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Local Sports Archives for 2016-03

Garrett Covington To Represent WIU & The Summit League At NCAA Leadership Forum

Western Illinois men's basketball student-athlete Garret Covington has been selected to represent The Summit League in the NCAA's Leadership Forum in Phoenix, Ariz., April 7-10.

"This is a tremendous honor for Garret, Western Illinois University, and our men's basketball program," said head men's basketball coach Billy Wright. "Garret had done a fantastic job living up to our 'ALL IN' philosophy. He excels in the classroom, on the court, and throughout the community. I am thrilled that Garret has embraced the role of a leader. It is something I saw in him during his recruitment and now others throughout the country are starting to take notice as well."

The Leadership Forum, created in 1997, has been a life-changing experience for nearly 5,000 student-athletes, many who have grown personally and professionally, gained a new network of peers and friends, as well as felt the rewards and importance of community service. 

"Congratulations to Garret on his selection to the NCAA's Student-Athlete Leadership Forum. Garret already has distinguished himself as a student leader on and off the court, and I'm confident that he will represent the Leathernecks and the Summit League on a national stage with equal distinction," said Director of Athletics Matt Tanney.

Currently, each Division I and Division II conference office selects student-athletes from among their active member schools and an administrator from the conference office, to represent their conference at the Leadership Forum. 
Attendance at the Leadership Forum is at no cost to the participants, institutions or conference offices as the NCAA pays for airfare or mileage, shuttle transportation, lodging and meals.

"I am truly grateful to be selected to attend the NCAA's Leadership Forum, representing both The Summit League and Western Illinois University," said Covington. "This is a great opportunity to improve my leadership skills and be a better leader for my teammates on and off the court."

The NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum engages a diverse and dynamic representation of student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administrators. Student-athletes selected to attend Leadership Forum return to campus with invaluable leadership skills, the experience of exploring the relationship between personal values, core beliefs and behavioral styles, and a thorough understanding of the NCAA as a whole, the different divisional perspectives and the valuable role of Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC).

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Tuesday's Area Scoreboard

High School Baseball Scores:

Quincy(HS)- 14,  Macomb- 4 ; Grant Hannant (Macomb) 2-run HR

Farmington- 14, South Fulton- 5

Pittsfiled-11, Rushville/Industry- 1

lllini West- 12, Biggsville (West Central)- 8

Liberty- 12, Southeastern- 5

 

High School Softball Scores:

Macomb- 14, South Fulton- 3 (5 innings)

West Hancock- 4, Bushnell/West Prairie- 3

Illini West- 1, Biggsville (West Central)- 0

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Leatherneck Baseball Suffers Tuesday Loss To Illinois-Springfield

The Western Illinois baseball team dropped a home non-conference game to Illinois-Springfield yesterday, 13-5. Steve McShane had two hits in the loss while Adam McGinnis & Roman Visintine each extended their career-high hitting streaks to nine games. Adam Gregory (2-2) picked up the win for the Prairie Stars, who improve to 9-10, while Jimmy Perkins (0-2) suffered the loss for the Leathernecks, who fall to 6-16 on the year and wrap up the homestand at 4-3.

 

Western will travel to Summit League Conference foe Omaha this weekend for a three-game series. Game one against the Mavericks is set for 1pm on Friday. 

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Leathernecks' Joe Mortillaro Named Summit Pitcher Of The Week

Western Illinois baseball senior RHP Joe Mortillaro was named the Summit League "Pitcher of the Week" on Monday. Mortillaro struck out a career-best 11 batters in last Saturday's 2-0 win over South Dakota State, clinching the Leathernecks series win over the Jackrabbits. He scattered three hits and walked two, while combining with two relievers for his third shutout since last season.

 

Leatherneck baseball will host non-confernece Illinois-Springfield this afternoon. First pitch from Boyer Stadium is set for 3pm. 

