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Leathernecks Suffer Big Losses on WBB Staff


The college basketball coaching carousel can be a brutal one, especially at the mid-major level. That carousel has seen two WIU women’s assistant coaches, Sydney Crafton (Grand Canyon) and Seth Minter (Missouri State) leave for greener pastures. I spoke with WIU Athletic Director, Danielle Surprenant, about what these departures meant and what these two coaches meant to the program.


 “I think both of them did a tremendous job when they were here at Western,” Surprenant said, “I think for both of them you want to see them take that next step in their career path and I think both did a lot for the program while they were here.”


The two departures leave two huge large holes on the WIU coaching staff, as both Crafton and Minter contributed heavily to recruiting and game planning as two of head Coach J.D. Gravina’s top assistants. The difficult part now will be finding two coaches who fit the role of what Gravina and WIU are looking for in those positions.


“I think you see what you’re looking for and what the responsibilities hold,” Surprenant remarked, “And you see what the fit is both for the University and for the program and you match your needs to that.”


One thing is certain, there will be new faces now on WIU recruiting trips, which may affect how they go about the process. Minter especially played a huge role in recruiting, securing the signatures of several of the program’s top players over the last few years. He will leave big shoes to fill, but the challenge could bring out the best in the new hirees.


“I don’t think so at all, Coach Gravina does a great job with the program and he’s still here” Surprenant responded to a question of whether the losses will impact recruitment, “We’re working together to find that new staff that can come in here and take over.”


The impact of these two departures will be felt not only by players who worked with Crafton and Minter over the past four years, but also by Gravina himself. Gravina spent the better part of these years grooming these two for a jump up to a bigger job, and to see them take those steps has to be a bittersweet (albeit mostly sweet) feeling.


“He’s been very positive about it,” Surprenant said of Gravina’s reaction to the news of Minter’s and Crafton’s departures, “He wants the best for his staff, although those friendships form and you get set and comfortable within your staff, you always want what’s best for your people. He’s very happy for them and excited, and continues to work towards the future here.”


Though there will be two new faces strolling the sidelines next year for the Leathernecks next season, the expectation will still be for this team to continue the winning culture they’ve established over the last few years. A winning culture, which should be a welcome environment for anyone looking to join this program.



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West Prairie Ready to Return to Winning Ways


Just three years removed from a state championship season, the West Prairie Cyclones are beginning preparations for what should be a big season. Head Coach Teri Paul has built a solid winning culture for the Cyclones, and expects big things from this team.


“I’m very pleased with what I got to see out of our girls this past weekend,” Said Paul of her first summer experience with this team.


Expect a deep, versatile squad with players from every class, as they try to find girls who provide skill at a multitude of different positions.


“We look like we’re going to have eleven juniors and seniors, one sophomore, and fill in with three freshmen,” Paul said of her roster composition, “Last weekend we went with twelve girls and we played a lot of different lineups and were able to see a lot of different things.”


Paul will begin really ramping up the schedule for the Cyclones this weekend, as she has planned practices and training sessions all weekend for them. One new twist she has added to the summer program has her team feeling the heat.


“I think last week we spent a lot of time competing, now we’re getting back in the gym,” Paul said, “We were pretty sore, we’re doing a new weight program, but this week there is an emphasis on more training, picking things apart that we saw last weekend, what we need to do better.”


Coach Paul has also scheduled plenty of matches for the remainder of the summer, as she plans on taking the Cyclones to Rushville and Illini West in Varsity and JV split tournaments next weekend, followed by a July 4th weekend rest. Then, they will head to Lewistown for a four team tournament, and finish the summer off at the Lincoln Land Tournament. The season gets underway for the Cyclones on August 12th.


Part of the winning mentality of the Cyclones was born in that 2016 State title run, but all of those contributors have since graduated or moved on. It is now on the younger players, some of whom have experienced success at the lower levels, to step up and keep that mentality in place.


“Our juniors and seniors got fourth place as seventh and eighth graders at the State Tournament,” Said Paul, “But they haven’t really had that kind of winning situation since then, so they’re hungry. This group is ready, they have that frame of mind of what they need to do to be successful.”


