WIU Head Football Coach Charlie Fisher discusses his team's 35-34 comeback win at number 25 South Dakota. Fisher goes into how this team always finds a way to win, the way the Leathernecks responded after being down 31-14 at halftime, and the importance of this win after the North Dakota State loss. Fisher also looks ahead to the Redbirds for Illinois State.
My weekly conversation with Scott Kornberg, the Voice of the Leathernecks. He previews tomorrow's football game at 25th ranked South Dakota. We discuss how the team has responded since last weekend's North Dakota State loss, how the Leathernecks match up with the Coyotes, and the Bob Nielson factor.
Cubs get set for Game 3 tonight without Schwarber playing the field, Leathernecks football hits the road, BWP football gets ready for playoffs, West Prairie volleyball wins Regionals, and a strong debut from D Wade in a Bulls win.
Bushnell-West Prairie senior running back Kyle Ferguson earned Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week honors for his monster performance Friday against North Fulton in a 52-22 win. Ferguson gained 124 yards and punched in 4 touchdowns for the Sparclones, as the team finished the regular season playoff eligible at 5-4.
The team earned an at-large bid into the IHSA playoffs the following day. BWP was given a 15 seed in the class 2A playoffs, and will travel to Kewanee to face 2nd seeded Annawan/Wethersfield Saturday (10/29) at 2 PM. This is the first playoff appearance by the program since Bushnell-Prairie City and West Prairie started to co-op.
The Sparclones were 2-4 after the first six weeks, but Kyle and his team rallied to make the playoffs. They finished the year tied for third in the Prairieland Blue Conference.
Kyle discussed his team's resiliency, the importance of this win for the Bushnell and West Prairie communities, and more. Listen to the full interview below.
Game 1 of the World Series tonight, WIU Women's Basketball kicks off its season with an exhibition game tonight, and IHSA Volleyball Regionals continue for Macomb and Rushville-Industry. West Prairie begins its regional slate.
Kyle Schwarber could be making a return for the Cubs in the World Series, IHSA Volleyball Regionals for Macomb, Bushnell-Prairie City, Rushville-Industry, and Illini West, as well as Blackhawks and Monday Night Football recaps.
My weekly conversation with Coach Charlie Fisher following the Leatherneck's 21-13 loss against North Dakota State Saturday. He discussed the takeways from the loss and looked ahead to a matchup at South Dakota this week.
A big football Friday for local teams ended up with some playoffs berths. Teams with 5-4 final records needed to have at least 37 playoff points to advance to postseason play.
Illini West finished 5-4 after topping South Fulton 40-26 last night. Chargers finished with 45 playoff points and a 15th seed. They'll head to No. 2 Payson-Unity in Class 2A.
Rushville-Industry finished 5-4 despite last night's 42-9 loss at Elmwood-Brimfield and will advance. The Rockets finished with 43 playoff points and a 16th seed. They will face No. 1 Downs Tri-Valley on the road.
Bushnell West Prarie knocked off North Fulton 52-22, finishing 5-4. Sparclones advance with 40 playoff points and a 15th seed. They will travel to No. 2 Annawan/Wethersfield in Class 2A.
As Western Illinois Football gets set to host North Dakota State I preview the game. I also spoke with WIU senior wide receiver Lance Lenoir about his development as a player and a variety of different topics.
The Voice of the Leathernecks, Scott Kornberg, called in this morning to preview saturday's football game vs 4th ranked North Dakota State. Scott and I discussed the similarities between the teams, NDSU's quarterback Easton Stick, and how the team can use South Dakota State's win over the Bison as a blueprint of sorts to beat the five time defending champs.
Cubs are one game away from a trip to the World Series! Also looking at the Bears Packers Thursday Night Football matchup, previewing WIU and IHSA football action, and the results for Ericka Dawson of the Macomb Girls Tennis Team at States.
A look at the Cubs big win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS and the Indians win over the Blue Jays to advance to the World Series. Also taking you through the local high school volleyball scores and the final verdict in the Derrick Rose civil case.
Today I spoke with Sports Illustrated Senior Writer S.L. Price about his new book, Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town.
Price's new book dives deep into the former steel mill town of Aliquippa, PA, that has produced a very high number of professional athletes for a town that now is home to under 10,000 residents. The town is particularly famed for its football success. Some of the most notable players to come from the Western Pennsylvannia town include Mike Ditka, Ty Law, and Darrelle Revis.
