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Clemens joins Summit League Podcast

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

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Macomb Area Sports Scores and News 1/15/2018

High School Boys Basketball

 

ICAC Tournament

North Fulton 41 vs Delvan 57

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Macomb 55 vs Limestone 72

-Jordyn Hare (MHS): 11 points

 

South Fulton 34 vs Farmington 44

 

WIU Mens Basketball

Sophomore guard Jeremiah Usiosefe out for season with hip injury

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

 

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

High School Basketball

 

Friday 1/12

 

Abingdon-Avon 32 vs Bushnell-Prairie City 37

-Devin Yocum (BPC): 15 points

 

Macomb (10-7) 55 vs West Central 20

-Carter Fayhee (MHS): 15 points

 

Hancock County Tournament

 

Southeastern 51 vs Illini West 64

-Jackson Porter (IW): 25 points

 

Unity 40 vs (3) West Hancock 63

-Logan Dorethy (WH): 27 points

 

Winchester Invitational Tournament 

 

Calhoun 72 vs Rushville-Industry 57 

 

Saturday 1/13

 

Hancock County Tournament

 

Illini West 19 vs (3) West Hancock 75

-Logan Dorethy (WH): 19 points

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

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Saturday 1/13

 

Lady Panther Classic

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

-Bailey Clampitt (IW): 23 points

 

WIU Mens Basketball

 

Saturday 1/13

 

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

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

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

 

WIU Womens Basketball

 

Saturday 1/13

 

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

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

-Taylor higginbotham: 16 points, 10 rebounds

 

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Coaches Corner 1/14/2018

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

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/11/2018

WIU Mens Basketball

 

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

-Kobe Webster: 18 points, 5 assists

-Brandon Gilbeck: 16 points 

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

-WIU: Loses fifth straight D1 game. 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/9/2018

High School Boys Basketball

 

Beardstown 67 vs South Fulton 60

 

Bushnell Prairie City 48 vs Farmington 42

 

Monmouth-Roseville 68 vs Peoria Heights 50

 

West Prairie 36 vs Knoxville 49

 

Hancock County Tournament

 

Southeastern 20 vs (3) West Hancock 68 

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Lady Panther Classic 

 

Quincy High 35 vs Illini West 36

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 16 points

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Clemens named Summit League Female Athlete of the Month

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

 

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

 

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

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

High School Boys Basketball

 

Friday 1/5

 

Rushville-Industry 39 vs Beardstown 60

 

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

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

-Nick Kelley (M-R): 15 points

 

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

-Devin Yocum (BPC): 17 points

 

Abingdon-Avon 55 vs West Prairie 30

 

Saturday 1/6

 

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

-Carter Fayhee (MHS): 23 points

 

Hancock County Tournament

 

Keokuk 38 vs Illini West 50

-Jackson Porter (IW): 25 points

 

Southeastern 30 vs Unity 39

 

Winchester Invitational Tournament

 

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

 

 

 

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Coaches Corner 1/7/2018

On this week's Coaches Corner we recap another week of local high school and college basketball. You can listen to the entire show here. Individual interviews can be heard below.
 
Western Illinois Mens Head Coach Billy Wright 
 
Western Illinois Womens Head Coach JD Gravina
 
Bushnell-Prairie City Girls Head Coach Tony Ackers
 
Illini West Boys Head Coach Bill Rasmussen
 
Macomb Boys Head Coach Jeremy Anderson
 
Macomb Girls Head Coach Zach Keene
 
Monmouth-Roseville Boys Head Coach Chuck Grant
 
Monmouth-Roseville Girls Basketball Coach Jim Cole 
 
North Fulton Boys Head Coach Jay Brenner
 
Rushville-Industry Boys Head Coach Tyler Crum
 
Rushville-Industry Girls Head Coach Zac Royer
 
South Fulton Girls Head Coach Carl Beebe
 
West Hancock Girls Head Coach Wilson Neill
 
West Prairie Boys Head Coach Jansen Baker

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/4/2018

High School Girls Basketball

 

Camp Point 64 vs Macomb (10-9) 76

-Ericka Dawson (MHS): 15 points

-Jordyn Hare (MHS): 12 points

 

Bushnell-Prairie City 57 vs North Fulton 47

-Emma Bradford (BPC): 22 points

 

Western Illinois Womens Basketball

 

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

-Morgan Blumer: 14 points 8 rebounds

-WIU: Outscored 31-11 in third quarter

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WIU hires Jared Elliott as next Head Football Coach

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tanney and Elliott Statements

 

Q and A

 

 

 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/3/2018

High School Girls Basketball 

 

Brown County 49 vs Calhoun 44

 

Bushnell-Prairie City 46 vs Rushville-Industry 30

-Emma Bradford (BPC): 15 points

-Ellie Lamb (R-I): 13 points

 

Greenfield 58 vs Beardstown 47

 

High School Wrestling

 

Orion 49 vs Macomb 18

 

Western Illinois Men's Basketball

 

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

-Kobe Webster: 19 points, 6 rebounds

-Dalan Ancrum: 12 points, 10 rebounds

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Second report: Fisher to Arizona State

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

 

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

 

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

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 1/2/2018

High School Boys Basketball

 

Brown County 48 vs Greenfield 35

 

Illini West 44 vs West Central 48

-Kennedy Gooding (IW): 16 points

 

North Fulton 28 vs Beardstown 57

 

Rushville-Industry 32 vs Havana 47

 

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

-Devin Yocum (BPC): 14 points

 

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Interview with Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Clemens wins second Summit League Player of the Week award

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/29-31

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

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/28/2017

High School Girls Basketball

 

Beardstown Lady Tiger Classic 

 

Brown County 73 vs South Fulton 55 (consolation)

 

Illini West 56 vs Lewistown 37 (semifinals)

-Baylee Clampitt: 22 points

-Katie Rhodes: 17 points

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

 

Macomb 77 vs Liberty 65 (consolation losers bracket)

-MHS hit 11 3FG

 

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

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

 

Erie Tournament

 

Monmouth Roseville 54 vs Fulton 37 (semifinals)

-Mon-Rose plays Knoxville Friday in championship game

 

Princeville Holiday Tournament

 

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

 

Boys Basketball

 

Macomb Western Holiday Tournament (First Round)

 

Illini West 46 vs Brown County 56

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

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

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

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

 

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

-Carter Fayhee: 17 points, 2 assists

-John Fuhr: 11 points, 6 rebounds

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

 

(3) Monmouth-Roseville 58 vs Liberty 37

-Jamony Skinner: 16 points, 5 rebounds

-Nick Kelley: 15 points, 3 rebounds

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

 

(1) West Hancock 50 vs Pittsfield 30

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

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

 

Mississippi Valley Invitational Tournament

 

Bushnell Prairie City 55 vs Mendon Unity 48

-Jason Housenga: 17 points

-Devin Yocum: 10 points

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

 

