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WIU Baseball's Thompson named Summit League Player of the Week

Western Illinois junior outfielder Deion Thompson has been named Summit League Player of the Week for the week of May 14-20. This is the Bloomington native's first career weekly award. 


Thompson batted .389 (7-18) over the week,with seven RBI, three runs scored, two doubles, two home runs, two walks and two stolen bases. His most prolific performance came on Friday (May 18), when he went 3-for-4 with four RBI, a double and home run in the series finale win at Omaha.


Thompson and the Leathernecks finished the regular season with a 14-12 record in Summit League play, good for second place. That is tied for the most Summit League wins for WIU since 2006.


Western Illinois will now play third-seeded North Dakota State Wednesday in the first round of the Summit League Tournament in Tulsa, OK. 


Macomb Area Sports Scores 5/18-5/20/2018

High School Baseball
2A Regional Finals: Carthage 5/19
Monmouth-Roseville 0 vs Illini West 2
-Kennedy Gooding: 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
-Jackson Porter: W, 7 IP, 3 H, 10 SO, 2 BB
-Illini West plays Brimfield Wednesday in Sherrard 2A Sectional Semifinals 
High School Softball
2A Regional Finals: Carthage 5/18
West Hancock 1 vs Illini West 11
-Baylee Clampitt: 2-3, 2 R, 2B, 4 RBI
-Blair Boston: W, 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 SO, 4 BB
-Illini West plays Brimfield Wednesday in Farmington 2A Sectional Semifinals
WIU Baseball
Western Illinois 4 vs Omaha 7
-Mitch Ellis: 1-3, R, 2 RBI
-Javin Drake: 5.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 7 SO, 3 B
Western Illinois 12 vs Omaha 8
-Deion Thompson: 3-5, R, HR, 2B, 4 RBI
-Dillon Sears: 2-4, R, HR, 2 RBI
-Sam Cottingham-Beard: W (1-1), 4 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 SO, 2 BB
Western Illinois (17-29, 14-12) 6 vs Kansas (26-28) 19
-Alex Dorethy: 3-3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
-CJ Schaeffer: 2-3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
-WIU finishes season 2nd in Summit League 
-Western plays North Dakota State Wednesday in Summit League Tournament


Macomb Area Sports Scores 5/17/2018

High School Baseball


Quincy 2 vs Macomb 5

-Brandon Bickers/Parker Schmalshof: 2 RBI each

-MHS plays Peoria Richwoods Wednesday in Canton 3A Regional Semifinal


1A Mt. Sterling Semifinal

Camp Point 2 vs Brown County 1

-Panthers play Liberty Saturday in Regional Final


2A Carthage Semifinal

Knoxville 5 vs Illini West 10

-Kennedy Gooding: 2 HR, 4 RBI

-Chargers play Monmouth-Roseville Saturday in Regional Finals


High School Track & Field


1A Illinois State Track Meet (Finals Qualifiers)

BWP: Maleigha Huston (400 & 800), Taylor Larson (400), Deidre Lorton (high jump)

Rushville-Industry: Ellie Lamb (discus)

West Hancock: Zarra Humphry (800)


WIU Baseball


Western Illinois (16-27, 13-11) 4 vs Omaha (9-16, 14-34) 1

-Alex Dorethy: 2-4, 2 RBI


McDonough County Girls Softball Scores 5/17/2018

MCGSL Games played on 5/17/2018
HyVee Pee Wee League:
First Bankers Trust 5 vs Catch-a-Star 14
Pepsi Refreshment Services Rookie League:
Western IL Realty-Amanda Smith 6 vs WIU FOP Lodge 169 4
Macomb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Minor League:
Yetter - Colchester 1 vs Edifice Remodel 14
DRIVE 16 vs MTC Communications 11
Fortress Bank 18 vs Hilton Farms/Bushnell Locker 1
Chick's on the Square Major League:
Veterans Construction 12 vs Beck's Pest Control 11
McDaniel Accounting 3 vs Project Dance Company 6


WIU Head Baseball Coach Ryan Brownlee previews end of regular season, league tournament

Following a series victory at South Dakota State last weekend, Western Illinois Baseball has clinched a spot in the Summit League Tournament. The Leathernecks (15-27, 12-11) now play a three game series at Omaha (May 17-19), followed by a game at Kansas (May 20), to close out the regular season. 


WIU won 4-3 in the opener at SDSU Saturday in 14 innings, before falling 13-7 in the backend of the doubleheader. The initial game was scheduled for Friday, but was rescheduled due to projected inclement weather. Western won the rubber match 9-6 Sunday, enabling Ryan Brownlee's team to clinch a spot in the postseason for the second consecutive season. 


Following the South Dakota State series, Western came home for a non-league game against Iowa. While the Leathernecks lead the Hawkeyes 4-0 in Tuesday's game, Iowa came back to win 5-4. 


WIU now begins its final Summit League series of the year, playing the opener against Omaha this afternoon. The Mavs are currently on the outside looking in, sitting in fifth place in the Summit League standings. A series sweep for Omaha and a series sweep for South Dakota State against North Dakota State would get the Mavs the fourth seed, and sneak them into the postseason. 


Following the three game slate in Omaha, Western heads to Lawrence, Kansas for a Sunday afternoon game against the Jayhawks. That ends the regular season for the Leathernecks, as they'll then prepare for next week's Summit League Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 


Get a preview of the remainder of the season and some thoughts from WIU Head Baseball Coach Ryan Brownlee. You can listen to the interview here


Surprenant named WIU Interim AD

(Photo via WIU Athletic Communications)

Danielle Surprenant has been named interim director of athletics at Western Illinois University, effective May 21. This comes following the departure of Matt Tanney, who is taking the AD job at Division III Wabash College. 


Surprenant has served as senior associate athletic director for internal operations and senior woman administrator since April 2017. Prior to that, she worked for seven years at Quincy University as the associate athletic director for compliance and internal operations and senior woman administrator. The university said in a press release that a national search will be held for to fill the AD opening. 


"Danielle has a solid background in collegiate athletics and the experience necessary to provide outstanding leadership for Leatherneck Athletics and to continue the program's long tradition of excellence," said WIU President Jack Thomas. "We look forward to working with Danielle as the interim athletic director, and we wish Matt Tanney well in his new position at Wabash."


Surprenant is a Carthage native and resides there with her husband Grant and their two children. 


