Local Sports

Regional Media Winter Sports Broadcast Schedule

The attached schedule includes the broadcasts through the end of the basketball season in March. The schedule is subject to change. 

 

Unless a scheduling conflict occurs, the area teams will have their games on the following stations

 

Bushnell-Prairie City Boys Basketball: Macomb News Now 104.7 FM (WLMD)

Macomb Boys & Girls (select games) Basketball: K100 100.1 FM (WKAI)

Western Illinois Mens Basketball: Classic 103 102.7 FM (WJEQ)

Western Illinois Womens Basketball: Good Time Oldies 104.1 FM (WMQZ)

 

The Coaches Corner show, will air Sunday nights at 6:00 p.m. on Classic 103. 

 

The complete schedule can be accessed here

 

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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). 

 

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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

 

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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

 

 

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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)

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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

 

Semifinals

Peoria St. Vincent DePaul 39 vs West Prairie 50

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

 

Quarterfinals

Effingham St. Anthony 26 vs West Prairie 44

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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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

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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

 

 

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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

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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

 

 

 

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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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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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

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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

 

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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. 

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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

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/26-1/28/2018

High School Boys Basketball

 

Friday 1/26

 

Brimfield 28 vs Bushnell-Prairie City 41

 

Illini West 52 vs Monmouth-Roseville 56

-Jackson Porter (IW): 25 points

 

Macomb (13-7) 48 vs Camp Point 46

-Carter Fayhee (MHS): 20 points, eclipses 1,000 point mark

-MHS: sixth straight win

 

Midwest Central 48 vs Rushville-Industry 45

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Friday 1/26

 

Monmouth-Roseville 29 vs (2) Illini West (24-3) 59

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 22 points

 

Saturday 1/27

 

Macomb (11-13) 66 vs Quincy High 81

 

WIU Mens Basketball

 

Saturday 1/27

 

Western Illinois (10-10, 1-6) 69 vs North Dakota State 80

-Kobe Webster: 24 point, 5 rebounds

-Dalan Ancrum, 15 points

 

WIU Womens Basketball

 

Saturday 1/27

 

Western Illinois (16-6, 6-2) 97 vs North Dakota State 72

-Michelle Farrow: 25 points, 5 rebounds

-Morgan Blumer: 19 points, 5 rebounds

 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/25/2018

High School Girls Basketball

 

Havana 46 vs Bushnell-Prairie City 49

-Madison Allen (BPC): 21 points

 

(2) Illini West (23-3) 31 vs Camp Point 34 (OT)

-Laney Lantz (CPT): 19 points

 

Macomb (11-12) 55 vs West Hancock 77

-Emma Knipe (WH): 30 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 steals

 

High School Wrestling

 

Illini West 18 vs Camp Point 58

 

Porta 51 vs Macomb 21

 

WIU Mens Basketball

 

Western Illinois (10-9, 1-5 SL) 58 vs Denver 70

-Kobe Webster: 22 points

 

 

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Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf talks recovery, sports media, and Super Bowl storylines

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has turned his life around quite remarkably in recent years. After a short lived four year NFL career despite being the second overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, Leaf ran into some legal troubles. He served jail time between 2012-2014 after a series of drug and burglary related arrests. 

 

Since being released, Leaf has managed to get clean, with help from Transcend Recovery Community. Ryan’s passion now is helping others with addictions and mental health issues (since he’s overcome his). After prison, he signed up for Transcend to help him, and he is now their spokesman.

 

Ryan and I discussed his recovery and the importance of Transcend. We then dove into his media career, as he now has gigs covering college football at Sirius XM and FOX Sports. We also discussed Super Bowl storylines, and something that he thought isn't being talked about as much as it should be related to the big game. 

 

You can listen to the entire interview here

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WIU Womens Basketball wins big over Denver, breaks record

Western Illinois Womens Basketball moved to 15-6 (5-2 Summit League) Wednesday night with a 118-93 home victory over Denver. The Leathernecks and Pioneers combined for 36 made three-pointers, a new NCAA Women's Basketball record. Denver shot 18-42 from beyond with WIU finishing at 18-30 from outside. 

 

Emily Clemens finished with 39 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists. The scoring output sets a new career high for Clemens, while her assists mark ties a career high. Teammates Morgan Blumer (28 points, which ties a career high) and Taylor Higginbotham (26 points) also scored over 25 points. Olivia Braun and Olivia Kaufmann each cracked double figures as well, scoring 10 points a piece.  

 

After getting ahead 3-1 with 8:44 left in the first quarter on a Braun trey, WIU never relinquished the lead, holding a 37-27 advantage after the first frame. Western led 93-81 after three quarters, but closed the game out nicely in the fourth, outscoring Denver 25-12 in the final ten minutes. 

 

Blumer (7-9 3fg), Higginbotham (4-7 3fg), Clemens (3-7 3fg), Braun (2-2 3fg), Kaufmann (1-2 3fg) and Sam Pryor (1-2 3fg) all contributed to the record setting shooting night. Western Illinois retakes the floor at home Saturday, facing North Dakota State Saturday at 4:30 p.m. for the annual Think Pink Game. 

 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/23/2018

High School Boys Basketball

 

Macomb (12-7) 48 vs Bushnell-Prairie City (16-3) 32

-Carter Fayhee (MHS): 15 points

-Ben Higgins (MHS): 15 points

-Devin Yocum (BPC): 17 points

-MHS: fifth straight win

 

North Greene 54 vs Rushville-Industry 50

 

Triopia 44 vs South fulton 30

 

Unity 50 vs Illini West 52

-Kennedy Gooding (IW): 20 points

-Jackson Porter (IW): Scored 1,000th career point

 

West Hancock (21-1) 72 vs Keokuk 39

-Drake Hammel (WH): 24 points

 

West Prairie 28 vs Havana 59

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/22/2018

High School Boys Basketball 

South Fulton 47 vs Beardstown 59

 

High School Girls Basketball

Macomb (11-10) 52 vs (2) Illini West (23-2) 80

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 29 points

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/19-1/21/2018

High School Boys Basketball

 

Friday 1/19

 

Bushnell-Prairie City (16-2) 51 vs Havana 36

-BPC: Fourth straight win

 

Macomb (11-7, 4-1 WC) 64 vs Illini West 48

-Carter Fayhee (MHS): 30 points

-Jackson Porter (IW): 20 points

-MHS: Fourth straight win

 

Rushville-Industry 52 vs North Fulton 50

 

South Fulton 66 vs Greenview 50 

 

(3) West Hancock (20-1) 47 vs Monmouth-Roseville 52

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Saturday 1/20

 

Macomb (11-10, 2-3 WC) 100 vs Monmouth-Roseville 89 (OT)

-Ericka Dawson (MHS): 19 points

-Carly Gillen (M-R): 33 points

-Tied for 7th highest combined point total in IHSA history

 

West Hancock 23 vs (2) Illini West (22-2) 45 

-Kailee Artman (IW): 12 points

 

WIU Mens Basketball 

 

Saturday 1/20

 

South Dakota State 98 vs Western Illinois (10-8, 1-4 SL) 70

-Isaac Johnson: 19 points, 5 rebounds (First career start)

-Kobe Webster: 17 points

 

WIU Womens Basketball

 

Saturday 1/20

 

Western Illinois (14-6, 4-2 SL) 48 vs South Dakota State 84

-Emily Clemens: 16 points

 

 

 

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Coaches Corner 1/21/2018

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 we'll catch up with him later in the week. That interview will be put up online. 
 
