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The Macomb Bombers will prepare for a non-conference game at home tonight at 7:30 pm against the Seymour Indians. The Seymour Indians posted a record of 25-2 in the regular season. The Bombers won't fold easily as they won their last couple of games.


Currently, the Bombers have a record of 8-17 after defeating Illini West 57-46 (Feb. 8) and Camp Point Central 56-44 (Feb. 14). The Bombers have been the underdogs all season long, but now they are starting to show some fight towards the end of the season. 


With the Bombers having home-court advantage, they will pose a true threat against the Seymour Indians. The Bombers will play their final regular-season game against Monmouth Roseville on February 21st before the start of the postseason.



Wethersfield came up just a little short in yesterdays match up with Princeville falling 54-53. It was a clutch three in the closing moments that sunk the Geese and are now 5-2 in the conference. Russ Hughes breaks down the Princeville scoring and postgame remarks with Steve Osborne...






Princeville 54 - Wethersfield 53




Putnam County Sectional:  Aurora Christian 52 - St. Bede 19

Freeport Regional:  Boylan Catholic 71 - Sterling 68

Washington Regional:  East Peoria 51 - Streator 44



We have a basketball broadcast tonight.  It's a boys varsity matchup as the Princeton Tigers host the Rockridge Rockets at Prouty Gym.  Norm Vandermoon and Tiffany Gonigam have the call at 6:30 pm on WZOE-AM 1490 and streaming at princetonnewsnow.com.


The Western Illinois women had their hands full in  Saturday's game against the North Dakota Hawks.

The Leathernecks had a busy travel week, returning back to Macomb on Friday after a long bus ride to South Dakota. The Fighting Hawks beat Western in North Dakota a few weeks ago.


But on Saturday, the Leatherneck women came up on top with a score of 91-74. The Fighting Hawks were hot starting off both halves in the game, but the Leathernecks had a response for each time. As a result, giving the Leathernecks a huge win that moved WIU into third place in the Summit League. Western lead by as much as 20 points in the first half.


WIU’s Junior Grace Gilmore had a fantastic night with 17 points and four rebounds.  Sophomore Danni Nichols leads the way for Western with 19 points. Freshman Carla Flores added 10 points and Sophomore Sam Pryor came off the bench to add 12 more points. 


North Dakota would rally up a bunch of runs to bring the game within single digits. But in return, the Leatherneck women responded each time to stretch the lead as much as possible. Western went to the free-throw line 36 times on Saturday and knocked down 28, sending the Fighting Hawks home with a loss.


Whenever it appeared WIU was hanging on for dear life and fighting tired leads, Western would string together yet another run to keep North Dakota at a safe distance in the second half. The Leathernecks are off until Thursday when they host Omaha at home for the regular-season finale.






Rochelle 73 - Princeton 50

Newman 82 - Bureau Valley 40

New Berlin 39 - Wethersfield 32

Ottawa 65 - La Salle-Peru 42

Dixon 73 - Streator 63


The Princeton Tigers picked up a home win over the Bureau Valley Storm 74-62 on Friday night in boys varsity basketball action at Prouty Gymnasium.


The Tigers jumped out of the gate strong using a 10-0 run to take an 18-3 lead midway through the first quarter, which ended with Princeton up 22-8.


BV cut the Tigers' lead to six at 24-18 in the second quarter but PHS regained control and held a 44-27 halftime edge on a Jamie Reinhardt buzzer-beating three-point basket.


The third quarter belonged to the Storm, as BV outscored the Tigers 24-13 to cut the PHS lead to just six at 57-51 going into the fourth.


BV got to within five at 63-58 in the fourth quarter but the Tigers were able to get the lead back up to double digits and hold on for the win.


Jamie Reinhardt led PHS in scoring with 17, followed by Cole Adams with 13 and Liam Duffin with 11 including a slam dunk.  Dalton Dean topped BV with a game-high 22 points, Carter Salisbury contributed 13 and Adam Johnson had 12.


The Tigers went 16 of 23 from the free throw line while the Storm made 14 out of 27.  Each team made 8 treys.  Princeton also won the sophomore matchup 58-47.


During the pre-game broadcast, Tiffany Gonigam visited with Bureau Valley girls basketball player Jade Aber...


At halftime, Norm Vandermoon visited with Princeton girls basketball player Kenzie Coleman...