Macomb Area Sports Scores 5/16/2018

High School Baseball


2A Regional Semifinals: Beardstown

Beardstown 1 vs Auburn 7


2A Regional Semifinals: Carthage

Monmouth-Roseville 6 vs West Hancock 4

-Mon-Rose plays Illini West/Knoxville winner Saturday


High School Softball


2A Regional Semifinals: Warsaw

West Hancock 14 vs QND 4

-West Hancock plays Illini West Saturday 



McDonough County Girls Softball Scores 5/16/2018

MCGSL Games played on 5/16/2018
HyVee Pee Wee League:
Citizens Bank 8 vs Pumo Insurance Agency 3
Pepsi Refreshment Services Rookie League:
State Farm - Tom Conklin 4 vs WIU FOP Lodge 169 7
Macomb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Minor League:
Hilton Farms/Bushnell Locker 14 vs Steinjager 9
MTC Communications 11 vs Fortress Bank 16
Chick's on the Square Major League:
Beck's Pest Control 9 vs Project Dance Company 14
Rosy's 9 vs  Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical 8
McDaniel Accounting 16 vs Veterans Construction 6


Macomb Area Sports Scores 5/15/2018

High School Softball


2A Regional Semifinal Beardstown

Rushville-Industry 4 vs Beardstown 10

-Tigers play Havana Saturday at 11 a.m. in Regional Final


2A Regional Semifinal Warsaw

Bushnell-West Prairie 0 vs Illini West 15

-Chargers play West Hancock or QND Saturday at 11 a.m. in Regional Final


WIU Baseball


Iowa 5 vs Western Illinois (15-27) 4

-WIU led 4-0 after 4 innings

-Alex Dorethy: 2 RBI


McDonough County Girls Softball Scores 5/15/2018

MCGSL Games played on 5/15/2018
HyVee Pee Wee League:
WIU FOP - Colchester 8 vs Citizens Bank 10 
Associated Oral Surgeons 12 vs Woodrums 9
Pepsi Refreshment Services Rookie League:
Macomb Fire Department 3 vs State Farm - Tom Conklin 8
Macomb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Minor League:
Steinjager 5 vs Edifice Remodel 21
Fortress Bank 14 vs DRIVE 12
Hilton Farms/Bushnell Locker 5 vs MTC Communications 14
Chick's on the Square Major League:
-No games were played 


Macomb Area Sports Scores 5/14/2018

High School Baseball


2A Beardstown Quarterfinals

Rushville-Industry 4 vs Pittsfield 5


2A Illini West Quarterfinals

Bushnell-West Prairie 6 vs West Hancock 16

-Chase Hartweg (WH): Grand Slam

-West Hancock faces Monmouth-Roseville Wednesday in semifinals 


2A Sherrard Quarterfinals

Monmouth-United 2 vs Sherrard 8


High School Softball


Beardstown 2A Quarterfinals

Farmington 3 vs Rushville-Industry 4

-Rushville-Industry plays Beardstown in semifinals this afternoon



McDonough County Girls Softball Scores 5/14/2018

MCGSL Games played on 5/14/2018

HyVee Pee Wee League:
First Bankers Trust 5 vs Pumo Insurance Agency 2
Woodrums 13 vs WIU FOP - Colchester 15
Pepsi Refreshment Services Rookie League:
Pizza Hut 7 vs Macomb Fire Department 0
Macomb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Minor League:
Edifice Remodel 14 vs Yetter 11
Chick's on the Square Major League:
Project Dance Company 12 vs Veterans Construction 3
Rosy's 9 vs McDaniel Accounting 8
Beck's Pest Control 9 vs Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical 2


Pro Bowler Josh Norman discusses Dancing With The Stars, upcoming season

Washington Redskins Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman is in the midst of a hectic off season.


In addition to his football-related training, Norman has picked up a new skill, dancing. The six-year NFL vet is one of the athletes competing on the special athletes edition of DWTS, which airs Monday nights at 7 p.m. 


I spoke with Norman about his experience on DWTS, his busy off season, and his expectation for the Washington Redskins heading into the 2018 season. You can listen to the interview here


Macomb Area Sports Scores 5/11-5/13/2018

High School Baseball 


Friday 5/11


Brown County 4 vs Rushville-Industry 5


Mendon Unity 8 vs Illini West 7 (8 innings)


Moline 10 vs Macomb 0


Southeastern 5 vs West Hancock 16


Saturday 5/12


Bushnell-West Prairie 3 vs Beardstown 11


Bushnell-West Prairie 0 vs Beardstown 10


High School Softball


Friday 5/11


Galva 8 vs Monmouth-Roseville 23


Griggsville-Perry 0 vs Rushville-Industry 13


Macomb 17 vs Bushnell-West Prairie 3


Saturday 5/12 


Abington-Avon 0 vs Illini West 9


WIU Baseball


Saturday 5/12


Western Illinois 4 vs South Dakota State 3


Sunday 5/13 


Western Illinois 7 vs South Dakota State 13


Western Illinois (15-26, 12-11 SL) 9 vs South Dakota State (16-27, 14-10) 6


Macomb Area Sports Scores 5/10/2018

High School Baseball 


Abingdon-Avon 3 vs Macomb 6

-Ben Higgins (MHS): 3-3,1 R, 3B, 3 RBI

-Jacob Burg (MHS): W, 7 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 8 SO


Biggsville-West Central 0 vs Illini West 6

-Jackson Porter (IW): 2-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI

-Jacob Deitrich (IW): W, 7 IP, 6 H, 7 SO, 1 BB


South Fulton 5 vs Rushville-Industry 6

-Ethan Downs (R-I): 1-4, RBI (Walk-off single)

-Briar Stinson (R-I): 2-3, 2 R, HR, RBI


West Hancock 0 vs Liberty 10


High School Softball


Biggsville-West Central 1 vs Illini West 9

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

-Lara Pence (IW): 1-4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI


Monmouth-Roseville 6 vs Stark County 18


High School Girls Track & Field


Class 1A Farmington Sectional

Bushnell-West Prairie wins team championship


Class 1A Lewistown Sectional

(Area State Qualifiers)
Zarra Humphry (West Hancock): 800
Kailee Artman (Illini West): 100 Hurdles
4x400 Relay (West Hancock)
4x800 Relay (West Hancock)


Class 2A Macomb Sectional 

(Macomb State Qualifiers)

-Destiny Reid: 400

-4x400 Relay 



McDonough County Girls Softball Scores 5/10/2018

MCGSL Games played on 5/10/2018


HyVee Pee Wee League:

