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The Chicago Cubs beat the White Sox on Wednesday night thanks to a big night for Wilson Contreras. And the NBA Draft is set to take place tonight with Duke's Zion Williamson the likely number 1 overall pick. All of that and more in today's LocalSportsNow.com Sports Update... 


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West Prairie Ready to Return to Winning Ways


Just three years removed from a state championship season, the West Prairie Cyclones are beginning preparations for what should be a big season. Head Coach Teri Paul has built a solid winning culture for the Cyclones, and expects big things from this team.


“I’m very pleased with what I got to see out of our girls this past weekend,” Said Paul of her first summer experience with this team.


Expect a deep, versatile squad with players from every class, as they try to find girls who provide skill at a multitude of different positions.


“We look like we’re going to have eleven juniors and seniors, one sophomore, and fill in with three freshmen,” Paul said of her roster composition, “Last weekend we went with twelve girls and we played a lot of different lineups and were able to see a lot of different things.”


Paul will begin really ramping up the schedule for the Cyclones this weekend, as she has planned practices and training sessions all weekend for them. One new twist she has added to the summer program has her team feeling the heat.


“I think last week we spent a lot of time competing, now we’re getting back in the gym,” Paul said, “We were pretty sore, we’re doing a new weight program, but this week there is an emphasis on more training, picking things apart that we saw last weekend, what we need to do better.”


Coach Paul has also scheduled plenty of matches for the remainder of the summer, as she plans on taking the Cyclones to Rushville and Illini West in Varsity and JV split tournaments next weekend, followed by a July 4th weekend rest. Then, they will head to Lewistown for a four team tournament, and finish the summer off at the Lincoln Land Tournament. The season gets underway for the Cyclones on August 12th.


Part of the winning mentality of the Cyclones was born in that 2016 State title run, but all of those contributors have since graduated or moved on. It is now on the younger players, some of whom have experienced success at the lower levels, to step up and keep that mentality in place.


“Our juniors and seniors got fourth place as seventh and eighth graders at the State Tournament,” Said Paul, “But they haven’t really had that kind of winning situation since then, so they’re hungry. This group is ready, they have that frame of mind of what they need to do to be successful.”


Ball control will be a key, she went on to add, as the team projects to be on the smaller side this season. Aggression and focusing on minor details are two things Paul wants to focus on to make sure she gets the most out of each and every player. In any case, this season should be an exciting one in West Prairie. 


The original story, written by Scott Holland, can be found here: https://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/sports/20190618/big-things-ahead. 

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Cubs lose to the Dodgers despite homers from Schwarber and Bryant. The NBA Championship is headed north of the border as the Raptors win. The St Louis Blues celebration is coming together following their 7 game series win for the Stanley Cup, all this and more in today's LocalSportsNow.com Sports update... 

The Peoria Chiefs were winners last night, 3 to 1 full box score here... 

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We have a game 7 tonight in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals as the St Louis Blues take on the Boston Bruins. The Cubs lose to the Rockies and their rookie sensation pitcher again and the Bears 100th Anniversary celebration is underway. Here's today's LocalSportsNow.com Sports Update... 


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Today on the LocalSportsNow.com Noon Hour Sports Show, we spoke with IHSA Assistant Executive Director Matt Troha about the changes coming to the IHSA Boys and Girls basketball tournaments for 2021. Tourneys will now be played for Girls and Boys in one weekend with all classes in action from one geographic location beginning in 2021. This also could lead to venue changes as the bidding for hosting these single weekend tournaments will be opened up to new venues around the state. 


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Lincoln Trail Conference All Academic Baseball Team


Annawan-Wethersfield - Tyler Nichols Isaac Frank Eli Merrick Zac VanOpdorp Mason Roldan Austin Earley Josh Sims Ryan Goodman 

Galva - Josh Dunn Colby Peterson Tyler Piester Gunner Spivey 

Mercer County - Jayden Klingaman Jeff Gerrett Jake Reusch Bailey Kellett Cade Sharp Trey Essig Daniel Zelenin Max Santiago Seth Irwin Matthew Gray Joe Reusch Damian Martinez 

Princeville - Matthew Butterfield Cobee Craig Tyus Hunt Justin Janssen Ernie Perkins Adam Snedden 

Ridgewood - Cole Franks Drake McDonough Kaiden Vinavich Jarrett Lund Ganon Greenman Mitchell Brooks 

ROWVA-Williamsfield - Jason Clark Justin Glass Dane Libby Harrison Wight 

Stark County - Jacob Best Brendan Gibler Drake Johnston Robert Robinson Logan Swank 

West Central - Jamison Mills Ross Vancil Parker Brownlee Bradon Annegers 

United - Brannock McVey Alec Thompson Drew Brown Evan Wynne Adamn Johnson Cormaic Flynn Avery Leffler Michael Brown Nolan Leffler Dylan Cheline Declan Flynn 
Toby Tumquist Austin Thompson Colin Jenks Aiden Parkins 