Ball control will be a key, she went on to add, as the team projects to be on the smaller side this season. Aggression and focusing on minor details are two things Paul wants to focus on to make sure she gets the most out of each and every player. In any case, this season should be an exciting one in West Prairie. 


The original story, written by Scott Holland, can be found here: 


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Western Illinois University baseball team’s historic season ended today after a 9-5 loss to South Dakota State University in the first elimination game of the 2019 Summit League Tournament.


The No. 4 seeded Leathernecks jumped out to an early lead over the No. 2 ranked Jack Rabbits after scoring 2 runs in both the first and second innings. Deion Thompson was responsible for a pair of those runs after he hit a solo shot to left in the first inning and followed it up with a bases-loaded walk in the second inning to extend WIU’s lead to 4-0.


Leathernecks starter Jace Warkentien let up a run the next inning on a sacrifice-fly from SDSU’s Drew Beazley, but Warkentien locked in after that to hold the Jacks scoreless until the seventh inning. Beazley stepped up to the plate again for the Jacks to belt an RBI-double and spark a rally. Gus Steiger scored the next run for SDSU off a fielder’s choice and Braden Brown dealt the rest of the damage in the seventh inning with a two-out, RBI-single to tie the game at 4-4.


Western Illinois let the game slip from their grasp the very next inning. SDSU’s offense exploded to score 5 runs and put the Jacks comfortably ahead with a lead of 9-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. Drue Galassi then produced the last run of the Leathernecks season when he smashed an opposite-field home run to left field. That made the score 9-5 after the eighth inning, but the Leathernecks had only one more opportunity to possibly win the game and move on to the next round of the Summit League Tournament for a chance at the title.


Unfortunately, that dream for WIU couldn’t come true as SDSU shut down the Leathernecks bats in the last inning to steal the elimination game and move on to the next round. The Jack Rabbits will now play the winner from the matchup this Friday between top-seeded Omaha and 3rd ranked Oral Roberts.


WIU capped off 2019’s historic season with the most single-season wins (22) in 11 years, and the highest amount of Summit League wins in program history with 16.


“We did some things that have never happened. We beat Oral Roberts five times, won some really hard games on the road, two early series on the road, and that's all positive. It's always disappointing when you end the season; you're sad because you may or may not see your seniors again, and the makeup of the team will be different next year so you have to start all over again. That's college baseball, and there's not much time to dwell on it or feel sorry for yourself,” said WIU head coach Ryan Brownlee.


WIU starter Javin Drake also made history for the program in his last appearance against Omaha on Wednesday, when he struck out 4 batters to increase his record-breaking total to 109 K’s in a single-season.


(WIU Athletics credited with the quote. Visit their recap story here)


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The Macomb Bombers baseball team lost in their Regional Playoff matchup against Limestone yesterday 9-1.


The Bombers had a hard time containing the Rockets explosive offense. Limestone racked up 15 hits during the game. Macomb pitcher Ben Higgins was responsible for those hits and allowed 9 runs to score for Limestone, but he finished with 3 strikeouts in his last career game with the Bombers. 


Macomb’s offense finished the game with 7 hits. Tyler Bickers and John Ogle led the way with two hits each. Ogle scored the 1st run of the game in the first inning, but Macomb couldn’t hang on to their lead as Limestone’s offense quickly heated up. The Rockets scored 2 runs the second inning and never looked back as they produced 7 more runs over the next three innings.


Limestone effectively ended the game by shutting down Macomb’s offense for six scoreless innings and now the Rockets will advance to the Regional Championship against Dunlap this Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 12pm noon.


The Varsity Bombers baseball season sadly comes to an end, but the team finished this year with a positive record of 15-11. With a young core of promising players, Macomb should focus on developing their talent until next year to have another chance at a deeper post-season run. 


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The Western Illinois baseball team just finished up their first round matchup against Omaha in the Summit League Tournament. The Leathernecks lost 15-9. Western Illinois starting pitcher Javin Drake had a rough outing as he surrendered 10 earned runs and 9 hits to the Mavericks offense during 4.1 innings of work. 

However, Drake did secure 4 strikeouts, and one of those came in the 2nd inning to give him 107 for the year. That accomplishment made Javin Drake the all-time single season record holder in strikeouts for Western Illinois. He would then finish the game with two more strikeouts for a grand total of 109 K's on the year. 

