Larry's Game Blogs - recaps of all WVIL local ballgames

8/28/15 It was opening night of area football and we saw a shootout between Hardin-Calhoun and the Triopia Trojans.  The Warriors came out on top 34-28.  Klocke scored a 67 yard TD on the first play, from the line of scrimmage and that pretty much set the tone for the game.  Gregory ran the following kick off back for a 66 yard touchdown and both teams missed their extra point attempts.  It was 14-12 after one quarter, 20-20 at half, 28-28 after three quarters as the offenses were dictating the game.  The Trojans missed some tackles on a quarterback run and got sucked inside on a great QB fake as Booth ran 40 yards for the winning score.  Triopia was driving twice in the 4th quarter and turned the ball over on fumbles, so while they had their chances, they came up a little short.  The Trojans ended up with 278 yards of offense with 212 on the ground and 66 in the air.  Lawson led the way with 121 yards and 2 TD's while Shade added 42 and Job 35.  Werries had a touchdown pass and was 3 for 5 on the night.  Triopia had 19 first downs to just 10 for the Warriors in the loss.  It was Klocke's night as he ran for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns and made numerous tackles. Booth ran for 74 yards and had 1 toouchdown.  He was 3 for 6 in passing with 1 interception.  Bick ran for 33 yards and White added 26.  Calhoun had 271 yards of rushing and 57 passing for 328 yards total.  The Trojans will be home next Friday to face WHNG and the Warriors will play in Beardstown.  I think they wil both have good years based on what we saw tonight.   
8/27/15 There were a lot of mistakes byboth teams tonight, but the volleyball match between Routt Catholic and Pleasant Hill was an entertaining one.  Routt came away the winner 25-17, 17-25, 25-21 and improved to 2-0 on the year.  The Wolves fell to 0-3 on the season.  Routt will play in the Springfield Lutheran on Friday and Saturday and Pleasant Hill will play in the Meredosia Invitational next week.  P-Hill had 14 service errors tonight, which is too many but Routt had 17 so it was a basic match of survival as both teams had to grind it out.  Clowers had 9 points, 4 assists, 2 kills and 1 block.  Moore added 2 aces, 5 killsand 1 block.  Peebles recorded 5 points with 4 aces, 2 assists and 1 kill.  For Routt, Worrell had another nice night with 8 points including 5 aces, 15 assists and 4 kills.  Abbott had 1 assist and 9 kills.  Langdon served  well again with 9 points, 3 aces, 1 assist and 3 kills.  Brahleer had 4 kills and Nelson 3 kills.  Casler helped out with 4 points, 3 aces, 1 assist and numerous digs on service returns and on defense all night long.  Hopefully both teams will get more consistent with their serves as the season moves along.  It is still early but 31 combined service errors is way out of line.  
8/25/15 Routt Catholic opened their volleyball season tonight with a 25-21, 25-12 win over Brown County.  The hornets fell to 0-2 on the year and will play in the  Suns Classic next week.  They are a young ball club that will improve.  The Rockets were more consistent tonight as they played both sides of the net well.  Worrell had a solid night with 8 service points, 15 assists and 3 kills.  Abbott was strong with 8 kills and Langdon served well with 4 aces and supplemented the serves with 4 kills.  The freshman, Vivian Peters, made her debut with 3 service points, 1 assist and 2 kills.  Routt will hit the road for a game with the P. Hill Wolves on Thursday.
7/20/15 The State Tournament for 11-12 year old softball and for Junior League softball came to an end tonight.  Tri-County won the title for the 11-12 year olds with a 6-3 win over River Forest.  They had 6 hits, 6 runs, only 1 error, no walks and 2 strike outs as their defense played a solid game.  Melrose Park was too strong tonight as they had 11 hits, 15 runs, 2 errors and defeated Peru 15-4 to win the Junior League title.  Tri-County will play in Indianapolis and Melrose Park will take a short jaunt to South Holland.

River Forest beat LaSalle 10-5 to earn a shot at Tri-Count for the state championship in 11-12 year old softball.  River Forest had 12 hits, 4 errors and left 8 on base.  LaSalle had 7 hits, 5 errors and left 5 on base.  Tri-County beat River Forest 5-2 early in the tournament so it should be a good title game.


Beardstown got beat 7-6 in their first semi-final game and then took a 5-0 lead in the first against Peru and eventually lost a 6-5 decision.  Beardstown had 5 hits and 5 runs and Peru ended up with 10 hits and 6 runs, so they will face Melrose Park on Monday in the championship game.


Day two of the state LL tournament for 11-12 year old girls was a lot of good softball.  In game one, it was close early and LaSalle got away to a 12-2 win and a chance to play again tomorrow in another elimination game.  Evergreen Park was knocked out of the tournament and finished 4th in the state.


In game two, Tri-County played a nice game, after a slow start, and won a nip and tuck 5-2 battle with River Forest.  That means River Forest will face LaSalle tomorrow in a re-match and, if you recall, River Forest won the original game 10-9  so it will be fun to see how it turns out.  Tri-County will set out a day and play in the title game on Monday night.


In the Junior League games, Peru eliminated Evergreen Park 9-3 and will play at 3:00 tomorrow to stay alive.  They will face Beardstown who lost a thrilling battle with Melrose Park 7-6.  Whoever wins will have to defeat Melrose Park twice to take the title.  These are 3 quality teams, in both levels, and should make for a great finish to the tournaments.


In day one of the state LL tournament for 11-12 year old girls, it was Tri-County and River Forest building big leads and having to hold on at the end to move to today's championship side of the bracket.  Tri-County beat Evergreen Park 13-12 and River Forest got past LsSalle 10-9.  They will play each other at 3:00 on Saturday with E.P. and LaSalle playing an elimination game at 1:00.


In the Juniors Beardstown won a convincing 10-0 gamve over Evergreen Park and Melrose Park defeated Peru 17-7 to set up their 7:00 meeting tonight.  In the elimination game, at 5:00, it will be E.P. taking on Peru to see who can survive.  Beardstown looked like the most consistent of the Juniors.


At Beardstown in the 11-12 year old Little League Softball Sectioinal, it was Tri-County defeating Silvis 10-0 and 19-5 to move on to state play.  In the opener, Tri-County had 6 hits with 10 runs as Morgan Hoots led the way with a 3 for 3 day.  They got up early and easily took the second game.


At Mt. Sterling, Carrollton had the 11-12 baseball game won on two occasions but Rushville refused to fold and eventually came back to win 13-12 in 8 innings.  They had to score 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th and another 5 runs in the 8th to pull out the victory and another shot at Beardstown tomorrow.  Carrollton had 13 hits, 12 runs, 3 errors and left 6 runners on base in the loss.  Brannan went 3 for 4 with a home run and Flowers had 4 hits in 5 at bats.  Cox also hit a home run and at one time the Hawks led 7-1, 8-3 and 12-8 and just couldn't put it away.  Rushville had 14 hits, 12 runs, 6 errors and left 10 runners on base.   Wenger, Hulvey, Runkle, Shaw and Icenogle all had 2 hits in the win.  The big blow came as Icenogle's hit a 3 run home run in the bottom of the 8th to secure the win.  Rushville will have to play well tomorrow as Beardstown beat them 12-0 the last time they played.


We are down to 3 teams at the 11-12 year old Little League baseball district finals in Mt. Sterling.  Carrollton eliminated Tri County with a 9-0 decision.  Tri-County had 1 hit and Carrollton had 8 hits, 9 runs, 0 errors in the win.  They will play Rushville at 7:00 tomorrow night in another elimination game.


Beardstown really rocked the ball tonight as they hit 3 home runsin their 1 hit shut out of Rushville.  Hulvey had the lone hit for Rushville.  Beardstown put together a 10hit attack with Cooper recording the wiin and hitting 2 homeruns in the game. Hugo Montoya had a home run also.  Cooper was 3-3 in the win, with Montoyo going 2-2 and Severino 2-3.  Beardstown will have Saturday off and play for the championship on Sunday at 6:00.


The 11-12 year old baseball district finals got underway tonight in Mt. Sterling.  Beardstown scored 3 runs in the 2nd and 7 in the 3rd and shut out Tri-County 10-0.  Tri-County only had 1 hit in the loss and will play Carrollton tomorrow at 6:00 in an elimination game.  Beardstown had 10 hits, no errors and got home runs from Cooper and MCWilliams. 


Rushville fell behind 4-0 to Carrollton and came back to post a 7-5 win.  Both teams used 5 pitchers in the game as they try to position themselves for the next round. Carrollton had 10 hits, 5 runs as Ethan Brannan led the way with 4 hits.  Logsdon, Wenger and Icenogle all had 2 hits in the 9 hit attack from Rushville.  Carrollton made 2 costly errors in the game and Rushville stayed error free.  Tomorrows two games will both be competitive as they narrow the field.

7/4/15 Tri-County finished the 11-12 year old softball district strong, as they defeated Rushville 10-1 today to take the Championship. With the win, they will move to the sectioinal in Arenzville next Saturday and a chance to make it to State.  The state tournament will be played in Beardstown this year.  Rushville could only manage 5 hits and 1 run in the loss, with 1 error and 7 runners left on base.  Fowler and Hamm had 2 hits each in the game.  Tri-County garnered 8 hits, 10 runs, 1 error and they also left 7 on base in the win.  Morgan Hoots led the way with 3 hits, 2 RBI's and 2 runs scored.  KeelySpencer had 2 hits, 1 run scored with 2 RBI's and did a superb job behind the plate. They will play Moline at Arenzville at 2:00 & 4:00 on Saturday. 
7/3/15 Rushville lost their first game of the 11-12 year old softball district and has earned their way into the title game with Tri-County on Saturday.  With their 1 loss, they have to win two times to secure the championship.  Ham went 4 2/3 innings tonight and had 5 walks and 9 strikeout to post the win.  Fowler came in to finish the game.  Jerseyville had 1 hit in the game and Rushville just 4 but they manufactured some rauns to win 7-0.  The title game will be a match up of two evenly balanced teams.  Rushville won big in pool play but both teams are on top of their games now. 

Game one, from Rushville, in the 11-12 softball district finals, it was Rushville scoring 6 runs in the first inning and defeating Pike Couinty 11-3 to move to the semi-final round.Rushville had 5 players with 2 hits each as Ham and Fowler teamed up for the pitching win.  Pike County could only manage 2 hits in the loss.


In the championship bracket, Tri-County scored 5 runs in the 2nd and 6 runs in the 5th and beat Jerseyville 11-1.  Tri-Co. had 10 hits and 11 runs with 3 errors in the win.  Jerseyville had just 2 hits with 1 run and 1 error.  Maddie Gregory went 5 innings with 5 strikeouts, 1 walk and 1 hit batter.  She also had 2 hits with 2 RBI's.  Spencer did a solid job behind the plate and had two hits. Walkington was the 3rd player with 2 hits as Tri-Couinty set themselves up for the championship game at 11:00 on Saturday. 


After day one of the 11-12 Softball District finals, in Rushville you get the feeling any one of the four teams can win the title.  In game 1 tonight, Tri County pounded out 11 hits and 15 runs and then had to hang on to defeat Pike County 15-11.  Maddie Gregory went 4 for 4 and Zoe Evans was 3 for 4 in the win.  For Pike County Caty Miller went 3 for 4.


In ame 2, Jerseyville got up 10-2 and had to hold on as Rushville got serious in the 6th and scored 5 runs to close the gap to 10-7. Jerseyville only had 5 hits in the win but took advantage of wild pitches, passed balls and stolen bases to pull off the victory. Rushville had 7 hits fro 6 different batters but couldn't get the key hit to come all the way back.  Madison Quinn went 2 for 2 off of the bench to lead the offense.


Pike County and Rushville will play an elimination game at 6:00 and Tri-Coounty and Jerseyville will square off at 8:00 tomorrow night.

6/29/15 Adams County played a very good baseball game today and won the Little League Intermediate District in Quincy.  They beat Tri-County 10-0 behind the no-hit, shutout pitching of Cole Parkhill.  Adams Co. had 8 hits, 10 runs (unearned), 1 error and theyleft 4 on base.  Parkhill walked 1 and struck out 12 in the complete game win.  Seven of the Adams Co. batters had at least 1 hit and Will Drew had 2.  Tri-County made 4 errors and had one mental error in the loss.  Adams County will play in Alsip Illinois, at State, on July 11th.

In the Little League Intermediate District 17 baseball finals, it was couple of 10-0 games in the semi-final round in Quincy.  In game one Tri-County had 9 hits, 10 runs, 0 errors and they left 6 runners on base as they defeated Illini West who had 2 hits, 0 runs 3 errors and left 4 on base. Moore, Drake and Coil had 2 hits each in the win and Drake posted the pitching victory.  


In the second game, Adams County had 11 hits, 10 runs, 1 error and left 4 on base as Parkhill took the win.  West Hancock had 3 hits, 0 runs, 5 errors and left 3 on the bases.  For Adams Co. Miles, Hutson, Kirn, and Parkhill had 2 hits each.  Tri-County beat Adams County in pool play 8-6 so tomorrows game will be well worth watching.         