Knox County 51 vs West Prairie 38

 

WIU Womens Basketball

 

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

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

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

-WIU: largest lead 37-19

 

 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/27/2017

High School Boys Basketball

Mississippi Valley Invitational Tournament 

 

Bushnell-Prairie City 63 vs QND JV 25

-Devin Yocum: 16 points

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

 

Payson 79 vs West Prairie 21

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

 

High School Girls Basketball

Beardstown Lady Tiger Classic

 

Macomb 70 vs Unity 80

-Bombers face Liberty today in consolation loser bracket

 

West Hancock 29 vs Pleasant Plains 34

-Titans elminated in quarterfinals

 

Illini West 46 vs West Central 39

-Chargers advance to semifinals

 

Princeville Tournament

Bushnell-Prairie City 59 vs Galva 55

Bushnell Prairie City 47 vs Peoria Heights 17

 

High School Wrestling

Lincoln Rumble

Macomb 26 vs El Paso-Gridley 48

Macomb 39 vs Auburn 42

 

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Reports: Charlie Fisher to Arizona State, Tanney says otherwise

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

 

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

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

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/21/2017

High School Girls Basketball

 

Illini West 49 vs South Fulton 26

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 19 points

 

WIU Mens Basketball

 

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

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

 

WIU Womens Basketball

 

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

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

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

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Macomb Western Holiday Tournament, Beardstown Lady Tiger Classic brackets

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

 

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

 

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

 

The full brackets for each tournament can be found below. 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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WIU Football announces thirteen-man early signing period class

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/19/2017

High School Boys Basketball

 

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

-Part of Rumble on the River in Quincy

 

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

-Carter Fayhee (MHS): 15 points

-Ben Higgins (MHS): 10 points

 

North Fulton (1-8) 57 vs ROWVA 37

 

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

-Jason Housenga (BPC): 16 points

 

West Hancock (10-0) 53 vs Central 51

-Drake Hammel (WH): 29 points

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Rushville-Industry 46 vs Triopia 77

 

WIU Mens Basketball

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Four Leathernecks earn football All-American honors

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

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Macomb Area Sports Scores and News 12/18/2017

High School Boys Basketball

 

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

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

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Elmwood 54 vs Rushville-Industry 52 (OT)

-Ellie Lamb (R-I): 16 points

 

WIU Softball

-Beth Golitko named interim head coach

 

WIU Womens Basketball

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Coaches Corner 12/17/2017

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

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

High School Boys Basketball

 

Friday 12/15

 

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

-John Fuhr (MHS): 19 points

-Xavier Campbell (MHS): 15 points

 

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

 

West Hancock (9-0) 61 vs Western 39

-Logan Dorethy (WH): 23 points

-Riley Langford (WH): 18 points

 

Saturday 12/16

 

Illini West (4-5) 60 vs Clinton 47

 

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

-United Tournament

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/14/2017

High School Girls Basketball

 

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

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 24 points

-Emma Thorman (MHS): 9 points

 

West Hancock 49 vs Central-Southeastern 51

 

Annawan 77 vs Monmouth-Roseville 51

 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/12/2017

High School Boys Basketball

 

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

-Riley Langford (WH): 21 points

 

South Fulton 65 vs Southeastern 55

 

Lewistown 53 vs Rushville-Industry 47

 

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Taylor, Acklin pick up AP All-American Honors

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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WIU Baseball releases 2018 schedule, announces Lead Off Dinner

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/11/2017

High School Boys Basketball

 

West Prairie 22 vs Quest 62

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

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

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 25 points

 

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

-Cora Neal (MR): 14 points

-Carly Gillen (MR): 12 points

 

United 27 vs Farmington 54 (A-Town Tournament)

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Coaches Corner 12/10/2017

On this week's Coaches Corner we recap another week of local high school and college basketball. You can listen to the entire show here. Individual interviews can be heard below. 
 
Western Illinois Mens Head Coach Billy Wright 
 
Western Illinois Womens Head Coach JD Gravina
 
Bushnell-Prairie City Boys Head Coach Larry Serven
 
Bushnell-Prairie City Girls Head Coach Tony Ackers
 
Illini West Boys Head Coach Bill Rasmussen
 
Macomb Boys Head Coach Jeremy Anderson
 
Macomb Girls Head Coach Zach Keene
 
Monmouth-Roseville Boys Head Coach Chuck Grant
 
Monmouth-Roseville Girls Basketball Coach Jim Cole 
 
North Fulton Boys Head Coach Jay Brenner
 
Rushville-Industry Boys Head Coach Tyler Crum
 
Rushville-Industry Girls Head Coach Zac Royer
 
South Fulton Boys Head Coach Patrick Pokorny
 
West Hancock Girls Head Coach Wilson Neill
 
West Prairie Boys Head Coach Jansen Baker

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

High School Boys Basketball

 

Friday 12/8

 

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

 

Elmwood 62 vs Rushville-Industry 51

 

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

-Carter Fayhee (MHS): 18 points

-Logan Dorethy (WH): 25 points

 

Monmouth Roseville 62 vs Kewanee 68

 

West Prairie 43 vs North Fulton 40

 

Saturday 12/9

 

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

 

West Prairie 34 vs United 48

 

West Prairie 26 vs Riverdale 50

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Friday 12/8 

 

Liberty 71 vs Monmouth-Roseville 82 (2 OT)

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

-Cora Neal (MR): 18 points

 

Saturday 12/9

 

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

 

Macomb (6-6) 86 vs South Fulton 74

 

 

Western Illinois Mens Basketball

 

Saturday 12/9

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

-WIU: 7-2 for second time since 1980

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

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

 

Western Illinois Womens Basketball

 

Saturday 12/9

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

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

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

 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/7/17

High School Girls Basketball

 

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

-Ericka Dawson (MHS): 17 points

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

-Kailee Orwig (R-I): 15 points

 

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

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 26 points

-Erika Eaton (QND): 30 points

 

South Fulton 20 vs Illini Bluffs 47

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 12/6/17

High School Girls Basketball

 

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

-Madison Allen (BPC): 15 points

-Bailey Coates (BPC): 10 points

-Carly Thompson (MU): 15 points

 

Western Illinois Mens Basketball 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores and News 12/5/17

High School Boys Basketball

 

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

 

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

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

 

Fort Madison 45 vs West Hancock 51 

-Logan Dorethy (WH): 21 points

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

West Hancock 43 vs Quincy 61

 

Western Illinois Womens Basketball

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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WIU senior linebacker Brett Taylor named as Buchanan Award Finalist

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores and News 12/4/17

High School Girls Basketball

 

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

-Jordyn Hare (MHS): 18 points

-Madison Allen (BPC): 16 points

 

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

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 25 points

 

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

-Addi Crum (R-I): 16 points

 

WIU Womens Basketball

-Taylor Higginbotham named Summit League Player of the Week

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

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Coaches Corner 12/3/17

On this week's Coaches Corner we recap another week of local high school and college basketball. You can listen to the entire show here. Individual interviews can be heard below. 
 
