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Leatherneck Football Players Report Next Week; Tickets Remain On Sale

Western Illinois University football student-athletes report to camp in less than one week on Tuesday, August 2nd. Practice officially kicks-off on Wednesday, August 3rd. A reminder that tickets for the upcoming 2016 Western Illinois football season are on sale. Leatherneck Club members have the opportunity to purchase single game tickets starting Monday, August 1st. Single game tickets for the general public go on sale August 22nd. For more info or to purchase tickets call 298-1190, email LeatherneckTickets@wiu.edu or visit GoLeathernecks.com.

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Last Chance To Register For Macomb JFL

This is the final week to sign-up for Macomb-JFL. Registration forms are available at Gentry Motor Company, 1719 E.Jackson in Macomb during regular business hours & must be submitted by the end of the day this Friday. Macomb JFL is for interested youth in 5th & 6th grades. Cost is just $50. Any questions, email macombjfl@gmail.com. The 2016 Macomb JFL season is set to begin with practice on August 15th & games beginning on Sunday, Sept. 11, with all games played at WIU's Hanson Field. For more on the league, visit www.macombjfl.com. 

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Leatherenck Women's Basketball Announces 2016-17 Schedule

Western Illinois women's basketball head coach JD Gravina announced the 2016-17 schedule Monday, July 25, which includes 16 home contests and 15 on the road.   

"We've really worked to build a schedule around regional rivalry games. Not only does this make sense economically, but it also helps increase fan support in our community and around the state of Illinois," said Gravina. "We really feel this schedule will allow us to continue solidifying our reputation as one of the top teams in the state."

The Purple and Gold concluded last season with a postseason quarterfinals appearance at the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI). The 2016-17 schedule features five teams with postseason appearances from last season, including Missouri (NCAA Second Round), South Dakota State (NCAA Second Round), South Dakota (WNIT Champions), IUPUI (WNIT Second Round) and Milwaukee (WNIT First Round).

The Leathernecks begin the season with two exhibition matchups inside Western Hall against William Jewell (Oct. 25) and William Penn (Nov. 2). Western will officially begin the regular season with a Nov. 11 home matchup against Monmouth, followed by two straight road games at Milwaukee (Nov. 13) and Southeast Missouri State (Nov. 16).

A Nov. 19 in-state home matchup against Northern Illinois precedes four straight games on the road. The Purple and Gold travel for away contests against Kansas City (Nov. 22) and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (Nov. 27), before a Nov. 29 road meeting against SEC opponent Missouri Tigers, who are coming off a second-round NCAA Tournament appearance last season. WIU takes on Marquette Friday, Dec. 2, to close out the four-game road slate.

Western plays hosts to Bradley on Dec. 5 for the first of three straight home contests. Two days later, Graceland makes the trip to Macomb, followed by in-state rival Eastern Illinois on Dec. 10, where the Leathernecks have won five out of the last seven meetings against the Panthers. WIU then travels to Chicago State Saturday, Dec. 17, before returning back to Western Hall against Illinois State (Dec. 20) for the final non-conference regular season game.

Summit League play tips off just before the New Year with two straight road matchups against Fort Wayne (Dec. 28) and IUPUI (Dec. 31). The Leathernecks return home for back-to-back Summit League games against Denver (Jan. 5) and Oral Roberts (Jan. 7), followed by a Jan. 12 road trip to Omaha. The Leathernecks welcome North Dakota State Jan.14, and will be back on the road for an away matchup against South Dakota State (Jan. 21), before returning back home against IUPUI Jan. 26.

Western then plays four of its next five games on the road, including a pair of away trips to South Dakota (Jan.28) and Oral Roberts (Feb. 1), a home matchup against Omaha (Feb.4), capped off by another two-game road stretch at North Dakota State (Feb. 8) and Denver (Feb. 11).

Three straight games in Western Hall conclude the regular season for Gravina's team. WIU faces off against South Dakota State Thursday, Feb. 15, IPFW on Wednesday, Feb.22, and South Dakota on Saturday, Feb. 25, for the final home game.

Western will then shift its focus to the Summit League Basketball Championships, where it will travel to the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The tournament will take place from March 4-7.  

