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Local Sports Archives for 2015-10

Busy Weekend for Western Illinois Athletics

The Western Illinois women's soccer team will host South Dakota State from John McKenzie Alumni Field today at 1pm and will entertain North Dakota State in Macomb Sunday at 11am before the WIU men's soccer home contest Sunday versus IUPUI at 1:30. WIU students who attend Sunday's soccer double-header will enjoy free pizza as part of both programs "Senior Days." Also tonight, Western Illinois women's basketball will host an exhibition game at Ufkes Court at Western Hall against William Woods at 7pm! 
 
Leatherneck Football is home w/Youngstown St. Saturday at 1pm in a match-up of FCS Top 25 teams. It's "Military Appreciation Day" and a welcome back for the 1988 Leatherneck team. The first 200 WIU students in attendance recieve a free Leatherneck football t-shirt, wear a costume & get free candy and their will be a "crazy costume contest." Western Illinois volleyball is on the road this weekend: tonight at Denver at 7pm & at Omaha Sunday at 1pm. WIU men's & women's cross country at the Summit League Championships in Brookings, South Dakota. 
 

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Thursday's Area IHSA Championship Volleyball Scores

At the IHSA Class A volleyball regional championship in Astoria last night, Southeastern beat West Prairie, 2-1 (26-24, 21-25, 25-22). Kolby McClelland had 29 kills for the Lady Suns who improve to 32-3, while Peyton Bowman had 16 kills in the loss for the Lady Cyclones, who end their season at 25-11. At the Class 2A volleyball regional title tilt in Beardstown on Thursday, Illini West topped Camp Point Central, 2-0 (25-23, 25-18) behind Jenna Bryan's eight kills & Connor Smith's 13 digs. 
 

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Leatherneck Athletics & Western Illinois Libraries Teaming Up with "Baskets for Books" Initiative

Western Illinois Athletics and Western Illinois Libraries are partnering on a 'Baskets for Books' initiative to help raise money for new books at Western Illinois University. Participants will make a pledge for every three-point basket made at men's and women's home basketball games during this season.
 
In March of 2016, they will receive an invoice from the WIU Foundation for the final pledge amount based on the total number of three-point baskets made at home games. If you are interested in supporting 'Baskets for Books', contact WIU Libraries Development Director Suzanne Woodward at (309) 298-2356.
 

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Spend Your Halloween Afternoon with Leatherneck Football

Make plans to spend your Halloween afternoon w/Leatherneck Football Giveaways will take place during the #23 Western Illinois football teams home game this Saturday againts #24 Youngstown State. Fans are welcome to Celebrate Halloween at Hanson Field. Everyone who attends the Military Appreciation game in a costume will receive free candy.
 
There will also be a craziest costume contest. The first 200 Western Illinois students to attend the game will also receive a free WIU Football t-shirt. Tailgating officially kicks-off in Q-Lot at 8am & keep in mind the main entrance to Q-Lot is now directely across from the Brophy Hall parking lot entrance.
 
For more information on the promotional giveaways or to purchase tickets call the Athletic Department at (309) 298-1190.
 

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IHSA Regional Volleyball - Area Scores

IHSA volleyball regionals continued last night, at Class 3A Chillicothe, Dunlap beat Macomb, 2-0 (25-20, 25-15). Jenssen Protsman had seven kills & Mia Lambert added 14 assists in the season-ending loss for the Lady Bombers. At Class 2A Beardstown, Illini West topped PORTA, 2-0 (25-14, 25-17) behind six kills apiece by Jenna Bryan & Brianna Grotts. At 2A Manito, Tremont over Rushville/Industry, 2-0 (25-13, 25-10).

 

At the Class A volleyball regional in Astoria, Southeastern over Bushnell/Prairie City, 2-0 (25-6, 25-16). Emma Derry had 26 assists & 11 points for the Lady Suns. Also in Astoria, West Prairie beat Lewistown, 2-0 (25-15, 25-9)... the Lady Cyclones meet S'eastern on Thursday at 6pm. 

