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The Geneseo Lady Leafs defeated Ottawa in girls high school basketball on Tuesday night by a final of 45-28.

Josie Brown led a balanced attack for Geneseo with 14 points.

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The Stark County Rebels dropped a tough game to Wethersfield on Tuesday night by a final of 80-49.

The Rebels were led by Payton Browning with 15 points, Riley Down and Kane Newton each added 11 and Ryan Murphy hit for doubles with 10.


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The Annawan Braves dropped a close one to Princeville on Tuesday night by a final of 58-55.

Julian Samuels led the Annawan attack with 19 points and Drake VanHyfte also hit for double figures with 12.

Ryan Goodman and Reece Gripp each added 9 for the Braves.


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The Wethersfield Flying Geese defeated the Stark County Rebels 80-49 on Tuesday night at Wethersfield High School.

Coltin Quagliano led the Geese with 24 points, Isaac Frank added 19, Kale Nelson had 13 and Brady Kelley also hit for double figures with 12.

Payton Browning led the Rebel attack with 15, Kane Newton and Riley Down each hit for 11 and Ryan Murphy also hit double figures with 10.

With the victory, the Geese move to 16-2 and 3-0 in the LTC.    

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The Kewanee Boilermakers won a thriller at Bureau Valley High School in Manlius on Tuesday night by a final score of 66-65.

Bureau Valley trailed by 8 late in the game but the rally fell just short.

The Boilers were paced by Kavon Russell with 25 points, Niko Powe added 16 and Carson Sauer also hit for double figures with 14.

Bureau Valley was led by Kale Barnett with 26 points and Nate Paup also hit for double figures with 21.     

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The Sterling girls were able to push their win streak to nine as they got a victory over the Rochelle Hubs 66-34 Tuesday night. Josi Borum led the Golden Warriors with 19 points and Brook Borum collected a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Sterling's last loss was December 22nd to Naperville Central 52-51. The Sterling girls will be back in action this Friday against Ottawa. 

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The Newman Comets recovered from their loss against Milledgeville that broke their 15 game win streak by beating the Hall Red Devils 62-58. The Comets were led by Devon House with 36 points and followed by Connor McBride's 11 points. The Hall Red Devils were led in scoring by Tres Rybarczyk with 20 points and Chance Resetich with 12 points. The Newman Comets improve their record to 18-2 and will play the Princeton Tigers this Friday. The Hall Red Devils fall to 15-3 and will face off with Serena this Saturday.

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Macomb lost a tough game at home against Pekin, falling by a score of 56-36. Macomb was the victim of a tough hybrid 2-3 zone/man defense run by the Dragons, and ultimately wasn’t able to get anything going on offense. Defensively they struggled to close out on Pekin’s shooters, as their motion, passing-based offense caused slow reactions from Macomb’s defenders.


Pekin ran their offense through guards Adam Cash and Brady Grashof, as their consistent 3-point shooting distracted from the disappointing performance from 6’7” center Patrick Torrey. Cash and Grashof each found their way into double figures in this game, and were able to become a consistent challenge for Macomb both on offense and defense.


It was clear that when attacking Pekin’s defense, Macomb was able to find space and put up quality shots, but they appeared to lack the aggressiveness needed for such an offense. Cameron Schultze led the team with 8 points, the last two of which came on an outstanding coast-to-coast drive late in the game. He showed his 3-point stroke as well, nailing two. Schultze showed that he has the potential to be one of the more offensively productive players on this team, given adequate playing time.


Macomb will look to improve their offensive approach in their next game, which comes Friday, January 18 at Illini West. Tip-off for this game is scheduled for 7:30.

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In today's edition of the Pulse, Sam Woolsey takes a look at the local basketball scene, Coach Matt Nagy's comments about Kareem Hunt, Cody Parky appearing on the Today Show, and what do the Eagles do with Nick Foles?


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The 2019 Girls Lincoln Trail Conference Tournament continued at Princeville High School on Monday night with four games on the schedule.

In game one at the high school gym, Annawan defeated United by a final of 45-24. Keagan Rico led the Bravettes with 13 points and Emily Miller right behind with 12.

In game number two, number one seed Princeville defeated Rowva 48-28. Libby Martin led PV with 13 points while Brinlee Bauman and Marissa Martin also hit for double figures with 10 points each. Emma Lane added 8 in the winning cause.

In game one in the junior high gym, Stark County defeated Ridgewood 43-33. Olivia Hopp led the Lady Rebels with 15 points and Kelsey Berchtold right behind with 14.

Brecken Adamson led the Lady Spartans with 10 points.

In the nightcap in the junior high gym, Mercer County defeated Galva 56-40.

The tournament continues on Wednesday night with two games in the high school gym and two games in the junior high gym.


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The St Bede Lady Bruins defeated the Kewanee Boilergirls in high school basketball action on Monday night by a final of 38-33.

Gracey Damron led the Boilergirls with 13 points while Madelynn Uitermarkt added 8.

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On Friday the Newman Comets took on the Kewanee Boilermakers and won 67-64. Devon House led the Comets with 24 points, Connor McBride added 15 points, and Marcus Williams tallied 11 points. Kavon Russell of Kewanee tried his best to carry his team to victory with a massive 37 point performance, but fell short in the end. This marked the Comets 15th straight win heading into Saturdays game with Milledgeville. 


The Comets put their 15 game winning streak on the line Saturday against Milledgeville. Unfortunately for the Comets, Milledgeville was able to end the Comets winning streak, beating the Comets 52-46. The Comets committed 15 turnovers, but were only down one point to begin the second half. Devon House led the Comets with 20 points and Connor McBride tallied 12 points with four 3-pointers. For Milledgeville Treyton Selman led the Missiles with 20 points and Carson Boyer added 14 points. The Comets will look to get back in the win column Tuesday night against the Hall Red Devils and Milledgeville will take on Forreston Monday evening.     


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In today's edition of the Pulse, Sam Woolsey discusses the local basketball games going on Friday and Saturday night, the NBA, and the divisional round of the NFL playoffs!


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The Annawan Bravettes defeated Mercer County 62-58 in girls high school basketball action in Aledo on Wednesday night.

Ella Manuel led the Bravettes with 20 points and Keagan Rico also hit for double figures with 16.

Reese Randall and Kaley Peterson each added 7 and Emily Miller and Fayth Park added 6 each.