Western Illinois Mens Head Coach Billy Wright 
 
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
 

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Macomb Boys Basketball tops Illini West, wins fourth straight

The Macomb Boys Basketball Team came away with a 64-48 victory at Illini West Friday night. Bombers senior forward Carter Fayhee scored a career high 30 points as MHS moved to 11-7 (4-1 West Central). Illini West led by as much as seven in the first quarter and took a 32-30 lead into the half. However, the Chargers cooled off and the Bombers capitalized on stingy defense and hit some tough shots. 

 

For a full recap of this game, including my interview with Macomb Head Boys Basketball Coach Jeremy Anderson, listen here

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/18/2018

High School Girls Basketball

 

Camp Point Central 63 vs Monmouth-Roseville (15-7) 41

 

West Hancock 37 vs Liberty 52

 

WIU Womens Basketball

 

Fort Wayne (4-15, 1-5) 44 vs Western Illinois (14-5, 4-1) 91

-WIU: Six players in double figures (ties season high)

-Emily Clemens: 14 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists

-Taylor Higginbotham: 12 points, 6 rebounds

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WIU Baseball to hold Sixth Annual Lead Off Dinner January 28

The Western Illinois Baseball Team is holding its Sixth Annual Lead Off Dinner on January 28 at the Forum in Macomb. The fundraiser includes an auction, a prime rib dinner, and a presentation from former major league baseball player Gary Matthews. Money raised at this event goes towards funding a locker room for the WIU Baseball Program. 

 

Doors at the Forum (124 N. Lafeyette Street) open at 3:30 p.m., with a silent auction begninning the event. The silent auction is followed by dinner at 5:00 p.m., the program a 5:30 p.m., and then closes with the live auction. Tickets are $70 for adults, and $40 for children eighth grade and under. Tables for eight guests can be reserved for $460 ($57.50 per person). VIP tables, which include two free drink tickets, VIP seating and a meet-and-greet with Matthews, are available for $600 for a group of eight.

 

To purchase your tickets, register online at LeatherneckTickets.com or mail in the completed registration form. For further information contact Shelby McAvoy at (309) 298-1190. 

 

To learn more about the event, listen to my interview with WIU Head Baseball Coach Ryan Brownlee. 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/17/2018

High School Boys Basketball

 

Brown County 56 vs Triopia 61

-Zach Thompson (TRI): 16 points

-Nathan Hendricker (BC): 19 points

 

Unity 35 vs West Hancock (20-0) 48

-Logan Dorethy (WH): 26 points, 8 rebounds

 

WIU Mens Basketball

 

Fort Wayne 74 vs Western Illinois (10-7, 1-3 SL) 75 OT

-Kobe Webster: 24 points (GW FG with 1.1 seconds remaining in OT)

-Dalan Ancrum: 23 points

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Clemens joins Summit League Podcast

Western Illinois Womens Basketball senior point guard Emily Clemens appeared as a guest on the first episode of the Summit League Podcast. Host Matt Pocket interviewed men's and women's basketball coaches and players from around the league. Clemens came on to discuss her individual and team success to date. You can listen to the show here. Clemens appears at 23:52 in the show. 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores and News 1/15/2018

High School Boys Basketball

 

ICAC Tournament

North Fulton 41 vs Delvan 57

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Macomb 55 vs Limestone 72

-Jordyn Hare (MHS): 11 points

 

South Fulton 34 vs Farmington 44

 

WIU Mens Basketball

Sophomore guard Jeremiah Usiosefe out for season with hip injury

-Usiosefe averaged 6.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, starting 15/15 games

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/12-1/14/2018

High School Basketball

 

Friday 1/12

 

Abingdon-Avon 32 vs Bushnell-Prairie City 37

-Devin Yocum (BPC): 15 points

 

Macomb (10-7) 55 vs West Central 20

-Carter Fayhee (MHS): 15 points

 

Hancock County Tournament

 

Southeastern 51 vs Illini West 64

-Jackson Porter (IW): 25 points

 

Unity 40 vs (3) West Hancock 63

-Logan Dorethy (WH): 27 points

 

Winchester Invitational Tournament 

 

Calhoun 72 vs Rushville-Industry 57 

 

Saturday 1/13

 

Hancock County Tournament

 

Illini West 19 vs (3) West Hancock 75

-Logan Dorethy (WH): 19 points

-Riley Langford (WH): 18 points (Tournament MVP)

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Saturday 1/13

 

Lady Panther Classic

(5) Lewistown 57 vs (2) Illini West 60 F/OT

-Bailey Clampitt (IW): 23 points

 

WIU Mens Basketball

 

Saturday 1/13

 

Oak Hills Christian (2-14) 45 vs Western Illinois (9-7, 0-3 SL) 107

-Kobe Webster: 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists

-Brandon Gilbeck: 18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks

 

WIU Womens Basketball

 

Saturday 1/13

 

Western Illinois (13-5, 3-1 SL) 90 vs Omaha (8-8, 0-4 SL) 51

-Emily Clemens: 29 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists

-Taylor higginbotham: 16 points, 10 rebounds

 

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Coaches Corner 1/14/2018

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
 
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

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/11/2018

WIU Mens Basketball

 

Omaha (6-13, 1-2 SL) 87 vs Western Illinois (8-7, 0-3 SL) 66

-Kobe Webster: 18 points, 5 assists

-Brandon Gilbeck: 16 points 

-Omaha: Shot 53.2% (48.1% 3fg)

-WIU: Loses fifth straight D1 game. 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/9/2018

High School Boys Basketball

 

Beardstown 67 vs South Fulton 60

 

Bushnell Prairie City 48 vs Farmington 42

 

Monmouth-Roseville 68 vs Peoria Heights 50

 

West Prairie 36 vs Knoxville 49

 

Hancock County Tournament

 

Southeastern 20 vs (3) West Hancock 68 

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Lady Panther Classic 

 

Quincy High 35 vs Illini West 36

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 16 points

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Clemens named Summit League Female Athlete of the Month

Western Illinois Womens Basketball senior point guard Emily Clemens has been named Summit League Female Athlete of the Month, picking up the award for the second time in her career. Clemens averaged 19.1 points, 8.2 assists and 3.6 steals per game in December, leading the Leathernecks to a 5-2 mark in that stretch. 

