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  • 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). 




  • 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. 


  • 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)


  • 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)




  • 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


  • 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




  • 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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