecks and Rams will face either South Dakota or Houston in the second round. 


You can see the entire WNIT bracket here


Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/9-3/11/2018

WIU Baseball


Saturday 3/10

Western Illinois (0-10) 4 vs Indiana State (7-5) 5

-Johnathan Fleek: 1-4, 2 RBI

-Justin Fitzpatrick: 3-5, 1 RBI

-Steve McShane: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B

-Ian Koch: L (0-4), 5 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 3 BB


Sunday 3/11

Western Illinois (0-11) 0 vs Indiana State (8-5) 2

-Justin Fitzpatrick: 3-3, 1 BB

-Ryan Dunne: L (0-4), 8 IP,  2 ER, 4 H, 2 SO


WIU Softball


Wichita State Tournament

Saturday 3/10


Western Illinois (6-14) 0 vs Missouri State (11-8) 5

-Ashley Minyard: 1-2, 1 BB

-WIU: 1 hit and 3 total baserunners

-Abby Carlin: L (1-4), 6.1 IP, 5 ER, 9 H, 1 BB, 2 SO


Western Illinois (6-15) 7 vs Wichita State (12-8) 8

-Rachel Beatty: 1-3, 1 H, 1 2B, 3 RBI

-Brooke Stulga: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI

-Emily Ira: L (2-6), 5.1 IP, 8 ER, 10 H, 7 SO, 2 BB

-Ira: 1-2, 1 3B, 1 R, 1 RBI


Wichita State Tournament

Sunday 3/11


Western Illinois (6-16) 1 vs Missouri State (12-9) 2

-Hailey Duwa: 1-4, 1 RBI

-Emily Ira: 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 8 SO, 1 BB

-Ira: 2-3, 1 R


Western Illinois (6-17) 6 vs Wichita State (14-8) 7

-Halley Hollatz: 1-2, 2 RBI

-Ashley Minyard: 2-3, 2 R

-Kelsey Marlow: 1-3, 1 3B, 2 R

-Abby Carlin: 4 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 1 SO, 2 BB





WIU campaigns for money towards new suit for Rocky

Western Illinois University Athletics is pushing for donations towards a new suit for its mascot, Rocky.


The description on the online campaign page, notes, "a typical mascot suit has a lifespan of approximately two years." WIU is seeking $5,000 to purchase a new suit for Rocky. Any additional money will go towards a protective case for Rocky's gear. 


You can donate here


WIU Baseball Head Coach Ryan Brownlee discusses Indiana road stretch

Western Illinois Baseball enters the weekend 0-9, following last weekend's losses at Evansville. The Leathernecks now head to the state of Indiana for a five game road swing. WIU plays at three game series at Indiana State (Saturday-Monday, all noon games), before heading to Indiana for a two game set (Tuesday and Wednesday, both 3:05 first pitch) against the Hoosiers. 


Western Illinois Head Coach Ryan Brownlee discussed the games at Evansville as well as the opponents on tap in Indiana. Coach Brownlee also discussed the play of local products Grant Hannant (Macomb) and Alex Dorethy (South Fulton). 


You can listen to the full interview here


0:00-3:06 Evansville series


3:06-4:35 Reasons for early struggles


4:35-6:33 Play of Hannant and Dorethy


6:33-10:32 Preview of Indiana State and Indiana 


10:32-12:20 Difference in playing at Indiana State in past vs. present


Macomb's Whitford to play college hoops at Carl Sandburg

(Whitford signs her letter of intent to play college basketball at Carl Sandburg. Photo by @MacombLadyHoops on Twitter.)


Macomb High School Girl's Basketball's Sophie Whitford will continue her basketball career at Carl Sandburg College. Whitford made the announcement Wednesday at Macomb High School. 


Whitford finished her senior season third on the Bombers in scoring with 6.8 points per game. She hit a team leading 45 three-pointers, on an MHS squad that led the state in threes, and hit the seventh most in state history. 


Whitford becomes the second player on Macomb's 2017-18 squad to sign on at the next level, with fellow senior Jordyn Hare announcing last month that she will play at Illinois Central College in East Peoria. 


Clemens, Luke named to Summit League All-Decade Team

Two Western Illinois Women’s Basketball greats earned spots on the Summit League’s All Decade Team. Emily Clemens (2014-present) and Ashley Luke (2012-2015) were named to the 10 player team Tuesday. 


The team was determined by a fan vote conducted at the tournament's annual Fan Fest event. It was constructed to celebrate the tournament's 10 year anniversary of being held in Sioux Falls. 
Clemens, a two-time All-League First Team Honoree, won the Summit League Player of the Year Award in 2016-17 as a junior. In last year's tournament, Clemens averaged 19.3 points, 9.7 assists and 5.6 rebounds over the three-game span that saw Western win its first Summit League Title. In this year's tournament, Clemens had a 36-point, 8-steal game in Sunday's quarterfinal victory over Omaha. Her 12-13 shooting in the game set a tournament record for single game field goal percentage (92.3%). The point total is third all-time in a league tournament game, and the steals total ties her for second. 
Luke, a two-time All-League First Team Honoree, won the Summit League Player of the Year award in 2014-15 as a junior. Luke had a 35-point, 7-rebound, 5-assist performance against South Dakota in the 2014 tournament quarterfinals. That scoring output is tied for fourth all-time in a tournament game. 
Summit League All-Decade Team:
Madison Guebert, South Dakota State (2016 – Current)
Macy Miller, South Dakota State (2015 – Current)
Nicole Seekamp, South Dakota (2013 – 2016)
Jill Young, South Dakota State (2009 – 2012)
Jennifer Warkenthien, South Dakota State (2009)
Kevi Luper, Oral Roberts (2010 – 2012)
Maria Boever, South Dakota State (2009, 2010)
Emily Clemens, Western Illinois (2015 – Current)
Vicky McIntyre, Oral Roberts (2015)
Ashley Luke, Western Illinois (2013 – 2015)