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Monday's Area Scoreboard; Macomb Little League In-Person Registration

High School Baseball Scores:
Beardstown-5, Rushville/Industry- 4
Liberty-4, Illini West- 2
Camp Point (Central)- 3,  Mendon (Unity)- 2
 
High School Softball Scores:
Macomb- 17, Jacksonville- 1
Bushnell/West Prairie- 8, Mercer County- 2
West Hancock- 19, South Fulton- 0
Illini West- 14, Liberty- 3
Camp Point (Central)- 10, Quincy High- 0 
 
Macomb Little League Sign-Up:
A reminder, the final in-person registration for Macomb Little League sign-up will be tomorrow, Wed. March 30th. The sign-up will take place tomorrow from 5-7pm at HyVee. Online registration continues at eteamz.com/macomb. After March 31st, a $10 late registration will be assessed. Find payment, age & league info, rules and more on the league's website. 
 

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WIU Football's Brody Carls Is A (Bone Marrow) Match

When Brody Carls (Pana/Pana) registered with the Be The Match bone marrow donor program last year, it wasn’t about gaining attention but about helping others. Now the Western Illinois sophomore offensive lineman will get the opportunity to do just that.

 

The process to sign up takes just about 15-20 minutes. After completing the required paperwork, a few swabs are taken from the inside of a donor's mouth and the DNA goes into the national bone marrow registry.

 

According to BeTheMatch.org, the registry is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it. It is the largest and most diverse donor registry in the world. Their partnerships with international and cooperative registries provide doctors with access to nearly 24.5 million potential donors and more than 622,000 cord blood units worldwide.

 

Seventy percent of all patients who need a transplant don’t have a matched donor in their family. A patient’s likelihood of finding a matching donor on the Be The Match Registry is estimated to range from 66-97%, depending on race and ethnicity. The "Get in the Game" drive, which is a national initiative that began in 2008 by Villanova Coach Andrew Talley, is designed to build the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

 

After signing up last spring with Be The Match Carls got the call as a possible donor match. After further testing it was determined he would be a perfect match with an older gentleman suffering from Leukemia.

 

“It was two weeks after my initial phone call they took a blood sample. They did some more tests and said they’d let me know if I would make a positive match or not,” said Carls. “It was a week after my test that I got the call back and said they were going through with this.”

 

Football head coach Charlie Fisher praised Brody’s effort to step up and help someone in need.

 

“I think it speaks volumes for the kind of kids we have in our program. Because we have a young man here that is willing to step up and save a life, and help someone have a better quality of life. And that’s what Brody’s doing,” said first year head football coach Charlie Fisher. “You have to tip your hat to him, because not everybody’s willing to do that. It’s a special opportunity that he’s giving back, and it speaks a lot to his character, his integrity, and his willingness to help.”

 

The notoriety that comes with being a donor is the last thing on Carls’ mind.

 

“When I signed up for this I wasn’t doing this for the attention. I was doing it for the greater good, to help someone. I wasn’t out for the media (attention) and all that,” said Carls. “It’s unreal, they tell you about the only time you’re going to go through with this (donating) is whenever you fill out the paper work and do the process to sign up for it. The chances of you going through with it, is very slim to none. The fact that we pulled two guys out of Macomb, it’s kind of crazy.”

 

Now Carls becomes the second Leatherneck in as many years getting the opportunity to donate with the program. Last year, it was defensive lineman JJ Veloz answering the call and helping an infant by going through the bone marrow transplant.

 

“When I first got the call the first thing I thought of was (JJ) Veloz. He went through it (last fall). When I got back I met up with him and he gave me pointers,” said Carls.

 

With that many donors in the database, and a second member of the football team getting the call as a donor match, Leatherneck Football is really joining elite company.

 

“The odds are slim to have two matches (from the same football team), but I go back to the type of kids we have and their willingness to be servant oriented and to give of themselves to two people who needed help in a most desperate way,” said Fisher. “It’s exciting. We’re all in Brody’s corner with what he’s doing and we’re going to be pulling for him every step of the way. I just have to tip my hat to him and say thank you.”

 

According to Western Illinois Athletic Director Matt Tanney, “The fact that two football student-athletes in as many years stepped forward and selflessly donated is remarkable. Brody is directly impacting the quality of life for a total stranger, which is pretty special. As a department, we always talk about the positive impact of Leathernecks in the community and on campus, and Brody's donation is another example of such quality contributions by our student-athletes.”

 

This is a story that hits close to home for Brody. More than 15 years ago, Carls’ grandfather – nearly the same age as the person he will do the transfusion for - was diagnosed with Leukemia. Brody will travel to Chicago and have the chance to save a life.

