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WIU Women's Basketball Releases Full 2017-18 Schedule

The defending Summit League champion Western Illinois Women's Basketball Team has revealed its complete 2017-18 regular season schedule. This comes after months of the program slowly announcing some of the marquee non-league games that will take place. 


After an exhibition matchup on November 2 against Division II Quincy, the Leathernecks will begin the season at Western Hall on November 10 vs. UMKC. WIU then hosts Illinois College (Nov. 12) and William Woods (Nov. 14), before starting a three game in-state road trip. Western faces Northern Illinois (Nov. 18), Illinois (Nov. 21) and Chicago State (Nov. 22), before returning to Macomb. To close out November, Western will play home games against Milwaukee (Nov. 26) and Chicago State (Nov. 29).


The month of December will see Western out of Macomb for six of seven games. The month kicks off with a road contest against Wichita State (Dec. 1), before the lone December home game against SEMO (Dec. 5). A quick trip down to Clarksville, TN on December 9 sees Western match up against Austin Peay, before the squad gets ready for its west coast road trip. Arguably the two most highly anticipated games will take place out west, with WIU facing Stanford (Dec. 18) and Gonzaga (Dec. 21), before flying back to Illinois. When the Leathernecks return to the Land of Lincoln, they'll head to Peoria to take on Bradley (Dec. 28), before going to Fort Wayne (Dec. 30) to open up Summit League play. 


The Leathernecks traveled to Fort Wayne to begin its league schedule last season, knocking off the Mastodons 75-53. Following that contest, Western heads back to Macomb, where it will play its league home opener vs. South Dakota on January 4. WIU closed out the 2016-17 regular season against the Coyotes, in a 81-75 victory that gave the team the Summit League Regular Season Title. 


In January, Western will play five home games and two road games. The Leathernecks host Oral Roberts on January 6, then head to Omaha for a game on January 13. WIU is back in Macomb on January 18 to meet Fort Wayne, before going right up to South Dakota State to face the Jackrabbits on January 20. The month concludes with home games against Denver (January 24) and North Dakota State (January 27).

February will start off with a grueling road trip. The Leathernecks travel up to Vermillion on February 1 to face South Dakota again. WIU then heads south to Tulsa to meet Oral Roberts just two days later on February 3. The middle of the month features home matchups against Oral Roberts (Feb. 7) and South Dakota State (Feb. 17). Western closes out the regular season with its longest road trip of the season. The Leathernecks play at North Dakota State on February 22, followed by the regular season finale on February 24 at Denver. The 2018 Summit League Women’s Basketball Championship is set for March 3-6, at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.


Western Men's Soccer Dropped Saturday Exhibition at DePaul

The WIU Men's Soccer team lost 3-1 at DePaul Saturday afternoon. This was the second of three exhibition matches for Western. The Leathernecks previously lost to the Flames of UIC earlier last week. 


In this match, Western scored the opening goal, converting on a Paul Kirdorf goal into the lower right-hand corner. This came off of a deflection from a Blue Demon defender in the 56th minute. DePaul found scoring opportunities soon after, netting goals in the 63rd and 66th minutes to take a 2-1 advantage. An 84th minute goal off of a cross set the score at 3-1, ultimately earning the Blue Demons an exhibition victory. 


The Leathernecks close out the exhibition slate today at 5:30 p.m. at home against Division II Quincy University. WIU starts the regular season off Friday at Milwaukee. 


Macomb Bombers Boys Golf Wins Home Opener Over Pleasant Plains

The MHS Boys Golf Team won 164-184 against Pleasant Plains Friday at the Macomb Country Club to open its 2017 home slate. The Bombers were lead by Blaine Sutton and Braeden Duncan. Both boys carded a 39 on the front 9 at the Country Club. TJ Painter led the Cardinals with a match low 37.

Eddie Burke carded a 42 and Jack Lockard shot a 44 to round out the team score of 164. John Michael Nixa shot 45 and Gunner Lantz shot for 47 for the Bombers.


WIU Women's Soccer Opens Season with Two Weekend Losses

The Western Illinois Women's Soccer Team comes out of its opening weekend of play with an 0-2 record, following a home loss to Northern Illinois Friday (1-0) and a road defeat at the hands of North Dakota on Sunday (4-0). 


In Friday's loss, corner kicks was a category that the Huskies capitalized on. Northern Illinois took seven corners in the match, with Western failing to get a single corner kick. The Huskies scored their lone goal on a Delany Loprieno header in the 45th minute, coming off a Lauren Gierman corner. WIU had more shots on goal in the match, with five to NIU's three. 


Sunday was a matter of early goals plauging Western. UND outshot WIU 16-4 in the first half, with the Fighting Hawks getting three goals in a ten minute span. Western got more opportunities in the second half, outshooting UND 13-5. Of course, none of the Leatherneck opportunities were capitalized on, while the Fightning Hawks netted their fourth goal in the 69th minute. Corner kicks continued to be an issue for WIU, with Western failing to take one while North Dakota chalked up eight throughout the match. 


Western continues its six-game road trip, facing Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Thursday at 7 p.m. That will be the last match of the month for 0-2 WIU. 


Weekend Macomb Area Sports Rundown 8/18-8/20

Here are the local athletic events taking place this weekend. We are one week away from the first week of high school football and less than two weeks away from the start of college football! 


Friday 8/18


WIU Women's Soccer vs Northern Illinois (5 p.m. at John MacKenzie Alumni Field, Macomb, IL)

-Leathernecks open the 2017 regular season at home vs the Huskies 

-The team has played two exhibition matches, falling to Northern Iowa and Austin Peay

-Last year's squad went 4-11-2 under Head Coach Dr. Eric Johnson


Macomb Football Dale Armstrong Scrimmage (6 p.m. at MHS Field, Macomb, IL)

-Bombers finish up preseason camp with the annual scrimmage

-Things to watch for include a new offensive gameplan that HC Tony Westen has alluded to

-MHS holds its season opener next week vs Lincoln at 7 p.m. with coverage on K100


Saturday 8/19


WIU Men's Soccer Exhibition at DePaul (1 p.m. in Chicago, IL)

-The Leathernecks play their second of three exhibition games, taking on DePaul

-The team fell to UIC earlier this week

-Last year the Leathernecks went 8-10-1, falling in the Summit League Semifinals

-The season opener is Friday, August 25 at Milwaukee


Sunday 8/20


WIU Women's Soccer at North Dakota (Noon in Grand Forks, ND)

-WIU follows up Friday's contest at UND

-This is the first of 6 consecutive road matches for Western


WIU Volleyball's Claire Grove Cracks Summit League's 'Players to Watch' List

Claire Grove, a sophomore on the Western Illinois Volleyball Team, was named to the Summit League's 'Players to Watch' list. Grove, a Naperville native, is one of ten players across the league to earn this honor. She's coming off a season in which ranked fifth on the team in kills with 112. 


The Leathernecks begin the season next Friday against Manhattan at the 2017 Hampton Inn Leatherneck Invitational (Aug. 25-26) in Western Hall.


Players to Watch List:
Claire Grove, Western Illinois
Brittany Jessen, South Dakota
Becca Latham, Denver
Elizabeth Loschen, South Dakota
Laura Milos, Oral Roberts
Sydney O'Shaughnessy, Omaha
Mikaela Purnell, North Dakota State
Nicole Rightnowar, Fort Wayne
Ashlynn Smith, South Dakota State


Leatherneck Football Concluded Training Camp With Thursday Night Scrimmage

The Western Illinois Football Team finished up its fall training camp with a scrimmage last night at Hanson Field. After a three week camp, the Leathernecks saw big plays early on from the offense, and some key defensive stops late in the scrimmage. 

"I love the competition. I thought we could have started faster on defense but if you flip it we got off to a great start on offense, we got a big play early. Conversely, I thought our defense finished very well. Our offense didn't finish as good. That's been a big point of emphasis for me ever since last year when we didn't finish those last three games," said WIU Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher per goleathernecks.com.
Western comes into the season ranked 25th in the STATS Pre-Season FCS Poll. WIU has hopes for the season, boasting a high-powered offensive attack new 3-4 defensive scheme. Of course, the Leathernecks also play in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, which landed six teams in the Top 25. 
The season kicks off for Western August 31 at Tennesee Tech. That game can be heard on Classic 103 (102.7 FM WJEQ) with coverage starting at 5:30 p.m. 


WIU Men's Soccer Drops Exhibition Opener to UIC

The Leatherneck Men's Soccer Team fell 2-1 to the Flames of the University of Illinois at Chicago this afternoon in Macomb. In what was a scoreless game until the later portion of the second half, WIU gave up two consecutive goals en route to the loss. 


Neither team scored until late in the game, with Western striking first on a goal from senior Armel Kouassi in the 74th minute. The goal went in from inside the box, off the left post. UIC evened things up five minutes later, converting on a penalty kick from Abel Guzman. Two minutes later in the 81st minute, Jesus Perez netted the go ahead goal for the Flames. Perez scored on a header coming off a UIC corner kick. 


UIC outshot WIU 17-6, but shots on goal only went 5-3 in favor of the Flames. The game got quite chippy, especially for an exhibition, with a combined 21 fouls and three yelow cards between the two teams. 


Western will have one more exhibition contest before the season kicks off. The Leathernecks travel up to Chicago to face DePaul on Saturday at 1 p.m. 