WIU Women lose big at Summit Semis

(Above: Tylee Irwin #21 of South Dakota State bodies up on Olivia Kaufmann #13 of Western Illinois as she drives to the basket at the 2018 Summit League Basketball tournament at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. (Photo by Dick Carlson/Inertia)
Western Illinois Women's Basketball lost 80-51 to South Dakota State in Monday’s Summit League Semifinals. WIU drops to 22-9 on the season, unable to defend its 2017 Summit League Title. 
The third seeded Leathernecks dropped the game to the second seeded Jackrabbits that’ve had WIU’s number all season long. The Jacks have now beaten the ‘Necks in all three meetings this year, coming out victorious by an average of 31 points.
“I don’t know what it is about them that brings the worst out of us, and I think us that brings the best out of them,” Western Illinois Head Women's Basketball Coach JD Gravina said. 
South Dakota State led for the entirety of the game, taking the lead on its first possession and beginning the day on an 8-0 run. Western Illinois was able to trim the deficit to five with 2:48 to play in the first quarter, with the score reading 17-12. The Jacks then fired off a 36-12 stretch to close the first half, leading 53-24 at halftime. 
“It just seemed like everything they did well,” Gravina said. “At halftime I went to our coaching staff and I could not think of one thing that we won on.”
This performance comes as a stark contrast from what Western Illinois pulled off against Omaha, winning its Sunday quarterfinal matchup 97-57. In Monday’s game, Western trailed by as much as 42. 
“Definitely coming in we knew that especially on the offensive end they (Western Illinois) can really spark fire,” South Dakota State guard Madison Guebert said. “We were just ready for that coming in, and I think our defense really executed well tonight. 
The South Dakota State offense was humming all game long, especially early on, with the Jackrabbits hitting six of their first 10 three-pointers. 
“We just kept making the extra pass and finding the open people,” South Dakota State guard and Summit League Player of the Year Macy Miller said. 
Western Illinois now looks ahead to a potential postseason tournament appearance. While WIU won’t have the opportunity to reappear in the NCAA Tournament, the WNIT and the WBI are realistic options for a Leatherneck team that went 22-9 with two road wins over power five conference teams (Illinois and nationally ranked Stanford). 
“The thing I told the girls in the locker room is to not let this game take away from what was a tremendous season,” Gravina said. “If you had told me four or five years ago that we’d have back-to-back 20 win seasons, and beat a nationally ranked team on the road, and I think put ourselves in great position to make our third postseason in a row, I’d be really really proud."
Western played in the WBI in 2016, earning the four seed with a 15-15 record. Both brackets will be announced Monday, March 12, the same day that the NCAA Tournament Bracket will be revealed. 
(Top: Olivia Braun #3 of Western Illinois gets the ball away from the reaching hand of Myah Selland #44 of South Dakota State at the 2018 Summit League Basketball tournament at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. (Photo by Dick Carlson/Inertia)
(Bottom: Tylee Irwin #21 of South Dakota State avoids the ball as Taylor Higginbotham #24 of Western Illinois scrambles to recover it before it goes out of bounds at the 2018 Summit League Basketball tournament at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. (Photo by Dick Carlson/Inertia)


WIU Womens Hoops blows out Omaha, advances to Summit League Semis

The Western Illinois Women’s Basketball team blew by Omaha 97-57 in the Summit League Tournament Quarterfinals. The defending league champion Leathernecks advanced Sunday thanks to efficient shooting, lockdown defense, a devastating second quarter run, and Emily Clemens. 
“Obviously that was what we wanted to do in that opening round game,” WIU Head Womens Basketball Coach JD Gravina said. 
From the start Western Illinois shot the ball well. The Leathernecks shot over 61% from the field in the first quarter. However, the Mavericks stayed right with Western, thanks to some tough shots from deep falling. Omaha shot 5-6 on three pointers in the first quarter, and only trailed the game 24-20 after the first frame. 
“I told the girls I thought we were doing everything right, they were just hitting some tough shots,” Gravina said. 
Once the second quarter began, Western’s shooting and defensive effort stayed the same, but Omaha went cold. The Mavs shot just 2-12 from the field that quarter, including a mere 1-5 from deep. 
Defensively Western made Omaha play out of its comfort zone. WIU senior point guard Emily Clemens swiped eight steals, which ties her for second all-time in a single Summit League Tournament game. 
The Leathernecks forced 24 turnovers throughout the game, with 14 of those coming in the first half. Western scored 39 points off turnovers in the victory. 
(Taylor Higginbotham knocks the ball away from Omaha's Jess Walter. Photo by Dick Carlson/Inertia)
“We just got really smothered, got a little too fast with everything, which results in a ton of turnovers and a ton of points off turnovers,” Omaha Head Womens Basketball Coach Brittany Lange said. 
Western Illinois started the second quarter on a 21-1 run, and outscored Omaha 32-6 throughout the second frame. 20 of those 32 points came from Clemens, as she went into the first half with a 24 point five steal stat line. Western went on to lead this game by as much as 44 points. 
“I think the second quarter is often the separator in games,” Gravina said. “It was good to kind of run away with the game in the second quarter to be able to relax just a little bit more down the stretch."
Clemens finished the day with 36 points, which is third all-time in a Summit League Tournament game. Her 12-13 shooting (92%) is a tournament record for shooting percentage. She also went 3-3 from three-point range and shot 9-10 from the foul line. 
“She’s (Clemens is) an amazing talent at the pace that she plays,” Lange said. "She’s very crafty and very shifty.”
(Clemens scored 36 points in the win, shooting 12-13 from the field. Photo by Dick Carlson/Inertia)
Western Illinois found great success on the interior. The Leathernecks scored 56 points in the paint. Western continuously took advantage of opening for cutters inside, and utilized senior forward Olivia Braun as its lead distributor. Braun finished the night with a team-high seven assists, to go along with her eight points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, and a steal. 
“Liv Braun was able to make a bunch of great passes,” Clemens said. “She had seven or eight assists, and she’s a post player, which just goes to show how well rounded our team is and just what we’re able to do when we kind of get the ball in the paint and we’re able to find people.” 
(Braun blocked Omaha's Claire Killian for one of her five blocks. Photo by Dick Carlson/Inertia)
The Leatherneck offense ran through junior forward Taylor Higginbotham in the early goings. She had 23 points, 9 of which came in the first quarter. 
“Overall I think we played our offensive game very aggressively, and that worked for us,” Higginbotham said. 
Western now moves on to play a South Dakota State team Monday that has had WIU’s number this year. The second-seeded Jackrabbits defeated Western by an average of 32 points in their two victories over the Leathernecks. 
The teams most recently met February 17 in Macomb, with the Jacks winning 70-42, holding Western Illinois to a paltry 17.4% field goal percentage, including 14.3% from beyond the arc. 
Gravina liked the way his team defended in that recent loss, and expressed some confidence in his team’s approach heading into the Monday semifinal matchup. 
“We often feel like against a team like that we have to be perfect,” Gravina said. “We have to play really really well to have a chance to beat them, but we don’t have to be perfect, and I think that can kind of help to take that pressure off.”
Western Illinois and South Dakota State tip off at 2:30 p.m. from the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The winner will face either top seeded South Dakota or fifth seeded Oral Roberts in the Summit League Championship Game Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.


