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This week, the Kewanee Boilermakers came up just one point short against Newman Catholic. The A and W Titans won big over United 48 to 7 while the Geneseo Green Machine on Hog Country 102.5 WJRE won their Western Big Six debut over Galesburg 21 to 14. We spoke with Coach Bradley Swanson of the Boilermakers, Coach Logan Willets of the Titans and Coach Larry Johnson of the Green Machine for our Coaches Corner program... 

For those who want to skip to their Head Coach, Coach Swanson kicks off the show, Coach Logan Willits starts at 12:54 and Coach Larry Johnson begins at 27:11. 

 

Did you go to any Friday night games around our area? Send us your photos for inclusion in our coverage at LocalSportsNow.com. Send your photos to skernan@egionalmedia.info. While you're at it, nominate a player/athlete of the Week. 

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The A & W Titans are 3 and 0 on the season after Colton Quagliano complete 10 of 16 passes for 231 yards and Tuker Miller caught for 103 of those yards and a couple touchdowns as the Titans beat United 48 to 7. Josh Dillon wrapped up the game from United...

Coach Logan Willits will be live on the Coaches Corner on Saturday morning o talk about another huge win for his team. Did you attend last nights A & W Titans win? Send us your photos for our coverage at LocalSportsNow.com and while you're at it, nominate a player/athlete of the game. 

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The Geneseo Green Machine held off a late charge by new conference rival Galesburg, 21 to 14. Galesburg got on the board early with a 7 to 0 start but then then Geneseo, courtesy of Mason Jones took the lead to the half 14 to 7. Mason Jones would score twice in the game and rush for more than 100 yards in the win. Postgame analysis from Josh Billiet and Luke Wahl...

 

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The Kewanee Boilermakers came up one point short in a heartbreaker against Newman Catholic on Friday night. After the game, Coach Brad Swanson spoke to The Voice of the Boilermakers, Russ Hughes about the tough luck loss...

After the game, Calvin Peart broke down the stats for the game... 

The Boilermakers are back in action next Friday night on WKEI against an 0-3 Monmouth Roseville team. Game time 7 Pm on WKEI. Did you attend Friday night's game? Send us your pictures to skernan@regionalmedia.info so we can make your pictures part of the coverage at LocalSportsNow.com. While you're at it, nominate a player to be our Player/Athlete of the Week. 

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Yu Darvish strikes out 14 in a big Cubs win over the Padres 4 to 1. The Cubs now welcome the Pirates to Wrigley Field for the weekend. Russ Hughes joined the LocalSportsNow.com Noon Hour Sports Show on Friday to preview and promote the Kewanee Boilmakers game tonight at 7 Pm on WKEI. All of this on today's LocalSportsNow.com Noon Hour Sports Show... 

 

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Illini West High School has released its schedule of athletic events for the week of 9/16/19 - 9/21/19. 

 

The week gets going with a very busy Monday, September 16th, as the girls golf team will be heading to Hamilton High School for a match at Deer Run Golf Course at 4 PM. The girls freshman, JV and varsity volleyball teams will all be heading to Beardstown on the 16th, with the freshman team kicking off the triple-header at 5 PM, the JV following at 6 and the varsity closing it out at 7 PM. The final event on the docket for September 16th is a JV home football game with Knoxville that is set to begin at 6 PM.

 

Tuesday looks to be a busy day as well for the Chargers and it gets going with the Girls Prairieland Conference golf meet at 9 AM. The boys golf team will also be in action in a triangular with Liberty and Southeastern at 4 PM. Varsity cross country will be participating on the 17th as well, as they head to Quincy for the QND Raider Invitational at South Park, in a meet set to begin at 3 PM. Wrapping up the day will be the JV and varsity volleyball teams heading to LaHarpe Middle School to take on Farmington. The JV game will begin at 6 PM while the varsity will follow them at 7 PM.

 

Wednesday, September 18th, looks to be among the lighter days of the week, as currently there are only two events scheduled. First, the boys golf team will have its Prarieland Conference Meet rain date should they need it, with a time yet to be determined. The coed golf team will be in action (should the rain date not be needed) in a quadrangular with West Hancock, Unity and Brown County in a match set to begin at 4 PM. 

 

Thursday, September 19th, sees the schedule ramp right back up as this will be another busy day for Charger athletics. The freshman, JV and varsity volleyball teams will all be traveling together to Lewsitown to start the day. The freshman team will kick off the triple header at 5 PM, they will be followed by JV at 6 and the varsity team will wrap it up at 7 PM. The Freshman football team will wrap up the 19th as they will be on the road to face Macomb at 6 PM.

 

There may only be one event scheduled for Friday, September 20th, but it’s a big one. The varsity football team will be playing its annual homecoming game. The Chargers will welcome Abingdon/Avon to Carthage as they wrap up what is sure to be an exciting, entertaining week at Illini West. There are no events currently scheduled for Saturday, September 21st, so perhaps fittingly, homecoming will wrap up the week. 