 

“You may get a phone call; you could help save a life. I know everyone’s family out there have been affected by cancer, or someone in their life has been affected, so if you get the opportunity, the chance to help, take it and run with it,” said Carls.


For more information, visit bethematch.org.

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Leatherneck Baseball & Softball Score Home Series Wins Over South Dakota State

After beating South Dakota State on Friday, the Western Illinois baseball team split w/the Jackrabbits on Saturday falling in game one, 11-3 but taking game two & the "rubber game" of the series winning 2-0. Senior Joe Mortillaro struck out a career-high 11 batters over six innings, while Nick Milligan and Ricky Digrugilliers helped preserve the five-hit shutout. Adam McGinnis and Roman Visintine drove in runs for the Leathernecks, who improve to 6-15 overall & 4-2 in the Summit League. The Leathernecks conclude their seven game homestand on Tuesday (March 29), playing host to Illinois-Springfield. First pitch from Boyer Stadium is set for 3pm. 
 
After splitting with the South Dakota State on Friday, the Leatherneck softball team topped the Jacks on Saturday, winning 8-7 in a "walk-off." Rachel Beatty hit a two-run, walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh for the game & series win. Beatty finished with two hits and three RBI on the day, while Payton Abbott picked up the win in relief. Leatherneck softball improved to 9-22 overall, 2-1 in the Summit League and will head to Vermillion to face the University of South Dakota for a confernece clash this weekend. 
 

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Leatherneck Softball & Baseball To Host South Dakota State This Weekend

If you're around this weekend or hosting family for the Sunday holiday, take in some Western Illinois softball & baseball in Macomb. Leatherneck softball has just three home series all season, one of them coming this weekend, when they welcome South Dakota State to Mary Ellen McKee Stadium. There's twin-bill Friday starting at 2pm and a single game on Saturday at 11am.

 

Leatherneck baseball is home again this weekend also with South Dakota State. Western baseball will have games with the Jackrabbits from Boyer Stadium this Friday at 3pm with Saturday & Sunday's games beginning at 1pm. Admission to all home Leatherneck baseball & softball games are FREE of charge.

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Wednesday's Local Scoreboard

High School Baseball:

Macomb-9, Rock Island (Alleman)- 7

South Fulton-12, Southeastern- 0

Liberty- 7,  Rushville/Industry- 6

 

High School Softball:

Bushnell/West Prairie- 9, Beardstown- 4

Liberty-8, Rushville/Industry- 0

Illini West- 6, Mercer County- 3

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Leatherneck Men's & Women's Golf Wrap Up Play Tuesday

The Western Illinois men's golf team concluded play at the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate Tuesday, hosted by Missouri State in Springfield, Mo. The Leathernecks finished 5th as a team, with Central Arkansas winning the tournament. Western junior Andrew Blackburn was tops individually for Western finishing 9th.

 

Western Illinois women's golf finished up the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate yesterday, hosted by Tennessee Tech in Sevierville, Tn. The Leathernecks were 10th, while Southern Mississippi won the team event. Sophomore Allie Leingang's 17th place finish was best individually for Western.

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Tuesday's Area Scores

High School Baseball:
Ridgewood-10, Bushnell/West Priaire- 2
Rushville/Industry- 8, Lewistown- 1
Canton- 9, Illini West- 1
Pittsfiled- 10, Southeastern- 0
 
High School Softball:
Biggsville (West Central)- 14, Macomb- 2
Beardstown- 10, West Hancock- 9
Pittsfield- 11, Southeastern- 2
 
Congrats to the West Prairie 8th grade girls volleyball team who finished in 4th place at the IESA 8-2A State Tournament last night. 
 
A reminder, the Macomb Little League will have in-person registration tonight at HyVee on E.Jackson in Macomb from 5-7pm. In-person registration will also take place the following Wed. March 30th at HyVee also from 5-7pm. Online sign-up is available anytime at eteamz.com/macomb. 
 

