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Local Sports Archives for 2016-12

Billy Wright Interview (12/27/16)

My weekly conversation with WIU Men's Basketball Head Coach Billy Wright. 


We dive into the serious injury that Senior guard Jabari Sandifer suffered against Purdue and the impact that has on his team. We also look ahead at Summit League play. Specifically we preview the two-game slate Western has in Indiana, facing Fort Wayne Thursday and IUPUI Saturday to begin league play.


Listen to the conversation here. 


Macomb & Bushnell Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament Results

We will have running updates throughout the week on how MHS and BPC do in their respective tournaments.


MHS Boys @ Macomb Western Holiday Tournament:


Game 1 12/28

Farmington 59 Macomb 51

Carter Fayhee 15 Points 12 Rebounds

Kyle Rash 8 Points

Brandon Bickers 7 Points 6 Rebounds 4 Assists


Game 2 12/29

Macomb 51 Brown County 48

Fayhee 30 Points 12 Rebounds (hit go-ahead 3 w/ 45 seconds left)

Rash 10 Points


Game 3 12/30

Camp Point Central 52 Macomb 38

Fayhee 19 points

Macomb falls in Consolation Semifinals


BPC Boys @ Mississippi Valley Invitational Tournament (Mendon Unity HS)


Game 1 12/27

BPC 69 West Central 34

Johnny Hiel- 19 Points

Devin Yocum- 14 Points

Draven Martin- 14 Points


Game 2 12/28

Unity 62 BPC 58

Jason Housenga 19 Points

Draven Martin 15 Points


Game 3 (3rd Place Game) 12/29

BPC 60 Payson Seymour 49

Housenga 22 Points

Yocum 14 Points

Spartans capture third place at tournament


The updated MWHT bracket can be found below.








Jeremy Anderson Postgame Interview Following Liberty win (12/20)

The Macomb Bombers Boys Basketball Team notched a 65-35 win over Liberty last night at home. The win marked the Bombers largest margain of victory, as well as their highest scoring output of the young season. The team's record improves to 3-6 and 2-1 in West Central play.


Here's what Head Coach Jeremy Anderson had to say on the air following the win.



The team has a week to prepare for the Annual Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament. Macomb's first game is Wednesday the 28th at Western Hall against Farmington. Opening tip is set for 6:30 with coverage available on K100. 


Billy Wright Interview (12/19/16)

My weekly conversation with WIU Men's Basketball Coach Billy Wright. We discuss Saturday's 75-59 win at Milwaukee, and look ahead to tonight's game at Purdue. Western improved to 3-7 on the season with the win.



Tonight will mark the final non-league game of the year for the Leathernecks. Coverage of tonight's game can be heard on Classic 103 (102.7 FM) with pregame starting up at 4:45 PM. 



Macomb Boys and Bushnell-Prairie City Boys Basketball Canceled

Macomb Boys Basketball vs Liberty, as well as Bushnell-Prairie City Boys Basketball vs ROWVA, have been canceled for tonight due to inclement weather.


The Bombers will make up their game Tuesday night with coverage on K100. As of now there is no make up date for the BPC game. Since it is a non-conference matchup the game may end up not being played all together. Stay updated with our weekly basketball broadcast schedule for Macomb, Bushnell, and WIU basketball broadcast dates and times. 


Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week: Connor Artman (Illini West Boys Basketball)

Connor Artman, a Junior point guard at Illini West High School is our Hy Vee Athlete of the Week. Last week he helped lead his Chargers team to a 2-0 record with wins over Monmouth-Roseville and Clark County. In the Clark County victory, Connor compiled 16 points, shooting a perfect 9-9 from the foul line. Illini West is now 5-3 on the year. 


I spoke with Connor today about his approach at the foul line, how he views himself from a leadership standpoint, the versatility that his team brings to the table, and the tragic pasing of his teammate Cale Hartrick last season. Cale would be a senior on the team this season, but passed away in May after a long battle with cancer. 