Western Illinois Mens Head Coach Billy Wright 
 
Western Illinois Womens Head Coach JD Gravina
 
Bushnell-Prairie City Boys Head Coach Larry Serven
 
Bushnell-Prairie City Girls Head Coach Tony Ackers
 
Illini West Boys Head Coach Bill Rasmussen
 
Illini West Girls Head Coach Grant Suprenant
 
Macomb Boys Head Coach Jeremy Anderson
 
Macomb Girls Head Coach Zach Keene
 
Monmouth-Roseville Boys Head Coach Chuck Grant
 
Monmouth-Roseville Girls Basketball Coach Jim Cole 
 
North Fulton Boys Head Coach Jay Brenner
 
Rushville-Industry Boys Head Coach Tyler Crum
 
Rushville-Industry Girls Head Coach Zac Royer
 
South Fulton Boys Head Coach Patrick Pokorny
 
West Hancock Girls Head Coach Wilson Neill
 
West Prairie Boys Head Coach Jansen Baker

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

High School Boys Basketball

 

Friday 12/1

 

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

-Carter Fayhee (MHS): 27 points

-Xavier Campbell (MHS): 15 points

-Jackson Porter (IW): 36 points

 

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

-Draven Martin (BPC): 16 points

 

Saturday 12/2

 

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

-Carter Fayhee: 23 points

-John Fuhr (MHS): 15 points

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Saturday 12/2 

 

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

-Emma Knipe (WH): 31 points

-Kaylee Phiefferling (WH): 23 points

 

WIU Mens Basketball

 

Saturday 12/2 

 

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

-Game went to double overtime

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

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

 

WIU Womens Basketball

 

Friday 12/1

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Macomb Lady Bomber Basketball to Hold Free Basketball Clinic Saturday Morning

The Macomb Lady Bomber Basketball Program will hold a free basketball clinic Saturday, December 1, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. The annual Flight Club Basketball Clinic will be held at the Washington Street Gym, and is open to girls in grades K-5. No pre-registration is required. 

 

To get your daughter registered for the event, simply show up at the gym before the event. Parents are welcome to stay and watch the hour-long clinic. Following the event, the Macomb basketball team faces West Hancock. The JV team will play the Titans at 11:00 a.m., with varsity to follow. 

 

For more information contact MHS Head Girls Basketball Coach Zach Keene at (309) 833-6286 or keenez@mcusd185.org. 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores: 11/30/17

High School Girls Basketball

 

Macomb (3-5) 61 vs Central-Southeastern 87

 

Monmouth Roseville 20 vs Illini West 37

-Baylee Clampitt (IW): 19 points

 

 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores and News: 11/29/17

WIU Womens Basketball

Chicago State (0-7) 54 vs Western Illinois (6-2) 71

-WIU: Defeated Chicago State for second time in past week

-Taylor Higginbotham: 17 points (6-14 FG, 2-4 3FG), 14 rebounds, 6 steals

-Morgan Blumer: 17 points (7-15 FG, 2-6 3FG), 8 rebounds, 5 steals

-Michelle Farrow: 12 points (4-11 FG, 3-5 3FG), 3 steals

-Emily Clemens: 9 points (2-5 FG), 8 assists, 3 steals

 

WIU Football

-All MVFC Academic First Team: senior LB Brett Taylor and senior C Jacob Judd

All MVFC Academic Second Team: junior DB Justin Fitzpatrick and senior RT James Torgerson

-All MVFC Academic Honorable Mention: junior QB Sean McGuire and junior LB Quentin Moon

 

WIU Mens Soccer

All Academic Summit League:

-Senior defenseman Ben Fiddes

-Senior midifielder Alejandro Pacheco

-Senior forward Fernando Pacheco

-Sophomore goaltender Tim Trilk

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores: 11/28/17

High School Boys Basketball 

 

Mercer County 52 vs Monmouth-Roseville (4-1) 68

-Nick Kelley: 20 points

 

Payson-Seymour 52 vs West Hancock (6-0) 64

-Riley Langford: 34 points

-Lucas Dorethy: 16 points 16 rebounds

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Unity 30 vs Illini West (5-1) 64

-Baylee Clampitt: 24 points

 

WIU Mens Basketball

 

IUPUI (2-3) 77 vs Western Illinois (5-1) 90

-WIU: Led by as much as 28

-Kobe Webster: 27 points (10-14 fg, 5-7 3fg), 8 assists (1 turnover)

-Dalan Ancrum: 19 points (8-10 fg, 3-4 3fg), 5 rebounds

-Jalen Morgan: 13 points (3-6 fg, 7-7 ft), 4 rebounds

-Delo Bruster: 10 points (3-4 fg, 1-1 3fg)

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores: 11/27/17

High School Girls Basketball

 

Bushnell-Prairie City 55 vs Beardstown 21
 

Canton 87 vs Macomb (3-4) 70

-Jordyn Hare: 19 points

-Emma Thorman: 13 points

 

Biggsville West Central 35 vs West Hancock (5-4) 63 

-Kailee Pfeiferling: 18pts

-Emma Knipe: 14pts

 

High School Wrestling

 

Illini West Triangular
Central 24 vs Illini West 42
Burlington: 33 vs Illini West: 34

 

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Charlie Fisher Radio Show 11/27/17

Western Illinois Football closed its 2017 campaign Saturday with a 21-19 loss at Weber State. WIU Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher recapped that season and looked ahead to 2018 on Monday night for the final edition of the Charlie Fisher Radio Show on Classic 103. 

 

Joined by host Scott Kornberg, Fisher broke down Saturday's loss, the accomplishments of his team this season and what he'll take away from 2017. He then looked forward to 2018, and spoke about the tall task of replacing a 22 man senior class. 

 

Later in the show, Kornberg was joined by WIU Director of Strength and Conditioning, Matt Jacobs. They discussed the football program's rigorous offseason and in-season training, and highlighted several players that may be poised to break out in 2018. 

 

You can listen to the full show here.  

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Ten Leatherneck Football Players Earn All-Conference Honors

Led by First-Teamers Brett Taylor, Jaelon Acklin, Jacob Judd and Khalen Saunders, 10 different Western Illinois Leathernecks were named to the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference team, the conference office announced Monday (Nov. 27).
 
The quartet of First-Teamers was joined by Second Team honorees Justin Fitzpatrick and Steve McShane, as well as Honorable Mentions Sean McGuire, Quentin Moon, Max Norris and Josh Baldus.
 
The Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Taylor led the entire nation with 162 tackles, 13.5 stops per game and 96 assisted tackles, which are the second-most in a single season in program history. The senior linebacker also recorded 13.0 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, four breakups, two forced fumbles and one quarterback hurry. On Sept. 30 against South Dakota, he matched a program-record with 28 tackles in one contest. His 18 assisted tackles in that game are the second-most in a single game in WIU history.
 