 

Clemens, the 2016-17 Summit League Player of the Year, put up 26 points, four assists and five steals in a win at no. 17 Stanford. That win was the first victory over a nationally ranked opponent in program history.

 

For the season, Clemens is averaging 16.4 points, 8 assists and 3.5 assists per game. The Leathernecks own a 12-5 record, and are off to a 2-1 start in Summit League play. 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores and News 1/5-1/7/2018

High School Boys Basketball

 

Friday 1/5

 

Rushville-Industry 39 vs Beardstown 60

 

Monmouth-Roseville (7-7, 1-4) 52 vs Macomb (8-7, 3-1) 54

-John Fuhr (MHS): 19 points (GW free throws with 1.3 seconds left)

-Nick Kelley (M-R): 15 points

 

Bushnell-Prairie City (13-2) 63 vs South Fulton 36

-Devin Yocum (BPC): 17 points

 

Abingdon-Avon 55 vs West Prairie 30

 

Saturday 1/6

 

Canton (5-8) 54 vs Macomb (9-7) 67

-Carter Fayhee (MHS): 23 points

 

Hancock County Tournament

 

Keokuk 38 vs Illini West 50

-Jackson Porter (IW): 25 points

 

Southeastern 30 vs Unity 39

 

Winchester Invitational Tournament

 

Western 65 vs West Central: 53
-Drew Evans (WC): 12 points
-Preston Wellman (WEST): 15 points
 
Pleasant Hill 39 vs Brown County (10-3) 45
-Darian Drake (BC): 24 points
 
North Greene 46 vs Rushville-Industry 33
-Briar Stinson (R-I): 12 points
 
High School Girls Basketball
 
Saturday 1/6
 
Bushnell-Prairie City 46 vs ROWA 30
 
Camp Point Lady Panther Classic 
 
South Fulton 26 vs Illini West (17-2) 44
-Baylee Clampitt: 15 points
 
South Fulton 32 vs West Hancock 40
-Emma Knipe (WH): 9 points
 
Brown County 31 vs Illini West (18-2) 36
-Ally Heldt (BC): 15 points
-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 14 points
 
West Hancock 41 vs Quincy 61
 
WIU Football
Brett Taylor finishes runner up in Buchanan Award voting
 
WIU Mens Basketball
 
Western Illinois (8-6, 0-2) 66 vs Oral Roberts (8-11, 3-0) 81
-Dalan Ancrum: 25 points
-Brandon Gilbeck: 11 points, 9 rebounds, 5 blocks (records 150th career block, most in WIU history)
 
WIU Womens Basketball
 
Oral Roberts 49 (10-6, 2-1) vs Western Illinois (12-5, 2-1) 56
-Taylor Higginbotham: 19 points, 14 rebounds
-Olivia Braun: 16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks

 

 

 

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Coaches Corner 1/7/2018

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.
 
Western Illinois Mens Head Coach Billy Wright 
 
Western Illinois Womens Head Coach JD Gravina
 
Bushnell-Prairie City Girls Head Coach Tony Ackers
 
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 Basketball 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

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/4/2018

High School Girls Basketball

 

Camp Point 64 vs Macomb (10-9) 76

-Ericka Dawson (MHS): 15 points

-Jordyn Hare (MHS): 12 points

 

Bushnell-Prairie City 57 vs North Fulton 47

-Emma Bradford (BPC): 22 points

 

Western Illinois Womens Basketball

 

South Dakota (11-5, 3-0) 82 vs Western Illinois (11-5, 1-1) 58

-Morgan Blumer: 14 points 8 rebounds

-WIU: Outscored 31-11 in third quarter

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WIU hires Jared Elliott as next Head Football Coach

After two weeks of speculation Western Illinois Director of Athletics Matt Tanney confirmed that head football coach Charlie Fisher had accepted the wide receivers coach position at Arizona State. At a Thursday press conference, Tanney also introduced the next Western Illinois Head Football Coach, Jared Elliott. 

 

Elliott, who last season served as the assistant head coach and co-offensive coordinator for the Leathernecks, has spent the previous two years in Macomb on Charlie Fisher's staff. In 2016, he was the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator for WIU. Prior to that, Elliott was assistant coach and co-offensive coordinator at Carthage College from 2013-15. Elliott also worked at Western in 2012 as an assistant coach, after working as a graduate assistant at Miami (OH) from 2010-11. The Franklin, TN native played at Miami (OH) as a quarterback and wide receiver from 2004 to 2007. 

 

The overwhelming theme from the opening presser was continuity. Tanney said he did not consult with Fisher before making the hire, but the Leatherneck players and coaches spoke highly to him about Elliott and the level of respect they have for him. Elliott harped on the word "foundation," many times, speaking to what Coach Fisher had already established in his two years in Macomb. 

 

Eliott's wife, Jamie, and their three daughters: Ava, Sadie and Clara all sat front row as Coach Elliott emphasized the importance of family in this position. He bluntly stated that "this is not a stepping stone," position for him, and he plans to be in Macomb and achieve sustainable success here. 

 

Elliott indicated that the 2018 recruits that have already signed on are still committed to the program and "want to be at Western." With a staff still in place, Western will continue to fill out the remainder of its recruiting class before the February 7 National Signing Day. 

 

The full press conference can be heard here. Below are the cut up parts of the formal statements from Tanney and Elliott, as well as the question and answer portion. 

