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Local Sports Archives for 2016-02

Western Illinois Athletics Weekend Wrap Up

The Western Illinois baseball team dropped the series finale at Southern Illinois Sunday, 9-0... Leatherneck softball lost their finale game of the Tiger Invited hosted by Auburn, falling to Boston College 5-3. The Western Illinois men's basketball team won their senior night game on Saturday, defeating South Dakota, 90-76... while the Leatherneck women's basketball team suffered a tough 66-65 senior night loss to South Dakota State on Saturday. Western women's basketball will be the 5th seed at this years Summit League Tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D. and will face 4th seed Oral Roberts on Sunday, March 6th at Noon. 
 
The Western Illinois track & field team concluded the indoor portion of their season at the Summit League Championship in Fort Wayne on Saturday. The Leatherneck men were sixth, while the women finished seventh. The outdoor season begins on March 26th at the SIU-Invite in Carbondale. Elsewhere, Leatherneck men's tennis fell to IUPUI on Saturday, while the women's tennis team dropped a match at Bradley last Friday. Keep up to date on all Western Illinois Athletics, at goleathernecks.com. 
 

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Western Illinois Women's Basketball Beats North Dakota State; Leatherneck Men's Hoops Fall to IPFW

The Western Illinois women's basketball team scored a 100-89 home win over North Dakota State on Thursday. Senior guard Michelle Maher scored a program record 41 points in the win, while three other Leathernecks recorded double-doubles: Sophie Reichelt tallied 27 points & 10 rebounds... Taylor Higgenbotham notched 14 points & 11 rebounds and Emily Clemens added 12 points & 10 assist. Western women's basketball improves to 15-13 this season (8-7 Summit League) and will host "Senior Night" this Saturday, prior to their 4:30pm game against South Dakota State (104.1FM). 
 
Western Illinois men's basketball lost at home to IPFW, 87-75 last night. Garrett Covington scored 26 in the loss for the Leathernecks, who fall to 9-17 overall (2-13 Summit League) and have been officially elminated from competing at this years conference tournament. Western men's hoops will wrap up their season with "Senior Night" this Saturday at 7pm before facing South Dakota (102.7FM).
 
Also Thursday, both WIU men's & women's tennis dropped matched to Dayton. 
 

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Central/Southeastern Girls State Finals Basketball Games To Be Televised

Comcast Sportsnet & CSNChicago.com will carry this weekends Class A & 2A Girls State Basketball Tournament, and WGEM-Fox in Quincy, will air both of the Central/Southeastern girls basketball games from Redbird Arena in Normal. The Lady Panthers will play Byron tonight (Friday, 2/26) at 8:15. A win, and CSE plays for a 2A state title at 8:15pm Saturday... a loss tonight & the Lady Panthers play for 3rd place tomorrow at 6:30pm.

 

You can find local listings at CSNChicago.com's "channel finder," by visiting IHSA.org or tuning into your local WGEM-Fox station. 

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IHSA Boys Regional Basketball Scores (Wed. 2/24)

IHSA Boys Basketball Regional Scores
At Class A Lewistown:
Lewistown- 54, Bushnell/Prairie City- 45
Devin Yocum (BPC) 17 points; Spartans end the year at 16-12.
Elmwood- 67, Peoria Heights- 48.
- Lewistown vs. Elmwood at 7pm Friday - Regional Championship
 
At Class A Concord: 
South Fulton- 53, Triopia- 48
Justin Batterton (SF) 13 points.
 
Liberty- 68, Springfield (Calvary)- 33.
- South Fulton vs. Liberty at 7pm Friday - Regional Championship
 
At Class A Camp Point:
Mendon (Unity)- 50, Brown County- 31
 
At Class A Abingdon:
Delavan- 38, Abingdon/Avon- 36
 
At Class 2A Monmouth:
Monmouth/Roseville- 64, Knoxville- 56
 
At Class 2A Pittsfiled:
Quincy (Notre Dame), 90, West Hancock- 57
 
Illini West- 62, Pittsfield- 51
Kennedy Gooding (IW), 18 points/10 rebounds
- Illini West vs. QND, 7pm Friday - Regional Championship  
 

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Five Western Illinois Swimmers Named To The Summit League - All League Team

Five Western Illinois swimmers were named to The Summit League All-League Team for their performances at the championships, the league office announced. Samir AlmhiemidJD FurrChance McQuiggChris Neaveill and Tyler Neaveill were honored for finishing in the top-three in an event at The Summit League Championships.
 