Named a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the FCS' top defensive player, Taylor concludes his career as a three-time All-MVFC selection, earning First Team honors in each of the last two seasons. His 469 career tackles and 266 solo stops are each the third-most in school history, respectively. The Macomb, Ill., native's 203 career assisted tackles place fourth in WIU history.  
 
After entering the 2017 campaign with 21 career catches for 364 yards and two touchdowns, Acklin set school single-season records in 2017 with 84 receptions for 1,369 yards. The senior wide receiver's five 100-yard receiving games matched a program record, while his 10 receiving touchdowns tied for fifth. Against South Dakota on Sept. 30, Acklin set school records with 19 catches (MVFC record) for 343 yards (fourth-most in FCS history), scoring three touchdowns.
 
A native of Mountain View, Mo., Acklin finished the 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). He concludes his career eighth in WIU history with 1,733 receiving yards and tied for 10th with 12 receiving touchdowns.
 
Judd earned his third consecutive all-conference accolade, including his first on the top squad. The senior center from Clinton, Iowa helped the Leatherneck offense finish among the nation's top 30 in team passing efficiency (10th, 154.36), red zone offense (15th, 87.8), turnovers lost (18th, 13), scoring offense (19th, 34.2), time of possession (20th, 31:43), first downs (23rd, 241), third down conversions (24th, 42.2) and passing offense (29th, 241.3).
 
A 2016 Honorable Mention all-conference selection, Saunders ranked fifth in the conference in both forced fumbles (three, 41st nationally) and sacks (7.5, 54th nationally). The junior defensive lineman from St. Louis' 12.0 tackles for loss placed sixth in the MVFC. Saunders also collected 57 tackles, four quarterback hurries, three breakups and a fumble recovery while scoring a touchdown on offense in the season-opening contest at Tennessee Tech.
 
A native of O'Fallon, Mo., Fitzpatrick's five interceptions tied for the conference lead. The junior defensive back finished the season with 57 tackles, 4.5 for a loss, six breakups, two forced fumbles and two quarterback hurries. He picked off two passes in Western Illinois' 52-10 throttling at FBS-school Coastal Carolina.
 
A Second Team All-MVFC honoree as both a running back and return specialist, McShane finished fifth in the conference in all-purpose yards per game (103.82, 56th nationally). The junior from Freeport, Ill., ran 138 times for 582 yards (4.2 average), registering a team-best seven rushing touchdowns. He also caught 31 passes for 307 yards and three scores.
 
In the return game, McShane averaged 18.5 yards per punt return. He took a punt 81 yards for a touchdown at Indiana State - the seventh-longest return in school history and the longest punt return by a Leatherneck since 2009. McShane also scored three touchdowns, matching a career-high with two on the ground with the other coming on a 47-yard catch and run, on Oct. 28 at South Dakota State.
 
An Honorable Mention All-MVFC quarterback for the second consecutive season, McGuire ranks 12th in the FCS in passing efficiency (154.1), 14th in both passing touchdowns (25) and yards (2,852), 16th in completion percentage (64.0), 18th in yards per attempt (8.34) and 23rd in passing yards per game (237.7). The junior's 25 touchdowns are tied for the second-most in a single season by a Western Illinois signal caller.
 
A native of Franklin, Wis., McGuire places third in school history in career passing touchdowns (51), His career passing yards (6,925) and total offense (7,244) rank fourth.
 
An honorable mention selection at linebacker a year ago, Moon finished second on the team with 70 tackles this year. The Indianapolis native tied for third on the Leathernecks with 11.0 tackles for a loss while also adding two sacks, two interceptions, three quarterback hurries, three breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. The junior returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown at North Dakota State and also was named MVFC Defensive Player of the Week after a 10-tackle game in Western Illinois' season-opener at Tennessee Tech.
 
Norris finished as the Leathernecks' leading rusher by compiling 656 yards, which placed ninth in the conference. The sophomore running back from Greenwood, Ind., averaged 5.61 yards per carry, third-best in the MVFC. Norris' 59.6 rushing per game was the seventh-most in the conference. He also finished with five rushing touchdowns on the campaign, which began with back-to-back 100-yards rushing games.
 
A senior left tackle from Palatine, Ill., Baldus guided the Western Illinois offense to national top-30 rankings in team passing efficiency (10th, 154.36), red zone offense (15th, 87.8), turnovers lost (18th, 13), scoring offense (19th, 34.2), time of possession (20th, 31:43), first downs (23rd, 241), third down conversions (24th, 42.2) and passing offense (29th, 241.3).
 
The Leathernecks, who finished the season ranked in the Top 10 in the polls for the first time since 2003, earned their second playoff berth in three years and finished the 2017 campaign with an 8-4 record. Western Illinois set a program-record with six road wins, and their eight regular season victories was the program's most since 2003. 

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Western Illinois Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher Discusses Weber State Playoff Loss

With a 21-19 loss at Weber State, the Western Illinois Football team concluded the 2017 season with a first round loss. Western went 8-4 this season, improving on last year's 6-5 record.

 

In head coach Charlie Fisher's second season at the helm of the program, the Leathernecks improved across the board and showed clear growth and maturity. The team won a program record 6 road games, and for the second consecutive season defeated an FCS opponent (Northern Illinois 2016, Coastal Carolina 2017). To recap the Weber State loss and the 2017 campaign, here is my interview with Coach Fisher.

 

You can hear more from Coach Fisher at tonight's Charlie Fisher Radio Show at Buffalo Wild Wings in Macomb. That airs 6:00-6:30 p.m. on Classic 103. 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores: 11/22-11/26/17

High School Boys Basketball

 

11/22

 

Galesburg 42 vs Bushnell-Prairie City (3-0) 66 

 

Macomb (2-0) 58 vs Pleasant Plains (0-3) 54

-Carter Fayhee: 27 points

-Ben Higgins: 12 points

 

11/24

 

Macomb (3-0) 55 vs Dunlap (0-3) 36

-Carter Fayhee: 22 points

-John Fuhr: 11 points

 

11/25

 

West Hancock (5-0) 44 vs Bushnell-PC (4-1) 43
-Drake Hammel: 19 pts, GW three-pointer at the buzzer
-Devin Yocum (BWP): DNP
 
Illini West (2-2) 43 vs Jacksonville Routt 60
-Pittsfield Saukee Turkey Tournament
-Jackson Porter: 24 pts (set tournament scoring record with 111 points in 4 games)
 

Macomb (3-1) 27 vs Chatham-Glenwood (4-0) 62

-Carter Fayhee: 12 points

 

Macomb (3-2) 28 vs Morton (3-2) 47

-Xavier Campbell: 7 points

 

West Prairie (1-4) 35 vs Galesburg JV 47

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

11/25/17 

 