WIU attempted to rally in the 9th inning after being down 15-2. The Leathernecks scored 7 runs in the inning to make things interesting, but the deficit ended up being too large for them to make a memorable comeback. Western Illinois catcher, CJ Schaeffer Jr., grounded out to the pitcher to end the game and WIU's hopes of making it through to the next round in the winners bracket.


WIU will now have to try and claw their way out of the losers bracket in the Summit League Tournament. They will play the loser from the tournament's other 1st-round matchup between Oral Roberts and South Dakota State tomorrow, May 23, 2019 at noon. You can tune into the livestream at



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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Summit League officials announced that the 2018-19 men's and women's golf academic all-league teams on Wednesday, which will recognize those student-athletes that excelled both on the course and in the classroom this season.



South Dakota State's Sydney Bormann (Human Biology, 4.00) is the only repeat honoree from last season's squad. She was a junior and maintained a perfect GPA. She posted a top-20 stroke average in the regular season and now owns a top-10 stroke average in SDSU history. Bormann is a two-time WGCA All-American Scholar.Denver's Mary Weinstein (Finance, 3.98) and Sophie Newlove () finished one-two, respectively, at the 2019 Summit League Championship. They also were on the all-academic team for the first time. Weinstein led the league with a 72.52 stroke average and broke a championship record with a final-round 65 (-7) which made the team title for the Pioneers. The Summit League Championship MVP was a 2018 WGCA All-American Scholar. Newlove (Finance, 3.61), the 2018 Championship MVP, recorded four top-10 finishes during her final collegiate season and has been a three-time WGCA All-American Scholar (2016-18). She was also the 2019 All-Summit League First Team performer after posting a 75.15 scoring average. Rounding out the women's team were North Dakota State's Taylor McCorkle (Marketing; 3.60) and South Dakota's Katie Bartlett (Nursing, 3.93). McCorkle won a pair of titles in the regular season, capturing the Lady Thunderbird Invite and Diane Thomason Invite. The sophomore was a 2018 WGCA All-American Scholar and earned second team all-league honors. Bartlett won the Creighton Classic and helped the Coyotes to a team title at the Loyola Fall Invitational. She owned a 78.0 stroke average during the season and was the Coyotes' representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.



On the men's side, there were three repeat honorees, headlined by Purdue Fort Wayne Zach Schroeder, who is just the second student-athlete to earn the accolade three-straight seasons since its inception in 2013. Schroeder (Finance, 3.56), has been a Summit League Academic Honor Roll each of the past three seasons and set the Mastodons' career scoring record at 74.25. He had a pair of top-10 finishes and broke the program's 36-hole scoring record at the Wright State Invitational. Joining Schroeder on the team once again were North Dakota State's Andrew Israelson (Finance, 3.72) and South Dakota's Scott Fudenberg (Finance; 3.87). As a junior, Israelson is already the Bison's career stroke average leader at 73.28 and he tied for first at the 2019 Summit League Championship in April with a 219 (+3) total.Fudenberg helped guide the Coyotes to a tie for second place at the 2019 Summit League Championship. He posted nine rounds under par and carried a 74.8 stroke average during the season. North Dakota's Jeremy Kirk (Chemistry, 3.91 GPA) and Omaha's Cole Christain (Business Administration, 3.96 GPA) were first-time honorees recognized Wednesday. Kirk competed was the Fighting Hawks' Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2017-18 and was a finalist this year. He owned a 77.7 stroke average in 14 rounds for the league newcomer. Christain, a Summit League Academic Honor Roll member a year ago, finished third on the team in scoring with a career-best stroke average of 75.8.



Student-athletes are nominated by their respective sports information directors (SIDs) and then voted on by a panel composed of faculty athletics representatives from each university and SIDs.

In order to be considered for the academic all-league golf team, a student-athlete: must have at least a 3.3 cumulative career grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale); must have completed at least one full academic year (two semesters, three quarters) at the current institution; and must have participated in 50 percent of their team's completed competitions.



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The Macomb Bombers Varsity softball team had a regional playoff matchup against the Peoria High Lions last night and Macomb emerged victorious with a 15-0 rout.