The honor is the third apiece for both Neaveill brothers, while Furr picked up his second All-League mention. Almhiemid and McQuigg each took home the honors in their freshman championships swims.
 
Chris Neaveill became the first Western Illinois swimmer since 2007 to become a league champion by racing to a 47.40 touch in the 100-fly. The junior from Germantown Hills, Illinois also finished third in the 200-fly in 1:48.57, less than a half-second off his current school record.
 
Neaveill also helped Almhiemid, McQuigg and Tyler Neaveill to a third-place finish in the 400-medley relay, with a time of 3:18.85. It was the best swim in the event in school history.
 
Almhiemid, Furr and the Neaveill brothers also established a school record with their third-place swim in the 200-medley relay in 1:30.07.
 
Over the four day meet, the quintet helped the Leathernecks set five school records and record 25 new top-10 times in the school record books. The Western Illinois men finished fourth with 443 points, while the women came in seventh with 169 points.  

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Macomb Little League Seeks Advisory Board Members; 2016 Online Registration Underway

The Board of Directors of the Macomb Little League has openings for volunteer positions on the Little League advisory board. We are seeking adults who are responsible, as well as child oriented and have an interest in baseball to serve as board members. Board members will be active in determining policy and structure of our league and execution of our season. Interested parties should send an email detailing your interest to: macomblittleleague@gmail.com
 
Macomb Little League 2016 Registration has begun. Registration is available online at the Macomb Little League Website www.eteamz.com/macomb. Online Registration is a great way to register your son or daughter for Little League Baseball! Online, you can find details on leagues, in-person registration dates, fees, league rules and more. Sign-up before March 31st to avoid a $10 late registration fee. If you need any other information, please email us at macomblittleleague@gmail.com.
 

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Bushnell-Prairie City Boys Basketball Records Regional Win Monday; Other Area Scores

IHSA Boys Basketball - Regional Scores

Class A Lewistown

Bushnell/Prairie City- 53, Illini Central- 34 

- Spartans will face Lewistown on Wednesday (2/24) at 6pm - 104.7FM

Peoria Heights- 72, Hartsburg/Emden- 56 

 

Class A Abingdon

Biggsville (West Central)- 57, West Prairie- 40

 

Class A Camp Point

Camp Point (Central)- 49, Barry (Western)- 47

Brown County- 43, Southeastern- 27 

 

Class 2A Pittsfield

West Hancock- 53, Rushville/Industry- 37

 

Class 2A Monmouth

ROWVA- 54, Monmouth(United)- 35

Knoxville- 64, Mercer County- 56

 

IHSA Girls Class 2A Jacksonville SuperSectional

Central/Southeastern- 50, Brees (Central)- 47

- Kolby McClelland (CSE), 28 points 

- Lady Panthers will play Byron at State Tournament - Friday (2/26) at 8:15 from Redbird Arean in Normal, IL. 

 

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Two Leatherneck Softball Players Garner Summit League Honors

Western Illinois softball players Kaycee Hart & Payton Abbott earned Summit League honors on Monday, after guiding the Leathernecks to a 3-1 record at the Total Control Sports Invite in Rosemont last weekend. Hart, a senior right-handed pitcher, went 2-0 last weekend, including a shut-out of UIC on Sunday, while recording 14 total strikeouts in her two wins. Abbott, a freshman, finished the weekend with a .615 on base percentage, .800 slugging percentage & currently ranks second in the Summit League with a .417 batting average. 