WIU Mens Hoops falls just short of SDSU upset bid at League Tournament

For the second consecutive year, the Western Illinois Mens Basketball Team exceeded expectations in the Summit League Quarterfinals. Also for the second straight year, the Leathernecks came up a few points short of pulling off the 8-1 upset. WIU fell 66-60 to South Dakota State at Saturday night’s game, ending its season at 12-16. 
Nearly every aspect of the game that WIU would need to fall its way to have a real chance to beat a Jackrabbits team that had only one league loss this season, did. Western dictated the pace of play, slowing down a SDSU team that is capable of scoring in the 80’s and 90’s on a given night. The Jacks shot 33% from the field, including 25% from downtown. Western executed well offensively, going 44.6% from the field. Still, the defending league tournament champs pulled away in the end. 
“We executed well on both ends of the floor. There were just some things we couldn’t overcome.” said Western Illinois Head Coach Billy Wright. 
WIU opened the game by scoring the first four points, never trailing for the first 9:27 of the game. The defensive intensity was evident from the opening tip. Junior center, and 2017-18 Summit League Defensive Player of the Year, Brandon Gilbeck, was a major factor early. Gilbeck scored 12 points on six of seven shooting in the first half, taking advantage of post up opportunities off entry passes from his guards.
(Brandon Gilbeck in the post. Photo by Dick Carlson/Inertia)
“I was definitely more comfortable than usual,” Gilbeck said. 
He was also pleased with the post passes from the guards. He acknowledged how the guards were "getting it right in there so I didn’t have to come off the block.”
Western took a 32-29 lead into halftime, thanks to an Isaac Johnson three-pointer with 12.3 seconds remaining in the first half. Johnson stepped up throughout the game, finishing with a team high 17 points, while snaring 15 rebounds. 
(Isaac Johnson led WIU in scoring with 17 points, adding 15 rebounds. Photo by Dick Carlson/Inertia)
There was no second half letdown from Western Illinois either. The Leathernecks actually built up their largest lead of the game in the second frame, taking a 43-34 lead with 14:47 to play after a CJ Duff three-ball. 
Over the next 10:45, SDSU would capitalize on a 28-11 run, taking a 62-54 lead with 2:15 to play. Despite a quick 6-0 run for Western after that, the Leathernecks were never able to even the game up, falling by that final six point margin. 
A major turning point was when Gilbeck picked up his fourth foul. At the 9:24 mark in the second half, Johnson hit a jumper to cut the deficit to one, at 48-47. On that make, Gilbeck bumped into a Jackrabbit, and was assessed his fourth foul. 
Wright was furious at the call, and gave the referees a piece of his mind. This resulted in three free throw attempts, two for the technical, and then the one-and-one attempt. South Dakota State’s Mike Daum knocked down both of his free throws, giving the Jacks a 50-47 lead. SDSU would never relinquish that lead. 
“It definitely felt like a turning point for us,” Daum said. “It was hard for us to get over that hump. Once we finally got that lead it was like ‘alright, here we go, we can finally settle in now’.”
(The Jackrabbit bench celebrates a three-pointer. Photo by Dick Carlson/Inertia)
While Gilbeck managed to avoid picking up his fifth foul until there were two seconds remaining, he was able to use his seven-foot frame and dominate to the extent that he did in the first half. 
“You have the defensive player of the year for a reason. He’s the anchor of our defense,” Wright said. 
Gilbeck finished the night with 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks. On the other end, Daum was lethal, despite only going 9-23 from the field. He finished with 33 points and 19 rebounds. That rebounding mark is the second highest total in Summit League postseason history. 
Daum displayed the efficiency that likely was the focus of NBA scouts representing eight teams (Clippers, Jazz, Nets, Pacers, Spurs, Suns, Wolves, and Wizards). He was 12-13 from the free throw line, and came up big when his team needed it most. With the score 62-60 SDSU, Daum drew a foul on a dribble drive with 13 seconds remaining, then nailed the ensuing free throws. 
Western Illinois now looks ahead to next season, a year in which the Leathernecks return four of five starters. 
“I’m really pleased with what we’re returning," Wright said. “We can really learn from this and get better moving forward."


WIU Baseball Head Coach Ryan Brownlee discusses Murray State trip, previews Evansville series

The Western Illinois Baseball Team enters the weekend 0-6 following series sweeps at Middle Tennessee State and most recently, Murray State.


The Leathernecks continue their annual lengthy road stretch to open the season. Western has three non-league road series' remaining, with Evansville next on the docket. The Purple Aces are 1-5 thus far. Evansville is a place with a lot of meaning to WIU Head Baseball Coach Ryan Brownlee, as he grew up there and went on to play college baseball for his father, Jim Brownlee, at Evansville. 


In my latest interview with Coach Brownlee, he recapped the Murray State series, provided an update on the hand injury of third baseman Mitch Ellis, discussed the play of local products Grant Hannant (Macomb) and Alex Dorethy (South Fulton), and looked ahead to the Evansville series. 


Games this weekend will take place Friday (3 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.), and Sunday (1 p.m.). Junior Ian Koch will be on the bump Friday, with senior Ryan Dunne toeing the mound Saturday, and sophomore Javin Drake taking the ball Sunday. 


WIU Mens and Womens Basketball garner Summit League postseason honors

The Western Illinois Mens and Womens Basketball programs had a combined five players pick up postseason hardware Wednesday.


The Summit League announced that WIU Mens Basketball junior center Brandon Gilbeck earned Summit League Defensive Player of the Year honors. Gilbeck is the Leatherneck all-time leader in blocked shots, and averaged 2.52 blocks per game in 2017-18. That figure is good for the top mark in the Summit League and 17th in the nation. 


Freshman point guard Kobe Webster on the mens side earned two awards. Webster was named to the league's All-Newcomer Team, as well as the Summit League All-Honorable Mention Team. The Indianapolis native averaged 17.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in summit league play.


On the womens side, senior point guard Emily Clemens made Summit League All First Team for the second consecutive year. She leads the league in nine categories, including assists ,steals, and minutes. This year she became the Summit League all-time leader in career assists and free throws made. She also becoming Western's all-time leading scorer and leader in games played.


Womens basketball junior guard Taylor Higginbotham and senior forward Morgan Blumer earned spots on the Summit League All-Second Team. Higginbotham is third in the Summit League in scoring, averging 16.6 points per game. Blumer ranks fifth in the Summit League with 14.7 points per game. Her 79 three pointers are the most in the Summit League. 


WIU Mens Basketball plays top seeded South Dakota State in the Summit League Tournament Quarterfinals Saturday at 6 P.M. in Sioux Falls, SD. The Womens team takes the floor at 2:30 P.M. Sunday against sixth seeded Omaha in the League Quarterfinals. 


Macomb Area Sports Scores 2/27/2018

High School Boys Basketball


Peoria (Manual) 3A Regional Semifinal

(8) Macomb (18-10) 28 vs (1) Morton (22-8) 37

-Carter Fayhee: 15 points


Farmington 2A Sectional Semifinal

(2) QND 56 vs (1) West Hancock 59

-Drake Hammel (WH): 20 points

-Kolten Johnson (WH): 14 points

-Reed Hyer (QND): 14 points

-West Hancock plays Williamsville/Dee-Mack winner (Friday, 7 p.m.)


Abingdon-Avon 1A Section Semifinal

(3) Brown County 64 (24-6) vs (4) Illini Bluffs 59

-Darian Drake (BCO): 24 points

-Tanner Sussenbach (BCO): 23 points

-Brown County vs. Payson/Peoria Quest winner (Friday, 7 p.m.)


