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Bryan Bartlett Starr was a professional American football player and coach. He played quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League from 1956 through 1971. Starr was the only quarterback in NFL history to lead a team to three consecutive league championships. Wikipedia

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Western Illinois University baseball team’s historic season ended today after a 9-5 loss to South Dakota State University in the first elimination game of the 2019 Summit League Tournament.


The No. 4 seeded Leathernecks jumped out to an early lead over the No. 2 ranked Jack Rabbits after scoring 2 runs in both the first and second innings. Deion Thompson was responsible for a pair of those runs after he hit a solo shot to left in the first inning and followed it up with a bases-loaded walk in the second inning to extend WIU’s lead to 4-0.


Leathernecks starter Jace Warkentien let up a run the next inning on a sacrifice-fly from SDSU’s Drew Beazley, but Warkentien locked in after that to hold the Jacks scoreless until the seventh inning. Beazley stepped up to the plate again for the Jacks to belt an RBI-double and spark a rally. Gus Steiger scored the next run for SDSU off a fielder’s choice and Braden Brown dealt the rest of the damage in the seventh inning with a two-out, RBI-single to tie the game at 4-4.


Western Illinois let the game slip from their grasp the very next inning. SDSU’s offense exploded to score 5 runs and put the Jacks comfortably ahead with a lead of 9-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. Drue Galassi then produced the last run of the Leathernecks season when he smashed an opposite-field home run to left field. That made the score 9-5 after the eighth inning, but the Leathernecks had only one more opportunity to possibly win the game and move on to the next round of the Summit League Tournament for a chance at the title.


Unfortunately, that dream for WIU couldn’t come true as SDSU shut down the Leathernecks bats in the last inning to steal the elimination game and move on to the next round. The Jack Rabbits will now play the winner from the matchup this Friday between top-seeded Omaha and 3rd ranked Oral Roberts.


WIU capped off 2019’s historic season with the most single-season wins (22) in 11 years, and the highest amount of Summit League wins in program history with 16.


“We did some things that have never happened. We beat Oral Roberts five times, won some really hard games on the road, two early series on the road, and that's all positive. It's always disappointing when you end the season; you're sad because you may or may not see your seniors again, and the makeup of the team will be different next year so you have to start all over again. That's college baseball, and there's not much time to dwell on it or feel sorry for yourself,” said WIU head coach Ryan Brownlee.


WIU starter Javin Drake also made history for the program in his last appearance against Omaha on Wednesday, when he struck out 4 batters to increase his record-breaking total to 109 K’s in a single-season.


(WIU Athletics credited with the quote. Visit their recap story here)

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The Macomb Bombers baseball team lost in their Regional Playoff matchup against Limestone yesterday 9-1.


The Bombers had a hard time containing the Rockets explosive offense. Limestone racked up 15 hits during the game. Macomb pitcher Ben Higgins was responsible for those hits and allowed 9 runs to score for Limestone, but he finished with 3 strikeouts in his last career game with the Bombers. 


Macomb’s offense finished the game with 7 hits. Tyler Bickers and John Ogle led the way with two hits each. Ogle scored the 1st run of the game in the first inning, but Macomb couldn’t hang on to their lead as Limestone’s offense quickly heated up. The Rockets scored 2 runs the second inning and never looked back as they produced 7 more runs over the next three innings.


Limestone effectively ended the game by shutting down Macomb’s offense for six scoreless innings and now the Rockets will advance to the Regional Championship against Dunlap this Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 12pm noon.


The Varsity Bombers baseball season sadly comes to an end, but the team finished this year with a positive record of 15-11. With a young core of promising players, Macomb should focus on developing their talent until next year to have another chance at a deeper post-season run. 

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The Ridgewood Spartans baseball team fought valiantly in their postseason, losing effort against the LeRoy Panthers yesterday. The game was tied up until the fifth inning when LeRoy scored three runs. Unfortunately for the Spartans, they could not create a comeback, scoring zero runs during the game. The LeRoy Panthers won 3-0.

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The Western Illinois baseball team just finished up their first round matchup against Omaha in the Summit League Tournament. The Leathernecks lost 15-9. Western Illinois starting pitcher Javin Drake had a rough outing as he surrendered 10 earned runs and 9 hits to the Mavericks offense during 4.1 innings of work. 