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Western Illinois University Athletics Hosting "Agriculture Day" This Thursday

Western Illinois Athletics, the WIU School of Agriculture and the McDonough County Farm Bureau will host "Agriculture Day" this Thursday, February 25th. The event will take place at Western Hall & features Leatherneck women's basketball hosting North Dakota State at 5:30(pm) & Western men's basketball home with IPFW at 8pm. There will be agriculture educational activities, pizza, prizes sponsored by First Farm Credit Services & Prairie Farms has donated ice cream. For tickets, call 298-1190 or visit goleathernecks.com... and for more info on "Ag Day" call 298-1246 or 298-1080. 

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Western Illinois Athletics Weekend Round-Up

The Western Illinois women's tennis team fell to SIU-Edwardsville, 7-0 on Sunday, dropping the Leathernecks to 2-3 this season. After beating Quinnipiac & Green Bay on Saturday, the Western Illinois softball team split their Sunday games at the Total Control Sports Invite in Rosemont... Leatherneck softball fell to Loyola 2-1 in the early game yesterday while beating UIC, 1-0 in game two. 
 
On Saturday, the Western Illinois baseball team dropped a double-header at Tennessee Tech, falling in game one 6-3 and losing game two, 6-5. The Leatherneck men's basketball team lost at home to South Dakota State Saturday, 87-67.. and Western Illinois women's basketball lost at Oral Roberts Saturday, 79-55. Western Illinois men's & women's swimming and diving wrapped up the Summit League Championship Saturday. Junior Chris Neaveill became the first men's champion for the Leathernecks since 2007. The Western coed track & field team concluded it's indoor season at the "Orange & Blue Invite" at the U of I in Champaign on Saturday... read more at golethernecks.com. 
 

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Central/Southeastern Girls Basketball Advances To Supersectional; Area Boys Hoops Wrap Up Regular Season Tonight

At the IHSA Girls Basketball 2A Beardstown Sectional Final last night, Central/Southeastern beat Havana, 63-61. The Lady Panthers advance to the Jacksonville Supersectional at Illinois College vs. Brees (Central) next Tues. at 7pm. 
 
The Macomb High boys basketball team will play this evening at Monmouth-Roseville (hear the varsity game at 7:30 tonight on 100.1FM). Bushnell-Prairie City boys basketball will host their "Senior Night" in Bushnell this evening against Knoxville (hear the varsity match-up at 7:30 on 104.7FM). The BPC FFA Alum will also host their Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser from 5-7pm at the BPC Cafeteria. 
 
Other area high school boys hoops tonight: 
South Fulton @ Peoria Heights
A-Town @ Rushville/Industry

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Leatherneck Women's Hoops Falls At South Dakota; Full Weekend Of Events For WIU Athletics

Western Illinois women's basketball lost at South Dakota in Vermillion last night, 86-50. Sophie Reichelt scored 14 points & Emily Clemens added 12 in the loss. The Leathernecks now 14-12 this season (7-6, Summit League) and will play Oral Roberts in Tulsa on Saturday at 2pm (104.1FM). The Leatherneck men's basketball team is home with South Dakota State on Saturday at 2pm. That game will air locally on 102.7FM. 
 
The Western Illinois men's & women's swimming & diving team resume at the Summit League Championships taking in Indianapolis today and tomorrow. On Thursday, men's freshman Chance McQuigg set a school record in the 200-IM, after the WIU men's 200-Medley & 800-Free relay teams set school records on Wednesday. Read more & get updates at goleathernecks.com. Also today, Western men's tennis visits Valparaiso and the Leatherneck baseball team opens their season today with a 3pm game vs. Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, TN. 
 

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Western Illinois Men's Basketball Falls At North Dakota State; Leatherneck Women's Hoops On Tap Tonight

The Western Illinois men's basketball team lost to to North Dakota State in Fargo last night, 63-54. Garrett Covington led the Leathernecks with 21 points in the loss, while JC Fuller & Tate Stensgaard added 11 & 10 points, respectively in the set-back. Western men's basketball dropped to 9-15 this season (2-11, Summit League) and return home to to play South Dakota State this Saturday at 2pm. 
 