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Macomb Junior/Senior High Co-Curricular Meeting & Athletic Physical Dates Set

The Macomb Junior/Senior High School Co-Curricular meeting is scheduled for next Monday, August 1st at 7pm inside MHS Fellheimer Auditorium. Any athlete interested in participating in a fall sport is encouraged to attend with their parents. Coaches will be on hand to answer questions.

 

Any Macomb Jr/Sr. high school students interested in playing athletics this school year, must have a current athletic physical. Local physicians will be giving athletic physicals at the MHS Commons at 5:30pm on Wed. August 3rd for high school students & Thursday, August 4th for junior high students. These are athletic physicals only, and not the required physical for all incoming freshment. Cost is $10 and make checks payable to Macomb Athletics. 

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McDonough C.A.T.S. Hosting Fundraisers To Support Trip To Nationals

The McDonough C.A.T.S. 10 & Under softball team is heading to nationals, but they need your help! The C.A.T.S. will be having a "Car Wash Fundraiser" at HyVee on E.Jackson in Macomb on Friday, July 22nd from 5-7:30pm, with all proceeds going towards traveling expenses. You can also take advantage of "Adopt a C.A.T." fundraiser taking place on the teams Facebook page... just search "CATS-Softball." Sponsor the player of your choice, with a $150 donation will all proceeds benefiting the girls trip to nationals. The McDonough C.A.T.S. will take part at the national tournament in Rochester, Minn. August 3rd-7th. 

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Macomb JFL Registration

Anyone interested in participating in the Macomb JFL youth football can still find registration forms at Gentry Motor Company, 1719 E.Jackson in Macomb during regular business hours. Macomb JFL is for interested youth in 5th & 6th grades. Cost is just $50. Any questions, email macombjfl@gmail.com.

 

The 2016 Macomb JFL season is set to begin with practice on August 15th & games beginning on Sunday, Sept. 11, with all games played at WIU's Hanson Field.

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2016 Leatherneck Football Tickets On Sale

Season tickets for the upcoming 2016 Western Illinois football season are on sale. Leatherneck football will play five games at Hanson Field in Macomb during the upcoming season. Leatherneck Club members have the opportunity to purchase single game tickets starting Monday, August 1st. Single game tickets for the general public go on sale August 22nd. Discounted ticket prices for groups of 10 or more, charitable/educational groups, non-profit organizations and to active military & veterens will also be offered.  

 

For more info or to purchase tickets call 298-1190, email LeatherneckTickets@wiu.edu or visit GoLeathernecks.com. Western Illinois Football kicks-off the 2016 season on Thursday, Sept. 1st at Eastern Illinois. The home-opener for Leatherneck football is Saturday, Sept. 10th vs. Northern Arizona.

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Western Illinois Athletic Director Matt Tanney Set For 2nd Annual "Tanney On Tour"

The second-annual 'Tanney on Tour' is scheduled for Wednesday (July 20) as Western Illinois Athletic Director Matt Tanney will visit businesses around Macomb and the surrounding area. Fans are welcome to visit the local businesses that support Leatherneck Athletics and meet Tanney.
 
Wednesday, July 20 schedule
7:45  The Old Dairy (210 S. Lafayette St.)… Leatherneck fans welcome to join us for breakfast
8:30  MTC Communications (210 N. Coal St. Colchester)
9:00  Citizens Bank (127 S. Side Sq.)
9:15  Mid America National Bank (130 N. Side Sq.)
9:30  Free Range Yoga (118 N. Lafayette St.)
9:40  Dr. Ted Pawlias (501 E. Grant St.)
10:00  McDonough District Hospital (E Grant St.)
10:15  Arnold Brothers Heating & Cooling (1729 W. Jackson St.)
10:30  Cathy Early State Farm (1121 W. Jackson St.)
10:45  United Community Bank (430 W. Jackson St.)
11:00  Jimmy Johns (821 W. Jackson St.)
11:15  Papa John's Pizza (521 W. Jackson St.)
11:20  Diamond Daves II & Shooters (518 W. Jackson St.)
11:30  Coca-Cola (219 S. Johnson St.)
11:45  Domino's (123 W. Calhoun)
11:55  Macomb Chamber of Commerce (214 N. Lafayette St.)
12:05  Macomb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (201 S. Lafayette St.)
12:15-1:15  HyVee (1600 E. Jackson St.)… Leatherneck fans welcome to join us for lunch
1:30  Kunes Country Auto Group (3200 E. Jackson St.)
1:45  Woodrum Auto (3100 E Jackson St.)
2:00  1st Farm Credit Services (2901 E. Jackson St.)
2:15  Marine Bank (1661 E Jackson St.)
2:30  Burger King (1701 E. Jackson St)
2:40  Hampton Inn (1631 E. Jackson St.)
3:00  Pizza Hut (1435 E. Jackson St.)
3:15  JB&D Siding & Window Company (1155 E. Jackson St.)
3:25  First State Bank of Illinois (500 E. Jackson St.)
3:40  Swede's Autobody (328 N. Lafayette St.)
4:00  CHUBBY'S Restaurant (320 W. Adam St.)
4:15  First Bankers Trust (440 N. Lafayette St.)
4:30  Buffalo Wild Wings (1724 E. Jackson St.)… Leatherneck fans welcome to join us for dinner

