Illini West stood at home as they took the courses against Southeastern. Southeastern got the upper hand against the Chargers with a score of 185.
Swinging for them was Medalist Bishop Roberts(43), Nic Manning(45), Lawson Meredith(47), and Landon Roberts(50). Illini West finished with 213 on the day. Hitting for the Illini West was Jackson Murphy(50), Brady Robertson(50), Jadon Schreake(55), and Drew Cook(58).
Illini West polish off to the Rushville Invitational at Scripps Park Golf Course this Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
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Charger Volleyball traveled to Quincy Notre Dame for volleyball action last night. The first set went to QND who ended the match with a score of 15-25. QND took the second set and the game when they closed out their game to the Chargers 13-25.
Leading in kills for the Chargers was Megan Harrell with 6. Gracie McDowell added in 4 kills. Assist leader was Keandra Johnson who gave out 8. Hannah Wood led in digs with 10. The Chargers now have a record of 14-6 and 2-1 in the conference.
Illini West stays at home for their next game Monday against Liberty High School.
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It’s homecoming week in Macomb, a week rooted in the DNA of autumn in high school. A week that will see new royalty crowned, a parade in the streets, and ultimately, a football game. A game that sees the Bombers return home following a week where they travelled over 130 miles away. This week could provide all the necessary ingredients for a major distraction for Macomb, but I spoke at length with Head Coach Tony Westen about the week, and he’s having none of it.
“It’s only a distraction if you allow it to be,” said Coach Westen of the week, “There’s not too much homecoming atmosphere in the locker room, which I like. There’s obviously all the games during the school day, stuff designed to get the kids excited and hyped up for the week. Things that can take you out of your routine if you let them.”
The Bombers will be looking to use some of that hype and excitement to power through the difficult result from last week. The 55-0 loss could be looked at as a pure negative, but the Bombers aren’t doing that, nor should they. This game provided them a real learning opportunity, and Coach Westen plans on using it as just that.
“As far as last week goes, we just turn the page,” Coach Westen said of the game against Mt. Zion, “There were a lot of correctable things we just weren’t able to execute. It’d be one thing if we went out there, put our best foot forward, and just got beat. But that’s not what happened. Take nothing away from Mt. Zion, they’re a big, talented, well-coached team.”
The loss last week brought Macomb to a 2-2 record, with a week one loss and wins in weeks two and three to go with the Mt. Zion loss. Throughout the year, however, you can see a real effort to improve week-in and week-out. There is a clear and ever-present desire to be great that is immediately recognizable when this team steps out on the field.
“It’s been up and down,” Westen replied when asked about his season, “I’d love to have week one back, but that’s not how that works, and I think we learned a lot from that. We have a young, growing team and I think you have to accept and embrace that fact. We played with a lot of heart in weeks one and two, played really well in week three, not well last week. But thankfully this is a team that’s very easy to get refocused in practice.”
Moving into this week now, where Macomb draws the Effingham Flaming Hearts. The Flaming Hearts come into this week winners of their last two, with both wins coming over Mt. Zion and Lincoln. Effingham has done a lot of their damage on the ground, but they come in with a solid passing attack as well. They will present a worthy challenge to Macomb for their homecoming game.
“It’s a challenge when you can’t point out one thing,” Coach Westen said of Effingham’s balanced offense, “But you just have to make sure [the kids] are getting to [their] assignments and staying physical. Stopping the run will be important, because that’s what they are at heart, a power running team.”
Something else Effingham will bring with them is a defensive nightmare in linebacker Gage Franklin. Franklin flashed constantly on film as a physical speed rusher. A kid who’s able to get off the line quickly and make a real impact at the point of attack. He’s someone Macomb will have to be aware of, and Westen believes they are.
“Again it’s all about focusing on [their] assignments,” Said Westen on how to handle a defensive talent like Franklin, “We’re obviously aware [of him], and we understand his ability. In game-plan we definitely know where he’s [going to] be. As far as technique goes you have to make sure you get leverage, use his speed against him.”