Macy Coker put on a stellar performance for the Bombers as she pitched 4 scoreless innings, struck out 8, and walked 0. Peoria produced only 1 hit in the game, while Macomb recorded 12 of their own.


The Bombers exploded to score five runs in the second inning. Grace Stufflebeam, Shelby Daniels, Genna McCamant, Katie Riggins, and Reagan Emerick each hit an RBI in the inning to open up the game for Macomb. The Bombers then comfortably depended on their pitching to finish with a 15-0 shutout over the High Lions. 


Macomb now moves on to the next round of Regionals where they must play Peoria Notre Dame. The matchup was originally scheduled for today, May 21, 2019 at 4:30pm, but the game has now been rescheduled another day until tomorrow, May 22, 2019 at 4:30pm. The playoff matchup will take place at a neutral site, Galesburg High School, if anyone wishes to make the trip and see how the Bombers perform in what could be their final game of the season.

(Original story via GameChanger Media. Find their article here)


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The IHSA Regional playoffs featured matchups between Illini West vs. Bushnell West Prairie and Quincy Notre Dame vs. Monmouth-Roseville. 


Final Scores:


Illini West 9-0 BWP


QND 6-0 Monmouth-Roseville


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6-run-6th Leads to Big Win For Titans

Monmouth-Roseville's varsity softball team took on Abingdon-Avon on Thursday, May 2. The Titans used a seven run sixth inning to hold onto an 11-3 victory.


 Their offense during the inning came from walks by Santina Alfrano and Lily Cundiff. They also had doubles from Biancha Luna and Grace Cuni, along with one triple from Opal Scott. The Titans did a good job racking up 13 hits during the game. Players Ashby Luna, Cuni, and Scott each had multiple hits for the their team. Also Scott led the Titans with two stolen bases, and as a team they went wild stealing 5 bases during the game.


The Titans' next game comes against Spoon River Valley on Friday, May 3. It will be interesting to see if Monmouth can keep this offensive momentum rolling.


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Macomb kicks off what will be a busy week from Monday, April 29, through Saturday, May 4.


The week begins with a busy day on Monday, April 29, as the boys and girls varsity track teams head to Monmouth-Roseville for a coed track meet. Start time is set for 4 PM. Next up is a boys home varsity tennis meet against Quincy Notre Dame that was rescheduled from April 15. The match is set to begin at 4 PM. Both the varsity and sophomore softball teams hit the road to take on Camp Point Central with the varsity team set to start the double header at 4:30 PM. The sophomore baseball team will be in action on the road, also taking on Camp Point Central with a first pitch scheduled for 4:30 PM. Lastly, the varsity baseball team will be in home action against Galesburg, with the first pitch set for 4:30 PM.


Tuesday, April 30, is a much slower day, as the day begins with the varsity and sophomore softball teams heading to Rock Island for a road doubleheader, with the varsity set to kick it off with a 4:30 PM first pitch. The girls varsity soccer team will also be in action, taking on Keokuk on the road. Kick off is scheduled for 5 PM.


For Wednesday, May 1, the varsity baseball team hits the road to take on Rushville-Industry with a 4:30 PM first pitch. Meanwhile, the sophomore baseball team will be taking on Rushville-Industry at home, with a first pitch also scheduled for 4:30 PM. 


Thursday, May 2, sees a bass fishing tournament kick things off, with the sectional tournament scheduled to take place at Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area at 8 AM. The boys varsity tennis team will be hosting a home match against Fort Madison, with a start time set for 4 PM. Additionally, the freshman softball team will be on the road taking on United Township, with a first pitch set for 4:30 PM. The girls varsity soccer team will also be on the road, taking on Galesburg with an opening kick off set for 4:30 PM. Lastly, the sophomore and varsity baseball teams will be playing a doubleheader at home against Rock Island. Both games will take place at 4:30 PM, with the varsity team playing at Phil Bradley Field, and the Sophomores playing at the MHS JV Field.


Friday, May 3, begins with the West Central Conference Track & Field Meet. The meet is set to begin at 3 PM and will take place at Monmouth-Roseville. The sophomore baseball team will again be in home action, this time taking on Bushnell-Prairie City with a first pitch set for 4:30 PM. The varsity and sophomore softball teams will both be at home for a double header with Lewistown, with the varsity set to begin at 4:30 PM. 