Billy Wright Interview (12/12/16)

My weekly conversation with WIU Men's Basketball Coach Billy Wright. We discussed Saturday's shooting struggles against Eastern Illinois, injury updates on a few key Leathernecks players and Garret Covington's nomination for the 2016 AllState NABC Good Works Team. We also look ahead to Saturday's road contest at Milwaukee and Monday's game at Purdue. Listen to the full conversation below. 



2016 Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament Bracket

The annual Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament is upon us! Games will be played December 28-30 at both Western Hall and Macomb High School. Last night the 16-team bracket was released. You can view that bracket below. Additional tournament information and past results can be found here.


Macomb plays its opener Wednesday the 28th at Western Hall against Farmington. Tip-off is set for 6:30 with coverage beginning at 6:15 on K100. 



Hy Vee Athlete of the Week: Carter Fayhee (Macomb Boys Basketball)

This week's Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week is Macomb Boys Basketball Junior Forward Carter Fayhee. Carter averaged 18 points last weekend as the Bombers beat Illini West Friday and fell to Quincy Notre Dame Saturday.


He's the lone returning full-time starter from last year's West Central Conference Champion team, and has understandably taken on a major role with this year's squad. He leads the team in points and rebounds, and often plays point-forward for Jeremy Anderson's squad. HEre's my full conversation with Carter below.





Macomb Bushnell Girls Basketball Postgame Wrap Up

The Macomb Bombers Girls Basketball Team won a fun one 46-45 at the Hangar last night against Bushnell-Prairie City.


The game started slow, with BPC holding a 6-2 advantage after the first quarter, but as the game progressed, it was a back and forth contest until the fourth quarter, where Macomb built up a ten point lead. The Spartans were able to come back and tie it up late, but the Bombers prevailed with some timely foul shooting, capitalizing on the fact that BPC was in double bonus territory well before Macomb reached that point. Macomb improved to 2-8, while Bushnell fell to 2-5. 


Sophomore Madyson Allen for BPC had a game high of 15 points, while MHS was led by Juniors Jordan Hare and Sophie Whitford with 14 apiece. Hare and Whitford went a combined 15-19 from the charity stripe. 


Listen below to my postgame conversation with Bombers Head Coach Zach Keene. He also mentions details about the free girls basketball clinic he will be holding prior to Saturday's home contest against South Fulton.




Former Macomb High XC Runner Excelling at St. Ambrose

Karyn Paisley, a former cross country runner at Macomb High School, recently qualified for and ran in the NAIA Cross Country National Meet. Paisley, a sophomore runner at St. Ambrose College in the Quad Cities, ran a time of 19:47. She placed 234 out of 334.


Her former junior high coach, Lawson Barclay, noted that the running conditions were not ideal. Said Barclay, she ran on a "challenging course on a cold and blistery day." 


She is pictured with Barclay in the picture above. 


Billy Wright Interview (12/5/16)

My weekly conversation with Leathernecks Men's Basketball Head Coach Billy Wright. We discuss Saturday's overtime loss to Chicago State and look ahead to next weekend's game against Eastern Illinois. 



Billy Wright Interview (11/30/16)

My weekly conversation with WIU Men's Basketball Coach Billy Wright. We discussed the team's hectic Thanksgiving Week slate of games.


Western hosted Crown College last Wednesday, then flew out to Ohio to face Miami (OH), followed by another flight to DC to take on American two days ago. The team returned to Macomb last night after winning the home contest then dropping the two road games by single digits.Listen to our conversation below. 



Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week: Devin Yocum (Bushnell Prairie City Boys Basketball)

This week's Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week is Devin Yocum, a Junior on the Bushnell Prairie City boys basketball team. Yocum put up 18.8 points per game during the Spoon River Tip-Off Classic last week. At the season-opening tournament the Spartans went 2-2, including a 30 point opening night win over West Prairie.


I spoke with Yocum about his individual improvement, having the chance to ball AAU ball in Peoria the past three years, the level of competition the Spartans faced at the tournament, and what the team needs to improve upon in the early goings. Listen to our conversation below.



Morning Sports Update (12/1/16)

Listen below to this morning's local sports update.



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