Illini West (4-1) 36 vs Brimfield 33 (OT)
-Brimfield Tournament
-Baylee Clampitt: 11 pts
 
Beardstown 40 vs West Hancock (4-4) 48
-Brown County Tournament 5th Place Game
-Kailee Pfeiferling: 24 pts
 
Rushville-Industry (0-5) 29 vs Unity 62
-Brown County Tournament 9th Place Game
 
WIU Football
 
11/25/17: FCS Playoffs First Round
 
Western Illinois (8-4) 19 vs Weber State (10-2) 21
-Sean McGuire: 22-40 202 yards 1 TD 1 INT
-Max Norris: 9 rush 46 yards
-Clint Ratkovich: 2 rush 20 yards 1 TD
-Jaelon Acklin: 10 rec 116 yards
-Tyler Slamans: 1 rec 18 yards 1 TD
 
WIU Mens Basketball
 
11/22/17
 
Western Illinois (4-0) 69 vs Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (1-3) 67
-Dalan Ancrum: 34 points (11-14 FG, 5-6 3FG), 4 rebounds
-Ancrum: GW 3FG with 1 second remaining
 
11/25/17
 
Western Illinois (4-1) 45 vs Iowa State (4-2) 70
-WIU: Down 29-25 at halftime
-Ancrum: 14 points (5-14 FG, 2-9 3FG), 5 rebounds
 
WIU Womens Basketball
 
11/22/17
 
Western Illinois (5-1) 83 vs Chicago State (0-5) 45
-Emily Clemens: 21 points (8-12 FG, 3-4 3FG), 6 assists, 8 steals
-Taylor Higginbotham: 14 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 3FG) 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals
 
11/25/17
 
Milwaukee (3-2) 77 vs Western Illinois (5-2) 67
-WIU: Outscored 35-12 over final 15:20 
-Clemens: 17 points (8-18 FG, 0-5 3FG), 6 rebounds, 6 assists
-Higginbotham: 16 points (5-13 FG, 3-7 3FG), 6 rebounds, 4 assists
 
 

 

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Coaches Corner 11/26/17: WIU and Macomb Area High School Basketball

As we have made the transition to the winter sports season, the Coaches Corner has moved to a new day and time on Classic 103. The show now airs 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Sunday nights. I spoke with local high school coaches throughout the area.

 

The girls basketball coaches looked back on the second week of their season, while the boys coaches spoke about their first week of action. I also spoke with Western Illinois Head Mens Basketball Coach Billy Wright, and WIU Womens Head Coach JD Gravina. You can listen to the show in its entirety here, and listen to each individual interview below. 

 

Western Illinois Mens Head Coach Billy Wright 

 

Western Illinois Womens Head Coach JD Gravina

 

Bushnell-Prairie City Boys Head Coach Larry Serven

 

Illini West Boys Head Coach Bill Rasmussen 

 

Macomb Boys Head Coach Jeremy Anderson

 

Macomb Girls Head Coach Zach Keene

 

Monmouth-Roseville Boys Head Coach Chuck Grant

 

Monmouth-Roseville Girls Basketball Coach Jim Cole 

 

North Fulton Boys Head Coach Jay Brenner

 

Rushville-Industry Boys Head Coach Tyler Crum

 

Rushville-Industry Girls Head Coach Zac Royer

 

South Fulton Boys Head Coach Patrick Pokorny

 

South Fulton Girls Head Coach Carl Beebe

 

West Hancock Girls Head Coach Wilson Neill

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores: 11/21/17

High School Boys Basketball

 

Saukee Turkey Tournament (Pittsfield)

 

Illini West (1-1) 55 vs Central 57

-Jackson Porter: 37 points

 

Spoon River Tip Off Classic

 

Stark County (0-2) 25 vs Bushnell-Prairie City (2-0) 59

-Devin Yocum: 21 points

 

Canton JV 51 vs West Prairie (1-1) 65

-Mason Engnell: 34 points

 

West Hancock (2-0) 70 vs Galesburg JV 44

-Riley Langford: 25 points

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Macomb (3-3) 88 vs Mercer County 68

-Jordyn Hare: 16 points

-Alex Neve: 16 points

 

Monmouth-Roseville 55 vs West Hancock 40
 
Riverton 46 vs Rushville-Industry 44
 
Western Illinois Womens Basketball
 
Western Illinois (4-1) 77 vs Illinois (3-2) 67
-Taylor Higginbotham: 24 points (8-16 FG, 5-6 3FGA), 11 rebounds
-Taylor Hanneman: 19 points (5-8 FG, 5-8 3FGA)
 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores and News: 11/20/17

High School Boys Basketball

 

Beardstown Tiger Classic 

Rushville-Industry (0-1) 46 vs Athens (1-0) 60 

 

Crimson Classic (Jacksonville)

Macomb (1-0) 58 vs Jacksonville (0-1) 50

-Carter Fayhee: 16 points (3 3FG)

-Ben Higgins: 14 points

-John Fuhr: 10 points

 

Orion Tip-Off Classic

Monmouth-Roseville (1-0) 64 vs Orion (0-1) 32

 

Spartan Tip-Off Classic (Bushnell)

 

West Prairie (0-1) 24 vs Bushnell-Prairie City (1-0) 65

-Devin Yocum: 25 points, 9 rebounds

-Jason Housenga: 14 points

 

West Hancock (1-0) 59 vs Stark County (0-1) 17

 

Saukee Turkey Tournament (Pittsfield)

Illini West (1-0) 57 vs Liberty (0-1) 54

-Jackson Porter: 20 points

-Kenny Gooding: 18 points

 

High School Girls Basketball

 

Lady Hornets Classic

Rushville-Industry 29 vs Brown County 49

 

WIU Football

 

Senior Linebacker Brett Taylor named Buck Buchanan Award (FCS Defensive POY) Finalist

-Taylor: Leads FCS in tackles (150), tackles per game (13.6) and assisted tackles (90)

 

Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher named Eddie Robinson Award (FCS Coach of the Year) Finalist

-Fisher: Led WIU to a 8-3 record and program record 6 road wins

 

 

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Western Illinois Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher Discusses Southern Illinois Win, Talks Redemption and Weber State

Following Saturday's 28-14 victory over Southern Illinois, WIU Football finished the regular season 8-3 (5-3 MFVC). The win helped the Leathernecks secure a playoff spot. They'll head to Weber State for a Saturday first round matchup. The winner of that game moves on to face Southern Utah the following week.

 

The strong finish to the season included a nine and a half quarter stretch of holding opponents scoreless. The late-season success for Western is certainly a stark contrast to last year's 1-4 finish for the Leathernecks, en route to missing the playoffs. 