Western Illinois women's basketball will play at South Dakota in Vermillion tonight. The Leathernecks enter at 14-11 this season (7-5, Summit League), while the Coyotes are tops in the conference w/an 11-1 mark, and 20-5 overall. Tip-off from the "Dakota Dome" is set for 7pm, catch all the action on 104.1FM this evening starting at 6:45. 
 

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Macomb Little League Seeks Advisory Board Members; 2016 Online Registration Underway

The Board of Directors of the Macomb Little League has openings for volunteer positions on the Little League advisory board. We are seeking adults who are responsible, as well as child oriented and have an interest in baseball to serve as board members. Board members will be active in determining policy and structure of our league and execution of our season. Interested parties should send an email detailing your interest to: macomblittleleague@gmail.com
 
Macomb Little League 2016 Registration has begun. Registration is available online at the Macomb Little League Website www.eteamz.com/macomb. Online Registration is a great way to register your son or daughter for Little League Baseball! Online, you can find details on leagues, in-person registration dates, fees, league rules and more. Sign-up before March 31st to avoid a $10 late registration fee. If you need any other information, please email us at macomblittleleague@gmail.com and the league website again is eteamz.com/macomb. 
 

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Tuesday's (2/16) Area High School Boys Basketball Scores

Area High School Boys Basketball (from Tuesday):
Payson/Seymore- 47, Macomb- 42.
Drew Burwinkle (P/S), 18 points
Joe Burke (Macomb), 14 points
Bombers at Monmouth-Roseville, Friday (hear it on 100.1FM - 7:30)
 
Bushnell/Prairie City- 41, North Fulton- 28.
Chance McGrew (BPC), 10 points
The BPC boys will host their "Senior Night" in Bushnell on Friday against Knoxville (hear it on 104.7FM - 7:30). The BPC FFA Alum will also host their Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser before Friday's game. 
 
South Fulton- 62, Havana- 47
Justin Batterton (SF), 21 points
 
Monmouth/Roseville- 54, Farmington- 52
 
Rushville/Industry- 44, Southeastern- 32 
Manning Plater (R/I), 18 points
 
Illini West- 54, Ft.Madison (Ia.)- 52
 

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WIU Men's Golf Wraps Up The Carlton Oaks Invite; Leatherneck Men's Basketball On The Road Tonight

The Western Illinois men's golf team hosted & wrapped up the Carlton Oaks Invite in Santee, Calif. yesterday. The Leathernecks team score of 943 placed them 5th in the six team event. Seton Hall won the event with a team best 878, while senior Alex Templin was tops overall for Western, carding a three-round 231, good enough for 19th individually. Leatherneck men's golf returns to the links on February 29th at the Colin Montgomerie Invitational, hosted by Houston Baptist in Houston, Tx. 
 
This evening, the Western Illinois men's basketball team is on the road vs. N.Dakota St. in Fargo (N.D.). Tip-off from the "Fargo Dome" is set for 7pm, hear the Leatherneck men's basketball game tonight on 102.7FM starting at 6:45! Looking ahead, Western Illinois women's basketball will play at South Dakota in Vermillion on Thursday at 7pm, hear that one tomorrow on 104.1FM.
 

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Area Girls Basketball Post Season Scores; High School Boys Basketball On Tap Tonight

High School Girls Basketball Scores: 
Class 3A Canton Regional: Peoria (Richwoods- 64, Macomb- 37
 
Class 2A Manito Sectional: Knoxville- 34, Illini West- 30
 
Class 2A Beardstown Sectional: Central/Southeastern- 58, Hillsboro- 54
Havana- 57, Piasa (Southwestern)- 44 over Piasa (Southwestern)
- Central/Southeastern vs. Havana for Beardstown Sectional Title, Thurs. 7pm
 
Class A Brimfield Sectional: Brimfield- 69, Mendon (Unity)- 59
Liberty-61, Biggsville (West Central)- 30
Brimfield vs. Liberty at 7pm on Thursday for Brimfield Sectional Title. 
 