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Leatherneck Football Kicks-Off Spring Practice Thursday; WIU Golf Teams Resume Play

Western Illinois football will kick-off the first of 15 spring practices on Thursday, leading up to the annual Bruce Craddock Memorial Spring Game on Friday, April 22nd. The Leathernecks will hold practice Thursday morning at 7:45, this Friday at 5:45pm, Saturday at 10:45am and then go on an alternating schedule, where practice is held on Tuesday & Thursday mornings at 7:45 and Friday's at 5:45pm. 
 
Western Illinois men's golf finished up the first 36 holes of the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate, hosted by Missouri State in Springfield, Missouri on Monday. After two rounds, the Leathernecks are in 4th place out of 11 teams, with senior Andrew Blackburn tied for 7th individually. The third & final round tees off this morning.
 
WIU women's golf is through two rounds at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate hosted by Tennessee Tech. The Leathernecks are 10th overall with sophomore Allie Leingang 11th individually. The final round is set for today.
 

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Online & In-Person Registration For Macomb Little League

Online registration for Macomb Little League is underway, please visit eteamz.com/macomb. You can also find age & payment information, league rules and more. Macomb Little League, will also hold in-person registration dates the next two Wed. (March 23rd & March 30th) from 5-7pm at HyVee on E.Jackson in Macomb. 

 

Macomb Little League also has openings for their advisory board. If interested, please email macomblittleleague@gmail.com. 

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Leatherneck Women's Basketball Ends Season Saturday; Women's Tennis & Women's Golf Recap

Saturday, Leatherneck women's basketball saw their WBI run end in the quarterfinals with an 81-78 loss at South Carolina-Upstate. Seniors Michelle Maher & Sophie Reichelt tallied 23 & 22 points respectively in the loss for Western, who end the season 16-16 & returned home yesterday to a warm welcome at Western Hall. 
 
Sunday, the Western Illinois women's tennis team dropped a home match to Wright State, 7-0 in Galesburg. Western women's tennis will now travel to Denver for a Summit League matchup against the Pioneers on March 26th, in the first of three consecutive league matchups. First serve is set for 1 p.m. CT.
 
Western Illinois women's golf finished the opening day of Tennessee Tech's Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate in eighth place with a 329 on Sunday. The event features one, 18-hole round during each of the event's three days (March 20-22) and is taking place on the Highlands Course at Sevierville Golf Club. Allie Leingang leads the Leathernecks heading into day two with a 77 and is tied for seventh place overall. Round two is slated to take place Monday, and the third round scheduled for Tuesday.
 

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Western Illinois Baseball Wins Sunday; Leatherneck Softball Drops Two At Hoosier Classic

After rallying to win 7-6 on Saturday, the Western Illinois basetball team took game three & the "rubber game" of the series in beating visitng North Dakota State Sunday, 9-4. Ricky Digrugilliers (1-0) picked up the win on the mound, while Connor Currier had three hits & three RBI and Chris Tschida added three hits and two runs scored. Leatherneck baseball improves to 4-14 this season, 2-1 in the Summit League and will host South Dakota State in a conference series beginning this Friday from Boyer Stadium. 
 
The Western Illinois softball team dropped their final two games at the Hoosier Classic Sunday, falling to Michigan State 11-2 and losing to host Indiana 11-8. Leatherneck softball now 7-21 on the year & will hold their home & Summit League openers this Friday when they entertain South Dakota State from Mary Ellen McKee Stadium. 
 

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Western Illinois Women's Basketball Tops Southern Illinois in WBI

The Western Illinois women's basketball team scored a 99-97 overtime win over visiting Southern Illinois last night, in the opening round of the 2016 Women's Basketball Invitational. It's the first ever post-season win (non conference tournament) for the Leathernecks who improve to 16-15 this season. Senior Michelle Maher led Western with 26 points, Taylor Higgenbotham scored 25 while Emily Clemens & Mallory Boyle were also in double figures with 19 & 10 points, respectively.

 

The Leathernecks move on to face the Spartans of South Carolina-Upstate, who upset top-seed Northern Kentucky last night. Game-time in Spartansburg, S.C. Saturday is set for 6pm & you can hear that game locally tomorrow on 104.1FM starting at 5:45. 

