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The Macomb boys varsity golf team was in action yesterday in a re-scheduled dual with Canton, and boy did they ever put on a show. The Bombers broke a 9-hole school record that had stood for 12 years with a 154-shot performance in the dual win.

 

As tends to happen in a record setting performance, the Bombers got mightily impressive contributions across the board. Braeden Duncan shot a 39 to medal for Macomb while the Bombers saw three more, including Connor Watson and Connor Hamm, shoot 40 or below. It was an incredible day on the course, and I would like to congratulate everyone associated with the program.

 

The Bomber boys will look to continue their historic season when they head to Port Byron Riverdale on Saturday, September 21st, for the Wayne Brinkmeier Invite. That tournament is set to begin at 8:30 AM.

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During Saturday’s non-conference match, the Macomb Bombers were outscored by the Harvard Hornets 33-13.

 

It was a fantastic game for Senior WR John Ogle, but unfortunately his efforts alone wasn't enough to secure the win. John scored 2 touchdowns with a total of 95 receiving yards on the Hornets home field. Junior WR  Evis Campbell made his presence known with 63 total receiving yards against the Hornets intense defense.Junior QB Vaelen James completed 22 out of 41 passes for a complete total of 184 yards and 2 touchdowns. His completion rate was 53% against the Hornets.

 

The Bombers (0-3) will now proceed against Kankakee(Kankakee, IL) on Friday, September 20, at 7p.m. The Kays enter the non-league match with a 2-1 record. In their last match, Kankakee destroyed Thornwood (South Holland, IL), 34-12 in a non-conference match. Bombers QB  Valen James needs to get more players involved to add more depth on the field. 

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Carthage, IL-- The Lady Chargers of Illini West have been on fire as of late as they extend their record to 13-3 as the Chargers took down Farmington in two sets on Tuesday night. 

 

The Chargers took the first set 25-20 and the second set in extra points with a 27-25 win. 

 

The wins were fuelled by Sophmore Hitters Megan Harrell and Ava Bliss who both finished with 6 kills, while Senior Paige Gutting adds 3.

 

Junior Karli Artman lead the team in assists with 22.

 

The Ladies also brought the shovels out as Taylor Pence lead the team in digs with 17, while Harrell and Artman both contributed as well, with 15 and 8 respectively. 

 

The Chargers take on Lewistown this Thursday for a match on the road. 

 

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The Macomb varsity volleyball team kicked off a week that will see them play two midweek games and a weekend tournament with a win over West Hancock last night, September 16th. The Bombers did so in lights out, sweep fashion as they took the two sets by scores of 25-7 and 25-2. 

 

The Bombers once again excelled from the serve, as Avery Rexroat and Maggie Vallillo combined for 9 aces between the two. Rexroat also displayed her usual excellence setting the ball with 13 assists on the night. Tatumn Lantz led the Bombers in kills with 7, while the Bombers also got solid offensive contributions from Kennedy Adair and Autumn Kindhart. Defensively, Macomb was lights out at the net, as Kindhart (2), Lael McKee (2) and Adair (3) threw a collective block party for West Hancock. Vallillo added 5 digs to her impressive ace total to wrap up a very impressive all-around night for Macomb.

 

With the win, the Bombers move to 13-2 on the season as they have gotten out to a fiery start to their 2019 campaign. The Bombers will be right back in action tonight, September 17th, when they welcome Monmouth-Roseville to Macomb for a 7 PM game. 

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The Macomb boys golf team took on Liberty and Monmouth-Roseville in triangular action yesterday, September 16th, and again came away with a win. The Bombers shot a 149, besting Monmouth-Roseville’s 189 and Liberty’s 256.

 

Connor Hamm led the way for the Bombers in this one, as he medaled with a 35. The Bombers, as usual, got contributions from just about every possible source in addition to  Hamm, as Braeden Duncan shot a 37, Blaine Sutton added a 38 and Griffin Taylor rounded out an excellent field with a 39.