5/20/15 It was a fun afternoon of softball at theRoutt regional @ MacMurray College as Routt hosted Pawnee.  The final was 5-3 in favor of Pawnee but, it was a well played game with just 2 late errors that caused no harm.  Abbott and Schulte split the pitching for the Rocketes and Abbott took the loss with 4 innings of work.  Routt finished with 6 hits, 3 runs (all in the 1st) 2 erros and they left 3 runners on base.  Newell had 2 hits in the loss and Langdon had 2 RBI's.  The Rockets ended their season with 12 wins and 17 losses but they do not have a seniors on the squad.  The Indians had 8 hits, 5 runs 0 errors and left 4 on base.  They were excellent in moving their runners today. Roth, Salzeider, Allen and Worker had 2 hits each in the win.  This is a good team for defense and we should have a great match up on Saturday in the title game.  We will carry in on 92.5 WKXQ unless Triopia baseball loses to Springfield tomorrow.  
5/19/15 At the Routt softball regional, played at MacMurray College the #1 seed Brown County Hornets beat Triopia 11-1 in a well played game.  There were no errors in the game and it was played in 1 hour and 14 minutes.  Brown County will play in the title game on Saturday at 11:00 am where they will face either Routt or Pawnee.  Routt had 4 hits in the game with Burns leading the way with 2.  They left 7 runners on base and ended their season with 5 wins and 25 losses.  The Hornets had 13 hits with all 9 starters scoring at least 1 run in the game.  Markert led the way with 3 runs scored and 4 RBI's.  She and Dani Buss had 3 hits each in the win.  Becca Weggs recorded the win and Emily Burns tok the loss.  The Hornets will take a 21-8 record into their title game on Saturday, in a game you can hear on 92.5 WKXQ.
5/18/15 Springfield Lutheran came to Alumni field with 3 wins and 18 losses and simply outplayed the Rockets to post their 4-3 win and a second round matchup with Triopia at the Pawnee Regional. Routt had numerous chances to score and could not get the big hit.  They had 8 hits, 3 runs, 3 errors and 7 runners left on base.  Nix and Overton had 3 hits each in the loss. The Rockets end their season with 7 win, 18 losses and 1 tie.  For the Crusaders, 9 hits, 4 runs (3 unearned), 3 erros and they left 12 runners on base.  Nilges went the distance for the win and Lutheran will take a 4 and 18 record into their second round game with Triopia.  We will carry the Wednesday afternoon game on 101.3 WVIL.
5/7/15 Today Jacksonville and Routt softball were trying to beat each other and beat the approaching rainstorm.  In a back and forth game, the Rockets won 11-9 for some bragging rights. the Crimson played well enough to win until the bottom of the 6th inning when they made 4 errors and gave Routt 5 unearned runs and eventually the win.  They had 13 hits, 9 runs, 6 errors and left 7 runners on base.Schildman had 3 hits while Strubbe, Quigg and Wood had 2 each.  Beal went the distance for the loss.  The Rockets had similar numbers with 13 hits, 11 runs, 3 errors and they also left 7 on base.  It was a close and entertaining game for the fans.  There was a lot of wind and dust but the game was played before the rain came.
5/6/15 After 48 hits and 41 runs, the softball game between Pittsfield and Routt came to an end with theSaukees on top 27-14.  It was only win #5 on the year for Pittsfield but they hit the ball well and played pretty good defense with 4 errors.  Everyone had at least 2 hits in the game and 4 players had 4 hits each.  They also had 3 home runs and 1 triple and that was a surprise to most of the people at the game.  Routt had 20 hits of their own and enough runs (14) to win most games but it didn't happen for them as they fell to 11-15 on the year. Newell, Martin and Langdon had 3 hits each in the loss.  Waggoner was the winning pitcher and Schulte took the loss.  Routt will play Jacksonville tomorrow as they try to bounce back.  Abbott will not be available for this grudge match.
5/5/15 Today was a fun baseball game that took 9 innings to complete as the Carrollton Hawks got past Routt Catholic 5-4.  Blake Struble recorded the win and Adam Birdsell, in relief, took the loss.  Carrollton had 10 hits, 5 runs, 1 error and left 7 runners on base.  Palan led the was with a 3 for 5 day.  Routt had 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 errors and left 8 on base.  They surrendered 2 unearned runs in the 7th inning to put the game into extra innings.  Hoots was 2 for 4 in the loss.  Chumley went 8 innings and threw 117 pitches in a good outing.   The Lady Hawks beat the Lady Rockets 3-1 with 3 runs in the first and Routt's only run came in the 7th in a well played game.  Tomorrow the Lady Rockets will host the Lady Saukees.
4/29/15 New Berlin is a very young softball team with all freshmen and sophomores on the squad.  They are not a bad club but their pitching is the weak spot at the moment.  Routt Catholic beat them 21-6 tonight in Jacksonville as the Pretzels walked 11 and hit 6.  Of those 17 batters, 12 of them scored so you can see where the problems lies.  They only made 2 errors in the game and ended up with 8 hits and 6 runs so they just need a little help pitching and they will be fine.  Routt had 9 hits, 21 runs, 1 error and left 8 runners on base.  Schulte went the distance for the win as the Rockets improved to 10-12 on the year.  They will play G-P tomorrow, a team that beat them 8-2 lon Tuesday. The Tornadoes scored all 8 of their runs in one inning. 
4/28/15 It took 9 innings for the Tornadoes of Griggsville-Perry to defeat the Rout Catholic Rockets in baseball today.  They were tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation and 2-2 at the end of the 8th. Chumley went 8 innings and threw 124 pitches as he gave up 5 runs and took the loss.  Birdsell led the Rockets with 4 hits and a run scored but it wasn't enough.  The Rockets had 8 hits, 2 runs, 3 errors and left 11 runners on base.  They had the bases loaded with just 1 out in the bottom of the 8th and couldn't get the key hit.  The Tornadoes had 11 hits, 7 runs, 2 errors and left 10 on as they improved to 14-6 on the year.  These two teams will meet in Perry on Thursday, then G-P will play Triopia on Friday. Miller, Hannant, Meyers and Stinebaker had 2 hits each in the win.
4/27/15 Triopia softball had only won 1 game on the season but they scored 2 runs in the first inning tonight against Rushville and added 4 more in the 3rd.  They made it hold up and won the 6-3 game which dropped the Rockets to 3 and 16 on the year.  Burns ahd 3 hits and O'Daniel 2 to lead the Trojan attack.  Burns also was the winning pitcher and O'Danile and MCDaniles made several good plays from 3rd and short in the game. Cassie Ward went 3-3 to lead the Rockets 8 hit attack but it wasn't enough as Rushville came upa little short in the end.Hannah Etter took the loss as the Rockets left 7 runners on base.
4/24/15 Routt Catholic (6-13-1) and Springfield Southeast (3-11) were hungry for a win tonight as they opened play in the Pleasant Plains Tournament.  They played the game at Southeast and the Rockets had their best offensive output of the season.  They scored 11 runs in the first inning and cruised to a 20-1 win over the Spartans.  Everybody in the Routt starting line up scored at least 1 run while Hoots, Birdsell and Bonjean scored 3 each. Chumley took the win and Derek Dickerson the loss.  SE had 6 errors in the loss and could only manage 1 run as Chumley walked in a run on a very questionable ball four.  Routt will play Morrisonville and Chicago Lincoln Park tomorrow if the rain stays away.
4/23/15 Routt had numerous opportunities to score in their softball game verses West Central but couldn't get the job done and lost 11-1.  They had the bases loaded in the second with no outs and came away empty.  They had the bases loaded in the 3rd with 1 out and couldn't score.  They scored a run in the first and had the lead but lost it with 4 unearned runs and 1 earned for theCougars in the bottom of the first and never got back into the game.  The Rockets fell to 9-10 with the loss and the Cougars improved to 15-5.  All nine starters had at least one hit in the West Central win.  They finished with 15 hits, 11 runs, 2 errors and left 8 runners on base.  The Cougars look stronger and stronger game by game as we near the end of the regular season and look forward to post season play.
4/21/15 Routt Catholic got off to a great start and had a 7-2 lead over West Central in the 3rd.  Then, the bottom fell out and the Cougars scored 15 straight runs and won the 17-7 game.  Routt had 8 hits, 7 runs, 6 errors and left 7 runners on base.  West Central had 15 hits, 17 runs, 2 errors and left 9 ruinners on.Sheltz won the game, as a pitcher, and also led the offense with 3 hits.  Five other Cougars had at least 2 hits in the game as 8 of the 9 starters had at least one hit and all nine scored at least one run.  They will play again on Thursday at the home of the Cougars.
4/17/15 Pleasant Plains came to Routt and defeated the Rockets 11-0 this afternoon in baseball.  The Rockets could only manage 3 hits as they committed 4 errors and left 6 runners on base.  Plains had 11 hits, 11 runs, 0 errors and only left 5 on base.  They improved to 11-4 on the year and Routt fell to 6-9-1 with a date tomorrow with a tough QND Raider team in Quincy.Greer had 3 hits while Bee, Steinwart and Nibbe added two in the Cardinal attack.
4/14/15 It was a strange ending to a good baseball game tonight as Routt knocked off Liberty 9-8.  The Rockets held a 2-0 lead from the 2nd through the 5th, scored 5 in the 6th and looked like they had it on cruise control.  Liberty scored 8 runs on 4 hits in the 7th and took the lead.  Routt came back with 4 hits and 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th to hold off the Eagles.  Liberty is 2-9 after the loss and Routt 5-8-1.  Birdesll went 6 innings but Chumley took the win.Wolf threw 5 innings for Liberty but Tanner Lenz suffered the loss in relief.  Chumley had 3 hits for Routt while Nix and Whalen, who drove in the winning run had 2 hits each.  Dahman had the other.  Peters and O'Neil had 2 hits each for the Eagles.
4/13/15 Routt Catholic baseball played a pretty good game today but, they lost a 7-2 decision to the 10-2 Auburn Trojans.  Routt had 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 error and they left 6 runners on base. Birdsell led the way with 2 hits and Whalen threw 6 innings.  For Auburn, Johnson took the win as he went 6 innings also.  Weaver was 3-3 in the win and Johnson had 2 hits to go with the pitching win. They had 8 hits, 7 runs, 1 error and left only 3 on base.  Routt is 4-7-1 and will play Liberty tomorrow in a home game. 
4/7/15 Routt Catholic and Triopia are great rivals and they had another classic match up tonight in a conference baseball game.  Routt won the 8-7 battle in 8 innings in a game that changed leads on numerous occasions.  It looked like Routt would win 7-5 in regulation but an Isaac Weries single drove in 2 and that forced the extra innings.  Dahman boubled and Whalen singled to drive him in for the game winner.  Chumley recorded the win in relief and Cogswell took the loss after relieveing Werries.  Birdsell started for Routt and went 7 innings but got no decision.  Triopia had 14 hits, 7 runs, 3 errors and they left 11 runners on base.  Routt had similar numbers with 14 hits, 8 runs, 1 error and they left 10 on.  Alexander and Logsdon had 3 hits each for the Trojans while Chumley had 3 hits for Routt to lead the way.  It was a fun baseball game to call and they will play again on Thursday at Triopia if the weather cooperates.
4/3/15 Routt Catholic was fres off of 2 conference wins in a row and were hoping to carry it into their double-header with a tough Piasa Southwestern team.  Things didn't go so well and they lost 11-1 and 10-3 to theBirds.  The Rockets will take a 3-6-1 record into next weeks play where their conference games will be against Triopia on Tuesday and Thursday.  The Birds had 14 hits, 11 runs, 1 error and left 6 runners on base in the opener.  Seven of their nine players had at least one hit.  In the 2nd game, they had 12 hits, 10 runs, 2 errors andleft 9 on base.  Rout had 5 hits and 1 run in game one with 1 error and 4 left on.  In the 2nd game they had 6 hits 3 runs, 3 errors and left 10 runners stranded.  Routt is slowly improving as more players get involved in their games and their losses have come to good teams, so they are hoping it will all work out in the conference games.  They are currently 2-0.
4/2/15 In a fun baseball game, this afternoon, it was Routt hold on to win the 5-4 match up with Brown County.  Routt gave up 4 unearned runs and Nix went the distance for the win.  Routt could only manage 4 hits in game and held the Hornets to just 3. The freshman, Darion Drake, went 5 2/3 innings and took the loss.  Routt is 3-4-1 and Brown County fell to 3-6 on the year. The Lady Hornets beat Routt 10-3 tonight at Lenz field.  It was Beardstown, in baseball, over Canton 6-2 and the Triopia game with Griggsville-Perry was rained out.
4/1/15 Brown County softball showed their offense again tonight as they garnered 17 hits and 19 runs while only allowing 4 to the Saukees of Pittsfield.  Pittsfield had 5 hits in the loss and fell to 1-3 on the year.  With the win, the Hornets moved to 7-2 on the year and will play Routt tomorrow in Jacksonville if the rain allows.  Along with good hitting, Brown County has 3 strong pitchers and a very good defense.  They made a couple of errors in their win tonight but overall this is a team with an excellent chance to make a strong run.  They are strong hitters up and down the line up with no visible weak spots.
3/31/15 Routt Catholic softball played a very strong Brown County team, in spite of not having their #1 and #2 pitchers available.  The end result was a 16-0 defeat as they could only manage 1 hit in the loss.  The Lady Hornets had 19 hits and 16 runs and improved to 6-2 on the year.  They will take on Pittsfield tomorrow in a 4:30 match up.  The Hornets scored 10 runs in the first inning and never looked back tonight.  Alissa Hodge picked up the win in impressive style.  Brown County had 6 players with 2 hits each and Ryssman had 3 hits along with 5 RBI's to lead the way.  This is a senior led softball team with solid hitting and defense as well as a good pitching staff.
3/30/15 New Berlin took advantage of 11 Routt Catholic errors and beat the Rockets 17-5 tonight at Alumni Field in Jacksonville.  Routt had 8 hits, 5 runs and 11 errors in the loss as they fell to 1-4-1 on the year.  They will take on Brown County in a conference game tomorrow.  New Berlin had 10 hits, 17 runs, made 1 error as they moved to 3-1 on the season.  Jason Cross went 3-4 in the game and was the winning pitcher.Joe Nix and Jasper Sleeman had 2 hits each in the Routt loss.
3/25/15 Routt Catholic had 6 hits tonight, which is good news in spite of losing the 6-1 decision to Pawnee.  Six different players had at least 1 hit in the game so that is a good start for theyoung Rockets.  Whalen had 1 bad inning and took the loss, but his other 2 innings were excellent.  Birdsell threw 4 innings in the game and gave up no runs so there is a spot of good news over all as they only made 1 error in the game as well.  Pawnee evened their season at 1-1 with the win as Hayden Hamilton posted the victory.  Cade Henneman and Cade Puzey had 2 hits each in the game.  The only downside for the Indians was the 3 errors they committed.They had 8 hits and left 8 runners on base while Routt had 6 hits and left 9 on base.  Routt will travel to Pleasant Hill tomorow afternoon.
3/23/15 Riverton played a sloid game of baseball this afternoon and knocked off Routt Catholic 9-1 @ Alumni Field.  The Rockets could only manage 1 run on 2 hits in the loss and fell to 1-2-1 on the seaosn.Nix and Birdsell had a hit each and Whalen scored the long run.  Nix took the loss and Ryan Roscetti was the winning pitcher.  Nation had 4 hits, Camp 3 and Roscetti 3 to lead the Hawks who are 3-1 on the year.  Riverton had 14 hits, 4 errors and left 12 runners on base.  Routt had the 2 hits, 4 errors and left 7 on.  They will play WHNG in a conference game tomorrow at home.  Routt will work on finding some more hitting and they will have to cut down on the errors because that is a bad combination.
3/18/15 Routt and Athens played to a 1-1 tie as the game was called due to darkness.  Athens had 5 hits and 1 earned run and Routt had 4 hits and 1 unearned run. The Warriors made 3 errors and left 6 runners on base.  The Rockets made 1 error and left 4 runners on base.  Both teams had great scoring opportunities late in the game and just didn't get the job done.  Chumley led the Rockets with 2 hits for the second game in a row.  Athens struck out 8 times while the Rockets struck out 9 times.  The Lady Rockets won their second game in a row as they beat Athens 9-0.
3/17/15 Routt Catholic baseball was a winner today in a home game against Greenfield 10-0.  The Rockets only had 4 hits but they took advantage of 8 Tiger errors to pick up the win.  Greenfield only had 4 hits also but they struck out 17 Rockets in spite of the loss.  Routt recorded 10 strikeouts also as this was not a hitters day.  Plogger took the loss and Nix went 2 innings for the win. Chumley had 3 good innings as he faced 9 batters and gave up nothing.  He also had 2 hits including an RBI and 1 run scored in the win.  The Lady Rockets also won tonight 14-1 over the Lady Tigers and are off to a great start.  Routt will face Athens in baseball and softball tomorrow night.  
3/16/15 The softball and baseball season started tonight for Brussels and West Central.  West Central baseball won 9-5 and Brussels beat the Lady Cougars 9-7 in an exciting opener.  Kiel went the distance for the Lady Raiders and allowed 7 runs on 9 hits. The Cougars scored 4 in the 4th and 3 in the 7th but it wasn't quite enough. 7 players had 1 hit and Kilver had 2 in the loss.  West Central made 3 errors and left 4 runners on base.They only walked twice and struck out twice in the game.  Brussels had 10 hits and 9 runs with 3 errors and they left 9 on base. Ohlendorf led the way with 3 hits while Schleeper, Kiel, Willman and Allison Klaas had 2 hits each.  The Raiders struck out 8 times in the win and only had 1 batter get on via the walk.  Their defense made the difference in the game as they made numerous nice plays including one double play.  We will see the Lady Cougars again on Thursday when they host Pleasant Hill.
3/14/15 Tonights' All-Star game for area girls was very exciting.  The north hit 9 treys to just 1 by the south and that was the difference in the game.  20 girls played and 20 girls scored and that is the way it should be.  It was competitivefast paced and entertaining as the players and fans had a good time. Lashmett and Williams led the souoth in scoring while Sullivan and Fisher led the north.  These are some very good players who will be misssed next season by their respective teams.  It was a nice showcase for girls basketball and was the 9th annual edition. 
2/19/15 Our Saviour ended their season the same way they played most of their games this year.  It was up-tempo with 2nd and 3rd attempts at the hoop and a 53-35 win over Peoria Limeston Walters for 3rd place in the 8-1A IESA State Tournament.  Stear had a good 4th quarter and 20 points to lead the Rockets as they ended their season 16-9 with a 4th place finish.  Plunk hit 18, Winters 13, Marshall 11, May 9 and Minor 2 as the Shamrocks hit 21 of 50 from the field and 7 of 10 free throws.  They finished with a 25-3 record in front of a loud and happy crowd at Bartonville.  They won the state last year and got 3rd this year and, if your are a Routt Rocket fan, you hope these boys will be wearing Purple and Vegas Gold next year. 
2/17/15 The West Central Lady Cougars basketball season came to an unceremonious close tonight at the Okawville Sectional.  They met one of the WIVC rivals, Calhoun Warriors, who are just too tall for the Cougars to serious deal with.  The final was 67-30 as Emma Baalman led all scorers with 24 points while Grace Baalman added 13 and Klocke 11.  The Warriors will take a 29-2 record into the championship game, against New Athens, on Thursday night .  Lashmett had a good game for the Cougars with 16 hard earned points as she, at 5' 8 1/2", put up a great effort against her 6'1" and 6' 2" defenders.  The serious difference in the game tonight was the lack of 3 point shots made for West Central.  They were 0-22 from long range and that has been an important part of their offense all year long. It was another good season for the Cougars however as they finished 22-9 and provided a lot of excitement for their fans this season.   

Our Saviour School made it state again, in the Junior High 8-1A class as they continue their record of good basketball.  They defeated Ottawa Marquette in their elite 8 game, 43-34 with well rounded scoring.  Plunk led the way with 15, May 8, Winters and Minor scored 7 each and Marshall added 6.  It wasn't a smooth win for the Shamrocks as they had to grind it out at the end and hang on.  They improved to 24-2 on the year and had to face the Bourbonnais Maternity Wildcats in the semi-final round.


The Shamrocks trailed most of the game after being tied 8-8 at the end of the first quarter.  They just couldn't get over the hump and it slipped away from them at the end.  The final score of 43-32 pushed the Wildcats to the title game and dropped OSS into the battle for 3rd place.  Minor led the Shamrocks with 9 points, Marshall 8, Winters 6, Plunk 4, Muller 3 and May rounded out the scoring with 2.  They only shot 25% from the field and 16% from the free throw line and, in state competition, that won't get it done. Bourbonnais shot 46% from the line and 58% from line with 3 players in double digits.  The key to the game was the ability of the Wildcats to rebound on the offensive and defensive ends sof the floor.  The Shamrocks love to run and are effetive in transistion basketball but, when you can't get the boards, you can't run.  Bourbonnais was the better ballclub today and OSS will give it their best shot to bring home 3rd place.  They will face Limeston Walter at 6:00 next Thursday.  