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Leatherneck Women's Basketball Host Southern Illinois Tonight In WBI

The Western Illinois women's basketball team will host Southern Illinois tonight in the first round of the 2016 Women's Basketball Invitational. The Leathernecks come in 15-15 while the Salukis are 20-12. Tickets are on sale by calling 298-1190, online at goleathernecks.com. Doors will open at 6 o'clock this evening and tickets may also be purchased at the Western Illinois Ticket Window.

 

Game-time from Ufkes Court at Western Hall is set for 7pm & you can hear the game locally on 104.1FM starting at 6:45. It's the first post-season appearance for the Leathernecks since 2006 and first game against SIU in 24 years. 

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WIU's Wetherbee Named Men's Golfer Of The Week; Western Softball & Baseball Fall Wednesday

Western Illinois men's golfer Jackson Wetherbee was named Summit League 'Golfer of the Week' for his performance in the 2016 Cape Fear Intercollegiate earlier this week. Wetherbee led the Leathernecks to a T6th-place finish in the event, finishing ninth individually with a three-round total of 218.
 
Leatherneck softball lost both games of a double-header at #17 Missouri yesterday, falling by 6-0 scores in both contests. Western softball is now 6-19 & moves on to the Hoosier Invitational hosted by Indiana this weekend. Western Illinois baseball fell at 12th ranked Missouri State Wednesday, 15-3. The Leathernecks at 2-13 and will host their home & Summit League opener tomorrow at 3pm vs. North Dakota State from Boyer Stadium. 
 

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Tickets Remain On Sale For WIU Women's Basketball WBI Game Thursday

Tickets are now available for Western Illinois' first round matchup against Southern Illinois in the 2016 Women's Basketball Invitational. The Leathernecks host the Salukis at 7pm tomorrow from Ufkes Court at Western Hall. Adult tickets are $8 for general admission and $10 for reserved seating. Tickets for seniors (65+) and children (18 or younger) will cost $5, while all WIU students will be admitted for free with a valid student ID.

 

The Western Illinois Athletic Ticket Office in Western Hall will be open from 8am-4:30pm today. Doors open tomorrow night at 6 o'clock. For tickets and additional information, please call 298-1190 or visit goleathernecks.com. 

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WIU Softball & Baseball Drop Tuesday Games; Western Women's Golf Concludes Bulldog Invite

The Western Illinois softball team lost at Wichita State yesterday, 9-4. Nina Maggio had three hits & three RBI in the loss for the Leathernecks, who fall to 6-17 this season. Western softball plays a twinbill at Missouri in Columbia today starting at 4pm. The Western Illinois baseball team lost to the nations 12th ranked Bears of Missouri State, 13-4 on Tuesday. The Leathernecks fall to 2-12 & play Mo-State again in Springfield today at 3pm. 
 
The Western Illinois women's golf team wrapped up play at the Bulldog Invite, hosted by The Citadel in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The Leathernecks finished the two-day event placing sixth, with a team score of 639 with Lamar winning the tournament. Freshman Mariah Peters finished 10th & sophomore Allie Leingang tied for 11th, and were tops individually for Western. 
 

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Western Illinois Women's Basketball Earns Post Season Bid

For the first time in 10 years, the Western Illinois women's basketball team will be in the postseason, as the Leathernecks accepted a bid to compete in the 2016 Women's Basketball Invitational. The 16-team bracket, released on Monday saw Western earn a No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 Southern Illinois in the opening round. Tip-off this Thursday, March 17, is set for 7 p.m. inside Western Hall. The Leathernecks enter at 15-15 while the Salukis are 20-12. For ticket info, visit goleathernecks.com this afternoon. 

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Leatherneck Men's & Women's Golf In Action Monday

Western Illinois women's golf finished day one Monday, in fourth place with a team 314, at the 2016 Bulldog Invite hosted by The Citidel in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Sophomore golfer Allie Leingang is tied for second place individually and freshman Mariah Peters is currently eighth. The second & final 18 holes is slated for today.
 
The Western Illinois men's golf team wrapped up competition at the 2016 Cape Fear National Intercollegiate in a tie for sixth place out of 13 teams. Duke won the team event. Western freshman Jackson Wetherbee finished ninth idividually for the Leathernecks. 
 