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Time Change For 3rd Annual WIU Baseball Wrigley Rooftop Trip

The third-annual Western Illinois baseball Wrigley Rooftop trip will now be played under the lights at Wrigley Field. On Sunday, July 31, the Chicago Cubs will take on the Seattle Mariners and that game will now be the ESPN Sunday Night game. First pitch is scheduled for 7:08 p.m. The cost of the event is $120 per person, which includes a rooftop ticket and all you can eat and drink. For those wanting a round-trip bus ticket from Macomb in addition to the rooftop ticket and food/drink the cost is $160 per person. The bus is scheduled to leave at 11 a.m., and will also make a stop in Peoria to pick up passengers. All proceeds benefit the Leatherneck baseball program. For more information or to sign up, email head coach Ryan Brownlee at R-Brownlee@wiu.edu. You may also register at www.wiu.com/alumni.
 

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Macomb Area Softball Co-Rec League Concludes Season Thursday

Macomb Area Softball Co-Rec League Scores:

Knowles North

The Outskirts- 7, The Ritz- 0

The Outskirts- 5, Smith & Royer Apts- 4

St.Paul's- 7,  Pella- 0

Sons of Pitches- 7, Pella- 0

Knowles South

Smith & Royer Apts- 10, English Towing/Kitchen Cooked- 9

English Towing/Kitchen Cooked- 7, The Ritz- 0

Michael's Hair Designers- 13, Sons of Pitches- 3

Michael's- 14, St.Paul's- 11

 

1st Place: The Outskirts

2nd Place: Smith's Garden Center-Bedwell's Tree Service

3rd Place: English Towing/Kitchen Cooked 

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Leatherneck Women's Basketball Alum Reichelt To Play Professionally In Germany

Former Western Illinois women's basketball standout Sophie Reichelt (Mill Creek, Wash./Holy Names Academy) signed a professional contract to play for the Krofdorf Knights in Germany. She begins the preseason next month.
 
"I am over the moon to be able to play at a professional level. I am excited to play in Germany and to know more about my culture since I am 50 percent German. I am also getting the opportunity to attend University of Giessen," said Reichelt, who plans on taking classes to study German and then for a master's degree in business administration. "The team has a wide variety of players from all parts of Europe and I think 2-3 of us are from the states. My roommate is from the Netherlands and has been really kind and fun to get to know."
 
A four-year letterwinner, Reichelt earned Second Team All-Summit League honors last season, averaging 15.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game along with 39 blocks, 43 assists and 28 steals. Starting in all 32 games last year, she shot 32 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent from the free throw line. In November, she was the Tournament MVP of the North Florida Classic.
 
During her senior year, Reichelt scored in double-figures her final 18 games and 27-of-32 times during the season. She helped Western pick up the program's first-ever Division I postseason win as the Leathernecks defeated Southern Illinois in the opening round of the Women's WBI Tournament last March before losing on the road in the quarterfinals.
 
Following her standout career, she finished among the Western Illinois 'Top 10' in 3-point field goals (7th/110), free throw percentage (10th/.747), and blocks (3rd/75). Reichelt tallied 970 career points in 108 games with 60 starts. She graduated with her bachelor's degree last May and her new adventure overseas will begin next month.
 