 

The Bombers will have their next chance to display their ability when they head to Burlington on Wednesday, September 18th for a 4 PM match at the Burlington Country Club.

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The Macomb girls golf team was at home yesterday for a triangular with Quincy Notre Dame and Pittsfield, and they came away with another big win. As a team, the Bombers shot a 165, 40 shots better than second place QND and Pittsfield.

 

Laine Torrance was the star of the night for the Bombers, as she shot a 38 and was the medalist for the triangular. Emma Thorman also put up a great performance, shooting a 39, while the Bombers got excellent contributions from Lily Vardaman (41) and Karlie Wisslead (47). A nice addition to the Bomber excellence was Katie Teel, who shot a personal best 48.

 

The Bombers will look to continue what has been a mightily impressive season when they take on a triangular featuring Rockridge and Quincy Notre Dame at home on Wednesday, September 18th. The event will begin at 4 PM.

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Despite holding their own against a more than competent Illinois State team, the Western Illinois women’s soccer team fell to the Redbirds on Sunday, September 15th, 1-0. 

 

Kate Del Fava scored the winner for ISU, on a 79th minute dagger straight through the hearts of the WIU players and faithful who were hoping for either a WIU goal or at least extra time. Del Fava has been a consistent and impressive threat for ISU as she now has 9 goals on the season, good for 2nd in the NCAA. 

 

Offensively, WIU struggled to find a rhythm all game as they only managed 4 shots, none of which were on target. Illinois State on the other hand fired shot after shot at star goalie Ines Palmiero Herrera, who was forced to make 7 saves and face 20 total shots. Herrera now sits at 213 saves in her career, as she now needs only 6 more saves to tie Katherine Hill for 4th on the WIU all time list.

 

The Leathernecks will have a chance to get back in the win column when they open a lengthy home-stand against Drake on Friday, September 20th. 

 

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The Western Illinois volleyball team headed to Dayton this past weekend for the annual Wright State Invitational. The Leathernecks had been looking to bounce back from a loss to Drake the prior Tuesday, but were unable to do so. WIU lost all three games they played, to Toledo on Friday then to Wright State and Indiana State on Saturday, and did so in straight sets each time. 

 

Despite the difficult results, the Leathernecks did provide some promising performances. In the loss to Toledo, freshman Aubrey Putman and senior Riley Schumacher set career high marks in kills with 10 (Putman) and 6 (Schumacher). Sophomore Mariah Mitchell proved why she was on the Summit League Players to Watch list, as she recorded 10 kills in the game. 

 

The second game of the weekend was highlighted by WIU’s extremely impressive service ability. The Leathernecks have now recorded 53 aces in 2019, which leads the Summit League. Freshman Jessie Connell had 3 aces herself against WSU and on the season leads the Summit individually with 17 total. Putman stuffed the stat sheet again in this one, as she put up 6 kills, 13 digs and an ace of her own. She looks to be one of WIU’s best do-it-all options and has one of the brightest futures on the team.

 

The third and final game of the Wright State Invitational was marked by the play of redshirt junior leader Mackenzie Steckler. Steckler led the way with 8 kills and dominated play at the net with 4 blocks. Freshman Elle Shult continued the the theme of youngsters impressing at the Invitational with her performance of 5 kills and 1 block. Connell led the way passing-wise with 12 assists as she looks to step into the void left by Hannah Walker, Jamie Johnson and Abby Skryd, among others, who have left the program in recent years. 

 

Overall, though Head Coach Ben Staupe and the Leathernecks may be disappointed by the win/loss results from the weekend, there were enough positive performances to prove that there is real potential for growth here, and WIU may be looking at a way through this tough 4-5 year stretch for the first time in a while. WIU will get another chance to get back to their winning ways when they take on their final 3 non-Summit League games in the Tennessee Tech Tournament on Friday, September 20th and Saturday, September 21st. The first game of the tournament comes on Friday against hosts Tennessee Tech at 12 PM. WIU begins Summit play on Tuesday, September 24th, with a road matchup against Purdue Fort Wayne.