2/12/15 In a physical contest tonight, the Laey Cougars of West Central came from hehind and knocked off the Liberty Eagles 51-43. Cox came off of the bench to lead the Cougars with 18 points  while Hurrelbrink and Lashmett hit 11 each.  W.C. hit 17 of 28 free throws and 14 of 36 from the field  with 16 turnovers.  Liberty was led by Leapley with 10 points, but Lefringhouse, Obert and Rush had 8 points each in the loss.  The Ealges shot 28% from the field and 60% from the free throw line with 13 turnovers.  They will end their season with a 21-9 record and the Cougars will play Hardin-Calhoun with a 22-8 record.  They lost to the Warriors by double digits last week and will try to make the necessary adjustments to hang arouind and maybe make a run at the end.  The game will be at 6:00 from Okawville on 101.3 WVIL.
2/9/15 The Triopia regional opened tonight with Routt defeating the host school 53-29as 7 Rockets scored. Nelson (14, Langdon (11) and Abell (10) led the way.  With the Win Routt will take a 12-16 record into Tuesday nights game with #1 Astoria at 6:00.  For the Trojans, they ended a long season 1-24 but to their credit played hard tonight in their loss. They lose 2 seniors and should have a nice nucleus for next years team.
2/7/15 Rushville-Industry 7th grade boys basketball team made it to the elite 8 and played St. Joseph in Wenona today.  They didn't get the win they were looking for but they had a tremendous crowd for support and stayed in the game until about half way through the 4th quarter.  Great free throw shooting by St. Joseph made a huge difference in the game.  They hit 10 of 11 free throws in the 4th and 13 of 16 all day and that was hard for the Rockets to overcome.  R-I finished 5 for 12.  The Panthers only had 10 turnovers in the game also while the Rockets had 16, so that made a difference.  The biggest difference, in my opinion, was rebounding as St. Joseph pretty much controlled the boards.  Orwig scored 11 and Klitz 9 to lead the Rockets while Renfrew had 12, Izard 9 and Miller 9 to lead the Panthers.  St. Joseph also out shot the Rockets 38 to 28 in the game and controlled the pace of the game.  R-I had a great season and there were a lot of teams who wanted to be where they were today so, while it might hurt for a day, when you finish with 20 wins and only 3 losses on a season it is hard to feel anything but proud. 
2/6/15 Routt Catholic led the first quarter and only trailed by 2 at half time but couldn't hang on and lost 53 to 32 to Greenfield Northwestern in boys basketball.  It was senior night and Birdsell led the way with 11 points as the Rockets only shot 22% from the field.  Austin Bishop led the Tigers with 19 and Shade added 13 as Greenfield hit 43% from the field and 71% from the free throw line for their 13th win.  Routt is 2-17 on the season with 4 games left.  
2/4/15 Hardin Calhoun has a great season (25-2) working and came to West Central tonight with the WIVC title already in hand.  They were hoping this would be a preview of a sectional match up later next week.  The end result was a 76-49 win for the Warriors and some work to be done for the Cougars as they start regional action against either Barry Western or Griggsville-Perry next Tuesday.  The Warriors are just too tall for the Cougars as Grace (24) and Emma (24) along with a 19 point effort from Klocke was dominant.  Lashmett had 15 , Rock 10, Hurrelbrink 9, Moore 8 and Cox 6 as West Central hit 88% of their free throw shots but it was not enough.  It will be interesting to see if the Cougars can make the right adjustments should they meet again soon.  The Cougars will take a 19-8 record to QND where they will face Quincy high school on Saturday.  
2/2/15 Two of the best teams in the WIVC (Carrollton 16-6 & West Central 18-7) squared off in Carrollton tonight on senior night for the Hawks.  Carrollton broke out to a 12-3 lead before the Cougars began to heat the nets with treys and eventually won 61-44.  West Central hit 2 for 6 from long range in the first quarter and 5 for 5 in the second to open a 32-17 half time lead. They finishe 9 for 20 from long range with 10 for 13 from the free throw line.  The Hawks shot well @ 38% from the field and 78% from the line but it wasn't good enough.  Mountan had 15, Maddie Struble 13 and Williams 10 to lead the Hawks and the Cougars spread the ball around well as Hurrelbrink hit 16, Cox 13, Rock 10, Lashmett 10, Moore 9 and VanDeVelde 3 in the win. Both teams will play in their own regionals starting next week.   

It was an exciting day of basketball at the finals of the Beardstown boys tournament.  Carrollton won the JV championship as they defeated Porta 57-45.  Rushville beat Greenview 49-27 for 7th place and Midwest Central dropped the Triopia Trojans 45-29 for 5th.  In the 3rd place game, South Fulton defeated WHNG 59-51 and the Championship game went to the Carrollton Hawks 48-42 over the host Beardstown Tigers.


The All-tournament team consists of Joey Powell of Greenview, Manning Plater from Rushville, Jay Weyhrich of Midwest Central, Isaac Werries of Triopia, Andrew Davis of WHNG, Justin Batterton and Tyler Engel of South Fulton, Cody Leonard, Luke Palana and Jacob Smith of Carrollton along with Dante McWilliams and Rick Dour of Beardstown.

1/30/15 In the semi-final round of the boys Beardstown Tournament, we  set up the Championship round for Saturday.  At 1:30 it will be Greenview vs Rushville for 7th place.  The 3:00 game will feature Triopia and Midwest Central for 5th place.  In the 3rd place game, it is WHNG and South Fulton and at 6:30 the championship game will have Beardstown taking on Carrollton. These are 4 solid match ups and will be worth coming to the "Tiger Den" to catch all of the action.  There will be a JV title game that we will not carry at 12:30 and the varsity games will be all broadcast on 101.3 WVIL. 
1/29/15 Triopia defeated Greenview 49-42 and will play for 5th place at 3:00 on Saturday, at Beardstown.  Greenview finished 4th in the bloack pool and will play at 1:30.  South Fulton beat Midwest Central 64-53 and Carrollton beat Rushville 53-37.  Tomorrow Rushville will play Midwest Central, Carrollton will take on South Fulton and WHNG will play the host Tigers at 8:00.
1/27/15 Day two of the Beardstown boys basketball tournament had WHNG defeating Greenview 47-33 as Davis led the Spartans with 19 points.  In the second game, it was Carrollton holding off a stubborn Midwest Central team 56-49 after being tied 31-31 at half time.  Jacob Smith had 19, Palan 17 and Leonard 10 in the well rounded attack.  Beardstown won the nightcap 55-29 after trailing 23-21 at half time.  A huge 3rd quarter for the Tigers as they out scored the Trojans 20-7. Dour led the Tigers with 28 and Werries scored 18 for Triopia and Lawson added 12.
1/26/15 South Fulton and Rushville-Industry opened the Beardstown boys basketball tourhament as the Rebels won 58-50.  In game two, it was WHNG over the Triopia Trojans 41-22 as the long ball didn't for the Trojans tonight.  In the night cap, it was a one-sided affair as Beardstown was too strong for Greenview and beat them 58-25.  There will be 3 more games on Tuesday when WHNG plays Greenview, Carrollton and West Central will square off and Beardstown will play Triopia to finish the evening.
1/24/15 Brown County was just too strong tonight, in boys basketball, for Routt Catholic and defeated them 74-40 after taking a 19-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.  Beckman led the Rockets with 10 points but they could only shoot 30% from the field and 53% from the line in the loss.  Umphryes had 20, Lewis 14 and Clinging 12 to lead 9 Hornets in the scoring column.  Brown Co. shot 61% in their win on Friday night and hitt 55% in their game tonight.  They hit 19 of 25 free throws and only turned the ball over 7 times in the win.  They are 9-9 after noights game and are on a nice roll.
1/17/15 Beardstown beat Brussels for 7th place, at the WHNG tournament for girls.  Routt downed Griggsville-Perry for the consolation championship.  WFNB defeated Pittsfield for 5th place and West Central got by WHNG for 3rd place.  The championship game was a very good contest as Carrollton, in a mild upset, beat Litchfield-Lincolnwood 52-50.  The all-tournament team members are:  Abby Lashmett of West Central, Maddie Struble and Rachel Williams of Carrollton, Riley Scharf and Abby Brockmeyer of Litchfield, Ailena Rawlins of Beardstown, Darci Brannan and Halie Kraushaar of WHNG, Maddie Palmer of Pittsfield, Micah Peebles of WFNB, Megan Keil of Brussels and Blair Bowman of Barry Western.

Litchfield is the #1 seed at the WHNG Lady Spartan and improved to 21-1 on the season as they buried the host school tonight 45-14.Seven players scored as Brockmeyer led the way with 14 points.  They shot 36% from the field and only hit 2 of 9 free throws with 20 turnovers.  They will need to tighten it up a little when they take on Carrollton on Saturday.  WHNG shot 12% from the field, 7% from the line and had 23 turnovers as they simpley did match up with the Panthers.


Game 2 was a little surprising as the Lady Hawks rolled over the West Central Cougars 58-36.  After being tied at 9 at the end of one, it was all Hawks.  They outscored W. Central 21-4 in the 2nd and never looked back.  Maddie Struble hit 20 points, Ruyle 11, Mountain and Williams scored 9.  The Cougars got a hard-earned 11 points from Lashmett as Hurrelbrink and Rock scored 7 and 6 respectively.  They only shot 28% from the field and the Hawks hustle just didn't give West Central many 2nd shots in the paint.  The Cougars will face WHNG on Saturday for 3rd place.


Carrollton defeated WFNB 50-26 tonight at WHNG as the Hawks methodically picked apart the Scotties.  Williams was strong with 22 points and 5 blocked shots along with numerous rebounds. Maddie Struble added 11 and Mountain 9 in the well rounded attack. They shot 41% from the field and 70% from the line with 17 turnovers.  Carrollton improved to 13-5 on the year.  WFNB shot poorly (24%) from the field and turned the ball over 24 times in the loss.  The good news was 5 for 7 shooting from the free throw line.  Peebles led the way with 11 points but points were hard to come by as the Scotties fell to 13-7 on the season.


In the second game, the West Central Cougars had too many weapons for Beardstown as they knocked off the Tigers 65-29.  They held Rawlins to 13 points and Lindsey to 8 points.  Maddie Craig stepped up to score 6 points but it just wasn't enough.  The Tigers shot 34% from the field and 64% from the line with 21 turnovers. West Central had 7 players in the scoring column  as Hurrelbrink (21) and Abby Lashmett (17) led the way.  Cox came off the bench with 9 while Rock added 6 and Starks 6 in the win. The Cougars shot 49% from the field, 79% from the line and only had 10 turnovers as they improved to 12-5 on the year. The Cougars and Hawks will face each other at 8:00 on Thursday in the semi-final round.

1/6/15 Rushville-Industry played a pretty good all around game tonight as they defeated Havana in boy's basketball 59-49.  They built a 19-10 first quarter lead by taking the ball into the paint.  In the 2nd quarter they shot 7 treys and made one and their half time lead was 28-27.  In the 3rd and 4th quarter they went back inside and made shots or got fouled and made their free throws to walk to a 6 point lead after 3 and win by 10.  Plater led the way with 21 points but 7 other Rockets scored as they shot 48% from the field and 82% from the free throw line with 18 turnovers.  Havana got 18 points from Dietsch and 14 from Mibbs 6 treys between them.  They shot 37% from the field and only 40% from the free throw line with just 13 turnovers. The Rockets are 4-7 after the win and the Ducks fell to 5-9.
1/5/15 Routt Catholic played well enough to win tonight in girl's basketball, in Auburn however their free throw shooting wasn't good enough to pull off the victory.  The Trojans won 47-40 and improved to 11-7 on the year.  The Rockets fell to 4-11 but this may a game they could build on.  They are hoping to have a good showing at the WHNG tournament starting on Saturday.Auburn had 8 players score in the game with 3 players hitting 9 each.  They shot 29% from the field and 67% from the line with 24 turnovers.  Routt was led by Casler with 10 and Nelson with 9.  Seven Rockets scored as they hit 24% from the field, 59 % from the line and committed 22 turnovers.  They only hit 17 of 29 free throws and lost by 7, so they had a chance and kept it close.

WHNG and Routt Catholic played 4 games of basketball today and each won 2 of them.  Routt won the JV girls and JV boys and WHNG won the varsity games.  In the girl's varsity game it was the Spartans 57-31 as Routt fell to 4-10 and the Spartans improved to 9-4.  Nelson led the Rockets with 11 points and Powell led 8 players in the scoring column with 14 for WHNG.


In the boy's game it was Birdsell with the big night and 18 points  as Routt shot 31% from the field,  42% from the line and had 13 turnovers.  WHNG had a big night as Vincent hit 18 points and passed the 1,000 mark in his high school career.  Ross had 15 and Davis 10 to round out the double digit scorers.  The Spartns shot 47% from the field and 56% from the line with 11 turnovers and oved to 6-3 on the year.