This all comes despite the fact that the town was hit hard by the closing of the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company in the late 1980's. Aliquippa hasn't really recovered from this, and suffered crime and drug problems that still continue to this day.
Price spoke with me about these issues and how he wrote about them in conjunction with the incredible football success that the town has achieved, despite all of the problems it has faced.
Macomb High Volleyball's Anna Dively earned Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week honors after her 47 assists in 2 games helped propel the Bombers to wins over Monmouth-Roseville and Abingdon.
Dively is a Junior setter for the Bombers, who sit at 21-7 on the year heading into Senior Night against Illini West. If the Bombers can top the Chargers tonight they'll move to 8-0 in conference play, which would give the team its first conference title since 1999.
Here is your morning sports update for Tuesday, October 18th. A Leatherneck offensive lineman brought in some conference honors, both golf teams play in tournaments, and West Prairie Volleyball hosts Senior Night against Rushville Industry.
This Morning I spoke with WIU Football Head Coach Charlie Fisher following the team's 38-35 win over Missouri State. We discuss the key decision to go with running back Devon Moore on 4th and goal on what was ultimately the game winning touchdown, how the team goes about not "letting down its shield," moving forward, and what makes Lance Lenoir so good. Fisher also looks ahead to the upcoming NDSU game.
Leading up to the Leathernecks upcoming game at Missouri State, I had the chance to look ahead at the matchup with the Voice of the Leathernecks, Scott Kornberg. Scott discusses the positive turnaround that Missouri State has undergone this year, the keys for the Leathernecks in the matchup, and how important this game is in the larger scope of the season.
Your Morning Sports Update for Friday, October 14. Looking ahead to this weekend's football action, recaping last night's high school volleyball matchups, and explaining last night's NLDS Game 5 madness.
Every week at Regional Media we give out a weekly award for the Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Hy-Vee. I interview the winner each week to discuss their individual and team athletic achievements.
This week's winner is Keegan Norris. Keegan is a Senior at Bushnell-Prairie City and starts as the Bushnell-Wst Prairie fullback and outside linebacker. In his team's 52-28 win over Peoria Heights last week, Norris rushed for 213 yards and 3 touchdowns, including a 59 yard TD run.
Bushnell-West Prairie is now 3-4 on the season, and 2-3 in Prairieland Blue play. The team faces South Fulton this Friday, and travels to North Fulton next Friday to wrap up the regular season slate. The Sparclones would be eligible for an IHSA playoff birth if the team wins out.
This morning I spoke with WIU Football Head Coach Charlie Fisher about the 36-35 Homecoming win over Valley foe Indiana State. Fisher broke down the importance of the game, what was going through his head when the Leathernecks fell behind in the 3rd quarter, and spoke about the strides quarterback Sean McGuire has made.
For the second episode of the Leatherneck Lounge podcast, I previewed WIU's Homecoming Game against Indiana State. I also spoke with Jacob Bevan, a Senior forward on the Men's Soccer Team about his on the field success and his development as an athlete. Bevan currently leads the team in every offensive category, including goals with 7.
Every week at Regional Media we give out a weekly award for the Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Hy-Vee. Starting for this week (10/3-10/10), I will interview the winner each week to discuss their individual and team athletic achievements.
This week's winner is Ethan Downs. Ethan is a Junior at Rushville-Industry and starts as the Rockets fullback and on the defensive line. In his team's 22-14 win over Lewistown last week, the Rockets third consecutive victory, Downs rushed for 160 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Through six games Ethan has compiled 598 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. He is also tied for second on the team in tackles for loss. Rushville-Industry is 4-2 on the season and is 3-1 in Prairieland Black conference play, good for second place in the conference.
The following is a press release from the Peoria Chiefs:
October 3, 2016
Chiefs Announce 2017 Schedule & Game Times
Home Opener Set for Saturday, April 8
PEORIA, IL –
The Peoria Chiefs have announced their 2017 Midwest League schedule with the first pitch of their 35th season coming on the road in Burlington, Iowa Thursday, April 6 with the home opener set for Saturday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. with post-game fireworks. The season ends September 4 in Kane County and the Chiefs are home on Father’s Day June 18 to end the first half and on the 4th of July. The schedule features a three-game home series against the South Bend Cubs May 11-13 with fireworks after each contest.