 

Tanney and Elliott Statements

 

Q and A

 

 

 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/3/2018

High School Girls Basketball 

 

Brown County 49 vs Calhoun 44

 

Bushnell-Prairie City 46 vs Rushville-Industry 30

-Emma Bradford (BPC): 15 points

-Ellie Lamb (R-I): 13 points

 

Greenfield 58 vs Beardstown 47

 

High School Wrestling

 

Orion 49 vs Macomb 18

 

Western Illinois Men's Basketball

 

Western Illinois (8-5, 0-1) 50 vs South Dakota (14-4, 2-0) 62

-Kobe Webster: 19 points, 6 rebounds

-Dalan Ancrum: 12 points, 10 rebounds

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Second report: Fisher to Arizona State

The website Football Scoop reported Wednesday that Western Illinois Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher has agreed to become the Wide Receivers Coach at Arizona State University. This report comes thirteen days after initial reports had Fisher leaving to take the job at ASU. No comment has been made yet by either the university or Fisher. 

 

Football Scoop, which is a website that focuses on football coaching job information, notes that Fisher previously coached with new ASU offensive coordinator Rob Likens at Temple. Fisher joins the staff of newly hired Sun Devils Head Coach Herm Edwards. 

 

When the dust settles on this story, it looks like Western Illinois will be searching for a new coach for the third time since the end of the 2012 season. 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/2/2018

High School Boys Basketball

 

Brown County 48 vs Greenfield 35

 

Illini West 44 vs West Central 48

-Kennedy Gooding (IW): 16 points

 

North Fulton 28 vs Beardstown 57

 

Rushville-Industry 32 vs Havana 47

 

United 33 vs Bushnell-Prairie City (12-2) 48

-Devin Yocum (BPC): 14 points

 

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Interview with Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta

I had the chance to speak with businessman Tilman Fertitta this morning. Fertitta came on K100 to promote season 3 of CNBC's Billion Dollar Buyer, which premiers Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. central. 

 

Fertitta purchased the NBA's Houston Rockets over the summer for a record $2.2 billion. He is the sole owner, chairman and CEO of Fertitta Entertainment, Inc., which owns both the restaurant giant Landry's and the Golden Nugget Casinos and is recognized today as a world leader in the dining, hospitality, entertainment and gaming industries.

 

The Company today has revenues over $3.4 billion and assets of more than $3.5 billion. Landry's operates more than 500 properties in 36 states and owns a number of international locations. It is also one of the country's largest employers, with more than 60,000 employees. Landry's owns and operates more than 50 different restaurant brands, including McCormick & Schmick's, Chart House, Landry's Seafood, Rainforest Cafe, Saltgrass Steak House, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Claim Jumper and many more award-winning concepts.
 
I spoke with Fertitta about this season of the show, as well as his purchase of the Rockets. You can listen to the full interview here
 
 

 

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Clemens wins second Summit League Player of the Week award

Western Illinois Women's Basketball senior point guard Emily Clemens was named Summit League Player of the Week Tuesday. In two games over the past week, Clemens averaged 24.5 points, 10 assists, 4.5 steals and shot a perfect 13-13 from the foul line. 

 

The reigning Summit League Player of the Year now has two player of the week awards in the 2017-18 campaign. Clemens came into the season as a member of the Nancy Lieberman Award Preseason Watch List, which goes to the top point guard in the nation. On December 26, Clemens earned the espnW National Player of the Week honor.

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Macomb Mayor Mike Inman discusses economic impact of Macomb Western Holiday Tournament

December 30 marked the conclusion of the 72nd Annual Macomb Western Holiday Tournament. The three day boy's high school basketball tournament inside Western Hall brought sixteen teams from West Central Illinois onto the campus of Western Illinois University for this event. Teams voyaged from as far as two hours to come to Macomb for the tournament inside Western Hall. 

 

Macomb Mayor Mike Inman came on the pre-game coverage of the Macomb-Brown County broadcast on December 30 to give his take on the tournament. Mayor Inman highlighted the economic impact of this event, which benefits local businesses, generates hotel/motel tax and provides high school students with a chance to consider Western Illinois University as a four-year college option. You can listen to my interview with Mayor Inman here

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/29-31

High School Boys Basketball
 
12/29
 
Mississippi Valley Invitational Tournament Title Game
Bushnell-Prairie City 45 vs Payson Seymour 64
-Devin Yocum (BPC): 19 points
 
MVIT 7th Place Game
West Prairie 52 vs Griggsville/Perry 43
-Mason Engnell: 19 points
 
MVIT All Tournament Team
 
Mason Engnell, West Prairie
Jerik Heaton, Southeastern
PJ Hildebrand, Unity
Jason Housenga, Bushnell-Prairie City
Hayden Miller, Knox County
Cole Schwartz, Payson Seymour
Chase Twidwell, Southeastern
Trevor Voss, Payson Seymour
Logan Voth, Unity
Devin Yocum, Bushnell-Prairie City
 
Most Outstanding Player
Trevor Voss, Payson Seymour
 
Macomb Western Holiday Tournament Quarterfinal 
 
Macomb 47 vs (4) Illini Bluffs 53
-Carter Fayhee: 25 points 
 
Camp Point Central 51 vs (3) Monmouth-Roseville 39
-Bryce Long (CP): 21 points
-Austin Hammond (MR): 11 points
 
Brown County 41 vs (1) West Hancock 47
-Logan Dorothy (WH): 20 points
-Tanner Sussenbach (BC): 18 points
 
MWHT Consolation
 
Illini West 44 vs Pittsfield 37
-Jackson Porter: 16 points
 
12/30
 
Macomb Western Holiday Tournament Semifinals
 
Illini Bluffs 49 vs (1) West Hancock 69
-Logan Dorethy (WH): 26 points, 13 rebounds
-Drake Hammel (WH) 17 points
 
Camp Point Central 26 vs Abingdon-Avon 40 
-Ryan Adolphson (AA): 12 points, 7 rebounds
-Lane Ippensen (CPC): 12 points
 
Macomb Western Holiday Tournament Finals
Abingdon-Avon 33 vs (1) West Hancock 45
-Logan Dorethy (WH): 22 points, 10 rebounds, named tournament MVP
-Drake Hammel (WH): 15 points
 
MWHT Third Place Game
Camp Point Central 48 vs (4) Illini Bluffs 75
 
MWHT Fifth Place Bracket
 
(3) Mon-Rose 54 vs (2) Farmington 59
-Nick Kelley (MR): 13 points
-Jamony Skinner (MR): 11 points
-Jarod DePriest (FA): 17 points 5 rebounds
 
Brown County 49 vs Macomb 51
-Ben Higgins (MHS) 13 points
-Carter Fayhee (MHS): 11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists
-Darian Drake (BC): 24 points
 
Macomb 42 vs (2) Farmington 50
-Carter Fayhee (MHS): 15 points 8 rebounds
-Ben Higgins (MHS): 11 points, 4 assists, 3 steals
-Nick Johnson (FA): 21 points
 