"Our season runs from October to the end of March and postseason play runs in April. I will be leaving August 6 to start the preseason and get acclimated," said Reichelt. "Games will happen on Saturdays and I'll travel all over Germany… the farthest I will go will be about 5 hours (South Dakota road trips totally prepared me)."
 
Reichelt was one of the first recruits signed by JD Gravina, and the Leathernecks' head coach is excited to see the second player he's coached take the next step and play professional basketball overseas.
 
"What a great opportunity for Sophie to continue her basketball career," said Gravina. "It's rewarding as a coach to look at her improvement as a player over her four years and see her hard work pay off."
 
Reichelt also thanked the Leatherneck faithful for the last four years.
 
"I can't believe all of my hard work has paid off. If it wasn't for the long meetings with coach JD (Gravina) or (associate head coach Seth) Minter, I don't think I would have this opportunity," stated Reichelt. "To play at a higher level. I am excited for this opportunity and forever grateful the support the Leatherneck community has given me!"
 

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Western Illinois University Athletics & The Leatherneck Club Held All-Leatherneck Chicago Golf Outing On Monday

The recent return of the Western Illinois Athletics and Leatherneck Club golf outing to the Chicago area was a success. WIU Athletics and the Leatherneck Club hosted the All-Leatherneck Chicago Golf Outing last Monday (July 11) at Old Orchard Country Club in Mt. Prospect.
 
"This was the first Chicago golf outing hosted by WIU Athletics in many years, and we were very pleased with the results," said Assistant Director of Athletics for Development Michael Jones. "We had former football, baseball, and track and field student-athletes participate, and they all enjoyed golfing and hearing updates from our coaches and administrators."
 
Director of Athletics Matt Tanney, Leatherneck Club Chicagoland Coordinator Jim Carter, football coach Charlie Fisher, baseball coach Ryan Brownlee, softball coach Holly Van Vlymen, women's tennis coach Mirko Bjelica, and men's basketball associate head coach Josh Wolfe were all in attendance, and spoke to the group following the outing.
 
The team of Ron Comm, Brad Comm, Jerry Schwartz, and Bruce Grossman won the event with a score of 13-under par.
 
"Monday's golf outing was a success, given it's the first time in several years we've hosted such an athletics event in Chicago," said Tanney. "We expect the event will continue to grow, and appreciate the efforts of Leatherneck Club coordinator, Jim Carter, in facilitating connections with our many Leatherneck Chicago alumni."

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Macomb Area Softball League Scores (Tuesday Night)

Macomb Area Softball League Scores:

Knowles North

Balls Deep- 12, B&S Tent/Gelsosomo's- 10

B&S Tent/Gelsosomo's- 17, Those Guys- 3

Bushnell Food Mart- 22, Edward Jones Investments (Cory Clem)- 5

Bushnell Food Mart- 13, First State Bank- 3

Knowles South

Eldo's/Lunch Box Cafe- 18, Those Guys- 0

Eldo's/Lunch Box Cafe- 15, Balls Deep- 10 

First State Bank- 9, No Glove/No Love- 4

No Glove/No Love- 10,  Edward Jones Investments (Cory Clem)- 6

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Save The Date: 27th Annual Leatherneck Club Purple & Gold Auction

The 27th Annual Western Illinois University "Leatherneck Club" Purple & Gold Auction is set for Saturday, August 13th, 2016 inside air-conditioned Western Hall. The event will begin at 5pm with a social & silent auction, plus two $500 cash raffles. A delicious steak, chicken or vegetable dinner will be served by Sodexo at 6pm, with the live auction to follow.

 

The list of auction items continues to grow & features VIP experiences with Leatherneck football & basketball, unique WIU football helmets and athletics apparal, tickets to Cubs, Cardinals & Bears games, vacation packages and more!!! Support the WIU student-athletes during one of the biggest area social events of the year!!! Register online at wiu.com/alumni or call (309)298-1874. For more on the event & auction items, visit: goleathernecks.com/pgauction 

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Several Leatherneck Football Summer Camps Remain

Western Illinois University Head Coach Charlie Fisher & Leatherneck Football have several summer camps remaining this month. A one-day camp in Bolingbrook on Saturday, July 16th. A kicking/punting camp  & an offensive and defensive linemen camp both on Monday, July 18th. The team camp in Macomb starting July 19th, with the youth camp on July 22nd. The third and final One-Day Macomb Prospect Camp will be held on Saturday, July 23rd. For details on the camps, visit LeatherneckFootballCamps.com or email asst coach Dave Rocco at DC-Rocco@wiu.edu.