Saturday, May 4, wraps up the athletic week for the Bombers, and it gets going with a freshman baseball double header at Canton. The first game will begin at 10 AM. The sophomore baseball team will also be in action, however at home against Pleasant Plains. First pitch at Phil Bradley Field is set for 11 AM. Lastly, the sophomore softball team will be playing a home double header against Pleasant Plains, with the first game set to begin at 11 AM. 


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Monday, April 15, kicks off what is a very busy week for Macomb Bomber Athletics. First off, the varsity baseball game against Illini West has been cancelled.


The rest of Macomb’s scheduled events for Monday should go off without a hitch. The boys varsity tennis meet at home against Quincy is scheduled to begin at 4 PM. The boys and girls varsity track team will head to Illini West for a track meet scheduled to begin at 4 PM. The freshman baseball team is scheduled to play a home game against North Fulton with a first pitch set for 4:30 PM. The girls varsity soccer team will play a road match at Orion, with kick off scheduled for 4:30 PM. The JV team will follow the varsity. The girls varsity and sophomore softball teams will be at home to take on Havana. The varsity game is set to take place at 4:30 PM, and the sophomores will follow them at roughly 6:30 PM.


Tuesday, April 16 begins with the varsity and sophomore baseball teams heading to Hamilton to take on West Hancock. The varsity game will get going at 4:30 PM, while the sophomores will begin at roughly 6 PM. Additionally, the varsity and sophomore softball teams will be at home to take on West Hancock. The varsity will begin at 4:30, while the sophomore first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM. 


Wenesday, April 17 will see things get going at 4:30 PM, as the varsity softball team will hit the field at home against Unity. The sophomore team will follow them at roughly 6:30 PM. The freshman baseball team will also be in action on Wednesday, as they will be taking on Bushnell West Prairie on the road. First pitch for the freshman is set for 4:30 PM. 


Thursday, April 18, looks to be Macomb’s busiest day on the schedule, and it gets going with the Bomber Invitational, Macomb’s home coed track meet. The event is scheduled to begin at 4 PM. The sophomore and varsity baseball teams will be at home to take on West Hancock in the return match from Tuesday. The varsity game is set for a 4:30 PM first pitch, while the sophomores will begin shortly after the conclusion of the varsity game at 6 PM. The varsity and sophomore softball teams, meanwhile, will head to Hamilton to take on West Hancock in their rematch from Tuesday. The varsity team will begin at 4:30 PM, while the sophomores will follow at 6:30 PM.


Friday, April 19, only sees one event taking place: a home sophomore baseball game against Illini West. This game is set to begin at 4:30 PM. Saturday, April 20, only has one event scheduled as well, as the boys varsity tennis team will hit the road to take on Galesburg as part of the Streaks Invitational. The event is set to begin at 8:30 AM. This event also wraps up the athletic week for the Bombers.


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• Western Illinois is the first team to sweep Oral Roberts in a Summit League series since the Golden Eagles (1999-2012; 2015-present).

• WIU right hander Javin Drake earned his second Pitcher of the Week honor of the season, because of three earned runs in eight innings of work in a game-two in the victory over ORU. He fanned seven Golden Eagles to bring his  total up to 61 on the campaign.

• Drue Galassi made the Leathernecks the first team to sweep the weekly honors this season after he homered three victories over Oral Roberts. He now shares the league-lead in homers (7) and RBI (26).

• Galassi shares the lead in those two categories with Oral Roberts' Spencer Henson. They both had a pair of home runs last week. Henson also equaled his season-high with four hits in the finale vs. WIU.

• Omaha had a big rally to earn a 12-10 victory in game one of its series with South Dakota State and would go on to sweep the Jackrabbits to remain 12-0 in league play. The Mavericks are one of two teams in that Division that are unbeaten in conference action (Xavier, 3-0 in Big East) entering play this weekend.

• Omaha's Parker Smejkal leads the league in batting in overall games (.393) and league games (.531). Smejkal has hit safely in his last five. He homered in a mid-week game at Kansas State and has three dingers in his last four games.

• The Mavericks' lead in the league standings is five games over second-place SDSU (7-5), but the Jackrabbits are in a pack of four teams separated by only two games. Omaha is on the road at Oral Roberts this weekend.