MWHT Consolation Semifinals
Canton 50 vs Illini West 47
 
MWHT MVP
Logan Dorethy- West Hancock 
 
MWHT All-Tournament Team
 
Ryan Adolphson- Abingdon-Avon
Jarod DePriest- Farmington
Logan Dorothy- West Hancock
Darian Drake- Brown County
Carter Faye- Macomb
Kennedy Gooding- Illini West
Drake Hammel- West Hancock
-Lane Oppensen- Camp Point Central
Riley Langford- West Hancock
Cam Scott- Illini Bluffs
 
Girls High School Basketball 
 
12/29
 
Beardstown Lady Tiger Classic Title Game
(5) Illini West 34 vs (1) Pleasant Plains 28
-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 17 points, Tournament MVP
 
Lady Tiger Classic 5th Place
Illini Central 25 vs West Hancock 32
-Kailee Pfeifering (WH) 14 points 
 
Lady Tiger Classic
Macomb 80 vs Brown County 74
Ericka Dawson (MHS): 23 points
 
Lady Tiger Classic Terry Kennedy Award (MVP
Baylee Clampitt- Illini West
 
Lady Tiger Classic All Tournament Team
 
Katie Abell – Routt
Blair Borrowman – Barry-Payson
Caroline Jachino – Pleasant Plains
Kyndel Arthalony – Illini Central
Sydney Shaeffer – Lewistown
Ali Fraase – Pleasant Plains
Emma Knipe – West Hancock
Peppers – Pittsfield/Griggsville/Perry
Ally Heldt – Brown County
Anna Burrus – Triopia
Katie Rhoades – Illini West
Baylee Mayberry - Lewistown
 
Western Illinois Men's Basketball
 
12/31
 
Lincoln Christian (4-8) 57 vs Western Illinois (8-4) 91
-Dalan Ancrum: 17 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists
-CJ Duff: 16 points, 4 rebounds
-Brandon Gilbeck: 16 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks
 
Western Illinois Women’s Basketball
 
12/30
 
Western Illinois (11-4, 1-0) 100 vs Fort Wayne (3-11, 0-1) 64
-Emily Clemens: 28 points, 11 assists, 5 steals
-Taylor Higginbotham: 20 points: 5 rebounds
-Morgan Blumer: 19 points, 7 rebounds

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/28/2017

High School Girls Basketball

 

Beardstown Lady Tiger Classic 

 

Brown County 73 vs South Fulton 55 (consolation)

 

Illini West 56 vs Lewistown 37 (semifinals)

-Baylee Clampitt: 22 points

-Katie Rhodes: 17 points

-Chargers face top seeded Pleasant Plains in championship game tomorrow at 7

 

Macomb 77 vs Liberty 65 (consolation losers bracket)

-MHS hit 11 3FG

 

West Hancock 51 vs Barry-Western 41 (5th place bracket)

-Titans face Illini Central at 3:30 in tomorrow's 5th place game 

 

Erie Tournament

 

Monmouth Roseville 54 vs Fulton 37 (semifinals)

-Mon-Rose plays Knoxville Friday in championship game

 

Princeville Holiday Tournament

 

Bushnell-Prairie City 33 vs Princeville 50 (championship game)

 

Boys Basketball

 

Macomb Western Holiday Tournament (First Round)

 

Illini West 46 vs Brown County 56

-Darian Drake (BC): 19 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists

-Tanner Sussenbach (BC): 17 points, 9 rebounds

-Kennedy Gooding (IW): 19 points, 7 rebounds

-Hornets play West Hancock at 9:30 Friday at quarterfinals

 

Macomb (6-5) 61 vs Lewistown (5-5) 42

-Carter Fayhee: 17 points, 2 assists

-John Fuhr: 11 points, 6 rebounds

-Macomb plays 4th seeded Illini Bluffs in quarterfinals Friday at 8 p.m.

 

(3) Monmouth-Roseville 58 vs Liberty 37

-Jamony Skinner: 16 points, 5 rebounds

-Nick Kelley: 15 points, 3 rebounds

-Mon-Rose plays Camp Point Central at 6:30 p.m Friday in quarterfinals

 

(1) West Hancock 50 vs Pittsfield 30

-Riley Langford (WH): 24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists

-Titans play Brown County at 9:30 p.m. Friday in quarterfinals

 

Mississippi Valley Invitational Tournament

 

Bushnell Prairie City 55 vs Mendon Unity 48

-Jason Housenga: 17 points

-Devin Yocum: 10 points

-Spartans play Payson-Seymour in championship Friday at 7:30 p.m.

 

Knox County 51 vs West Prairie 38

 

WIU Womens Basketball

 

Western Illinois (10-4) 80 vs Bradley (6-5) 87

-Emily Clemens: 21 points (7-16 fg, 1-4 3fg, 6-6 ft) 9 assists, 4 steals

-Taylor Higginbotham: 15 points (5-14 fg, 3-6 3fg, 2-2 ft), 6 rebounds

-WIU: largest lead 37-19

 

 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/27/2017

High School Boys Basketball

Mississippi Valley Invitational Tournament 

 

Bushnell-Prairie City 63 vs QND JV 25

-Devin Yocum: 16 points

-BPC plays Unity tonight at 7:30 p.m.

 

Payson 79 vs West Prairie 21

-Cyclones face Knox County in Consolation Bracket today at 5:30 p.m.

 

High School Girls Basketball

Beardstown Lady Tiger Classic

 

Macomb 70 vs Unity 80

-Bombers face Liberty today in consolation loser bracket

 

West Hancock 29 vs Pleasant Plains 34

-Titans elminated in quarterfinals

 

Illini West 46 vs West Central 39

-Chargers advance to semifinals

 

Princeville Tournament

Bushnell-Prairie City 59 vs Galva 55

Bushnell Prairie City 47 vs Peoria Heights 17

 

High School Wrestling

Lincoln Rumble

Macomb 26 vs El Paso-Gridley 48

Macomb 39 vs Auburn 42

 

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Reports: Charlie Fisher to Arizona State, Tanney says otherwise

According to a report from the Arizona State based publication Sun Devil Sports.com Western Illinois Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher has accepted the job as the Arizona State Wide Receivers Coach. The report surafced a mere twenty four hours after the first day of the NCAA's early signing-day period, in which Fisher's staff received national letters of intent from thirteen players

 

While Fisher has yet to comment on any of this, WIU Athletic Director Matt Tanney tweeted about it, saying that Fisher remains the head football coach. 