Lincoln Trail Conference Baseball All-Conference Team 

1st Team All Conference Pitchers 

Cole Franks Ridgewood

Jeff Garrett  Mercer County

Tucker Sams ROWVA/Williamsfield

Coltin Quagliano Annawan-Wethersfield 


1st Team All Conference Position Players 
Jake Reusch - Mercer County 

Justin Janssen - Princeville

Payton Browning - Stark County

Jason Clark - ROWVA/Williamsfield

Adam Snedden - Princeville

Cade Franks - Ridgewood

Ryan Goodman - Annawan-Wethersfield

Adam Johnson - United

Gunner Spivey - Galva 

2nd Team All Conference Pitchers 

Avery Leffler - United 

Cade Sharp - Mercer County

Brady Miller - Princeville

Michael Wiley - Ridgewood

2nd Team All Conference Position Plavers 

Matt Grey - Mercer County

Cobee Craig - Princeville 

Cormaic Flynn - United

Ganon Greenman -Ridgewood
Tyler Nichols - Annawan-Wethersfield

Dane Libby - ROWVA/Williamsfied

Brian Anderson - Ridgewood

Brayden Collins - Galva

Trey Essig -Mercer County

Honorable Mention Pitchers 

Eli Merrick - Annawan-Wethersfield 

Honorable Mention Position Plavers 

Matthew Butterfield - Princeville

Brannock McVey - United

Nathan Bigger - West Central

Issac Frank - Annawan Wethersfield 


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The fifth annual Sandra R. Dearing Memorial 5K will be held Saturday June 22 at 9:00 am at Windmont Park in Kewanee. Entry fee is $20.00. To ensure a correct size t-shirt, please? register by Monday June 17th. Trophies and medals for the top finishers in each age group. There will be a raffle, 50/50 drawing and other activities. Entry forms are available at the Kewanee YMCA or http://cornbelt.org/nearby_races.htm or register online at runsignup.com/SandraDearingMemorial5kRunWalk Any questions call Anthony Dearing at (309)525-2669 or email anthony@kewanee.com

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The IHSA will make a final decision next week on changing the state basketball tournament format for both the boys and girls. Under consideration is a plan to have one state tourney weekend (Thursday through Saturday) for the girls and another weekend for the boys effective in 2021 says the IHSA’s Kurt Gibson, who spoke about the issue back in March.

The IHSA Board of Directors meets Monday, June 10th.

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On Monday afternoon, it seemed like many hockey experts were declaring the St. Louis Blues Cinderella run through the Stanley Cup Playoffs over after a 7-2 defeat Saturday in Game 3 of the Finals. The Blues blew up that script with a 4-2 win at Enterprise Center, their first ever Stanley Cup Finals victory on home ice. Head Coach Craig Berube talked about the key ingredients in the winning Game 4 recipe...

Berube was impressed with the performance of First Star, Ryan O'Reilly who racked up two goals and things that won't show up in the stat sheet....

The Blues ensured the Cup Finals will return to St. Louis Sunday night for Game 6. Game 5 in Boston is set for Thursday.


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Bureau Valley Scholarship 5K Race  

Buda, IL

Saturday, June 1, 2019



 1 Kyle Cruz, Spring Valley, M, 25:15
 2 Duncan Brown, M, Cherry, M, 25:35
 3 Stephen Myong, Buda, M, 26:09
 4 Cameron Stodghill, Buda, M, 29:30
 5 Eli Scott, Buda, M, 31:55
 6 Morgan Mahnesmith, Sheffield, M, 31:58
 7 Jane Horwedel, Fort Wayne, IN, F, 32:21
 8 Ashley Aber, Buda, F, 33:38
 9 Carrie Feipel, Fort Wayne, IN, F, 33:43
10 Stephanie Culver, Buda, F, 34:58 
11 Joy Strickland, F, 37:22
12 Jasmine Reeder, Tampico, F, 46:18
13 Madelyn Mahnesmith, Sheffield, F, 46:19
14 Isabelle Hollis, Tampico, F, 46:19
15 Eileen Myong, Buda, F, 46:19
16 Sophia Myong, Buda, F, 47:42
17 Dave Jarigese, Princeton, M, 47:43
18 Michele Myong, Buda, F, 48:48
19 Amanda Cruz, Spring Valley, F, 49:27
20 Tracy Derick, Buda, F, 50:13
21 William Pikula, Spring Valley, M, 50:17
22 Cyndi Defeezer, Princeton, F, 53:24
23 Brenda Thornburg, Washington, F, 53:25
24 Lexie Glaski, Tampico, F 59:42 
25 Robbie Knudsen, Princeton, M 59:44 

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The Coach of the Annawan-Wethersfield Titans football team, Brandon Johnston is leaving after 10 years as head coach. According to a release from Wethersfield Athletic Director Jeff Parson, Coach Johnston has accepted a position with a school district in Arizona and will begin his new job in the fall of this year. You can read the full statement on the departure of Coach Brandon Johnston below... 