 

WIU Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher discussed the win with me, as well as how his team has come full circle and redeemed itself. He also looked ahead to Saturday's playoff game at Weber State. You can listen to the full interview here

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Coaches Corner 11/19/17

As we have made the transition to the winter sports season, the Coaches Corner has moved to a new day and time on Classic 103. The show now airs 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Sunday nights. I spoke with local high school coaches throughout the area.

 

The girls basketball coaches looked back on the initial week of their season, while the boys coaches previewed their first week of action. I also spoke with Western Illinois Head Mens Basketball Coach Billy Wright, and WIU Womens Head Coach JD Gravina. You can listen to the show in its entirety here, and listen to each individual interview below. 

 

Western Illinois Mens Head Coach Billy Wright

 

Western Illinois Womens Head Coach JD Gravina

 

Bushnell-Prairie City Boys Head Coach Larry Serven

 

Bushnell-Prairie City Girls Head Coach Tony Ackers

 

Illini West Boys Head Coach Bill Rasmussen 

 

Illini West Girls Head Coach Grant Surprenant

 

Macomb Boys Head Coach Jeremy Anderson

 

Macomb Girls Head Coach Zach Keene

 

Monmouth-Roseville Boys Head Coach Chuck Grant

 

North Fulton Boys Head Coach Jay Brenner

 

Rushville-Industry Boys Head Coach Tyler Crum

 

Rushville-Industry Girls Head Coach Zac Royer

 

South Fulton Girls Head Coach Carl Beebe

 

West Hancock Girls Head Coach Wilson Neill

 

West Prairie Boys Head Coach Jansen Baker

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Macomb Area Sports Scores and News: 11/17-11/19/17

High School Girls Basketball

 

11/17 

Havana (2-1) 63 vs Macomb (1-2) 74

 

11/18 

Illini Bluffs 75 vs Macomb (1-3) 61

Peoria Christian 12 vs Macomb (2-3) 72

-Macomb's Jordyn Hare named to Macomb Invitational All-Tournament First Team (14.2 ppg)

 

WIU Football

 

11/18 

Southern Illinois (4-7, 2-6) 14 vs Western Illinois (8-3, 5-3) 28

 

FCS Playoffs: WIU will play at Weber State (9-2) in FCS Playoffs First Round on Saturday (3 p.m.)

You can view the entire 2017 NCAA FCS Playoff Bracket here.

 

WIU Mens Basketball

 

11/18

Calvary 25 vs Western Illinois (3-0) 102

-Brandon Gilbeck: 22 points (10-11 fg), 11 rebounds, 3 blocks

-Lynrick Moxey: 15 points (7-8 fg, 1-1 3fg), 5 rebounds

 

WIU Womens Basketball

 

11/18

Western Illinois (3-1) 94 vs Northern Illinois (3-1) 96 

-Morgan Blumer: 32 points (11-21 fg, 5-12 3fg)

-Emily Clemens: 21 points (9-18 fg, 1-2 3fg), 9 assists, 4 steals

 

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WIU Football/Basketball Interview with Scott Kornberg 11/17/17

I spoke with the Voice of the Leathernecks, Scott Kornberg, about the WIU Football and Men's Basketball teams. Western football hosts Southern Illinois tomorrow afternoon in the regular season finale. At 7-3 (4-3 MVFC), a win would put the Leathernecks in a great spot for a potential first round bye in the playoffs.

 

This is quite a contrast from last year, when WIU traveled to Carbondale for the season finale at 6-4, needing a win to secure a playoff berth. That game slipped away from Western, despite gaining a three score lead. I spoke with Scott about the differences between last year and this year for the team. On the basketball front, we went into the importance of Wednesday's early season victory over in-state rival Eastern Illinois. Western, at 2-0, will face Calvary Saturday night at Western Hall. 

 

You can listen to the full interview here

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Macomb Girls Basketball vs Pleasant Plains Girls Basketball Broadcast

The Macomb Bombers Girls Basketball Team fell to 0-2 last night with a 64-38 loss to Pleasant Plains at the Macomb Invitational. Senior forward Jordyn Hare had a team high 15 points. Macomb faces 2-0 Havana on Friday in game three of five for MHS at their season-opening event at home. To listen to the full broadcast of last night's game, click here

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 11/15/17

High School Girls Basketball

 

Macomb Invitational

Pleasant Plains (3-0) 64 vs Macomb (0-2) 38

-Jordyn Hare: 15 points

-Alex Neve: 6 points

-Sophie Whitford: 6 points

 

Ridgewood Thanksgiving Tournament

Monmouth Roseville (2-0) 64 vs United 21

 

Western Illinois Mens Basketball

Eastern Illinois (0-2) 54 vs Western Illinois (2-0) 56

-Dalan Ancrum: 21 points (7-18 FG, 3-10 3FG) 11 rebounds, 4 assists

-Kobe Webster: 10 points (3-10 FG, 3-5 3FG) 3 rebounds

-Brandon Gilbeck: 7 points (3-5 FG) 6 rebounds, 4 blocks

 

 

 

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 11/14/17

WIU Womens Basketball

William Woods (2-0) 57 Western Illinois (3-0) 96

-Taylor Hanneman: 20 points (5-9 fg, 5-8 3fg), 3 steals

-Michelle Farrow: 18 points (7-11 fg, 4-7 3fg), 7 steals

-Emily Clemens: 10 points (3-9 fg, 0-3 3fg), 11 assists, 5 steals

-Taylor Higginbotham: 10 points (4-6 fg, 2-3 3fg), 6 rebounds

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Macomb Girls Basketball vs. Pekin Full Broadcast

The Macomb Bombers Girls Basketball Team fell 63-39 to Pekin on the opening night of the tournament. Reagan Johnson led the Bomber scoring effort with 8 points, while Jordyn Hare put up 7 points. You can listen to the full broadcast here. The pre game interview with Coach Zach Keene can be accessed here

 

The Bombers return to the Washington Street Gym tomorrow night to face Pleasant Plains. The Cardinals are coming off a 65-37 win over Peoria Christian from last night. Coverage begins at 7:45 p.m. on K100. 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores and News 11/13/17

High School Girls Basketball

 

Macomb Invitational:

 

Pekin (1-0) 63 vs. Macomb (0-1) 39

-Macomb: Outscored 30-13 in 4th quarter

-Reagan Johnson: 8 points

-Jordyn Hare: 7 points

 

Peoria Christian (0-1) 37 vs. Pleasant Plains (1-0) 65 

Illini Bluffs (0-1) 46 vs Havana (1-0) 49

 

Ridgewood Thanksgiving Tournament:

 

Bushnell-Prairie City (1-0) 45 vs Ridgewood (0-1) 33

Monmouth-Roseville (0-1) 38 vs Knoxville (1-0) 47

 

WIU Football

-Leathernecks jump from 11 to 9 in STATS FCS Poll, move from 13 to 10 in FCS Coaches Poll

 

 

 

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WIU Mens Basketball Coach Billy Wright Recaps St. Mary's Opening Night Victory

The Western Ilinois Mens Basketball Team started off strong, with a 109-68 opening night victory over St. Mary's of Minnesota. The Leathernecks moved to 1-0 in what counted as an exhibition for the Cardinals.