Associated Oral Surgeons 13 vs Pumo Insurance 1

WIU FOP - Colchester 6 vs Catch-a-Star 8


Pepsi Refreshment Services Rookie League:
WIU FOP Lodge 169 3 vs State Farm - Tom Conklin 10
Western IL Realty-Amanda Smith 4 vs Macomb Fire Department 2
Macomb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Minor League:
Fortress Bank 21 vs Steinjager 5
Yetter 19 vs MTC Communications 7
*No games were played in the Chick's on the Square Major League 


Macomb Area Sports Scores 5/9/2018

High School Baseball


Monmouth-Roseville 4 Illini West 0

-Jordan Cheek (M-R): W, 7 IP, 1 H, 9 SO

-Cheek: 2-3, BB, RBI


WIU Softball


Summit League Tournament: Fargo, ND

(6) Fort Wayne 9 vs (3) Western Illinois 3

-Sydney Hollings: 1-3, R, HR, RBI

-Emily Ira: L (9-12), 4.2 IP, 5 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 6 SO, 2 BB

-WIU finishes season 17-31 (9-6 Summit League)


McDonough County Girls Softball Scores 5/9/2018

MCGSL Games played on 5/9/2018
HyVee Pee Wee League:
First Bankers Trust 4 vs Citizens Bank 5
Pepsi Refreshment Services Rookie League:
Macomb Fire Department 2 vs Pizza Hut 6
Macomb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Minor League:
Fortress Bank 15 vs Edifice Remodel 6
Yetter 6 vs Hilton Farms/Bushnell Locker 13
DRIVE 18 vs Steinjager 11
Chick's on the Square Major League:
Project Dance Company 8 vs Beck's Pest Control 6
McDaniel Accounting 4 vs Rosy's 3


WIU Head Baseball Coach Ryan Brownlee recaps Fort Wayne sweep, previews South Dakota State series

Following a three game series sweep of Fort Wayne, Western Illinois Baseball sits at 10-10 in the Summit League, good for third in the league standings. 


The Leathernecks notched those wins during what was the final home series of the season. Western won 6-3 Friday, before taking the backend 11-1 and 8-5 in a Saturday doubleheader. 


This was also final home series in the careers of seven WIU seniors. Colan Borchers, Sam Cottingham-Beard, Dave Dobrinich, Ryan Dunne, Mitch Ellis, Johnathan Fleek and Pete Minella all were a part of their first career series sweep. 


The successfull weekend led to a Summit League Co-Player of the Week award for redshirt freshman Alex Dorethy. The Ipava native and South Fulton product went 7-for-11 (.636) against the Mastodons. His statline included three extra-base hits; two home runs and a double. He added a team-high six RBIs and scored four runs over the weekend. 


Werstern Illinois now heads to Brookings, South Dakota, for a weekend series with South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits sit in second place in the Summit League, with a 13-8 record in league play. The two teams have only faced off once this year, with SDSU winning that game 6-3 in 12 innings in Macomb. The final two games of that late-March series were canceled due to inclement weather. 


WIU Head Baseball Coach Ryan Brownlee discussed the Fort Wayne series, the accomplishments of Dorethy and the Western seniors, and previewed the upcoming South Dakota State series. You can listen to the interview here


Seven Leathernecks earn Summit League Softball awards

Seven players from the Western Illinois Softball team earned spots on the All-Summit League Teams.


Four Leathernecks cracked the All-Summit League First Team. Senior 3rd baseman Kelsey Marlow, junior 1st baseman Hailey Duwa, pitcher Emily Ira, and sophomore designated player Sydney Hollings made the first team. Marlow, Duwa, and Ira earned this honor for the second straight season. Hollings was named first team for the first time in her career. 


Senior outfielder Rachel Beatty, junior shortstop Payton Abbott, and sophomore second baseman Halle Hollatz made All Summit League Second Team. These three players earned league honors for the first time in their careers. 


The full teams can be seen below. WIU takes on Fort Wayne in the first round of the Summit League Tournament today in Fargo. 








Name, School






Emily Ira, Western Illinois






Jacquelyn Sertic, North Dakota State






Madison Hope, South Dakota State






Jessica Rogers, South Dakota






Brittney Morse, South Dakota State






Hailey Duwa, Western Illinois






Zoe Stavrou, North Dakota State






Kelsey Marlow, Western Illinois






Lauren Eamiguel, South Dakota






Camille Fowler, South Dakota






Julia Andersen, South Dakota State






Kelly Pattison, Omaha






Sydney Hollings, Western Illinois






Emily Winckler, South Dakota 














Name, School






Bailey Benefiel, Fort Wayne






KK Leddy, North Dakota State






Maria Palmegiani, Fort Wayne






Ali Herdliska, South Dakota State






Vanessa Anderson, North Dakota State






Halle Hollatz, Western Illinois






Alyssa Fernandez, South Dakota






Megan Rushing, South Dakota State






Lacey Wilzbacher, Fort Wayne






Payton Abbott, Western Illinois






Bre Beatty, North Dakota State






Abbey Murphy, South Dakota State






Rachel Beatty, Western Illinois






Savannah Fisher, Omaha







McDonough County Girls Softball Scores 5/8/2018

MCGSL Games played on 5/8/2018
HyVee Pee Wee League:
Citizens Bank 6 vs Pumo Insurance Agency 1
Associated Oral Surgeons 7 vs Woodrums 13
Pepsi Refreshment Services Rookie League:
Western IL Realty-Amanda Smith 6 vs State Farm - Tom Conklin 8
Macomb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Minor League:
Yetter 14 vs DRIVE 7 
Fortress Bank 3 vs Edifice Remodel 16
Chick's on the Square Major League:
McDaniel Accounting 12 vs Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical 9


Macomb Area Sports Scores 5/8/2018

High School Baseball


Clark County (MO) 1 vs Illini West 2


Macomb 0 vs QND 10


Rushville-Industry 6 vs Peoria Heights 0


West Hancock 4 vs Brown County 3


High School Softball


Havana 0 vs Illini West 5


QND 5 vs Macomb 8

-Sophie Whitford (MHS): 2-3, HR, 4 RBI


Rushville-Industry 4 vs Quincy High 6


West Hancock 2 vs Brown County 8


McDonough County Girls Softball Scores 5/7/2018

Hy-Vee Pee Wee League:
Catch-a-Star (8) vs Woodrums (3)??
Pepsi Refreshment Services Rookie League:
Pizza Hut (15) vs WIU FOP (2)??
Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Minor League:
Edifice Remodel (10) vs DRIVE (9)???
Chicks on the Square Major League:
Project Dance Company (8) vs Rosy's Pizza (7)
??Beck's Pest Control vs McDaniel Accounting - scores went unreported?