MHS Boys Golf Places Sixth in Peoria Notre Dame Invitational

The MHS Varsity boys golf team opened its season up with the Peoria Norte Dame Invitational Monday. The Bombers shot 320 to finish in 6th place out of 20 teams. Macomb was led by Blaine Sutton's 74, which was good for a tie for 4th place overall individually. Braeden Duncan shot 80. Eddie Burke and Jack Lockard rounded out the team scoring with an 83. John Michael Nixa shot 85 and Gunner Lantz shot 87.
The Bombers travel to Normal this afternoon to participate in the Raider/Redbird Classic at Weibring Golf Course on the campus of ISU.
The first home match is this Friday vs Pleasant Plains at the Macomb Country Club.  Saturday the 19th, Macomb is hosting the Gary Saunders Invitational. 13 teams from across Illinois will compete in this tourney.


WIU Women's Soccer Fell 4-2 in Exhibition Finale

In its second of two exhibition matchups in Macomb, Western Illinois Women's Soccer lost 4-2 to Austin Peay Friday afternoon. The Leathernecks were up 1-0 after the first half, with sophomore Emily Bollman finding the back of the net in the 5th minute. The second half of course did not go Western's way, with the Governors netting four goals to the Leathernecks one. The second and final WIU goal was accounted for by Lauryn Peters in the 47th minute, giving Western a 2-0 lead. 


Austin Peay outshot Western Illinois 18-12, with shots on goal going 10-6 in favor of the Governors. WIU will open up regular season play on Friday in Macomb vs. Northern Illinois. 




WIU Women's Golf to Hold 11th Annual Ladies Open on August 30

The following comes via the WIU Athletics website. For more information on the Ladies Open go to goleathernecks.com


The Western Illinois women's golf program will hold its annual fundraiser on Wednesday, August 30, at the Harry Mussatto Golf Course. The 11th annual fundraising event will feature a new Stagette format.
The cost for nine holes is $50 per player, which includes: golf with use of a cart, dinner, drinks and snacks. Refreshment Services Pepsi is donating drinks for the event.
Registration starts at 4:15 p.m., a hitting demonstration with the women's golf team runs from 4:45-5 and following the shotgun start at 5:15 dinner, a raffle and super raffle is scheduled to start at 7:30. The 2017 Ladies Open sponsors are Cathy Early and No Place Like Home.
"I'm excited to have the Ladies Open during the school year for the first time, so the entire team can be a part of the evening. Women's Golf is very fortunate to have strong support for our program," said head coach Lia Lukkarinen. "Being able to interact with so many of our supporters in the community is a wonderful opportunity, and we look forward to an awesome evening of golf, fun and fellowship."
To sign up for the event, contact Lukkarinen at LB-Lukkarinen@wiu.edu or (217) 390-2194.


Macomb JFL Head Coach Casey Grant Discusses Upcoming Season

The upcoming JFL season is upon us. Boys entering 5th and 6th grades are eligible to play. The league provides al equipment except for mouthguards, which are required. Cleats and jockstraps are recommended. 


The equipment handout and parent meeting takes place Sunday, August 13 at 4:00 p.m. at Patton Park. The following day practice begins. Macomb JFL practices will run Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m until games start. Games take place on Sundays, starting September 10. After the first game, practices will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 


To sign up, head over to Gentry Motor Company to pick up a registration form. The registration fee for the league is $50. For more information on the season and what the kids get out of it, listen to my interview with Macomb JFL Head Coach Casey Grant., and make sure to check out the Macomb JFL website. 


28th Annual Purple and Gold Auction to Take Place Saturday

Western Illinois University has used the Purple and Gold Auction as a major fundraiser for its athletic department for quite some time. Now in its 28th year, the Purple and Gold Auction is the largest annual fundraising event for Leatherneck Athletics. 


This year's event will take place Saturday evening at Western Hall, beginning at 5 P.M. The silent auction will run from then to 7:45. A Sodexo dinner will be provided at 6:30. Following the conclusion of the silent auction, Western athletes Brett Taylor (football) and Emily Clemens (women's basketball) will speak to the crowd on hand. Lowderman Auction Company will begin their live auction at 8.


Tickets for the event are $40 per person, and can be purchased online. A complete list of auction items can be found here. To learn more about the event, you can listen to my interview with WIU Assistant Director of Athletics for Development Michael Jones and Jerry Cremer.


WIU Womens Soccer Loses Exhibition Opener to Northern Iowa

The Western Illinois Women's Soccer Team fell 1-nil to Northern Iowa in its exhibition opener Wednesday afternoon. The lone Panther goal came off the foot of Brynell Yount in the 22nd minute of action.


Western was outshot 23-6 in the defeat. Of the six WIU shots, only three were registered as shots on goal. Leatherneck goaltender Ines Palmiero allowed the one goal in 69:49 of action. She made 11 saves. Jennifer Currie finished the contest for Western, saving two shots and allowing no goals. 


The Leathernecks have their second and final exhibition game Friday at 5 P.M., hosting Austin Peay. They'll officially open the season on Friday, August 18, against Northern Illinois here in Macomb. 


WIU Women's Soccer Kicks Off Exhibition Slate

The Western Illinois Women's Soccer Team will have two exhibition matches this week. The first matches kicks off today, with the Leathernecks hosting Northern Iowa at 5 P.M. at John MacKenzie Alumni Field. WIU will follow up today's match with a Friday matchup with Austin Peay, also at home at 5 P.M.


Western returns 10 of its 11 starters from last season, in which the Leathernecks went 4-11-2 under first year head coach Dr. Eric Johnson. Johnson has been at Western Illinois since 1997, having served as the head coach of the men's soccer program for the past 20 years. He is now the Director of Soccer at WIU, holding the head coach title for both programs. 


Sean McGuire, Steve McShane Named to CFPA National Performer Watch List

A pair of Western Illinois juniors were named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy Watch List. Quarterback Sean McGuire (Franklin, Wis./Franklin HS) and running back Steve McShane (Freeport/Freeport HS) were two of the 42 players nationwide to make the Watch List.
Eight of the 42 players represented the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and Western was one of only seven programs to have two players on the Watch List.
McShane's 83.4 rushing yards per game (32nd nationally last season) is tops among all returning MVFC running backs. A Second Team All-MVFC pick last year and preseason MVFC selection heading into this year, McShane averaged 5.0 yards per carry and scored eight touchdowns on the ground. He added 234 receiving yards on 23 receptions with a touchdown.  He ranked 59th nationally in rushing touchdowns and 66th in yards per carry.
McGuire set a Western Illinois season record averaging 264.9 passing yards per game, completing 230-of-396 passes for 2,914 yards and 20 touchdowns. The junior quarterback, an Honorable Mention All-MVFC pick last year and like McShane earned preseason MVFC accolades, added five rushing touchdowns and 207 yards on the ground. He ranked 15th in the country in passing yards per game, 13th in total offense, 28th in touchdowns and 31st in points responsible for.
Western opens the 2017 season at Tennessee Tech on August 31. Season tickets for the upcoming year are currently on sale. Fans can purchase tickets by calling (309) 298-1190 or purchase online at GoLeathernecks.com.


Leatherneck Football Ranked 25 in STATS FCS Pre Season Poll

In the STATS FCS Top 25 Pre Season Poll the Western Illinois Football Team finds itself ranked 25. WIU closes out the rankings as the sixth Missouri Valley Football Conference squad on the list. Nine of the ten MFVC teams received votes in the poll. 


The defending national champion James Madison Dukes come in at the top of the poll. Two Valley teams in North Dakota State (2) and South Dakota State (2) made their way into the top five. The 2016 runner ups, Youngstown State, are ranked ninth, giving the Valley three top ten teams. Northern Iowa (18) and Illinois State (20) are the other two MVFC teams to make their way into the rankings. South Dakota, Southern Illinois and Indiana State also received votes. 


IHSA Schools Open Up Football Practice

Football season feels just that much closer today, as official practices are underway. Macomb High School is among the many area schools to officially open up shop today.


The Bombers hold their first practice this morning, followed by an afternoon walk-through. That practice schedule will remain the same all week, before being switched up to the typical afternoon practice schedule next week. 


New MHS Head Football Coach Tony Westen displayed his excitement about all of this on twitter this morning. 




Macomb will hold its pre-season scrimmage against Dale Armstrong next Friday at 6:00 PM. The Bombers open the season at home on August 25, facing Lincoln Community High School at 7:00 PM. We'll have the coverage of that, and all MHS football games, on K100. 


Local Youth Football Coaches Participate in USA Football Safety Clinic

With IHSA schools beginning football practices Monday, some local coaches will come in fresh off a USA Football Heads Up safety clinic. Macomb Junior-Senior High School played host to the clinic on Sunday, with about twenty area coaches participating. The coaches in attendance ranged from the JFL level all the way up through high school.


"This was a nice several hour reminder that when we're putting in our practice plans and drills, we're keeping kids safe." said Macomb High Head Football Coach Tony Westen. 


The clinic ran from noon-4 PM Sunday, with USA Football master trainer Michael Gross taking coaches through a mix of presentations and drills. Gross, the head football coach at Westminster Christian School in Elgin, kept the environment light but informative.


The recent bombshell Boston University CTE study from Dr. Ann McKee at Boston University has made headlines and has further illumnated some of the scary realities of the game of football. With the current atmosphere surrounding player safety in football, proper technique was a focal point of the afternoon. 


(Left: MHS Head Football Coach Tony Westen going through drills with USA Football's Michael Gross)
(Right: Gross instructing and presenting information to local coaches at Macomb High School)

"When I played football many many years ago, I think that it was sort of an instinct that your head goes down. And that is contrary to everything that's safe," said Westen. 


As players and coaches around the country gear up for another football season, the concept of playing hard but safe will be further emphasized. While it's not neccessarily new information that was being relayed from Gross, reinforcing fine points and details helps coaches keep their players safe. 