 
Should Fisher accept this job at Arizona State, it would put the Western program in a precarious situation. Having to find a new head coach in the winter is a tall task. Then again, WIU was faced with a similar situation two years ago, and found Fisher to replace Bob Nielson after his exodus to South Dakota. 
 
The notable difference here is that Fisher would be taking a job as a positional coach at an FBS school, leaving Western with a full staff of assistants, and possibly several candidates for the head coaching vacancy. Nielson accepted a job as the leader of an FCS program, bringing most of his staff from WIU along for the ride.
 
Until an official word comes on this decision one way or the other, all Western fans can do is wait and see. 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/21/2017

High School Girls Basketball

 

Illini West 49 vs South Fulton 26

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 19 points

 

WIU Mens Basketball

 

Western Illinois (7-4) 46 vs Butler (10-3) 107

-Jalen Morgan: 11 points (4-6 fg, 3-4 ft)

 

WIU Womens Basketball

 

Western Illinois (10-3) 65 vs Gonzaga 80 (7-4)

-Morgan Blumer: 22 points (8-14 fg, 5-11 3fg, 1-2 ft), 3 rebounds

-Taylor Higginbotham: 13 points (5-17 fg, 2-8 3fg, 1-1 ft), 13 rebounds

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Macomb Western Holiday Tournament, Beardstown Lady Tiger Classic brackets

The brackets are out for two local holiday basketball tournaments. The 72nd Annual Macomb Western Holiday Tournament (December 28-30) and the 36th Annual Beardstown Lady Tiger Classic (December 26-29) will feature some of the top teams in the West Central Illinois region. 

 

The Macomb Western Holiday Tournament features sixteen teams. The tournament has awarded top four seeds to the following teams (from one to four): West Hancock, Farmington, Monmouth-Roseville, and Illini Bluffs. Macomb High School will match up with Lewistown in a first round matchup on December 28 at 6:30 p.m. inside Western Hall. The winner of that contest will face the victor of Illini Bluffs and Canton. The team that loses the opening contest moves into the consolation bracket, and will get a date with the team that loses the Illini Bluffs Canton matchup. 

 

The Beardstown Lady Tiger Classic features twenty-three teams. The top nine seeds in the tournament receive first round byes. The top nine seeds (from one to nine) are: Pleasant Plains, Lewistown, Illini West, Barry Western, Routt, Brown County, Havana, Illini Bluffs, and West Hancock. Macomb was given a thirteen seed, pinning the Bombers up against twentieth seeded Abingdon-Avon at 10:30 a.m. on December 26 at Beardstown High School. The winner of that game will face fourth seeded Barry Western that afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

 

The full brackets for each tournament can be found below. 

 

72nd Annual Macomb Western Holiday Tournament (December 28-30)

 

36th Annual Beardstown Lady Tiger Classic (December 26-29)

 

 

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WIU Football announces thirteen-man early signing period class

With 2017 being the first year of the early signing period in college football, Western Illinois took full advantage, adding thirteen new recruits to the program.

 

The new regulation allows recruits to sign national letters of intent between December 20-22, as opposed to waiting until National Signing Day on February 7 to do so. WIU Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher announced the official signings of the following players yesterday:

 

QB Trey McJunkin, 6'1", 195, Fresno City Community College (Calif.)
TE Sam Bakalow, 6'5", 230, Forreston High School (Ill.)
WR Victor Akinyemi, 6'2", 212, Marian Catholic High School (Ill.)
WR John Brunner, 6'3", 195, Butler Community College (Kan.)
OL Kelton Edwards, 6'2", 305, Northeast Mississippi Community College (Miss.)
OL T.J. Kennedy, 6'6", 330, Lee's Summit High School (Mo.)
OL Brandon Malkow, 6'5", 295, Beloit Turner High School (Wis.)
DE Tristan Pfeiffer, 6'4", 235, Grain Valley High School (Mo.)
LB Jack Anderson, 6'3", 225, Academy of Holy Angels (Minn.)
LB Herschel Blankenship, 6'1", 215, Plainfield High School (Ind.)
LB Hunter Mason, 6'3", 210, Nevada High School (Mo.)
LB Cole Tandy, 6'3", 215, University High School (Ill.)

CB De'Shon Gavin, 5'11", 180, Providence Catholic (Ill.)

 

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. 

 

With thirteen players signed on, Fisher and his staff will look ahead to February with many more spots still to fill on a team that will lose twenty seniors from this year's team. 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/19/2017

High School Boys Basketball

 

Illini West (5-5) 52 vs Imagine College Prep (St. Louis) 36

-Part of Rumble on the River in Quincy

 

Macomb (5-5) 40 vs Farmington (10-0) 43

-Carter Fayhee (MHS): 15 points

-Ben Higgins (MHS): 10 points

 

North Fulton (1-8) 57 vs ROWVA 37

 

West Prairie (2-13) 30 vs Bushnell-Prairie City (9-1) 59

-Jason Housenga (BPC): 16 points

 

West Hancock (10-0) 53 vs Central 51

-Drake Hammel (WH): 29 points

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Rushville-Industry 46 vs Triopia 77

 

WIU Mens Basketball

 

Western Illinois (7-3) 77 vs Eastern Illinois (3-7) 78

-Kobe Webster: 16 points (6-15 fg, 2-9 2fg, 2-2 ft), 7 assists

-Dalan Ancrum: 14 points (5-11 fg, 3-6 3fg, 1-2 ft), 7 rebounds

-EIU: closed game on 20-9 run over final 7 minutes 

 

 

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Four Leathernecks earn football All-American honors

Western Illinois Football seniors Brett Taylor, Jaelon Acklin and Jacob Judd, along with junior Khalen Saunders received All-American honors. 
 
Taylor, a senior linebacker and Buck Buchanan Award finalist was honored as a First Team All-American by both STATS FCS and Phil Steele. Taylor led the nation with 162 tackles, 13.5 stops per game and 96 assisted tackles. He was also named Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year, as he finished his career a three time All-MVFC selection.
 
Acklin, a senior wide receiver, was named Second Team All-American by STATS FCS and Third Team by Phil Steele. Acklin finished second in the nation in receiving yards (1,369), fifth in receiving yards per game (114.1), seventh in total touchdowns (14), ninth in all-purpose yards per game (135.33), 11th in receptions per game (7.0) and 14th in receiving scores (10). He also set school single-season records in 2017 with 84 receptions for 1,369 yards. 
 
Judd, a senior center, was named Third Team All-American by both STATS FCS and Phil Steele. In addition to anchoring the high-powered Leatherneck offensive attack, he was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-American for the second year in a row. Judd finishes his career at WIU as a three-time All-Missouri Valley Football Conference.
 