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WIU wrapped up a tough 2-game stretch on Saturday, September 14th, with a matchup against FCS #10 Montana State in the home opener from Hanson Field. The Leathernecks played extremely competitive football early as they went into halftime tied 7-7, but Montana State stayed calm and composed down the stretch and was able to pick up the win, 23-14.

 

This may have been Connor Sampson’s best performance to date as the Leathernecks’ quarterback. Sampson went 18-35 with more than 280 yards and one touchdown, though he did throw a catastrophic interception as WIU was driving down 3 early in the 4th quarter. He connected with Dennis Houston for a 65 yard touchdown pass, WIU’s longest play thus far in 2019, as he looks to bounce back from a dicey start. WIU also continued to struggle running the ball, as the departures of players like Steve McShane and Nikko Watson in recent years have really depleted the running back position. The leading rusher for the Leathernecks on Saturday was Deontez Thompson, who finished the day with only 39 yards. 

 

Houston led the receiving corps with 145 yards on 5 catches and that long touchdown catch, as he was accountable for more than half of Sampson’s passing yards. Tony Tate and George Wahee had solid performances as well, as they put up 64 and 52 yards respectively and both were responsible for 30+ yard plays. One of the biggest letdowns of the young 2019 season has been the performance of preseason First Team All-Missouri Valley fullback Clint Ratkovich. Ratkovich was a player who last season proved his ability to be a big play threat out of the backfield, though thus far he has hardly touched the ball, let alone been effective with it. On Saturday, Ratkovich only touched the ball 11 times (9 rushes, 2 catches) and racked up only 30 yards of total offense. The Leathernecks will have to hope for more production from what looked like a talented skill position corps preseason if they hope to improve.

 

Defensively WIU was able to hold a very potent Montana State team largely in check. Though the Leathernecks did not record an official sack, they were able to rack up 5 tackles for loss, with team captain Zach Glisan leading the way. Glisan recorded 9 tackles and 1 TFL, while cornerback Marquis Smith forced a Montana State fumble. Overall, consistency has been the biggest issue for WIU. They have been able, at times, to string together decent looking drives and big plays, but have not been able to capitalize in key moments. The late mistakes have been incredibly costly for WIU, and they will have to figure that out before they take on Tennessee Tech this Saturday, September 21st. That game is set to kick off at 3 PM and can be heard live on 102.7 WJEQ Classic 103, while it can be seen on ESPN+.

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Illini West High School has released its schedule of athletic events for the week of 9/16/19 - 9/21/19. 

 

The week gets going with a very busy Monday, September 16th, as the girls golf team will be heading to Hamilton High School for a match at Deer Run Golf Course at 4 PM. The girls freshman, JV and varsity volleyball teams will all be heading to Beardstown on the 16th, with the freshman team kicking off the triple-header at 5 PM, the JV following at 6 and the varsity closing it out at 7 PM. The final event on the docket for September 16th is a JV home football game with Knoxville that is set to begin at 6 PM.

 

Tuesday looks to be a busy day as well for the Chargers and it gets going with the Girls Prairieland Conference golf meet at 9 AM. The boys golf team will also be in action in a triangular with Liberty and Southeastern at 4 PM. Varsity cross country will be participating on the 17th as well, as they head to Quincy for the QND Raider Invitational at South Park, in a meet set to begin at 3 PM. Wrapping up the day will be the JV and varsity volleyball teams heading to LaHarpe Middle School to take on Farmington. The JV game will begin at 6 PM while the varsity will follow them at 7 PM.

 

Wednesday, September 18th, looks to be among the lighter days of the week, as currently there are only two events scheduled. First, the boys golf team will have its Prarieland Conference Meet rain date should they need it, with a time yet to be determined. The coed golf team will be in action (should the rain date not be needed) in a quadrangular with West Hancock, Unity and Brown County in a match set to begin at 4 PM. 

