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  • The defending Summit League champion Western Illinois Women's Basketball Team has revealed its complete 2017-18 regular season schedule. This comes after months of the program slowly announcing some of the marquee non-league games that will take place. 


    After an exhibition matchup on November 2 against Division II Quincy, the Leathernecks will begin the season at Western Hall on November 10 vs. UMKC. WIU then hosts Illinois College (Nov. 12) and William Woods (Nov. 14), before starting a three game in-state road trip. Western faces Northern Illinois (Nov. 18), Illinois (Nov. 21) and Chicago State (Nov. 22), before returning to Macomb. To close out November, Western will play home games against Milwaukee (Nov. 26) and Chicago State (Nov. 29).


    The month of December will see Western out of Macomb for six of seven games. The month kicks off with a road contest against Wichita State (Dec. 1), before the lone December home game against SEMO (Dec. 5). A quick trip down to Clarksville, TN on December 9 sees Western match up against Austin Peay, before the squad gets ready for its west coast road trip. Arguably the two most highly anticipated games will take place out west, with WIU facing Stanford (Dec. 18) and Gonzaga (Dec. 21), before flying back to Illinois. When the Leathernecks return to the Land of Lincoln, they'll head to Peoria to take on Bradley (Dec. 28), before going to Fort Wayne (Dec. 30) to open up Summit League play. 


    The Leathernecks traveled to Fort Wayne to begin its league schedule last season, knocking off the Mastodons 75-53. Following that contest, Western heads back to Macomb, where it will play its league home opener vs. South Dakota on January 4. WIU closed out the 2016-17 regular season against the Coyotes, in a 81-75 victory that gave the team the Summit League Regular Season Title. 


    In January, Western will play five home games and two road games. The Leathernecks host Oral Roberts on January 6, then head to Omaha for a game on January 13. WIU is back in Macomb on January 18 to meet Fort Wayne, before going right up to South Dakota State to face the Jackrabbits on January 20. The month concludes with home games against Denver (January 24) and North Dakota State (January 27).

    February will start off with a grueling road trip. The Leathernecks travel up to Vermillion on February 1 to face South Dakota again. WIU then heads south to Tulsa to meet Oral Roberts just two days later on February 3. The middle of the month features home matchups against Oral Roberts (Feb. 7) and South Dakota State (Feb. 17). Western closes out the regular season with its longest road trip of the season. The Leathernecks play at North Dakota State on February 22, followed by the regular season finale on February 24 at Denver. The 2018 Summit League Women’s Basketball Championship is set for March 3-6, at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.


  • The WIU Men's Soccer team lost 3-1 at DePaul Saturday afternoon. This was the second of three exhibition matches for Western. The Leathernecks previously lost to the Flames of UIC earlier last week. 


    In this match, Western scored the opening goal, converting on a Paul Kirdorf goal into the lower right-hand corner. This came off of a deflection from a Blue Demon defender in the 56th minute. DePaul found scoring opportunities soon after, netting goals in the 63rd and 66th minutes to take a 2-1 advantage. An 84th minute goal off of a cross set the score at 3-1, ultimately earning the Blue Demons an exhibition victory. 


    The Leathernecks close out the exhibition slate today at 5:30 p.m. at home against Division II Quincy University. WIU starts the regular season off Friday at Milwaukee. 


  • The MHS Boys Golf Team won 164-184 against Pleasant Plains Friday at the Macomb Country Club to open its 2017 home slate. The Bombers were lead by Blaine Sutton and Braeden Duncan. Both boys carded a 39 on the front 9 at the Country Club. TJ Painter led the Cardinals with a match low 37.

    Eddie Burke carded a 42 and Jack Lockard shot a 44 to round out the team score of 164. John Michael Nixa shot 45 and Gunner Lantz shot for 47 for the Bombers.


  • The Western Illinois Women's Soccer Team comes out of its opening weekend of play with an 0-2 record, following a home loss to Northern Illinois Friday (1-0) and a road defeat at the hands of North Dakota on Sunday (4-0). 


    In Friday's loss, corner kicks was a category that the Huskies capitalized on. Northern Illinois took seven corners in the match, with Western failing to get a single corner kick. The Huskies scored their lone goal on a Delany Loprieno header in the 45th minute, coming off a Lauren Gierman corner. WIU had more shots on goal in the match, with five to NIU's three. 


    Sunday was a matter of early goals plauging Western. UND outshot WIU 16-4 in the first half, with the Fighting Hawks getting three goals in a ten minute span. Western got more opportunities in the second half, outshooting UND 13-5. Of course, none of the Leatherneck opportunities were capitalized on, while the Fightning Hawks netted their fourth goal in the 69th minute. Corner kicks continued to be an issue for WIU, with Western failing to take one while North Dakota chalked up eight throughout the match. 


    Western continues its six-game road trip, facing Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Thursday at 7 p.m. That will be the last match of the month for 0-2 WIU. 


  • Here are the local athletic events taking place this weekend. We are one week away from the first week of high school football and less than two weeks away from the start of college football! 


    Friday 8/18


    WIU Women's Soccer vs Northern Illinois (5 p.m. at John MacKenzie Alumni Field, Macomb, IL)

    -Leathernecks open the 2017 regular season at home vs the Huskies 

    -The team has played two exhibition matches, falling to Northern Iowa and Austin Peay

    -Last year's squad went 4-11-2 under Head Coach Dr. Eric Johnson


    Macomb Football Dale Armstrong Scrimmage (6 p.m. at MHS Field, Macomb, IL)

    -Bombers finish up preseason camp with the annual scrimmage

    -Things to watch for include a new offensive gameplan that HC Tony Westen has alluded to

    -MHS holds its season opener next week vs Lincoln at 7 p.m. with coverage on K100


    Saturday 8/19


    WIU Men's Soccer Exhibition at DePaul (1 p.m. in Chicago, IL)

    -The Leathernecks play their second of three exhibition games, taking on DePaul

    -The team fell to UIC earlier this week

    -Last year the Leathernecks went 8-10-1, falling in the Summit League Semifinals

    -The season opener is Friday, August 25 at Milwaukee


    Sunday 8/20


    WIU Women's Soccer at North Dakota (Noon in Grand Forks, ND)

    -WIU follows up Friday's contest at UND

    -This is the first of 6 consecutive road matches for Western


  • Claire Grove, a sophomore on the Western Illinois Volleyball Team, was named to the Summit League's 'Players to Watch' list. Grove, a Naperville native, is one of ten players across the league to earn this honor. She's coming off a season in which ranked fifth on the team in kills with 112. 


    The Leathernecks begin the season next Friday against Manhattan at the 2017 Hampton Inn Leatherneck Invitational (Aug. 25-26) in Western Hall.


    Players to Watch List:
    Claire Grove, Western Illinois
    Brittany Jessen, South Dakota
    Becca Latham, Denver
    Elizabeth Loschen, South Dakota
    Laura Milos, Oral Roberts
    Sydney O'Shaughnessy, Omaha
    Mikaela Purnell, North Dakota State
    Nicole Rightnowar, Fort Wayne
    Ashlynn Smith, South Dakota State


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