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Area High School Volleyball Teams Begin Regional Play

The IHSA volleyball regionals got underway last night, at Class A Astoria, Bushnell/Prairie City topped Concord-Triopia, 2-0 (25-7, 25-19). Tiffany Slater recorded 19 services points & 15 assists in the win for the Lady Spartans, who'll face top-seed Southseastern tonight at 6pm. Also in Astoria, Lewistown beat South Fulton, 2-0 (25-14, 25-9), the Lady Indians meet West Prairie this evening at 7pm.
 
At the 2A volleyball regional in Beardstown, PORTA beat West Hancock, 2-0 (25-12, 25-14) & will face Illini West tonight at 6pm. At Class 3A Chillicothe, host IVC topped Monmouth-Roseville, 2-0 (25-23, 25-20). In Chillicothe tonight, the Macomb volleyball team meets Dunlap at 7pm. 
 

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Single Game & Season Tickets Remain on Sale for Leatherneck Basketball

Single game & season tickets for the 2015-16 Western Illinois men's and women's basketball games are on sale now. The women's team is slated to play 14 regular season home games at Ufkes Court, while the men's team is scheduled to play 13 games inside Western Hall. Prices for single game tickets are available & group ticket sales will again be available during the 2015-16 season.
 
To purchase either season or single-game tickets, call (309) 298-1190 or buy online at www.goleathernecks.com, where you can also see the complete Leatherneck men's & women's basketball schedules. 
 

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Leatherneck Athletics Weekend Wrap-Up

North Dakota State defeated the Western Illinois volleyball team, 3-0 (25-15, 25-9, 25-17) on Sunday at Western Hall. Shiah Sanders had six kills, Morgan Bullock 15 assists & Kaili Simmons added 11 digs in the loss for the Leathernecks. The Leatherneck women's soccer team suffered a 4-2 loss at South Dakota yesterday. Kayla Kirkwood & Gina Scaffidi netted goals for Western in the set-back.  
 
On Saturday, Western Illinois men's soccer fell at IPFW, 2-1. Maclean Johnson talied the loan goal for the Leathernecks in the loss. And the 20th ranked Leatherneck football team lost at 3rd ranked Illinois State on Saturday, 48-28. In the loss, junior wide receiver Lance Lenoir Jr. became the Leathernecks all-time leading receiver surpassing Reggie Gray, catching 11 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. It was also Lenoir's 10th all-time 100 yard receiving game, also a program record. 
 

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IHSA Football Playoff Pairings

The Macomb High, Bushnell-West Prairie, South Fulton & other area high school football teams wrapped up their seasons on Friday. The IHSA football playoff pairings were announced Saturday (with dates/times to be determined today). 
 
In Class A, Camp Point Central will play at undefeated Tuscola this weekend, Brown County hosts Caitlin (South Fork).  In 2A, Rushville/Industry will host Rockridge,  West Hancock visits Deer Creek/Mackinaw, Knoxville plays at Minonk(Fieldcrest) and Monmouth(United) plays at Spring Vally Hall. In Class 4A, Quincy Notre Dame visits Harrisburg. 
 

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Week 9 IHSA Football Scores

West Central Conference

Bloomington(Central Catholic)- 48, Macomb- 13

Monticello- 48, Monmouth/Roseville- 24

Tolono(Unity)- 56, Illini West- 20

New Berlin- 28, West Hancock- 16

Quincy High- 42, Quincy(Notre Dame)- 7

 

Prairieland Conference

Lewistown- 50, Bushnell/West Prairie- 14

Elmwood/Brimfield- 63, South Fulton- 12

Rushville/Industry- 31, Farmington- 30

Knoxville- 41, Abingdon/Avon- 14

North Fulton- 50, Havana/Midwest Central- 7

Peoria Heights/Quest- 1, River Valley- 0 (forfeit)

 

Other Area Games

Mercer County- 27, Monmouth(United)- 0

Winchester(West Central)- 46, Beardstown- 14

Camp Point(Central)- 44, North Green(White Hall)- 34

Dunlap- 20, Canton- 0 

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Thursday's Area High School Volleyball Scores; Friday's Area High School Football Schedule

Area high school volleyball last night, Brimfield/Elmwood over Bushnell/Prairie City, 2-0 (30-28, 25-21). Stephanie Beaird had seven kills & Tiffany Slater added 15 assists in the loss for the Lady Spartans. Southeastern topped Illini West, 2-0 (25-23, 25-17). Kolby McClelland tallied 12 kills in the win for the Lady Suns, while Jenna Bryan had 12 kills in the set-back for the Lady Chargers. Elsewhere, Camp Point Central over Monmouth/Roseville, 2-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-20). 
 