Tonight, the Macomb boys basketball team hosts Payson-Seymore for Sr.Night at "The Hangar." Catch the Bombers vs. Indians varsity game at 7:30 on 100.1FM. The Bushnell-Prairie City boys basketball team visits North Fulton in Cuba. Hear this evenings Spartans vs. Wildcats varsity game at 7:30 on 104.7FM. Both the Bombers & Spartans games will also air on macombnewsnow.com. 
 

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Leatherneck Men's Golf 5th After Day One of Carlton Oaks Invite

The Western Illinois men's golf team wrapped up day one & the first two rounds of the WIU Carlton Oaks Invite in Santee, Calif. The Leathernecks team score of 627 is currently 5th best, behind Seton Hall's 582. Cal State-San Marcos, Bradley & Butler are also in front of Western. Freshman Jackson Wetherbee is tops for Western Illinois at 21st individually. The third & final round tees off this morning. 
 

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Weekend Area Sports Recap

The Western Illnois softball team fell twice on the final day of the UNI-Dome Classic in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Sunday. Drake beat the Leathernecks, 5-2 and host Northern Iowa topped Western softball, 8-0. On Saturday, the Leatherneck men's basketball team fell to Oral Roberts in Tulsa, 72-66. Garrett Covington scored 22 points in the loss... the Western Illinois women's basketball team was off last weekend. 
 
Also Saturday, the Western Illinois indoor coed track & field team scored wins in five events at the Fighting Scot Invite at Monmouth College. For the women, Kaliyah Cobb won the 200, Alyssa Johnson took first in the 800, Shelia Grant-Shaffer placed first in the shot put & the weight throw. For the Western men, Grant Kaiser won the 3000. For a complete & more on Western Illinois Athletics, visit goleathernecks.com. 
 
Saturday night, the Macomb boys basketball team beat Mercer County, 59-42 behind Grant Hannant's 20 points. Joe Burke & Carter Fayhee were also in double figures with 17 & 12 points, respectively. 
 

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IHSA Area Girls BAsketball Regional Championship Scores

IHSA Girls Basketball Regional Championship Scores:

 

Class A Mendon: Unity- 59, South Fulton- 42

Hannah Krukewitt (SF) 14 points, Lady Rebels  end the year at 20-10

 

Class A Biggsville: West Central- 44, Princeville- 41

 

Class A Oneida: Brimfield- 53, Elmwood- 48

 

Class 2A GlasfordIllini West- 59, Midwest Central- 41

Mackenzie Patrick (IW) 18 points

 

Class 2A Pittsfield: Central/Southeastern- 44, Williamsville- 31

Lady Panthers improve to 23-5. 

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Leatherneck Football Releases 2016 Schedule; WIU Men's Basketball Wins At Denver

Western Illinois Football announced its 2016 schedule on Thursday. The Leathernecks kick-off the season on Thursday, September 1st vs. Eastern Illinois in Charleston with the home opener & Family Day set for Saturday, September 10th againts Northern Arizona. Western football plays Northern Illinois in Dekalb on September 24th... the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener is the following week at South Dakota State... homecoming is slated for October 8th versus Indiana State & the Leathernecks will also have home games in November against Illinois State & Northern Iowa. View the complete 2016 WIU football schedule at goleathernecks.com 
 
The Western Illinois men's basketball team won at Denver last night, 63-60. Jalen Chapman led the Leathernecks with 26 points, while Garrett Covington & Tate Stensgaard added 11 & 10 points, respectively. Western men's hoops improves to 9-13 this season (2-9, Summit League) and will visit Oral Roberts in Tulsa Saturday at 7pm... hear it on 102.7FM. 
 

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Western Illinois Women's Basketball Tops Denver; Leatherneck Men Visit Pioneers Tonight

The Western Illinois women's basketball team scored an 80-69 road win at Denver last night. Sophie Reichelt led the Leathernecks with 20 points, while Michelle Maher & Taylor Higgenbotham added 18 and 12 points respectively in the win. Western women's basketball improves to 14-11 overall (7-5, Summit League) and will be off until Thursday, Feb. 18th when they visit the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. 
 