• North Dakota State moved into that group thanks to a three-game sweep of Purdue Fort Wayne last weekend. The Bison (5-7) have gotten nice offensive production from Charley Hesse, who is batting .485 in Summit games. He carries an eight-game hitting streak into the weekend series against South Dakota State, which has been moved to Omaha. Hesse went 9-for-13 with five RBI against the Mastodons.

• Purdue Fort Wayne reliever fanned nine in four innings of relief work against the Bison in the series finale. The Mastodons have a three-game set at Western Illinois this weekend.



Friday, April 12

Purdue Fort Wayne at Western Illinois

Omaha at Oral Roberts

North Dakota State at South Dakota State


Saturday, April 13

Purdue Fort Wayne at Western Illinois

Omaha at Oral Roberts

North Dakota State at South Dakota State

North Dakota State at South Dakota State


Sunday, April 14

Purdue Fort Wayne at Western Illinois

Omaha at Oral Roberts


Tuesday, April 16

Valley City State at North Dakota State

South Dakota State at Minnesota

Western Illinois at SIUE

Oklahoma at Oral Roberts


Wednesday, April 17

Toledo at Purdue Fort Wayne

Nebraska at Omaha



Friday, April 5

Western Illinois 8, Oral Roberts 5

Omaha 12, South Dakota State 10

North Dakota State 17, Purdue Fort Wayne 8

North Dakota State 5, Purdue Fort Wayne 4 (11)


Saturday, April 6

Western Illinois 7, Oral Roberts 3

Omaha 9, South Dakota State 4

Omaha 11, South Dakota State 7

North Dakota State 7, Purdue Fort Wayne 0


Sunday, April 7

Western Illinois 11, Oral Roberts 7


Tuesday, April 9

Dakota Wesleyan at South Dakota State (ppd)

Bradley 4, Western Illinois 1

Minnesota 4, North Dakota State 3

(10) Arkansas 15, Oral Roberts 8

Wednesday, April 10

Bowling Green 10, Purdue Fort Wayne 4

Kansas State 7, Omaha 2

NCBWA rankings


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Despite allowing a 4 run bottom of the 6th, the Macomb High varsity baseball team was able to hold off Camp Point Central in a road contest on Tuesday, April 9.


The Bombers struck first in the top of the 1st, when senior Ben Higgins hit an RBI-groundout to plate Leighton Holthaus. Collin Sally responded for CPC with an RBI-single in the bottom of the first to tie it at 1.


The score remained deadlocked at 1 until the top of the 3rd when Macomb’s Riley Oest stepped to the plate. Oest would hit a sharp grounder to the Camp Point Central shortstop, who struggled with the ball and allowed two Bomber runs to score.


Fast-forwarding to the top of the seventh, Macomb still maintained its 3-2 lead. Ben Higgins was hit by a pitch with one out, and was followed by a Tyler Bickers single. Luke Silberer brought both players home with a big 2-RBI-double to crack the scoring open. Add in a VJ Lane RBI-single and a Jackson Mabrey sac-fly, and the Bombers left the 7th up 7-2.


CPC would not go quietly however, as an error and two singles allowed them to bring the score back to 7-4. Sally singled, and Lane Ippensen doubled to cut Macomb’s lead to a dicy 1 run, before Ben Higgins shut it down to end the game. 


Macomb next hits the field at home on Thursday, April 11, when they get a rematch with Camp Point Central. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30.


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The Macomb varsity softball team went on the road on Tuesday, April 9, to face Camp Point Central. Macomb went down 4-0 fairly early on, and despite 5 runs between the 6th and 7th innings, wasn’t able to complete the comeback as CPC won the game 6-5.


Shelby Daniels put up the best offensive performance of the game for the Bombers, notching two hits, a run and a clutch RBI in the thick of Macomb’s comeback attempt. Morgan McGaughey and Reagan Emerick also had two hits for the Bombers, with McGaughey recording an RBI and Emerick scoring a run. 


Macomb will look to rebound from this result when they take on Camp Point Central again at home. This game is set to be played on Thursday, April 11, and first pitch is set for 4:30 PM.