Following the game, Norm spoke with BV's Dalton Dean and Tiffany with Princeton's Liam Duffin...



Our next basketball broadcast is a boys matchup Tuesday night as the Princeton Tigers host the Rockridge Rockets at Prouty Gym.  Norm Vandermoon and Tiffany Gonigam have the call at 6:30 pm on WZOE-AM 1490 and streaming at princetonnewsnow.com.





Winnebago 56 - Rock Falls 51

Amboy 41 - Fulton 30

Princeville 47 - Stark County 25

Fieldcrest 37 - El Paso-Gridley 32



Princeton 74 - Bureau Valley 62 (Soph) PHS 58-47)

Newman 66 - Hall 60

Erie-Prophetstown 61 - St. Bede 58

Rock Falls 0 - Rockford Christian 0

Sterling 80 - Alleman 39

Wethersfield 66 - Galva 40

Annawan 79 - ROWVA 47

La Salle-Peru 68 - Sandwich 61

Roanoke-Benson 56 - Seneca 31

Marquette 46 - Lowpoint-Washburn 24

Orion 59 - Fulton 40

Morrison 56 - Sherrard 42

Rockridge 70 - Riverdale 45

Fieldcrest 66 - Heyworth 45

Princeville 71 - United 61

Rock Island 81 - Geneseo 45

St. Joseph-Ogden 60 - Illinois Valley Central 54

Somonauk 68 - La Moille-Ohio 46






St. Bede 40 - Putnam County 19

Brimfield 53 - Annawan 51

Gardner South-Wilmington 53 - Marquette 47

Stark County 49 - Abingdon-Avon 47



La Salle-Peru 58 - Rochelle 28

Sandwich 53 - Ottawa 43

Quincy 56 - Geneseo 46



Oregon 74 - Dixon 63

Roanoke-Benson 73 - Midland 27


VERMILLION, S.D. – Kobe Webster and Zion Young were forces to be reckoned with Wednesday (February 12). Combining to score more than half of Western Illinois' points, the two tested the South Dakota men's basketball team all night for 29 and 21, respectively, in an 85-72 loss. 

The point tally set a new career-high for Webster. 

With both teams in search of their first points on the night, Young delivered a deep 2-pointer at 17:41. The young forward contributed five points in Western's 6-2 advantage, before tagging in Webster to strengthen the lead. 

Ten minutes hadn't quite ticked off the clock, but Webster was already a point shy of reaching double-figures. He is the only Leatherneck to score 10-plus in every Summit game this season, and when his team lost its edge on a 10-0 Coyote run, he ended the drought with his 11th point.

The Leathernecks jumped out by as many as 11 before the stretch but saw their lead slimmed to one, 21-20, with 6:09 to go before halftime. They entered the locker room trailing 35-31 after the 'Yotes hit a 3-pointer as time expired. 

South Dakota took a 46-35 lead with 16:41 left and maintained a double-digit edge for a majority of the latter half. 

Young scored 14 of his points in the latter half and really started to heat up in the closing minutes. He hit back-to-back shots with 4:02 remaining to help in Western's late push (74-64) but fouled out a few minutes later. He also scored 21 in the previous meeting against USD.  

This Saturday, Western returns home for the first of two remaining games inside Western Hall. North Dakota will visit first at 7 p.m., and the following Saturday will see Omaha roll into town at 2 p.m.  





At Eastland:  Polo 68 - Newman 45

At Rock Falls:  Rock Falls 66 - West Carroll 22

At Amboy:  Amboy 62 - Ashton-Franklin Center 30

At Amboy:  Fulton 48 - Forreston 37 (OT)

At Earlville:  Serena 62 - Earlville 38

At Rock Falls:  Winnebago 59 - Byron 52



Sterling 59 - Sandwich 52


Even though Kewanee had to travel to Princeton for last nights game, it felt like a home game for Kewanee. Boiler fans made the trip for last nights contest and saw the Boilermakers come out on top 69-56 to push their record to 24-4 on the season. Kavon Russell led the way for Kewanee...

If you look at the end score it looks pretty one-sided, but this was a very close game. It was a big fourth quarter that gave Kewanee the edge...

After the game Russ Hughes sat down with the Kewanee head coach...