12/20/14 In one of the more thrilling high school boys games this season, it was a 49-46 win for Waverly over the hard-luck Rockets of Routt.  Routt led most the way as they were seeking only their 2nd win of the season but just couldn't hold on.  Give credit to the Scotties as they just kept hanging around and pulled it out at the end to go 6-5.  Caruthers played well, with 27 points, as six Scotties scored.  They shot 49% from the field and 46 from the free throw line with only 8 turnovers in the game.  Routt led for thoree quarters of the game and played as well as I have seen this year in spite of the loss.  Nix had 15 and Garde 11 as the only two with double digits.  Six players scored in the offense attack as they hit 43% of their shots and 58 per cent of their free throws.  They only had 11 turnovers in a pretty clean game. Routt is 1-7 on the season but this kind of effort will get them a few more wins before the season is over.  
12/20/14 In a boy's JV game tonight, it was Routt over Waverly 69-44 as the Rockets improved to 7-1 on the year.  May led the 9 player scoring attack with 16 as Beckman scored 12, Chumley 11 and Moore 9.  It was a convincing win for the Rockets as they remain one of the best JV teams in the area.  Jennings scored 21 for the Scotties, Manion 12 and Talbert 9 in the Waverly loss.  Routt played a lot of the roster in their win and hit 41% of their shots with 68% from the line.  Using a lot of players elevated the number of Turnovers to 21 in the win.
12/20/14 Routt Catholic girl's basketballl won their 3rd game of the year as they defeated Pawnee 33-23.  Casler scored 11 points, Nelson 6, Langdon 6 and Abell 6 in the win.  The Rockets shot 24% from the field, 43% from the free throw line with 17 turnovers.  Pawnee had 11 points from Harden and 8 from Salzeider to lead the way in the Indians loss.  They hit 26% from the field and 44 % from the charity stripe with 24 turnovers in the loss, as they fell to 3-6 on the year.
12/19/14 Triopia played a great first quarter tonight, in Carrollton, and led the Hawks 14-7.  They only trailed 24-19 at half, then the roof fell in and they lost 72-30.  The Hawks were a lot like Liberty and too strong and too fast for the Trojans to hang in.  Werries played a nice game and led Triopia with 12 points. Alex Bell did not score but played a very good defensive battle inside as he tried to hold off 6' 8" Chase McAdams.  Triopia finished with a 12 for 41 performance and only 3 of 12 from the line with too many (28) turnovers as they fell to 2-3 on the year.  Carrollton had 10 players  in the scoring column with three in double digits.  Palan had 19, Jacob Smith 10 and Leonard 10. They shot 28 for 52 from the field and 7 for 15 from the line with only 4 turnovers in spite of their helter skelter fast pace of basketball.  They had 23 more shots in the game than the Trojans and improved to 5-1 on the year.
12/18/14 Routt Catholic (1-4) and Rushville-Industry (2-6) played in the I.C. shootout in much need of a win.  R-I won the game 55-37 and showed some real offense.  Seven players scored in the game with Plater (25) leading the way and Harris (13) hit double figures.  They shot 54% from the field and 66% from the line with 16 turnovers.  Routt was led by Nix (12) but just didn't shoot well (25%) and 63% from the line with 10 turnovers.  It was a fun game in the first quarter but Rushville steadily pulled away as the game went on. 
12/16/14 Hardin Calhoun's Warriors were a little too strong for West Central tonight as they knocked off West Central 66-50.  The Cougars fell to 3-7 with the loss and the Warriors moved to 4-0 on the year.  Bick (18) consistently scored in the paint and Booth added 16 with the same style of play.  Gus Baalman scored 11 inside also as the Cougar defense just was not tall enough to hold them off and rebound with them. Klocke and Morgan Baalman scored 8 and 7 off of the bench.  Calhoun shot 60% from the field and 70 per cent cent fromthe line with 21 turnovers.  Hoover led West Central with 16 while Slagle added 14 and Weder 9.  The Cougars hit 40% of their shots and only 27% from the free throw line with 20 turnovers.  Calhoun will play in the Carrollton tournament this year as the #1 seed.
12/15/14 Camp Point Central came to Winchester with a 1-4 record in girl's basketball while the Cougars were 6-2.  You didn't want to be fooled by the difference in records and the end result proved it as the Panthers won 43-42 with a great second half comeback.  West Central played a solid first half and led 24-9 at the break.  In a complete reversal, CPC had a solid 3rd quarter and only trailed 32-29 at the end of the quarter.  They out scored the Cougars 14-10 in the final stanza and won the game.  Lashmett (12),, Moore (10), Rock (8), Hurrelbrink (7) and VanDeVelde (2) did the scoring for West Central.  McClelland (14), Vance (10), Limkemann (10) and Derry (9) did the damage for CPC.  CPC shot 16-30 in the game with 7 for 9 from the line and while they had 17 turnovers in the first half, they turned it around with only 2 turnovers in the 2nd half.  The Cougars, conversely, had ony 7 turnovers in the first half and 13 in the 2nd half in the loss while shooting 14 of 40 in the game and 4 of 8 from the line.  It was a tough loss for one team and a great comeback for the other.   
12/12/14 Triopia took their 2-0 record to Liberty tonight for a boy's basketball game and ran into a buzzsaw.  The Eagles beat them 80-31 and turned them over 31 times.  Triopia only shot 31 times in the game and was 4-6 from the free throw line.  Liberty, on the other hand, shot 61 times and made 32 of them while hittonly only 11 of 19 free throws.  With all of their hustle and bustle and up-tempo game style they only committed 10 turnovers in the win.  This is a good team.  Wolfmeyer hit 23 while Michael Mast knocked down 16 and Roe had 16.  Barry added 9 and Wellman 7 as Liberty dominated from the beginning to the end as they improved to 5-2 on the year.  Werries and Lawson scored 8 each for Triopia and Duesterhaus added 9 with Greene scoring 2 and Burrus rounded out the scoring with 2 points.  Liberty should have a very good year if everyone stays healthy.
12/11/14 It was a good championship game between OSS of Jacksonville and Lincoln West Lincoln Broadwell in IESA 1-A girls basketball. The final was 38-27 as 5' 10" Leah Schneider was just too much tonight as she dominated the paint and hit 23 of the 38 points in the win.  Koehler played a solid point guard tonight also and scored 9 points while taking care of the ball.  Paullus (4) and Orebaugh (2) rounded out the Wolverine scoring while they shot 45% from the field, 50% from the free throw line and had 14 turnovers.  OSS gave it their best but couldn't get many inside shots and just couldn't hit a high per centage of outside shots. They hit 24% in the game and 50% from the free throw line with 18 turnovers.  Lincoln was a little better tonight and won the title but OSS has nothing to feel bad about.  The finished 21-2 on the year and should be very proud of their body of work.   
12/9/14 The boy's basketball game for Beardstown vs Abingdon was a resounding win for the Tigers as they dominated 46-22.  It left you with some mixed emotions however as Beardstown turned the ball over 30 times in the win and will need to work on that aspect of their game.  On the positive side, they only allowed 22 points as Abingdon hit just 9 of 42 shots with 2 of 4 from the free throw line.  Yoho and Dewey Johnson led the Tornadoes with 6 points each as A-town had 21 turnovers of their own.  Rick Dour was sharp with 21 points for the Tigers while Alex Schultz added 9, Vermillion 6, McWilliams 5, Gregory 3 and Zuniga 2.  The Tigers hit 20 of 35 shots and 2 of 5 free throws.  Savor the win and work on the turnovers - the ball is gold and should be cherished.  This is a hustling defense and fun to watch. 
12/8/14 Havana and West Central will always play an entertaining game of girl's basketball and tonight was no different.  It was a hard fought defensive struggle between two talented teams with the Ducks coming out on top 49-43.  The Cougars had their chances in the game but missed some key rebounds and free throws as the game came to a close.  Jordyn Hughes hit 3 of 4 in the 4th quarter, from the free throw line as Havana only shot 5 for 15 overall.  They did hit 20 of 45 shots in the game, from the field, as 8 players scored.  Bell (10) and Emmi (11) Fisher led the way while Bonnett scored 8 off of the bench.Hughes and Sarnes added 7 each in the win.  Havana had 20 turnovers in the game and forced 14 on the Cougars.  West Central did not shoot well as they only hit 11 of 40 shots and 15 of 25 free throws.  Abby Lashmett led the way with 16 pooints  while Rock (9), Hurrelbrink (7), Moore (6) and Starks 5) rounded out the scoring. Havana is 7-2 and West 5-2 after tonight's game and they will likely meet again a time or two this season.
12/6/14 Springfield Lutheran and Routt Catholic girls played a very hard game today in Springfield and the Crusaders won 37-34.  Routt is 2-4 after the loss and Springfield 3-4.  It was a game with 47 fouls and 53 turnovers and basically a game of survival.  Some late free throws by Elmore of Lutheran and some missed free throws by Routt turned out to be the final factor in the game. The Rockers were lead in scoring by Nelson with 13 but some good news was the play of Kaylee Robinson and Ellie Abell off of the bench as they got a lot of playing time today.  Schwiderski was injured late in the game and we will have to wait and see what the outcome is after a medical visit.  Elmore led the Crusaders with 17 points and a strong finish. Lutheran shot 31% from the field and 40% from the line and Routt hit 31% of their shots with only 23% from the charity stripe.  It wasn't pretty but it was entertaining and went down to the end.  Routt will play at Greenfield on Monday. 
12/5/14 Springfield Lutheran boys basketball came to Routt Catholic with a 5-0 record and the Gene Bergschneider Tournament Championship.  Routt was 0-1 and, on paper, overmatched by the Crusaders.  The end result was a 61-26 win for Lutheran as they dominated from the beginning and held a 22-2 first quarter lead.  The Rockets were led in scoring by Adam Birdsell with 10 points but they only shot 25% from the field and 50% from the free throw line with 25 turnovers.  Wofford and Kirby had 20 points each while Copeland added 10 as 8 of the Crusaders scored in the game.  They shot 49% from the field, 57% from the line and only had 12 turnovers in the win.
12/4/14 Routt Catholic girls won their second game of the year with their 56-29 win over Triopia.  Langdon had her second double digit game in a row with 15 points before fouling out.  Routt had 9 girls in the scoring column and shot 33% from the field and 73% from the free throw line.  They had 17 turnover sin the game  as they improved to 2-3.  Triopia only shot 22% from the field and 45% from the free throw line with 28 turnovers but they had their chances and just missed too many shots.  Ganz was back and hit 5 pointsbut added some inside punch to the Trojan cause.Morton was 6 for 9 from the free throw line and led Triopia with 8 points. 
12/1/14 On paper, West Central girl's basketball looked like they may be too strong for Routt Catholic and the Cougars ended up winning the game 55-32.  Langdon (12) and Nelson (10) led the Rockets in scoring but the Rockets had 29 turnovers and only hit 12 of 23 free throw shots as they fell to 1-3 on the year. West Central is 4-1 after the win.  They had 8 players in the scoring column and with 3 in double figures(Rock, A. Lashmett, Moore) they were too tough tonight.  The Cougars shot 36% from the field with 7 treys and hit 0-4 from the free throw line.  Their aggressive, hustling nature will make them hard to beat by many of the area schools. Their one loss came to a bigger Brown County team who was successful against Liberty tonight and also beaten Carrollton this year.
11/25/14 Routt Catholic girl's basketball won their first game of the season tonight as they knocked off North Mac 40-28.  Tomasko led the Panthers with 11 points  as 5 players scored in the loss.  North Mac is 1-4 on the season.  They shot only 20% from the field with 38% from the free throw line and had 23 turnovers.  The Rockets shot 27% from the field and 54% from the free throw line with 20 turnovers.  It was a rough physical game with 32 fouls called and it probably wasn't enough.  Schwiderski had 11 points and Nelson 10 to lead the Rockets in the win.  Casler added 7 and Langdon played her most aggressive game of the year with 6 points and numerous rebounds and blocked shots. Routt is 1-2 on the season and will play West Central on Monday.
11/21/14 Brown County girl's basketball had a very rough starting schedule this season.  They lost to a big, tall Calhoun team, then knocked off West Central on Thursday night and had to play a good Carrollton Hawk team on Friday.  They beat the Hawks 48-42 for a great start in the WIVC.  Carrollton only shot 18% from the field tonight and 48% from the free throw line with just 10 turnovers. Maddie Struble led the way with 22 points.  The Hornets got 21 points from Vanessa Markert before she fouled out late in the game.  Brown County shot 52% from the field and 50% from the free throw line with 17 turnovers but, their defense played well tonight and stepped up when they needed. The Hawks are 1-1 and Brown Co. 2-1.   
11/20/14 WFNB is a big and talented girl's basketball team and they came into tonight's game with Routt with a win over Greenfield by 20 points.  Tonight they came out strong and put the Rockets away early in the game with a 19-3 lead after one quarter and a 62-41 win.  Maddie Nelson led the Rockets with 13 points as Routt shot 38% from the field and only 55 per cent from the line.  They had 13 first half turnovers that helped put them in a hole they could not get out of.  They put up 37 shots in the game while the Scotties shot 65 times.  WFNB had 9 players in the scoring Peebles led the way with 12.  They hit 20 of 65 shots from the field and 21 of 29 from the free throw line and only had 7 turn overs in each half.  This is an aggressive and physical Scottie team.
11/18/14 Pittsfield held off Routt Catholic 41-33 tonight in girl's basketball. The Rockets shot well from the free throw line with 20 of 26 to keep them in the game.  They only hit 6 of 35 from the field and had 11 second half turnovers that slowed them down in their comeback effort.  The Saukees had a bad first half with 15 turnovers (21 total) while shooting 43% for the game and 54% from the free throw line which was good enough for the win.  Hoover hit a 3 point bucket at the end of the 2nd quarter and another one at the end of the 3rd quarter as the buzzer sounded and that help propel the Saukees to the victory. Nelson led Routt with 12 points as Hoover (16) and Clowers (15) were the point leaders for Pittsfield. We will see Routt again on Thursday when they host Waverly. 
11/17/14 In a typical opening game of the year, there were too many turnovers and missed free throws but it turned out to be a close game as Rushville-Industry stopped Beardstown 37-32.  The Tigers shot 21% from the field and 72% from the free throw line with 21 turnovers in the loss.  R-I only shot 25% from the field and47% from the line but, they only had 11 turnovers and worked extremely hard on the offensive and defensive boards. Rawlings led the Tigers with 17 points and Riley Plumer led the Rockets with 15 points and 4 big free throws in the 4th quarter to seals the deal. Lindsey had 7 points for Beardstown and Ingles scored 9 for the Rockets in a supporting role.  Beardstown will host Triopia on Thursday.
11/8/14 In a great class 3-A Football play off game, the #1 team in the state (Williamsville) had to come from behind to score a touchdown with .55 seconds left to beat the New Berlin Pretzels. The Bullets had beaten the Pretzels 52-21 earlier in the season but New Berlin came to play today and nearly pulled off the upset of the day.  The Pretzels got 19 yards rushing from Hunt and 79 yards passing from Hunt.  Hunt was also sacked 5 times and threw 3 interceptions in the game under tremendous pressure from Williamsville's defense. Creviston, Burger, Beer, Cummings and Finke all caught passes.  Stockton had a 28 yard field goal and Hunt a 3 yard run for the scores.  Williamsville got a good day from Bleyer who threw for 118 yards and had a big 20 yard run late in the day to keep the game winning drive alive on a 3rd and 15 play.  Franklin was the leading rusher with 63 yards out of a 111 rushing day for the Bullets. Daniel Daykin had a 36 yard TD catch and Franklin ran in from 3 yards for the two scores as Williamsville improved to 11-0 on the year.  They will play Auburn next week.  New Berlin had 117 total yards and Williamville 229 in a defensive minded game. Fun stuff.
11/1/14 Triopia earned their way into the 2014 1A football playoffs on points by playing quality teams all season.  They got their second shot at the Carrollton Hawks.  After playing them even for the 1st quarter and after being tied at 6-6 the Trojans were beaten 43-7.  Triopia finished with 137 yards rushing and 110 passing on a 5 for 8 effort by Werries.  Parker rushed for 54 yards, Alexander 41 and Lawson 28. Shade came in late and ran for 13 yards.  Covington caught passes for 33 yards, Lawson 14, Alexander 54 and Burrus 9.  They had 15 yards in penalties with 13 first downs and their lone touchdown was a 54 yard strike from Werries to Alexander.  The ended their season with 5 wins and 5 losses.  The Hawks will take a 10-0 record into their game next Saturday vs Leroy.  They had 231 yards ushing and 223 passing on a 7/11 day with 1 interception and 2 TD's.  Palan had 111 rushing and 71 receiving with 5 touchdowns.  Brannan ran for 50 yards and had 61 in catches.  The QB, Smith, rushed for 34 and threw for 91 yards to Leonard as the 3rd receiver.  The Hawks had 60 yards in penalties and 15 first downs.   
10/30/14 Triopia's wonderful VB season came to an end tonight at the hands of the Liberty Eagles in a regional championship match 25-16, 25-14.  The score is pretty indicative of the match as the Eagles dominated for much of the evening.  Triopia got 5 kills and 2 blocks from McGinnis and 1 point from O'Daniel.  Ganz had 5 points, 4 assists, 1 kill and 1 blcok and Musch 3 kills.  Werries had a point and 2 blocks and Milby 3 points and 4 assists.  Burns finished with 3 points and the Trojans only had 1 service error.  They ended the season with 25 wins and 8 losses  and a new school record of wins.  Liberty played very well and recorded some good numbers as Coook had 5 points including 1 ace.  Hyer was strong with 7 pooints, 2 assists and 9 kills.  She was unstoppable at times.  Siebers had 2 points, 27 assists and 3 kills. Genebacher added 6 kills and 3 blocks and Ward 4 points.  Leapley totaled 6 points, 1 assist, 8 kills and 1 block.  Wiewell finished with 1 assist, 1 kill and 1 block.  Murfin contributed 3 kills and Lefringhouse had 5 points and did a solid job with digs as the Libero.  The Eagles ended up with 5 service errors and will take a 23-14 record to sectional play. 

Triopia upset the #1 seed Unity Mustangs tonight in VB at the Liberty regional in the semi-final round.  The Mustangs won the first game 25-16 convincingly and the Trojans won game two and three 25-22, 25-17 to earn their way to the title game Thursday. For Unity, they end their season with a 22-13 mark.  Rabe had 7 points, Haley Miller 10 points, 25 assists and 1 kill, Kuhn 6 kills and 4 blocks, Kayden Miller 3 kills and 1 block, Hildebrand 3 points, 1 assist, 11 kills and 5 blocks, Williams 3 points, 2 assists and 4 kills, Obert 7 pooints and 5 kills.  Unity had 6 service errors on the night.  Triopia played their normal team game with McGinnis garnering 7 kills and 1 block,  O'Daniel 3 points and 7 kills, Ganz 6 points, 12 assists and 3 blocks,  Musch 2 points, 15 kills and 1 block, Werries 1 poiont, 2 assists, 1 kill and 10 blocks, Milby 22 pooints, 3 assists and 1 block and Burn 8 points and several digs.  The Trojans only had 1 service error each game.


In match two, the #3 seed Liberty Eagles upset the #2 seed Payson Indians 26-24, 25-21 so we will have the #3 and #4 seeds advancing to the championship match.  Payson got 5 points and 8 kills from Brekken Flesner, 1 point and 1 assist from Zanger, 2 point, 8 kills and 3 blocks from Stanford and 4 points, 17 assists and 1 blck from Mellon.  Malone added 1 kill, McGraw 5 points and Tedrow had 3 points and 3 kills.  While Liberty won the match, they had 11 service errors in 2 games and that may not work against the Trojans.  Hyer had 2 points, 7 kills and 1 block, Siebers 6 points, and 23 assists, Genebacher 2 kills and 3 blocks, Leapley 7 points, 7 kills and 1 block, Wiewel 5 kills and 1 block, Murfin 4 points, 2 kills and 2 blocks, Lefringhouse 4 points several digs and Dietrich 1 point.  Liberty will take a 22-14 record into the title game along with home court advantage. It will be a physical match-up when the red and blue meet on Thursday.


The Liberty 1A VB Regional first round was played tonight and both of the games ended 25-15, 25-9 in favor of Triopia over Meredosia and Liberty over Brown County.  Meredosia finished their season with 9 wins and 20 losses and were led tonight by Ali Morton with 4 points, 4 assists and 2 kills.  Staake had 2 points, 1 kill and 3 blocks while Fanshier had 4 assists and 2 blocks.  Walker added 1 kill, Shelby Campbell 1 points, Emily Campbell 3 points, 1 assist and 3 kills and McDaniels 2 assists and 2 kills.  Triopia got 5 kills from McGinnis, 2 points and 5 kills from O'Daniel, 2 points, 7 assists and 1 block from Ganz.  Musch had 8 points, 1 assist and 8 kills while Werries added 2 points 1 kill and 1 block.  Milby served well with 17 points, 9 assists and 1 kill and Burns finished with 5 points and 1 kill. Stanberry had 1 assist in limited play.  Triopia will take a (new season record) 24 and 7 record into their semi-final round with the #1 seed, Unity Mustangs at 6:00 tomorrow.


Liberty came out strong on their home court tonight and polished off Brown County in two games.  The Hornets had a tough time tonight  with Winston having 2 points and 5 assists and Ryssman had 2 points and 3 kills to lead the Brown County squad in their final game of the year.  They could only manage 5 wins this year even though they played well late in the season.  The Eagles played big tonight as Hyer had 2 points and 5 kills.  Siebers had 4 points and 16 assists and Leapley was strong with 11 points and 5 kills.  Wiewell served well with 12 points, 2 kills and 1 block.  Lefringhouse had 1 point and 1 assist and Murfin 1 point, 2 kills and a block.  Genenbacher rounded out the scoring with 6 kills and 1 block.  The Eagles will face the #2 seed, Payson Indians at 7:00 tomorow night in semi-final action. 