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Spoon River College One-Day Camp Set For Tuesday (July 12)

The athletic department at Spoon River College is offering a one-day softball camp for those aged 7-18 on Tuesday, July 12 at the Canton Park District's 4th Avenue diamonds. The camp includes a pitching session, an all-skills session and will be divided up into brackets aged 7-12 & 13-18. For more, visit src.edu/SnapperSoftballCamp or find SRC Softball on Facebook. 

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Macomb JFL Registration Forms Available At Gentry Motors In Macomb

Anyone interested in participating in the Macomb JFL youth football can still find registration forms at Gentry Motor Company, 1719 E.Jackson in Macomb during regular business hours. Macomb JFL is for interested youth in 5th & 6th grades. For more information on the league, visit macombjfl.com... and with any questions, email macombjfl@gmail.com. 

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Leatherneck Football Tickets Remain On Sale For 2016 Season

Season tickets for the upcoming 2016 Western Illinois football season are currently on sale, and the deadline for fans to renew their season tickets (and guarantee seats from last year) is June 30. Leatherneck football will play five games at Hanson Field during the 2016 season. Leatherneck Club members have the opportunity to purchase single game tickets starting August 1. Single game tickets for the general public go on sale August 22. Leatherneck Athletics will also offer discounted ticket prices for groups of 10 or more...  charitable/educational & non-profit organizations and to active military & veterens.  For more information or to purchase tickets call (309) 298-1190, email LeatherneckTickets@wiu.edu or online at www.GoLeathernecks.com.
 

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Women's Golf Update: 4 Tabbed WGCA All-American Scholars, 5 Compete in 2016 Youth Classic

Western Illinois women's golf had four of its members recently named 2015-16 Women's Collegiate Golf All-American Scholars, and had five of its members, including three newcomers, compete in the 2016 Youth Classic in Bloomington, Ill. where three members placed in the 'Top 10'.

Anna CullinanAllie LeingangKatie McTaggart and Mariah Peters represented WIU on the All-American Scholars by the Women's Collegiate Golf Association list. In order to earn the prestigious honor, women's golf student athletes must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5.

Leingang, who will be a junior this coming season, also led five WIU women's golfers in the 2016 Youth Classic that took place at Weibring Golf Club in Bloomington, Ill. with a second place finish. Leingang finished with a 156 after firing a 76 in round one and a 80 in the second round.

Also finishing in the 'Top 10' was freshman Cassidy Jurkaites who carded a 159 (82-77) and junior Alex Krehbiel who also finished with a 159 (80-79). 2016-17 newcomers Ashley Dumler (167) and Gabby Issacks (180) finished 19th and 28th, respectively.

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All Leatherneck Chicago Golf Outing Set For Monday

Western Illinois Athletics is hosting the All Leatherneck Chicago Golf Outing this upcoming Monday, July 11th at Old Orchard Country Club in Mt. Prospect, Ill. Cost is $125 per person, which includes: golf, a cart, a registration gift, lunch, a social, and dinner. Those interested in attending the dinner only can do so for $15. The event will feature numerous Leatherneck student-athletes, coaches, and administrators, along with prizes and giveaways. Hole sponsorships are available for the event for $100 per hole. If interested, call WIU Assistant Athletic Director for Development Michael Jones, at 298-1190. 

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Western Illinois University Men's Soccer Releases 2016 Schedule

Director of Soccer Dr. Eric Johnson announced the 2016 men's soccer schedule on Wednesday (July 6) which features 18 regular season matches and two preseason exhibitions. Including both exhibitions, 10 total matches will be played at John Mackenzie Alumni Field in Macomb and 10 regular season matches are slated to be played on the road.
 
After playing host to both DePaul (Aug. 14) and Quincy (Aug. 20) for exhibition contests, the Leathernecks hit the road for four straight matches to open the regular season. Trips to Belmont (Aug. 26), Lipscomb (Aug. 28), Southern Methodist (Sept. 2) and Valparaiso (Sept. 4) kick-off the 2016 slate before Bowling Green visits John Mackenzie Alumni Field for WIU's home opener on Sept. 10.

