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  • A Saturday afternoon game at Hanson Field quickly turned into a Saturday night affair between Western Illinois and Missouri State. A 99-minute severe weather delay pushed the completion of the game until 8:11 p.m. The Leathernecks were able to prevail, winning 49-30 to improve to 5-1, and 2-1 in Missouri Valley Football Conference play. 

     

    I spoke with WIU Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher about the win, as he went into detail about the weather delay and how it came at the perfect time for WIU. We also looked ahead to North Dakota State, who Western will face on Saturday. You can listen to the interview here


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  • High School Football

     

    Macomb (1-7) 14 vs Peoria Manual (1-7) 24
     
    Bushnell-West Prairie (6-2) 35 vs South Fulton (1-7) 16
     
    Illini West (5-3) 28 vs Rushville-Industry (1-7) 12 
     
    North Fulton (6-2) 22 vs Peoria Heights (1-7) 0
     
    Princeton (2-6) 21 vs Monmouth-Roseville (3-5) 50
     
    West Hancock (8-0) 14 vs Ottawa-Marquette (6-2) 13
     
    High School Boys Soccer
     
    10/13 2A Regional Final
    Macomb 2 vs Peoria Christian 5
     
    WIU Football
     
    Missouri State (1-5, 0-3) 30 Western Illinois 49 (5-1, 2-1)
    -Sean McGuire: 18-25 249 yards 3 TD
    -Steve McShane: 23 rush 143 yards 1 TD
    -Max Norris: 6 rush 80 yards 2 TD
    -Jaelon Acklin: 6 rec 86 yards 1 TD, 2 rush 62 yards 1 TD
    -Brett Taylor: 16 tackles 2 tfl 1 sack (MVFC Defensive Player of the Week)
    *Game delayed in 4th quarter by 99 minute severe weather delay
     
    WIU Women's Soccer
     
    10/13
    North Dakota State (6-9-0, 4-1) 2 vs Western Illinois (2-11-0, 1-2) 0
     
    10/15
    South Dakota State (7-4-3, 3-0) 3 vs Western Illinois (2-12-0, 1-3) 0
     
     
    WIU Volleyball
     
    10/13
    Western Illinois (6-14, 1-5) 0 vs Denver (13-5, 4-2)
    -Denver won 25-11, 25-23, 25-18
     
    10/15
    Western Illinois (6-15, 1-6) 0 vs North Dakota State (14-5, 5-2) 3 
    -NDSU won 25-19, 25-19, 25-14
     
     
     

     


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  • You can listen to today's Coaches Corner Show here
     
    10/13
     
    Macomb (1-7) 14 vs Peoria Manual (1-7) 24
     
    Bushnell-West Prairie (6-2) 35 vs South Fulton (1-7) 16
     
    Illini West (5-3) 28 vs Rushville-Industry (1-7) 12 
     
    North Fulton (6-2) 22 vs Peoria Heights (1-7) 0
     
    Princeton (2-6) 21 vs Monmouth-Roseville (3-5) 50
     
    West Hancock (8-0) 14 vs Ottawa-Marquette (6-2) 13

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  • Following last week's 38-29 win at Northern Iowa, Western Illinois Football is 4-1 and 1-1 in Missouri Valley Football Conference Play. The Bears of Missouri State enter Macomb with a 1-4 record and a 0-2 start to Valley play. The Leathernecks come in ranked 15th in the nation. 

     

    For a preview of tomorrow's game listen to my interview with the Voice of the Leathernecks, Scott Kornberg. Scott and Dr. Tom Cody will have the call from Hanson Field tomorrow afternoon, beginning with pregame at 2:30 p.m. Coverage can be heard on Classic 103 102.7 FM WJEQ. 


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  • Former Western Illinois University football player Carl Sims, 32, was shot and killed early Sunday morning in Spokane, Washington. Sims played at WIU from 2004-2008, and finished his career as a Leatherneck with 136 receptions for 1,724 yards and 11 touchdowns. His receptions and receiving yardage figures rank sixth and eighth respectively in the Western Illinois record book. 

     

    Sims played high school football at Custer High School in Milwaukee. At WIU he made an impact as a wide receiver, leading the team in receiving during both his junior and senior seasons. He was a two time All Gateway Conference Honorable Mention Team player with the Leathernecks. He graduated from WIU in 2008 with a degree in African-American studies. 

     

    Following his time in Macomb, he played for the Indoor Football League. Sims played in the IFL from 2009-2017, finishing second all-time in receiving yards (5,046) and third in career receiving touchdowns (111). He played for the Bloomington Extreme (2009), Billings Outlaws (2010),  Sioux Falls Storm (2011-12), Cedar Rapids Titans (2013-15), Billings Wolves (2015), Green Bay Blizzard (2015), Spokane Empire (2016-17) and Nebraska Danger (2017) during his career. 

     

    According to his coach with the Empire, Adam Shackleford, Sims had moved back to Spokane to work with kids in the community. 

     

     


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  • High School Volleyball

     

    Macomb (16-12) 1 vs Monmouth-Roseville (22-7) 2

    -Titans win 25-13, 23-25, 25-21

    -Lexy Leezer (Macomb): 16 digs

    -Anna Dively (Macomb): 17 assists 

     

    Lewistown (19-6) 2 vs West Prairie (21-7) 1

    -Indians win 17-25, 25-23, 25-22

     

    Illini West 1 vs Rushville-Industry 2

    Rockets win 20-25, 25-21, 25-19
    Kelly Sirtak (R-I): 20 assists

     

    High School Boys Soccer

     

    1A Regional Semifinals (Peoria Christian Regional)

    (8) Peoria Manual 1 vs (2) Macomb 8 

    -Bombers advance to Regional Final Friday at 7 p.m. in East Peoria 

     

    WIU Women's Golf

    Drake Bulldog Invitational (Des Moines, IA)

    1. Loyola-Chicago: 324-305--629
    T2. Western Illinois: 326-308--634
    T2. Northern Iowa: 322-312--634
    -Seven team field
    -Second day of tournament rained out
     
    Individual:
    T6. Allie Leingang: 80-77--157
    T9. Alex Krehbiel: 83-76--159
    T9. Bridget Connolly: 84-75--159
    T9. Ashley Dumler: 79-80--159
    T31. Cassidy Jurkaites: 83-86--169 (Individual)
    44 Nicole Hamilton-Cross: 89-DQ--171
     

     

     


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  • On last night's Charlie Fisher Radio Show, Western Illinois Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher joined host Scott Kornberg to break down the 38-29 victory over Northern Iowa. The Leathernecks won in thrilling fashion, as quarterback Sean McGuire hit Jaelon Acklin on a 20 yard touchdown strike to put the Leathernecks ahead with six seconds remaining. The win moved the now 14th ranked Leathernecks to 4-1 on the season, and 1-1 in Missouri Valley Football Conference play. 

     

    Fisher discussed the victory, what his team is doing well, and looked ahead to Saturday's game vs. Missouri State. Later in the show, McGuire dropped by to talk about the game winning drive and what goes through his head in that type of situation. McGuire has become quite accustomed to these moments as a Leatherneck, as he has orchestrated three game winning drives with under a minute remaining over the past two seasons. 

     

    You can listen to last night's show here


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