Do not discredit the Bombers, as they bring a very balanced and high powered attack of their own. An attack that has been bolstered in recent weeks by the addition of running back Bryan Farkas. Farkas has opened things up in a major way for the Bombers and completely changes the look of this offense.
“It’s been big,” Said Westen on the return of Farkas, “He allows us the opportunity to run the ball better. As far as getting Bryan back there, he’s gotta be the guy that we need him to be.”
The Bombers will also be counting on the efforts of sophomore quarterback, VJ Lane. Lane has been a revelation for this team, as he has given the Bombers a threat they haven’t seen in some time. Lane had a tough go of it last week, but he’ll be looking to move past it and put up a good performance this week. Coach Westen sees this week not as an opportunity to rebound, but to put up a typical Lane performance.
“You say a rebound, but we’re just looking for a performance,” Said Westen of his young star, “He’s still a quality quarterback, a young quarterback. Last week was just a bad game for him, nothing more.”
This is a pivotal week for Macomb, as a win could see them jump a game over .500 to 3-2, and 3 wins shy of a guaranteed playoff spot with 4 weeks to go. You can catch Mark Hespen and Paul Bubb’s call of the game live on WKAI 100.1 “K100”, or, on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/k100wkai/ where the game will be live-streamed. Kickoff at Bombers Field is scheduled for 7 PM. Come out and get excited for Macomb’s homecoming game!
Illini West Golf hit the links against Unity/Central High School as they hosted their Golf Triangular.
First place honors went to Central with a score of 164. Swinging for them was Medalist Connor Bross with a 36, Connor Hughes (42), Dustin Steinkamp (42), and Jalen Vance (44). Second place was earned by Unity with a 170. Gage Moller finished with 41, Walker McKinney (41), Wyatt McKinney(43), and Grant Ohnemus (45).
Illini West ended the day with a 195. Jackson Murphy finished the day with a 40, Jadon Schreacke (50), Brady Robertson (51) and Drew Cook (54). Illini West stays at home once more as they face Southeastern at 4 p.m. today.
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Macomb’s Girls Varsity Golf team picked up yet another win yesterday, September 19, when they defeated Farmington 182-245.
Macomb was led by Emma Thorman, who medaled again with an even par, 35 shot performance at this back 9 tournament at Gold Hill Golf Club. Laine Torrance also had an impressive day with a 48, while Alyssa Thrapp and Karlie Wisslead has nice days as well, posting a 49 and 50 respectively.
Macomb’s next opportunity for a win will come when they head to Galesburg on Saturday, September 22, for the Streaks Invitational. Tee time at Bunker Links is scheduled for 8 AM.
The Monmouth-Roseville Girls Varsity volleyball team picked up a big win last night, September 19, at home over Galva. The first set went to Monmouth-Roseville, 25-9, and they also took the second set by a score of 25-20.
The Titans were led by the efforts of Carly Gillen, who put up 10 kills and 10 points. They also received significant offensive contributions from Mackenzie Connell, who had 9 assists, and Delaney Woodard, who put up 7 assists of her own. Defensively, they were led by the combo of Gillen and Connell, who each provided 2 blocks.
The Titans’ next game occurs September 20, when they face off with the West Hancock Co-op. First serve is scheduled for 5 PM.
The Macomb Girls Varsity Volleyball team picked up its 17th win yesterday, September
19, when they defeated Camp Point Central in 2 sets. Macomb won the first set fairly
easily, 25-16, but struggled a bit in the second, winning 25-22.
The Bombers were led by the offensive and defensive efforts of Jocelyn Buchannan,
who put up an impressive 7 kill, 10 dig stat line. Sam Urch provided 6 kills and 2 blocks,
while Maggie Vallillo gave 10 digs to aid the Bombers’ cause. The team also got an all-
around excellent performance from Avery Rexroat, who had 15 assists, 3 aces, and 10
points overall to propel the team to victory.
The Bombers’ next game comes August 8th at home against Camp Point Central. This
will be their Senior Night, and they will be looking to send the seniors away with a
Illini West Charger Volleyball was at home and in routine again as they took on Knoxville in a thrilling three set showdown.