10/24/14 Greenfield/Northwestern was 6-2 entering tonight's game with Triopia who was 5-3 and probably needing a win to get to the play offs.  It turned out to be a very good game that the Tigers won 24-20.  They blocked a punt late in the 4th quarter and basically ran out the clock for the win.  Triopia had 230 yards rushing and 0-3 passing.  Parker ran for 137 yards, Wise 63 and Alexander 19.  All three scored touchdowns in the loss.  For the Tigers, all of their scores came on passes:  Ford for 27 amd 17 uards, Bilbruck for 4 yards and Williams for 6 yards.  Plogger passed for 243 yards and ran for 87.  Grigsby had 79 yards. In receptions; Schelts had 87, Ford 87, Williams 40 and Bilbruck 30. We will find out tomorrow night if the Trojans make the play offs. 
10/23/14 Havana (17-16) and Triopia (23-7) had a very good VB match tonight at Triopia.  It was Volley for Hope and Senior Night and a good night to be at the gym.  There was an enthusiastic crowd for both teams and they were not disappointed in the action on the court.  The Trojans won 20-25, 25-20, 25-21 and set themselves up well for the regionals that start on Monday.  For the Ducks, Cleer had 4 points, 13 assists and 9 kills. Knake had 8 points and a kill and Witherell finished with 4 points, 8 kills and 3 block.  Sarnes added 3 points, 2 kills and 2 blocks.  Cane played well with 9 points, 8 assists and 4 kills, Gilmore 1 assist and Clark 3 points, 8 kills and 2 blocks. Havana had 5 service errors on the night.  Triopia got some solid performances tonight. McGinnnis had 1 assist, 16 kills and 3 blocks, O'Daniel 2 points, 4 kills and Musch 1 ace and 8 kills.  Ganz had an all around good match with 10 points, 13 assists, 1 kill and 1 block while Werries added 8 points, 1 kill and 1 block.  Milby contributed 6 points, 16 assists and 2 kill while Burns had 5 points and Stanberry 1 kill. The liberos (Gilmore & Burns) had numerous digs in the match. Triopia finished with 3 service erros in game one and 2 in game three.  The Ducks won the JV match in three games.  
10/20/14 Sometimes you just meet a team that is better than you are and that is what happened to Routt Catholic in their senior night for volleyball.  Hartsburg-Emden defeated them 25-10, 25-9 this evening at the Routt Dome.  The Rockets fell to 9-18 with the loss and the Stags improved to 20-6.  Huey had 2 kills and 2 blocks to lead Routt, while Neson had a kill, Brahler a kill and Brockhouse a kill.  The good news was that Caitlin Smith made a limited appearance (injured left wrist) and scored 2 points. Detmers had 13 points for the Stags, Strange 2 points and 3 kills, Hoerbert 2 points, 1 assist and 5 kills, Beekman 12 points, 1 assist and 3 kills, Veter 1 point 10 assists and 1 kill, Patterson 2 assists and 3 klls, Lessen 7 points and Moats 2 kills and 2 blocks.  Hartsburg-Emden had 2 service errors and Routt had 4 in the match.  Nest up for the Rockets will be Pleasant Plains on Thursday, then it is on to the QND tournament on Saturday.
10/17/14 West Central lost 5 games coming into tonight's game with Triopia at Don Kemp field but, all but one of the losses were close.  With the Trojans second leading tackler (D. Arendt) out with a fractured ankle, you had to feel the Cougars would make a strong run in the game.  They scored first on a 60 yard run by Weder and were shut out for the rest of the game as Triopia went on to win 32-6.  West Central finished with 130 yards rushing and 0-3 passing.  Weder had 82 yards, Hoover 19, Barnett 17 and Strohecker 12.  The Cougars had 30 yards in penalties with 7 first downs.  Triopia Touchdown runs of 30, 66 and 3 yards by Wise and a 66 yard scamper for a score by Parker. All four extra points were good while the Trojans had 50 yards in penalties and 18 first downs.  They rushed for 402 yards and had 18 yards through the air.  Wise ended up with 171 yards, Parker 168, Werries 38, Shade 13 and Alexander 10.  Triopia is 5-3 and will try to assure they will be in the play offs as they play Greenfield next Friday night in Palmyra.  5 & 4 is iffy and they would love to wrap it up next week with the win.
10/16/14 It was a great night for Volley for the Cure at Beardstown where the Tigers took on Triopia.  The crowd was large, the festivities well organized and the match was very close.  Beardstown, with a record of 11-10 won the first game, cooled off a little in game 2 and played a very competitive game 3 as they lost 25-13, 18-25, 24-26 to a 19-6 Trojan team.  Several of the Tiger fans told me it was the best the Tigers have played this year, but it was the first time I saw them this season and they looked very good to me.  Dour led the way with 15 kills and 3 blocks while Cowell had 2 points, 8 kills and 2 blocks.  Madrid added 14 points with 2 kills and 1 block and Young was solid with 7 points, 14 assists as she took a leadership role.  Rawlins had 4 points and 5 kills and Trujillo 2 assists and 5 kills.  Alexander was the libero with 3 points and numerous digs while Craig, another freshman, had 14 assists, 1 kill and 2 blocks.  Hobrock rounded out the scoring with 1 point.  The Tigers had 7 service errors.  McGinnis led the Trojans with 10 kills and 5 blocks.  O'Daniel had 6 points with 4 kills and Ganz had 5 points, 14 assists, 7 kills and 1 block. Musch served 8 points with 7 kills and Werries had 4 points, 3 kills and 3 blocks.  Milby recorded 4 points, 10 assists and 1 kill while Burns had 3 points and several digs to add to her leading dig numbers for the year.  Stanberry and Adnrews both had 1 assist and the Trojans had 5 service errors in the win.    
10/13/14 Tonight it was a veteran Triopia VB team taking on the young Saukees of Pittsfield and defeating them 25-11, 25-14. Geislman led the Saukees with 5 points, 5 assists and 1 kill . Reinhardt had 4 kills, Waggoner 3 kills and Merryman 3 kills to round out the basic numbers as Pittsfield has had a hard time earning wins this year.  McGinnis had 9 kills and 2 blocks tonight and Ganz had 20 points, 13 assists and 1 kill as she was active tonight. O'Daniel had 3 kills and Bunfill 3 assists. Musch added 5 points, 1 assist and 7 kills and Werries was strong at the net again with 3 kills and 2 blocks. Beddingfield had a kill, Burns an assist and kill and Crawford and Adnrews had service points.  Milby played her usual good game with 3 points, 9 assists and 1 kill.  The Trojans are 18-6 and will face Beardstown on Thursday in a Volley for the Cure event.
10/10/14 Tonight's football game between the 4-2 Triopia Trojans and the 6-0 Camp Point Central Panthers started out like it was going to be a barnburner and had the earmarks of an upset.  That was relatively short-lived the the Panthers went on to win 36-8. The Trojans went 3 and out on their first posession and scored on a 75 yard drive on their second posession to take an 8-0 lead. Then it was 36 straight points for CPC and their 7th win of the season. Triopia's only score was a 1 yard run by Parker and a 2 point conversion by Werries. They finished with 93 yards rushing and 48 passing with 4 first downs and 35 yards in penalties.  Arent had 44, Parker 28 and Wise 13 and Wise caught the 48 yard toss.  The Panthers had 379 rushing and 25 passing with 21 first downs and 30 yards in penalties.  Kelts rushed for 189 yards, Saldana 92, Bivins 47 and Bonk 37.  Bonk scored on a 32 yard run, Saldana on a 4 yard run, Kelts on a 1 yard and 21 yard run and Freiburg threw a score to Foote for 21 yards.  The Panthers also got a safety for 2 points.  Bivins was 4 for 4 in x-tra point kicks.  CPC will host Carrollton next week and the Trojans will be home to face West Central who lost tonight to WHNG.
10/9/14 Triopia was a little too strong and a little too conistent tonight for the Greenfield-NW Tigers in VB.  It was a 25-16, 25-18 final as the Trojans improved to 17-6 and the Tigers fell to 7-15.  Driscoll had 11 service points tonight and Bergschneider was impressive with 1 point, 2 kills and 4 blocks.  Megan Bishop added 3 kills and Jennifer Bishop  2 kills and Gabby Walker had 2 kills and 1 block.  McGinnis had a big night with 11 kills and b locks and O'Daniel had 6 points, 6 assists and 5 kills.  Ganz was back in stride with 8 points, 8 assists and 1 kill and Musch served well with 8 points.  Werries totaled 2 kills and a block and Milby had 2 points and 8 assists.  Burns recorded 5 points and 2 kills and Crawford had 3 points and 1 block.  Triopia had 4 service errors and the Tigers 3.
10/7/14 Triopia was 16-5 and Carrollton 15-5 going into tonights match.  They had both lost to Calhoun and both played in a tough tournament at New Berlin.  It went 3 games and the Hawks came out on top 25-19, 24-26, 25-14 but it was a good battle for both teams.  McGinnis finished with 5 kills and 3 blocks and O'Danile had 6 points and 4 kills.  Ganz played primarily in game two and three and had a good night with 4 points, 8 assists and 1 block.  Bunfill had 3 points with Musch adding 4 points and 12 kills. Werries had a good net night with 1 point, 1 assist, 2 kills and 5 blocks.  Milby played well with 5 points, 12 assists, 1 kill and 1 block while Burns played solid on defense and added 2 points. It is a strong Hawk team and their big hitters did their thing. Williams had 9 points, 15 kills and 6 blocks.  Madison Struble finished with 9 points, 6 kills and 2 blocks and here younger sister, Emily, had 11 points, 1 assist, 10 kills and 3 blocks. Lake had 10 assists and Weber 13 and Mountain knocked down 5 kills and Pohlman3 as Carrollton played a strong team match.  They will host the regionals this year and the Trojans will play at Liberty.
10/6/14 Once again, the Routt Catholic opponent in VB was too big and too strong as the Jacksonville Crimson defeated them 25-15, 25-14 and out-gunned them at the net.  Nelson had 2 kills, Fellhauer 1 kill, Abbott 3, Huey 3 and Langond 1. Brahler and a block and Huey 3 and the Rockets only had 4 service errors in the match.  Other than that, it was all Jacksonville.  Lovekamp had 1 point and 9 assist while Petefish had 4 kills.  Upton added 4 points, 6 kills and 3 blocks and Tomhave aas strong with 6 points, 1 assist and 11 kills.  Biessman had 2 points and a block while Schroeder contributed 2 points and 14 assists.  Jockish had 10 points, 1 assist and 1 kill and Harris had a kill.  Hance recorded 1 assist, 4 kills and 3 blocks and Brunstein had 4 kills.  Shive 2 kills and a block and Fenner 1 point.  The only downside sfor the Crimson was their 6 service errors in the win.  Routt is 6-13 and Jacksonville 5-10.  Tomorrow night we have Triopia at Carrollton in a WIVC matchup.  The Trojans will have to bring their "A" game. 
10/3/14 Our Saviour School took a 16-0 record to the 1A State IESA tournament in East Peoria with some very high hope.  Their first round opponent was the defending champions of Joliet St. Paul who beat them 5-2.  This is a very good Junior High baseball team and you would expect a lot of those players to end up at Joliet Catholic in 3A baseball.  The Shamrocks took an early lead of 1-0 and came back later with a solo home run from Tyler Minor to tie the game but, they did a lot of little things wrong tonight and unfortunately paid the price.  They had 4 errors, 2 pass balls, 3 hit batsmen and also made a couple of mental mistakes that hurt them in the end.  They had 14 strikeouts from Drew Winter but could only mange 2 hits and 2 runners left on base.  The Giants had 9 hits with just 1 error and left 12 runners on base.  They also got a solid pitching performance from Caden Bogetto who had 11 strike out of his own.  Joliet had 3 players with hits hits each and Max Cullen went 3 for 3.  They did the right things at the right time and were the better team tonight. I feel good about their chances to take the title and I hope the Shamrocks don't feel too bad about their loss.
10/1/14 Triopia was more consistent tonight as they knocked off Griggsville-Perry in VB 25-20, 25-13 to improve to 15-5 on the year.  The Tornadoes are a pretty good 5-15 team.  For G-P Ellis had 1 point, 1 assist and 2 kills.  Flowers 3 points and 6 assists and Bonds 1 ace, 1 assist and 5 kills.  Kessinger played well with 3 points, 1 assist and 4 kills and Ring added 3 points, 6 assist and 1 kill.  Goewey had 2 points and 3 kills.  McGinnis was strong for the Trojans with 11 kills and 4 blocks.  O'Daniel had 4 points and 3 kills and Bunfill got the start to add 4 points and 7 assists.  Musch had 7 points and 9 kills while Werries did a nice job again with 6 points, 7 kills and 3 blocks.  With Ganz hurt, Milby  picked up her game with 4 points, 20 assists and 1 kill. Burns recorded 4 points with 2 assists and Stanberry had one of her best nights with 3 kills.  Andrews rounded out the night with 1 kill.  Triopia had 2 service errors and G-P only 1. 
9/30/14 Carrollton was too big, too strong and too fundamental for Routt VB tonight and rolled over the Rockets 25-7, 25-12.  I can see how they nearly knocked off Calhoun earlier this season.  Routt had 2 kills for Nelson, 1 for Fellhauer, 2 for Huey and 2 for Langdon along with 1 block.  They fell to 6-12 and will play Jacksonville at the Bowl on Monday in Volley for the Cure.  The Hawks got good numbers as Williams had 6 points, 1 assist, 6 kills and 2 blocks.  Lake had 7 assists and Pohlman 2 points, 1 assist and 2 kills.  Cummins had a kill, Maddison Struble 7 points, 7 kills and 1 block. Weber added 1 point, 10 assists while Mountain recorded 7 points, 1 assist, 5 kills and 1 block and Emily Struble rounded out the scoring with 13 points (4 aces), 2 kills and 2 blocks.  Carrollton improved to 13-5 on the season. 
9/29/14 Routt played pretty good VB tonight in their 25-20, 25-16 loss to a bigger and stronger West Central team.  They will face a tough opponent tomorrow as Carrollton comes to the Routt Dome. Maddie Nelson had one of her better nights with 3 points and 6 kills.  Spaulding had 5 points, 4 assists and 3 kills while Huey added 3 kills and a block. Abbott had 3 kills and Langond 1 assist, 1 kill and 3 blocks. Hurrelbrink had her normal steady night with 4 points, 15 assists and 1 kill.  Moore served well with 13 points including 11 in a row to finish game two. Crocker recorded 1 point, 1 assist, 2 kills and 1 block.  Brown finished with 4 points, 2 assist and 1 kill.  We talked in the pre-game how tough Sorrell (1point, 8 kills, 2 blocks) and Hubbert (9 kills, 3 blocks) could be and they were strong tonight. Both teams had 2 service errors in the match.  Routt fell to 6-11 and the Cougars improved to 12-5.
9/27/14 Triopia hosted the LeRoy Panthers this afternoon and while the Trojans were disappointed in the 30-28 loss in overtime, it was a great high school game.  LeRoy scored quickly and then didn't score again until the 4th quarter when they scored twice to tie  the game at 22 in regulation.  Triopia scored in OT and missed the conversaion.  The Panthers got their touchdown and converted for the win.  LeRoy had 197 yards rushing and 113 through the air.  Triopia had 188 rushing and 14 passing. The Trojans had 14 first downs and LeRoy 11.  Wise had 59 yards, Parker 57 and Arendt 73.  Dooley had 78 rushing, Litherland 58, Lindstrom 34 and Harms 17.  Litherland scored on a 31 yard run and a 20 yard pass.  Dooley ran for a 68 yard score and Beadles caught a 6 yard TD in Ot.  Burrus caught a 14 yard TD pass from Werries while Parker had a 1 yard TD, Wise an 8 yard score and Arendt a 5 yard score in OT. It was a good game that either team could have won and the Panthers prevailed.  Next up for Triopia will be Mendon on Friday night.  
9/26/14 Routt Catholic FB went into tonight's game with Unity with a 0-4 record but knew they had played pretty well in most of their games.  Tonight the Rockets got their just reward with a 43-6 win over the Mustangs. While Unity scored first in the game and held a 6-0 lead, they couldn't move the ball with any consistency for the balance of the night.  They also fumbled twice and threw an interception in the loss.  The bright spot was the kickoff returns by Dawson Moore.  For the Rockets they pretty much moved the ball at will as Nix scored on runs of 46, 9 and 2 yards.  Basnett ran for a 3 yard score, Chumley for 1 yard and Howard for 21. Routt added a safety and Patrick May hit 5 of 6 extra points with one of them being blocked.  The only down side of the Rocket win was their 8 penalties.  Hoots led the way with 12o rushing yards while Nix added 112.  Chumley was 1 for 2 passing with a 13 yard hook up with Garde.  Garde also recovered a fumble as did Dahman.  Nix had an interception as well to round out his good evening of football.  Routt is 1-4 and the Mustangs 0-5. The Mustangs will have to play Triopia next week.      
9/25/14 Tonight's VB match between Triopia and West Central was the most entertaining and exciting I have seen this year.  The Trojans won 25-12, 24-26, 26-24.  The Cougars came back in game two and game three to tie the game at 24 and eventually lost to drop to 11-5 on the year.  Triopia improved to 13-6 but this was an important win for them as they always have trouble with the Cougars. Hurrelbrink had 13 pooints and 4 assists tonight.  Moore 3 points and numerous digs while Elliott finished with 3 kills.  VanDeVelde had 3 points and Kilver 1 assist. Crocker ended up with 5 points and 3 kills while Brown had a big night with 9 points and 10 assists.  Sorrell was strong with 5 points, 8 kills and 1 block.  Hubbert played well with 5 kills and 7 blocks and seems to be getting better each match.  Triopia earned the win tonight and had some solid numbers.  McGinnis had 12 kills and 5 blocks while O'Daniel finished with 9 points and 7 kills.  Ganz added 9 points and 8 assists with 1 block.  Musch had 7 points and 7 kills while Werries had 8 points, 9 kills and 3 blocks.  Burns had 7 points and Milby rounded out the scoring with 6 points and 17 assists.  Triopia had 6 service errors and West Central 2.  The Cougars won the JV match 25-19, 25-11.
9/24/14 We got our first look at a very talented Payson-Seymour VB team tonight.  They were impressive with their 25-16, 25-5 win over Routt Catholic.  The Rockets were competative into the teens in game one but it was all Indians after that.  Langdon had 3 kills and a block and Casler 6 points with 1 assist to lead Routt. Madi Scott got the start tonight at Libero and did a credible job. Josie Stanford is an impressive freshman with 2 points, 18 kills and2 blocks.  Mellon is a consistent setter with 11 pooints, and 24 assists in the win.  Brekken Flesner played well with 15 points and 4 kills.  Those three were dominant in the match with Glas, Rees and Tedrow adding some positive numbers.  The Indians improved to 11-6 on the year and Routt fell to 6-10.  We will have Triopia at West Central tomorrow evening.
9/23/14 It was a typical Triopia/Routt Catholic VB game as the Trojans won it 23-25, 25-19, 25-17 in front of a large crowd at Concord. Routt got off to a 6-0 start in game one and rode that lead to the end.  For Routt, Spaulding played well with 7 points, 7 assists and 1 kill.  Nelson added 3 points and 3 kills and Casler recorded 4 points, 1 asist and a kill.  Worrell had a big night with 6 points, 7 assist and a killand Abbott knocked down 5 kills.  Huey had 6 kills and 1 block while Langdon added 3 kills and Brahler had 2 ponts, an assist and kill.  The Rocket had 8 service errors on the night and fell to 6-9 on the year.  Triopia improved to 12-6 and had some good numbers in the match.  McGinnis had 5 kills and a block.  O'Daniel had 15 points and 4 kills.  Ganz 4 points, 11 assists and 3 kills and Musch hit well with 6 kills and 1 block. Werries contributed 1 point, 4 kills and 5 big blocks.  Beddingfield had 2 points and a kill and Milby played well again with 9 points, 13 assists and 1 kill.  Burns rounded out the scoring wiht 6 points, 1 assist and 1 kill with several digs in the back quart. The Trojans had 8 service errors with 6 in game one.  We will carry the Routt/Payson-Seymour game tomorrow.
9/19/14 Brown County got off to a quick start tonight and had Triopia down 14 to nothing at the 3:04 mark of the 1st quarter.  After that, it was all Trojans as they finished with 36 unanswered points and the 36-14 win.  Law led the Hornets with 58 yards, Hulvey 30, Lewis 29 and Fry threw a 28 yard TD pass.  Robinson covered a fumble for a TD and Lewis ran for 31 yards and a score.  BC ended with 143 rushing and 28 passing with 10 first downs and 75 yards in penalties.  Triopia got 3 TDs from Parker, 2 from Arendt  as they improved to 3-1 on the year.  Arendt had 106 yards, Parker 92 and Wiese 68 as the Trojans rushed for 296 yards and got a 4 yard TD pass from Werries to Parker for one of his scores.  They had 19 first downs and 64 yards in penalities.  Next up for Triopia will be Leroy on the 27th.
9/18/14 Griggsville-Perry won game 1 in VB against Routt Catholic tonight but couldn't hang on for game 2 or #.  The Rockets came back to win 25-15, 25-16 to take the match and improve to 6-8 on the year.  The Tornadoes, who fell to 4-7, got 7 points, 9 assists and 1 kill from Flowers, 2 kills from Ellis, Bonds had 5 kills a block and an ace, while Kessinger had 2 points, 1 assist and 8 kills.  Ring added 9 points, 3 aces and 7 assists.  Goewey finished the night with 4 points, 1 asist and 2 kills.  G-P only had 5 service errors in the three games.  Nelson had 1 assist and 3 kills, and Spaulding had a busy night with 9 points, 7 assists and 2 kills. Schwiderski had 6 points and an assist while Brahler had 5 points, 1 assist and 4 kills.  Worrell served well with 11 points, 5 assists and 1 kill.  Abbott contributed 2 assist and 4 kill and Madi Scott had 2 points.  Brockhouse had an assist and kill.  Langdon had 7 kills and 1 block and Huey recorded 7 kills with 5 blocks.  Routt had 9 service errors on the night and will face Triopia next Tuesday.

