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  • END OF SEASON TOURNAMENT RESULTS:
     
    Rounds 1: 6/26
     
    Chicks Major League:
    

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


     
    Ramsey Financial Minor League:
    Farmers & Merchants State Bank (W) vs. Edifice Remodel (L)
    
Beck Pest Control (W) vs. Ferris Autobody & Towing (L)


     
    First Christian Church Rookie League:


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

    Catch a Star (W) vs. Beck’s (L)


     
    Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League:
    

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

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



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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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


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

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


    Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical 12 vs. Pepsi 6


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


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


    DRIVE 13 vs. Edifice Remodel 14


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

MTC Communications 5 vs. Beck’s 1


    First State Bank 5 vs. Warning Systems Specialists 3



     
    Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League
    

WIU FOP 1 vs. Project Dance Company 4
    

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

McClure Dental 3 vs. Tri County Seeds 18
    

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


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

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

First State Bank 12 vs. Catch a Star 11


    Beck’s vs. Scrapbook Nook (UNREPORTED)



     
    Woodrum Ford Lincoln Toyota Pee Wee League:
    

Citizens Bank 6 vs. First Bankers Trust 0


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

McDaniel Accounting 10 vs. Pepsi 15


    Tri County Seeds 15 vs. Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical 5


    McDaniel Accounting 16 vs. McClure Dental 13



     
    Ramsey Financial Minor League:
    HyVee 17 vs. DRIVE 12
    

Beck Pest Control 15 vs. 1st Farm Credit 12
    

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



     
    First Christian Church Rookie League:
    

Beck’s 9 vs. MTC Communications 9  
    TIE

First State Bank 5 vs. Scrapbook Nook 2



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


    Project Dance Company 2 vs. Citizens Bank 3
     
     
     
     
     
     

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

     

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

     

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


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

     

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


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