 

Junior center Brandon Gilbeck was dominant, scoring a career high 31 points. Senior Dalan Ancrum had a career high as well, putting in 21 points. Freshman point guard Kobe Webster had a stellar debut, scoring 19 points to go along with 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. The game was close at halftime, as Western only led 47-43, but quickly pulled ahead in the second half with a 32-5 run in the first nine minutes. 

 

For a recap of the game and for a look ahead at Wednesday's game against Eastern Illinois, you can listen to my interview with WIU Head Basketball Coach Billy Wright here

 

 

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WIU Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher Recaps Indiana State Win, Previews Southern Illinois

With an impressive 45-0 shutout victory at Indiana State, the Western Illinois Football Team (7-3, 4-3) is in a great position to close out the 2017 regular season. Coming into the Indiana State game, WIU was ranked 11th and 13th in the two major polls.

 

Western has a chance to jump up in those polls and is within striking distance of a potential national seed in the FCS playoff race. That national seed would result in a highly coveted first round bye. 

 

To recap the win and to look ahead to Southern Illinois, I spoke with WIU Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher. You can listen to our interview here

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Macomb Area Sports and News 11/10-11/12/17

High School Football

 

Coaches Corner FB Awards

-BWP Dave Roddis & West Hancock Travis Cook earn Co-Coach of the Year

-North Fulton earns 'Surprise Team of the Year'

-All Macomb Area 1st Team, 2nd Team, and All-Honorable Mention 

 

 

2A Quarterfinal, Warsaw, IL (11/11)

4) Maroa-Forsyth 20 vs 1) West Hancock 16

-West Hancock led 16-8 after 3rd quarter

-Titans end season 11-1

-Riley Langford: 23 rush 209 yards 1 TD 

 

WIU Football

 

11/11

11) Western Illinois (7-3, 4-3) 45 vs Indiana State (0-10, 0-7) 0

-Sean McGuire: 17-25 253 yards 4 TD

-Steve McShane: 13 rush 63 yards, 3 rec 51 yards 1 TD

-Jaelon Acklin: 5 rec 64 yards 1 TD

-WIU: 5 sacks, 4 turnovers forced (2 ff, 2 int)

 

WIU Mens Basketball

 

11/11

St Mary's (Minnesota) 68 vs Western Illinois (1-0, 0-0) 109

-WIU led 47-43 at half

-Brandon Gilbeck: career high 31 pts (12-15 fg, 7-12 ft), 4 reb, 2 blk

-Dalan Ancrum: career high 21 pts (9-15 fg, 2-5 3fg), 7 reb, 2 a, 2 stl

-Kobe Webster: 19 pts, 5 reb, 8 ast, 4 stl

 

WIU Volleyball

 

11/10

North Dakota State (17-8, 8-5) 3 vs Western Illinois (8-19, 3-10) 1

-WIU fell 19-25, 25-19, 17-25, 21-25

 

11/12

Denver (20-5, 11-2) 3 vs Western Illinois (8-20, 3-11) 1

-WIU fell 26-24, 25-27, 15-25, 20-25

-Final match for WIU seniors Lexi Kolschefski, Emilee Dechant and Shalyn Greenhaw 

 

WIU Womens Basketball

 

11/10

Kansas City (0-1, 0-0) 71 vs Western Illinois (1-0, 0-0) 90

-WIU outscored UMKC 33-20 in 4th quarter

-Emily Clemens: 21 pts (7-14 fg, 7-8 ft)

-Morgan Blumer: 15 pts (4-9 fg, 2-6 3fg, 5-6 ft) 7 reb

 

11/12

Illinois College 40 vs Western Illinois (2-0, 0-0) 122

-Olivia Kaufman: 24 pts (7-10 fg, 1-3 3fg, 9-10 ft), 6 reb, 7 ast

-Blumer: 22 pts (8-11 fg, 3-5 3fg, 3-3 ft), 6 reb, 2 a

-Grace Gillmore: 16 pts (5-7 fg, 2-3 3fg, 3 reb, 2 ast)

 

 

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Coaches Corner Awards & West Hancock/Western Illinois Football Previews: 11/11/17

We've wrapped up the 2017 Macomb area football slate for all but one of the local high school teams. West Hancock has a quarterfinal game against Maroa-Forsyth today in Warsaw. Western Illinois Football travels to Indiana State to face the Sycamores at noon. Ryan Mumma and I preview both of those games, the get to our Coaches Corner All-Macomb Area Teams. We're doing our best on the Coaches Corner to recognize the top football performers in the area this year. 

 

You can listen to the complete show here. The interviews with West Hancock Head Football Coach Travis Cook and the Voice of the Leathernecks, Scott Kornberg, are posted below. The complete breakdown of our All-Macomb Area Teams is posted as well. 

 

Travis Cook

 

Scott Kornberg

 

All-Macomb Area Awards

 

Coach of the Year: Travis Cook & Dave Roddis
 
Surprise Team of the Year: North Fulton
 
All First Team
 
QB: Jordan Cheek (M-R)
82-155 1821 yds 18 TD 52 rush 304 yds 3 TD
 
Skill: Basil Buckner (R-I) 
158 rush 1215 yds 7 100 yd games 19 TD
 
Skill Nate Ferguson (BWP) 
182 rush 1,176 yds 13 TD
 
Skill: Riley Langford (WH) 
134 rush 1,187 yd rush 16 TD 7 100 yd game 4 rec 197 yd 2 TD
 