Saunders, a junior defensive lineman, made the Phil Steele Third Team All-American list. He finished fifth in the conference in both forced fumbles (three, 41st nationally) and sacks (7.5, 54th nationally). Saunders was named to First Team All-MVFC for the first time in his career. 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores and News 12/18/2017

High School Boys Basketball

 

Ridgewood 63 vs Monmouth-Roseville (6-4) 78

-Nick Kelley (MR): 26 points (4 3fg's)

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Elmwood 54 vs Rushville-Industry 52 (OT)

-Ellie Lamb (R-I): 16 points

 

WIU Softball

-Beth Golitko named interim head coach

 

WIU Womens Basketball

 

Western Illinois (10-2) 71 vs 18. Stanford 64

-WIU: First win over top 25 team in program history

-Emily Clemens: 26 points (9-16 fg, 2-7 3fg, 6-9 ft), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals

-Taylor Higginbotham: 17 points (6-15 fg, 0-3 3fg, 5-6 ft) 10 rebounds

 

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Coaches Corner 12/17/2017

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.
 
BPC boys and West Prairie boys coaches Larry Serven and Jansen Baker did not make it on this episode. WIU Mens Basketball Coach Billy Wright did not make it on for the show, but his interview can be heard individually below. 
 
Western Illinois Mens Head Coach Billy Wright 
 
Western Illinois Womens Head Coach JD Gravina
 
Bushnell-Prairie City Girls Head Coach Tony Ackers
 
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 Basketball 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
 
West Hancock Girls Head Coach Wilson Neill
 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/15-12/17/2017

High School Boys Basketball

 

Friday 12/15

 

Macomb (5-4, 2-1) 56 vs Liberty (0-9) 33

-John Fuhr (MHS): 19 points

-Xavier Campbell (MHS): 15 points

 

Illini West (3-5, 1-3) 66 vs Payson 75

 

West Hancock (9-0) 61 vs Western 39

-Logan Dorethy (WH): 23 points

-Riley Langford (WH): 18 points

 

Saturday 12/16

 

Illini West (4-5) 60 vs Clinton 47

 

West Central 66 vs West Prairie (2-12) 54

-United Tournament

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/14/2017

High School Girls Basketball

 

Illini West (10-2) 63 vs Macomb (6-7) 52

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 24 points

-Emma Thorman (MHS): 9 points

 

West Hancock 49 vs Central-Southeastern 51

 

Annawan 77 vs Monmouth-Roseville 51

 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/12/2017

High School Boys Basketball

 

Monmouth-Roseville (5-4) 46 vs West Hancock (9-0) 72

-Riley Langford (WH): 21 points

 

South Fulton 65 vs Southeastern 55

 

Lewistown 53 vs Rushville-Industry 47

 

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Taylor, Acklin pick up AP All-American Honors

Western Illinois Football seniors Brett Taylor (linebacker) and Jaelon Acklin (wide receiver) have added additional hardware to their 2017 collection. Both Taylor and Acklin were named as AP All-American honorees. 

 

Taylor, who made the AP All-American Second Team last season, earned First Team honors for the 2017 season. The Buck Buchanan Award Finalist (given to the FCS Defensive Player of the Year) and Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year led the FCS in tackles (162), stops per game (13.5) and assisted tackles (96).  

 

Taylor becomes the first Leatherneck since Kyle Glazier (2009, 2010) to earn two AP All-American honors. The Macomb native finished his career at Western with 469 tackles and 266 solo stops, which are each the third-most in school history, respectively. His 203 career assisted tackles rank fourth in program history.

 

Acklin was named to the 2017 AP All-American Second Team, following his breakout senior season. Acklin finished the year second in the nation in receiving yards (1,369), fifth in receiving yards per game (114.1), seventh in total touchdowns (14), ninth in all-purpose yards per game (135.33), 11th in receptions per game (7.0) and 14th in receiving scores (10). 

 

 

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WIU Baseball releases 2018 schedule, announces Lead Off Dinner

Western Illinois Head Baseball Coach Ryan Brownlee has announced the 2018 Leatherneck Baseball schedule. WIU will have 20 home games and 32 road games. The season opens February 16 at Middle Tennessee State. The first homestand for the Leathernecks takes place March 16 against North Dakota State. 

 

In addition to Middle Tennessee, Western will play non-league series' with Murray State (2/23-25), Evansville (3/2-4), Indiana State (3/10-12), and Indiana (3/13-14). Once Summit League play begins, non-league games will also be mixed in with Illinois State, Bradley, SIU-E and Iowa. The full schedule can be seen here

 

Leatherneck baseball will hold its Sixth Annual Lead Off Dinner January 28 at The Forum in Macomb. The fundraising event starts at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 28, with a silent auction. Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m. with a 5:30 p.m. program and live auction to follow. The featured guest speaker is former major leaguer Gary Matthews. The outfielder played in the MLB for sixteen years, including a four year stretch with the Cubs from 1984-87. 

 

To register for the event visit LeatherneckTickets.com, or mail in the attached form. Tickets are $40 for attendees eighth grade and younger, with adult tickets going for $70. Eight person table and VIP table options go for $460 and $600 respectively. 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/11/2017

High School Boys Basketball

 

West Prairie 22 vs Quest 62

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

5. Illini West (9-2) 55 vs Bushnell-Prairie City (5-5) 46

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 25 points

 

Monmouth-Roseville (8-4) 51 vs Mercer County 47

-Cora Neal (MR): 14 points

-Carly Gillen (MR): 12 points

 

United 27 vs Farmington 54 (A-Town Tournament)

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Coaches Corner 12/10/2017

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. 
 