Macomb Area Sports Scores 5/7/2018

High School Baseball


Illini West 1 vs Quincy High 6

-Kennedy Gooding (IW): HR


West Hancock 16 vs Mendon Unity 8

-Chase Hartweg (WH): 2 HR, 6 RBI


High School Bass Fishing

-Macomb places second in sectionals, advances to states


High School Softball


Illini West 6 vs Mendon Unity 1

-Gracie McDowell (IW): HR

-Lara Pence (IW): CG, 10 SO


Taylor signs with Vikings following rookie camp

(photo via WIU Athletic Communications)


Former Western Illinois standout linebacker Brett Taylor has made the most of his opportunity at the Minnesota Vikings Rookie Mini Camp. The Macomb native and 2018 Buck Buchanan Award finalist has signed a contract with the Vikings following a three-day mini camp. 


FCS football writer Brian McLaughlin of HERO Sports, reports that Taylor was one of the two camp invitees out of 60 to make the cut. McLaughlin also notes that Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman was "very happy with Taylor's performance."


Taylor now will prepare for Vikings training camp, which begins in late July. He will be one of the 90 players Minnesota brings into camp. That list of players will be trimmed down to 53 by the time training camp concludes in late August. 




McDonough County Girls Softball Scores 5/5

MCGSL Games played on 05/05/2018
Hy-Vee Pee Wee League 
Woodrums(1) vs Citizens Bank (6)
First Bankers Trust (0) vs Woodrums (10)
Catch A Star (10) vs Associated Oral Surgeons (3)
Pumo Insurance Agency (3) vs WIU FOP-Colchester (10)
Pepsi Refreshment Services Rookie League
WIU FOP Lodge 169 (7) vs Macomb Fire Department (2)
Pizza Hut (12) vs State Farm-Tom Conklin (3)
Western Illinois Realty-Amanda Smith (4) vs WIU FOP Lodge 169 (2)
Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Minor League 
DRIVE (1) vs Fortress Bank (14)
DRIVE (11) vs Yetter (10)
MTC Communications (18) vs Steinjager (3)
Edifice Remodel (25) vs Hilton Farms/Bushnell Locker(22)
Chicks on the Square Major League 
Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical (8) vs Project Dance Company(6)
Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical (7) vs Beck’s Pest Control (0) forfeit
Veterans Construction (8) vs McDaniel Accounting (16)


Macomb Area Sports Scores 5/4-5/6/2018

High School Baseball


Friday 5/4


Illini West 13 vs Southeastern 0


Monmouth Roseville 0 vs Macomb 1

-Ben Higgins: Walk-off single


Rushville-Industry 2 vs Beardstown 6


High School Softball


Friday 5/4


Illini West 16 vs Liberty 0


Macomb 2 vs Lewistown 8


Saturday 5/5


Bushnell-West Prairie 2 vs Havana 9


Bushnell-West Prairie 1 vs Triopia 9


Rushville-Industry 4 vs Brown County 14


Alton Marquette 0 vs Illini West 1


WIU Baseball


Friday 5/4


Fort Wayne 3 vs Western Illinois 6 

-Alex Dorethy: 2-4, R, HR, 2 RBI

-Ryan Dunne: W (3-6), 8 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 9 SO


Saturday 5/5


Fort Wayne 1 vs Western Illinois 11 (7 innings)

-Alex Dorethy, Deion Thompson, Mitch Ellis: Home run

-Javin Drake: W (2-5), 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 7 SO


Fort Wayne (10-30, 6-18) 5 vs Western Illinois (13-25, 10-10) 8  

-Dorethy: 2-3, R, 2B, 2 RBI

-Ian Koch: W (4-5), 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 5 SO


WIU Softball


Saturday 5/5


Western Illinois 0 vs North Dakota State 3


Western Illinois 0 vs North Dakota State 3


Sunday 5/6


Western Illinois (17-30, 9-6) 0 vs North Dakota State (30-17, 10-3) 4






Tanney leaves WIU for Wabash AD position

Wabash University (Crawfordsville, IN) announced today that Western Illinois University Director of Athletics, Matt Tanney, has left Western to accept the same position at Wabash. Tanney, who graduated from Wabash in 2005, will oversee the school's NCAA Division III athletics programs. 


Tanney has held the AD title at Western since 2016. He previously served as the Interim Director of Athletics from May 2015 until his appointment. Prior to that, he held the Associate Director of Athletics title at Western, coming to Macomb in July 2012. 


"It is a privilege to return to Wabash as the Director of Athletics and Campus Wellness," Tanney said in a Wabash press release. "The College provided me an exceptional experience as a student, so the ability to serve in this role is beyond humbling."


Tanney will begin his responsibilities at Wabash on May 21. 



Macomb Area Sports Scores 5/3/2018

High School Baseball


West Hancock 1 vs Quincy Notre Dame 11


High School Girls Soccer


Galesburg 0 vs Macomb 2


High School Softball


Southeastern 1 vs Illini West 19

-Hannah Wood (IW): 2-3, 5 RBI 




Macomb Area Sports Scores 5/2/2018

High School Baseball 


Rushville-Industry 1 vs Macomb 11

-Ben Higgins (MHS): 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI

-Mason Westen (MHS): 1-3, R, HR, 4 RBI

-Brandon Bickers (MHS): W, 6 IP, R, 2 H, 10 SO


High School Softball


Rushville-Industry 23 vs Southeastern 0 (5 innings)

-Chaddam Crosier (R-I): 4-5, 3 R, 3B, 2B, 6 RBI

-Madelyn Belville (R-I): W, 5 IP, 1 H, 9 SO

-Belville: 5-5, 4 R, 3 RBI



WIU Head Baseball Coach Ryan Brownlee recaps season to date, looks ahead at home stretch

Following an 0-3 weekend at Oral Roberts, Western Illinois Baseball sits at 10-25 on the year, with a 7-10 record in the Summit League. The Leathernecks were set to kick off another week of action tonight at Iowa, before coming back home for a weekend set with league foe Fort Wayne. However, the Iowa game has been canceled due to thunderstorms in the Iowa City area. This marks the ninth weather cancelation of the year for Western. 


The Leathernecks sit in fifth place in the tightly contested Summit League standings. Western Illinois has had highs and lows this season. Highs, such as a series victory over ORU in early April, reaffirm head coach Ryan Brownlee's notion that this team has the talent to set lofty goals, like winning the Summit League. Other the other hand, WIU is currently on the outside looking in in terms of earning a spot in the Summit League playoffs. With weather causing nine cancelations, including four Summit League matchups, the Leathernecks face an interesting situation in the standings. 