The first set was full of mistakes and errors for the Chargers. Knoxville managed to bounce ahead with a lead of 10-3 before Illini West called a timeout. After the brief break, the Chargers got aggressive coming back into the game, cutting the lead with a score 13-10. They could not keep up this effort dropping the set to Knoxville 17-25.
Illini West stayed in the driver’s seat the entire second set riding comfortably. The Chargers took the lead and held onto it, the biggest gap being 8 points. The second set went to Illini West 25-18. Each team wanted the win and proved how much in the third and final match. It was a back and forth affair until the Chargers stepped into action. It was a 4-0 run that propelled them ahead of Knoxville 18-14. It was the intensity of Gracie McDowell who sent Knoxville packing. McDowell struck with 3 key kills to energize the Chargers to a 25-20 victory over Knoxville.
A huge day for the Chargers squad and McDowell who led in kills with 12 and also digs with 28. Megan Harrell adds in 8 kills and 11 digs. Hannah Wood puts in another strong effort with 15 digs and 5 kills. Keandra Johnson finished with 9 digs and 11 assists. Karli Artman with the pinpoint accuracy leading with total assists with 16. After this win Illini West now increases their record to 14-5 in the season and 2-1 in conference play.
The Chargers go away for their next game on Thursday and will be facing QND.
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The Macomb Girls Varsity volleyball team picked up another win yesterday, September 17, over the West Hancock co-op. The first set finished 25-15 while the second set finished 25-20.
This win was a real team effort, as they received significant contributions from several players. Jocelyn Buchannan and Autumn Kindhart paced the team in kills with 7 and 6 respectively, while Avery Rexroat once again led the team in assists with 16. Maggie Vallillo had a solid night serving with 3 aces, while she, Lael McKee, and Grace Stufflebeam anchored the defense. Vallillo had 11 digs, McKee provided 3 blocks, and Stufflebeam put up 10 digs of her own.
The Bombers next game comes Wednesday, September 19, when they head on the road to face Camp Point Central High School. First serve is scheduled for 4:30 PM.
The Macomb Girls Varsity golf team won again yesterday, September 17, when they faced Monmouth Unite and Ridgewood High Schools. The final scores of the meet were Macomb 193, United 210, Ridgewood 251.
Emma Thorman medaled once again with a stellar 1, 36 shot performance, while the Bombers also saw great performances from Karlie Wisslead with a 50, Alyssa Thrapp with a 53, and Ellen Meixner, who shot a 54.
The ladies’ next chance for a win will come Saturday, September 22, when they head to Galesburg for a match with the Silver Streaks. Tee time is scheduled for 8 AM.
Illini West continue their tough presence as they headed into the Mercer County Tourney last Saturday.
The Illini West’s first game of the tournament had them going against Western (Barry). The first set went to the Chargers in a close match 25-23. The second set was dominated by the Chargers, they took the game finishing the set 25-5. The Chargers held the lead from beginning of both sets. Leader in kills was Gracie McDowell who added in 7. Keandra Johnson led in assists helping out with 9, teammate Karli Artman added in 7. Taylor Pence finished with 9 digs, close behind her was Hannah Wood with 8 digs on the day.
The second game for Illini West had them facing Orion. Illini West had difficulty facing a tall Orion front row. The first set had Orion taking the set 15-25. A rough game for the Chargers as Orion could easily reach over the block with each hit. Illini West could not get it done against Orion falling second set 22-25.
Megan Harrell was looking huge against Orion with 12 kills. Johnson led in assists again with 11 and also added 9 digs. McDowell was the team’s leader in digs with 14. Now 1-1 in Mercer County the Chargers took on Galva. The first set had the Chargers on top 25-13. Illini West moved on to the next opponent not messing around, beating Galva 25-7. McDowell and Harrell each had 6 kill. Wood added in 4 kills. Johnson bringing enough for the class, sharing all around, she had 16 assists against Galva. McDowell also lead in digs adding in 16, with Wood also adding in 11. With pool play finished the Chargers finished second and qualified for the third place game.