"A lot of these things are drills that we've seen coming for a few years and we've seen coming, but to have one of USA Football's master teachers here to go over those details and to make sure that the focus is there is what we're doing," said Westen. 







Leatherneck Football Displays Confidence at Media Day

Western Illinois Football held its annual media day today. Six Leatherneck players, along with Head Coach Charlie Fisher and Athletic Director Matt Tanney, spoke to the local media as pre season camp moves along.


The general sentiment from the day, as you'd expect with any such gathering, was confidence. Fisher expressed his appreciation for his players and how much he trusts them. The six players (linebacker Brett Taylor, offensive lineman Jacob Judd, defensive lineman Khalen Saunders, linebacker Quentin Moon, quarterback Sean McGuire and running back Steve McShane) showed great enthusiasm about their group and what they hope to accomplish. Tanney did the same, from an administrative standpoint. 


You can hear from everyone at media day below. 


Matt Tanney


Charlie Fisher


Quentin Moon


Brett Taylor


Khalen Saunders


Sean McGuire


Steve McShane


Jacob Judd


Macomb Area Football Coaches Promote Player Safety at Heads Up Coaching Clinic

Local youth football coaches are teaming up to promote player safety. From Noon-4 PM on Sunday, August 6, Macomb High School will host the USA Football Heads Up Coaching Safety Clinic. Says Macomb Football Head Coach Tony Westen, it is "just a way for us to continue to promote player safety." 


For more information on USA Football's Heads Up Football program, click here


WIU Football's Taylor Earns Spot on Buck Buchanan Award Watch List

The accolades continue to pile up for Western Illinois senior linebacker Brett Taylor. The Macomb native is one of the twenty-one defensive players from across the nation to crack the watch list for the top defensive player in FCS football. This should come as no suprise, given that Taylor finished seventh in the voting for the award as a junior.


During the 2016 season, Taylor led all FCS players in solo tackles per game with 8.5. He finished third in the country in tackles per game with 12.2. Should Taylor win the award in 2017, he'll be the third Leatherneck to ever do so. He'd join James Milton (1998) and Edgerton Hartwell (2000) on that prestigious list. 


Rain Keeps 12u CATS Softball off The Field Thursday

It was a long wait with no payoff for the 12u CATS Softball team on Thursday as they waited all day for rain to pass through and finally were unable to get in a game on day one in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Thankfully, things are looking up on Friday as the CATS have their first game ready to get underway at 2 Pm. We will bring you reports from Shawna Robinson from Eau Claire as soon as we get them right here on our MacombNewsNow.com sports page.


Western Illinois Mens Basketball 17-18 League Schedule Revealed

The Western Illinois Men's Basketball Team now knows its complete Summit League schedule, following today's release by the league. With the departure of IUPUI, WIU will play a total of fourteen Summit League games. This will be done in a double round-robin format. 


Western will start its league competition on January 3. The Leathernecks play at the reigning league regular season champions, the South Dakota Coyotes. WIU then travels to Tulsa for a January 6 game at Oral Roberts. The Leathernecks have their league home opener on January 11, when they face Omaha. That begins a three-game home stand, the first of two for WIU. That stretch continues with games against Fort Wayne (January 17) and South Dakota State (January 20) at Western Hall. The month concludes with the longest road trip of the season. Western will play at Denver on January 25, before flying up to Fargo for a January 27 games vs. North Dakota State. 


February begins back in macomb with another three game stretch for WIU. The Leathernecks host South Dakota (February 1), Oral Roberts (February 3) and Omaha (February 8) during that time. Western will hit the road again for a geographically puzzling trip. The Leathernecks will head east to face Fort Wayne (February 14), before going northwest to battle South Dakota State on February 17. The Summit League schedule concludes in Macomb, with games against North Dakota State (February 22) and Denver (February 24). 


The eight Summit League teams will all head to Sioux Falls this year for the league's postseason tournament. The 2018 Summit League Men's Basketball Championship is set for March 3-6 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. WIU finished eighth in the Summit League last season, bowing out in the first round of the league tournament to top seeded South Dakota. South Dakota State won the league crown, along with the automatic invitation to the NCAA Tournament, last year as the four seed. 


WIU Women's Basketball 17-18 Summit League Schedule Released

The defending Summit League champions now know how their league schedule will look. Western Illinois Women's Basketball, along with the other seven Summit League squads, will each be playing a 14-game double round-robin schedule.


WIU opens up the league slate at Fort Wayne on December 30. The Leathernecks traveled to Fort Wayne to begin its league schedule last season, knocking off the Mastodons 75-53. Following that contest, Western heads back to Macomb, where it will play its league home opener vs. South Dakota on January 4. WIU closed out the 2016-17 regular season against the Coyotes, in a 81-75 victory that gave the team the Summit League Regular Season Title. 


In January, Western will play five home games and two road games. The Leathernecks host Oral Roberts on January 6, then head to Omaha for a game on January 13. WIU is back in Macomb on January 18 to meet Fort Wayne, before going right up to South Dakota State to face the Jackrabbits on January 20. The month concludes with home games against Denver (January 24) and North Dakota State (January 27).


February will start off with a grueling road trip. The Leathernecks travel up to Vermillion on February 1 to face South Dakota again. WIU then heads south to Tulsa to meet Oral Roberts just two days later on February 3. The middle of the month features home matchups against Oral Roberts (Feb. 7) and South Dakota State (Feb. 17). Western closes out the regular season with its longest road trip of the season. The Leathernecks play at North Dakota State on February 22, followed by the regular season finale on February 24 at Denver. The 2018 Summit League Women’s Basketball Championship is set for March 3-6, at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.


The schedule is different from last year in a number of ways. The departure of IUPUI from the Summit League certainly changes the structure of the schedule. However, the quick turnaround on road trips is also very apparent here. There are only two multi-game road trips, but both of them cover a lot of ground in a very short amount of time. The early February South Dakota and Oral Roberts trip will be very rapid, with only a day in between the two games for travel. The season-ending road swing at North Dakota State and Denver also only allows one travel day in between. 


There are plenty of tough stretches in the schedule, but navigating those stretches is what it takes to win the Summit League. The Leathernecks won eight straight regular season games to earn the top seed in the league last year. They then needed to win three more in Sioux Falls to win the Summit League Championship and qualify for the NCAA Tournament. 




Leatherneck Men's Basketball's Covington and Miklusak Turn Pro

Two of the most impactful players on the Western Illinois Men's Basketball Team over the last four years have signed professional contracts. Garret Covington and Mike Miklusak will both embark on their respective basketball journies in Europe.


Covington, who scored the third most points in WIU history with 1,896, will play for Albacete Basket in Spain. Albacete plays in the third tier of the Spanish basketball league system, which consists of five tiers. The team plays in Albacete, Spain, an inland city located south-east of the Iberian Peninsula. 


Miklusak, who led the Summit League in rebounds per game with 8.9 as a senior, will play for the Den Bosch New Heroes of the DBL (Dutch Basketball League). New Heroes Basketball has the most championships in DBL history, with sixteen.


Taylor and Judd Represent WIU Football on STATS Preseason All-America

A pair of Leatherneck senior football players were named as STATS FCS Preseason All-Americans. Linebacker Brett Taylor and offensive lineman Jacob Judd cracked the list, as they are two of the seventeen Missouri Valley Football Conference athletes that earned this accolade. 


Taylor was named First Team All-America, while Judd made Second Team All-America. They are both captains on the Western Illinois team, along with juniors Sean McGuire and Quentin Moon. 


CATS Softball Send-Off Party 6:15 Am Wednesday Morning at Chandler Park

The 12u CATS Softball team is headed to Wisconsin for tournament play beginning Wednesday. The CATS will be having a brief handshake with fans and family on Wednesday morning at Chandler Park. You can cheer on the CATS and help send them off on Wednesday morning on the East Side of Chandler Park at 6:15 Am. The tournament runs from August 2nd to August 6th in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Two members of the CATS Softball team will join Sean Patrick on the K100 Morning Show on Tuesday morning at 7:30 Am. 


Cubs Give Steve Bartman 2016 World Series Ring

Steve Bartman, the Chicago Cubs fan at the center of controversy regarding his supposed role in the Cubs losing a chance at the World Series in 2003 has been welcomed back to Wrigley Field. Bartman visited Wrigley Field recently and took a tour of the stadium before being presented with a 2016 World Championship ring. It's been a very long self-imposed exile for Bartman who disappeared in the wake of being accused by angry fans of ha from having knocked a foul ball away from then Chicago Cubs leftfielder Moises Alou that would have been the final out of the 8th inning of what would become a Cubs loss in Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series against the Miami Marlins. Since then, attempts by the media to contact Bartman for comment about his exile and his view of Cubs have failed. Even with the return to Wrigley, Bartman refused photos for release to the public, taking only pictures for his family. Bartman did release a statement in which he thanked the Cubs, and especially the Ricketts family, for the honor. The Cubs welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks to Wrigley for a three game series beginning Tuesday night on MacombNewsNow 104.7 WLMD. 


Day Two of MVFC Coaches Teleconference Features Dakota Schools and ISUs

The Missouri Valley Football Conference held its second day of its annual media teleconference. Media members from all over the region were dialed in again, as the remaining five coaches answered questions. North Dakota State, South Dakota and South Dakota State, all had their coaches on today. Illinois State and Indiana State rounded out the remaining five coaches. Western Illinois head football coach Charlie Fisher spoke yesterday


Listen to what Chris Klieman of NDSU, Bob Nielson of South Dakota, John Steigelmeyer of SDSU, Brock Spack of Illinois State and Curt Mallory of Indiana State had to say this morning. 