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
 
Macomb Boys Head Coach Jeremy Anderson
 
Macomb Girls Head Coach Zach Keene
 
Monmouth-Roseville Boys Head Coach Chuck Grant
 
Monmouth-Roseville Girls Basketball 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
 
West Hancock Girls Head Coach Wilson Neill
 
West Prairie Boys Head Coach Jansen Baker

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/8-12/10/2017

High School Boys Basketball

 

Friday 12/8

 

Bushnell-Prairie City (7-1) 60 vs Beardstown 52

 

Elmwood 62 vs Rushville-Industry 51

 

Macomb (4-4) 43 vs West Hancock (8-0) 57

-Carter Fayhee (MHS): 18 points

-Logan Dorethy (WH): 25 points

 

Monmouth Roseville 62 vs Kewanee 68

 

West Prairie 43 vs North Fulton 40

 

Saturday 12/9

 

Illini West (3-4) 44 vs Clark County (MO) 74

 

West Prairie 34 vs United 48

 

West Prairie 26 vs Riverdale 50

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Friday 12/8 

 

Liberty 71 vs Monmouth-Roseville 82 (2 OT)

-Carly Gillen (MR): 31 points, 14 rebounds

-Cora Neal (MR): 18 points

 

Saturday 12/9

 

5. Illini West 43 (8-2) vs Clark County (MO) 51

 

Macomb (6-6) 86 vs South Fulton 74

 

 

Western Illinois Mens Basketball

 

Saturday 12/9

Milwaukee (6-4) 69 vs Western Illinois (7-2) 90

-WIU: 7-2 for second time since 1980

-Kobe Webster: 21 points (8-16 fg, 5-8 3fg), 6 assists

-Brandon Gilbeck: 17 points (8-9 fg), 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals

 

Western Illinois Womens Basketball

 

Saturday 12/9

Western Illinois (9-2) 81 vs Austin Peay (7-2) 68

-Emily Clemens: 21 points (7-8 fg, 7-8 ft), 9 assists, 4 steals

-Taylor Higginbotham: 20 points (8-15 fg, 1-4 3fg, 3-3 ft), 5 rebounds

 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/7/17

High School Girls Basketball

 

Rushville-Industry (1-8) 42 vs Macomb (5-6) 63

-Ericka Dawson (MHS): 17 points

-Jordyn Hare and Alex Neve (MHS): 11 points

-Kailee Orwig (R-I): 15 points

 

Quincy Notre Dame 41 vs (5) Illini West (8-1) 43 F/OT

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 26 points

-Erika Eaton (QND): 30 points

 

South Fulton 20 vs Illini Bluffs 47

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/6/17

High School Girls Basketball

 

Bushnell Prairie City (5-4) 50 vs Monmouth-United 25

-Madison Allen (BPC): 15 points

-Bailey Coates (BPC): 10 points

-Carly Thompson (MU): 15 points

 

Western Illinois Mens Basketball 

 

American (2-6) 56 vs Western Illinois (6-2) 69

-Brandon Gilbeck: 17 points (7-8 fg), 13 rebounds, 8 blocks

-Kobe Webster: 15 points (4-11 fg, 1-4 3fg, 6-6 ft), 4 rebounds, 6 assists

-WIU: Closed game on 15-0 run over final 4:26

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores and News 12/5/17

High School Boys Basketball

 

Bushnell-Prairie City (7-1) 50 vs West Central 42

 

Illini West (3-2) 45 vs Monmouth-Roseville (5-2) 44

-Kennedy Gooding (IW): 24 points, GW free throw with 1.5 seconds remaining

 

Fort Madison 45 vs West Hancock 51 

-Logan Dorethy (WH): 21 points

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

West Hancock 43 vs Quincy 61

 

Western Illinois Womens Basketball

 

SEMO (4-5) 59 vs Western Illinois (8-2) 87

-Taylor Higginbotham: 25 points (5-10 fg, 1-4 3fg, 14-16 ft), 7 rebounds

-Higginbotham: Becomes 17th player in program history to reach 1,000 points

-Emily Clemens: 17 points (5-10 fg, 7-10 ft), 9 assists, 6 steals

 

 

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WIU senior linebacker Brett Taylor named as Buchanan Award Finalist

Western Illinois senior linebacker and Macomb native Brett Taylor has been named as a finalist for the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award, which honors the FCS Defensive Player of the Year. Taylor is one of three finalists for the award, joined by James Madison's Andrew Ankrah and Jacksonville State's Darius Jackson. As a finalist, Taylor is invited to the STATS FCS Awards Banquet on Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas. 

 

This season Taylor led the nation in tackles (162), tackles per game (13.5) and assisted tackles (96). Taylor has already been named Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the fourth player in program history to earn a conference Defensive Player of the Year award. Throughout the season, the senior captain earned four Valley Defensive Player of the Week awards. 

 

Should Taylor win the national award, he will be the third player in program history to do so. James Milton (1998) and Edgerton Hartwell (2000) are the only other two Leathernecks to garner this honor, with four others having been named finalists in the past. Taylor was a finalist for the award in 2016, finishing seventh in the final voting. 

 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores and News 12/4/17

High School Girls Basketball

 

Macomb (4-6) 77 vs Bushnell-Prairie City (4-4) 41

-Jordyn Hare (MHS): 18 points

-Madison Allen (BPC): 16 points

 

Central-Southeastern 27 vs Illini West (7-1) 49

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 25 points

 

Rushville-Industry (1-7) 56 vs Peoria Heights 29

-Addi Crum (R-I): 16 points

 

WIU Womens Basketball

-Taylor Higginbotham named Summit League Player of the Week

-Higginbotham: 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 steals per game in 2-0 week

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Coaches Corner 12/3/17

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. 
 
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 Basketball 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
 
West Hancock Girls Head Coach Wilson Neill
 
West Prairie Boys Head Coach Jansen Baker

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/1-12/3/17

High School Boys Basketball

 

Friday 12/1

 

Illini West (2-3) 61 vs Macomb (4-2) 62

-Carter Fayhee (MHS): 27 points

-Xavier Campbell (MHS): 15 points

-Jackson Porter (IW): 36 points

 

Rushville-Industry (1-6) 34 vs Bushnell-Prairie City (6-1) 64

-Draven Martin (BPC): 16 points

 

Saturday 12/2

 

Quincy Notre Dame (3-1) 66 vs Macomb (4-3) 54

-Carter Fayhee: 23 points

-John Fuhr (MHS): 15 points

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Saturday 12/2 

 

West Hancock (6-4) 80 vs Macomb (3-6) 57 

-Emma Knipe (WH): 31 points

-Kaylee Phiefferling (WH): 23 points

 

WIU Mens Basketball

 

Saturday 12/2 

 

Miami OH (5-3) 76 vs Western Illinois (5-2) 73

-Game went to double overtime

-Dalan Ancrum: 22 points (8-15 fg, 6-10 3fg), 7 rebounds, 4 assists

-Kobe Webster: 15 points (5-19 fg, 3-7 3fg), 4 assists

 

WIU Womens Basketball

 

Friday 12/1

 

Western Illinois (7-2) 78 vs Wichita State (2-7) 65

-Taylor Higginbotham: 29 points (10-14 fg, 6-9 3fg), 10 rebounds, 4 assists

-Morgan Blumer: 17 points (7-14 fg, 3-8 3fg), 7 rebounds, 3 steals

 

 

 

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