The last game for the Chargers had them meeting up with AFC (Ashton Franklin Center). The first set had Chargers up 19-10. AFC rallied back with a 11-0 run then eventually took the game 22-25. The Chargers took the second set 25-21. They then took third place finishing the third set and AFC 15-12. Illini West took the last two sets no problem leading from start to finish. McDowell and Harrell both had 8 kills in the game. Johnson had 11 assists and 8 digs. Artman had 9 assists. Wood was the leader in digs with 15 while McDowell added in 12.
Illini West finishes tournament play with a record of 13-5 and a third place finish.It was exemplary finish for individual and team play alike. Charger Gracie McDowell’s strong showing gets her selected to the All-Tournament team. Illini West Volleyball will have their next game on Tuesday Sept. 18th against Knoxville at home.
Monday Coed Varsity Golf head to Arrowhead Camp Point for a 4 PM. JV Football faces A-Town at home at 6 PM.
Tuesday Coed Varsity Golf have the Deer Run at Hamilton at 4 PM and they will face West Hancock/Unity/Payson. At 4:30 Coed Varsity Cross Country will be away at QND/South Park. Charger Volleyball has a huge day all around at home against Knoxville. Girls Freshman will be playing at 5 PM, JV has their match at 6 PM, Varsity will be starting up at 7 PM.
Wednesday Coed Varsity Golf is at home against Central Unity at 4 PM. Girls Freshman Volleyball travels for the QHS Quad Meet at 5:00 PM
Thursday Coed Varsity Golf hosts Southeastern at 4 PM. Girls Freshman Volleyball faces Qunicy Notre Dame at 5 PM. At 6 PM Boys Freshman Football matches up against CO-OP West Hancock at Hamilton. Girls JV Volleyball has their game against QND at 6:00. Finally Varsity Volleyball has their game at 7 PM.
Friday No Events Scheduled
Saturday Girls JV Volleyball takes part in the West Prairie Tournament at 8 AM. Coed Varsity Golf are away at the Rushville Invitational at 9 PM. Last game of the day is at 1 PM and has Varsity Football away facing CO-OP North Fulton at Valley High School.
Macomb’s Girls Varsity Golf team hosted the annual Macomb Invitational this weekend and came away with an outright win. They finished with a 357 shot performance overall and finished first by 31 shots.
The team was once again led by the stellar play of Emma Thorman, who finished with an even-par 70 for the tournament and was the top overall performer for the entire tournament. Macomb had another medalist in this tournament, as Karlie Wisslead tied for fourth with an impressive 89.
The Girls’ next opportunity for victory comes tonight, September 17, when they go to Monmouth for a match with United High School. Tee time is scheduled for 4 PM.
Macomb’s Girls Varsity volleyball team went to Mt. Pulaski for a tournament this past weekend and came away with a 6th place finish out of 16 teams. Record-wise they went 3-2.
Macomb was led all weekend by the impressive play of Maggie Vallillo, the lone Bomber to make the all-tournament team. Her defensive ability was on display all weekend as she led the team in digs in 3 of the 4 matches, including the match against Maroa-Forsyth when she came up with an eye-popping 23.
In Macomb’s first match, they faced Lincoln in pool play. They swept the Railsplitters, winning set one by a score of 25-17 and set two by a score of 25-11. Jocelyn Buchannan led the offensive attack in this one with 10 kills, while Grace Stufflebeam provided an all around great performance with two aces and eight digs.
In the second match of the tournament, Macomb suffered a tough three-set defeat at the hands of the host school, Mt. Pulaski. The first set finished in Macomb’s favor, 25-18, but they would drop the next two sets by scores of 13-25 and 8-15 respectively. Buchannan (8 kills), Vallillo (12 digs), and Avery Rexroat (23 assists) came up with big performances despite the loss.
In the final match of pool play, Macomb swept Fulton by set scores of 25-17 and 25-16. Buchannan had an individual-weekend high in kills with 12, while Sam Urch had a well-rounded two aces, four kills, and two blocks.