Tickets on Sale for the 28th Annual Purple & Gold Auction

Western Illinois University Athletics will host its largest fundraiser of the year on Saturday, August 12, inside Western Hall. The 28th Annual Purple & Gold Auction will feature a social, silent auction, two cash raffles, dinner, a program that includes two WIU student-athlete speakers, and a live auction.
"This is always a special event, and one we look forward to every year," said Assistant Director of Athletics for Development Michael Jones. "We have an exceptionally strong list of items this year, and our two student-athlete speakers, Emily Clemens (Women's Basketball Summit League Player of the Year, Academic All-Conference) and Brett Taylor (Football All-American, Academic All-Conference), are the epitome of excellence in the classroom and in competition."
Several marquee items are on the auction block this year, including:
A one-week getaway to The SeaDog Inn in Cabrera, Dominican Republic
A 2014 Club Car Precedent electric golf cart
An autographed Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs World Series jersey
A one-week stay in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
A VIP trip with WIU Football to Coastal Carolina in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 
An autographed Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs World Series jersey
Four tickets to the Cubs/Cardinals game in St. Louis on September 28, including on-field passes and a one-night stay at the Marriott St. Louis Grand
A VIP trip with WIU Women's Basketball to Stanford in Palo Alto, California
Two tickets to the Vikings/Bears game in Chicago on October 9
Two VIP passes to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Chicagoland 400 on September 17
A VIP trip with WIU Men's Basketball to Butler
Four "Scout Seat" tickets for the Tigers/White Sox game in Chicago on August 26
A Destin, Florida stay-and-play package
Two tickets to the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game in Ann Arbor on November 25
And much more
The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a social, silent auction, and two cash raffles worth $500 each. A delicious Sodexo dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the silent auction will close at 7:45 p.m. At that time, guests will hear from student-athletes Emily Clemens and Brett Taylor. Lowderman Auction Company will begin the live auction at 8 p.m.
The cost is $40 per person, and registration is available online at LeatherneckTickets.com. Those wishing to register by phone may call (309) 298-1190.
For more information, visit the official Purple & Gold Auction website at www.GoLeathernecks.com/pgauction. All proceeds from the 28th Annual Purple & Gold Auction will enhance the Division I experience of Leatherneck student-athletes.


Charlie Fisher Speaks at MVFC Coaches Pre-Season Teleconference

Western Illinois Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher was one of five Missouri Valley Football Conference coaches to speak at today's annual pre-season teleconference. Media from across the conference got on the line to ask questions to Fisher, along with MVFC Commissioner Patty Viverito, Northern Iowa Head Coach Mark Farley, Southern Illinois Head Coach Nick Hill, Youngstown State Head Coach Bo Pelini and Missouri State Head Coach Dave Steckel. 


Fisher discussed his team's transition to the 3-4 defense, along with expectations for wide receiver Isaiah Lesure, running back Steve McShane, and linebacker Brett Taylor. Listen to Fisher's portion of the Q&A below. The rest of the teleconference can be heard here




WIU Football Selected Sixth in MVFC Pre-Season Poll

The Western Illinois Football Team is projected to finish sixth in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Valley's Pre-Season poll slots the Leathernecks behind first place North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Youngstown State, Northern Iowa and Illinois State. 


Heading into head coach Charlie Fisher's second year in charge of the program, the Leathernecks are one of five MVFC teams to crack the Athlon Sports Pre-Season Top 25 Poll. Western is selected 19th in that. 


The complete Missouri Valley Football Conference Pre-Season poll is listed below. 


2017 Valley Football Preseason Poll
Team (first-place votes)       Points
 1. North Dakota State (21) 380
 2. South Dakota State (19) 379
 3. Youngstown State           290
 4. UNI                                  255
 5. Illinois State                     246
 6. Western Illinois              188
 7. South Dakota                   182
 8. Southern Illinois               132
 9. Missouri State                   81
10. Indiana State                    67


Macomb High Football Takes Pre-Season Camp to Coe College

The Macomb Bombers Football Team headed to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa this morning for its annual preseason camp there. Coe competes at the NCAA Division III level. 


The team's twitter account tweeted this out earlier. The team has its first scrimmage on August 18 vs Dale Armstrong. The 2017 campaign officially kicks off August 25, vs Lincoln Community High School. 



Six Leatherneck Football Players Garner Valley All Pre-Season Team Nods

The Missouri Valley Football Conference has released it's 2017 Pre-Season All-Conference Team. Six Leathernecks earned honors, with three players named to the team and three more taking home honorable mention.


For WIU, junior running back Steve McShane, senior offensive lineman Jacob Judd, and senior linebacker Brett Taylor made the team. A trio of juniors in quarterback Sean McGuire, defensive lineman Khalen Saunders, and outside linebacker Quentin Moon made honorable mention. 


Western Illinois and Southern Illinois are tied for fourth in overall players being mentioned. Western is also tied for fourth in first team players, with Missouri State also having three players on the team. Pre-season polls will be released tomorrow for the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Tuesday and Wednesday will also feature media conference calls with all ten MVFC coaches, along with two conference officials. 



WIU Softball Announces Signing of Lake Land College's Boone

Western Illinois Softball has announced the signing of Madison Boone, a corner infielder hailing from Shelbyville, IL. Boone comes to Macomb following two years at Lake Land College in Mattoon, IL. At Lake Land, Boone hit .430 her sophomore year. She also compiled 61 RBIS and scored 58 runs, en route to NJCAA Division All-American honors. 


WIU AD Tanney Named to FCS ADA Executive Committee

Matt Taney, heading into his third year as Director of Athletics at Western Illinois University, will represent the Missouri Valley Football Conference on the Division I Football Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Executive Committee. Tanney is one of twelve officers from around the FCS on this committee. The full list of the officers and executive committee members can be found here


Lady Leatherneck Football Camp Cancelled

The Lady Leatherneck Football Training Camp, which was scheduled for tonight, has been canceled due to low registration numbers. Proceeds from the event were set to go to the Dolores Kator Switzer Women's Center at McDonough District Hospital. To donate to the Women's Center, visit MDH's website


WIU Women's Golf Announces Fall Schedule

The Western Illinois Women's Golf Team has announced it's Fall 2017 schedule. The Leathernecks will compete in four tournaments between September and October.


The first one is the Redbird Invitational at Illinois State September 10-11. Western heads to Ball State the following week (September 18-19) for the Cardinals Classic. After a couple weeks off, WIU will travel to Drake for the Bulldog Invitational (October 9-10). They'll conclude the Fall slate the following week at Dayton's Flyer Invitational (October 16-17). 


Former WIU Men's Basketball Great Carrodine Passes Away

Coleman Carrodine, the second leading scorer in Western Illinois Men's Basketball history, passed away Tuesday a the age of 76. Carrodine played at WIU from 1960-1964, etching his name in the record books in numerous statistical categories. Carrodine holds the program record for free throws and free throw attempts in a season, along with the second best single season scoring average (22 ppg). 


Carrodine, a two-time all state player at Mount Vernon High School, led Western to the semifinals of the 1962 NAIA semifinals in a thirty-two team field. Carrodine earned all-tournament team honors for his contributions in that tournament. 


He went on to have a successfull coaching career at Illinois high school basketball powerhouse Champaign Centennial. There he coached from 1978-2000, winning 264 games with the Chargers. He led the program to its first state tournament appearance in 1984. 


John Deere Classic prize purse at $5.6-million, winner gets $1-million

The PGA Tour swings through western Illinois this week and Ryan Moore is back to defend his title at the John Deere Classic.
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The tournament tees of Thursday at the TPC at Deere Run in Silvis. The prize purse is $5.6 million with the winner receiving $1-million. 


Western Illinois Men's Soccer Releases 2017 Schedule

One day after the WIU Women's Soccer Team revealed its upcoming schedule, the men's program has released it's schedule. Western plays 5 of its 15 regular season matches at home. The Leathernecks do not take the pitch in macomb until September 20 against Drake. They’ll play their first 6 matches on the road, kicking off August 25 at Milwaukee. 


Western looks to build off of last season's 8-10-1 effort in which they fell 1-0 to Denver in the Summit League Semifinals. 


A Look at WIU Men's Basketball's 2017-18 Non-League Schedule to Date

The Western Illinois Men’s Basketball Team has slowly reveled it’s upcoming non-league schedule on Twitter. The Leathernecks have done so every Monday afternoon since June 12, in what they've deemed as #MatchupMonday. After yesterday's announcement of a home game against Miami (OH) on December 2, Western has listed a total of six of it’s contests outside of the Summit League. 
Nov 15 vs Eastern Illinois
Nov 25 @ Iowa State
Dec 2 vs Miami (OH)
Dec 9 vs Milwaukee
Dec 19 @ Eastern Illinois
Dec 21 @ Butler
Last year the Leathernecks played eleven non-league games. Things may change numerically with IUPUI’s departure from the Summit League, leaving the league with one less team for the upcoming season. Still, a bulk of the 2017 contests have been made public, and the schedule to-date mirrors much of what Billy Wright’s team faced last year stylistically. 
The Iowa State and Butler games will be extremely tough, pinning the Leathernecks against perennial top 25 teams with the uncanny ability to stretch the floor. Wright has mentioned to me that he strategically schedules these types of opponents, due to their similarities with many opponents Western will face in league play. 
The Eastern Illinois home and home, along with the Miami (OH) and Milwaukee matchups, reciprocate what Western faced last year. The order of the EIU games is switched up this year, while the Miami Redhawks and Milwaukee Panthers travel to Macomb this time around, but all four contests are scheduled at similar points in the season as they were last year. 
In 2016 WIU opened up its season on Friday, November 11 at Kansas State. This could mean the Leathernecks have another power-five matchup to announce, given that the last two years saw Western open at KSU and at Wisconsin (where the Leathernecks upset the Badgers on their Final Four banner night). There will also be a few non-Division I schools mixed into the early season slate. Last year WIU faced Oak Hills Christian College, an NCCAA School, along with a Division III school in Crown College. 
As summer progresses we will get more clarity on who the Leathernecks will face out of the Summit League. The weekly happening of #MatchupMonday should continue until around the time the fall semester starts up. 


