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At the Colmone Classic on Wednesday, St Bede were winners, defeating Marquette 60 to 55. Paul Hart scored 29 points for St Bede in the win off of 5 three pointers and an 11 of 21 shooting night overall. Sean Kissell once again led Marquette in scoring with 19 points backed up by 17 from Nick Melvin but Marquette could not close the gap. 

 

Marquette moved to 0 and 2 on the tournament having lost to Kewanee earlier. St Bede is now 1 and 1 also having lost to Kewanee. Marquette will play 0 and 2 Mendota tonight while St Bede will play against 1 and 1 Princeton. 

 

Fieldcrest defeated Mendota on Wednesday night to earn the chance to play Kewanee on Friday. Koy Allen had 17 to lead Fieldcrest in a balanced scoring attack which alsoi featured 14 points from Cory Land and 13 from Jaxon Cusac-McKay who also led the team in robounding. Alexis Quintana led the struggling Mendota squad with 11 points. Final score 79 to 37 in favor of Fieldcrest. 

 

Thursday's schedule for the Colmone Classic includes 

 

Mendota vs Marquette at 5 Pm and 

Putnam County vs Bureau Valley at 6:30 Pm then

Princeton vs St Bede closes the night at 8 Pm

 

On Friday

 

Hall vs Pontiac at 5 Pm 

Kewanee vs Fieldcrest at 6:30 Pm and 

Plano vs Rock Falls 

 

Winners on Thursday will play early games on Saturday to determine the final 12 team rankings. Games get underway at Hall High School on Saturday at 12 Noon and will run into the night before the final rankings and Colmone Classic Champion are revealed Saturday night at 7:30 Pm. 

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Kewanee High School has announced a change in the schedule for the Kewanee Boiler-Girls Varsity and Jr Varsity. According to the announcement from Kewanee High School, the game set for December 17th in Galva will have a different tip off time. According to the newly announced schedule, the Jr Varsity game will tip off at 6 Pm and the Varsity will tip at 7:30 Pm. 

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It was a rough night for the Kewanee Boiler Girls on Tuesday night against Monmouth Roseville. Though Gracey Damron put up a hard fought 13 points, the Boiler Girls fell behind early and never got back into the game, losing to Monmouth-Roseville by a final score of 72 to 36. Both teams appeared to let up late in the game with a fourth quarter score of 9 to 5 as an indication that this game was over much earlier. The loss ended a three game winning streak for the Boiler Girls who will look to get back to their winning ways on Thursday against Bureau Valley. 

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Results courtesy of Rachel Marland... 

 

The two teams bowled as 6 person teams so it was a Varsity and JV meet only. Due to some issues with the bowling lanes, the Varsity varied between 2 and 3 games. The JV bowled 2 games total. 

 

The results are as follows.


Varsity KHS vs EP total pinfall


KHS-1669
EP- 1452

 

High Game-  Thalia Padilla 136
High 3 Game- Thalia Padilla 474

 

JV KHS vs EP total pinfall


KHS- 1323
EP- 1157

 

High Game- Tammy Anders 118

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The Kewanee Boys picked up another blowout win at the Colone Classic. On Monday night, the Boilers beat Marquette 75 to 40. Nico Powe scored 17 for the Boilers as did Kavon Russell who also led the team in rebounds with 4 and assists with 3. Sean Kissel was the leading scorer for Marquette with 16 points. Other action at the Colmone Classic saw Plano defeat Putnam County 58 to 32. Pontiac defeated Bureau Valley 76 to 44. The Boilers are off until Friday night when they will play either Princeton, Mendota or Fieldcrest. 

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The Western Illinois women's basketball team overcame a slow first quarter start to get the 88-78 win over Chicago State on Saturday, Dec. 7. 

 

The Cougars started the game shooting efficient with 58 percent from the field to own a 37-27 lead at the end of the first., Sophomore Grace Gilmore responded with a career-high 19 points to lead the way for the Leathernecks in the first road victory of the season.  