Get a recap of the Western Illinois season to date, as well as a look ahead *in my interview with WIU Head Baseball Coach Ryan Brownlee. 


*This was recorded before news broke that the Iowa matchup would be canceled. The Leathernecks and Hawkeyes are still slated to play the backend of their scheduled home and home in Macomb on Tuesday, May 15. 


Macomb Area Sports Scores 5/1/2018

High School Baseball


Farmington 9 vs Bushnell-West Prairie 7


Havana 4 vs Rushville-Industry 3

-Brady Klitz (R-I): 1-3, R, HR, 2 RBI


Macomb 16 vs Southeastern 4

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

-Ben Higgins: 2-5, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI


High School Softball


Abingdon-Avon 5 vs Bushnell-West Prairie 0


Lewistown 16 vs Monmouth-Roseville 2


Rushville-Industry 8 vs West Hancock 9

-Erynn Gerhardt (WH): 2-4, 2 R, 2 3B, RBI

-Montanna Andrews (WH): 1-3, 3 RBI

-Chaddam Crosier (R-I): 2-5, 2 R, 3B





Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/30/2018

High School Baseball


Bushnell-West Prairie 6 vs ROWVA 4


Camp Point Central 0 vs Illini West 8

-Jacob Deitrich (IW): 2-3, R, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI

-Jackson Porter (IW): W, 7 IP, 4 H, 10 SO


Macomb 8 vs Galesburg 13

-Ben Higgins (MHS): 3-5, R, 2 RBI

-Mason Westen (MHS):  1-2, R, HR, 2 RBI


Rushville-Industry 1 vs Brimfield 11

Manny Garcia (R-I): 2-3, R


West Hancock 0 vs Monmouth-Roseville 10

-Addison Fletcher (M-R): 2-2, BB, RBI

-Korby Killey (M-R): 1-3, R, 2 RBI


High School Girls Soccer


Macomb 1 vs Fort Madison 0


High School Softball


Havana 1 vs Rushville-Industry 5

-Cassadi Forman: 3-3, 2 RBI

-Olivia Sarlin: 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI

-Madelyn Belville: W, 7 IP, H, R, 8 SO, BB


Knoxville 11 vs Bushnell-West Prairie 3

-Mariah Garzee (BWP): 1-3, 2B, RBI


Quincy 7 vs Macomb 2

-Savanna Kump (MHS): 1-3, R, 2B

-Maggie Vallillo (MHS): 1-3, R, 3B, RBI


South Fulton 0 vs Brown County 10


West Hancock 8 vs West Central 1

-Anna Walker (WH): 2-4, R, 2B, 3 RBI

-Liz Walker (WH): 1-2, BB, R, 2B, 3 RBI



Taylor lands rookie camp invite with Vikings

(photo via WIU Athletic Communications)


Macomb native and former Western Illinois University football player Brett Taylor will receive an opportunity with the Minnesota Vikings. Taylor accepted a rookie mini-camp invitation with Minnesota, making him the fourth Leatherneck in the 2018 NFL Draft Class to receive either a contract or rookie mini-camp invitation. 


Taylor was runner-up for the 2018 Buck Buchanan Award, given to the most outstanding defensive player in FCS football. Taylor was a finalist for the award in both his junior and senior seasons. 


Taylor finished his senior year as the FCS leader in tackles, stops per game and assisted tackles, earning Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year accolades. 


"We are so proud of Brett and what he has accomplished," said Western Illinois Head Football Coach Jared Elliott in a release. "His work ethic, competitiveness, toughness and leadership qualities will help separate him at the next level. Brett has left a lasting legacy at Western Illinois University. It is beyond rewarding to see his journey continue."


Taylor will join former South Dakota State wide receiver Jake Wieneke, who Taylor lived with in texas while training for the NFL Draft, along with other signed and unsigned rookies at the Vikings rookie mini-camp. Players at the camp will have the chance to receive an invitation to Minnesota's training camp this summer.  


Three Leathernecks with NFL opportunities following draft

While no Western Illinois Football players heard their names caled at the 2018 NFL Draft, three Leathernecks have already accepted opportunities at the next level. One of the three has already inked a contract. 


WIU All-American wide receiver Jaelon Acklin was signed to a free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens following the draft. 


Acklin finished the 2017 campaign 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).


"Jaelon has an irrefutable will to succeed stacked on top of elite talent," said Western Head Football Coach Jared Elliott in a release. "He has never been outworked a day in his life. He now has the opportunity to see his hard work pay off, and his dreams realized. We are so happy for Jaelon and will be behind him every step of the way at the next level."
Two other Leathernecks have received rookie mini camp invitations. Center Jacob Judd received a tryout with the New Orleans Saints, while defensive back David Griffith accepted a tryout with the Los Angeles Chargers. 
Judd concluded his career as a three-time All-Missouri Valley Football Conference and three-time academic All-MVFC honoree, highlighted by a first team selection in 2017.
"Jacob has been a model example of what a Leatherneck is throughout his time here with us," Elliott said. "He is an anchor of consistency in everything he does and has earned everything he has. We are so excited to watch him continue to do that at the next level."
Griffith concluded his career as a three-time Missouri Valley Football Conference Academic Honor Roll selection with 219 tackles (141 solo) and seven picks. 
"David has been an inspirational leader for us on the field and in the locker room for a while now. He has always had tremendous instincts for the game. We are so excited about his opportunity and know he will make the most of it," Elliott said.
One name that many Leatherneck fans are anxiously waiting to hear more about is linebacker Brett Taylor. The Buck Buchanan Award runner up and Macomb native has not officially landed a contract or a mini camp invite anywhere at the moment. We'll be sure to provide an update when more details come out about Taylor's plans. 


Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/27-29/2018

High School Baseball


Friday 4/27


Illini West 14 vs Rushville-Industry 11

-Carter Boyer (IW): 2-4, BB, R, 4 RBI

-Jackson Porter (IW): 2-4, BB, 2 2B, 2 RBI

-Brady Klitz (R-I): 3-5, R, 3 RBI


Saturday 4/28


Macomb 14 vs Monmouth-Roseville 5

-Brandon Bickers (MHS): 3-5, 3 RBI

-Gunner Lantz (MHS): 1-1, HR, 3 RBI
High School Softball
Friday 4/27
Biggsville-West Central 2 vs Illini West 11
-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 3-4, 3 R, 3 2B, RBI
-Kelly Sirtak (IW): 1-3, 3B, 3 RBI
WIU Baseball
Friday 4/27
Western Illinois 2 vs Oral Roberts 19
-Drue Galassi: 1-3, 2B, RBI
Saturday 4/28
Western Illinois 1 vs Oral Roberts 3
-Deion Thompson: 1-4, RBI
-Javin Drake: L (1-5), 6.2 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 8 SO, 2 BB
Sunday 4/29 
Western Illinois (10-25, 7-10) 1 vs Oral Roberts (26-15, 16-5) 3
-Dillon Sears: 2-4, RBI
-Ian Koch: 8 IP, 0 ER, R, 6 H, 5 SO, 4 BB
WIU Softball
Saturday 4/28
South Dakota State 13 vs Western Illinois 3
-Hailey Duwa: 1-2, R, HR, 2 RBI
-Emily Ira: 2-2, R, 3B
South Dakota State 3 vs Western Illinois 4
-Halle Hollatz: 1-2, 2 RBI
-Abby Carlin: W (2-8), 3 ER, 9 H
Sunday 4/29
South Dakota State (31-13, 10-4) 13 vs Western Illinois (17-27, 9-3) 3
-Hailey Duwa: 0-1, 2 BB, RBI
-Kelsey Marlow: 1-3, R, RBI, SB
-Leathernecks still hold 1st place in the Summit League


Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/26/2018

High School Baseball


Illini West 3 vs Macomb 4 (8 innings)

-Ben Higgins (MHS): 2-4, 2 R, 3B

-Parker Schmalschof (MHS): 1-4, RBI (walk-off single)

-Kennedy Gooding (IW): 2-3, BB, 2 RBI, 2B


PORTA 10 vs Rushville-Industry 11

-Ethan Downs (R-I): 4 RBIs


Central 15 vs West Hancock 9


High School Softball


Illini West 11 vs Macomb 0

-Lara Pence (IW): No-hitter (2-4, RBI)


West Hancock 1 vs Central 11



NFL Draft Preview Show with Charlie Fisher

I caught up with former Western Illinois Head Football Coach, Charlie Fisher, to break down the 2018 NFL Draft. Fisher, who now serves as the wide receivers coach at Arizona State University, discusses the draft from a variety of angles.
We went through our projected top 10 picks, some sleepers, and analyzed some FCS prospects that Fisher has had the chance to coach and coach against. Fisher gives his thoughts on former Western Illinois linebacker Brett Taylor and former Western wide receiver Jaelon Acklin. He also touches on other high-level FCS prospects, including former Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta, who he had the chance to coach in 2014 and 2015. 
Fisher’s perspective is especially interesting, as he has had the chance to recruit a number of these players, including UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, who is one of the top rated signal callers in the draft. Fisher also has ties to relevant NFL coaches, GM’s, and others associated with the league, that are relevant to this weekend’s draft
The draft begins tonight with the first round. That will be followed up by the second and third rounds on Friday, and rounds four through seven on Saturday. 
Below is a rundown of the topics we discussed on the show, as well as each of our projected top 10 picks, and sleepers in this year’s draft. 
Intro/Fisher’s pre-draft conversations with WIU products Taylor and Acklin
Charlie Fisher’s Top 10/Experience Recruiting Josh Rosen
Sam Kuperman’s Top 10
More First Round Predictions
FCS Prospects
-Brett Taylor and Jaelon Acklin
-Kyle Lauletta
-Jake Wieneke (WR, South Dakota State)
-Nick DeLuca (LB, North Dakota State)
-Other FCS Prospects/Recap
Charlie Fisher's 2018 NFL Draft Top 10
*If the Colts do not trade down with the Bills, Fisher has Indianapolis selecting Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick
1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold (Quarterback, USC)
2. New York Giants: Saquon Barkley (Running Back, Penn State)
3. New York Jets: Josh Rosen (Quarterback, UCLA)
4. Cleveland Browns: Bradley Chubb (Defensive End, NC State)
5. Denver Broncos: Baker Mayfield (Quarterback, Oklahoma)
6. *Buffalo Bills (trade via Colts): Josh Allen (Quarterback, Wyoming)
7. Tampa Bay Buccanneers: Derwin James (Safety, Florida State)
8. Chicago Bears: Quintin Nelson (Guard, Notre Dame)
9. San Francisco 49ers: Denzel Ward (Cornerback, Ohio State)
10. Oakland Raiders: Roquon Smith (Linebacker, Georgia)
Sam Kuperman’s 2018 NFL Draft Top 10
1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold (Quarterback, USC)
2. New York Giants: Baker Mayfield (Quarterback, Oklahoma)
3. New York Jets: Josh Allen (Quarterback Wyoming)
4. Cleveland Browns: Saquon Barkley (Running Back, Penn State) 
5. Buffalo Bills (trade via Broncos): Josh Rosen (Quarterback, UCLA) 
6. Indianapolis Colts: Quentin Nelson (Guard, Notre Dame) 
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bradley Chubb (Defensive End, N.C. State)
8. Chicago Bears: Roquon Smith (Linebacker, Georgia)
9. San Francisco 49ers: Derwin James (Safety, Florida State)
10. Raiders: Minkah Fitzpatrick (Safety, Alabama)
Charlie Fisher’s 1st Round Sleepers
James Daniels: Center, Iowa
Sony Michel: Running Back, Georgia
Charlie Fisher’s Sleepers
Rashaad Penny: Running Back, San Diego State
Sam Kuperman’s 1st Round Sleepers
Lamar Jackson: Quarterback, Louisville
Will Hernandez: Guard, UTEP
Sam Kuperman’s Sleepers
Billy Price: Center, Ohio State
Bo Scarbourough: Running Back, Alabama


Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/25/2018

High School Baseball


Macomb 5 vs Quincy High 8 

-Drew Cody (MHS): 1-2, R, HR, RBI

-Ben Gentry (MHS): 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI


High School Softball


Bushnell-West Prairie 14 vs Monmouth-Roseville 4

-Bailey Coates (BWP): 3-4, 3 R, 2B, 2 RBI

-Haley Hood (BWP): 2-4, BB, 3 R, 2B, HR, RBI 


Lewistown 2 vs Rushville-Industry 3

-Chaddam Crosier (R-I): 1-2, R, 3B, RBI

-Madelyn Belville (R-I): W, 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 R, 3 H, 10 SO, 2 BB


South Fulton 0 vs Illini West 22

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 2-2, BB, 3 R, 2B, 3B, 6 RBI 

-Blair Boston (IW): W, 4 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 6 SO


