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    Tuesday 2/21/17

    *6:00 PM (5:45 Pre)    Bushnell-PC Boys vs Princeville   104.7 WLMD

    *Regional Quarterfinals at Peoria Quest


    Wednesday 2/22/17
    7:00 PM (6:45 Pre)     WIU Women’s vs Fort Wayne       104.1 WMQZ
    Thursday 2/23/17
    7:00 PM (6:45 Pre)      WIU Mens vs South Dakota                           102.7 WJEQ
    *7:00 PM (6:45 Pre).   Bushnell-PC Boys vs Peoria Christian            104.7 WLMD
    *Regional Semifinals at Peoria Quest
    Friday 2/24/17
    7:00 PM (6:45 Pre)      MHS Boys @ Chillicothe (IVC)     100.1 WKAI
    *7:00 PM (6:45 Pre).    Bushnell-PC Boys vs Quest          104.7 WLMD
    *Regional Finals at Peoria Quest
    Saturday 2/25/17
    4:30 PM (4:15 Pre)      WIU Women’s vs South Dakota     104.1 WMQZ
    7:00 PM (6:45)             WIU Men’s vs Fort Wayne              102.7 WJEQ





    In front of a packed house at Western Hall, WIU Women's Basketball notched a 81-75 win over South Dakota Saturday afternoon. The win gave Western, who had already clinched a share of the league title, the outright Summit League crown.


    WIU was down by as much as ten early in the 1st quarter, but closed the gap in the 2nd. The score was tied 40-40 at halftime. Western gained control in the 3rd quarter, leading 59-52 at the end of the 3rd. The Leathernecks went up by as much as 12 in the 4th, ultimately wrapping things up with the final 6 point margain of victory. 


    Taylor Higginbotham led all scorers with 25 points. Emily Clemens scored 24 (16-16 FT) and dished out 10 assists. 


    Western finishes the regular season 23-6 (13-3 Summit), having won 8 consecutive games to close the season out. They'll be the number one seed at the Summit League Tournament in Sioux Falls, SD next weekend. They'll face 8th seeded Denver Saturday at Noon.


    Players Emily Clemens, Taylor Higginbotham, and Michelle Farrow postgame:


    Head Coach JD Gravina Postgame:




    (4) Bushnell-Prairie City at (1) Peoria Quest 

    Quest 62-BPC 49 (1A Regional Finals)

    Spartans eliminated from Regionals


    Macomb (12-14) at Illinois Valley Central

    MHS 38 IVC 27

    Carter Fayhee: 12 Points

    John Fuhr: 8 Points

    -Macomb (11 seed) plays Galesburg (6 seed) in Regional Quarterfinals at Peoria High Monday night



  • (Photo of WIU's Mike Miklusak Courtesy of WIU Athletic Communications)



    Western Illinois Men's Basketball lost 92-81 at home to South Dakota Thursday Night. Leathernecks drop to 8-18 on the year and 5-10 in Summit League play.


    Western was only down three at halftime and hung around for a good portion of the second half. The free throw disparity hurt WIU, with South Dakota getting to the line 34 times to western's 19. The Coyotes also won the battle on the board, outrebounding the Leathernecks 42-33. 


    Senior Mike Miklusak led Western with 24 points and 13 rebounds.  Fellow classmate Garret Covington also produced with 21 points and 7 assists. Sophomore center Brandon Gilbeck scored 15 points and pulled down 6 boards. 


    Western will wrap up regular season play Saturday night at 7  vs Fort Wayne. You can catch that game on 102.7 FM. 





    The 4th seeded Bushnell-Prairie City Spartans took down 11th seeded Peoria Christian 53-36 in the 1A Regional Semifinals at Quest Charter Academy in Peoria last night. The Spartans were led by Junior center Jason Housenga's 17 points, with Devin Yocum (14 points) and Draven Martin (10 Points) also reaching double figures. 


    This moves Bushnell-PC to tonight's 1A Regional Finals game against top seeded Peoria Quest. That will be played tonight back in Peoria. Coverage begins at 6:45 on 104.7 FM. 



    (Photo of WIU's Emily Clemens Courtesy of WIU Athletic Communications)


    The Western Illinois Women's Basketball team took down Fort Wayne 77-51 at Western Hall last night. With the win the 22-6 (12-3 Summit League) Leathernecks have clinched at least a share of the league's regular season title. This was also the 12th regular season home victory, which ties program marks set in 2002-03 and 2004-05. 


    The Leathernecks led in this one for all but 1:39 of gametime. That being said, the 5-23 Mastadons hung around until the 4th quarter, with the game remaining in single digits until that point. A 24-6 advantage in the 4th quarter for Western cemented this one, with the stingy WIU defense limiting Fort Wayne to 37.9% from the field and a putrid 13.3% from three point range. 


    Emily Clemens made another strong claim for Summit League Player of the Year honors, dropping 25 points and dishing out 12 assists in this one. Morgan Blumer also put together a strong performance with 18 points (3-4 3FG) and 7 rebounds. Olivia Braun finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 blocks. 


    At 12-3 in the Summit League, Western sits one game in front of South Dakota, IUPUI, and South Dakota State. With the Leathernecks playing the Coyotes of South Dakota at Western Hall Saturday afternoon, sole possession of the top spot in the league will be on the line. IUPUI and South Dakota State still have to play the teams with the worst and second to worst records in the Summit League respectively, so a 4-team tie could be in place should Western not get the win Saturday. 


    Tip off from Western Hall is set for 4:30 Saturday, with a pregame ceremony honoring seniors Mallory Boyle and Jasmine Patrick taking place prior. Coverage begins at 4:15 on 104.1 FM and the Leatherneck Sports Network. 








    Bushnell-Prairie City Boys Basketball advanced to the 1A Regional Semifinals last night after taking down Princeville 48-28. The game was played at Peoria Quest Charter Academy. The Spartans are the 4 seed in this regional bracket, and took care of business against the 12th seeded Princes.


    Bushnell's next opponent is 11th seeded Peoria Christian, who upset number 6 Hartsburg 48-47 last night. This game will be played back at Quest Thursday night. Tip-off is set for 7 PM. Coverage will begin on 104.7 FM at 6:45. Streaming is also available online here at macombnewsnow.com.




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