The Western Illinois men's basketball team will also visit Denver tonight in a Summit League match-up. The Leathernecks enter at 8-11 this season (1-9, Summit League) while the Pioneers are 13-11 overall (5-6, Summit League). Tip-off from Magness Arena is set for 8pm... hear the game locally on 102.7FM starting at 7:45. 
 

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Leatherneck Basketball Visits Denver in Summit League Action

The Western Illinois women's basketball team will visit Summit League rival Denver tonight at 8 o'clock. The Leathernecks enter at 13-11 overall (6-5, Summit League), while the Pioneers are 4-20 this season (2-9, Summit League). Catch Leatherneck women's basketball tonight on 104.1FM starting at 7:45.

 

The Western Illinois men's basketball team will also visit Denver tomorrow at 8pm... hear Thursday's game locally on 102.7FM. 

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Tuesday's Area High School Scores

IHSA Girls Regional Basketball Scores (Tuesday):
At Class A Mendon: South Fulton- 65, Brown County- 50.
- Lady Rebels advance to their 8th consecutive regional final vs. Unity on Thursday
 
At Class 2A Glasford: Illini West- 45, Eureka- 40
- Lady Chargers meet Midwest Central on Thursday night in the regional title game. 
 
High School Boys Basketball (Tuesday): 
Rushville/Industry- 66, West Prairie- 47
Manning Plater (R/I), 27 points
South Fulton- 62, North Fulton- 33
Illini West- 62, Camp Point (Central)- 52
 

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Leatherneck Men's Soccer Signs Two To National Letters Of Intent

Western Illinois Director of Soccer Dr. Eric Johnson announced the addition of two Leathernecks during the national signing period. Orsy Gonzalez and Ayodele Makinde have each signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Purple and Gold in the fall of 2016. Gonzalez (Springdale, Ark.) comes to Western after spending his first two seasons at Neosho County Community College. Makinde (Chicago, Ill.) makes his way to Western Illinois after spending last season at Oakton Community College. Prior to his time at Oakton CC, he spent his freshman campaign at Summit League rival IUPUI where he appeared in six matches, making five starts. Read more at goleathernecks.com 

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IHSA Class A & 2A Girls Basketball Regional Scores (Monday, 2/8/16)

IHSA Girls Basketball Regionals:

At Class A Biggsville: West Central- 61, West Prairie- 42

 

At Class A Mendon: Brown County- 71, Jacksonville(ISD)- 30

(Brown Co. vs. South Fulton at 7:30 tonight in Mendon)

 

At Class 2A Pittsfield: Beardstown- 51, Rushville/Industry- 39

 

At Class 2A Glasford: (played in Warsaw) Illini West- 41, West Hancock- 36

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Dr. Eric Johnson named Director of Soccer Programs At Western Illinois University

Dr. Eric Johnson, the all-time winningest men's soccer coach in Summit League history, will expand his head coaching duties at Western Illinois University. Director of Athletics Matt Tanney announced that Johnson agreed to take over as Director of the Soccer programs and serve as the head coach for both the men's and, in 2016, the women's team.
 
In his 19 years as head coach of the Leatherneck men's team, Johnson owns a 157-179-35 record and taken six of his last 12 teams to the NCAA Division I College Cup. Western has won four regular season conference titles, six conference tournament titles and made eight appearances in the tournament championship match. Overall in his 24 years as a head coach, he owns a 200-232-39 record on the men's side.
 
"I am really looking forward to working with the women's team. They are a dedicated and motivated group and will be fun to work with," said Johnson, who has already been running the women's team off-season drills. "I enjoy coaching and the challenge of coaching two teams will be a lot of fun."
 
This is not Johnson's first time as a college women's soccer coach. He spent five years at Loras College as head coach of the men's and women's team before joining Western Illinois. Johnson inherits a WIU women's team that posted a record of 28-42-3 overall and 13-17-1 in the Summit League over the last four seasons. The program missed on qualifying for the last three postseason tournaments.
 
Western's women have made three appearances all-time in the Summit League Tournament championship game (2006, 2007, 2010) and captured the 2007 regular season title following an 8-0 undefeated conference record.
 