 

WIU earned their first lead of the game with a driving layup from Freshman Carla Flores in the third quarter, overcoming a 15 point deficit to make the score 53-52. After the lead change, Western never trailed again. The Leathernecks tightened up their defensive pressure the rest away and limited the Cougars to nine points in the second and 10 points in the third. 

 

Before the buzzer sounded in the third quarter, Junior  Annabel Graettinger found Gilmore in the corner for a three-pointer to stretch the lead to double-digits making the score 67-56.   Four Leathernecks were able to put up double-digit points against the Cougars to seal the deal.

 

 

The Leathernecks now have a 10 breakoff before facing Southeast Missouri Tuesday, Dec. 17, also followed by the Compass Challenge at Northern Illinois starting on Thursday, Dec. 19. 

 

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The Kewanee Boiler Girls pulled off a hard fought victory over Stark County on Saturday, 45 to 42. Gracey Damron led the way for the Boiler Girls scoring 23 points in the win. Olivia Hepp scored 16 to lead Stark County. The Boiler Girls have now won 4 games in a row. The Boiler Girls play Monmouth Roseville on Tuesday night. The Kewanee Boiler Girl Sophmores were also winners on Saturday, defeating Stark County 30 to 23. 

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The Kewanee Boys Basketball team had no trouble whatsoever in their match up against St Bede on Saturday. The Kewanee Boys put up 85 points in winning by 50 points in the end, 85 to 35 over the overmatched St Bede squad. Carson Sauer led the Boilermakers in scoring in the win putting up 19 but most of the Kewanee starters, including Sauer and Kavon Russell, who had 17 points in the win, were on the bench for much of the second half. It's the 3rd straight win for Kewanee which returns to action tonight against Marquette. 

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Lanark Eastland picked up a close victory over Wethersfield on Saturday evening 64 to 61. Drew Burkhholder led Eastland with 22 points, 12 of which came from from the free throw line. Coltin Quagliano led Wethersfield with 27 points while Waylon Bryant added 12 but Wethersfield still came up just short. 

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Bowling results courtesy of Coach Marland Rachel... 

 

Saturday 12/7/2019 Kewanee hosted its Anel Dura Bowling Invite. The Kewanee High School Girls Varsity team hosted United Township, Moline, St. Bede, Galesburg, and Mendota. It was an intense time for some teams, as one pair, Mendota and Kewanee, was separated by a single pin and another pair, Galesburg and St. Bede was separated by 6 pins and Moline and UTHS was separated by 9 pins. After the completion of 6 games and the pins fell, the top three teams were as follows: 1st- UTHS, 2nd Moline, and 3rd is St. Bede. 

 

For the invite
High 6 game series Chloe Day 1093 pins (Galesburg)
High 3 Game series Veronica Martin 559 pins (St. Bede)
High Single game Ashlyn Burkeybile 235 pins (UTHS)

 

For Kewanee

 

The Kewanee girls did well as some personal bests were set on Saturday: Harmonie Petty set a personal best for her highest games of the season so far with a 166 as she moved to the varsity level during this tournament. Another personal best set this season is newcomer, Aspen Schwickerath as she bowled a 164 for a single game, her highest so far during competition. The team may not have placed in the top three, but I was excited not only in some of their personal bests but the way the team continued to support each other and cheer on their teammates. The Dura Bowl was packed with teams from the area and parents to come to watch these young ladies spend their day in competition for the team trophies and individual medals. It was a busy day but worth the time and energy to host a tournament.  

 

High 6 game series Mya Mirocha 898 pins
High 3 game series Mya Mirocha 469 pins
High Single game Mya Mirocha- 190 pins

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IHSA member schools this month voting on a proposal to stop district scheduling for high school football. The system is set to go into place in 2021, but Fieldcrest and El-Paso High School principals Bill Lapp and Brian Quam want to put a stop to it.

IHSA member schools are voting on the by-law amendment through December 16th.

