West Carroll met the Fillies from Morrison in the first game of the West Carroll Regional in Savanna on Monday evening and fell to Morrison 62-49. The Fillies jumped out to the twenty to fifteen first quarter lead and took scoring honors in the first three quarters to advance. The Fillies extended their lead to a dozen points at the half and led by twenty points going into the final quarter. Lady Thunder head coach Travis Findlay commented, “We just had too many turnovers and gave up too many rebounds to win. I was really proud of our girls. They talked and tried to make corrections. They didn’t wait for it to come from me or Kurt.” Tyler Fuller took scoring honors for Morrison, dropping in sixteen points with Danielle Stralow adding fifteen. For the Lady Thunder Sophi Morhardt scored fourteen points with Katy Cook adding ten. Cook and Tygan Cole advanced to Wednesday night’s competition in the three point contest.
3 Point Field Goals: Morrison: 3 (Deter 2, Finneran 1)
West Carroll: 2 (Cook 2)
Fouled Out: Morrison: 1 (Fuller)
Lady Wolves Edge Freeport Aquin In OT
From the start, the Pearl City defense looked like they were able to stop any Lady Bulldog scoring threats. The Lady Wolves defense dominated Aquin in the first half, holding the Lady Bulldogs to single digit scoring in the first three quarters. Pearl City took the eight to five first quarter lead and led seventeen to ten at the half. The Lady Wolves were able to extend that lead to twenty to ten early in the third quarter before Aquin came charging back to knot the game in regulation. The Lady Bulldogs then stated to go inside to standout Sophie Brunner and sister Ellen. Sophie and Ellen scored all of Aquin’s points in the second half and overtime, with Sophie scoring the Lady Bulldogs last eleven points. With just over a minute left Pearl City jumped out to a five point lead but Aquin battled back to send the game to an extra period. The Pearl City defense shut the door on the Lady Bulldogs in the overtime period, allowing them just three points while scoring enough to take the 39-36 victory. Pearl City was led in scoring by Kelsie Kluck’s twelve points with teammate Danielle Koning adding eleven. Aquin was led by Sophie Brunner’s twenty two points. The win sends Pearl City to the regional championship game on Friday night to face the Eastland Lady Cougars.
Freeport Aquin: E. Brunner 3 2-6 8; S. Brunner 7 7-7 22; Chang 1 0-0 3; Lepka 1 0-0 3
3 Point Field Goals: Freeport Aquin: 3 (S. Brunner 1, Chang 1, Lepka 1)
Pearl City: 2 (Doubler 2)
Fouled Out: None
Lady Cougars Top Forreston
Lady Cougar Courtney Blair battles to get a shot off amid a host of Forreston defenders during Forreston regional action. Courtney led Eastland with a dozen points in the Lady Cougar 41-27 victory. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Despite both teams cold shooting in the first half, the Lady Cougars were able to get the lid off the bucket in the second half while shutting down Forreston’s offense to take the 41-27 win at the Forreston regional on Wednesday night. The Lady Cardinal’s held a slim seven to six first quarter lead and took a thirteen to twelve into the locker room at the half. Eastland’s shooters were able to find the range in the second half, outscoring Forreston twenty nine to fourteen to make the final margin of victory. The Lady Cougars were able to limit Forreston to one shot on most trips down the court in the second half while finding the range themselves. The Lady Cougars Courtney Blair led all scorers in the game, dropping in a dozen points with teammates Kaitlyn Bissell and Taylor Ruter adding eight points each. For the Lady Cardinals, Ketarah DeVries scored a game high eight points with Holly Kortemeier adding seven points.
3 Point Field Goals: Forreston: 2 (H. Curry 1, Kortemeier 1)
Eastland: 1 (Bissell)
Fouled Out: Eastland: 1 (Kniss)
Pearl City’s Kelsie Kluck eyes the basket as she attempts a shot with Eastland’s Courtney Blair defending. Kelsie led the Lady Wolves with six points. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Riverdale Rolls Over Morrison
The top seeded Riverdale squad jumped out to an early lead and built that lead to take the 84-62 victory over the Morrison Fillies at the West Carroll regional on Wednesday evening. Riverdale led sixteen to eight going into the second quarter and built their lead to thirty eight to twenty two at the half. Riverdale’s edge was still sizeable going into the final period leading by fifteen points at fifty five to forty and Morrison just couldn’t seem to get any momentum to climb back into the contest. Riverdale was led by Mallory Gibson who scored nineteen points with teammate Victoria May adding eighteen. The Fillies were led on the scoreboard by Christie Wiersema’s fifteen points with Marie Deter adding fourteen and Kaitlyn Finneran scoring a dozen.