It's week nine of the IHSA football season & tonight, Macomb wraps-up their season against Central Catholic in Bloomington at 7pm. Hear the Bombers tonight on 100.1FM & online at macombnewsnow.com. Bushnell/West Prairie also concludes their season tonight versus Lewistown in Sciota at 7pm. Catch the Sparclones this evening on 104.7FM & online at macombnewsnow.com. Other area high school football tonight, South Fulton hosts Elwmood/Brimfield... Rushville/Industry is home with Farmington... Illini West at Tolono Unity... Monmouth/Roseville hosts Monticello & North Fulton's at Havana. 
 

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Western Illinois University Announces Changes to Parking Near Western Hall & Hanson Field

The permanent closure to the northwest entrance of Q-Lot, which is part of the new Q-Lot entry project, took effect Wednesday, Oct. 21.

According to Ted Renner, Facilities Management deputy director, Hood Demolition has been working on the new entrance to Q-Lot, which is now located across from the Brophy Hall parking lot entrance, since last month. The northwest entrance, near Western Hall, will be closed permanently effective Wednesday morning. A pedestrian walkway will be created at that entrance. The project is part of of the University's Campus Master Plan.

In order to improve safety, major changes are coming to Q-Lot, the large parking lot just to the east of Western Hall. Beginning this week, the current main entrance on the northwest corner of Q-Lot will forever be closed to vehicle traffic. The new Q-Lot main entrance will now be located further east, directly across University Drive from the entrance to the Brophy Hall parking lot.

 

The new main entrance will directly impact Leatherneck Club tailgating on football game days. Beginning with the home football game against Youngstown State on October 31, Leatherneck Club members should enter Q-Lot through the new main entrance and drive directly south to the eastern-most entrance to the Leatherneck Club tailgating area. The purple WIU Athletics check-in tent will be located there, and Leatherneck Club members at the Varsity level ($250) and above will then proceed to their parking spots. Please note that the current entrance to the Leatherneck Club tailgate area near the WIU Rec Center will be barricaded and closed on football game days.  

Leatherneck fans attending WIU Athletics events can still find ample parking in Q-Lot. These changes will create a safer pedestrian walkway outside Western Hall, and improve the flow of traffic in Q-Lot. Thank you for your understanding.


For WIU athletic event information, including parking, contact Intercollegiate Athletics at (309) 298-1190.

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Leatherneck Men's Golf Wraps Up Play at APSU Intercollegiate; WIU Volleyball Falls to Omaha

The Western Illinois men's golf team wrapped up the APSU Intercollegiate yesterday, with the best three-round tally in the programs division one history. The Leathernecks finished second overall with a team score of 836, four strokes back of first place Belmont. Western junior Andrew Blackburn finished tied for sixth individually & teammate, freshman Adam Falk tied for eigth individually. 
 
The Western Illinois volleyball team lost at home to Omaha last night, 3-1. Reilly Dunne had 13 kills & three blocks in the set-back. Leatherneck volleyball will visit IUPUI on Friday night. 
 

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Illini West Volleyball tops Macomb; West Central Conference Cross Country Meet Results

Area high school volleyball last night, Illini West rallied to beat Macomb, 2-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-20). Jenny Bryan had nine kills for the Lady Chargers, while Jenssen Protsman's nine kills led the Lady Bombers. 
 
At the West Central Conference cross country meet in Monmouth yesterday, Liberty won both the boys & girls team events. Macomb's Maya Stovall was the individual girls champion, while the Macomb boys finished 2nd as a team, and place Noah Pyles, Zach Zahnle & Alex Dranes on the all-conference team. 
 