Skill: Jamony Skinner (M-R)
 46 rec 968 yds 14 TD
 
Skill Bryce Wilson (WH)
170 rush 1502 yd 20 td 8 100 yd game
 
O-Line: West Hancock
 
Defensive
 
Jake Cole (IW)
36 tackles 8 tfl 6 sacks
 
Chase Hartweg (WH)
107 tackles 10 TFL 2 sacks 1 int
 
Johnny Hiel (BWP)
115 tackles 1 sack 4 tfl 1 fr
 
Cylas Irwin (R-I)
82 tackles 4 tfl 2 fr
 
Riley Langford (WH)
40 tackles 4 int
 
Logan Mccalister (NF)
108 tacklew 1 int 1 fr 
 
Jake Porter (SF)
84 tackles 4 tfl 1 fr
 
Tyler Shutter (SF)
126 tacklew 1 tfl 
 
Trenton Teel (BWP)
41 tackle 1 fr 5 int 
 
Korey Van Fleet (WH)
81 tackles 6 tfl 1 sack 4 fr
 
Carter Weaver (BWP)
93 tackles 4 tfl 2 sack 1 int
 
All Second Team
 
QB: Bryce Buckert (WH)
22-42 718 yds 10 TD 2 INT, 2 rush TD
 
Skill: Mathew Burris (M-R)
188 rush 1128 yds 12 TD 4 rec 108 yds
 
Skill: Ethan Downs (R-I) 
189 rush 1021 yds 61 long 7 TD 5 100 plus
 
Skill: Logan McCallister (NF)
150 rush 1085 yds 9 TD 5 rec 34 yds 1 TD
 
Skill: Jake Porter (SF)
9 rush 99 yds 41 rec 605 yds 8 TD
 
Skill: Nick Vorhies (IW) 
193 rush 1223 yards 50 long 16 TD
 
O-Line: BWP
 
Defensive
 
Andy Bird (WH) 
52 tackles 6 tfl
 
Dusten Blowers (MHS)
54 tackles 
 
Carter Boyer (IW)
31 tackles 1 tfl 3 int
 
James Corvia (WH) 
80 tackles 6 TFL
 
Ethan Downs (R-I)
58 tackles 3 tfl 
 
Nate Ferguson (BWP)
50 tackles 7 tfl
 
Rylan Heinrich (M-R)
45 tackles 7 tfl 2 int
 
Brody Mynatt (BWP)
61 tackles 5 tfl 3 fr
 
Colton Sargent (IW)
45 tackles 3 int 
 
Jakob Thomas (M-R)
64 tackles 7 tfl 1 int
 
Chris Utsinger (NF)
70 tackles 1 int 2 fr
 
All-Honorable Mention
 
QB: Dallas Malott (SF)
89-176 1360 yds 14 TD, 63 rush yd 2 TD
 
Skill: Chase Hartweg (WH)
64 rush 588 yds 8 TD
 
Skill: Ian Mayall (NF) 
17 rec 486 yds 6 TD
 
Skill: Colton Sargent (IW)
87 rush 572 yds 7 TD 9 rec 379 yds 2 TD
 
Skill: Chris Utsinger (NF) 
62 rush 281 yds 8 TD
 
Skill: Devin Yocum (BWP)
11 rush 116 yd 3 TD 13 rec 297 yd 3 TD
 
O-Line: Illini West
 
Defense
 
Ben Fagen (MHS) 
30 tackles 5 tfl
 
Tyler Grover (R-I)
 43 tackles 2 tfl
 
Charlie Hensley (BWP)
44 tackles 3 int 1 fr
 
Wyatt Lehman (SF)
69 tackles 
 
Ian Mayall (NF)
40 tackles 3 int 1 fr
 
Chance Miller (NF)
61 tackles 1 fr
 
J.C.  Miller (BWP)
55 tackles 2 tfl 2 fr
 
John Ogle (MHS) 
39 tackles 3 int
 
Quinton Pilger (SF)
65 tackles 1 fr
 
Alai Stone (MHS)
42 tackles 3 tfl 2 sacks
 
Thomas Young (M-R)
69 tackles 1 tfl 1 fr
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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WIU Football Versus Indiana State Preview With Scott Kornberg

As eleventh ranked Western Illinois football heads to Terre Haute to face Indiana State, the Leathernecks have an opportunity to win their sixth road game of the season, which would be a program record. 6-3 (3-3) Western faces an 0-9 Sycamores team with nothing to lose.

 

For a preview of the matchup, listen to my interview with the Voice of the Leathernecks, Scott Kornberg. He'll have the call, alongside Dr. Tom Cody, tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. on Classic 103 (102.7 FM WJEQ). You can listen to the full interview here

 

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Macomb Area Sports and News 11/9/17

WIU Mens Soccer: Summit League Semifinal (Omaha, NE)

(2) Western llinois (5-10-1) 0 vs (3) Omaha 2 (10-5-2)

-Western falls in Summit League Semifinals for third consecutive year

 

Macomb Area College Signings

BPC Rowing: SaVannah Serven signs with Kansas (DI)

-BPC Softball: Katie Finch signs with Robert Morris University-Springfield (NAIA)

-BPC Track & Field: Taylor Larson signs with Central Missouri (DII)

-West Prairie Volleyball: Peyton Bowman & Cora Vyhnanek sign with Carl Sandburg (NJCAA)

 

 

 

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Macomb Area Sports News 11/8/17

 

WIU Mens Basketball Signings

-Leathernecks sign two 2019 freshmen

1. Shamar Dillard: 6'6 forward from South Bend, IN

2. Ben Pyle: 6'7 forward from McPherson, KS

 

WIU Mens Soccer All Conference Awards

-Four Leathernecks earn all-league honors

-Junior forward Drew Whalen named to First Team All Summit League

-Senior forwards Fernando and Alejandro Pacheco named to Second Team All Summit League

-Freshman defender Ben Marett named to Summit League All Newcomer Team

 

WIU Softball Signings

-Leathernecks sign three 2019 freshmen

1. Savannah Rodriguez: pitcher/first base from Woodridge, IL

2. Danielle Olson: catcher/corner infielder from Naperville, IL

3. Kyra Kroll: outfielder from Elmhurst, IL

 

WIU Women's Basketball Signings

-Leathernecks sign three 2019 freshmen

1. Elizabeth Lutz: 5'7 guard from California, MO

2. Mackenzie Rogers: 5'8 guard from Mediapolis, IA

-2017 Burlington Hawk Eye Player of the Year

3. Jinda Guidinger: 5'11 guard from Pewaukee, WI

 

 

 

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Regional Media Winter Sports Broadcast Schedule

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

The complete schedule can be accessed here

 

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Macomb Area Sports Scores 11/7/17

WIU Volleyball

 

Fort Wayne (11-18, 3-10) 1 vs Western Illinois (8-18, 3-9) 3

-Leathernecks win 27-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-18

-Win moves WIU to sixth* in Summit League standings with two games remaining

*Top six teams in Summit League standings make Summit League Volleyball Championship in Denver

 

 

 

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Macomb Area Sports News 11/6/17

WIU Football

-Western moves from 15 to 11 in STATS FCS Top 25

-Western moves from 18 to 13 in FCS Coaches Poll

-Senior James Torgerson earned MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week

 

WIU Volleyball

-Sophomore middle hitter Mackenzie Steckler earned Summit League Offensive Player of the Week

-Steckler: .692 hitting percentage (10 kills on 13 attacks) in win at South Dakota State

 

WIU Womens Basketball

-Senior point guard Emily Clemens named to Nancy Lieberman Award Pre Season watch list

-Clemens is 1 of 20 D1 point guards on list

-Award is given to best D1 point guard at end of season

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Charlie Fisher Radio Show: 11/6/17

On last night's Charlie Fisher Radio Show, host Scott Kornberg and Western Illinois Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher recapped the team's 31-14 victory at Illinois State. The win moved Western to 6-3 and 3-3 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Later in the show, Scott sat down with Leatherneck senior offensive lineman James Torgerson, talking about his recent MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors and about his approach to the game.

 

You can listen to the full show here.

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