Triopia stayed with the undefeated Calhoun Warriors in game 1 and lost 25-18.  Calhoun opened up and showed their power in game 2 and won 25-7.  Ganz had 6 points, 6 assists, 1 kill and 1 block tonight.  McGinis added 1 point, 4 kills and 1 block while O'Daniel added 2 points and 1 kill and Musch 2 kills.Werries had a kill and 1 block and Milby 1 point, 2 assists and 1 block but overall the Trojans couoldn't stay up with the relentless hitting of Calhoun.  White had 9 points, 21 assists and 3 kills, Godar 8 points, Klocke 2 points 5 kills and 1 blocks.  Grace Baalman had 8 points, 6kills and Emma had 7 points, 8 kills and 2 blocks.  The Warriors had no service errors tonight and the Trojans had 5. Next up for Triopia will Meredosia on Thursday night at home.

9/15/14 Triopia improved to 7-2 on the season in VB with a 25-18, 25-21 win over WHNG.  For the Spartans B. Kraushaar had 1 point and 6 kills while Clanton added 1 point, 3 assists and 3 kills.  Davis 2 point, 4 assists and H. Kraushaar 1 point and 1 kill.  Hawk recorded 6 points and 2 assists, while Hull had 3 points 3 kills and 2 blocks.  Hoesman put in 1 point and 1 block and Chaffin 4 points.  WHNG had 6 service errors on the night and fell to 2-4 on the year.  The Trojans got 2 points, 5 kills and 1 block for McGinnis, 2 kills for O'Daniel, 5 points, 4 assists and 1 kill for Ganz, 3 points and 6 assists for Funfill, 4 points and 4 kills for Musch, 1 assist, 3 kills and 2 blocks for Werries, 9 points (3 aces), 5 assists and 4 kills for Milby, 7 points for Burs and 2 kills for Crawford. Triopia had 4 errors in game 1 and 0 in game two.  They will host Calhoun tomorrow night and get a serious test of their improvement for the year.
9/12/14 Triopia and Routt played football in some off and on rain tonight and the Trojans prevailed 38-0 as they moved the ball at will.  The Rockets did not take advantage of some early Trojan mistakes and then made some late mistakes of their own in the loss.  Routt finished with 120 yards rushing and 41 passing. Hoots rushed for 74 yards, Basnett had 53 and Whalen 12. Chumley hit 3 of 6 passing.  The Rockets had 11 first downs and 3 penalies for 40 yards.  Wise had a great night with 234 yards rushing with 3 touchdowns-78 yards, 76 yards and 9 yards. Parker added 122 yards with 1 touchdown while Arendt rushed for 52 yards and Werries had 6 yards a a touchdown.  Triopia had 438 yards rushing with 18 first downs and 4 penalties for 40 yards.  Triopia is 2-1 and the Rockets 0-3.  The Trojans will face Brown County next and Routt will take on West Hancock. 
9/9/14 Triopia improved to 6-2 on the year with their 25-16, 25-17 win over Brown County tonight.  The Hornets fell to 1-5 on the year. Markert is an impressive freshman with 1 point and 7 kills.  Winson set the ball well with 4 points and 11 assists. Ryssman had 2 points and 6 kills and Tucker added a couple of kills.  For the Trojans, McGinnis had 1 assist and 9 kills and O'Daniel 4 points with 4 kills.  Ganz had a point, 6 assists and 5 kills.  Musch served well with 9 points and 2 kills and Werries contributed 8 points, 2 aces, and 1 block.  Milby had her typical match with 1 point, 10 assists and 1 kill.  Crawford got some action tonight with 1 kill and Burns finished the night with 1 point and 1 assist. The Hornets had 4 service errors and Triopia another 7 errors as they continue to work on reducing that number. 
9/8/14 Triopia had to come from behind in both games but they defeated the Barry Western Wildcats 25-20, 25-19.  The Cats fell to 2-6 after playing last week at the tough Suns Classic.  Alexis Christison was impressive with her 5 kills and Smith played a well all around game with 5 points 4 assists and 1 kill.  Robbins is also a hard hitter and Dunker had a good night with 5 points, 4 assists and a kill.  McGinnis had her best game I have seen this year with 8 kills and 3 blocks.  Milby had 5 points and 6 assists and Ganz played well with 1 point, 6 assists and a block.  Musch had 4 kills and O'Daniel served 5 points with 1 kill.  Werries had a 13 point run in game 2 to pretty much put it away.  She had 3 aces in her serves and 18 points on the night plus 3 blocks. The Trojans improved to 5-2 with the win and will be in Brown Co. tomorrow night for a conference match.
9/6/14 Carrollton scored 5 times against Triopia and won 33-8 as they pretty much made the big plays and dominated the game.  Jacob Smith ran the offense and did a great job as he hit 12 of 17 passes for 3 touchdowns.  Palan was a very effective runner with 70 yards and 2 touchdowns.  The defense contained the Trojans for most of the game and the Hawks were the better team today. Parker had the only score for Triopia as he ran for a 2 yard TD and also scored the 2 point conversion.  Parker and Arendt each had a 73 yard day and Wise did a good job with 26 yards plus numerous good returns on kick offs.  Triopia lost the game but they did okay against the strong opponent and will win a lot of games this year.  They will hope to get back to their winning ways next Friday night when they travel to Jacksonville to take on the 0-2 Routt Catholic Rockets.
9/5/14 Triopia and Carrollton will resume their football game at 1:00 on Saturday as it was postponed tonight due to lightening.  It is 6-0 in favor of the Hawks with 2:01 remaining in the first quarter.  When we resume it will be Carrollton kicking off to Triopia.  The Hawks scored on a 15 yard pass and missed the extra point. The Trojans had a 14 play drive to start the game but did not score and turned it over on downs at the Hawk 13.
9/4/14 Auburn proved to be too big and strong for Routt Catholic in VB and beat them 25-18, 25-14.  Routt came back in game one to make it interesting but just didn't have dnough power to stay with the Trojans.  Casler served well but the Rockets only had 7 kills all match long and that won't get it done.  Routt fell to 3-5 on the year.  Auburn had 23 kills in the match and were led by Kuhn (9) and Gonterman (6) in that category. Plessa served well (14) and Metcalf was steady as a setter.  The only down side for the Trojans were their 9 service errors.  They are 1-1 on the year with a loss to Plains and their win tonight.  This is a good looking VB team and they should do well this season.
9/3/14 In a highly anticipated VB match between Triopia and West Central, while the Cougars won the match, it was a fun battle to watch.  West Central won 25-21, 25-23 and were strong enough to hold off a pesky group of Trojans.  When they meet again, you can expect the same kind of close games.  Ganz led the Trojans again with 6 points, 8 assists, 4 kills and 1 block.  McGinnis added 7 kills and 3 blocks and O'Daniel played well with 2 points and 3 kills.  Musch gets better and better each game and had 1 points and 3 kills tonight.  Milby contributed 2 points and 7 assists and Burns had 5 points and 1 assist. Hurrelbrink had 4 points, 7 assists and 3 kills tonight while VanDeVelde recorded 7 points and 2 assists.  Crocker hit hard tonight with 3 points, 1 assist and 8 kills.  Sorrell was strong at the net with 3 kills and 3 blocks.  Michelle Brown had 4 points, 6 assists, 3 kills and 2 block and Kilver 1 kill.  Elliott and Doolin also had 1 kill in the win.  The Cougars are 2-0 on the year and Triopia 3-1.
9/2/14 Triopia improved to 3-0 on the VB season and to 2-0 in the Meredosia Tournament as they beat Griggsville-Perry 25-20, 25-18.  They nearly let the Tornadoes back into both games but held on for the win.  Bonds led G-Perry with 2 points, 8 kills and 1 block, while Kessinger had 5 points and 2 kills and Flowers dished up 6 points and 1 assist.The Tornadoes are 1-1 on the season and 1-1 in the tournament. Ganz was strong tonight with 10 points, 8 assists, 5 kills and 2 blocks.  McGinnis added 2 points, 6 kills and 2 blocks and O'Daniel was good with 5 kills. Musch added 9 points, 1 assist and 1 kill, Werries 3 points, 2 assists, 1 kill and 1 block and Milby 5 points, 5 assists and 1 block.  Service errors were the problem once again for Triopia. They had 6 last night and 11 tonight.  If they have that many tomorrow against West Central they will cause themselves some problems they may not be able to overcome.   
9/1/14 The opening day of the Meredosia-Chambersburg VB tournament had Griggsville-Perry defeating Franklin, West Central beating Pleasant Hill and Triopia beat Meredosia 25-21. 25-20.  Ali Morton, Emily Campbelll and Heidi MCDaniels led the Indians who are now 0-2 on the year with an earlier loss to Beardstown. The Trojans improved to 2-0 on the year and played good team ball tonight.  Milby had 9 points, 14 assists and 2 kills to lead the way.  Ganz was strong with 1 point, 2 assists, 6 kills and 2 blocks. O'Danile had 5 points and 4 kills while Musch compiled 3 points, 1 assist and 4 kills and Werries added 7 points and 2 assists.  Kylie McGinnis only had 3 kills tonight but 2 of them were powerful and you would explect to see her pick up the pace as the season goes on.  She is a talented hitter.
8/29/14 Triopia compiled 18 first downs tonight and controlled the ball tonight as they defeated Pleasant Hill 34-20.  Arendt led the way with 177 yards rushing while Parker had 90 yards, Alexander 28 and Lawson 23.  Mowen led the Wolves with 71 yards as Edwards threw for 92 yards and couple of touchdown passes to Miller for 51 yards and 14 yards.  The Trojans had 323 yards rushing and the only down side of the game for them was 130 yards in penalties.  They will be home against the Carrollton Hawks next Friday night.  Werries played a solid game at Quarterback and only had 1 fumble on a snap.  Arendt scored twice, Parker once, Alexander once and Werries ran a bootleg for a score.
8/28/14 Pleasant Hill came to the Routt Dome and defeated the Lady Rockets in volleyball, 23-25, 25-17, 25-14 this evening.  Routt played well but they do not have a strong hitting team and got out muscled by the Wolves.  Clowers and Peebles played well, as expected, for P. Hill but Katie Moore is a player to watch this season.  Langdon (9) and Huey (7) led the Rockets in kills while Worrell had 11 assists and Casler (9) and Brahler (11) led in service points.  This Rocket team has the basics have a good year but they will have to play stronger.
7/17/14 Rushville 11-12 year old Little League baseball had a great run this year but it all came to an end tonight with an 11-0 loss to Champaign West in Tuscola.  Two of their three top pitchers were injured and they just didn't have enough back up pitching to hang in there.  Eskridge had 2 hits in the loss tonight as the Rockets made 5 errors in the game and that didn't help matters. Champaign West had 14 hits and 11 runs with 1 late error as they pretty much dominated the game.  They will face the loser of the Olney/Taylorville game tomorrow at 7:00.  It was a fun run for the Rushville team and their supporters. 
7/16/14 In a mild upset, it was Taylorville Red Bland over Rushville 5-4 tonight in the Tuscola sectional for 11-12 year old baseball.  The 3 walks in the 6th inning for Rushville pitching set the table for the 3 late runs as Taylorville stole a win.  Rushville had 4 hits, 4 runs and committed 2 errors while leaving 10 runners on base. Eskridge led the way with 2 hits.  I have a good feeling they can come on back to the title game on Saturday if they settle down a little.  They have a couple of pitchers with sore arms and will have to maybe have someone else step up to fill the vacancy.  Taylorville had surprisingly good pitching (13 K's) as they used French, Pembrook and Bergschneider for the win.  Taylor and Woodward had 2 hits each while Pembrooke and Chase had 1. Rushville will face Champaign West tomorrow at 6:00 in an elimination game.  We had a couple of delays in the game tonight due to light problems and it just wasn't one of those smooth flowing games.  Taylorville had 6 hits and deserved the win but Rushville chances are not dead yet.
7/9/14 In one of the most interesting district tournament in recent past, Rushville defeated Adams County tonight 8-4 to claim the title and head for Tuscola and the Sectional round next week.  This was an evenly matched and entertaining district.  Adams County had 6 hits tonight with 4 runs and 1 error.  Miles had 2 of the hits and played a well rounded game.  Rushville scored 32 runs in 3 games and showed solid offense through out.  They had 11 hits tonight with 4 errors and got a nice pitching performance by Hulvey to post the win.Hulvey had 3 hits as well while Reller had 3 hits including a home run.  Lyttaker only had 1 hit but it was a 2 run home run in the 2nd inning. Rushville had 6 different batters score in the game and 6 had hits as they played a nice team game.  Their pitching was very good through out the district it will be fun to see how it holds up in the next round. Rushville will be a good representative for District 17 at Tuscola.
7/8/14 In a thrilling game that took 7 innings to decide, it was Adams Co. over Tri County 4-3.  It took a base running mistake by Adams County and an error by Tri County to settle what was a fun game to watch.  Tri County had 8 hits, 3 errors and 3 unearned runs in the game and almost made it stand up.  Adams County scored 1 in the 2nd, 5th, 6th and then the game winner in the 7th as they just hung around long enough to post the victory. They had 7 hits with 4 runs and made 3 errors in the win.  Walker and Miles put on a catching clinic tonight as they just refused to let runners take extra bases.  Drake made the play of the game with a great catch on a line drive that turned into a double play. It was a very close game all night long and came down to a fatal error on Tri County that started with the first base runner for Adams County running the 2nd base runner into what started to bea run down and ended up in an errant toss of the ball.  Adams County will take on Rushville at 7:00 on Wednesday in the title game.  The Rockets have beaten Quincy 6-5 and 15-6 so far but that means little at this stage.  Pitching and fundamental baseball will decide the championship and either team will be a good representative for District 17 at Tuscola next week in the sectional round.

Beardstown may have been still reeling from the loss of one of their better players (Quigley) to an injury in Sunday nights game but, Tri County knocked them off 4-3 tonight and will advance to a semi-final game with Adams County on Tuesday at 7:00.  Coil had another first inning home run and Beardstown was up 3-0 in the 3rd but did not score again.  Tri Couonty scored in the 3rd, and in the 5th and made it stand up.  Both teams only had 5 hits in the game as Tri County made 3 errors and Beardstown 2.  Evans picked up the win and Knous suffered the loss.  Tri County is looking to get past Adams County and play Rushville for the title on Wednesday.


Adams County has been a little mystery at times through out the pool play and into tonight's game.  They were surprisingly beaten handily (15-6) by Rushville who had only defeated them 6-5 in Beardstown last week.  Spilker had 2 of the 7 Quincy hits in the loss.  Rushville hit well with 14 hits and 15 runs as Reller went 4 1/3 innings for the win.  He walked 2 and struck out 6 in the game.  Klitz hit his 3rd home run in the tournament and his 2nd in two nights.Reller and Lyttaker had 3 hits each for Rushville while Klitz and Thornton had 2 each.  Rushville is strong right now and hoping to lock down the District Championship on Wdnesday when they take on Tri County or Adams County.  The winner will move on to Tuscola and the sectional level next Wednesday. 


Beardstown got home runs from Quigley and Coil in the first inning and jumped out to a 4-1 lead over Adams County.  They added 1 in the 2nd and anothere in the 4th and held a 6-3 lead going into the 5th.  Playing small ball, Adams County scored 1 in the lst, 2 in the 3rd, 2 in the 5th, 1 in the 6th and the game winner in the 8th inning in the best game of the tournament so far.  Beardstown out hit Adams 10-5and squandered a couple of chances to put the game away but the persistence of Adams paid out in the end.  The saddest part of the game was the season ending injury to Avery Quigley from Beardstown.  He tripped on his way around 1st and fell hard on his right shoulder and according to game officials suffered a couple of fractures in his collarbone.  Quigley is a game changer and will be missed but this is a deep Beardstown team and should still do well.  They will face Tri-County at 6:00 on Monday in an elimination game.


In game two, Tri-County out scored Calhoun 10-2 with only 4 hits and some Calhoun errors.  The young wWarriors couldn't keep up with the pace and were eliminated.  Good base running for Tri-Co. and too many Calhoun past balls and wild pitches plagued the Warriors.  Tri County will have to hit better when they face the Beardstown Tigers on Monday night if they hope to survive.  We will all have to wait and see how Beardstown reacts to the injury of one of their key players.  In the second game on Monday, we will see Rushville and Adams County square off.  If you recall, the Rockets won the pool play game, in Beardstown, 6-5 so it should be a fun rematch. 


Adams County had 8 hits and 10 runs as they defeated Calhoun in the opening game of the 11-12 year old District play.  Miles, Parkhill and Drew had 2 hits each in the win.  Parkhill had a solo home run in the win as well and Kirn posted the win.  They will take on Beardstown at 6:00 tomorrow night in a re-match of the pool play game.  Brady Baalman had 2 hits for Calhoun in the loss which will match them with Tri-County at 8:00 Sunday.


In the second game, it was a 9-3 win for Rushville over Tri-County as Klitz had a 3 run home run to start the scoring for the Rockets. Reller went 2 innings for the win as he, Klitz and Hulvey had 2 hits each.Russell Gregory led the Tri-County team with 2 hits as well.  Rushville will play the winner of the Beardstown/Adams County game at 8:00 Monday.

7/3/14 Beardstown finished off their perfect pool play today with an 11-0 win over West Prairie.  They will be the #1 seed at Mt. Sterling in the District Tournament starting Saturday night.Quigley and Gil had 2 hits each and Stambaugh picked up the win.  Eight of the 13 players had at least 1 hit in the 10 hit attack.  Calhoun will play Adams County in the opener and Tri-County will face Rushville in the 8:00 game.  Beardstown will play the winner of game 1 on Sunday at 6:00. 