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Monday Night Area High School Volleyball Scores

Area high school volleyball last night, West Prairie beat Rushville/Industry, 2-0 (25-10, 25-9) behind Peyton Bowman's eight kills. The Lady Cyclones improve to 22-7 & win the Prairieland Conference Title. Lewistown over Bushnell/Prairie City, 2-0 (25-23, 26-24). Stephanie Beaird had 13 kills in the loss for the Lady Spartans. Elsewhere, Southeastern topped West Hancock, 2-0 (25-13, 25-11). 
 

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More Honors for Leatherneck Men's Soccer; Leatherneck Football

Western Illinois men's soccer junior forward Drew Whalen was named Summit League Offensive Player of the Week. Whalen tallied his first career "hat-trick" against conference rival Eastern Illinois, in last Saturday's 6-0 home win. One day after Western Ililnois football sophomore linebacker Brett Taylor, was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Player of the Week, sophomore offensive lineman/center Jacob Judd was named MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week. Leatherneck football also returned to the FCS-Top 25 this week... ranked #20 in the STATS-FCS Top 25 poll & 23rd in the FCS Coaches Poll. 
 
The Western Illinois men's golf team is in third place through day one & the first two rounds of the APSU Intercollegiate, hosted by Austin Peay in Hopkinsville, Ky. The Leathernecks are one-stroke behind co-leaders Tennessee-Martin and Belmont. Western juniors Andrew Blackburn & Carter Morrison are tied for 7th individually with the third and final round set for today. Western Illinois volleyball is set to host Omaha tonight from Western Hall, starting at 6pm. 
 

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Taylor Named MVFC Defensive Player of the Week as Leatherneck Football Wins at #12 Northern Iowa

For the second time this season, Western Illinois sophomore linebacker & Macomb native Brett Taylor has been named Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Taylor tallied a game-high 12 tackles (11 solo) in the Leathernecks 24-19 road win at 12th ranked Northern Iowa last week. Nikko Watson ran for 115 yards & a touchdown, Trenton Norvell had a touchdown pass to Joey Borsellino and Aaron Diggs returned an interception 95 yards for a pick-6 in the win. Leatherneck football improves to 4-2 overall (3-0 MVFC) and will play at nationally-ranked Illinois State on Saturday. 
 
The Western Illinois volleyball team lost a home match to Oral Roberts Sunday, 3-2. Peyton Crosser had 16 kills in the set-back for the Leathernecks. Also yesterday, the Western Illinois women's soccer team fell at home to IUPUI, 3-1. Skyler Jessop tallied the goal for the Leathernecks. On Saturday, Western Illinois men's soccer shut-out visiting Eastern Illinois, 6-0. Junior forward Drew Whalen scored a hat-trick in the win for the Leathernecks. Be sure to visit goleathernecks.com for more on these stories, Leatherneck men's swimmer Chris Neaveill's record-setting weekend & WIU men's tennis results at the Valparaiso Invite this past weekend. 
 

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Week 8 Area IHSA Football Scores

Prairieland Conference

Rushville/Industry- 43, Bushnell/West Prairie- 0

Knoxville- 43, South Fulton- 0

Elmwood/Brimfield- 56, Abingdon/Avon- 20

Farmington- 49, Peoria Heights- 40

Lewistown- 42, Havana/Midwest Central- 20

North Fulton- 1, River Valley- 0 (forfeit)

 

West Central Conference 

West Hancock- 36, Illini West- 6

Quincy(Notre Dame)- 21, Monmouth/Roseville- 8 

Macomb (3-4) @ Brees Mater Dei (5-2), Sat. 2pm - 100.1FM

 

Other Area Scores

Stark County- 49, Monmouth(United)- 7

Carrollton- 42, Beardstown- 0

Central/Southeastern- 36, Pleasant Hill- 34

Canton- 53, Morton- 40 

Quincy(H.S.)- 35, Galesburg- 32

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Support the Western Illinois University Cheerleaders with "Paint the Town Purple"

Fighting Leatherneck fans have the opportunity to have the Western Illinois purple 'W' painted on their driveways as WIU cheerleaders and Rocky are looking to 'Paint the Town Purple' again this fall. For only $25 the cheerleaders and Rocky will paint a purple Western Illinois 'W' on a driveway. All proceeds go towards the cheerleaders. 
 