Up next for Kewanee will be Sherrard this Saturday.


The Bureau Valley Storm had an early 2-0 lead but the rest of the game belonged to the Hall Red Devils as they scored a 61-37 boys varsity basketball win Tuesday night on Senior Night at Red Devil Gymnasium.


Hall led 18-9 at the end of the first quarter, 36-19 at halftime and 60-29 at the end of the third quarter.  They only scored one point in the fourth quarter but that was played entirely under a running clock.


Trez Rybarczyk led the Red Devils with 24 points while Bryan Fuentes added 18.  The Storm had 11 players find the scoring column topped by Carter Salisbury's 12.


Hall only made one more basket in the game but nine of those shots were three-pointers compared to zero for Bureau Valley.  The win is the 18th of the season for Hall with 3 games left in the regular season.


Hall won the sophomore matchup 50-33.


At halftime Tiffany Gonigam visited with Bureau Valley girls basketball player Carly Konneck...



Following the game Norm Vandermoon spoke with Hall's Trez Rybarczyk and Bureau Valley's Casey Horner...




Our next basketball broadcast is a boys matchup Friday night as the Bureau Valley Storm visit the Princeton Tigers.  Norm Vandermoon and Tiffany Gonigam have the call at 6:30 pm on WZOE-AM 1490 and streaming at princetonnewsnow.com.





At Stillman Valley:  Stillman Valley 43 - Hall 34

At Stillman Valley:  Riverdale 39 - Mendota 31

At Kewanee:  Eureka 65 - Illinois Valley Central 33

At ROWVA:  Stark County 57 - Galva 28

At St. Bede:  St. Bede 57 - Midland 29

At St. Bede:  Putnam County 41 - Dwight 25

At Sherrard:  Illini West 51 - Rockridge 27

At Earlville:  Earlville 64 - Islamic Foundation 6

At Gardner-South Wilmington:  Marquette 40 - Henry-Senachwine 24

At Eastland:  Polo 60 - Morrison 37

At Sherrard:  Mercer County 55 - Sherrard 51 (OT)

At West Central:  Annawan 46 - West Central 33

At Rushville-Industry:  Monmouth-Roseville 62 - Hamilton 39



Kewanee 69 - Princeton 56

Hall 61 -  Bureau Valley 37 (Soph: Hall 50-33)

La Salle-Peru 72 - St. Bede 57

Wethersfield 49 - United 35

Annawan 73 - West Central 53

Rock Falls 59 - Byron 44

Rockridge 40 - Erie-Prophetstown 32

Roanoke-Benson 51 - Downs Tri-Valley 36

Fieldcrest 70 - Putnam County 25

Stillman Valley 48 - Mendota 35

Dixon 61 - Genoa-Kingston 59

Galesburg 87 - Geneseo 64

Stark County 55 - Galva 45

Newark 60 - Marquette 27

Pontiac 55 - Illinois Valley Central 44

La Moille-Ohio 73 - Ashton-Franklin Center 48


The Bushnell-Prairie City high school boys basketball team has been on a winning streak these past three games. Coach Tyler Snyder and the varsity team will strive to continue their journey as they go up against Elmwood in a non-conference game tonight at 7:30 p.m. 


Elmwood is also on a three game winning streak, their most recent win, a 50-29 victory against Lewistown. The Elmwood Trojans are currently 18-6 while being 6-4 in their conference. They are 7-2 at home.


Bushnell- Prairie City on the other hand is undefeated when it comes to conference play, with a record of 5-0. Their overall record is just above .500 at 12-11. Their most recent victory, a 65-48 drubbing of Peoria Heights..