Wethersfield High School Teacher and Annawan-Wethersfield Titan Head Football Coach, Brandon Johnston, has accepted an administrative position at Saguaro High School located in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Mr. Johnston will serve as the Assistant Principal for Athletics in his new position.
Coach Johnston has served as our head football coach for the past ten years, and Coach Johnston and his teams have always represented the values our school districts try to install in our students.  Coach Johnston believed it was important to teach his players to be good sports, to be humble in victory and defeat, and to always positively represent our communities.
During Coach Johnston’s ten years as the Head Titan Football Coach his team’s compiled a record of 85-27, made the IHSA State Playoffs all ten years, and advanced to the final four in the IHSA playoffs on two separate occasions.  Coach Johnston has had hundreds of players selected as LTC Academic All-Conference, players well represented on the LTC All-Conference team each year, players selected on the All-State Football Team, players chosen to be on the Shriner’s All Star Football Team, and players who have gone on to compete at the collegiate level.
The Annawan and Wethersfield School Districts would like to wish Coach Johnston and his family the best of luck in their transition to the Scottsdale, Arizona area and to thank him for his dedication to the students of the Annawan and Wethersfield School Districts.
An internal search process is currently underway to replace Coach Johnston, and we hope to have an announcement for our new head football coach at our June Board of Education Meetings.

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On the Thursday edition of the LocalSportsNow.com Noon Hour Sports Show, highlights of Kyle Hendricks incredible outing against the Houston Astros, 8 innings, 7 K's, 1 earned run. The Cubbies have now hit 50 homers in the month of May after Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant went deep at Minute Maid Park and we opened the phones to discuss what baseball should do after a line drive off the bat of Albert Almora Jr struck a 4 year old girl in the stands, sending her to the hospital. We previewed both the NHL Finals where the Blues have evened things up and the NBA Finals where Sean says he's pulling for those underdog Raptors. Stream or download the LocalSportsNow.com Noon Hour Sports Show Podcast below... 

Presented by 


People's National Bank 


Motor City Kewanee


The Lott 


The State Bank of Toulon 


Hammond Henry Hospital 

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1st Team All Conference Pitchers 

Cole Franks Jeff Garrett Tucker Sams Coltin Quagliano 

Ridgewood Mercer County ROWVA/Williamsfield Annawan-Wethersfield 


1st Team All Conference Position Players 

Jake Reusch Justin Janssen Payton Browning Jason Clark Adam Snedden Cade Franks Ryan Goodman Adam Johnson Gunner Spivey 

Mercer County Princeville Stark County ROWVA/Williamsfield Princeville Ridgewood Annawan-Wethersfield United Galva 


2nd Team All Conference Pitchers 

Avery Leffler Cade Sharp Brady Miller Michael Wiley 

United Mercer County Princeville Ridgewood 


2nd Team All Conference Position Players 

Matt Grey Cobee Craig Cormaic Flynn Ganon Greenman 

Tyler Nichols Dane Libby Brian Anderson Brayden Collins Trey Essig 

Mercer County Princeville United Ridgewood Annawan-Wethersfield ROWVA/Williamsfield Ridgewood Galva Mercer County 


Honorable Mention Pitchers 

Eli Merrick 


Honorable Mention Position Plavers 

Matthew Butterfield Brannock McVey Nathan Bigger Issac Frank 

Princeville United West Central Annawan-Wethersfield 

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The 6th Annual Brimfield St. Jude 2-mile Road Race will start at 7:00 pm this Friday, May 31 at the Brimfield High School. Entry fee on race day will be $25.00 and will include a t-shirt if available. The first three male and female finishers will receive trophies. All participants will receive medals. After the race there will be a silent auction and dinner at Burnzee’s Bar & Grill. Proceeds will go to St Jude Memphis to Peoria Run. For more information call Barb McKown at 309-231-1435 For a printable entry form go to www.cornbelt.org

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The entry fee for the most unique X-C race in the nation on the most historic course will increase to $40.00 on Saturday June 1. Participants will receive an official Detweiller at Dark shirt, custom race bib, and virtual packet. They'll also have a family-fun party area with food and fun activities for kids of all ages! Over 1,200 runners are expected in six races this year. Races include HS boys, HS girls, JH boys, JH girls, Open race and a 800 meter race for kids 5-10 years old. Top 25 in each race will receive awards. For more information go to http://detweilleratdark.com/ or phone Brad Henz at 1 309-282-8686.


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Bill Buckner, age 69 died today surrounded by his family. He died from Lewy-Body Demntia.    Buckner had 2,715 hits in his career.  Buckner began his makor league baseball career in 1969 with the Dodgers.  

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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.