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The WIU mens soccer team was at home Thursday, September 12th, for perhaps their biggest home match of the 2019 season with the Big Ten’s Northwestern Wildcats. Following a wild flurry at the beginning of the game, the Leathernecks were unable to keep pace, ultimately falling 3-2.

 

That wild flurry saw four goals scored in the first 22 minutes of the game, as both the Leathernecks and Wildcats looked motivated to prove who was the “better purple” on the day. The Wildcats saw two goals go through in the first 9 minutes of the game as they looked to dominate early. WIU, however, responded quickly, with goals in the 10th and 22nd minutes to crawl right back into it. The game went into halftime tied 2-2.

 

The second half saw strong play throughout on both sides, as the two remained deadlocked at 2 for a majority of the 45 minutes. However, a late penalty (red card) conceded by Christian Junna in the 86th minute of play saw Northwestern heartbreakingly take the lead and the win in the final minutes. 

 

Mitchell Moynihan’s 22nd minute goal saw him break out of the pack and into the team lead in goals with 2 on the season, while Enric Ferrer scored his first of the season in the 10th minute. WIU, still looking for its first win, will have another crack at it on Tuesday, September 17, as they stay home to face off with the Drake Bulldogs.

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The WIU women’s soccer team headed to Milwaukee yesterday, September 12th, for a tough matchup with 4-time Horizon League Champions, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Despite holding the Panthers to a scoreless first half, the Leathernecks were unable to hold out, losing 3-0.

 

The Panthers came out in the second half with clear motivation as they scored in the 46th and 51st minutes of the game, forcing WIU to either adjust or risk dropping the game. The Leathernecks settled down the attack for a while, before ultimately giving up the dagger goal to Milwaukee in the 72nd minute of play. 

 

Despite that tough scoreline, there were positives in this one, as Ines Palmiero Herrera continued her climb up the WIU saves leaderboard. Her 5 saves on the day moved her to within 15 now of 4th place on the all time list with a total of 204. All eyes will be on the superstar Spaniard as she continues her push for legend status among WIU athletes.

 

Herrera and the Leathernecks will look to get back to their winning ways when they take on Illinois State in Normal on Sunday, September 15th. That game is scheduled to take place at 1 PM.

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Coming into their Thursday, September 12th game with Galesburg, the Macomb varsity girls volleyball team was looking to continue what had been an incredibly impressive 11-2 start. They did just that, topping the Streaks in 2 sets, 25-21 and 25-13.

 

The Bomber offense was dispersed well in this one, as the leader in kills on the day was Kennedy Adair with 5. Adair also added a block, something that has been a huge part of Macomb’s attack. Autumn Kindhart racked up 3 blocks of her own, while she also added 4 kills. Sticking with that defensive theme, Maggie Vallillo racked up another 12 digs while she also added 2 aces in a display of serving mastery. Macomb got another big contribution out of Avery Rexroat, as she racked up 14 assists and a whopping 5 aces in a ten point night. 

 

The Bombers will have to hope these impressive performances continue, as they next face off with West Hancock at home on Monday, September 16th. The matchup is set to begin at 7 PM from Washington Street Gym.

 

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The number of High School age athletes playing football is continuing to decrease in the state of Illinois, reflecting a nationwide trend. Whether it is concern of head injuries or the high profile, early retirements of NFL stars over the last two years, the number of athletes in the state of Illinois choosing to play High School Football is in decline. Reporter Scot Bertram has more... 

 

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The Kewanee Boilergirls volleyball team lost to Princeton on Thursday. Results courtesy of Claire Nichols. The Boilergirls lost 14 to 25 and 13 to 25. The Sophomore Boilergirls lose by default to Princeton 25 to 23, 15 to 25 and - 25. The Freshman Boilergirls were winners 25 to 17 and 25 to 21. 

 

Varsity stats 

 

Kills 

 

Tristan Nolan 4

 

Assists 

 

Kendal Bennison 3

 

Blocks 

 

Chloe Gruzeczka 1

 

Aces

 

Emma LaFollette 1 

 

Digs 

 

Tristan Nolan 2 

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Results courtesy of Francisco Grajeda. The Kewanee soccer team was beaten byt= Alleman on Thursday... 

 

Final Alleman 5 - Kewanee 1 

Halftime Alleman 1 - Kewanee 1

 

Goals 

Corbin VanDeSampel min 2

 

Assists 

Alex Torres-1

 

8 saves by Mikah Israel

 

Did you attend Thursday's soccer game between Kewanee and Alleman? Send us your pictures to be included in our coverage at LocalSportsNow.com. While you're at it, send us a nomination of a player for our player/athlete of the week. skernan@regionalmedia.info. 

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The Macomb girls varsity tennis team headed into its matchup with Pekin on Wednesday, September 11th, coming off a dominant 8-1 win over Peoria Christian. Unfortunately, the Bombers were unable to keep that momentum going, as they were defeated by Pekin 7-2.