Riverdale: Bird 3 1-3 7; Gibson 9 1-2 19; Green 2 0-0 4; Groves 4 0-0 9; Ickes 5 1-2 11; E. May 1 0-0 2; V. May 7 4-8 18; Nimrick 4 1-2 9; A. Smith 1 0-0 3; T. Smith 1 0-0 2
3 Point Field Goals: Morrison: 4 (Deter 3, Finneran 1)
Riverdale: 2 (Groves 1, A. Smith 1)
Fouled Out: None
Cougars Top Pearl City
Eastland’s Katrina Hatheway takes a turn at cutting down the net after Friday evening’s regional championship win over Pearl City in Forreston. The Lady Cougars now advance to the Freeport Aquin sectional. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Eastland and Pearl City tipped off on Friday night for the championship of the Forreston regional. At the final buzzer, the Cougars advanced to the Freeport Aquin sectional taking the 47-22 win over the Lady Wolves. Eastland took control of the game early, taking a thirteen to six first quarter lead. The Lady Wolves inability to put up points and the Lady Cougars smothering defense proved to be the difference as Eastland increased their advantage to twenty to ten at the half time intermission, Pearl City was held to single digit scoring in every quarter as the Lady Cougars held a thirty two to seventeen lead going into the final period. A fifteen to five fourth quarter made the final margin of victory. Taylor Ruter dumped in seventeen points for the Lady Cougars with Courtney Blair adding eleven. Kelsie Kluck led Pearl City with six points. 3 point showdown advancers were Aquin’s Aubrey Chamg, Pearl City’s Danielle Koning, Holly Kortemeier from Forreston and Eastland’s Taylor Ruter.
3 Point Field Goals: Eastland: 3 (Ruter 2, Borota 1)
Pearl City: 1 (Doubler)
Fouled Out: Pearl City: 3 (Cropper, Koning, Kurth)
Forreston 54 Kirkland-Hiawatha 21
Freeport Aquin 70 Pecatonica 30
Pearl City 39 Freeport Aquin 36 (OT)
Eastland 41 Forreston 27
Eastland 47 Pearl City 22
Stockton 45 Warren 29
Galena 69 East Dubuque 25
River Ridge 68 Stockton 32
Le-Win 52 Galena 28
River Ridge 54 Le-Win 34
Fulton 47 AFC 41
Milledgeville 48 Polo 47
Prophetstown 46 Fulton 25
Milledgeville 42 Erie 38
Prophetstown 51 Milledgeville 39
Alden-Hebron 42 South Beloit 20
Dakota 53 Alden-Hebron 26
Durand 45 Orangeville 40 (OT)
Dakota 45 Durand 24
HS Boys Basketball Schedule
(B) Pearl City at West Carroll tourney (F/S)
(B) Eastland at West Carroll
(B) Forreston at Sterling Newman tourney (F)
(B) Morrison at Kewanee
(B) Milledgeville at Forreston
(B) Pearl City at West Carroll tourney (F/S)
(B) Forreston at Sterling Newman tourney (F)
Cougars Roll Over River Ridge
In the final game at the old EHS gymnasium on Tuesday evening the Eastland Cougars took care of business defeating the River Ridge Wildcats 78-40. The Cougars jumped out to the sixteen to seven first quarter lead and didn’t look back, taking scoring advantages in each of the four quarters to roll to the easy victory. Eastland led thirty to thirteen at the half and fifty one to twenty nine after three periods. A twenty seven to eleven fourth quarter closed out the Cougars lopsided win. Eastland had twelve different players put up points with Collin Macomber leading the way with nineteen points. Reid Lessman added a dozen. Alex Ertmer led the Wildcats dropping in sixteen points.
The Mustangs hosted the LaMoille, Ohio Lions on Tuesday night in Morrison and rolled to the easy 77-55 win. Morrison led by a single point after the first quarter but a twenty one to fifteen second quarter advantage put the Mustangs up 35-28 at the half time intermission. A twenty six to seventeen third quarter advantage put the Morrison in control. They took a six point 16-10 advantage in the final period. Morrison had eleven different players score with Dylon Smith leading the way with twenty three points. Michael Elam led LaMoille with thirty four points in a losing effort.