WIU Mens Golf

Houston Baptist Colin Montgomerie Invitational

-Western Illinois finished 12th place

-Drew Eaton: 20th place, 218 (+2)


WIU Womens Golf

Islander Spring Classic, Corpus Christi, TX

-Western Illinois finished tied for 8th place

-Alex Krehbiel: 238 (+22)


Macomb Area Sports Scores 2/26/2018

High School Boys Basketball


3A Regional Peoria (Manual) Quarterfinals

(10) Canton 37 vs (8) Macomb (18-9) 50

-Xavier Campbell: 15 points (3-5 3FG)

-Carter Fayhee: 14 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists

-Macomb: Plays (1) Morton Tuesday 7:00 P.M.


WIU Baseball


Western Illinois (0-6) 3 vs Murray State (4-3) 4

-Drue Galassi: 1-2, R, RBI

-Grant Hannant: 1-4, 2B, RBI

-Mitch Ellis: 3-4

-Alex Dorethy: 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 SO

-Pete Minella: L (0-1), 0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 BB


WIU Softball junior Ira earns Summit League Pitcher of the Week honor

Western Illinois junior softball player Emily Ira was named Summit League Pitcher of the Week Monday, for the week of February 19-25. This is Ira's sixth Pitcher of the Week award. 


Over a 2-3 week for the Leathernecks, Ira carried a 1-2 record and a 1.02 ERA. She struck out 26 and walked only one in 20.2 innings while completing all three starts. Ira also tied for second-most in program history in a single game with 15 strikeouts in win against Alabama State Saturday. 


Macomb Area Sports Scores 2/23-2/25/2018

High School Boys Basketball




Lewistown 1A Regional Finals

(4) Illini Bluffs 54 vs (1) Bushnell-Prairie City 50 (2 OT)

-Devin Yocum (BPC): 14 points 


Triopia 1A Regional Finals

(3) Brown County 65 vs (2) Triopia 56

-Brown County vs Illini Bluffs Tuesday in Abingdon-Avon Sectional Semifinal


Havana 2A Regional Finals

(6) Illini West 38 vs (1) West Hancock 62

-Titans first regional title in five years

-West Hancock vs QND Tuesday in Farmington Sectional Semifinal 


Regular Season

IVC (9-18) 54 vs Macomb 41 (17-9)

-Carter Fayhee: 16 points

-Macomb (8) plays Canton (10) in Regional Quarterfinal Monday (7:00 P.M.) at Peoria Manual


WIU Baseball

Doubleheader, Sunday 2/25


Game One

Western Illinois (0-4) 5 vs Murray State (2-3) 11 

-Deion Thompson: 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI (2 run home run in 2nd)

-Ian Koch: L (0-2), 4 IP, 7 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 4 SO


Game Two

Western Illinois (0-5) 4 vs Murray State (3-3) 5

-Deion Thompson: 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB

-Drue Galassi: 1-3, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB

-Ryan Dunne: L (0-1), 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 BB, 7 SO


WIU Mens Basketball



Denver (14-14, 8-6) 89 vs Western Illinois (12-15, 3-11) 52

-Kobe Webster: 17 points, 5 rebounds

-Isaac Johnson: 13 points, 5 rebounds

-WIU: 8th seed in Summit League, faces (1) South Dakota State Saturday (6:00 P.M.) at Summit League Tournament


WIU Softball

UTC Frost Classic




Western Illinois (2-8) 2 vs UT Martin (4-6) 3

-Hailey Duwa: 2-4 1 RBI

-Payton Abbott: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2IP (0 R, 2 H, 3 SO)

-Megan Lotarski: L (1-3), 4 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 1 K


Western Illinois (2-9) 0 vs Western Michigan (3-5) 1

-Emily Ira: L (0-3), 6 IP 1 ER, 5 H, 1 SO, 1 WP




Western Illinois (3-9) 3 vs Alabama State (3-8) 0

-Emily Ira: W (1-2), 7 IP, 2 H, 15 SO

-Payton Abbott: 2-2, 2 RBI, 1 BB


Western Illinois (4-9) 9 vs Evansville (2-10) 5

-Hailey Duwa: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 

-Jasmine Lara: 3-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, 

-Megan Lotarski: W (2-3), 4 IP 4 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 2 SO




Western Illinois (4-10) 1 vs Southeast Missouri State (7-4) 2

-Ashley Minyard: 1-3, R, 2B

-Kelsey Marlow: 1-2, RBI

-Emily Ira: L (1-4), 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 9 SO


WIU Womens Basketball




Western Illinois (21-8, 10-4) 77 vs Denver (16-13, 7-7) 61

-Emily Clemens: 28 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists

-Taylor Higginbotham: 20 points (4-9 3 FG)

-WIU: 3 seed in Summit League. Will play (6) Omaha Sunday (2:30 P.M.) in Summit League Tournament








Coaches Corner 2/25/2018

On this week's Coaches Corner we're completely onto the postseason! Many local schools wrapped up their postseason play in Regionals. Macomb Boys Basketball has its 3A Regionals beginning Monday night against Canton in Peoria.
WIU Mens and Womens hoops have finished their regular seasons. They'll head up to Sioux Falls for the Summit League Tournament this weekend. The mens team gets the 8th seed, playing top seeded South Dakota State Saturday night at 6 p.m. The womens team earned the 3 seed. The defending champs get 6th seeded Omaha Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Coach Wright and Coach Gravina did not make it onto the live show, but their interviews are below. 
You can listen to the entire show here. Individual interviews can be heard below.
Western Illinois Mens Head Coach Billy Wright
Western Illinois Womens Head Coach JD Gravina
Bushnell-Prairie City Boys Head Coach Larry Serven
Illini West Boys Head Coach Bill Rasmussen
Macomb Boys Head Coach Jeremy Anderson
Monmouth-Roseville Boys Head Coach Chuck Grant
North Fulton Boys Head Coach Jay Brenner
Rushville-Industry Boys Head Coach Tyler Crum
West Prairie Boys Head Coach Jansen Baker


Macomb Area Sports Scores 2/22/2018

WIU Mens Basketball


North Dakota State (13-16, 4-9) 74 vs Western Illinois (12-14, 3-10) 82

-Isaac Johnson: 29 points, 10 rebounds

-Dalan Ancrum: 23 points, 6 rebounds

-Kobe Webster: 15 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists


WIU Womens Basketball


Western Illinois (20-8, 9-4) 77 vs North Dakota State (9-18, 2-11) 60

-Emily Clemens: 24 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals

-Morgan Blumer: 13 points 6 rebounds

-WIU: Back to back 20 win seasons for first time since 2004



WIU Head Baseball Coach Ryan Brownlee discusses season opening series

Western Illinois Baseball began the season 0-3 with a three game series at Middle Tennessee State last weekend. The Leathernecks fell Friday 2-0, before having their Saturday matchup rained out. This resulted in the teams playing a Sunday doubleheader, in which WIU lost 11-7 and 9-3. 