Two Baseball Leathernecks Make Summer League All-Stars

Two members of the Western Illinois baseball program were named as a representative of their summer team to an All-Star game. Infielder Mitch Ellis will represent Yakima Valley (Washington) while catcher CJ Schaeffer will represent Mankato (Minnesota).
Ellis is one of six Pippins to play in the 2017 West Coast League All-Star game on July 17-18 in Yakima, Wash. Schaeffer and four of his MoonDogs teammates will play in the Northwoods League All-Star game on July 18 in Wausau, Wis.
The team leader in games started this summer (28), Ellis is batting .288 with 15 runs scored and 19 RBI. He also leads the team with four sacrifice flies and tied for third hitting six doubles. He began his summer hitting safely in the first 13 games. On July 2, Ellis lined a bases-clearing double to give the Pippins a 14-13 walk-off victory.
Schaeffer is batting .303 in 26 games played with four doubles, 14 runs scored and ranks third on the team with 20 RBI. He recorded a pair of game-winning, walk-off hits already this summer.
Ian Koch Represents Western in the Cape Cod League
Ian Koch has appeared in seven games this summer for the Falmouth Commodores in the prestigious Cape Cod League.
The rising junior right-handed pitcher is 0-1 with a 3.08 ERA in seven games. Through 11.2 innings pitched he has struck out nine and walked two while allowing just eight hits.


Leatherneck Women's Soccer Reveals 2017 Schedule

The full 2017 schedule for WIU Women's Soccer was released Monday afternoon. Eight of the Leathernecks eighteen matches will take place at home, including the season opener on August 18 vs. Northern Illinois. Western looks to improve on last year's 4-11-2 campaign under head coach Dr. Eric Johnson. A longtime coach of the men's soccer program at WIU, Johnson comes into his second season as the head coach of the women's soccer team as well. 


WIU Baseball to Hold Fourth Annual Wrigley Rooftop Trip August 20

The Western Illinois baseball program announced its fourth-annual Wrigley Rooftop trip on Sunday (Aug. 20) to watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Game time is scheduled for 1:20 p.m.
The cost of the event is $150 per person, which includes a rooftop ticket and all you can eat and drink. For those wanting a round-trip bus ticket from Macomb in addition to the rooftop ticket and food/drink, the cost is $180 per person. The bus will also make a stop in Peoria to pick up passengers.
All proceeds benefit the Leatherneck baseball program.
"This is a very fun and entertaining event. The last three years have been great and we had a lot of returning participants, which shows that people enjoy the experience," said WIU baseball head coach Ryan Brownlee. "It is a nice break for our coaching staff coming off a hectic summer schedule of recruiting and then getting ready before our new academic year begins. We always have a wide variety of WIU alum, boosters, players parents and friends attend this event and would like to welcome all interested to sign up for a great day of baseball."
For more information or to sign up, call Brownlee at (309) 255-7329 or via email at R-Brownlee@wiu.edu.


WIU Football Freshman Class Arrives in Macomb

Western Illinois Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher announced on his Twitter that the incoming freshman class has arrived on campus. Fisher posted several videos of players arriving in Macomb and him greeting them. Below is one with incoming freshman running back James Bailey Jr., out of Independance, MO.  



Lady Leatherneck Football Camp Set for July 17

MACOMB, Ill. – The annual Lady Leatherneck Football Training Camp is scheduled for Monday, July 17. Western Illinois head football coach Charlie Fisher, his staff and student-athletes will run the training camp to discuss all aspects of football and give insight on the Leatherneck program.
Registration begins at 5:15 p.m. inside the Football locker room in Western Hall. Starting at 5:30, coach Fisher and his staff will hold a chalk talk and film breakdown session inside the football locker room.
At 6 p.m., the staff and Leatherneck student-athletes will go over techniques for each playing position on offense and defense. The event will conclude at 7 p.m. with an ice cream social with the Leatherneck Football coaching staff.
Included in the registration fee of $30 is a t-shirt for all participants. All proceeds from the event go to support the McDonough District Hospital Dolores Kator Switzer Women's Center.
For more information or to make a reservation, contact Senior Associate Athletic Director Darian Westerfield at (309) 298-3018 or via email at D-Westerfield@wiu.edu.
For more information on the Dolores Kator Switzer Women's Conter, click on the McDonough District Hospital website.


IUPUI Ditches Summit: League Stuck with Nine Teams Again

Shockwaves were sent through the Summit League this morning when IUPUI informed the league office that the school will move to the Horizon League, effective July 1. Given that the Horizon League was currently stuck with nine teams following the move of Valparaiso to the Missouri Valley Conference, the move made a ton of sense for both sides.


The Horizon now avoids being stuck at that awkward number of nine teams (a situation that the Summit League has dealt with since 2011-12). IUPUI, which had been in the Summit League since 1998, now moves to a conference that is much more geographically sensible. The Horizon League encompasses Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Wisconsin. The Summit League extends into three different time zones, with schools ranging from Fort Wayne to Denver.


In his statement today, Summit League Commisioner Tom Douple acknowledged the impact of location in the switch. "He (IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar) stated to me that they enjoyed their membership in The Summit League, but geography was the factor in their decision to switch leagues," said Douple. 


The 2017-18 athletic year will feature a small, but even, number of full league members at eight. The 2018-19 season will bring the league office back to the drawing board, given that the University of North Dakota will come on board full time.


For the teams further west, the move means less trips to the eastern time zone. Now Fort Wayne remains the lone university situated there. For Western, IUPUI was the shortest in-league trip to make. Now as this process plays out, you have to wonder what type of new schools the Summit League will search for. At the moment, just about any school would seem to suffice.  




McDonough County Girls Softball League Tournament Scores

Day 1: 6/26
Chicks Major League:

McDaniel Accounting (W) vs. Rosy’s Pizza (L)

Pepsi (W) vs. McClure Dental (L)

Ramsey Financial Minor League:
Farmers & Merchants State Bank (W) vs. Edifice Remodel (L)

Beck Pest Control (W) vs. Ferris Autobody & Towing (L)

First Christian Church Rookie League:

Warning Systems Specialists (W) vs. MTC Communications (L)

Catch a Star (W) vs. Beck’s (L)

Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League:

First Bankers Trust  (W) vs. WIU FOP (L)

Project Dance Company (W) vs. United Community Bank (L)

Day 2: 6/28
Chicks Major League:

Tri County Seeds (W) vs. McDaniel Accounting

Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical (W) vs. Pepsi (L)

Ramsey Financial Minor League:
1st Farm Credit (W) vs. Farmers & Merchants State Bank (L)

HyVee (W) vs. DRIVE (L)

First Christian Church Rookie League:

First State Bank (W) vs. Warning Systems Specialists (L)

Catch a Star (W) vs. Scrapbook Nook (L)

Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League:

Macomb Fire Department (W) vs. First Bankers Trust (L)

Project Dance Company (W) vs. Citizens Bank (L)

Day 3 6/28
Chicks Major League:

1st – Tri County Seeds

2nd – Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical

3rd – McDaniel Accounting

Ramsey Financial Minor League:
1st - First Farm Credit
2nd - Beck Pest Control
3rd - HyVee

First Christian Church Rookie League:

1st - First State Bank

2nd – Catch a Star

3rd – Scrapbook Nook

Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League:

1st - Macomb Fire Department

2nd - Project Dance Company

3rd - Citizens Bank



WIU Football's Brett Taylor Makes STATS Pre Season Top 10 List

WIU Senior Linebacker and Macomb native Brett Taylor picked up additional pre season accolades. Taylor has been named to the STATS Top 10 FCS Player List. Taylor is ranked tenth on a list that includes athletes on both sides of the ball. He was named to Athlon's pre-season All-American list last week. 


Last season he led WIU with 134 total tackles (94 solos). He led the nation with a 8.5 solo tackles per game average. His stellar season earned him seventhplace in the Buck Buchanan Award voting (National Defensive Player of the Year), First Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference and First Team Academic All-MVFC honors. 


Washington Native Alec Peters Drafted by Phoenix Suns

Many different major storylines came out of last night's NBA draft. For Bulls fans, it's about the new direction the team is going in after trading all star Jimmy Butler to Minnesota for the seventh overall pick and young former lottery picks Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine. With that pick they took Arizona big man Lauri Markannen. 


Then of course there's the Sixers snagging Markelle Fultz, after the Celtics traded away that pick, Lonzo Ball becoming a Laker (as his outspoken father of course knew would happen all along), and trade rumors about Indiana's Paul George and New York's Kristaps Porzingis not coming to fruition. 


What won't get discussed, but is very relevant to this region, is the seventh to last pick in the draft. With the 54th overall pick, the Phoenix Suns took Valparaiso forward Alec Peters, who hails from Washington Community High School in Washington, IL. 


Peters is a 6'9 forward that in a draft chock full of one-and-done prospects from power five schools, played four years of college basketball at a Horizon League school of 4,500 students in rural Indiana. He put up monster numbers during his time at Valpo, especially this past year when he averaged 22.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.