To make reservations, contact head cheerleading coach Michele Aurand via email at MJ-Aurand@wiu.edu and fill out a Paint the Town Purple Request Form. For additional information, call the main athletics office at 309-298-1133.
 

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Thursday's Area High School Volleyball Scores; IHSA Football Area Schedule

Area high school volleyball Thursday night, Macomb over A-Town, 2-0 (25-4, 25-18). Hayley Coker had 18 points and five aces & teammate Mia Lambert added 13 assists and four aces in the win. Bushnell-Prairie City volleyball topped South Fulton last night, 2-0 (25-23, 27-25). Logan Brown tallied 22 digs & teammate Tiffany Slater notched 22 assists in the win for the Lady Spartans. Illini West beat West Hancock, 2-0 (25-16, 25-18) behind Jenna Bryan's 11 kills. 
 
Week eight of the IHSA football season tonight, Bushnell/West Prairie plays Rushville/Industry at WIU's Hanson Field at 7pm & you can hear it on 104.7FM on online at macombnewsnow.com. South Fulton hosts Knoxville tonight, Illini West visits West Hancock, Monmouth/Roseville plays at Quincy Notre Dame and Macomb high football visits Brees Mater Dei on Saturday at 2pm. Here tomorrow's Bomber football game on 100.1FM and online at macombnewsnow.com. 
 

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WIU Basketball's Garrett Covington & Michelle Maher Earn Preseason Honors

The Summit League announced it's 2015-16 preseason all-league basketball teams yesterday, and Western Illinois men's basketball junior guard Garrett Covington was named to the First Team for the second consecutive season. As a team, the Fighting Leathernecks were picked to finish ninth, while South Dakota State was predicted to win the Summit League this season. The 2015-16 basketball season kicks off with "Leatherneck Madness" on Oct. 22 inside Western Hall before the men's team plays its lone exhibition at home on Nov. 7 versus Knox College.
 
Western Illinois women's basketball senior guard Michelle Maher was named Second Team All-Summit League on Wednesday for the second straight season. As a team, Leatherneck women's basketball was picked fifth in the preason poll, with South Dakota State picked first. Western women's basketball will also take part in "Leatherneck Madness" next Thursday, October 22nd inside Western Hall at 7pm, will host their exhibition on Friday, October 30th versus William Woods. 
 

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Leatherneck Men's Soccer Falls to Drake in Overtime; WIU Volleyball, Men's & Women's Golf Also in Action Tuesday

The Western Illinois men's soccer team lost at home to Drake yesterday, 1-0. A late overtime goal by the Bulldogs Steven Enna was the difference-maker. Leatherneck freshman goaltender Bruce Corrie made four saves in the set-back. Western men's soccer will host Eastern Illinois this Saturday at 1pm. The Western Illinois volleyball team lost 3-0 at Chicago State last night. Peyton Crosser had 15 kills in the loss for Western, who will host South Dakota State this Friday at 7pm. 
 
The Leatherneck men's golf team finished fifth out of 12 teams at the Bill Ross Invite in Overland Park, Kansas on Tuesday. Wichita State won the event. Western junior Andrew Blackburn was tops for WIU, finishing tied for eigth individually. On Tuesday, the Western Illinois women's golf team placed sixth out of the nine team field at the Payne Stewart Invite in Springfield, Missouri.  Host Missouri State won the team event. Leatherneck teammates Allie Leingang & Anna Cullinan finished tied for 16th individually. 
 

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Tuesday's Area High School Volleyball

Area high school volleyball last night, Macomb won at Monmouth/Roseville, 2-1 (25-17, 19-25, 25-20) behind Jenssen Protsman's seven kills & Kelela Stone's seven blocks. Havana topped Bushnell-Prairie City, 2-0 (25-21, 25-22).Kayley Peck tallied 18 points & Logan Brown added 15 digs in the loss for the Lady Spartans. Illini West volleyball won at Rushville/Industry, 2-0 (25-20, 25-21). Aubree Ourth had nine service points & four aces in the win for the Lady Chargers. 

 
Other high school volleyball, West Prairie topped Lewistown, 2-0 (25-12, 25-15) & Southeastern over Camp Point Central, 2-0 (25-15, 25-18).