The matchup with Middle Tennessee State was the first of five road series' Western has to open the season. Next up on the docket for the Leathernecks is a trip to Murray State this weekend. Due to weather concerns in the early weekend, there will be a doubleheader Sunday (12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.) followed by a 1:00 p.m. Monday matchup. 


For a recap of the opening weekend at Middle Tennessee State and a look at this year's Leatherneck team listen to my interview with WIU Head Baseball Coach Ryan Brownlee here


Macomb Area Sports Scores: 2/21/2018

High School Boys Basketball 


Brimfield 1A Regional Semifinal

(5) Abingdon-Avon 46 vs (3) Elmwood 42

-A-Town faces (2) Quest in Friday's Regional Finals Friday at 7:00 p.m.


Lewistown 1A Regional Semifinal

(9) Delavan 39 vs (1) Bushnell-Prairie City 47

-Jax Hiel (BPC): 14 points

-BPC faces (4) Illini Bluffs in Regional Finals Friday at 7:00 p.m.


Beardstown 2A Regional Semifinal

(11) Rushville-Industry 32 vs (3) PORTA 49

-Jacob Reller (R-I): 17 points


Havana 2A Regional Semifinal


(7) Havana 46 vs (1) West Hancock 76

Logan Dorethy, Drake Hammel, Riley Langford (WH): 16 points each


(6) Illini West 52 vs (4) Tremont 51

-Kennedy Gooding (IW): 24 points

-Jackson Porter (IW): 21 points (Go ahead 3FG with 1.7 seconds left)

-West Hancock and Illini West play Friday at 7 p.m. in Regional Final




Mississippi River 7th and 8th Grade All Star Basketball Game Teams Announced

The Quincy Chamber of Commerce has released the rosters for the upcoming Mississippi River All Star Basketball Game. 49 7th and 8th grade basketball players from the West Central Illinois area (representing 20 different schools) will compete in the game on March 3 at Quincy Notre Dame. 


The pool of selected players has been broken into four teams, 7th Grade North, 7th Grade South, 8th Grade North, and 8th Grade South. Selected players hail from the area that extends as far North as Macomb, as far East as Jacksonville, as far South as North Green and as far West as Quincy.


There is no cost for the player to participate and each player receives a free shirt and four players will receive MVP awards. The game is completely funded by donations and run by volunteers.  
The 7th Grade game will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the 8th Grade game will follow at 7:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be available at the concessions. A crowd of 600 is expected.  
The full list of players can be seen below.


Macomb Area Sports Scores: 2/20/2018

High School Boys Basketball


1A Brimfield Regional Quarterfinals


(13) North Fulton 39 vs (3) Elmwood 62


(11) Peoria Christian 32 vs (5) Abingdon-Avon 36


1A Lewistown Regional Quarterfinals


(12) West Prairie 43 vs (7) Lewistown 61


(10) Biggsville West Central 25 vs (9) Delavan 50

-Delavan plays (1) Bushnell-Prairie City Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in Regional Semifinal 


2A Beardstown Regional Semifinals 


(9) Beardstown 51 vs (2) Quincy Notre Dame 66

-QND plays winner of (11) Rushville-Industry and (3) PORTA in Friday's Regional Final


2A Knoxville Regional Semifinals


(10) United 30 vs (2) Farmington 82


(5) Monmouth-Roseville 63 vs (3) Deer Creek-Mackinaw 66 (OT)


Macomb Area Sports Scores and News: 2/19/2018

High School Boys Basketball


Beardstown 2A Regional Quarterfinals


(11) Rushville-Industry 63 vs (5) Athens 44

-Jacob Reller (R-I): 21 points

-Rushville-Industry faces (3) PORTA Wednesday in Regional Semifinals


(10) Pittsfield 52 vs (9) Beardstown 53

-DJ McWilliams (BRD): 19 points

-Beardstown faces (2) QND Tuesday night in Regional Semifinals


Knoxville 2A Regional Quarterfinals


(10) Monmouth United 50 vs (9) Knoxville 44 (OT) 

-Toby Whitsitt (M-UN): 11 points 

-United plays (2) Farmington Tuesday night in Regional Semifinals


Yocum Wins Red O'Flaherty Award

-BPC boys basketball senior wins Jim "Red" O'Flaherty Award 

-Award given annually by West Central Officials Association 

-Finalists: Carter Fayhee (Macomb), Jackson Porter (Illini West), Logan Dorethy (West Hancock)


High School Girls Basketball


Hare Commits to ICC

-Macomb Girls Basketball senior Jordyn Hare announced her committment to Illinois Central College

-Hare led Macomb in scoring in both her junior and senior seasons



Coaches Corner 2/18/2018

On this week's Coaches Corner we wrapped up the seasons of Macomb and West Hancock Girls Basketball, who fell in Regionals and Sectionals respectively.
We also looked back at the final week of the regular season for 1A and 2A boys basketball, and previewed the regional matchups for those teams. Macomb Boys Basketball still has one more week left of the regular season, so we discussed that along with the team's regional setup, facing Canton next week.
For Western Illinois Mens and Womens Basketball we looked back on what was a rough week for both Leatherneck squads. Coach Wright and Coach Gravina now gear up for the final two regular season matchups for their teams. 
You can listen to the entire show here. Individual interviews can be heard below.
Western Illinois Mens Head Coach Billy Wright 
Western Illinois Womens Head Coach JD Gravina
Bushnell-Prairie City Boys Head Coach Larry Serven
Macomb Girls Head Coach Zach Keene
Monmouth-Roseville Boys Head Coach Chuck Grant
North Fulton Boys Head Coach Jay Brenner
Rushville-Industry Boys Head Coach Tyler Crum
West Hancock Girls Head Coach Wilson Neill
West Prairie Boys Head Coach Jansen Baker


Macomb Area Sports Scores 2/16-18/2018

High School Boys Basketball


Friday 2/16


Camp Point Central 25 vs West Hancock 57

WH: Co-West Central Conference Champion


Knoxville 31 vs Bushnell-Prairie City 60

-BPC: Prairieland Conference Champions 


Macomb (17-8, 6-2) 31 vs Monmouth-Roseville (15-10, 4-4) 46 

-MHS: Has 10 game winning streak snapped, Co-West Central Conference Champion


WIU Baseball


Friday 2/16


Western Illinois (0-1) 0 vs Middle Tennesee State (1-0) 2 


Sunday 2/18


Western Illinois (0-2) 7 vs Middle Tennessee State (2-0) 11

-Game played due to Saturday rainout


Western Illinois (0-3) 3 vs Middle Tennessee State (3-0) 9


WIU Mens Basketball


Saturday 2/17 


Western Illinois (11-14, 2-10) 62 vs South Dakota State (23-6, 11-1) 82

-Isaac Johnson: 20 points, 13 rebounds


WIU Softball


Gardner Webb Tournament


Friday 2/16 


Western Illinois (2-3) 1 vs Eastern Illinois (3-3) 6


Western Illinois (2-4) 0 vs Gardner Webb (4-3) 6


Saturday 2/17


Western Illinois (2-5) 0 vs Western Carolina (1-1) 1


Western Illinois (2-6) 1 vs Gardner Webb (5-3) 10


Sunday 2/18 


Western Illinois (2-7) 1 vs Eastern Illinois (7-3) 4


WIU Womens Basketball


South Dakota State (22-5, 11-1) 70 vs Western Illinois (19-8, 8-4) 42

-Morgan Blumer: 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks

-WIU: 12-69 FG (17.4 FG%) 







West Prairie 8th Grade Boys Basketball finishes as state runner-up

The West Prairie 8th Grade Boys Basketball Team finished the 2017-18 season as IESA Class 2A Runner-Up. The Cyclones lost 38-30 Thursday to Madison at in the State Championship Game, played in Mt. Pulaski. 