However, Drake did secure 4 strikeouts, and one of those came in the 2nd inning to give him 107 for the year. That accomplishment made Javin Drake the all-time single season record holder in strikeouts for Western Illinois. He would then finish the game with two more strikeouts for a grand total of 109 K's on the year. 

WIU attempted to rally in the 9th inning after being down 15-2. The Leathernecks scored 7 runs in the inning to make things interesting, but the deficit ended up being too large for them to make a memorable comeback. Western Illinois catcher, CJ Schaeffer Jr., grounded out to the pitcher to end the game and WIU's hopes of making it through to the next round in the winners bracket.


WIU will now have to try and claw their way out of the losers bracket in the Summit League Tournament. They will play the loser from the tournament's other 1st-round matchup between Oral Roberts and South Dakota State tomorrow, May 23, 2019 at noon. You can tune into the livestream at thesummitleague.org


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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Summit League officials announced that the 2018-19 men's and women's golf academic all-league teams on Wednesday, which will recognize those student-athletes that excelled both on the course and in the classroom this season.



South Dakota State's Sydney Bormann (Human Biology, 4.00) is the only repeat honoree from last season's squad. She was a junior and maintained a perfect GPA. She posted a top-20 stroke average in the regular season and now owns a top-10 stroke average in SDSU history. Bormann is a two-time WGCA All-American Scholar.Denver's Mary Weinstein (Finance, 3.98) and Sophie Newlove () finished one-two, respectively, at the 2019 Summit League Championship. They also were on the all-academic team for the first time. Weinstein led the league with a 72.52 stroke average and broke a championship record with a final-round 65 (-7) which made the team title for the Pioneers. The Summit League Championship MVP was a 2018 WGCA All-American Scholar. Newlove (Finance, 3.61), the 2018 Championship MVP, recorded four top-10 finishes during her final collegiate season and has been a three-time WGCA All-American Scholar (2016-18). She was also the 2019 All-Summit League First Team performer after posting a 75.15 scoring average. Rounding out the women's team were North Dakota State's Taylor McCorkle (Marketing; 3.60) and South Dakota's Katie Bartlett (Nursing, 3.93). McCorkle won a pair of titles in the regular season, capturing the Lady Thunderbird Invite and Diane Thomason Invite. The sophomore was a 2018 WGCA All-American Scholar and earned second team all-league honors. Bartlett won the Creighton Classic and helped the Coyotes to a team title at the Loyola Fall Invitational. She owned a 78.0 stroke average during the season and was the Coyotes' representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.



On the men's side, there were three repeat honorees, headlined by Purdue Fort Wayne Zach Schroeder, who is just the second student-athlete to earn the accolade three-straight seasons since its inception in 2013. Schroeder (Finance, 3.56), has been a Summit League Academic Honor Roll each of the past three seasons and set the Mastodons' career scoring record at 74.25. He had a pair of top-10 finishes and broke the program's 36-hole scoring record at the Wright State Invitational. Joining Schroeder on the team once again were North Dakota State's Andrew Israelson (Finance, 3.72) and South Dakota's Scott Fudenberg (Finance; 3.87). As a junior, Israelson is already the Bison's career stroke average leader at 73.28 and he tied for first at the 2019 Summit League Championship in April with a 219 (+3) total.Fudenberg helped guide the Coyotes to a tie for second place at the 2019 Summit League Championship. He posted nine rounds under par and carried a 74.8 stroke average during the season. North Dakota's Jeremy Kirk (Chemistry, 3.91 GPA) and Omaha's Cole Christain (Business Administration, 3.96 GPA) were first-time honorees recognized Wednesday. Kirk competed was the Fighting Hawks' Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2017-18 and was a finalist this year. He owned a 77.7 stroke average in 14 rounds for the league newcomer. Christain, a Summit League Academic Honor Roll member a year ago, finished third on the team in scoring with a career-best stroke average of 75.8.



Student-athletes are nominated by their respective sports information directors (SIDs) and then voted on by a panel composed of faculty athletics representatives from each university and SIDs.

In order to be considered for the academic all-league golf team, a student-athlete: must have at least a 3.3 cumulative career grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale); must have completed at least one full academic year (two semesters, three quarters) at the current institution; and must have participated in 50 percent of their team's completed competitions.


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The Macomb Bombers Varsity softball team had a regional playoff matchup against the Peoria High Lions last night and Macomb emerged victorious with a 15-0 rout.