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Canton Gets Big Late-Game Hit


After taking a 3-0 lead over Canton, Macomb was unable to hold it as they fell 5-4 to the LittleGiants.


 Macomb used a 1-run 2nd and a 2-run 3rd inning to go up 3-0, before watching Canton go off for a 4-run 4th to make the score 4-3. Macomb was able to tie it back up in the bottom of the 4th, and the score would stay that way all the way to the top of the 7th inning. After hitting Will Randall to begin the inning, Randall would steal second base. Macomb allowed the go-ahead single to Brody Scarcliff one batter later, and Macomb would not be able to answer in the bottom half of the inning. 


Canton used a balanced attack to take down Macomb, as 5 different players recorded RBIs to make up their 5 runs, while Macomb recorded 3 RBIs among their 4 runs, between 3 players. 


Luke Silberer had the best day at the plate for the Bombers, going 3-3 at the plate, scoring a run and driving in another. Scarcliff led the way for the LittleGiants with 2 hits in his 2 plate appearances, while driving in the go-ahead run.


Macomb will look to rebound when they take on Triopia at home on Monday, April 5, with a first pitch scheduled for 4:30. Canton, meanwhile, will next take on East Peoria at home on Monday, April 8, with a first pitch scheduled for 4:15 PM.


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Rockets' Bats Impress in Win


On the back of a 6-RBI game by Olivia Salrin, the Rushville-Industry Rockets varsity softball team took down the Macomb Bombers on Friday, April 5, by a score of 19-5.


Hannah Higgins and Maggie Vallillo of Macomb each had a double and between them drove in 3 of the Bombers’ 5 runs on the game, in what was a solid offensive performance. The issues came in the circle, as Kylie Barclay allowed 8 hits and 6 walks in the first 3.2 innings, then Macy Coker relieved her to allow 11 more hits in the remaining 2.1 innings. This will be a learning moment for both pitchers, and both pitchers should be able to rebound to have fine seasons. 


For Rushville, Sarlin was joined by Gretchen Ward, Chaddam Crosier and Elliott Stinson as players with 3 or more RBIs. The four combined to drive in 16 of the Rockets’ 19 runs as they put up a truly special offensive performance. Crosier also had a solid day in the circle, allowing 3 earned runs to the Bombers in 5.0 innings. Madyson Quinn took over for Crosier in the 6th, and put up a scoreless inning despite allowing one hit. 


This game will be a huge momentum booster for Rushville-Industry, and for Macomb, it will be a game they store away, but try to move on from as quickly as possible. Macomb will get their first opportunity to rebound against Bushnell/West Prairie on the road on Monday, April 8, with a first pitch set for 4:30 PM. Rushville Industry takes the field next against Beardstown on Monday, April 8, at home with a first pitch set for 4:30 PM.


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Catch Up on all the Weekly Macomb Events


Macomb High School has released its athletic schedule for the week of April 8-14.


Monday, April 8 kicks off with a home boys varsity tennis match against Hannibal. The match begins at 4 PM. The boys and girls varsity track teams will head to Monmouth-Roseville for the annual Titan Invitational. The meet is set to begin at 4 PM. The softball team will head to Good Hope to take on Bushnell/West Prairie with a 4:30 PM first pitch. The sophomore and varsity baseball teams will take on Triopia at home with dueling 4:30 PM first pitches set. Varsity will play at Phil Bradley Field while the sophomores will play at the JV Field. The freshman baseball game scheduled to take place in Quincy against Quincy High has been postponed, and a makeup date has yet to be determined. Lastly, the sophomore softball team heads to Good Hope as well to face Bushnell/West Prairie with a first pitch set for 6 PM.


Tuesday, April 9, gets started with the varsity baseball team hitting the road to take on Camp Point Central with a 4:30 first pitch. The varsity softball team also heads to Camp Point Central for a road game of their own, with a first pitch set for 4:30. Lastly, the girls varsity soccer team heads to Peoria to face Peoria Christian, with a kick off scheduled for 4:30 PM.


The only event scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, is a home freshman baseball game against Rock Island. First pitch is tentatively scheduled for 4:30 PM.