He's the prototypical "stretch four," that NBA teams covet, given his length and ability to shoot from outside. He shot at a 36.9% clip from three point range last season (very respectable for a big man), while hitting a remarkable 88.8% of his foul shots. Yet, he was taken at the back end of the second round.


The combination of the Peoria Irish AAU product being over 22 years old (teams tend to be cautious with older prospects) and the questions about competition level may have brought down his stock a tad. Regardless, a young Phoenix team will now have another piece that has proven he can play. He will now just have to prove it again at the next level. 


Western Illinois Volleyball Announces 2017 Schedule

Western Illinois head volleyball coach Kelly Richardson announced the Leathernecks' 2017 schedule Tuesday (June 20). WIU is slated to play 15 total home matches, including two home tournaments.
"We are very excited about our 2017 schedule. We will be hosting two tournaments here in Macomb, which will be an excellent opportunity for our kids to get quality time on our home floor," said Richardson. "We are also looking forward to the community being able to see this 2017 squad early on in the season."
Western kicks off the season Aug. 25-26 with the first of its two home tournaments, the Hampton Inn Leatherneck Invitational. The Leathernecks are slated to face Manhattan, Chicago State and Evansville over the two days of competition.
WIU then heads to Birmingham, Alabama, for UAB's tournament Sept. 2-3 where the Leathernecks will play matches against Austin Peay, Charleston Southern and UAB. The Leathernecks then play a single non-league game at Southeast Missouri State on Sept. 4 before heading to Charleston, Illinois for Eastern Illinois' tournament for three more matches Sept. 8-9 against Chicago State, Alabama A&M and EIU.
After the Leathernecks play host to Saint Louis on Sept. 12, Western will host its second home tournament of the season, the Buffalo Wild Wings Invitational, on Sept. 15-16 to conclude non-league action where it will face Valparaiso, Drake and McNeese State inside Western Hall.
Summit League play begins with trips to South Dakota (Sept. 22) and Oral Roberts (Sept 24). WIU then plays three straight league contests at home against Omaha (Sept. 29), IUPUI (Oct. 1) and South Dakota State (Oct. 6).
The remainder of the schedule incudes five home matches and six matches on the road, all of which are Summit League contests. The Leathernecks play host to South Dakota (Oct. 20), Oral Roberts (Oct. 22), Fort Wayne (Nov. 7), North Dakota State (Nov. 10) and Denver (Nov. 12) for their final home contests, and play at Fort Wayne (Oct. 8), Denver (Oct. 13), North Dakota State (Oct. 15), IUPUI (Oct. 24), Omaha (Oct. 27), South Dakota State (Nov. 4) to conclude their away schedule.
"With a large group of upperclassmen returning and a very talented group of newcomers, we are expecting big things this fall. This group is motivated and is a true representation of the team culture we're building here with Leatherneck volleyball," concluded Richardson. 


McDonough County Girls Softball League Scores Week of 6/25

MCGSL games played on 06/19/2017:
Chicks Major League: 

Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical 12 vs. Pepsi 6

(Due to technical issues, McClure Dental vs. Rosy’s Pizza will resume on 6/20)

Ramsey Financial Minor League:
Farmers & Merchants State Bank 10 vs. Beck Pest Control 19

DRIVE 13 vs. Edifice Remodel 14

DRIVE 7 vs. Ferris Autobody & Towing 0
First Christian Church Rookie League:

MTC Communications 5 vs. Beck’s 1

First State Bank 5 vs. Warning Systems Specialists 3

Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League

WIU FOP 1 vs. Project Dance Company 4

Macomb Fire Department 15 vs. United Community Bank 0
MCGSL games played on 06/20/2017
Chicks Major League:

McClure Dental 3 vs. Tri County Seeds 18

Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical 13 vs. Rosy’s Pizza 2

McClure Dental 13 vs. Rosy’s Pizza 16
Ramsey Financial Minor League:
1st Farm Credit 7 vs. HyVee 13

Ferris Autobody & Towing 7 vs. Edifice Remodel 21
First Christian Church Rookie League:

First State Bank 12 vs. Catch a Star 11

Beck’s vs. Scrapbook Nook (UNREPORTED)

Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League:

Citizens Bank 6 vs. First Bankers Trust 0

Project Dance Company 0 vs. Macomb Fire Department 15
MCGSL Games played on 06/21/2017
Chicks Major League:
McDaniel Accounting 9 vs.Rosy's Pizza 4
Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical 18 vs. McClure Dental 1
Ramsey Financial Minor League:
1st Farm Credit 11 vs. DRIVE 2
HyVee 15 vs. Farmers &Merchants State Bank  7
First Christian Church Rookie League:
MTC Communications 5 vs. Catch a Star 15
Warning Systems Specialists 7 vs. Scrapbook Nook 3
Woodrum’s Pee Wee League:
United Community Bank 3 vs. WIU FOP 2
MCGSL games played on 06/22/2017:
Chicks Major League:

McDaniel Accounting 10 vs. Pepsi 15

Tri County Seeds 15 vs. Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical 5

McDaniel Accounting 16 vs. McClure Dental 13

Ramsey Financial Minor League:
HyVee 17 vs. DRIVE 12

Beck Pest Control 15 vs. 1st Farm Credit 12

Farmers & Merchants State Bank  vs. Ferris Autobody & Towing - UNREPORTED

First Christian Church Rookie League:

Beck’s 9 vs. MTC Communications 9  

First State Bank 5 vs. Scrapbook Nook 2

Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League:
First Bankers Trust 1 vs. Macomb Fire Department 9

Project Dance Company 2 vs. Citizens Bank 3


Leatherneck Football Reveals Two Future Home and Home Matchups

WIU Football has penciled in home and home contests with both North Alabama in 2019 and 2020 and Southern Utah in 2022 and 2023.


The UNA Lions have never met the Leathernecks. The 2019 contest will be the season opener for WIU, with the game being held in Florence, Alabama. The 2020 game will take place at Hanson Field. North Alabama will make the transition from Division II to FCS starting in the 2018 season.  


Western Illinois is 4-0 all-time against Southern Utah Thunderbirds. The 2022 game will be played at Hanson Field, while the 2023 contest takes place in Cedar City, Utah. 


WIU Men's Basketball Will Face Butler in 2017-18 Non-League Play

The Western Illinois Men's Basketball team will face Butler on the road next season in a non-league matchup. The Leathernecks and Bulldogs will meet in the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Thursday, December 21. 


WIU went 8-20 last season, losing in the first round of the Summit League Tournament. Butler, of the Big East Conference, went 25-9 last season while advancing to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. The program has won games in March Madness in each of the last three seasons. 


WIU Baseball's Adam McGinnis Inks Deal with White Sox

Former Western Illinois Baseball catcher Adam Mcginnis has signed a free agent deal with the Chicago White Sox, following the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft. This comes after he was not one of the 1,215 players chosen during the draft. He has reported to the team's minor league program in Arizona. 


McGinnis led the Summit League in batting average (.355) and on-base percentage (.471) in 2017. He is a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the top collegiate catcher in the nation. The Normal, IL product finished his WIU career in the 'Top 10' in hits (178/8th), doubles (34/T-8th), RBI (98/T-9th) and games played (5th). 


McDonough County Girls Softball League Scores Week of 6/18

MCGSL games played on 06/12/2017:
Chicks Major League:
McClure Dental 2 vs. Pepsi 11

Tri County Seeds 18 vs. McDaniel Accounting 0

Ramsey Financial Minor League
Farmers & Merchants State Bank 18 vs. Ferris Autobody & Towing 11

Edifice Remodel 8 vs. 1st Farm Credit 11

Beck Pest Control 10 vs. Hy-Vee 2

First Christian Church Rookie League

First State Bank 7 vs. MTC Communications 1

Warning Systems Specialists 4 vs. Beck’s 2

Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League
WIU FOP 7 vs. First Bankers Trust 13

Citizens Bank 10 vs. Macomb Fire Department 17
MCGSL games played on 06/13/2017:
Chicks Major League:
McClure Dental 4 vs. Tri County Seeds 18
Rosy’s Pizza 12 vs. Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical 11
Ramsey Financial Minor League:
Hy-Vee 18 vs. Beck’s Pest Control 11
1st Farm Credit 14 vs. Farmers & Merchants State Bank 8
First Christian Church Rookie League:
Scrapbook Nook 12  vs. Catch a Star 7
Warning Systems Specialists 7 vs. Beck’s 0
Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League:
Project Dance Company 9 vs. United Community Bank 4
MCGSL games played on 06/15/2017:
All games except one were canceled
Tri County Seeds 17 vs. Pepsi 0



Macomb High Football Coach Tony Westen Announces Air-Raid Youth Camp June 26-29

New Macomb High Head Football Coach Tony Westen came on K100 this morning to discuss his summer youth camp. The Air-Raid Youth Football Camp will be held June 26-29 at Macomb High School. The camp is for athletes entering grades K-8. The cost is $30 per athlete, and $50 for families. 


Coach Westen and his staff plan to focus on just getting the kids running around with a ball in their hands. No pads or cleats will be needed at the camp. All participants need to come in are shorts a t-shirt and sneakers. 


For more details on the camp, listen to my interview with Coach Westen here.


WIU Fooball's All-Time Leading Receiver Lenoir Signs With Cowboys

Lance Lenoir, the all-time leader in just about every Western Illinois Football receiving category, has signed on with the Dallas Cowboys. Details of Lenoir's contract have not been released, but he will participate in the team's mini-camp this week in Frisco, Texas. The signing comes a month after the Chicago native participated in the Bears rookie camp, but did not latch onto the roster. 


Lenoir set school records with 273 receptions, 3,796 yards, 28 touchdowns, 14 100-yard receiving games, two 200-yard games and 41 consecutive games with a reception. The receptions mark is also a Missouri Valley Football Conference Record. 