"As I met with candidates during the national search for our next head coach, it became evident as the process unfolded that appointing Coach Johnson to this role for the next year serves the best interests of the women's soccer program. The women will greatly benefit from his commitment to their development on and off the field," said Tanney. "As an athletics department, we remain steadfastly committed to their success as both students and athletes, and Coach Johnson has the experience, credentials and character to execute that vision. Our student-athletes are excited to work with a coach of his quality. He will serve as a great mentor for the student-athletes and assistant coaches alike."
 
A four-time Summit League men's 'Coach of the Year', Johnson coached 34 First Team All-Summit League selections, 38 Second Team All-Summit League honorees, and six All-Newcomer selections, along with three 'Players of the Year', two 'Newcomers of the Year', three 'Defensive Players of the Year', and one 'Goalkeeper of the Year' in the Summit League.
 
Before joining the staff at Loras, Johnson worked at the high school level in Florida at the Fort Lauderdale Christian School, where he was the athletic director and the coach of the boys' soccer and basketball teams. His soccer team compiled a 19-0-3 record in 1989 and claimed the Class A Florida State Championship.

Johnson, a Denver, Colorado native, earned his bachelor of arts degree in Physical Education from Calvin College in 1980 where he was an All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association selection. He earned his master's degree in Physical Education from Florida Atlantic University in 1985 and his doctorate in Sports Administration from the University of New Mexico in 1995.

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Western Illinois Women's Basketball Beats IPFW At Buzzer

Junior Mallory Boyle's put-back at the buzzer gave the Western Illinois women's basketball team a thrilling 88-87 win over visiting IPFW last night at Western Hall. Boyle finished with six points & 11 rebounds, while senior Sophie Reichelt led the Leathernecks with 25 points & freshman Taylor Higgenbotham added 24 in the win. Leatherneck women's basketball improves to 13-10 overall & 6-4 in the Summit League, and will be on the road for a conference match-up at IUPUI on Saturday. Catch Leatherneck Women's Basketball this season on 104.1FM. 

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Area High School Girls Hoops Thursday; Macomb & BPC Boys In Action Friday

Area High School Girls Basketball Scores (Thursday, 2/4/16):
Monmouth/Roseville- 63, Macomb-49
Mia Lambert (Macomb), 13 pts.
South Fulton- 50, Abingdon/Avon- 49
Illini West- 44, West Hancock- 33
Havana- 73, North Fulton- 16
 
High School Boys Basketball tonight, Macomb is home with Peterburg (PORTA). Catch the Bombers vs. Bluejays varsity game at 7:30 on 100.1FM & online at macombnewsnow.com. Bushnell-Prairie City hosts Peoria Heights in Bushnell. Hear the Spartans vs. Patriots varsity match-up on 104.7FM & online at macombnewsnow.com.
 

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Western Illinois Men's Basketball Tops Omaha Wednesday; Women To Host IPFW Tonight

The Western Illinois men's basketball team topped visiting Omaha at Western Hall last night, 83-76. The Leathernecks put four players in double figures, led by the 23 of Garrett Covington & 17 points by Jabari Sandifer. Mike Miklusak & Tate Stensgaard added 14 & 13 points respectively. The Leathernecks improve to 8-13 this season, 1-9 in the Summit League and will be idle until Thursday, Feb. 11th at Denver. 
 
The Western Illinois women's basketball team is home tonight with IPFW from Ufkes Court. The Leathernecks enter at 12-10 overall (5-4, Summit League) while the Mastadons check in at 5-17 on the year (1-8, Summit League). Tip-off tonight from Western Hall is 7pm, and you can hear the game locally on 104.1FM starting at 6:45. Tonight is another Military Appreciation and ROTC Night. Campus and community military members who dedicate their lives to our country that are in attendance will be recognized.
 

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Leatherneck Football Lands 17 Recruits During National Signing Day

Western Illinois coach Charlie Fisher announced the 2016 signing class, his first as head coach of the Leatherneck Football program. Fisher welcomed 17 recruits in an afternoon press conference on Wednesday (Feb. 3).