3 Point Field Goals: LaMoille: 7 (Elam 4, Framer 2, Barker 1)
Morrison: 4 (Bird 1, Brands 1, Coffey 1, Weeks 1)
Fouled Out: LaMoille: 1 (Barker)
F/S Score: Morrison 51 LaMoille 8
Thunder Slip By Winnebago In OT
The West Carroll Thunder hosted the Winnebago Indians on Tuesday evening in Mt. Carroll and came away with the 66-64 overtime win. The two teams played virtually even basketball as the Indians held a twenty three to twenty first quarter lead. West Carroll was able to cut into that lead in the second quarter, going into the locker room at the half trailing by a mere point at thirty three to thirty two. Winnebago expanded their lead in the third, outscoring West Carroll twelve to six to take a forty five to thirty eight lead into the final quarter. Two huge three pointers by senior Shaq Coleman put the Thunder back into the contest and send the game to overtime. Rebounding and free throws down the stretch proved to be too much for Winnebago to overcome, as the Thunder grabbed five offensive rebounds and hit nine of thirteen from the charity stripe to seal the victory. Overall, West Carroll pulled down thirty five rebounds, sixteen offensively while holding the Indians to just seven offensive boards. The win keeps West Carroll (16-5) in contention for the NUIC West title, with two key games remaining against Forreston and Eastland. Thunder head coach Josh Knuth commenting on his squad’s performance said, “It was a great team win for us tonight. Good solid team defense. Shaq Coleman leads us with his great energy and effort. We have to get refocused in a hurry as we play tomorrow and Thursday. I’m proud of the way we battled throughout the game. We are still turning the ball over too much. We have to take better care of the basketball.”The Thunder were led in scoring by Brady Edwards twenty two points with Shaq Coleman adding thirteen. Winnebago (16-7) was led by Marcus Posley’s twenty four points.
Winnebago: Booker 1 0-0 2; M. Jack 2 0-0 4; Kuczynski 4 5-8 13; Lindgren 2 0-0 4; Misuraca 4 0-1 8; J. Posley 1 0-0 2; M. Posley 11 1-2 24; Reinke 1 4-4 7
3 Point Field Goals: Winnebago: 2 (M. Posley 1, Reinke 1)
West Carroll: 5 (Coleman 3, Brashaw 1, Naples 1)
Fouled Out: Winnebago: 2 (Lindgren, M. Posley)
Dakota Stops Missiles
The Indians took control early and rolled to the 65-36 win over Milledgeville on Tuesday night in Dakota. The Missiles fell behind thirteen to six after the first quarter and trailed twenty five to eighteen at the half. A huge third quarter scoring surge by the Indians put them ahead to stay at forty eight to twenty five going into the final period. A seventeen to eleven fourth quarter sealed the final margin of victory. The Indians were led by Mitch Kortemeier’s seventeen points while Keegan Neubauer took scoring honors with fifteen points for Milledgeville.
3 Point Field Goals: Milledgeville: 4 (Neubauer 3, Kness 1)
Dakota: 3 (Kortemeier 2, Stearns 1)
Fouled Out: None
Thunder Top Blackhawks
West Carroll got out of the gate fast on Wednesday and rolled to the 69-55 victory over Stockton. The Thunder jumped out to the twenty two to nine first quarter lead and led Stockton thirty six to twenty seven at the half time intermission, The Blackhawks clawed their way back a little in the third quarter, outscoring West Carroll twelve to eight to trail by only five going into the fourth quarter. The Thunder then went on a scoring run to put the Blackhawks away, outscoring them twenty five to sixteen to make the final margin of victory. West Carroll head coach Josh Knuth said, “We struggled in the second and third quarters but we finished well and were able to pull out a win. We had some foul trouble early but our guards really played well for the most part. Give Stockton a lot of credit. They played hard and gave us all we wanted. We have to get better defensively and on the boards to get where we need to be.” The Thunder were led by Eric Naples who scored twenty one points with Tyler Brashaw adding twenty. Jared Hess had a game high twenty four points in a losing effort for Stockton.
3 Point Field Goals: West Carroll: 5 (Brashaw 3, French 1, Kingery 1)
Stockton: 5 (Calhoun 2, Miller 2, Hess 1)
Fouled Out: None
Cougars Cruise Past Pearl City
The first quarter was close but the next three found the Eastland Cougars dominant as they rolled to the 75-44 win in Pearl City on Thursday evening. The Wolves kept it close, trailing just fifteen to twelve going into the second period. The Cougars turned on the ets, outscoring Pearl City twenty six to thirteen in the second quarter to take the forty one to twenty five lead. Eastland widened their advantage to fifty five to thirty four going into the final period and cruised to the easy victory. The Cougars outscored the Wolves twenty to ten in the final quarter. Collin Macomber led the Cougars with twenty six points, twenty in the first half. Teammates Tyler Gied and Reid Lessman chipped in with thirteen points apiece. The Wolves were led in scoring by Jason Kurth’s fifteen points.