WIU Men's Basketball Announces Non-League Meeting with Iowa State

The Western Illinois Men’s Basketball Team will face Iowa State on Saturday, November 25, per an announcement on the team’s twitter account.
The game will be played at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. This comes as part of the team’s #MatchupMonday campaign, in which they’ll announce a different non-league opponent for the 2017-18 season. every Monday moving forward. 
The Leathernecks are coming off a 8-20 season in which the team lost in the quarterfinal round of the Summit League Tournament. Iowa State went 24-11 last year and were the Big 12 Tournament Champions. The Cyclones have made 6 consecutive march madness appearances. 


Indiana Pacers Forward Glenn Robinson III Talks New Shoes, NBA Finals, and Pacers Future

Indiana Pacers forward Glenn Robinson III is coming off his third season in the NBA. He averaged career highs in points (6.1 ppg), rebounds (3.6 rpg), and minutes per game (20.7 mpg). He also won the NBA's Slam Dunk competition this year. 


Robinson is having a busy offseason as he has released a new signature basketball shoe with the Chinese brand Li-Ning, paying homeage to the state of Indiana with a Pacers themed design. He of course is also focused on improving his game, as he looks to take the next step in his young career.


I spoke with Robinson about these topics, along with the NBA Finals. Listen below to hear what he had to say. 


Three Former Champs Join John Deere Classic Field, Spieth Still in Question

The official field list for the John Deere Classic has been announced and once again some of the biggest names in golf will be coming to Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. Defending John Deere Classic 2016 champion Ryan Moore headlines the field that also includes former three time champion Steve Stricker, 2014 champion Brian Harmon, and John Deere Classic's very own board member and former champion Zach Johnson. Not currently on the list of returning champions but not yet officially out of the field is Jordan Spieth. The 2013 and 2015 JDC champ through representatives has committed to play in the Travelers Championship on June 22nd but is not yet commenting on his schedule following that tournament the week of June 22nd. Players have until Friday, July 7th at 5 Pm to join the field for the John Deere Classic. The full field is listed below. 



Tyler Aldridge
Steven Alker
Robert Allenby
Mark Anderson
Stuart Appleby
Ryan Armour
Eric Axley
Craig Barlow
Ricky Barnes
Cameron Beckman
Charlie Beljan
Shane Bertsch
Zac Blair
Ryan Blaum
Jason Bohn
Steven Bowditch
Michael Bradley
Ryan Brehm
Jonathan Byrd
Angel Cabrera
Brian Campbell
Chad Campbell
Miguel Angel Carballo
Alex Cejka
Greg Chalmers
Wyndham Clark
Chad Collins
Ben Crane
Joel Dahmen
Brendon de Jonge
Bryson DeChambeau
Brett Drewitt
Ken Duke
Harris English
Derek Ernst
Bob Estes
Julian Etulain
Matt Every
Derek Fathauer  Gonzalo Fdez-Castano
Martin Flores
Brad Fritsch
Tommy Gainey
Robert Garrigus
Bobby Gates
Lucas Glover
Fabian Gomez
Andres Gonzales
Jason Gore
Chesson Hadley
Brandon Hagy
Nick Hardy
Brian Harman
David Hearn
J.J. Henry
Tim Herron
Tom Hoge
Max Homa
Charles Howell III
Mark Hubbard
John Huh
Zach Johnson
Matt Jones
Sung Kang
Troy Kelly
Michael Kim
Si Woo Kim
Whee Kim
Kevin Kisner
Jason Kokrak
Kelly Kraft
Rick Lamb
Scott Langley
Danny Lee
Spencer Levin
Frank Lickliter II
Nicholas Lindheim
Andrew Loupe Bill Lunde
Will MacKenzie
Hunter Mahan
Peter Malnati
Steve Marino
Troy Matteson
William McGirt
Maverick McNealy
George McNeill
John Merrick
Troy Merritt
Dylan Meyer
Bryce Molder
Ryan Moore
Trey Mullinax
Sebastian Munoz
Grayson Murray
Jeff Overton
Greg Owen
Ryan Palmer
Rod Pampling
C.T. Pan
S.J. Park
Cameron Percy
John Peterson
Tim Petrovic
Carl Pettersson
D.A. Points
J.T. Poston
Ted Potter, Jr.
Seamus Power
Dicky Pride
Ted Purdy
Michael Putnam
Jonathan Randolph
Chez Reavie
Kyle Reifers
Tag Ridings
John Rollins
Andres Romero Rory Sabbatini
Sam Saunders
Xander Schauffele
J.J. Spaun
Scott Stallings
Shawn Stefani
Brett Stegmaier
Robert Streb
Steve Stricker
Chris Stroud
Zack Sucher
Daniel Summerhays
Vaughn Taylor
Nicholas Thompson
Brendon Todd
D.J. Trahan
Cameron Tringale
Marc Turnesa
Kevin Tway
Tyrone Van Aswegen
Camilo Villegas
Johnson Wagner
Boo Weekley
Richy Werenski
Steve Wheatcroft
Charlie Wi
Willy Wilcox
Tim Wilkinson
Mark Wilson
Bobby Wyatt
Y.E. Yang

4  Open Qualifying
1 Sponsors Exemptions - Web.com Tour Finals
2 Sponsors Exemptions - Members not otherwise exempt
1 Section Exemption
156 Players in the Field
Atwal, Arjun
Micheel, Shaun
Hensby, Mark
Lonard, Peter
Curtis, Ben
Smith, Chris
Mattiace, Len
Jones, Kent
Uresti, Omar
Bettencourt, Matt
*Field list is not final until 5 PM on Friday, July 7th. Players are allowed to add or withdraw from the field until the deadline.


WIU Baseball's Drue Galassi Earns National Award

Western Illinois Baseball's Drue Galassi has been named to Collegiate Baseball's Freshman All-America Team. Galssi, a redshirt freshman outfielder hit .281 on the year, adding six doubles, one triple and 29 runs scored. Galassi also finished second on the squad with nine stolen bases and a .519 slugging percentage.


A highlight of Galssi's season was a win over SIU-Edwardsville, in which he crushed two grand slams. In that 21-4 victory, the Peoria Richwoods product went 5-5 at the plate, scoring five runs while driving in ten. The performance earned him the National 'Co-Player of the Week' award from Collegiate Baseball and The Summit League's 'Player of the Week' honor.


Galssi becomes the third Leatherneck to earn this distinction. 


West Central All Conference Teams Announced

The West Central Conference has announced its All-Conference teams for baseball and softball. 


NAME                                   SCHOOL
Keaton Heineke              Camp Point Central
Eric Jones                       Camp Point Central
Reed Jibbon                    Camp Point Central
Nick Corman                    Monmouth-Roseville
Jordan Cheek                  Monmouth-Roseville
Addison Fletcher             Monmouth-Roseville
Brandon Bickers              Macomb
Ben Higgins                     Macomb
Kennedy Gooding            Illini West
Jackson Porter                 Illini West
Jonah Burt                        Illini West
Caleb Adams                    West Hancock
Will Fox                             West Hancock
Kolton Johnson                 West Hancock
Nathan Cameron              West Hancock
Cruz Meier                       Camp Point Central
Carter Boyer                    Illini West
 J.C. Sells                        Monmouth-Roseville
Chase Hartweg               West Hancock
Quinn Dupree                  West Hancock
NAME                                 SCHOOL
Courtney Thorman              Macomb
Cora Neal                            Monmouth-Roseville
Hanna Spiekermeier           Illini West
Baylee Clampitt                   Illini West
Lara Pence                          Illini West
Blair Boston                         Illini West
Daytona Dooley                   Illini West
Ali Bliss                                Illini West
Jacy Nall                               Camp Point Central
Brianna Hildebrand               Camp Point Central
Brey Genenbacher                Camp Point Central
Katlyn Genenbacher             Camp Point Central
Alaina Vance                         Camp Point Central
Gracee Fundel                      Camp Point Central
Abi Shaw                               West Hancock
Abby Brown                           Monmouth-Roseville
Maggie Swanson                   Macomb
Maggie Vallillo                        Macomb
Hannah Wood                        Illini West
Kennedy Marlow                    Camp Point Central
McKenzie Hall                        West Hancock


Could the IHSA change its "no play on Sunday" policy?

The IHSA has held a long standing position to not play games on Sundays. Could that change? Jim Taylor reports…..
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WIU Football Ranked 19 in Athlon Preseason Top 25

The Western Illinois Fighting Leathernecks Football Team is ranked 19 in the Athlon Sports Preseason FCS Top 25 Poll. Western is one of five teams in the Missouri Valley Football Conference to make the list. WIU is also the only university in the state of Illinois to crack the top 25, with Illinois State earning a spot in the "others to watch," category.


The Leathernecks went 6-5 (3-5 MVFC) last season, but lost four of their final five games. The team returns 18 starters in Charlie Fisher's second season at the helm of the program. 