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WIU Women's Tennis & Men's Golf In Action Sunday

The Leathernecks Courtney Lubbers and Maria Bessmertnaya defeated their Maryville opponents by a score of 8-6 in the No. 1 spot. Arianna Demos and Nicole Jones were also able to pick up a win at No. 2, 8-5. Lubbers continued her success into singles action, winning her fifth game of the season by score of 6-1, 6-3 at the No.1 position. Bessmertnaya also picked up a victory at the No. 2 spot, winning her first set 6-3 and the second by default. Wallace cruised to victory at No. 5 singles, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-4, while Demos won at the No. 3 position. Western women's tennis will take a week off from competition and will be back in action on Sunday, March 20 against Wright State. First serve in Galesburg, Illinois, is set for 9 a.m.
 
Western Illinois men's golf opened action in the Cape Fear National Intercollegiate on Sunday (March 13), finishing the 36 holes with a 609. The Leathernecks opened with a 307 before carding a 302 to finish the day. The event is hosted by Appalachian State and is taking place at the Cape Fear National Golf Course. Heading into the third and final round, Western is led by freshman Jackson Wetherbee who owns a 146 and is tied for 11th place. Jackson shot a 74 in round one before carding a 72 during the second 18 holes.The third and final round is set for today. 
 

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Leatherneck Softball & Baseball Fall Sunday

The Western Illinois softball team took on Northern Iowa and Kansas City during the final day of the Jayhawk Invitational on Sunday (March 13). The Leathernecks dropped the first game to UNI by a score of 4-0. In the second game against UMKC, Western out hit the Panthers 10-to-8 and scored three runs in the seventh inning, but it was not enough and they fell by a score of 7-4. With the losses, the Leathernecks fall to 6-16 on the year. The Purple and Gold are currently on a ten-day, twelve-game road trip with action continuing Tuesday at Wichita State. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. 
 
Western Illinois brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning against the 14th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks, but a flyball ended the game in a 3-0 decision on Sunday afternoon (March 13). Arkansas (13-3 overall) scored all three of its runs on a two-out hit, starting in the first inning. Western (2-11) begins a two-game midweek series at (current ranking) #12 Missouri State. First pitch on Tuesday (March 15) is scheduled for 3 p.m.
 

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No "Break" For Western Illinois "Spring" Athletics

The Western Illinois basetball team plays a series at 14th ranked Arkansas this weekend.Game one in Fayetteville is today at 3pm. The Leathernecks will have games with the Razorbacks at 2pm Saturday & 1pm on Sunday. Western softball is taking part at this weekends "Jayhawk Invite" hosted by Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas. Leatherneck softball will have games against Kansas & UMKC today at 3pm & 4:30, respectively... and games with the Jayhawks Saturday before taking on Northern Iowa & UMKC on Sunday. 
 
Members of the Western Illinois men's & women's track and field teams are taking part at this weekends NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas this weekend. Leatherneck women's tennis will host Missouri State in Galesburg tomorrow at Noon, before taking on Maryville University in St.Louis Sunday at 2pm. 
 

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Leatherneck Soccer To Hold Spring Alumni Games; Summer Soccer Academy

Western Illinois Director of Soccer Dr. Eric Johnson announced that the men's and women's soccer teams will be holding their spring alumni games on Saturday, April 30. The women will kick off at 5 p.m. with the men following at approximately 6:30 p.m. A social will follow at 8 p.m. The event costs $25 dollars and includes a t-shirt, food, and beverages. All former Leatherneck players are welcome to attend the event. For more information, and to RSVP to the event, contact Dr. Johnson at ep-johnson@wiu.edu. 
 
Western Illinois Director of Soccer Dr. Eric Johnson announced that the Leatherneck men's and women's soccer programs will be hosting camps this summer. The Men's Elite Soccer Academy will take place June 13-14 while the Women's Elite Soccer Academy will run June 14-15. Both camps are open to players in grades 9-12, as well as junior college players. For more information, find the camp brochures at goleathernecks.com.
 

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Leatherneck Volleyball To Host Summer Camps in July

Western Illinois head volleyball coach Kelly Richardson announced on Tuesday, March 8, that the Leatherneck volleyball program will be holding a trio of summer camps this July. The Leathernecks will be holding a youth camp (July 6-8), all-skills camp (July 11-13), and a team camp (July 15-17).
 