Mount Mercy and Kansas City will then journey to Macomb for matches on Sept. 13 and 17, respectively, as Western continues the non-league portion of its schedule. The Leathernecks then head to Bradley on Sept. 20 and open Summit League play at IUPUI on Sept. 23 before closing the month of September at home against Green Bay (Sept. 28).

October begins at home when Milwaukee (Oct. 4) and Oral Roberts (Oct. 8) visit Macomb. Western then plays four of its final six games on the road to close the regular season. Omaha (Oct. 22) and Fort Wayne (Nov. 5) are the two remaining home contests, with trips to Denver (Oct. 15), Wisconsin (Oct. 25), Eastern Illinois (Oct. 29) and Drake (Nov. 1) all scheduled.
 
A complete 2016 schedule, including match times, can be found at goleathernecks.com 

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5th Annual Ladies Leatherneck Football Academy Nearing One Week Away

The fifth-annual Ladies Leatherneck Football Academy is scheduled for Thursday, July 14. First year head football coach Charlie Fisher, his staff and student-athletes will run the academy. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m. inside Western Hall (East Arena). The academy includes chalk-talk/film break down, offensive & defensive positions and a Q&A session at the Sports Corner with dinner & drinks. Cost is just $30 & includes a t-shirt. All proceeds from the event go to support the McDonough District Hospital Dolores Kator Switzer Women’s Center. For info or to reserve your spot, contact Kelsey at (309)298-1190. 

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Macomb Bombers Football Camp Set For Next Week

The Kelly Sears/Macomb Bombers Football Camp will run next week, Monday, July 11th through Thursday, July 14th. This years camp is FREE of charge to all interested. For those entering grades 3-5 this fall, next weeks camp will be held from 8:30-10am, while those entering grades 6-8 will run from 10:30am-Noon. The camp will be run by current MHS coaches and players, and will feature current & former college players. Each camper will recieve a FREE camp t-shirt & awards will be given to each age level. Camp registration forms may be picked up at Macomb JR/SR High School and may be turned in at the start of camp on Monday. 
 

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WIU Women's Golf Releases 2016 Fall Schedule

Western Illinois head women's golf coach Lia Biehl Lukkarinen announced the Leathernecks' 2016 fall schedule Friday, July 1. WIU is slated to compete in four different events in four different states throughout the fall season.

Western opens the season in Normal, Ill. for Illinois State's Redbird Invitational on Sept. 4-5 before competing in Missouri State's Payne Stewart Memorial in Springfield, Mo. on Sept. 12-13.

The Leathernecks are then slated to compete in Ball State's Cardinal Classic on Sept. 19-20 in Yorktown, Ind. before wrapping up the fall season on Oct. 17-18 in Omaha, Neb. with the Creighton Classic.

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Leatherneck Men's Basketball Promotes Wolfe To Associate Head Coach

Western Illinois men's basketball head coach Billy Wright announced that Josh Wolfe has been promoted to associate head coach. The 2016-17 season marks Wolfe's fourth year on the Leatherneck staff.

"I would like to thank Coach Wright for this honor," said Wolfe. "I am extremely humbled to serve as the associate head coach at Western Illinois University.  I have learned a tremendous amount from Coach Wright in the last two years and I look forward to continuing to grow in this profession under his leadership.  I am grateful to serve and support our staff and the student-athletes in any way that I can to help our basketball program moving forward."

Wolfe assists with recruiting, scouting, game scheduling, player development, on-court coaching, and monitoring the academic progress of the Leatherneck student-athletes. During his three seasons Western has had at least one All-Summit League selection.

"Josh is a tireless worker who goes above and beyond on a daily basis. He arrives early, stays late and has a great understanding of how I want things done. He is a good recruiter who has done a great job spreading our 'ALL IN' philosophy throughout the state of Illinois and the Midwest as well. Josh is very loyal and well respected amongst college coaches throughout the country," said Wright.

Prior to coming to joining Western, Wolfe spent six years at UW-Parkside and was a part of all activities in the basketball program, including recruiting, on-court coaching and player academics. He also served as the Director of the department's CHAMPS/Life Skills program. He was named the top assistant basketball coach at UW-Parkside in June of 2006. In his first season at UW-Parkside, Wolfe helped guide the Rangers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance, with an overall 19-13 record. In his second season at UW-Parkside, the Rangers finished with a 15-11 record. 