Macy Coker put on a stellar performance for the Bombers as she pitched 4 scoreless innings, struck out 8, and walked 0. Peoria produced only 1 hit in the game, while Macomb recorded 12 of their own.


The Bombers exploded to score five runs in the second inning. Grace Stufflebeam, Shelby Daniels, Genna McCamant, Katie Riggins, and Reagan Emerick each hit an RBI in the inning to open up the game for Macomb. The Bombers then comfortably depended on their pitching to finish with a 15-0 shutout over the High Lions. 


Macomb now moves on to the next round of Regionals where they must play Peoria Notre Dame. The matchup was originally scheduled for today, May 21, 2019 at 4:30pm, but the game has now been rescheduled another day until tomorrow, May 22, 2019 at 4:30pm. The playoff matchup will take place at a neutral site, Galesburg High School, if anyone wishes to make the trip and see how the Bombers perform in what could be their final game of the season.

(Original story via GameChanger Media. Find their article here)


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Due to the rain from last night and the more expected later today, tonight's games in Orion have been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 22nd. The games will be at the same time and place has previously scheduled.

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The Ridgewood Spartans claimed a decisive victory during thier regional championship bout against ROWVA/Williamsfield this past Saturday. The game was controlled by the Spartans throughout the five inning game. Scoring six runs in the first, the Spartans only allowed one run for ROWVA/Williamsfield in the second. The Spartans won the game 12-1 and became regional champs.

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The Annawan-Wethersfield Titans Varsity baseball team almost claimed victory in their postseason game against St. Bede, of Peru, IL. The game was close all throughout with both sides scoring in almost every inning. St. Bede took the lead early on with a run in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings. The Titans could only get one in the third.

Later in the game, both teams scored two in the sixth. With St. Bede in the lead, 5-3, going into the seventh inning, it was crunch time for the Titans. Unfortunately, Annawan-Wethersfield only scored one run before St. Bede claimed victory, winning 5-4.

The St. Bede varsity baseball team will face off against Alleman this Saturday at 11am.

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The IHSA Regional playoffs featured matchups between Illini West vs. Bushnell West Prairie and Quincy Notre Dame vs. Monmouth-Roseville. 


Final Scores:


Illini West 9-0 BWP


QND 6-0 Monmouth-Roseville

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The Titans will play St. Bede today in the Regional Semifinal. The game will start at 4:30 at Northeast Park in Kewanee. The Titans are asking for a large crowd to show at the game to show support. The winner today will move on to the Regional Championship to take on Alleman this Saturday at 11 AM.

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The Boilmakers varsity boys' baseball team took a hard fall yesterday against Alleman Catholic yesterday in a postseason bout. Alleman started strong right out of the gate by scoring in the first four innings. Kewanee tried to surmount with a comeback but only scored one run throughout the entirety of the contest. The final score was 1-9, Alleman Catholic.

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The Stark County Rebels' baseball team could not pull out the win against the Ridgewood Spartans yesterday in a postseason bout. The game, lasting only four innings, was dominated by the Spartans as they scored at least 3 runs every inning. Unfortunately for the Rebels, they couldn't score one run during their bout. The final score was 0-15, Ridgewood.

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For the 20th consecutive year, the EastSide Centre in East Peoria will host the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) Class AA State Final Track and Field Meet. Almost 2,300 athletes will participate in the two-day meet this Friday and Saturday (May 17-18). East Peoria Central District #86 serves as the host school.

The IESA state series in boys track and field began in 1932 and the girls state series began in 1972. This will be the 88th year IESA has conducted a state track meet for boys and the 47th year for the girls state meet. This is the 35th year of the two class system. A total of 579 member schools entered the 2019 state series. There are 289 schools in Class AA and nearly 260 of those schools will be represented at this year's state meet. The majority of the sectional qualifying meets were held last Saturday, May 11 but due to the inclement weather on Saturday, several did not finish until Monday, May 13. The following link will list all qualifiers:


There are 14 events in each of the four classes (7th grade girls; 7th grade boys; 8th grade girls; 8th grade boys). There will be a grand total of 56 events. Field event competition begins Friday at 11:00 a.m.  In the field events, the preliminaries and finals are conducted on the same day that the respective event is held.  Some field events are held on Friday and some are held on Saturday. The running events get under way Friday at 1:15 p.m. with the preliminaries of the hurdle event followed by the 400 m dash, the 1600 meter run and the preliminaries of the 100 m dash.  Only the hurdle event and the 100-meter dash are held with preliminaries. The individual winner of each heat will advance to the finals and the next fastest times (based on the number of heats to get to 8 total participants) will advance to the finals on Saturday. For all other running events, timed finals are the format. The best times from all the heats or sections in a respective running event determine final places in that event.