 

Thursday, September 19th, sees the schedule ramp right back up as this will be another busy day for Charger athletics. The freshman, JV and varsity volleyball teams will all be traveling together to Lewsitown to start the day. The freshman team will kick off the triple header at 5 PM, they will be followed by JV at 6 and the varsity team will wrap it up at 7 PM. The Freshman football team will wrap up the 19th as they will be on the road to face Macomb at 6 PM.

 

There may only be one event scheduled for Friday, September 20th, but it’s a big one. The varsity football team will be playing its annual homecoming game. The Chargers will welcome Abingdon/Avon to Carthage as they wrap up what is sure to be an exciting, entertaining week at Illini West. There are no events currently scheduled for Saturday, September 21st, so perhaps fittingly, homecoming will wrap up the week. 

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The WIU mens soccer team was at home Thursday, September 12th, for perhaps their biggest home match of the 2019 season with the Big Ten’s Northwestern Wildcats. Following a wild flurry at the beginning of the game, the Leathernecks were unable to keep pace, ultimately falling 3-2.

 

That wild flurry saw four goals scored in the first 22 minutes of the game, as both the Leathernecks and Wildcats looked motivated to prove who was the “better purple” on the day. The Wildcats saw two goals go through in the first 9 minutes of the game as they looked to dominate early. WIU, however, responded quickly, with goals in the 10th and 22nd minutes to crawl right back into it. The game went into halftime tied 2-2.

 

The second half saw strong play throughout on both sides, as the two remained deadlocked at 2 for a majority of the 45 minutes. However, a late penalty (red card) conceded by Christian Junna in the 86th minute of play saw Northwestern heartbreakingly take the lead and the win in the final minutes. 

 

Mitchell Moynihan’s 22nd minute goal saw him break out of the pack and into the team lead in goals with 2 on the season, while Enric Ferrer scored his first of the season in the 10th minute. WIU, still looking for its first win, will have another crack at it on Tuesday, September 17, as they stay home to face off with the Drake Bulldogs.

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The WIU women’s soccer team headed to Milwaukee yesterday, September 12th, for a tough matchup with 4-time Horizon League Champions, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Despite holding the Panthers to a scoreless first half, the Leathernecks were unable to hold out, losing 3-0.

 

The Panthers came out in the second half with clear motivation as they scored in the 46th and 51st minutes of the game, forcing WIU to either adjust or risk dropping the game. The Leathernecks settled down the attack for a while, before ultimately giving up the dagger goal to Milwaukee in the 72nd minute of play. 

 

Despite that tough scoreline, there were positives in this one, as Ines Palmiero Herrera continued her climb up the WIU saves leaderboard. Her 5 saves on the day moved her to within 15 now of 4th place on the all time list with a total of 204. All eyes will be on the superstar Spaniard as she continues her push for legend status among WIU athletes.

 

Herrera and the Leathernecks will look to get back to their winning ways when they take on Illinois State in Normal on Sunday, September 15th. That game is scheduled to take place at 1 PM.

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Coming into their Thursday, September 12th game with Galesburg, the Macomb varsity girls volleyball team was looking to continue what had been an incredibly impressive 11-2 start. They did just that, topping the Streaks in 2 sets, 25-21 and 25-13.

 

The Bomber offense was dispersed well in this one, as the leader in kills on the day was Kennedy Adair with 5. Adair also added a block, something that has been a huge part of Macomb’s attack. Autumn Kindhart racked up 3 blocks of her own, while she also added 4 kills. Sticking with that defensive theme, Maggie Vallillo racked up another 12 digs while she also added 2 aces in a display of serving mastery. Macomb got another big contribution out of Avery Rexroat, as she racked up 14 assists and a whopping 5 aces in a ten point night. 

 

The Bombers will have to hope these impressive performances continue, as they next face off with West Hancock at home on Monday, September 16th. The matchup is set to begin at 7 PM from Washington Street Gym.