"Our goal this summer is to offer a positive environment for kids where they can learn technique, meet new people, and have fun playing volleyball," said Richardson. "We have something to offer every age, and are excited for the opportunity to be back in the gym with our campers."
 
The youth camp, for kids in grades 1-6, is designed to provide positive feedback for all ability levels in a rewarding and enjoyable atmosphere. Campers will learn the FUNdamentals of passing, setting, hitting, and serving from Western staff and current players.
 
WIU's all-skills camp, designed for kids in grades 7-12, will teach and improve the technique of all six basic skills: passing, digging, attacking, setting, blocking, and serving. The camp features an overnight and commuter option, with the overnight package providing two nights of housing and six meals.
 
Western's team camp is designed for high school and club teams as they prepare for their upcoming season. The competitive team camp provides a daily combination of instruction, drills, and competition. Each participating team will be assigned a court coach and there will be team development sessions as well as a very competitive three-day camp tournament.
 
For complete camp information and registration, visit abcsportscamps.com/wiuvolleyball 

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WIU Women's Tennis Student-Athlete Courtney Lubbers Named Summit League Player Of The Week

Western Illinois women's tennis student-athlete Courtney Lubbers has been named The Summit League's 'Player of the Week', the league office announced on Tuesday (March 8). Lubbers earned the honor after picking up two wins at No. 1 singles against league foe IUPUI and Green Bay this past weekend. She collects the award for the second time in her career and the first time this season.
 
On Saturday's Summit League opener against IUPUI, the sophomore picked up the win over IUPUI's Valeriia Lavrenchuk in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0.
 
The Wichita, Kansas, native continued her winning ways the following day against Green Bay, cruising to victory at No. 1 singles over Olivia Hedford, 6-3, 6-0. Lubbers and her doubles partner Maria Bessmertnaya also sealed the win at No. 1 doubles, defeating their Phoenix opponent 6-4.
 
Lubbers and the rest of the women's tennis squad are back in action on Saturday, March 12, as they host Missouri State in Galesburg, Illinois at noon. The team will then travel to St. Louis for a matchup against Maryville University the following day, with first serve set for 1 p.m.

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Western Illinois Softball Players Earn Summit League Honors

Western Illinois softball outfielder Tierney Bottino was named Summit League Player of the Week while teammate Emily Ira garnered the league's Pitcher of the Week award for their performances last week. Ira shared the pitcher of the week award with North Dakota State's Jacquelyn Sertic.

 

Bottino, a senior earns her first career Player of the Week honor, after tallying both walk-off hits in Western's two wins Sunday at the Miami (OH) Invite. For the week, Bottino hit .357 including a homerun and six RBI.

 

Ira earns her first career Pitcher of the Week award after tossing the Leathernecks first no-hitter since 2010 in Saturday's win over Canisius, while going 2-0 last weekend, allowing just two hits & 16 total strikeouts. Leatherneck softball will kick-off their Spring Break road-trip this weekend, taking part in the Jayhawk Invite in Lawrence, Kansas. 

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Western Illinois Athletics Weekend Wrap

The Western Illinois women's basketball team saw their season come to an end Sunday, falling to Oral Roberts, 68-55 in the quarterfinals of the Summit League Tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D. Leatherneck senior's Michelle Maher & Sophie Reichelt had 15 points each in their final game. Western women's basketball end their season at 15-15. 
 
The Western Illinois softball team scored two "walk-off" wins Sunday at the Miami (OH) Invite, beating Canisius in game one, 2-1... and defeating Miami (OH), also 2-1. Saturday, Leatherneck pitcher Emily Ira tossed a no-hitter in Western's 8-0 win over Canisius. Yesterday, the Leatherneck baseball team split with Northern Kentucky: falling in game one, 7-4 and picking up their first win of the season in game two, defeating the Norse, 8-6. 
 
After falling in their Summit League opener Saturday to IUPUI, the Western Illinois women's tennis team scored a 5-2 win over Green Bay on Sunday. Leatherneck men's tennis dropped a dual meet at Oral Roberts on Saturday.
 