Rushville took another step toward qualifying for District 17 finals for LLBB with their 19-2 win over Brown County tonight.  They will have to beat Virginia tomorrow night to wrap it up. They had 7 hits with 19 runs, 1 error and they left 6 runners on base in the win.  Klitz had 3 hits and Ewing 2 hits to lead the way.  Reller added a 3 run home run as he continues to hit the ball well. Klitz also recorded the win.  Brown County had 5 hits with 3 errors as they fell to 0-4 in the pool play and will finish their action tomorrow night as they face West Prairie.


We would all agree that Beardstown is a strong hitting club.  They are averaging 12 runs a game in pool play and ended up with an 11-6 win over Adams County tonight.  Cooper added his name to a long list of young Tigers with home runs as Beardstown improved to 4-0 in the tournament and will finish their play on Thursday when they play a suspended game with W. Prairie with a 1 run lead in the top of the second inning. They had 8 hits in the win and only committed 1 error.  Adams County played well early and put 5 runs on the board in the 2nd inning but just couldn't stay up with the Tiger offense.  If Rushville wins tomorrow night, Adams County will be 1 of 3 teams who makes the trip to Mt. Sterling for the District level and will join the Tigers and Rockets plus 2 teams from the Jerseyville pool. Ohnemus had a 3 run triple to lead the Quincy offense tonight.


Adams County is 3-1 in pool play with a game left with Beardstown tomorrow night at 8:00.  They throttled W. Prairie 14 to 1 tonight behind Spilker and Henninger.  They picked up 7 runs in the first inning and never looked back.  They had 4 hitters with 2 hits each.  West Praire only had 3 hits and 1 run in the loss and fell to 0-3 in pool play.


Beardstown had a solo home run by Quigley in the first inning, 6 runs in the 2nd and 3 runs in the 5th to defeat Virginia 10-0 to stay perfect at 3-0 with a suspended game to finishe with West Prairie and a showdown tomorrow night against Adams County who is 3-1.Coil hit a bases clearing double in the 5th to put a cap on the 10 run rule. Stambaugh, Cooper and Quigley combind for the 3 hit shut out.


Adams County got their offense rolling and defeated Virginia 17-1 to improve to 2-1 in pool play. They had 8 hits including a 3 run home run by Parkhill.  McCulla and Spickler combined for a  good win.  Virginia only had 1 hit in the loss but are still alive with a 2-1 record as well.


Rushville also won big as they knocked off W. Prairie 15-0 behind a no hit shut out for Jacob Reller.  Reller also went 3 for 4 with a 3 run home run.  Lyttaker added a 3 run home run in the win and the Rockets have their eye on being 1 of the 3 teams who advance to the District level in Mt. Sterling


McKinnon pitched a nice game for Brown County and had to leave on pitch count trailing 4-2 against a hard hitting Beardstown team.  The Tigers exploded in the 5th with 7 runs and won the game 11-3 to stay perfect in pool play.  Quigley led the way with a 3-3 night and an inside the park home run



Rusvhille defeated Adams County 6-5 day behind some good defense and a 3 run home run by Klitz.  Hulvey pitched a nice game as well as Rushville evened their record at 1-1.  Adams County dropped to 1-1 also as things tightened up in pool play. Rushville had 4 hits and 6 runs while Quincy finished with 6 hits and 5 runs.  Virgina plays Adams County on Sunday and Rushville will square off with West Prairie.


Virginia improved to 2-0 in the pool while Brown County fell to 0-2 and has to win 3 games in a row to get back into it.  The Redbirds won 11-8 as they used 6 pitchers again today in what turn out to be long games.  You don't want to argue with success however as they have yet to lose.  McKinnon had 3 hits to lead Brown County while Reid and Bell had 3 hits each for Virginia. The Birds had 11 hits and 11 runs and have scored 21 runs in their two wins so far.


Beardstown showed some real offensive fire power tonight as they defeated Rushville 15-2 in the opening game for both teams.  Beardstown had 13 hits and 15 runs with 2 errors as Stambaugh recorded the win.  Coil had a grand slam home run in the first inning and a second long ball in the 5th.  Stambaugh had 2 home runs and Villegas added a solo shot as well.  Five players had multiple hits in the win.  Rushville had 7 hits with the 2 runs and 3 errors and Klitz took the loss.


In the night cap, it was Virginia winning a 10-4 decision over West Prairie.  West Prairie had 5 hits and 4 runs with 4 errors. The Virginia squad hurt themselves with walks as they used 7 different pitchers in the game.  They walked 10 batters and will need to do better tomorrow when they face Brown County.  Virginai had 9 hits with their 10 runs and only made 1 error in the game.  Bryce Eilers won and Andrew Sullivan lost in what turned out to be a long game as 10 total pitchers threw in the game.    

6/26/14 The 11-12 year old Little League Pool play started tonight with an exciting 1-0 win for Adams County over Brown County.  It was an unearned run and both pitchers threw well enough to win this game.  Sussenbach took the loss and only gave up 1 single in the game.  He walked 2 and struck out 6.  Kirn also walked 1, hit 1 and struck out 6 as he recorded the win.  Parkhill came in for 1 inning of relief.  Reische led the Brown County with 2 infield hits and Baily had the only hit for Adams County.  They will both play again on Saturday as each team plays 5 games in the pool.  


It was a good championship game at the Routt Sectional as the Panthers hung on for a 4-3 win and a trip to the super-sectinal. Carrollton finished with 10 hits, 3 runs, 2 errors and they left 9 runners on base, so they had a chance to win and just couldn't get the key hit.  Mountain threw a nice game while Pohlman had 3 hits, Maddie Struble, Mountain and Dunlap all had 2.  One of Mountains was a solo home run.  The Hawks finish their season with 24 wins and 9 losses.  Camp Point Central only had 4 hits in the game but they made the most of them with 3 earned runs and 1 unearned run.Vance had 2 hits to lead the way as Jacie Taylor drove in 2.  Brey Genenbacher was the winning pitcher and the Panthers improved to 25-9 on the season.  There were only 2 errors in the game and it was championship quality softball.


It was a long hard battle for CPC and Brown County softball today and after being tied 7-7 at the end of 6 the Panthers scored 7 runs in the top of the 7th and took the game 14-7.  They will take on Carrollton at 11:00 on Saturday.  CPC had 12 hits, 14 runs, 2 errors and they left 8 on base in the win.  Hildebrand led the way with 3 hits including a home run.  Brown Co. scored 4 in the first and had a 4-1 lead but had 8 errors on the day and that was their downfall.  Brierton and Ryssman had 2 hits each to lead the Hornets.  Winston and Ryssman had a home run each and Ryssman had 4 RBI's in the loss. Brown Co. had 7 hits, 7 runs, 8 errors and left 2 on base as they end their season with an 18-12 record and a regional title.


Pawnee and Routt have played 4 out of the last 8 years in post season play.  Today it was Pawne with the 4-3 win and the trip to the sectionals.  The Indians scored 3 runs on 3 hits in the 1st inning and held on as Routt scored 3 in in the top of the 6th and had the tying run on in the 7th.  Crane picked up his 7th win of the year and Dylan Jones took the loss to end the year with 6 wins and 6 losses.  Pawnee had 8 hits, 4 runs, 1 error and they left 9 on base.  Routt had 3 hits and 3 runs with 1 error and 3 left on base.  It was a fun game on a sunny day and the Indians will be home for the sectional as they open with Griggsville-Perry who beat Brown Co. in 9 innings 5-4.


It took 9 innings to find the winner, in tonight's Routt Regional semi-final game, but Routt defeated Edinburg 6-2 with a 4 run outburst in the top of the 9th.  Ketcham went 6 innings and left in the 2-2 game.  Then Jones came in for 3 innings and the win. as he struck out 7 of the batters he faced.  Felton led the Wildcats in hitting with 2 of the 3 hits and also pitched 9 innings for the loss.  Birdsell and Bickhaus had 2 hits each in the Rockets 8 hit attack. Routt will take a 17-11 record into their title game with Pawnee on Saturday in the 11:00 re-match.  The Indians beat the Rockets early in the season 5-2 in Pawnee so this will be a fun game to watch.


In a surprising final result, the 8-18 Triopia Trojan softball team upset the 24-7 Lady Cougars of West Central in the semi-final round of the Griggsville Regional.  Werries pited a good game with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts and got the benefit of some very nice defensive plays from her teammates to record the win.  Shelby Campbell led the 9 hit attack as 6 of the starters had at least 1 hit and they only made 1 error in the win.  West Central had a tough night at the plate with just 6 hits and they made 3 errors in the loss which did not help their cause.  Nash walked 2 and struck out 6 as she ended a solid high school career.  She also led the offense with 2 of the 6 hits today.  Triopia, the #5 seed will play either #2 Griggsville or #3 Brown County in the title game on the 24th.  It was the best game the Trojans have played this year and they are hoping for a nice post-season run.  


Triopia took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st and held on for the 6-4 win over Routt Catholic.  Routt ended their season with 8 hits, 4 runs, 5 errors and they left 9 on base.  Their season ended with 7 wins and 15 losses.  Triopia had 9 hits, 6 runs, 1 error and they left 11 on base.  The Trojans improved to 8-15 on the year and will play the #1 seed, West Central Cougars, tomorrow at the Griggsville-Perry regional, in the semi final round.


Stefan Cogswell pitched a nice ball game today as the Trojans beat Barry Western in baseball 6-0.  The Wildcats only had 3 hits and left 4 on base.  Cogswell walked 2 and struck out 5 in the win as Triopia improved to 15-10 on the year.  Alexander led the 7 hit attack with 2single, a run scored and 1 RBI.Ehrhardt went 5 1/3 innings and took the loss.


Tonight was a must win of sorts for the Routt Rockets.  They are 6-2 in conference play and that will mean Griggsville-Perry has to beat Triopa on Friday to win the WIVC North.  If the Trojans win, the Rockets will share the title with the Tornadoes.  Dylan Jones pitched well as he walked 2, hit 1 and struck out 12. The Rockets had 6 runs on 7 hits with 2 errors and left 7 on base.  As for the Hornets, Long went 4 innings and took the loss. Brown County had 3 runs on 6 hits with 3 errors and 8 left on base.  Robinson led the way with 2 hits and Carter Lewis came in to relive Long and retired 9 in a row with 5 strike outs.  He is a very talented freshman.  Routt is 15-10, 6-2 and the Hornets are 16-10, 3-5.


In a Saturday morning softball slugfest, Rushville-Industry had 27 hits and defeated Brown County 24-14.  The Hornets had 12 hits of their own as both teams committed 3 errors in the game. Winston (HR) and Wegs had 3 hits each while Moorman, Buss and Ryssman had 2 hits each for Brown County.  Shaw had 5 hits for the Rockets while Salrin, Ervin and Rittenhouse had 4.  One of Salrin's was a grand slam home run. Breedlove and Higgins had 3 hits as Kunkel and Hannah Etter added 2.  The Rockets left 10 runners on base and the Hornets 7 as scoring was not the problem today for either team.  R. I. is 6-14 and Brown Co. 12-9.


Petersburg-Porta was 4-11 coming into todays game with 5-13 Rushville-Industry.  They had 23 hits, 20 runs, 9 errors and 16 runners left on base as the Blue Jays won the 11-9 game. It was a fun game to watch as it was tied 8-8 in the 5th inning.  Shaw and Rittenhouse hit back to back home runs to start the 6 run 5th for the Rockets as they were trailing 8-2 and just wouldn't go away.  Mahoney came in in relief to pick up the win and Rittenhouse went the distance for Rushville and took the loss. All of the Rockets had at least 1 hit in the game and Kunkle led the way with 3.  Porta had 4 players with 2 hits each.  Rushville will be at Brown Conty for re-match at 9:00 tomorrow.  The Hornets won the first game by 2 runs so it should be a fun game to watch.


Hardin-Calhoun got 2 earned and 1 unearned run in the first and made it stand up as they defeated West Central in softball 3-0. Only 1 Cougar reached first base as Nash reached on an error. Nash went 7 innings and walked 5 while striking out 5.  Grace Baalman threw 80 pitches through 7 innings and struck out 15 while walking no one.Lehr, Grace Baalman and Gerson had 1 hit each in the win.  The Warriors improved to 25-3 as the Cougars fell to 1-7.  This was a very good high school softball game.


Griggsville-Perry sent 9 batters to the plate in the bottom of the 3rd and scored 2 earned and 2 unearned runs to knock off the Routt Rockets 4-1 and tie them for 1st place in the WIVC North.  Routt scored in the first and that was it for the game.  They ended with 6 hits, 1 run, errors and 5 runners left on base.  Jones went the distance and posted the loss.  The Tornadoes had 8 hits, 4 runs, 1 error and they left 8 on base.  Main went the 7 innings and struck out 8 while walking no one.  He threw 104 pitches while Jones threw 103 pitches.  DeHart had 3 hits and Hannant two in the win while Ben Whalen had 2 and Bickhuas had 2 in the Rocket loss.  Routt still has Brown County in conference and G-Perry has a make up game with Triopia.


It was not a well played baseball game this afternoon between Illini West and Rushville-Industry but it was entertaining and suspenseful at the end.  The Chargers won the 8-7 affair in spite of making 7 errors in the win.  Rushville had 8 hits, 7 runs, 3 errors and they left 6 on base.  Boyd went 4 2/3 innings and took the loss. Isley and Jones had 2 hits each.  Illini West had 7 different players with 1 hit as they scored 8 runs and made the 7 errors with 6 left on base also.  Bennett recorded the win.  The Rockets are 12-6 on the year with a big double-header against Beardstown tomorrow at 10:00.  The Chargers are 12-8.


Routt and Griggsville Perry went into tonights WIVC baseball game tied with 4-1 records.  The game was decided in the bottom of the 7th and they will have re-match on Monday night. Bradshaw pitched well enough to win the game tonight but his defense let him down at crunch time and the Rockets took advantage to win the game.  The Tornadoes had 10 hits and left 7 runners on base so, the win was within their grasp. Hannant had 3 hits while DeHart, Joseph Myers and Whitaker had 2 hits each in the loss.  Ben Whalen had 2 hits and scored 3 times in the win while Dahman had Jack Whalen had 2 hits each. Jones went the distance for the win with 0 walks and 9 strike outs. Routt is 11-7 and 5-1 in conference and Griggsville-Perry is 16-7 and 4-2 in conference.


On a cold, drizzly day the Lewistown Indians came to Rushville and defeated the Lady Rockets 6-0 behind very good pitching of Payton Reed.  Rushville finished with 4 hits, 0 runs, 1 error and 5 runners left on base.  Kunkel led the Rockets with 2 singles.Reed, Baldwin and Jockisch had 2 hits each in the 10 hit attack of the Indians as the improved to 7-7 on the season.  Seven of the 9 Indians had at least 1 hit in the win.  Rushville fell to 3-9 with the loss.  We will see them again at their tournament on Saturday when they play Brown County and Peoria.


Working on a 2 game winning streak, the West Central Cougars ran out of pitching today and got beat 23-0 by Routt Catholic in a conference game.  The Cougars could only manage 1 hit today and used 4 pitchers in their effort to slow down the Rockets.  For Routt, it was a different kind of day as they had 16 hits, 23 runs, only 1 error and only left  5 runners on base.  They had 3 runs in the first and 20 runs in the 3rd inning as they sent 25 batters to the plate.  Dahman was 4 for 4 in the game while Birdsell, Bickhaus and Jones all had 3 hits.  One of Bickhaus's hits was a 3 run home run.  Jones went the distance and threw 5 innings with 2 walks and 10 strike outs.  Routt has one loss in the North and has 2 games with G-Perry plus a make up game with Brown County on their schedule.  The Tornadoes are undefeated in the conference so next week will be a deciding week.  Brown Co. has 2 losses and will take on West Central so every game is important to the final outcome.


West Central came to Beardstown, fresh off of a 9-7 come from behind win over Routt Catholic and got away with a 6-5 win over the Tigers in baseball.  Beardstown had 7 hits, 5 runs and left 7 runners on base and got a good pitching performance from Bauser.  The problem was 2 errors in the first and 2 errors in the 5th which left the door open and the Cougars took advantage. Dour and Paul Schultz had 2 hits each in the loss.  West Central had 7 hits also, with 6 runs, 1 error and they left 5 on base. Boehs recorded the win and Hunter Bettis did a great job in relief to pick up the save.  Six Cougars had at least 1 hit and Jacob Bettis finished with 2 hits and 4 RBI's. West Central improved to 6-7 with the win and will face Routt again on Thursday.


Brown Co. and Triopia are both having an up and down type of season for baseball and tonight was no different.  The Trojans made 6 errors in the game and gave up 2 unearned runs and only 1 earned run in their 3-2 loss to the Hornets.  BC made 2 errors in the 5th and nearly gave the game away.  In the end, it was a fun game to call but frustrating if you were on either of the teams coaching staff.  Hobson went the distance for the win with 1 walk and 9 strikeouts.  Cox took the loss with 1 walk and 7 strike outs. Triopia had 5 different players with 1 hit while the Hornets had 3 (Long, Phelps, Law) players with 2 hits each in the win.  Brown County improved to 8-7 and the Trojans fell to 10-7. They will play again on Thursday in Mt. Sterling.


Routt Catholic defeated Petersburg Porta 12-4 today in Jacksonville and improved to 8-5 on the year.  The Bluejays had 6 hits, 4 runs, 3 errors and they left 5 runners on base as they fell to 3-9.  Routt had 14 hits as 7 of their starters had at least 1 hit in the win. Jones and Jack Whalen had 3 hits each while Ben Whalen, Ketcham and Schierl had 2 hits.  Bickhaus threw 7 innings with 2 walks and 6 strike outs.  Routt's conference games this week are against West Central on Tuesday and Thursday.