Thursday, April 11, is the busiest day of the week, and it gets going with the boys and girls track teams heading to Lewistown for a road meet that will begin at 4 PM. The boys varsity tennis team will head to Alleman for a road match set to begin at 4 PM. The varsity softball and baseball teams will both take on Camp Point Central in home matchups with a 4:30 first pitch expected for both games. Lastly, the girls varsity soccer team will head to Beardstown for a road matchup with a kick off scheduled for 4:30.


Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, wrap up the athletic week with one event scheduled for each day. Firstly, the freshman baseball team heads to Galesburg on the 12th for a road game with a first pitch scheduled for 4:30 PM. The 13th sees the last event of the week as the boys varsity track team heads to Lanphier for the Capital City Classic. Start time for the meet is scheduled for 10 AM.


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Harden, Paul Take Over as Rockets Dominate Clippers


The playoffs are literally days away and it seems like the Houston Rockets are physically locked in. James Harden, who is leading the league in points, scored 31 in the win against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, April 3. Chris Paul was next leading scorer for Houston with 29 points which lead to the Clippers defeat. Clint Capela also played a role recording a double double adding 24 points and 15 rebounds. 


The final score of the game was 135-103 in a potential playoff preview between the two teams. This win will mark the Rockets 4th in a row. After the win against the Clippers, Houston is now sitting at the third seed in the Western Conference. 


During the first quarter, the Rockets came out strong and the Clippers couldn't match their intensity. Houston shot 64% from the field in the first quarter. Not long into the second quarter is where they stretched their lead to 22 points. The Clippers then capitalized on a 9-2 run to close out the 2nd quarter to make the score 68-53. In the third quarter, the back court for Houston took off. Chris Paul scored six straight points hitting back to back three pointers. James Harden also added himself in the mix by scoring eight points in a row making the score 102-73. 


The Clippers completely fell apart and didn't have any leadership throughout the game. This eventually allowed Houston to take advantage. Lastly, both teams will host games on Friday, April 5. The Rockets will look forward to playing against the New York Knicks Friday and the Clippers will go against the Lakers.


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Wetterling Dominates in impressive Bomber Win


The Macomb Bombers varsity baseball team picked up a nice win as they ran it up against Augusta-Southeastern on Wednesday, April 3. 


The Bombers were able to kick off the first inning with a sac from VJ Lane which in return gave them 2 runs. Pitcher Dylan Wetterling had an excellent game as he threw a no hitter to give the Bombers a 12-1 win. Wetterling pitched five innings, allowing no hits and five strikeouts. Ben Higgins was another highlighted player as he drove in 6 runs and went 3-4 at the plate. Higgins had the most impressive inning in the 5th as he hit a home run and as well as a triple. 


The pitcher for Augusta Southeastern, Shad Flesner, allowed four hits and three runs against his team. Flesner was only able to get seven strikeouts during the four innings he pitched. The Bombers were able to get a total of nine hits. Ben Higgins and John Ogle had six hits between them with three hits a piece. 


The Bombers will look to carry this momentum into their next game against Canton at home on Friday, April 5, at 4:30 PM.


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The Latest Summit League Softball News


The Summit League has released their week nine #SummitSB weekly notebook. Already halfway through the season, teams are starting to show their true identities, with the best teams moving towards the top, and the less consistent teams moving towards the bottom. 


North Dakota State and South Dakota State are the hottest teams in the conference, and they remain the only two undefeated teams in conference play. North Dakota State is riding an eye-popping 14 game winning streak, one shy of their D-1 record of 15 from 2013, and 12 short of a shocking school record 27, set way back in 2000, while South Dakota State’s 24-7 start equals its best as a D-1 program.


NDSU pitcher KK Leddy showed her dominance this past weekend against Western Illinois, as she pitched 11.2 innings, allowing only 1 run and a paltry 7 hits to the Leathernecks. Leddy’s performance is beginning to show through on a national level, as she ranks 7th in the country with 6 shutouts, 15th in saves with 3, and is #28 in the country with her 13 wins. She will certainly be a player to keep an eye out for as the season develops and we get closer to the Summit League tournament.


As far as a schedule for the week goes, WIU will head to South Dakota State for a 3 game set in Brookings with the Jackrabbits. The first game takes place Saturday, April 6, and will be part of a double header. Game one has a first pitch scheduled for 12 PM.