West Prairie got through the state bracket, with a quarterfinal win over Effingham St. Anthony and semifinal win over Peoria St. Vincent DePaul on Saturday, February 10. The Cyclones finish the season 24-2. The players on this 8th grade team finish their junior high careers with a 48-3 record. 


(The pictures below come via the Twitter account of West Prairie Athletic Director Doug Fisher). 



Macomb Area Sports Scores 2/14/2018

High School Boys Basketball 


Monmouth-Roseville 69 vs Knoxville 36

-Jamony Skinner (M-R): 21 points


Southeastern 15 vs (3) West Hancock 66

-Drake Hammel (WH): 14 points

-Logan Dorethy (WH): 12 points


West Central 50 vs West Prairie 53


WIU Mens Basketball


Western Illinois (11-13, 2-9) 74 vs Fort Wayne (17-12, 6-6) 90

-Isaac Johnson (WIU): 23 Points



Macomb Area Sports Scores 2/13/2018

High School Boys Basketball


Brimfield 69 vs Abingdon-Avon 60


Farmington 61 vs Monmouth-Roseville 28


Fort Madison 38 vs Illini West 42

Jackson Porter (IW): 15 points


Havana 48 vs South Fulton 43


North Fulton 29 vs Bushnell-Prairie City 81

-Jason Housenga (BPC): 21 points

-Draven Martin (BPC): 15 points

-Devin Yocum (BPC): Breaks BPC all-time scoring record (held by Fred Serven since 1989)


Payson-Seymour (24-2) 30 vs Macomb (17-7) 44

-Carter Fayhee (MHS): 14 points

-John Fuhr (MHS): 10 points

-Macomb wins 10th straight game


Rushville-Industry 47 vs Southeastern 31

-Jacob Reller (R-I): 15 points




Macomb Area Sports Scores 2/12/2018

High School Girls Basketball


Farmington 2A Sectional Semi-final

West Hancock 25 vs Midwest Central 41


Macomb 3A Regional Quarterfinal

(9) Macomb (13-15) 54 vs (8) Quincy Notre Dame (13-11) 90

-Molly Penn (QND): 31 points

-Sydney Hummert (QND): 24 points

-Ericka Dawson (MHS): 12 points

-Macomb finishes season with 241 3FG, seventh best mark in state history


WIU Womens Basketball


Eureka (Division III) 46 vs Western Illinois (19-7) 98

-Morgan Blumer: 18 points, 7 rebounds

-Taylor Higginbotham: 15 points, 11 rebounds

-Emily Clemens: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 13 assists (ties career high)


Macomb Area Sports Scores 2/9-2/11/2018

High School Boys Basketball 


Friday 2/9


Bushnell-Prairie City 52 vs Illini West 73

-Jackson Porter (IW): 29 points

-Devin Yocum (BPC): 26 points

-Kennedy Gooding (IW): 24 points, scored 1,000th career point


Camp Point Central 20 vs Macomb (16-7, 6-1) 32

-Ben Higgins: 8 points

-Macomb: 9th straight win, clinched share of West Central Conference Title


West Prairie 29 vs Farmington 69


Junior High School Boys Basketball


Saturday 2/10 IESA 8th Grade Class 2A State Tournament



Peoria St. Vincent DePaul 39 vs West Prairie 50

-West Prairie advances to Thursday's state title game in Mt. Pulaski



Effingham St. Anthony 26 vs West Prairie 44








Coaches Corner 2/11/2018

Girls Basketball regionals have come and gone for 1A and 2A schools. 3A Girls Basketball Regionals are this week. 1A and 2A Boys Basketball Regionals start up next week. The playoff push is in full swing!
A big congratulations to West Hancock Girls Basketball, which won its Hamilton 2A Regional and is moving on to Sectionals. I spoke with Head Coach Wilson Neill about the win and the significance of it in this week's show. 
Another big interview from this week's show is with Rushville-Industry Girls Basketball Coach Zac Royer, who announced he is stepping down from the program after seven years as head coach. 
In addition to those two interviews, I caught up with many other local high school coaches, as well as WIU Mens Basketball Head Coach Billy Wright and Womens Basketball Coach JD Gravina. 
Coach Wright did not make it onto the show, but his recorded interview is below. We do not have interviews this week with Illini West Girls Basketball Coach Grant Suprenant, and Bushnell-Prairie City Boys and Girls Basketball Coaches Larry Serven and Tony Ackers. 
You can listen to the entire show here. Individual interviews can be heard below.
Western Illinois Mens Head Coach Billy Wright 
Western Illinois Womens Head Coach JD Gravina
Illini West Boys Head Coach Bill Rasmussen
Macomb Boys Head Coach Jeremy Anderson
Macomb Girls Head Coach Zach Keene
Monmouth-Roseville Boys Head Coach Chuck Grant
Monmouth-Roseville Girls Head Coach Jim Cole
North Fulton Boys Head Coach Jay Brenner
Rushville-Industry Boys Head Coach Tyler Crum
Rushville-Industry Girls Head Coach Zac Royer
South Fulton Girls Head Coach Carl Beebe
West Hancock Girls Head Coach Wilson Neill
West Prairie Boys Head Coach Jansen Baker


Macomb Boys Basketball at Mercer County Canceled

The Macomb Bombers Boys Basketball game at Mercer County, scheduled for tonight, is canceled. The non-conference game will not be rescheduled. The Bombers (16-7), winners of nine straight games, were set to play a 21-5 Mercer County team that has won 11 of its last 12. 


The next Macomb Boys Basketball game is Tuesday vs. Payson. Coverage begins at 7:15 p.m. on K100 with a 7:30 tip. For a list of upcoming high school and WIU basketball broadcasts, check out our Regional Media Winter Sports Broadcast Schedule


Macomb Area Sports Scores 2/8/2018

High School Girls Basketball


Glasford 1A Regional Final

(8) South Fulton 32 vs (3) Brown County 36

-Alexis Doyle (BC): 14 points

-Amanda Parker (SF): 8 points

-Brown County plays Princeville at Bushnell-Prairie City Sectional Monday


Hamilton 2A Regional Final

(8) West Hancock 52 vs (4) Sherrard 40

-Kailee Pfeiferling (WH): 16 pts

-Emma Knipe/Myah Gray (WH): 12 points each

-West Hancock plays Midwest Central Monday in Farmington Sectional


WIU Mens Basketball

Western Illinois (11-12, 2-8) 68 vs Omaha (8-17, 3-6) 71

-Kobe Webster: 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists

-Dalan Ancrum: 15 points, 9 rebounds




WIU Football announces 2018 signing class

The Western Illinois Football program will have twenty-one new faces come 2018. Head Coach Jared Elliott announced his full class for the upcoming season on Wednesday's National Signing Day.