 

The match started off with singles play, and Pekin took the first four matches. Amara Howell took down Macomb’s Madeline MacGregor 6-4, 6-2 in the first match, while Kayla Chau defeated MHS’ Lucy Gruidl 6-3, 7-5. The third match saw Ashley Stilling beat Macomb’s Lauren Hall 6-4, 6-2, while the fourth and final singles win for Pekin saw Brogan Gresham take down Peyton Weaver 6-1, 6-1.

 

This is where the turnaround happened for Macomb, as in the fifth match, the Bombers’ Anne Vana won an epic match with Pekin’s Maya Stillman with scores of 4-6, 6-3, 11-9. The sixth and final singles match also went to the Bombers, as Sanjana Babu defeated Pekin’s Gabby Gonzalez 7-6, 6-2.

 

The match then moved to doubles play, where Pekin swept the competition. Amara Howell and Kayla Chau got the winning going for Pekin as they defeated Macomb’s pair of Lauren Hall and Madeline MacGregor 8-2 . The second match saw two wins in a row for Pekin when Brogan Gresham and Ashley Stilling beat Macomb’s Tali Stone and Lucy Gruidl 8-4. The third and final doubles match saw the Dragons wrap up the sweep with an 8-6 win for Maya Stillman and Gabby Gonzalez over MHS’ Anne Vana and Peyton Weaver. 

 

The Bombers will look to bounce back from this loss when they head to Peoria on Thursday, September 19th, for a 4 PM match with Manual.

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September 12, 2019 was a rare day for Macomb Bomber golf, as both the boys and girls were at home. The boys handled their senior day business, and so did the girls as they managed to win their triangular with Quincy Notre Dame and Canton. 

 

The Bombers were led by medalist Emma Thorman, who put up a very impressive 36. Laine Torrance performed well for the Bombers as well, as her skillful approach play was on full display throughout the match. Though QND may have finished second on the match, they did see a career high performance for Olivia Hummel with her 51.

 

The Macomb girls will get their next chance for a win when they stay home for a triangular with QND and Pittsfield on Monday, September 16th. The match is set to begin at 4 PM.

 

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Yesterday, September 12th, saw the Macomb boys varsity golf team participate in their annual senior day match, this year coming against Mercer County. The lone senior being celebrated this year was Blaine Sutton, affectionately known as “Grandpa” by his teammates. 

 

Sutton shined bright and the Bombers were able to take the dual, 160-212. Sutton was the lone medalist on the match, with an efficient 38. Connor Watson and Connor Hamm also put up impressive performances for Macomb, as they each recorded a 39 on the day. The performances of these 3, along with the usual excellence of Braeden Duncan (though he struggled yesterday), has Macomb well-positioned as they look to make a strong push towards the end of the season.

 

Macomb will get its next crack at the links when they head to Metamora for the Redbird Classic on Saturday, September 14th. The tournament is set to begin at 8:30 AM.

 

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The Chicago Cubs are in trouble after another road loss drops the team into a tie for second place in the NL Central. The good news for Cubs fans, the Cardinals lost their second in a row to keep the Cubs within 4. The Brewers meanwhile are trying to keep their stride after losing MVP Christian Yelich. In Football, the Bears play the Broncos on Sunday, the Bucs and Panthers play tonight and Antonio Brown continues to have trouble. 

 

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Macomb came into their game with Jacksonville on Wednesday, September 12th, looking to build momentum following a 12-0 win against A-Town. The Bombers were able to do just that, winning the game 2-0.

 

The scoring got going in the first half, as the first of two assists on the day for Braxton Lidaywa went to Matthew Jaques as the Bombers took the lead. They went into halftime up 1-0, and got their second on another Lidaywa assist, this time going to Leif Delany Barmann. Barmann has been on quite the scoring streak of late, as he now has 6 goals in his last 3 games. 

 

The win sees the Bombers improve their record on the season to 6-1-1, and they will get another opportunity to impress when play Galesburg today, September 12th. The home match with the Silver Streaks is set to begin at 4:30 PM.

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Changes have been announced for the Kewanee Girls Golf team and their upcoming rounds. The Kewanee High School Athletic Department has announced that the event at the Geneseo Country Club on October 3rd that had been scheduled for 4 Pm will now begin at 3:30 Pm at that same location. The other change is the announcement of the IHSA Golf Regional. The IHSA Regional for girls golf will take place at Baker Park Golf Course on October 10th at 9 Am. 

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The Chicago Cubs get shutout by San Diego, the Brewers win and pull even with the Cubs in NL Central and the Cardinals lose but maintain a 4 game lead in the Division. And the Chicago Bears are prepping for Denver this Sunday. All this in today's LocalSportsNow.com Sports Update...

 

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Galva defeated Rowva 11-4. Kaleigh Gale took the mound for the lady wildcats. Gale had 10 strikeouts.  The cats were hot at the plate. Ava Anderson 2run homer. Ava Gunn 4 RBIs. Results courtesy of Jennifer DeCrane. 

 

Did you attend this Galva Softball game? Send your photos to LocalSportsNow.com to be part of our coverage, skernan@regionalmedia.info. While you are at it, nominate someone to be our Player/Athlete of the week. 

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