Western Illinois Baseball 


SIU-E 2 vs Western Illinois 8 

-Drue Galassi: 3-3, R, 3B, 2 RBI

-Grant Hannant: 1-1, RBI

-Jack Carberry: W (1-0), 3.1 IP, 2 SO, 3 BB


Western Illinois Softball


Missouri 7 vs Western Illinois 0


Missouri 2 (26-24) vs Western Illinois (16-25) 0


Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/24/2018

High School Baseball 


Macomb 1 vs Illini West 2 (13 innings)

-Jacob Deitrich (IW): 1-6, RBI (walk-off single)

-Jackson Porter (IW): 6.1 IP, R, 0 ER, 4 H, 9 SO, BB

-Jacob Burg (MHS): 4 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 4 SO, 2 BB


West Hancock 3 vs Camp Point Central 7

-Kolton Johnson (WH): 3-4, R, HR, RBI


High School Softball


Macomb 1 vs Illini West 2

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

-Blair Boston (IW): W, 7 IP, ER, 4 H, 9 SO, BB


Rushville-Industry 0 vs Midwest Central 7

-Madelyn Belville (R-I): 2-3


Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/23/2018

High School Softball


Illini West 17 vs Brown County 0

-Baylee Clampitt: 2-2, 2 BB, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI

-Lara Pence: 4 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 6 SO, 2 BB


South Fulton 5 vs Bushnell-West Prairie 9

-Katie Fitch (BWP): 1-3, 2 RBI

-Mariah Garzee (BWP): W, 5 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 4 SO


Triopia 0 vs Rushville-Industry 12

-Ashley Chancy: 3-3, 3 R

-Madelyn Belville: 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 5 SO, 2 BB


West Hancock 13  vs Unity 7


Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/20-4/22/2018

High School Baseball


Friday 4/20


Havana 7 vs Illini West 18

-Kellen Dysert: 3-3 4 RBI


Monmouth-Roseville 8 vs Abingdon-Avon 11


Saturday 4/21


Abingdon-Avon 3 vs Elmwood-Brimfield 1 


Illini West 2 vs Herscher 1


Illini West 1 vs Deer Creek-Mackinaw 6


High School Softball


Friday 4/20


Monmouth-Roseville 3 vs Macomb 6

-Grace Stufflebeam (MHS): 3-3, 2 RBI


Saturday 4/21 


Rushville Industry 16 vs East Peoria 11


Rushville Industry 10 vs Abingdon-Avon 0


Beardstown Classic 


Auburn 10 vs West Hancock 1


Griggsville-Perry 1 vs West Hancock 12


3rd Place Game:


Beardstown 15 vs West Hancock 7


Pleasant Plains Slam


Illini West 12 vs Brown County 0


Illini West 0 vs Calhoun 1


WIU Baseball 


(Games played in Omaha)

Friday 4/20 


Western Illinois 7 vs North Dakota State 2

-Steve McShane: 2-4, R, 2 RBI

-Ryan Dunne: (W 2-5), 7 IP, ER, 6 H, 8 SO, 4 BB


Saturday 4/21 


Western Illinois 1 vs North Dakota State 3

-Mitch Ellis: 2-3, R, HR, RBI

-Javin Drake: L (1-4), 7 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 9 SO, 2 BB


Sunday 4/22


Western Illinois 4 (9-22, 7-7) vs North Dakota 0

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

-Ian Koch: W (3-5), 8 IP, 0 ER, H, 10 SO, 2 BB


WIU Softball


Saturday 4/21 


Omaha 1 vs Western Illinois 5

-Hailey Duwa: 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI

-Emily Ira: W (8-7), 7 IP,  ER, 4 H, 10 SO, BB


Omaha 1 vs Western Illinois 0

-Abby Carlin: L (1-7), 7 IP, ER, 7 H, 2 SO, BB


Sunday 4/22 


Omaha 1 vs Western Illinois 7

-Halle Hollatz: 1-2, R, HR, 2 RBI

-Sydney Hollings: 1-2, R, HR, RBI

-Ira: W (9-7), 7 IP, ER, 2 H, 6 SO, 2 BB



Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/19/2018

High School Baseball 


Illini West 3 vs Abingdon-Avon 4

-Hunter Darst (AA): 2-2, 2 R, 2B

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


Macomb 15 vs West Hancock 6

-Brandon Bickers (MHS): 3-5, R, 2B, 4 RBI

-Bickers: W, 3 IP, 1 H, 2 SO, 3 BB

-Ben Higgins (MHS): 4-5, 4 R, HR, 2B, 3 RBI

-Quinn Dupree (WH): 2-3, BB, 2 RBI,


Monmouth-Roseville 10 vs Central 4


South Fulton 6 vs Griggsville-Perry 9


High School Girls Soccer


Macomb 1 vs Springfield Lutheran 0


High School Softball 


Illini West 5 vs Quincy High 4

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

-Gracie McDowell (IW): 1-3, R, HR, 2 RBI


West Hancock 3 vs Macomb 9

-Reagan Emerick (MHS): 2-3, BB, 3 R, 2 RBI 

-Maggie Vallillo (MHS): 2-4, R, 4 RBI

-Jordyn Hare (MHS): W, 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 SO, 3 BB


High School Track and Field


Macomb Invitational

-Macomb Girls: 1st place

-Macomb Boys: 2nd Place 





Crum out as Rushville-Industry Boy's Basketball Coach

Rushville-Industry High School announced this morning that Head Boy's Basketball Coach Tyler Crum has been relieved of his coaching duties. The school provided the following statement:


"The RIHS administration felt that in the best interest of the RIHS boys basketball program, the school and community that a change was needed in leadership for the program." (via Chris Duerr, KHQA)


Crum, who has been the head coach of the Rockets programs for the previous four seasons, went 8-21 during the 2017-18 campaign. Despite a slow start to the season and a number of injuries along the way, his team finished the final month of the season 6-7. That stretch included a 2A Regional Quarterfinal upset over 5th seeded Athens. 