In the first match of Silver Pool Bracket play, Macomb faced off with Maroa-Forsyth. They won a 3 set thriller that saw no set decided by more than 5 points, with set one finishing 25-23 in favor of Macomb, Maroa-Forsyth winning set two 25-20, and Macomb taking the third by a score of 15-10. This was the game that saw Vallillo put of one of the better defensive performances of the season with 23 digs. Rexroat starred here as well as she put up 19 assists to go along with three aces and two kills.
In their final match of the tournament, Macomb took a tough loss to Hartem. The scores here were 8-25 and 23-25. Vallillo led the way again with two aces and 11 digs, while Buchannan provided four kills and Rexroat chipped in with 11 assists and two kills of her own.
The Bombers’ next game comes tonight, September 17, when they face the West Hancock co-op in Hamilton. First serve is scheduled for 5 PM.
The Rushville-Industry Rockets headed to Sciota tonight, September 14, for a battle
with Bushnell-West Prairie on Bushnell’s homecoming night. Rushville had to scratch
and claw for everything they earned but they came away with a 36-30 2OT win.
“Our kids played really hard, it’s 100% the kids,” said Head Coach Brian Lafferty of his
team’s gutsy win, “They deserve every bit of the credit in this game. And they were
tired, but they dug it out and they finished.”
Rushville-Industry entered halftime up 30-14, but came back out to a motivated and
hungry Sparclones team in the second half. Bushnell came all the way back to tie the
game at 30 late in the 4th quarter, but saw Rushville-Industry drive all the way into the
Bushnell red zone on their next drive, ultimately running out of time and seeing the
game head into overtime.
Neither team scored on their first attempts in OT, but Rushville won the toss to begin the second overtime period and promptly ground out a touchdown, with a failed 2 point try, to make the score 36-30. Bushnell looked likely to score on their second attempt, but were done in by a costly holding penalty that was ultimately too much to overcome.
The game was very much defined by the run game, as both teams threw the ball rarely
and ineffectively. Rushville’s Manny Garcia had an efficient night as the head of their
three-headed-monster-like backfield, as he had only around 50 yards rushing but made
them count with 3 touchdowns.
“We have a saying, I kinda stole it from a different coach, but I always say ‘when it’s too
tough for them, it’s just right for us’. And this is where we dig back to that,” Coach
Lafferty said of his team’s physical approach.
The all-around player of the game for the Rockets was running back/linebacker Kreeden
Allen. Allen rushed for over 100 yards on offense and was a physical playmaker on
defense. He was constantly disrupting the Sparclones’ offense, and came up with huge
stops late in the game.
“Kreeden is a heck of a player. He’s only a sophomore but he is a classic Rushville
player,” said Lafferty of his star running back, “He is tough as nails. He is not afraid of
anything. I love Kreeden, he’s a wild man but he does a lot for us.”
The win brings the Rockets to a 2-2 record and this one will mean a lot, as the Rockets
were coming off of two straight tough losses against Knoxville and Farmington.
The Rockets’ next game comes Friday, September 21, against Peoria Heights/Quest
Charter Academy, at home. Kickoff is set for 7 PM.
In tonight’s turf battle Bushnell West Prairie takes on the Rushville Rockets. Bushnell West Prairie gleams at home after coming after a strong showing against Havana/Midwest Central beating them 28-13.
Bushnell took Havana to the races, their ground game was looking elite with 4 rushing touchdowns gathered by the Sparclones. Rushville Industry comes into this game with a record of 1-2. The Rockets hope to get back on their feet after two crushing losses back to back. They were blown out in both games, the first game losing to Knoxville 46-14 and then against Farmington 38-6.
Coach David Roddis of the Sparclones was reached for a comment for his upcoming matchup. He said “We are treating this game just like every other week. Each game has importance on our schedule if you want to be in the postseason run. That being said we know that this Rushville team [today] will be ready to play.