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The Kewanee Boiler Girls defeated Erie-Prophetstown on Thursday night 60 to 44. Gracey Damron had a big night for the Boiler Girls scoring 24 points to lead the Boiler Girls over E-P. Damron was great at getting to the free throw line where she went 8 of 8 on the night. Ailynn Duarte added 10 points and Haley Heeren had 11 points in the victory. The Boiler Girls have now won three games in a row and wiill look to keep up their momentum on Saturday night against Stark County, a game that you will hear live beginning at 2:30 Pm on WKEI. Kewanee Sophomore Girls beat Erie Prophetstown 34 to 12 with 15 points from Lainey Kelly. 

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Elmwood tipped off against ROWVA-Williamsfield on Thursday night and pulled off the win, 48 to 36. Olivia Caldwell of Elmwood led the scoring with 17 points backed up by 13 from Gwynne Ingersoll. It was the first win of the season for Elmwood which is now off until Monday night when they play Havana. ROWVA-Williamsfield is now 1 and 4 on the season. The co-op plays Princeville on Monday night. 

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Turnovers were a factor as the Wethersfield Lady Geese lost to Monmouth Roseville on Wednesday night, 68 to 59. The Lady Geese fall to 0 and 4 on the season despite a strong performance from Lexi Nichols who scored 22 points to lead the way. Russ Hughes called the game last night on WKEI... 

 

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The Wethersfield Flying Geese defeated Sherrard on Tuesday night 57 to 50. Coltin Quagliano was the leading scorer for Wethersfield putting up 28 points in the win including 5 three pointers. No one else on the team scored in double digits. Wethersfield travels on Saturday for the day long Eastland Shootout where the schedule remains to be announced. 

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The Kewanee Boilermakers defeated Dixon on Tuesday night 73 to 45. The game was relatively close in the first half, finishing 34 to 27. The second half however, saw the Boilers pull away, holding Dixon to just 7 points in the 3rd quarter and 18 points in the second half. Kavon Russell led the way in scoring for the Boilermakers with 22 points. Kazeer Johnson added 14 points in support. The Boilermaker boys are off until Saturday when they play St. Bede. 

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The 2019 season has not quite gotten off to the start many envisioned for the Western Illinois men’s basketball team, as the Leathernecks have scuffled to a 2-5 start. They have had an especially tough time late in games, as they have led for varying sized portions of every game they have lost with the only exception being Indiana. The late game and closing ability of the Leathernecks will be put to the test on Wednesday, December 4 when they head to Indiana once again, this time for a matchup with an Evansville team that has a win over #8 Kentucky on its resumé.

 

WIU (2-5) has struggled particularly in the paint this season, as the departure of 7’0” big man Brandon Gilbeck has left a gaping hole in the middle of the paint. At just 34 rebounds per game, the Leathernecks sit tied for 268 in the nation in rebounds and tied for 281 in total rebounds with 238. In terms of rebounds per game, they have fallen nearly 100 spots from where they were a year ago and are seeing a full rebound and a half fewer per game than they were with Gilbeck in the middle. They will have to be hoping for a bounce back performance against a talented Evansville side that will be looking to pounce on any mistakes.

 

Evansville (5-3), on the other hand is riding a 2 game winning streak having toppled IUPUI 70-64 in its most recent game and taken out Morgan State in a 3OT thriller that finished 115-112 in the game prior. The Aces have been a fairly prolific scoring team in 2019, averaging a top-100 mark of 77 points per game. Their defense will have to be on point as well, as WIU comes in with a near top-50 scoring offense with 80 points per game themselves. 

 

These two teams know how to put points up on the board, so this should be a very entertaining watch. WIU will need to crash the glass and get in position on defense to slow down the Aces, and Kobe Webster will need to continue his superstar-esque offensive display in order to secure a Leatherneck win. Tip off from Evansville is set for 6 PM on Wednesday, December 4. The game will stream on ESPN3 as well. 

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