The Leathernecks garnered eight new commitments on National Signing Day. Western maintained all 13 of its December commits from the early signing period, when Charlie Fisher was still head coach.


WIU has players from eight states in this year's class: Illinois (9), Montana (3), Florida (2), Indiana (2), Minnesota (2), Mississippi (1), California (1), and Wisconsin (1). The class consists of eleven players on offense  (6 OL, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 QB) and 10 on defense  (4 LB, 4 DB, 2 DE). 


With WIU losing four senior offensive linemen, a clear emphasis was placed up front. Additionally, the focus on linebacker was not a surprise, given the loss of All-American linebacker Brett Taylor and other impactful seniors from the 2017 linebacking group. 


You can see the full class below and hear from Head Football Coach Jared Elliott in his Signing Day Press Conference.





2018 Signing Class


^Vick Akinyemi, WR, 6-2, 210, South Holland, Ill. (Marian Cartholic)
^Jack Anderson, LB, 62, 220, Minneapolis, Minn. (Academy of Holy Angels)
^Sam Barkalow, TE, 6-6, 230, Forreston, Ill. (Forreston)
^Hershel Blankenship, LB, 6-0, 225, Plainfield, Ind. (Plainfield)
^John Brunner, WR, 6-3, 200, Clearwater Central Catholic (Butler Community College)
Caden Buettner, OL, 6-3, 285, La Salle, Ill. (La Salle Peru Township)
Nick D'Ambra, LB, 6-0, 218, Ellyn, Ill. (Glenbard South)
^Kelton Edwards, OL, 6-3, 290, Hernando, Miss. (Hernando/Northeast Mississippi CC)
Elijah Elkerton, OL, 6-6, 290, Blaine, Minn. (Spring Lake Park)
^DeShon Gavin, DB, 6-0, 180, Joliet, Ill. (Providence Catholic)
^TJ Kennedy, OL, 6-5, 315, Lee's Summit, Mo. (Lee's Summit)
LaCale London, DE, 6-5, 280, Peoria, Ill. (Peoria/Iowa Central CC)
^Brandon Malkow, OL, 6-4, 300, Beloit, Wis. (Beloit Turner)
^Hunter Mason, OL, 6-3, 215, Nevada, Mo. (Nevada)
^Trey McJunkin, QB, 6-1, 200, Visalia, Calif. (Mission Oak/Fresno City Junior College)
Daymond Murray, DB, 6-1, 210, Rubonia, Fla. (East/Snow Junior College)
^Tristan Pfeiffer, LB, 6-4, 240, Valley, Mo. (Grain Valley)
Josh Shodipo, CB, 6-1, 180, Lisle, Ill. (Oswego)
^Cole Tandy, LB, 6-2, 220, Normal, Ill. (University)
Broc Thompson, WR, 6-2, 217, Indianapolis, Ind. (Ben Davis)
Zaire Williams, DB, 6-2, 218, Aurora, Ill. (East Aurora)
^December Commits


Macomb Area Sports Scores 2/7/2018

High School Girls Basketball


Quincy Notre Dame 83 vs Macomb 63

-Sydney Hummert (QND): 22 points

-Jordyn Hare (MHS): 15 points

-Macomb and QND play Monday in Macomb in 3A Regional Quarterfinals


Hamilton 2A Regional Semifinals


(8) West Hancock 38 vs (1) Illini West 33

(6) Monmouth Roseville 32 vs (4) Sherrard 36

-West Hancock and Sherrard play Friday in Hamilton for Regional Title


WIU Womens Basketball 


Omaha 68 vs Western Illinois (18-7, 8-3) 103

-Morgan Blumer: 28 points

-Emily Clemens: 19 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists

-Taylor Higginbotham: 17 points, 9 rebounds





Macomb Area Sports Scores and News 2/5/2018

High School Girls Basketball


1A Glasford Regional Semifinal

(8) South Fulton 41 vs (2) Illini Bluffs 31 (OT) 

-Gracie Markley (SF): 15 points

-South Fulton plays (3) Brown County in Regional Final Thursday (7:00 p.m.)


1A Unity Regional Semifinal

(6) Liberty 42 vs (4) Bushnell-Prairie City 33

-Madison Allen (BPC): 12 points


2A Hamilton Regional Quarterfinal

(11) Monmouth United 35 vs (8) West Hancock 61

-West Hancock plays (1) Illini West Wednesday (7:00 p.m.) in Regional Semifinal


High School Boys Basketball


Bushnell-Prairie City 57 vs Elmwood 47

-Jason Housenga (BPC): 20 points, 5 rebounds

-Devin Yocum (BPC): 17 points, 8 rebounds


Liberty 48 vs (3) West Hancock 64


Camp Point Central 42 vs Illini West 59


WIU Womens Basketball

-Emily Clemens wins ninth career Summit League Player of the Week Award

-Clemens: averaged 26.0 points, 7.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in 1-1 week