Coach Lafferty will have them coached up and ready go and we will need to have a good game. We cannot have bad segments of the game like we have in the past couple games and come away with a win this week or the weeks to come. We need to clean things up and stay physical.” Bushnell will be at home for tonight’s game against Rushville Industry and will start kick off 7 p.m.
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The Macomb Bombers hit the road this week to take on the Mt. Zion Braves this week in a matchup that sees them travel more than 130 miles away. Macomb comes into the game with a 2-1 record, having won their last two. Mt. Zion also comes in 2-1, but is coming off a tough loss, 41-14, at Effingham.
Macomb will likely be leaning on Sophomore QB VJ Lane tonight, as he has led this team time and time again with his arm and running game. Lane will have plenty of talent at his disposal between Bryan Farkas at running back and the trio of John Ogle, Evis Campbell, and Kyle Protsman at receiver. This is truly one of the more talented skill position groups in the area.
Macomb saw a drastic improvement in its line play, both on offense and defense last week, and will need to keep that going this week. Mt. Zion has a running back in Sage Davis who rushed for nearly 100 yards last week, so Cody McKee and Alai Stone will once again have to be on their game on the defensive side of the ball.
This should be an interesting game and you can listen to it live on 100.1 WKAI “K100”. The game will also be live streaming on the K100 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/k100wkai/. Kickoff is set for 7 PM.
The Rushville-Industry Rockets will head to Bushnell this Friday, September 14, for a
matchup against the Bushnell-West Prairie co-op. The Rockets are looking to bounce
back from two consecutive losses to Knoxville and Farmington.
Rushville will be looking to keep its high-powered running attack going this week, as it
has been the driving force behind the start of this season. The attack is spearheaded by
running back Manny Garcia, who has carried the ball 44 times for 347 yards and 3
touchdowns through the first three weeks of the season.
“The keys to our success will be simply executing our plan,” Coach Lafferty said of his
team’s approach this week, “Playing hard, and most of all blocking and tackling. I also
think the team that wins the turnover battle will have a good shot at winning the game.”
Rushville will also be looking to stop the running attack of Bushnell-West Prairie, who is
coming off of a game in which they ran for over 100 total yards in a win last week
against Havana-West Prairie.
“We are looking forward to the upcoming game with BWP. I have a lot of respect for
Head Coach David Roddis and his staff,” Said Rockets Head Coach Brian Lafferty, “His
team will be well coached and prepared for this game. My previous experience as an
assistant coach was under Coach Roddis, he remains a good friend to this day.”
Rushville comes into this one 1-2 while Bushnell-West Prairie comes in 2-1, so it looks
to be a pretty even matchup on paper. The kickoff at Bushnell is set for 7 PM.
Macomb’s Boys Varsity Golf team picked up its 11th straight, and 11th overall, victory
yesterday, September 12. They defeated Burlington at the Macomb Country Club by a
score of 169-240.
The Bombers were paced by Eddie Burke, who finished with a solid 39 shot
performance. Braden Duncan also provided an impressive 40 shot performance, while
the team also received solid contributions from Blaine Sutton (44), Connor Hamm (45),
and Glenn Sutton (52).
The Bombers will look to stay undefeated when they participate in the Gary Brinkmeier
Invitation in Port Byron on Saturday, September 15, with a start time set for 8:30 AM.
Illini West Boys Golf hit the links again as they held a Quad Golf Meet at home.
It was Unity grabbing first place hitting for 165 on the course. Paving the way for them was Grant Ohnemus , Walker McKinney , Wyatt McKinney , and Kody Gronewold .
West Hancock came in second with a total of 179. Performances by Brandon Daniels
, Jake Little , Ben Hollis , Dane Pfeiferling .
Third place was earned by Brown County with 199. Efforts from Camden Schmitz , Mason McFadden , Ethan Hedden , Andrew Welty .
It was Illini West who came away with fourth place with 206. Hitting for the Chargers were Jackson Murphy , Brady Robertson , Jadon Schreacke , Keegan Steinkamp .
The medalist of the meet was West Hancock’s Brandon Daniels who ended his day with .
Illini West head up Arrowhead Camp Point for their next match up on September 17.
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