The Mustang’s Bill Bos goes up for a shot with a Prophets defender trying to make the block. Bill led the Mustangs dropping in nineteen points. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
The Mustangs played Prophetstown close until the final quarter, falling to the Prophets 63-50 on Thursday night in Morrison. The Mustangs led fourteen to eleven going into the second quarter and the game was knotted at twenty five apiece at the half time intermission. Prophetstown took a slight advantage at forty three to forty one going into the final quarter. Prophetstown then outscored the host Mustangs twenty to nine to make the final margin of victory. The Prophets Scott Matthews led all scorers in the game, dropping in twenty nine points with teammate Kory Summers adding thirteen. The Mustangs were led in scoring by Bill Bos who scored nineteen points with Nick Volckmann adding fifteen points.
3 Point Field Goals: Prophetstown: 7 (Matthews 6, Sommers 1)
Morrison: 4 (Volckmann 3, Bird 1)
Fouled Out: None
F/S Score: Prophetstown 46 Morrison 44
Morrison’s Luke Brands takes one to the hoop with a pair of Prophetstown defenders on him. Luke scored five points in the Prophets 63-50 victory. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Thunder Slip Past Hornets
West Carroll kept just enough distance on the score board between themselves and Scales Mound to come away with the 53-48 victory on Thursday night. The Thunder took the lead at seventeen to eleven to start the second quarter and widened that lead to thirty one to twenty three at the half. The lead remained at eight points going into the final quarter and despite the Hornets outscoring the Thunder fifteen to twelve in the final frame, West Carroll held their lead. Thunder head coach Josh Knuth said, “We battled through a tough game and were able to pull out a victory on a night when we didn’t shoot the ball well. We had way too many turnovers though and we need to clean that up.” Brady Edwards led West Carroll with eighteen points with Eric Naples adding nine. For the Hornets, Derian Phillips had twelve points with P.R. Stadel adding eleven points.
3 Point Field Goals: West Carroll: 3 (Kingery 1, LaShelle 1, Naples 1)
Scales Mound: 2 (Phillips 2)
Erie Tops Morrison
It looked like an even matchup after one but the Cardinals took control in the second quarter enroute to the 50-40 victory over the Mustangs on Saturday evening at Erie. The Cardinals put up sixteen second quarter points to the Mustangs nine and outscored Morrison thirteen to twelve in the third. Both teams played even in the final frame but Morrison couldn’t manage a comeback. Erie was led on the scoreboard by Eann Cox who dumped in fifteen points. The Mustang’s were led by Nick Volckmann who scored fifteen points.
3 Point Field Goals: Morrison: 3 (Volckmann 2, Kirk 1)
Erie: 2 (Carsten 1, Goodhart 1)
Fouled Out: None
F/S Score: Morrison 46 Erue 34
Wolves Slip Past Stockton
Pearl City jumped out to a sixteen to seven first quarter lead and went on to defeat the Stockton Blackhawks 54-53 on Saturday night in Pearl City. The Wolves extended their lead to thirty four to twenty one at the half and led forty six to thirty eight going into the final quarter. Stockton managed to make a fourth quarter comeback but Pearl City was able to hold on for the win. Zach Moyer led Pearl City with seventeen points and teammate Jason Kurth added sixteen. Jared Hess led Stockton with twenty four points.
In a game that was nine to seven after one quarter, the Polo Marcos took control in the second quarter and rolled to the 56-46 win over Milledgeville on Saturday at MHS. Polo outscored the Missiles sixteen to five in the second quarter and eighteen to ten in the third period to take control. The Missiles managed a comeback in the final quarter but just couldn’t make up the difference. Shane Geary led Polo with eighteen points. Brady Kness led the Missiles with fifteen points.
The Host West Carroll Thunder cruised to the 84-59 win over Le-Win on Saturday evening in Mt. Carroll. The Thunder jumped out to the twenty two to twelve lead and didn’t look back as they took big leads in each of the first three quarters. The Panthers were outscored twenty seven to thirteen in the second and twenty two to thirteen in the third to give West Carroll a lead that the Wolves couldn’t overcome. West Carroll head coach Josh Knuth said, “We got a nice win tonight where everyone got to play quality minutes. We had very good scoring balance and out bench players did a real nice job. We have to rest up tomorrow and get ready for a couple more tough games next week.” Matt LaShelle led the Thunder in scoring with sixteen points while teammates Brady Edwards and Tyler Brashaw added fourteen and twelve points each.
West Carroll will host the 2011 F/S boy’s basketball tournament starting on Wednesday, February 16th. Teams competing in the tourney are: Eastland, Fulton, Milledgeville, Oregon, Pearl City, Scales Mound, Stockton and West Carroll. Admission: Adults $4.00, students $3.00 and senior citizens $2.00; Saturday all day-adults $5.00, students $3.00 and senior citizens $2.00.