Before UW-Parkside, Wolfe spent two years as an assistant coach at Lakeland College, a NCAA Division III school located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. In his last year at Lakeland, the Muskies finished with a 21-6 record and a Lake Michigan Conference Championship. This successful time led to Lakeland's first 20-plus win season in over a decade. In the two seasons that Wolfe was with Lakeland College, he was instrumental in recruiting. He recruited the Lake Michigan Conference Player of the Year for 2006, as well as the LMC Rookie of the Year. In addition, Wolfe served as the strength and conditioning coach for all men's athletic teams at Lakeland. 

From 2001-2004, Wolfe was an assistant coach at Hope College, a Division III school in Holland, Michigan. In Wolfe's time at Hope, the Flying Dutchmen won two conference championships (2003 & 2004), while also making two NCAA Tournament appearances (2002 & 2003). 

Wolfe, originally from Cedar Springs, Michigan, holds a Bachelor's of Art in Secondary Education from Hope College and a Master's of Education from Lakeland College. Josh and his wife Molly reside in Macomb.

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Thursday's Area Scoreboard

McDonough County Girls Softball League Tournament (no scores provided):  
Major League: Tri County Seeds over 1st Farm Credit
Minor League: Citizens Bank beat United Community Bank
Rookie League: WIU-FOP(169) topped Refreshment Services Pepsi
PeeWee League: Brown's Shoe Fit over MTC Communications (Macomb)
 
The McDonough County Girls Softball League Tournament Championship games will begin at 6pm this evening (Friday, July 1st)  from Veterans Park - E.University Drive (Macomb). 
Major League
Bushnell Banking Center vs Tri County Seeds
Minor League
Schmitz Plumbing & Electrical vs Citizens Bank
Rookie League
Hy-Vee vs WIU FOP #169
Pee Wee League
Advanced Dentistry vs Brown's Shoe Fit
 
Macomb Area Softball League Co-Rec Scores:
Knowles North
The Outskirts- 11, Michael's Hair Designers- 0
Michael's Hair Designers- 16, Sons of Pitches- 6
English Towing/Kitchen Cooked- 10, The Ritz- 6
English Towing/Kitchen Cooked- 13, St. Paul's- 12
Knowles South
Pella- 15, Sons of Pitches- 10
The Outskirts- 32, Pella- 0
Smith & Royer Apts- 8, St.Paul's- 2
Smith & Royer Apts- 10, The Ritz- 4
 

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Western Illinois University Women's Soccer Releases 2016 Schedule

Director of soccer Dr. Eric Johnson announced the 2016 women's soccer schedule on Thursday (June 30). The upcoming campaign features 20 matches, including two exhibitions. Eight of the matches will be played at John Mackenzie Alumni field in Macomb while 12 will be played on the road.
 
The Purple and Gold kick off the season with an exhibition against Valparaiso at home on Aug. 9. Western then plays its final exhibition match against the UMKC 'Roos in Kansas City on Aug. 13 before opening the regular season with four straight road matches.
 
The Leathernecks' begin the regular season with their longest road swing of the year, opening the season at William Penn on Aug. 15 before playing matches at Indiana State (Aug. 19), Chicago State (Aug. 21) and Northern Illinois (Aug. 28).
 
WIU returns home to play Milwaukee on Sep. 2 before hitting the road again for a contest against Western Michigan on Sep. 4.
 
After a matchup against North Dakota in Macomb on Sep. 9, the Leathernecks travel to Iowa for contests against Drake (Sep. 14) and Northern Iowa (Sep. 18).
 
Western opens up a three-game home stand on Sep. 25 beginning with Missouri State. Summit League play kicks off in Macomb the following week when both Denver (Sep. 30) and South Dakota (Oct. 2) visit Macomb.
 
The Leathernecks play two more league matches at home against Omaha (Oct 16) and Oral Roberts (Oct. 30). Western takes on South Dakota State (Oct. 7), North Dakota State (Oct. 9), Fort Wayne (Oct. 21) and IUPUI (Oct. 23) on the road.
 
A complete 2016 schedule, including match times, can be found at goleathernecks.com 

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