 

Fisher and the Leathernecks signed seven players on offense, nine on defense and one athlete. Western’s recruits hail from 12 states: five from Illinois, two from Michigan, and one each from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

 

“This day is a culmination of a month of hard work to put together a very special 2016 class. We met specific position needs and also added size, speed, and athleticism to join our current team,” said Fisher. “National Signing Day is a special time for us coaches and it never gets old. I am proud of my staff and how we represented Western Illinois University and everything it has to offer. The Leathernecks have a great tradition, and we are looking forward to this group becoming a link to those players who proudly wore the uniform before. Past, present and future Leathernecks, we are all one. Esprit de Corps and the Leatherneck Way has always been a common bond of team, toughness and a unified purpose. The common spirit existing within the team, which inspires enthusiasm, devotion to a cause, and the highest regard for honor and pride. That's who we are.”

 

Read more on each individual recruit at goleathernecks.com. 

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Tuesday (2/2) Scoreboard - High School Boys Basketball

Area High School Boys Basketball Scores (Tuesday):

Lewistown- 56, Bushnell/Prairie City- 30

Devin Yocum (BPC), 18 pts.

 

Brimfield-53, West Prairie -31 

Matt Blackledge (WP), 11 pts.

 

Elmwood- 56, South Fulton- 38

Seth Hammond (SF), 10 pts. 

 

Monmouth/Roseville- 82, Camp Point (Central)- 36

 

llini West- 56, West Hancock- 30

 

Brown County- 58, Southeastern- 32

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WIU Athletics & Leatherneck Men's Basketball To Host Military Appreciation Day

Western Illinois University men's basketball will host Omaha at 7 o'clock tonight at Western Hall. It's also Military & ROTC Appreciation Night from Ufkes Court. Campus and community military members that dedicate their lives to our country that are in attendance will be recognized. The Leathernecks enter at 7-13 (0-9, Summit League), while the Mavericks are 15-8 (7-2, Summit League). Tonight's WIU men's basketball game will also air on 102.7FM starting at 6:45pm. 

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Leatherneck Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher Finalizes Staff

Western Illinois head football coach Charlie Fisher finalized his coaching staff, in a press release announce on Monday. Joining coach Fisher & the Leathernecks are Defensive Coordinator David Elson, who held the same position last year at Southern Illinois... Offensive Coordinator Doug Malone, who spent the last five seasons coaching in the Canadian Football League... Jared Elliot, Assistant Head Coach/Quarterbacks Coach, who returns to WIU having coached QB's in the 2012 season... Steven Crutchley was retained as Running Backs Coach & to read-up on the entire Western Illinois University football coaching staff, visit goleathernecks.com. 
 
Coach Fisher will hold a 3pm press conference tomorrow for the media, recapping National Football Signing Day. A Signing Day Social will follow at The Sports Corner from 4-6pm Wednesday. And supporters are invited to the Leatherneck men's basketball game vs. Omaha at 7 o'clock tomorrow night at Western Hall. 
 

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Area High School Girls Basketball Scores - Monday

High School Girls Basketball Scores (Monday, 2/1/16): 
QND topped Macomb, 87-34
 
Illini West beat Liberty, 67-59
 
Monmouth-Roseville over West Hancock, 70-60
 
Central-Southeastern topped Pittsfield, 66-35
 

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Western Illinois Athletics Weekend Round-Up

The Western Illinois men's basketball team lost at IPFW Sunday, 88-67. Garrett Covington tallied 17 points in the loss for the Leathernecks, who fall to 7-13 this season & 0-9 in the Summit League. The Western Illinois women's basketball team scored a 74-55 home win over Omaha on Saturday behind Michelle Maher's 23 points, to improve to 12-10 this year & 5-4 in conference play.

 

Western women's tennis lost their two season opening matches of the season, falling to Eastern Illinois on Saturday & to Illinois State on Sunday. The Western Illinois coed swimming & diving teams hosted Washington University on Saturday. The Leatherneck men defeated the Bears, 169-119 while the women fell 180.5-102.5. 

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