At Stillman Valley:  Hall 43 - Princeton 29

At Stillman Valley:  Mendota 59 - Bureau Valley 34

At Kewanee:  Farmington 41 - Kewanee 32

At Oneida:  ROWVA 48 - Wethersfield 41

At St. Bede:  St. Bede 58 - DePue 5

At St. Bede:  Dwight 59 - La Moille-Ohio 36

At Rock Falls:  Byron 45 - Erie-Prophetstown 33

At Sherrard:  Rockridge 45 - Orion 28

At Amboy:  Forreston 85 - Rockford Christian Life 11

At Amboy:  Ashton-Franklin Center 55 - Kirkland Hiawatha 30



ROWVA 48 - Wethersfield 41

East Moline United 55 - Dixon 25





Princeton 63 - Byron 51

Kewanee 80 - Monmouth-Roseville 63

Annawan 67 - Wethersfield 58

Newman 59 - Rockford Christian 46

Galesburg 77 - Rock Falls 45

Rockridge 68 - Sterling 63

East Moline United 55 - Dixon 25

Plano 66 - Mendota 27

Roanoke-Benson 62 - Marquette 39

Pleasant Plains 57 - Illinois Valley Central 55

West Central 69 - Stark County 40



Henry-Senachwine 37 - Princeton 36

Sterling 65 - Galesburg 43

Geneseo 62 - Moline 56

Ottawa 39 - Serena 27

Unity 62 - Illinois Valley Central 47





Hall 57 - Erie-Prophetstown 42

Marquette 57 - Henry-Senachwine 45

Newman 67 - St. Bede 55

Kewanee 70 - Peoria Quest Charter 68

Wethersfield 77 - Ridgewood 69

Princeville 51 - Annawan 49

Rock Falls 49 - Stillman Valley 36

Morrison 55 - Riverdale 50

Quincy 56 - Sterling 55

Roanoke-Benson 69 - Woodland 43

Peoria Christian 78 - Midland 65

Putnam County 52 - Lowpoint-Washburn 36

Illinois Valley Central 66 - Monticello 51

Geneseo 71 - Alleman 39

Somonauk 63 - La Moille 56

Eastland 61 - Amboy 14

Seneca 58 - DePue 30



Kewanee 45 - Oregon 36

Annawan 56 - Putnam County 31





Princeton vs. Hall

Bureau Valley vs. Mendota



Kewanee vs. Farmington




Stark County at Henry-Senachwine

DePue at Earlville


The Annawan Braves bravely came from behind and finally pulled to a tie with Princeville late in the 4th quarter when a member of the Princeville Princes pulled off a shocker... 

Russ Hughes and Todd Hansen on the call on WKEI, the Princeville Princes pull of the incredible last second victory, 51 to 49 to propel themselves into the LTC Tourney finals against United at 6 Pm on Saturday in the Wethersfield gym. 


It will be Princeville battling United tonight in the Championship game of the Lincoln Trail Conference Tournament. The Princes defeated Annawan on Friday night in a game you heard on WKEI, 51 to 49. Meanwhile, 5th seeded United defeated Galva 70 to 53 to secure their place in the championship round. United earned a win over top seeded Wethersfield earlier this week and that momentum in the end carried them to the Championship round. Game time for the LTC Tournament Championship game is 6 Pm. 


Elsewhere at the LTC tournament, a fired up Coltin Quagliano notched 42 points as Wethersfield 77 to 69. Wethersfield will play in the 3rd place game against Annawan on Saturday night at 4:30 Pm. Ridgewood vs Mercer County will be the 5th place game at 3 Pm, ROWVA-Williamsfield vs Galva is the 7th place game at 1:30 and action begins at 12 Noon with the 9th place game, West Central vs Stark County. 


Kavon Russell exploded for 36 points and the Kewanee Boilermakers pulled out a 2 point win over Peoria Quest, 70 to 68. It was a close game throughout with Quest occasionally running out to a lead only to have the Boilermakers battle back and finally, the Kewanee Boilermakers got the win. Niko Powe added 9 points among only 5 players for the Boilermakers who scored in the game. McCall led Peoria Quest with 17 points in defeat. The win for the Boilermakers is their 11th straight victory. The Boilermakers are back in action tonight against Monmouth Roseville. 





Hall 42 - Erie-Prophetstown 28

Newman 57 - St. Bede 35

Rock Falls 55 - Genoa-Kingston 33

Galva 48 - LaMoille-Ohio 42

Amboy 54 - Orion 28

Rock Island 82 - Sterling 62

Seneca 41 - Putnam County 30

Marquette 56 - Roanoke-Benson 47

Rockford Christian 54 - Mendota 51

Dixon 54 - Rockford Lutheran 39


Our next basketball broadcast is a boys matchup Tuesday night as the Bureau Valley Storm visit the Hall Red Devils.  Norm Vandermoon and Tiffany Gonigam have the call at 6:30 pm on WZOE-AM 1490 and streaming at princetonnewsnow.com.