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

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


Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/17/2018

High School Baseball


Canton 4 vs Illini West 5 (9 innings)

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

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


Central 2 vs Monmouth-Roseville 7


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

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

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


West Hancock 3 vs Macomb 7

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

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

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


High School Softball


Bushnell-West Prairie 5 vs Southeastern 7


Central 15 vs Monmouth-Roseville 0


Macomb 7 vs West Hancock 6

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

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


QND 0 vs Illini West 11

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

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


Unity 2 vs Illini West 10

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

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


WIU Men's Golf


Beu Mussatto Invitational- Macomb, IL

-WIU finishes 6th out of 14 teams

-Drew Eaton: T12 (+7)


WIU Softball


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

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

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


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

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


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


Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/13-15/2018

High School Baseball


Friday 4/13


Illini West 11 vs North Fulton 0


Payson 9 vs Rushville-Industry 6


High School Softball 


Friday 4/13 


Bushnell-West Prairie 1 vs Macomb 3


Payson 1 vs Illini West 6


WIU Baseball


Friday 4/13


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



Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/12/2018

High School Baseball


Camp Point Central 0 vs Macomb 4

-Parker Schmalshof: 1-3, 2 RBI

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

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


Farmington 1 vs Rushville-Industry 15

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

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


Illini West 2 vs Monmouth-Roseville 4

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

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


South Fulton 2 vs West Hancock 17

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


High School Softball


Bushnell-West Prairie 3 vs Rushville-Industry 8


Camp Point Central 4 vs Macomb 2

-Jacey Nall (CPT): 12 SO


Mendon Unity 8 vs West Hancock 9


Monmouth-Roseville 2 vs Illini West 21

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

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

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


Monmouth-Roseville 1 vs Illini West 23

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

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

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


Southeastern 1 vs South Fulton 11






Mon-Rose's Woodard among six WIU Volleyball signees

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

(Photo via WIU Athletic Communications)


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


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


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




Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/11/2018

High School Baseball


Bushnell-West Prairie 2 vs Illini West 5

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

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

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


West Hancock 3 vs Clark County (MO) 9


High School Softball


Illini West 16 vs Beardstown 4

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

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

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


Knoxville 12 vs Rushville-Industry 10

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

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


Monmouth-Roseville 2 vs Galesburg 10


WIU Baseball


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

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

-Drue Galassi: 2-5, R, HR, 2 RBI 




Macomb Area Sports Scores 4/10/2018

High School Baseball


Beardstown 13 vs Rushville-Industry 6


Macomb 3 vs Camp Point Central 8


South Fulton 11 vs Farmington 8


High School Softball


Macomb 1 vs Camp Point Central 6


Rushville Industry 12 vs Mendon Unity 5


Cubs home opener to be made up Tuesday, April 10

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


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

(Photo via Chris Duerr, KHQA)


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


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


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


Cubs Tuesday rainout to be made up with May 19 doubleheader

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

High School Baseball 


Friday 3/30


West Hancock 1 vs Illini West 2


West Hancock 0 vs Illini West 2


Saturday 3/31 


Macomb 10 vs Peoria Richwoods 7


Macomb 2 vs Peoria Richwoods 8


High School Softball


Friday 3/30


Bushnell-West Prairie 2 vs West Hancock 9


WIU Baseball 


Friday 3/30 


Western Illinois 1 vs Fort Wayne 3


Saturday 3/31


Western Illinois 9 vs Fort Wayne 3


Sunday 4/1 


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


WIU Softball


Friday 3/30 


Western Illinois 5 vs South Dakota 3


Western Illinois 7 vs South Dakota 4


Saturday 3/31 


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/28/2018

High School Baseball


Macomb 4 vs Beardstown 3

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

-Brandon Bickers: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 


High School Softball


Southeastern 3 vs Macomb 13 (5 innings)

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

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


West Hancock 2 vs Illini West 6

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

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


West Hancock 0 vs Illini West 12 (5 innings)

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

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


WIU Baseball


Missouri vs Western Illinois (Rainout)


Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/27/2018

WIU Baseball


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

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

-Drue Galassi: 2-4, 1 RBI

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

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


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

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


Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/23-25/2018

High School Baseball


Friday 3/23


Macomb 9 vs Dunlap 12


High School Girls Basketball


Canton Kiwannis All-Star Game: Saturday 3/24


South All-Stars 102 vs North All-Stars 75

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

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

-Hare: Won MVP Award


High School Softball


Friday 3/23


Macomb 22 vs South Fulton 4

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

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


WIU Baseball


Friday 3/23


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

-12 inning game

-CJ Schaeffer: 2-5, 1 RBI

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





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

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


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


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


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




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

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


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


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


Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/21/2018

High School Baseball


Alleman 13 vs Macomb 4


Central 8 vs Rushville-Industry 5


Sherrard 1 vs Monmouth-Roseville 11


Southeastern 9 vs South Fulton 19


High School Softball


Alleman 6 vs Macomb 2


Mercer County 1 vs Illini West 7


WIU Baseball 


Maryville 3 vs Western Illinois (3-13) 4


WIU Softball


Western Illinois (7-22) 0 vs Bradley 12




Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/20/2018

High School Baseball


Canton 1 vs Illini West 0

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


Lewistown 12 vs Rushville-Industry 10

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


High School Girl's Soccer


Olympia 1 vs Macomb 1

-Maya Pfafman (MHS): goal


WIU Men's Golf


Twin Oaks Intercollegiate (Springfield, MO)

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

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


WIU Women's Golf


Morehead State University Citrus Challenge (Sorrento, FL)

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

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




WIU Football announces new assistant coaches

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/19/2018

High School Baseball


Macomb (2-1) 3 vs Havana 2

-Cale Reeves: 2-3, 1 RBI

-Ben Higgins: W


Rushville-Industry 6 vs West Hancock 4

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

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


High School Softball


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

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

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

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

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


Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/16-18/2018

8th Grade Volleyball


IESA State Quarterfinals: Friday 3/16 

Macomb (24-1) 1 vs Homer Glen 2

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


WIU Baseball


Saturday 3/17 


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

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

-Steve McShane: 1-4, 1 R

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


Sunday 3/18 


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


WIU Softball

Rock Chalk Challenge, Lawrence, KS


Friday 3/16


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

-Halle Hollatz: 1-3, 1 RBI, 

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


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

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

-Hailey Duwa: 2-4, 1 R

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


Saturday 3/17


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

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

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

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

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






Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/15/2018

High School Baseball


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


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


High School Softball


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


WIU Softball

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


WIU Women's Basketball



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

-Taylor Higginbotham: 17 points

-Michelle Farrow: 14 points

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

-Blumer: Fastest Leatherneck to 1,000 points

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


WIU Women's Basketball WNIT game coverage information

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


Macomb Area Sports Scores 3/14/2018

High School Baseball


Macomb (1-0) 10 vs Jacksonville 7

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

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

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

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

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


WIU Baseball


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

-Drue Galassi: 1-4, 1 RBI

-Steve McShane: 3-4

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


WIU Men's Golf


Oral Roberts-Stephen F. Austin Spring Break Challenge

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

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


WIU Baseball rained out again

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