Competition on Saturday begins at 9:00 a.m. with the finals of the hurdles followed immediately by the finals of the 100 meter dash. Those eight races should be completed by 9:30. Running events will then resume with the 4 x 200 relay and run continuously throughout the day. After the conclusion of the 4 x 200 relay, then the 4 x 100 relay will be held, followed by the 200 meter dash; the 800 meter run and then the 4 x 400 meter relay. A short lunch break is scheduled after the 4 x100 and before the start of the 200 meter dash.  Field events that are not held on Friday will also get started at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and will also continue throughout the day. The event is expected to conclude around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The complete time schedule for the weekend is available at the following link:


Results will be updated continuously throughout the weekend and all final results should be available by 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening, weather permitting, on the IESA home page: www.iesa.org.  Final results for all events that are concluded on Friday will be available Friday evening.

Single-session tickets will be on sale at the stadium each day. Tickets are priced at $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students K-8 and seniors. Gates open to the general public at 9:30 a.m. Friday and at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Fans are given a wristband to wear that allows patrons to exit and re-enter. The wristband must be worn at all times.

Gates for the competitors and teams will open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday and 7:00 a.m. on Saturday. The Parade of Athletes will take place on Friday at 10:15 a.m. and at 8:20 a.m. on Saturday. The parade is a chance for the competitors to walk the track with their team amidst applause, music, and cheers from coaches, parents, family, and fans. At the conclusion of the Parade of Champions, the Athlete Oath will be read by four athletes who will be competing in this year's meet.  

On Friday, Addison Swadinsky from Deer Creek Mackinaw and Annie Wirth from Geneseo will read the Athlete Oath. In 2018, Swadinsky ran the 400 meter dash and placed 9th. Wirth won both the high jump and long jump in 2018 and will be looking to duplicate that feat again this year 

On Saturday, Gabe Zeigler-Harris from East Peoria Central and Libby Saloga from Sugar Grove Kaneland Harter will read the Athlete Oath. Zeigler-Harris ran in the 100 and 200 as a 7th grader in 2018 while Saloga ran in the 400 and placed 1st in the pole vault last year. Both have qualified in the same events in 2019.

All athletes who place 1-8 in their respective event will be recognized on the infield after the conclusion of their event. The time schedule has periods built into it for presentation of the medals to the individuals and relay team members. 

Fans are encouraged to visit the FanZone icon on the IESA home page for information that spectators should know regarding the meet.

Should weather impact the meet, any rescheduling that might be needed will be posted on the IESA website.

For more information, please contact IESA Associate Executive Director and Track and Field Administrator Nicole Schaefbauer, nicole@iesa.org.

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The semi-final games in the Boy's Baseball Regional Tourney are having a location change. Due to poor field conditions, the games will take place Northeast Park (1200 N Main St.) in Kewanee. The game times are still the same at 4:30.

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The Kewanee Boilermakers Varsity Softaball team fell in their IHSA semi-final clash with the Mercer County Golden Eagles yesterday. The game, held in Knoxville, was a close one with Mercer only scoring three runs throughout. Unfortunately for Kewanee, they were unable to score any runs. Mercer flew away with the win, 3-0.

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Lindsey Edwards, a senior at Kewanee High School has signed a Letter of Intent to compete at Augustana College, Home of the Vikings, with a degree focus as a part of the Drama & Theater Department next year.


In the attached picture:


Front: Marisa Romanelli {KHS Drama & Theater Coach}, Lindsey Edwards,  Heather Olalde {KHS Theater & GI Coach}

Back: Johnny Williams {Theater Coach}, Larry Flannery, KHS Director of Special Events, and Ellen Johnson {Summer Theater Coach}

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Kewanee Girls Basketball will be holding their summer instructional skills basketball camp starting on June 1st 9am-12pm for 4-6 grade girls and 1-4pm for 7-8 grade girls in Brockman Gym. 


The cost is $20 and it includes a t-shirt, snacks, and prizes.

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The Orion Chargers varsity softball team claimed victory against Hall yesterday. The Chargers dominated throughout the game, scoring in almost every inning at bat. Hall could only gain two runs in thier losing effort. The final score was 10-2.