McDonough County Girls Softball League Scores Week of 6/11

MCGSL games played on 06/05/2017
Chicks Major League

McDaniel Accounting 20 vs. McClure Dental 10

Pepsi 4 vs. Tri County Seeds 19

Ramsey Financial Minor League:
Beck Pest Control 12 vs. Farmers & Merchants State Bank 8

Edifice Remodel 5 vs. Hy-Vee 15

DRIVE 8 vs. 1st Farm Credit 14
First Christian Church Rookie League
First State Bank 15 vs. Scrapbook Nook 1

Warning Systems 2 vs. Catch a Star 17
Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League
WIU FOP 10 vs. United Community Bank 2

Citizens Bank 7 vs. Project Dance Company 6
MCGSL games played on 06/06/2017
Chicks Major League

Pepsi 9 vs. Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical 13

Tri County Seeds 19 vs. Rosy’s Pizza 5

Ramsey Financial Minor League
Farmers & Merchants State Bank vs. 1st Farm Credit 

Hy-Vee 15 vs. Beck Pest Control 3

Edifice Remodel 15 vs. Ferris Autobody & Towing 9

First Christian Church Rookie League
Warning Systems Specialists 11 vs. MTC Communications 8

Scrapbook Nook 7 vs. Beck’s 0

Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League
Macomb Fire Department 15 vs. First Bankers Trust 3

WIU FOP (Forfeit) vs. Citizens Bank (Win)
MCGSL games played on 06/07/2017
Chicks Major League
Pepsi 4 vs. Tri County Seeds 23

Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical 8 vs. McDaniel Accounting 7

Ramsey Financial Minor League
Ferris Autobody & Towing vs. Beck’s Pest Control - UNREPORTED

Edifice Remodel 8 vs. DRIVE 14

Hy-Vee 16 vs. Farmers & Merchants State Bank 7

First Christian Church Rookie League
MTC Communications 5 vs. First State Bank 15

Catch a Star 0 vs. Scrapbook Nook 4

Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League
Citizens Bank 10 vs. WIU FOP 6

First Bankers Trust 3 vs. Project Dance Company 2
MCGSL games played on 06/08/2017
Chicks Major League:
McClure Dental 6 vs. Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical 18

Rosy’s Pizza 16  vs. McDaniel Accounting 17
Ramsey Financial Minor League:
Hy-Vee 16 vs. Ferris Autobody & Towing 15

DRIVE 1 vs. Beck Pest Control 20

First Christian Church Rookie League:

Catch a Star 13 vs. Beck’s 0

Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League 
United Community Bank 7 vs. First Bankers Trust 5

Macomb Fire Department 15 vs. Project Dance Company 0


IHSA Pitch Count Policy Here to Stay

High School baseball in Illinois adjusted to a new pitch count policy this season and an IHSA administrator says the rule is here to stay. Jim Taylor reports.
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WIU Football and Baseball Camp Dates and Details

The Western Illinois Football and Baseball programs have released information regarding their summer camps. WIU Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher will hold prospect camps Friday June 16 and Saturday July 15. The camps are open to football players entering grades 9-12. Western Head Baseball Coach Ryan Brownlee will run camp for players ages 6-18 from June 26-30. 


The following details on the camps come via WIU Athletic Communications:


The June 16 Football Prospect Camp goes from 5:30-9 p.m. The July 15 camp runs from 1-4:30 p.m. Each camp is $50 for pre-registered participants, with a t-shirt included. Walk-up registrations will be accepted the day of the camp for $60 each.
All players are to bring a mouth piece, cleats or tennis shoes, and a helmet. Offensive and defensive linemen should also bring shoulder pads along with their helmet. For more information on the camp or to sign up, go to www.LeatherneckFootballCamps.com or contact assistant coach David Rocco at DC-Rocco@wiu.edu.
The Leatherneck Baseball Camp will be broken down into four sessions: hitting (June 26), pitching (June 27), defense (June 28) and a showcase camp (June 29) to close out the week. June 30 is a rain make-up date if needed. Players between the ages of 14-18 will attend the morning session from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Ages 6-13 can show up for the morning and afternoon session (1-3 p.m.), or can choose to attend the fundamentals-only afternoon session.
The cost is $30 each day or $100 each if the camp attendee signs up for all four days in advance. Campers who attend every session will also receive a WIU Baseball t-shirt. Those attending camp should bring a baseball glove, bat and batting helmet. To sign up online, go to www.LeatherneckBaseballCamps.com. For more information on the camps contact assistant coach Parker Osborne at ParkerOsborneWIU@gmail.com.


Results for Macomb Area Softball League

Results for Macomb Area Softball League 
Mens Division
May 30th 2017
Knowles North
B & S Tent                                                         7
The Ritz                                                             0
Rosy’s Pizza                                                     15
B & S Tent                                                         8
1st State Bank/Hit Squad                                 17
Edward Jones Investment – Cory Clem           5
Timotei                                                              0
1st State Bank/Hit Squad                                 15
Knowles South
Eldo’s                                                                11
Rosy’s Pizza                                                      3
The Ritz                                                             0
Eldo’s                                                                 7
Those Guys                                                       3
Timotei                                                               13
Edward Jones Investment – Cory Clem             20
Those Guys                                                        5
Men's Division- May 31
Knowles South
Smith Garden Center                                          18
The Forum Two Dogs                                         15
Smith Garden Center.                                         15
Quit your Pitchin'                                                 0
No Glove, No Love                                              26
Quit your Pitchin'                                                 1
No Glove, No Love                                              18 
Raleigh Construction                                            3


McDonough County Girls Softball League Scores Week of 6/4

MCGSL Games played on 05/30/2017
Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League are:
WIU FOP 3 vs. Macomb Fire Department 13

Project Dance Company 6 vs. First Bankers Trust 2

First Christian Church Rookie League
Scrapbook Nook 12 vs. MTC Communications 3
First State Bank 6 vs. Beck’s 4

Ramsey Financial Minor League 
1st Farm Credit 7 vs. Ferris Autobody & Towing 4

Edifice Remodel 6 vs. Beck’s Pest Control 20

Farmers & Merchants State Bank vs. Hy-Vee (SCORES UNREPORTED)
Chicks Major League 

Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical 15 vs. McDaniel Accounting 10

McClure Dental 6 vs. Pepsi 16
MCGSL Games played on 05/31/2017
Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League 
Citizens Bank 10 vs. United Community Bank 5

Project Dance Company 6 vs. WIU FOP 5

First Christian Church Rookie League
Warning Systems Specialists 2 vs. First State Bank 7

Scrapbook Nook vs. MTC Communications – SCORE UNREPORTED

Becks 3 vs. Catch A Star 0

Ramsey Financial Minor League 
DRIVE 3 vs. Beck’s Pest Control 13

Edifice Remodel 15 vs. Farmers & Merchant State Bank 8

Chicks Major League
Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical 9 vs. Rosy’s Pizza 2

Tri County Seeds 21 vs. McClure Dental 8
MCGSL games played on 06/01/2017
Chicks Major League
McDaniel Accounting 3 vs. Tri County Seeds 17

Pepsi 14 vs. Rosy’s Pizza 8

Ramsey Financial Minor League
Beck’s Pest Control 19 vs. Edifice Remodel 12

Ferris Autobody & Towing 8 vs. 1st Farm Credit 18

DRIVE 5 vs. Hy-Vee 13
DRIVE 17 vs. Farmers & Merchants State Bank 18

First Christian Church Rookie League
MTC Communications 0 vs. Catch a Star 3

Warning Systems Specialists 5 vs. Scrapbook Nook 8
Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League 
United Community Bank 1 vs. Macomb Fire Department 15

First Bankers Trust 0 vs. Citizens Bank 11
MCGSL games played on 06/02/2017:

Ramsey Financial Minor League:
1st Farm Credit 9 vs. Edifice Remodel 8 

First Christian Church Rookie League:

Catch a Star 15 vs. First State Bank 5

Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League:
United Community Bank 6 vs. Project Dance Company 7

First Bankers Trust 6 vs. WIU FOP 8



WIU Baseball Falls to North Dakota State, Ends Summit League Tournament Run

The Western Illinois Baseball team fell to North Dakota State 11-4 on  Thursday afternoon, in an elimination game at the Summit League Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Leathernecks season ends with a 18-32 record and a nine game losing streak. Western advanced to the tournament as a four seed, making the postseason for the first time since 2014. 


With sophomore Ian Koch on the mound for the Leathernecks, North Dakota State got ahead early. A one run first inning and a five run second inning made it a 6-0 Bison lead. Koch was pulled after 1.2 innings, giving up those six runs. Only two were earned, as fielding troubles plaugued the Leathernecks all day. In all, WIU committed five errors. 


While a Conner Currier RBI single in the second and an Adam McGinis RBI ground out garned runs for Western in the second and third innings, the Leathernecks were down big, with NDSU up 8-2 after three. WIU clawed back, not allowing any runs betwen the fourth an eighth innings. A Currier solo home run in the seventh and Deion Thompson fielder's choice in the eighth made it a four run game heading into the final inning. 


Senior reliever Nate Westfahl had pitched very well for WIU to that point, throwing five shutout innings out of the pen. The Bison were able to get to him in that final inning though, scoring three more runs. Western could not pull off anything in the bottom of the ninth, ending the game and the Leatherneck's season with an 11-4 loss. 


Macomb High Softball Ends Season with Regional Loss to Washington

The Macomb high school softball team lost to Washington 10-0 in a six inning Regional Semifinal game Thursday afternoon in Bartonville. The seventh seeded Lady Bombers came into the game following a 13-0 win over tenth seeded Peoria Central on Wednesday afternoon. Macomb finishes the season 14-19. 


Washington has been a top five team in the 3A rankings all season long, and displayed why during this game. A Macomb error and an ensuing RBI double brought in two runs for Washington. MHS pitcher Jordyn Hare kept the scoreboard clean the next two innings, but faced more trouble in the fourth. Back to back solo home runs expanded the Washington lead to 2-0. A three-run home run in the fifth then made the score 7-0 Washington. Three more runs crossed for Washington in the bottom of the sixth, making the score 10-0 and ending the game in mercy rule fashion. 


Macomb only had two hits on the afternoon, while committing five errors. Washington moves on to face Limestone today in the Regional Finals in Bartonville. 


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