Macomb Area Sports Scores 2/2-2/4/2018

High School Boys Basketball


Friday 2/2


Knoxville 40 vs Rushville-Industry 46


Peoria Heights 30 vs Bushnell-Prairie City 69

-Devin Yocum (BPC): 20 points


PORTA 34 vs Macomb (15-7) 51

-Ben Higgins/John Fuhr (MHS): 12 points each

-MHS: Wins eighth consecutive game


Saturday 2/3


Illini West 49 vs Western 56


(5) West Hancock 73 vs Lovejoy 48


High School Girls Basketball


Saturday 2/3


(3) Illini West 39 vs (7) Western/Payson 24

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 17 points


West Hancock 42 vs Quincy High 47


WIU Mens Basketball


Saturday 2/3


Oral Roberts 56 vs Western Illinois (11-11, 2-7) 82

-Dalan Ancrum: 25 points, 7 rebounds

-Kobe Webster: 21 points, 6 rebounds


WIU Womens Basketball


Saturday 2/3


Western Illinois (17-7, 7-3) 85 vs Oral Roberts 63

-Emily Clemens: 31 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists 

-Clemens: becomes Summit League all-time assists leader

-Taylor Higginbotham: 16 points, 9 rebounds










Coaches Corner 2/4/2018

On this week's Coaches Corner we recap what was for some girls team, the final week of the regular season. Many teams will wrap up their regular seasons this coming week, so we preview the end of the season slate for the area high school teams. We also look at WIU mens and womens basketball, which both lost Thursday but bounced back Saturday. 
With this being Super Bowl Sunday, the show did not make it on the air at the normal 6:00 p.m. time. That said, we'll be back to our normal schedule next week. You can listen to the entire show here. Individual interviews can be heard below.
Western Illinois Mens Head Coach Billy Wright 
Western Illinois Womens Head Coach JD Gravina
Bushnell-Prairie City Boys Head Coach Larry Serven
Bushnell-Prairie City Girls Head Coach Tony Ackers
Illini West Boys Head Coach Bill Rasmussen
Illini West Girls Head Coach Grant Suprenant
Macomb Boys Head Coach Jeremy Anderson
Macomb Girls Head Coach Zach Keene
Monmouth-Roseville Boys Head Coach Chuck Grant
Monmouth-Roseville Girls Head Coach Jim Cole
North Fulton Boys Head Coach Jay Brenner
Rushville-Industry Boys Head Coach Tyler Crum
Rushville-Industry Girls Head Coach Zac Royer
South Fulton Girls Head Coach Carl Beebe
West Hancock Girls Head Coach Wilson Neill
West Prairie Boys Head Coach Jansen Baker


WIU Football releases 2018 schedule

The Western Illinois Football program has released its 2018 schedule. Unlike 2017's lopsided seven road games to four home games, Western will go back to six on the road and five at Hanson Field this season. 


The Leathernecks open the season Thursday, August 30 at Montana State. That will be the first of three non-conference games Western gets. Saturday, September 8 WIU plays at Illinois, followed by a September 15 home matchup with Montana. 


The Missouri Valley Football Conference Schedule begins with WIU at home against Youngstown State Saturday September 29, following a bye week. 


The October slate sends Western to Illinois State (October 6), home against North Dakota State (October 13), at Missouri State (October 20) and back home vs Northern Iowa (October 27). 


Western starts off November at Southern Illinois (November 3), followed by the furthest conference road trip of the season to South Dakota (November 10). The Leathernecks conclude regular season play at home against Indiana State (November 17). 


All Leatherneck football games will air on Classic 103 (102.7 FM WJEQ). 


2018 Schedule 
Thursday, Aug. 30 - at Montana State
Saturday, Sept. 8 - at Illinois
Saturday, Sept. 15 - vs. Montana
Saturday, Sept. 22 - BYE
Saturday, Sept. 29 - vs. Youngstown State
Saturday, Oct. 6 - at Illinois State
Saturday, Oct. 13 - vs. North Dakota State
Saturday, Oct. 20 - at Missouri State
Saturday, Oct. 27 - vs. Northern Iowa
Saturday, Nov. 3 - at Southern Illinois
Saturday, Nov. 10 - at South Dakota
Saturday, Nov. 17 - vs. Indiana State


Macomb Area Sports Scores 2/2/2018

High School Girls Basketball


Monmouth-Roseville (16-12) 57 vs Macomb (13-13) 69

-Ericka Dawson (MHS): 15 points

-Grace Stufflebeam (MHS): 14 points

-Carly Gillen (M-R): 17 points

-MHS: sweeps season series with Mon-Rose


West Hancock 24 vs (3) Illini West 35 (26-3)

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 12 points

-IW: Clinches West Central Conference title


WIU Mens Basketball


South Dakota (19-6, 7-2) 80 Western Illinois (10-11, 1-7) 54

-CJ Duff: 13 points

-WIU: 17-57 FG (29.8%)


WIU Womens Basketball


Western Illinois (16-7, 6-3) 81 vs South Dakota (18-5, 9-0) 92

-Taylor Higginbotham: 28 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals

-Emily Clemens: 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists



Macomb Boys Basketball beats West Hancock, wins seventh straight

The Macomb Bombers Boys Basketball Team took down West Hancock 41-39 Wednesday night, closing out the month of January with a seventh consecutive victory. The Bombers were led by senior forward Carter Fayhee, who scored 16 points, to go along with 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Macomb is now 14-7 on the season, with a 5-1 record in West Central Conference play. 


The Bombers trailed 11-3 in the opening minutes of the game, but tightened up defensively shortly after that. Macomb closed the first quarter on a 7-2 run, and the game remained close from there on out. West Hancock still managed to lead for a majority of the game, with the Titans ending the third quarter up 26-24. Macomb held West Hancock scoreless until more than halfway through the final quarter, as the Bombers were able to get ahead and never let the lead slip. 


In addition to Fayhee's strong night, Macomb junior point guard Ben Higgins was a major factor. Higgins scored 11 points while also being a pest defensively, limiting Titans point guard Riley Langford to 4 points. When these teams met in December in Hamilton, Langford scored 14 in a 57-43 victory. Higgins was not on the floor that night, as he missed that one with a groin injury.  


The Titans were led by Drake Hammel and Peyton Dooley, each scoring 11. West Hancock's loss is only the second of the season. The Titans are now 22-2, with both losses coming in West Central competition. 


Macomb retakes the floor Friday night against PORTA at 7:30 on home court. That is the second game in a three game homestand for MHS. 


Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/30/2018

High School Boys Basketball


Brimfield 49 vs West Prairie 28 


Lewistown 22 vs Bushnell-Prairie City (18-3) 50

-Devin Yocum (BPC): 14 points

-Trenton Teel (BPC): 10 points


Monmouth-Roseville 49 vs Camp Point 53


Rushville-Industry 21 vs Farmington 83


(5) West Hancock 47 vs Illini West 30

-Drake Hammel (WH): 17 points

-Jackson Porter (IW): 16 points






Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/29/2018

High School Girls Basketball


(2) Illini West 43 vs Knoxville 36


Liberty 68 vs Macomb 88


West Hancock 49 vs Monmouth-Roseville 53





Coaches Corner 1/28/2018

On this week's Coaches Corner we recap another week of local high school and college basketball. You can listen to the entire show here. Individual interviews can be heard below.
WIU Womens Head Basketball Coach JD Gravina did not make it on the show tonight, but his interview can be heard below. 
Western Illinois Mens Head Coach Billy Wright 
Western Illinois Womens Head Coach JD Gravina
Bushnell-Prairie City Boys Head Coach Larry Serven
Bushnell-Prairie City Girls Head Coach Tony Ackers
Illini West Boys Head Coach Bill Rasmussen
Illini West Girls Head Coach Grant Suprenant
Macomb Boys Head Coach Jeremy Anderson
Macomb Girls Head Coach Zach Keene
Monmouth-Roseville Boys Head Coach Chuck Grant
Monmouth-Roseville Girls Head Coach Jim Cole
North Fulton Boys Head Coach Jay Brenner
Rushville-Industry Boys Head Coach Tyler Crum
Rushville-Industry Girls Head Coach Zac Royer
South Fulton Boys Head Coach Patrick Pokorny
South Fulton Girls Head Coach Carl Beebe
West Hancock Girls Head Coach Wilson Neill
West Prairie Boys Head Coach Jansen Baker