 

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The Macomb girls varsity tennis team headed into its matchup with Pekin on Wednesday, September 11th, coming off a dominant 8-1 win over Peoria Christian. Unfortunately, the Bombers were unable to keep that momentum going, as they were defeated by Pekin 7-2.

 

The match started off with singles play, and Pekin took the first four matches. Amara Howell took down Macomb’s Madeline MacGregor 6-4, 6-2 in the first match, while Kayla Chau defeated MHS’ Lucy Gruidl 6-3, 7-5. The third match saw Ashley Stilling beat Macomb’s Lauren Hall 6-4, 6-2, while the fourth and final singles win for Pekin saw Brogan Gresham take down Peyton Weaver 6-1, 6-1.

 

This is where the turnaround happened for Macomb, as in the fifth match, the Bombers’ Anne Vana won an epic match with Pekin’s Maya Stillman with scores of 4-6, 6-3, 11-9. The sixth and final singles match also went to the Bombers, as Sanjana Babu defeated Pekin’s Gabby Gonzalez 7-6, 6-2.

 

The match then moved to doubles play, where Pekin swept the competition. Amara Howell and Kayla Chau got the winning going for Pekin as they defeated Macomb’s pair of Lauren Hall and Madeline MacGregor 8-2 . The second match saw two wins in a row for Pekin when Brogan Gresham and Ashley Stilling beat Macomb’s Tali Stone and Lucy Gruidl 8-4. The third and final doubles match saw the Dragons wrap up the sweep with an 8-6 win for Maya Stillman and Gabby Gonzalez over MHS’ Anne Vana and Peyton Weaver. 

 

The Bombers will look to bounce back from this loss when they head to Peoria on Thursday, September 19th, for a 4 PM match with Manual.

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September 12, 2019 was a rare day for Macomb Bomber golf, as both the boys and girls were at home. The boys handled their senior day business, and so did the girls as they managed to win their triangular with Quincy Notre Dame and Canton. 

 

The Bombers were led by medalist Emma Thorman, who put up a very impressive 36. Laine Torrance performed well for the Bombers as well, as her skillful approach play was on full display throughout the match. Though QND may have finished second on the match, they did see a career high performance for Olivia Hummel with her 51.

 

The Macomb girls will get their next chance for a win when they stay home for a triangular with QND and Pittsfield on Monday, September 16th. The match is set to begin at 4 PM.

 

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Yesterday, September 12th, saw the Macomb boys varsity golf team participate in their annual senior day match, this year coming against Mercer County. The lone senior being celebrated this year was Blaine Sutton, affectionately known as “Grandpa” by his teammates. 

 

Sutton shined bright and the Bombers were able to take the dual, 160-212. Sutton was the lone medalist on the match, with an efficient 38. Connor Watson and Connor Hamm also put up impressive performances for Macomb, as they each recorded a 39 on the day. The performances of these 3, along with the usual excellence of Braeden Duncan (though he struggled yesterday), has Macomb well-positioned as they look to make a strong push towards the end of the season.

 

Macomb will get its next crack at the links when they head to Metamora for the Redbird Classic on Saturday, September 14th. The tournament is set to begin at 8:30 AM.

 

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Macomb came into their game with Jacksonville on Wednesday, September 12th, looking to build momentum following a 12-0 win against A-Town. The Bombers were able to do just that, winning the game 2-0.

 

The scoring got going in the first half, as the first of two assists on the day for Braxton Lidaywa went to Matthew Jaques as the Bombers took the lead. They went into halftime up 1-0, and got their second on another Lidaywa assist, this time going to Leif Delany Barmann. Barmann has been on quite the scoring streak of late, as he now has 6 goals in his last 3 games. 

 

The win sees the Bombers improve their record on the season to 6-1-1, and they will get another opportunity to impress when play Galesburg today, September 12th. The home match with the Silver Streaks is set to begin at 4:30 PM.