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Wednesday's Area IHSA Boys Basketball Post Season Recap

IHSA boys basketball post season scores from Wednesday: at th Class A Sectional in Bushnell: Liberty beat Lewistown, 57-36 putting the Eagles in the sectional championship against Peoria (Quest) on Friday at 7pm. At the boys 2A basketball sectional in Beardstown last night, Pleasant Plains over Athens, 53-43... the Cardinals advance to the title game Friday at 7pm vs. Quincy (Notre Dame). And at the 3A boys hoops regional in Galesburg, Bloomington High topped Limestone, 84-68 advancing the Purple Raiders to Friday's regional championship vs. host Galesburg. 

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11th Annual Kiwanis Club of Canton Boys & Girls All-Star Basketball Games Are Set

The 11th Annual Kiwanis Club of Canton All-Star boys & girls basketball games are set for Saturday, March 26th at the Alice Ingersoll Gymnasium in Canton. Macomb's Mia Lambert will play on the girls South team as will South Fulton's Hannah Krukewitt & Erin Lascelles... South Fulton's Austin Batterton, Chase Hood & Jett Jones will play on the boys South team, along with Bushnell/Prairie City's Chance McGrew. The girls all-star is set for 6pm while the boys game tips-off at 8pm. Concessions will be available. Admission at the door on the night of the event is $5 for adults... Students aged six through high school will be admitted for $3 and children five years old & younger will be admitted free. 

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IHSA Boys Basketball Post Season Recap From Tuesday

At the IHSA Boys Basketball 3A Regional in Galesburg last night, the host Silver Streaks beat Macomb, 76-35. Grant Hannant had 12 points in the loss for the Bombers, who end the season at 16-11. At the Class 2A Boys Basketball Sectional in Beardstown Tuesday, Quincy (Notre Dame) topped Williamsville, 62-54 and at the Class A boys hoops Sectional in Bushnell, Peoria (Quest) over Payson/Seymore, 60-58 in overtime. 

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Western Illinois Men's Golf Concludes Play At The Colin Montgomerie Invite

The Western Illinois men's golf team concluded play at the Colin Montgomerie Invite in Spring, Texas on Tuesday, from the Cypresswood Golf Club. The Leathernecks shot a two-day/three-round total of 910, placing them 14th as a team. Freshman Jackson Wetherbee's three round 223 was good enough for 32nd individually. Tournament host Houston Baptist had two teams in the field, and finished first & second, respectively. 

 

Western men's golf is back in action on March 13-14 with the Cape Fear National Intercollegiate which is hosted by Appalachian State.

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Macomb Boys Basketball Beats Canton At Galesburg 3A Regional; Play Host Silver Streaks Tonight

The Macomb High boys basketball team scored 53-31 win over Canton at the IHSA 3A Galesburg Regional last night. Grant Hannant led the Bombers with 13 points, while Carter Fayhee & Marquese Woods added 12 & 10 points, respectively. Macomb will play host Galesburg tonight at 7pm in the regional semifinal and you can hear the game live on 100.1FM & online at macombnewsnow.com starting around 6:40.

 

Other high school boys post-season hoops tonight, at the Class 2A Beardstown Sectional, QND meets Williamsville at 7 o'clock and at the Class A boys basketball sectional in Bushnell this evening, Payson/Seymore plays Peoria Quest at 7pm. 

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Western Illinois Women's Basketball Senior Michelle Maher Named Summit League Player Of The Week

Western Illinois women's basketball senior guard Michelle Maher was named Summit League "Player of the Week" on Monday. Maher set the Leathernecks program record for points in a game with 41 in Western's home win last Thursday over North Dakota State. She added another 21 points in last Saturday's "Senior Night" loss to South Dakota State. Leatherneck women's basketball is the 5th seed at this years Summit League Tournament & will face 4th seed Oral Roberts on Sunday at Noon. Hear that game on 104.1FM starting at 11:45. 
 
The Western Illinois men's golf team is taking part at the Colin Montgomerie Invite at Cypresswood Golf Club in Spring, Tx. Through the first two rounds, the Leathernecks sit tied for 13th place with host Houston Baptist (invite host with two teams in field) holding the top two spots. WIU freshman Jackson Wetherbee is 29th individually. The third & final round wraps up today. 
 

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