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Western Illinois Men's Soccer Duo Earns League Honor's; WIU Men's & Women's Golf Teams in Action

Western Illinois men's soccer junior forward Drew Whalen earned Offensive Player of the Week honors & freshman goaltender Bruce Corrie earned Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors by the Summit League on Monday. Whalen tallied two goals in the final five minutes of the Leathernecks 2-1 win at Omaha last Saturday, and his six goals & 14 points are tops in the conference. Corrie made eight saves versus Bradley last Monday & six stops against Omaha on Saturday, posting a 2-0 record. 
 
The Western Illinois men's golf team sits in ninth place out of the 12-team field, after day one and the first two rounds of the Bill Ross Invite in Overland Park, Kansas. Leatherneck junior Andrew Blackburn is currently seventh individually, with the third & final round teeing off today. Western Illinois women's golf is currently fifth out of the nine team field after day one & the first two rounds of the Payne Stewart Memorial, taking place in Springfield, Missouri. Leatherneck sophomore Allie Leingang is ninth individually, with the final round set for today.
 

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Macomb Boys Golf Finishes Year at Lincoln Sectional; Macomb Volleyball Wins at Camp Point Central

The Macomb boys golf team finished ninth at the Lincoln Sectional on Monday. The Bombers Joe Burke was 12th individually, and missed qualifying for state by one stroke. 

 
Area high school volleyball, Macomb beat Central in Camp Point Monday, 2-0 (25-21, 25-12) behind Courtney Thorman's 10 digs & 13 points. 

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Western Weekend Round-Up

The Western Illinois women's soccer team beat Oral Roberts in Tulsa yesterday, 3-2. Daniela Salinas, Brianna Hughes & Michaela Cody all netted goals in the win for the Leathernecks, while Victoria Kappel made three saves for Western. The Leatherneck men's soccer team scored a 2-1 win at Omaha on Saturday. Drew Whalen tallied two goals in the victory, while teammate Bruce Corrie made six saves in the win. 
 
Also Saturday, the Western Illinois football team remained undefeated at Hanson Field this season, with a 40-21 win over South Dakota. Leatherneck quarterback Trenton Norvell rushed for a score and passed for 288 yards & three touchdowns, one each to Jaelon Acklin, Lance Lenior and Joey Borsellino... Borsellino also led Western with 112 yards recieving and Western running back Nikko Watson ran for 139 yards and a score. Brett Taylor & Adam Brott led the Leatherneck defense with 10 tackles each. 
 

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Week 7 Area IHSA Football Scores

West Central Conference 

Quincy (Notre Dame)- 28, Macomb- 20

Monmouth/Roseville- 54, West Hancock- 30

Momence @ Illini West, Sat. 1pm 

 

Prairieland (Blue) Conference 

Knoxville- 44, Bushnell/West Prairie- 14

Elmwood/Brimfield- 77, Farmington- 64 

Havana/Midwest Central- 1, River Valley- 0 (forfeit)

 

Prairieland (Black) Conference

Rushville/Industry- 27, South Fulton- 0 

Lewistown- 32, Abingdon/Avon- 20 

Peoria Heights- 41, North Fulton- 20 

 

Other Area Scores 

Monmouth(United)- 42, Mid County- 26

Brown County- 39, Beardstown- 16

Camp Point(Central)- 56, Jacksonville(Routt)- 28

Limestone- 26, Canton- 14

 

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Thursday's Area High School Volleyball Scores; Friday's Area High School Football Schedule

Area high school volleyball from last night, Lewistown over Bushnell-Prairie City, 2-0 (27-25, 25-15). Savanna Serven & Kayley Peck had nine service points each inthe loss for the Lady Spartans. Southeastern beat Monmouth-Roseville, 2-0 (25-18, 25-16). Emma Derry tallied 22 assist & three aces for the Lady Suns. Rushville/Industry volleyball topped Brown County, 2-1 (19-25, 25-21, 25-19). 
 
Tonight, it's week seven of the IHSA football season & "Senior Night" for Macomb. The Bombers host Quincy (Notre Dame) at 7pm from MHS Field, catch the game on 100.1FM & macombnewsnow.com. Bushnell-West Prairie plays at Knoxville at 7pm & you can catch it on 104.7FM & macombnewsnow.com.
 