The Chiefs open the season April 6-7 with two games in Burlington against the Bees in a commuter series and the two teams play in Peoria on April 8-9. The homestand continues with three more against Quad Cities and the Chiefs also host Cedar Rapids seven times in April. The Chiefs are home for 12 games in May, 15 in June, 15 in July, 15 in August and the final home game is September 1. Holiday wise the Chiefs host Burlington on Father’s Day June 18 at 2:00 p.m. and Beloit at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. Fans will be invited to stay at Dozer Park for a fantastic view of the downtown Peoria fireworks which traditionally begin between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m. The Midwest League will not hold games on Easter (Sunday, April 16) or Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14) and the Chiefs are on the road for Memorial Day weekend.
The 2017 schedule includes two April midweek day games: 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12 and 11:00 a.m. for DARE Day on Wednesday, April 19. There will also be an 11:00 a.m. Education Day’s on Tuesday May 9. The Chiefs will play summer day games on Tuesday, June 27 for Super Splash Day and a Noon start on Monday, July 17.
With the exception of these selected day games, weekday games will start at 6:30 p.m. in 2017 in April, for the first two homestands of May, and from August 21 – September 1 with the exception of Friday, August 25 which is a 7:00 p.m. start. From May 30-August 18, weekday games will start at 7:00 p.m. Saturday games will be at 6:30 p.m. and feature post-game fireworks, except for April 29 which is at 6:30 but without fireworks. Sunday games will change to 2:00 p.m. starts for 2017 with two exceptions, April 9 is a 5:00 p.m. start after a Bradley day game and July 30 (6:30 with fireworks). The Chiefs will also play double headers with the Bradley Braves on Saturday, April 8, Wednesday, April 12, Wednesday, April 19, Thursday, May 18, Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20.
Fireworks nights are set for 2017 with 24 post-game shows at Dozer Park: April 8 (Home Opener), May 11-13, May 19-20, June 1, June 9-10, June 16-17, June 29, July 14-15, July 28-30, August 11-12, August 18-19, August 25-26 and September 1.
The Chiefs play Burlington 19 times in 2016 for the most games against any one opponent, nine at home and 10 on the road. Right behind the matchups with the Bees the Chiefs play Beloit, Cedar Rapids, Kane County and Quad Cities 17 times each. The Chiefs only play 14 games against Clinton and Wisconsin in 2017. The most frequent guest to Dozer Park will be the Beloit Snappers with 11 games while Cedar Rapids has 10.
The Midwest League schedule again features just three games against each of the eight Eastern Division squads. The two week inter-divisional games are scheduled for May 2-13 and July 12-24. Peoria will travel to Michigan to face the Lansing Lugnuts and the 2016 MWL Champion Great Lakes Loons May 2-7 and then host West Michigan and the South Bend Cubs May 8-13. The games against the Cubs are set for Thursday, May 11, Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 with all three games starting at 6:30 p.m. and featuring post-game fireworks. The Chiefs host Lake County and Fort Wayne July 12-17 and then travel to Dayton and Bowling Green July 19-24
The Chiefs’ 2016 schedule doesn’t feature a homestand longer than seven games and the Chiefs will have three seven-game homestands and two six-game homestands. The longest roadtrip is an eight-game visit to Iowa May 22-29 with four games each at Quad Cities and Burlington. There are two seven-game trips and two six-game trips.
Great Lakes will host the 2016 Midwest League All-Star game on Tuesday, June 20 and the Chiefs start the second half on June 22 four games at Burlington. The first homestand of the second half is June 26-29 against Beloit.
Tickets and Promotions:
Season ticket packages, including full-season, a 35-game ticket package, an 18-game ticket package, a Flex Plan or Pick-Six Plan are currently on sale by calling 309-680-4000. Individual game tickets will go on sale as the season approaches.
Remaining promotions, giveaways, theme nights and daily specials will be announced later in the offseason. All game times and promotions are subject to change throughout the offseason. Fans can keep up with all Chiefs news during the offseason online at www.peoriachiefs.com and on twitter: @PeoriaChiefs.
As I do every Monday morning, I spoke with Leathernecks Football Coach Charlie Fisher. Coach Fisher broke down how the momentum of the game changed after the Leatherneck's 14-7 1st quarter lead, his approach as a coach after a loss like this, how his team has fared 4 games into the season, and looks ahead to the Indiana State matchup.