Venues and times for the games are as follows:
Wed. Feb. 16: 1 game at West Carroll Middle School-6 p.m.
2 games at West Carroll Middle School in Mt. Carroll-6 & 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. Feb. 17: 1 game at West Carroll Middle School in Mt. Carroll-6 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 19: 8 games at West Carroll Middle School in Mt. Carroll-9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 5:15 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.
1-Eastland vs. Milledgeville-2/16@6 p.m.
2-Fulton vs. Scales Mound-2/17@6 p.m.
3-Stockton vs. West Carroll-2/16@7:30 p.m.
4-Oregon vs. Pearl City-2/16@6 p.m.
5-Loser game #1 vs. loser game #2-2/19@9:30 am
6-Loser game #3 vs. loser game #4-10:45 a.m.
7-Winner game #1 vs. winner game #2-2/19@noon
8-Winner game #3 vs. winner game #4-2/19@1:15 p.m.
9-Loser game #5 vs. loser game #6-2/19@2:30 p.m.
10-Loser game Winner game #5 vs. winner game #6-2/19@3:45 p.m.
11-Loser game #7 vs. loser game #8-2/19@5:15 p.m.
12-Winner game #7 vs. winner game #8-2/19@6:30 p.m.
West Carroll Senior Night
Friday, February 18th is senior night for the West Carroll boys’ basketball team. On the 18th the Thunder will be competing against Eastland at the Middle School in Mt. Carroll. This will be the final home game for seniors Tyler Brashaw, Shaq Coleman and Matt LaShelle. This will also be the last home game for senior cheerleaders Rachel Allen and Taylor Cole. The West Carroll yearbook will be holding a baked potato bar from 5-7 p.m.
Drawings for Rock/Pecatonica River Commercial Fishing Opportunities Set
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will hold its annual drawing for the commercial removal of rough fish on the Rock/Pecatonica River at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 17,2011 at the IDNR regional office at 2317 E. Lincolnway in Sterling.
Any commercial fisherman drawn may only harvest specific types of rough fish within the Rock/Pecatonica Rivers with the overall goal of improving the health of the fishery in these areas. Commercial fishing for these rough species of fish has been occurring on the Rock River prior to the 1950s. The IDNR holds drawings annually for the commercial removal of these fishes to help enhance sport fish populations on the Rock River. Rough fishes such as carp and buffalo compete directly with sport fish for food resources and spawning habitat.
During the last 10 years more than two million pounds of rough fish have been harvested commercially from the Rock River. Species that may be harvested are carp, buffalo, freshwater drum, suckers, carp suckers, gar, bowfin, grass carp, Asian carp and gizzard shad. Commercial fishermen drawn are eligible to fish for these specific species from April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2011.
All other fish species including catfish and bullheads must be released immediately. Any licensed commercial fisherman with a minimum of 15 hoop nets or three 100-yard trammel nets with a bar mesh size of 2 ¾ inch or larger who has not been found guilty of a Fish and Aquatic Life Code or Fish Administrative Rules violation within the past 12 months, and can post a $300 bond, is eligible for the drawing. Fishermen must be in attendance during the drawing and are awarded on a first draw-first choice basis.
Bowling League Results
Women’s Wednesday Night League
1-Pruis Upholstery 26.5-1.5
3-FAT Boy’s 15-13
4-Green & Clean 14.5-13.5
5-Smith & Associates 13-15
6-KJ’s Bar & Grill 11.5-16.5
7-Goldstar FS 9-19
8-Ken Kophamer Realty 7-21
High Individual Game
Odi Beswick 216, Paulette Strating 212, Paula Wiersema 210, Karen Snodgrass 205, Carol Folkerts 205. Brenda Workman 200
High Individual Series
Paula Wiersema 576, Brenda Wiersema 558, Jodi Beswick 542, Paulette Strating 530, Connie Helms 530, Karen Snodgrass 519
1-Roger’s Roughriders 15-9
3-CAR Quest 14-10
4-DA BEERS 14-10
5-Ridley Appraisals 11-13
6-Nelson Electric 11-13
7-FAT Boy’s 1-14
8-AG Express 7-17
High Individual Game
Eddie Ruiz 246, Mike Hamilton 227, Gerald Armstrong 225, Rob Miller 225, Brain Drehmer 224, Daryl Schroeder 223
High Individual Series
Eddie Ruiz 626, Daryl Schroeder 611, Brian Drehmer 608, Rob Miller 593, Ryan Renkes 587