Other area high school football games kicking off at 7pm this evening:
South Fulton at Rushville/Industry
West Hancock at Monmouth-Roseville 
Beardstown at Camp Point Central/S'eastern
Peoria Heights at North Fulton
Lewistown at Abingdon/Avon
Monmouth (United) at Mid County 

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Leatherneck Madness Set for October 22

The Western Illinois athletics department is scheduled to host "Leatherneck Madness" on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7pm on Leroy A. Ufkes Court inside Western Hall. 
 
Fans are welcome to attend for free and meet the 2015-16 men's and women's basketball teams.The event will have FREE food and several prizes including a iPad, donated by the uTech Computer Store, and other great prizes like a $100 HyVee gift card and a $50 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card. All WIU students in attendance will be eligible for all prizes. 
 
Both head men's basketball coach Billy Wright and head women's basketball coach JD Gravina will then address the crowd prior to the women's team scrimmaging followed by the men's scrimmage. Other items on the schedule include: shooting contests, trivia challenges and many more activities.
 

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Leatherneck Football Players Honored; WIU Men's Soccer Scores Home Win Over Bradley

More player of the week honors were awarded to three Western Illinois University football players on Monday. Senior running back Nikko Watson  was chosen as the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the WEek by College Sports Madness and one of five National Performers of the Week by the College Football Performance awards.  Sophomore linebacker Brett Taylor & junior place-kicker Nathan Knuffman, who were named MVFC defensive & special teams players of the week, respectively, were two of six players named National All-Stars by College Sporting News. You can read more at goleathernecks.com. 
 
The Leatherneck men's soccer team scored a 1-0 home win over Bradley at John McKenzie Alumni Field on Monday. Junior forward Jacob Bevan scored the games lone goal in the win for the Leathernecks, while teammate & freshman goaltender Bruce Corrie made eight saves in his first career shut-out. 
 
The Western Illinois women's golf team is currently ninth after day one & two rounds of the Rocket Classic host by the University of Toledo in Clinton, Ohio. Western sophomore Allie Leingang is tied for 17th individually, heading into the final round which tees off this morning. Western Illinois' volleyball match against Southeast Missouri, scheduled for tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 6), has been postponed. The two programs will attempt to find a make-up date later in the season. Leatherneck volleyball will host Denver in a Summit League match on Friday. 
 

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Leatherneck Football's Knuffman & Taylor Earn MVFC Honors; WIU Women's Soccer & Volleyball Fall Sunday

The Western Illinois University football team scored a 37-36 homecoming victory over Southern Illinois on Saturday. Junior place-kicker Nathan Knuffman kicked the game-winning 20 yard field goal with two seconds remaining, to earn MIssouri Valley Football Conference "Special Teams Player of the Week" honors, while sophomore linebacker, and Macomb-native Brett Taylor recorded a career-best 17 tackles in the win and returned a fumble 21 yards for a touchdown, earning him MVFC "Defensive Player of the Week" honors. 
 
Sunday, the Western Illinois women's soccer team fell at home to Indiana State 2-1. Senior forward Skyler Jessop tallied the goal in the set-back for the Leathernecks. Also yesterday, WIU volleyball lost at home in three sets to IUPUI. Peyton Crosser recorded nine kills in the loss. And looking back to Saturday, the Western Illinois men's soccer team lost in double-overtime to Oral Roberts in Tulsa, 3-2. Drew Whalen & Erick Bloom scored goals in the loss for the Leathernecks.
 

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IHSA Area Football Scores - Week Six

West Central Conference

West Hancock- 28, Macomb- 27

Monmouth/Roseville- 40, Illini West- 8

Brees (Mater Dei)- 47, Quincy (Notre Dame)- 28

 

Prairieland Conference (Blue)

Farmington- 42, Bushnell/West Prairie- 34

Knoxville- 48, Havana/Midwest Central- 21

Elmwood/Brimfield- 1, River Valley- 0 (forfeit) 

 

Prairieland Conference (Black) 

North Fulton- 28, South Fulton- 22 

Lewistown- 14, Rushville/Industry- 13

Abingdon/Avon @ Peoria Heights (no score reported)