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WIU volleyball, off to a 3-3 start in 2019, opened its home slate with a game yesterday, September 10th, against Drake. Despite winning the first set, the Leathernecks were unable to hold the momentum and dropped the next three sets, en route to a 4-set loss.

 

Statistically it was not a particularly poor showing for WIU, as freshman Aubrey Putman put up a strong hitting percentage of more than 42%, while she also added 12 digs. Offensively, senior JoJo Kruize led the team with 11 kills to spark WIU’s attack. The leading passer on the game for WIU was freshman setter Jessie Connell, who had 24 assists. Defensively, Putman was joined by fellow freshman Gabby DePersio in the digs lead, as DePersio put up 12.

 

WIU will be hoping for a bounce back win when they hit the road to take on the Wright State invitational this weekend. WIU is slated to take on Wright State, Toledo and Indiana State between Friday, September 13th and Saturday, September 14th. 

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Macomb’s girls varsity tennis team was at home yesterday, September 10th, to take on Peoria Christian in a make-up day from the cancelled August 28th meet. Macomb won, and did so in dominant fashion, taking 8 of a possible nine victories in the meet.

 

Singles action saw 6 matches, 5 of which went to MHS. The first match saw Macomb’s Madeline MacGregor pick up the win over PCHS’ Makayla Palm 6-1, 6-2. In the second match, PCHS picked up its lone victory on the day as Grace Meister defeated MHS’ Lucy Gruidl with a scores of 6-1 and 6-2. Macomb picked up a win in the third match as well, as Lauren Hall took down Claire Chism by scores of 6-3 and 6-0. In the fourth match, MHS’ Peyton Weaver earned a victory over Jillian Egland with back to back scores of 6-0. Macomb picked up its 3rd straight match win in the 5th match when Anne Vanna beat Cora Palm by scores of 6-3 and 6-1. Lastly in the 6th match, Macomb closed out singles play with a win, as Sanjana Babu defeated Grace Jackson with scores of 6-2 and 6-0.

 

The competition then moved in to doubles play, where Macomb swept the three matches. The first match saw Madeline MacGregor and Lauren Hall take down the pair of Ellie Adams and Grace Meister with an 8-3 score. In the second match, it was the pair of Tali Stone and Lucy Gruidl beating Claire Chism and Grace Jackson with an 8-4 score. In the 3rd and final match of doubles play, the duo of Meagan Jackson and Erica Asare won against PCHS’ Makayla Palm and Jillian Egland with an 8-6 score.

 

Macomb will be hoping for another result like this when they stay at home to take on Pekin today, September 11th, at 4 PM. 

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2019 Looking Good Early For Bombers

Macomb came into their Monday, September 9th, game with A-Town carrying a ton of momentum after a terrific 4-1-1 start. They used all that momentum, combined with some undoubted extra motivation following their first loss of the season to Galesburg, to take down A-Town 12-0.

 

Head Coach Jose Galvan said one of the keys to this season’s start has been improving from half to half, “Going into the A-Town game we had a couple of goals for how we wanted to play. In the first half we worked exactly on those things and had a lot of success. Then at halftime, we tweaked a couple things and felt like we played even better.”

 

Leif Barmann led the way offensively for the Bombers in this match, as he notched a hat trick, while the Bombers also saw goals scored by Leighton Holthaus (added an assist), Sumner Roberts who had 5 assists as well to lead the team, Zach Polley, Alexander Curtis (2), Matias Bidegaray (also added 2 assists), Carter Benson (2) and Ben Lockard. Adam Farr (2) and Braxton Lidaywa added assists as well as Macomb got contributions from nearly every possible source.

 

“To see them having so much success this early in the season is great because it shows them how their work is paying off,” Said Galvan, “At the same time, we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We know it’s a long season and we still have things to work on if we want to compete with the best teams.”

 

Macomb will get another chance to keep their hot start going when they head to Hannibal, Missouri, for a soccer tournament that runs from Friday, September 13th, through Saturday, September 14th.

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