 

Other Area Games

Monmouth (United)- 21, Princeville- 14

Brown County- 47, Camp Point (Central)- 22

East Peoria- 19, Canton- 18

Beardstown @ Concord/Triopia (no score reported) 

 

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Western Illinois University Athletics - Homecoming Weekend Events

It's homecoming weekend for Western Illinois University... around athletics this weekend, the WIU men's & women's cross country team is at the Illinois Intercollegiate in Bourbonnais today... Western mens & women's swimming and diving will hold their Purple & Gold intersqaud meet later today and their alumni meet at 11am Saturday (both at the Brophy Pool)... Leatherneck women's soccer hosts IPFW at 3pm today and will be home with Indiana State on Sunday at 1pm (both from John McKenzie Alumni Field)... Western Illinois volleyball entertains IPFW tonight at 7pm and is home with IUPUI on Sunday at 1 o'clock (both matches at Western Hall). 
 
Leatherneck men's soccer meets Oral Roberts in Tulsa Saturday at 7pm... and Leatherneck Football is home with Southern Illinois Saturday at 3pm, hear it live on 102.7FM. 
 

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Thursday's Area High School Volleyball Scores; IHSA Football Week Six

High school volleyball from Thursday, West Prairie over Bushnell-Prairie City, 2-0 (25-14, 25-17). Peyton Bowman tallied nine kills and Cora Vyhnanek had 19 assist in the win for the Lady Cyclones. Tiffany Slater recorded 10 assists & six service points in the loss for the Lady Spartans. Illini West beat West Central in straight sets (25-11, 25-14) behind Jenna Bryan's six kills & six aces. 
 
Week six of the IHSA football season tonight, Macomb plays West Hancock in Warsaw. Catch the Bombers tonight on 100.1FM & online at macombnewsnow.com at 7pm. Bushnell-West Prairie hosts Farmington in Sciota tonight at 7pm. The Sparclones will be on 104.7FM & online at macombnewsnow.com. Elsewhere tonight Illini West hosts Monmouth-Roseville in Carthage... Rushville/Industry visits Lewistown... and South Fulton hosts North Fulton. 
 
Long-time VIT & South Fulton head football coach Nelson Snowden who coached at VIT from 1961-1981 and then South Fulton until he retired in 1994, will have the VIT football field named after hime tonight. Snowden was inducted into the Illinois High School Coaches Hall-of-Fame in 1996. 
 

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Lady Panther Classic Wraps Up in Camp Point; Macomb Boys Golf 2nd in West Central Conference Tourney

Area High School volleyball, at the Lady Panther Classic in Camp Point, host Central beat Macomb 2-1 (25-23, 26-28, 15-13). The Lady Bombers would rebound to be Western High, 2-0 (25-20, 25-15). Kalela Stone would tally 10 kills and nine blocks on the night for Macomb. Also at the "LPC" in Camp Point, host Central topped Rushville/Industry, 2-1 (23-25, 25-20, 17-15) and in the championship match, Payson deals Southeastern their first loss of the season, winning two sets to one (25-21, 25-27, 25-17). 
 
High school boys golf from Wednesday, Quincy Notre Dame won the West Central Conference Tournament, held at Arrowhead Golf Course in Camp Point. The Raiders carded a team-best 311, with Monmouth-Roseville (320) coming in second & Macomb (325) third. QND's Drew Eaton shot a 72 and earned meet medalist honors, while the Bombers Joe Burke, Nick Elting & Anthony Neve finished 2nd, 8th & 10th respectively and earn All-Conference Honors. Other high school boys golf, Rushville/Industry over Brown County, 193-223. 
 

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Western Illinois Athletics to Host Leatherneck Club Social in Quad Cities

The Western Illinois Athletic Department's Leatherneck Club will host a social for on Tuesday, October 13th, from 6-8pm at Modern Woodman Park Sports Lounge. The social will feature appetizers and a cash bar. Interim director of athletics Matt Tanney and several WIU head coaches will give updates, including: JD Gravina (women's basketball), Mike Stevenson (track and field), and Ryan Brownlee (baseball). For more information on the Quad Cities social call the athletic department at (309) 298-1190.
 

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