QND is the 11th ranked team in 3A baseball and played the part today as they over powered the Routt Catholic Rockets 5-0.  They scored 2 in the first and 3 in the 4th and made them stand up as Tallman struck out 13 of the 20 batters he faced and only allowed 2 singles and no runs.  Polak came in to face 3 batters in the 7th and struck them out.  QND struck out 16 of the 21 outs as Routt never made a serious run at the Raiders in the game. Polak and Tallman had 2 hits each of the 8 hits the Raiders had. QND made 1 throwing error and left 5 runners on base.  Routt made 1 error also and left 2 runners on in the loss.  QND left town with a 17-1 mark and the Rockets fell to 7-5.  They will play Porta on Monday and West Central on Tuesday and Thursday in conference.


Rushville made an error on the first grounder hit by Payson tonight and that was a sign of things to come.  The Rockets made 6 errors in the game and gave up 3 unearned runs on their way to a 10-0 loss to the Indians.  The Rockets could only muster 5 hits in the game also and that was surpriseing since they had played QND a tough game the night before.  Payson had 9 hits and 11 runs with 0 errors and with Rushville's help, cruised to their 9th win of the year to go with 3 losses.  Coultas went the distance for the win with 0 walks and only 3 strike outs.  Stout, Lentz and Ash all had 2 hits in the win.  Rushville just did not play a good game and will hope to take 2 from BPC tomorrow.


Triopia and West Central played baseball for the 2nd time in two days.  Triopia came from behind to win an 8-6 game on Tuesday and then won today's gme 5-4 with an unearned run in the bottom of the 6th.  West Central jumped out in front 2-0 and led 4-3 in the game but couldn't hold on.  TheCougars had 11 hits, 4 runs, 2 errors and they left 11 runners on base.  Boehs, Hunter Bettis and Lance Barnett had 2 hits each in the loss.  Strohecher went the distance  while walking 5 and striking out 8 in the loss.  Triopia got 7 innings out of Cogswell as he walked 2 and struck out 8.  Holt had 3 hits and 3 RBI's to lead the Trojans while Hageman added 2 hits.  Triopia finished with 7 hits, 5 runs, 3 errors and 9 runners left on base.  They improved to 9-5 on the year while West Central fell to 4-7.


West Central softball improved to 14-2 with their 7-0 shut out of Triopia.  The Trojans could only mange 4 hits off of Gina Nash as she won her 10th game of the year.  Knapp led the Trojans with 2 hits.  Werries went the distance and gave up 10 hits while her teammates made 4 errors in the loss.  Moore had 3 hits, Rock2, Nash 2 and Timmerman 2 as the Cougars took charge with 4 runs in the first and never looked back.  Nash walked 1 and struck out 11 in the win.  They will play again on Thursday at Triopia. 


Porta took a 2-0 lead in the first but couldn't hold off Triopia as they surged to a 12-2 and almost finished the game in the top of the 5th.  The Blue Jays got 3 runs in the 5th and hung on until the bottom of the 6th when they surrendered 3 runs and lost 15-5.  One earned run and two unearned runs finished them off. Porta had 7 hits, 5 runs, 3 errors and they left 8 runners on base.  Koch led the way with 2 hits and Atterberry took the loss. For Triopia, they had a good hitting day and a couple of surprises.  Winkleman went 3 for 4 and that is something you would expect.  Alexander had a great day with a 3 for 4 effort with 3 runs scored but the most pleasant surprise, if you are a Trojan fan, was Coil who had 3 hits, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI's.  If he has found his hitting eye, it will be a step in the right direction for Triopia for the rest of the year.  The Trojans finishned with 13 hits, 15 runs, 1 error and 12 runners left on. They improved to 7-5 on the year and the Blue Jays fell to 2-5.


Macomb (3-11) and Rushville-Industry (1-6) were both in need of a softball win today.  The Bombers took the early lead of 4-0, then fell behind 9-4 and eventually lost to the Rocket 10-9.  Kelson did a great job behind the plate for Macomb and went 4for 4 with the bat.Thorman had 3 hits also while Farr and Wisslead had 2 each.  The Bombers pounded out 13 hits and left 6 runners on base in the loss.  The Rockets had 11 hits of their own with 2 errors and they left 11 runners on base.  Hannah Etter, Breedlove, Shaw and Kunkel had 2 hits each as 7 of the 9 starters had at least one hit and 6 scored runs.  Rittenhouse went the distance in this team win. 


It was another very good baseball game in the WIVC North tonight as Routt came from behind to defeat Triopia 2-1.  Cogswell threw a nice game for the Trojans as he went 5 innings and only allowed a run in the 5th and the winning run in the 6th while giving up 5 hits.  Triopia had 5 hits of their own as Logsdon led the way with 2, and they left 7 on base.  Routt had 6 hits in the game with 2 errors and they left 6 on base.  Bickhau led the way with 2 doubles and a run scored. Jack Whalen got 1 RBI and Birdsell the other one.Jones pitched very well as he walked 1 and struck out 13 through 7 innings and 105 pitches.  Routt is 5-4 and Triiopia 6-5 after the game.


Routt Catholic only won 3 games over the past 3 years.  They came into tonight's softball game with Triopia with 3 wins in a row and a 3-4 season.  The Rockets got on top 7-1 with some help from the Trojans defense.  Routt scored 3 earned runs and 4 unearned runs, then had to hang on as Triopia made a ferocious comeback in the bottom of the 7th to nearly win.  The final score was Routt 7 and Triopia 6 as Routt moved to 4-4 and Triopia fell to 3-6.  Triopia finished with 10 hits, 6 runs, 4 errors and they left 6 on base.  O'Daniel, Shelby Campbell and Knapp ended up with 2 hits each in the loss as 7 of the 9 Trojans had at least one hit.  Werries went the diatance in the game.  Kaitlyn Schulte, a freshman pitcher for Routt, is a nice addition to the team.  She struck out 9 and walked 2 while winning the game.  Abbott led the hitting with 3 hits and 3 runs scored.Newell and Scott had 2 hits each as the Rockets only committed 2 errors in the game and played a pretty good all around game.  They only left 5 runners on base and look like a team that will win more games before the season comes to a close.  The Routt boys also won a 7-6 game over Triopia and these teams will play each other on Thursday in Jacksonville.


Routt didn't play their best game tonight and got some help with 5 Pleasant Hill errors, but they won 8-2 behind Bickhaus.The Wolves had 2 runs on 6 hits and left 4 on base.  Routt got 8 hits to go with their 8 runs, committed 2 errors and left 8 on base. Ketcham was 3 for 4 while Ben Whalen and Bickhaus had 2 hits each and Jones had 1.  Wyatt Williams had 13 strike outs in the game but his defense didn't hold up.  Routt will take a 3-4 record to Triopia for tomorrow nights conference game with the Trojans. These are two evenly balanced teams and it should be a good game.  They will play again on Thursday night.  Bickhaus threw 85 pitches and Williams 133 in today's game.  


In a great 10 inning high school game, Piasa Swouthwestern beat Routt Catholic 1-0.  There were no errors in the game and only 2 walks through 68 batters.  Heineman went 10 innings for the win as he only allowed 2 hits with the 1 walk while striking out 9.  Jones threw 9 innings for Routt with 0 walks and 7 strike outs and gave up no runs.  Ben Whalen faced 5 batters and allowed the 1 run on 3 hits with 1 strike out and 1 intentional walk.  Defense and pitching were the words of the day from two very good ball clubs.  Routt is 2-4 and Piasa 3-3 after today's game.


Today's baseballl game between Routt and Brown County was a good high school game.  Routt won 4-2 behind some solid pitching from Justin Ketcham.  Routt finished with 4 runs on 6 hits with 1 error and only 3 runners left on base. Birdsell had 2 hits to lead the way as he also scored 2 runs.  Tristen Hobson, from Brown County,  pitched a nice game also as he went 6 innings.  The Hornets had only 2 hits in the loss and will need to hit better on Thursday when they get the re-match in Mt. Sterling.  It was a close enough game that it is hard to tell who will come out on top two days from now.


Routt blew a lead against Pawnee and lost 16-10 to North Mac and came into tonight's game with a 1-2 record.  They had a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 6th and it looked like they were going to defeat New Berlin.  They gave up 3 hits, walked 3 and amde and error and the Pretzels tied the game, then went to to win 6-5 in the 9th.  Routt will be better but they are not playing sound baseball at this time.  They will take on Brown Co. in a conference game Tuesday at home.  Tonight they had 5 runs on only 4 hits, with 1 error and left 10 on base again.  Jones took the loss and led the Rockets with 2 hits.  New Berlin only had 4 hits also and 2 of those were bunt singles but Parga will record the win and Buerhle got the game winning hit.  Routt gave up 5 runs with 2 outs when they played Pawnee and gave up the winning run with 2 outs tonight so they will need to find a way to close out a winner.  It's early and they are young and we will see how they progress.


Routt got 2 walks and a double by Dylan Jones to lead 2-0 over Pawnee in the first inning.  Pawnee came back with 5 hits and 5 runs in the bottom of the 5th and made it hold up for the win. The Rockets are 1-1 and the Indians 1-2 after the game.  Jones took the loss and Nic Voiles recorded the win.  Routt had 6 hits with 2 runs, 1 error and they left 10 runners on base.  They had the bases loaded in the 6th and again in the 7th with no one out and could not score.  Jones had 3 hits with 2 RBI's in the loss. The Indians had 7 hits with 5 runs, 0 errors and they left  5 on base.  Bourne had 2 hits to lead the way. These teams may meet again as they are both in the Routt Regional later this season.


Routt opened their baseball season this afternoon in a home game against the Greenfield Tigers.  After getting off to a relatively slow start, the Rockets scored 7 runs in the 5th inning to put the game away 10-0.  Greenfield only had 1 hit off of Dylan Jones as he walked 2 and struck out 9 in the shut out win. He will be one of the better pitchers in the area this year, so long as he stays healthy.  Routt had 10 runs off of 10 hits with 0 errors and they left 8 runners on base.  They have 5 seniors and the young guys stepped up today in their debut.  Dahman had 2 hits, a run scored and 2 RBI's.  Jack Whalen had a hit and 2 walks and scored 3 times from the 9 hole.  For the veterans, Birdsell had a run scored and 3 RBI's.  Whalen had 2 runs scored and Ketcham had an RBI and 2 runs scored.  Bickhaus had 2 hits and the winning RBI and Jones was the winning pitcher but he also had a hit, a run scored and 2 RBI's.  It was a nice way to open the season.  They will play at Riverton on Monday.


Triopia was out hit in tonights game with Greenfield however, the Trojans won the 10-6 contest with 4 runs in the 6th inning.  Greenfield had 9 hits, 6 runs, 6 errors and they left 5 runners on base. Jordan Williams took the loss in relief.  Plogger, Goode and Williams all had 2 hits in the game and one of Goodes was a 2 run homre run in the first inning.  Greenfield is 0-1.  Triopia only had 5 hits in the game but, they manufactured runs and also got the timely hit from Greene who drove in 3 runs in the 3rd.  They also only made 2 errors tonight, which is an improvement over Tuesday night.  Winkleman led the way with a 3 for 5 day and Green followd with the other 2 hits.  Cogswell threw 4 strong innings before giving way to the freshman, Werries who finished the game and recorded the win. He struck out 5 batters and only allowed 1 hit and no runs in his debut for the Trojans.  Triopia finished with 5 hits, 10 runs (7 earned) with 2 errors and 9 runners left on base.  They are off to a solid start with a 2-0 record.


Triopia opened their 2014 baseball season with an 11-5 win over the Carrollton Hawks in a road game.  The Hawks had 5 runson 8 hits with 3 errors and 7 runners left on base. Cole threw 3 innings and took the loss while Jacob Smith and Gardner came in for some relief work.  Brannon went 3 for 4 in the loss and Smith had 2 hits out of 4 attempts.  Cox was the winning pitcher and got some help from Nate Shanks and Winkleman.  Triopia finished with 11 runs on 12 hits, 6 errors and theyleft 8 on base. Greene, Winkleman and Alexander had 3 hits each while Logsdon added 2 and Holt 1.  The Trojans hit well at the right time and deserved the win. 


Carrollton won the Illinois College Super Sectional tonight, over South Fulton, 40-38 on two free throws from Jessica Lake with 2.1 seconds on the clock.  Congratulations to the Hawks, but the whistle should not (in my opinion) have been blown at the end.  Lake had no where to go and was behind the bank board, being guarded by a 5' 9" player and the clock should have simply run and as we went to overtime.  The official blew the whistle instead and Lake calmly made both free throws for the win.  You will not find most officials will put the game in their own hands instead of letting the teams decide it.  Neither team played well tonight as the Rebels shot 28% in the game, 20% from long range and 77% from the line.  The Hawks, who won the game, hit 24% of their shots, with 20% from beyond the arc and 53% from the line.Maddie Struble (19 points) and Burgard (14 ponts) were the only players in double digits and this became a game of survival as it came to the end.  The Hawks were playing without their leading scorer (Coonrod) in the game and deserved the win with their ability to overcome their adversity but the way it ended left a sour taste in the mouth of most basketball fans.  Both teams deserved better.  The good news is that most playeres on both teams are Juniors, and younger and we will see them again. Next up for the Hawks will be Central A & M at 12:15 on Friday. We want to wish them the best of luck and congratulate the Rebels on a great season.  It was an exciting game.     


Our Savious School only hit 8 of 38 shots tonight and proved once again that if you play solid defense and take care of the ball, you can win.  They won the 8-1A boys championship over a quality Annawan team 23-19.  Winters led the offense with 8 points and this was a real effort of team work on defense.  They only had 7 turnovers while forcing 13.  They hit 5 of 10 free throws and only gave up 2 free throws to the Braves.  This was an unusual game to watch due to the lack of scoring by either team as the defense dominated.  The Shamrocks got their first lead late in the 4th quarter and held on for the title. You just had a feeling that while OSS couldn't get the lead, they were never out of the game.  They shut the Braves out in the 4th quarter while scoring 8 points of their own to secure the win.


In other area games of interest, it was Carrollton defeating West Central for the girls WHNG sectional championship.  South Fulton got past Brimfield, so the Hawks and Rebels will play in the super sectional game Monday, at Illinois College.


South Fulton got off to a tremendous start tonight in their semi final sectional game with Springfield Lutheran and jumped out to a 25-6 first quarter lead.  The Crusaders fought back to make it a 32-23 game at halft time but, they fell behind by 12 in the 3rd quarter and after they closed the gap to 6, Lutheran ran out of steam and eventually fell 58-40.  It was a very nice come back and showed the class of the Crusader program as they ended their season with a 13-15 mark.  The Rebels will take on Brimfield (who beat Lewistown 64-44), in the title game on Thursday night.  The Thursday night winner will play the winner of the Carrollton-West Central game on Monday night, at Illinois College, in the super-sectional round.


Carrollton and West Central will face each other on Thursday night in the WHNG Sectional Championship game.  This will be the 3rd time they have met this season and will be the rubber match with a super-sectional berth on the line.  West Central beat Lebanon 50-36 tonight behind the 16 points of Abby Lashmett and well rounded scoring from her teammates: Rock (7), Sorrell (7), Meghan Lashmett (8) and Moore 9. They are 21-9 and will take on the 22-6 Hawks.


Carrollton had too many turnovers (25) tonight but they won the game anyway as they beat New Athens 47-32.  The Lady Jackets had won 21 games in a row but couldn't get their inside game working tonight and will end their season with a record of 23-3.  The Hawks got 15 from Coonrod and Williams and 10 from Maddie Struble.  The Hawks beat West Central in the WHNG tournament earlier this year and then got beat at West Central, so this will be a big game for both teams.  We will be happy to have a WIVC team in the super-sectional round and which one it is will be decided on Thursday.


Our Saviour School played, and beat, a very fast Joliet Larraway team in the quarter-finals of the state tournament today 36-31. They were out hustled in the first quarter and made the adjustments to come back and hang on for the hard fought win.Chumley hit 3 treys to lead the way with 13 points as the Shamrocks had well-rounded scoring. Moore (7), Birdsell (2), Fox (2), Beckman (6) and Winters (6) all contributed to the win.


In the semi-final round, the Shamrocks faced a good Lincoln Chester-East team with a very talented Isaiah Bowers (14) and a hot shooting Joshua Vinson (20) points with 6 treys.  The final was 42-39 as it came down to the wire.  Beckman mad 7 straight free throws in the second half and led OSS with 17 points while Moore added 9, Birdsell 2, Chumley 7 and Winters 7.  With the win, they will face a solid Annawan team who won the 7-1A title last year, so they have great experience in big games.  This looks like an even match up to me and a winnable game for either team.  They will play at 7:30 on Thursday night at Limestone High School in Bartonville.  


The #1 seed, South Fulton, and the #2 seed, Mendon Unity, had a real battle for the Brown County Regional Crown tonight and it wasn't decided until the final .07 seconds of the game.  Crouse made a very difficult shot plus the free throw to give the Rebels the 48-45 lead and the Mustangs missed their last shot to end it. It was a championship worthy game and the Rebels will move on to the Bushnell Sectional on Tuesday night in a game you can hear on L. B. Sports Productions.  At Liberty West Central beat the host school and will play at the WHNG Sectional next week also. Don't forget the OSS 8-1A state game verses Joliet Larraway @ 1:00 on Saturday on 101.3 WVIL.


Triopia took 7th place at the Beardstown boys tournament as they beat Greenview 44-30.  South Fulton came from behind to defeat Rushville 58-52 for 5th place and, with a late surge, WHNG dropped Midwest Central 67-51 for 3rd place.  It took two overtime periods but, Beardstown won the tournament with a 44-43 decision over Carrollton as Gus Vermillion made a weak side layup at the final buzzer on a great feed from Jon Kramer. It took about 3 weeks to get this tournament finished but it was worth the wait as this was a very exciting game.  


All-Tournament team:  Alex Briney from South Fulton, Rick Dour, Jon Kramer and Gus Vermillion from Beardstown, Luke Gillingham and Cody Leonard from Carrollton, Ryan Heavlin and Noah Sarff from Midwest Central, Auston Jones and Manning Plater of Rushville, Reed Rusten and Connor Vincent from WHNG. 


OSS was impressive with their 38-13 win over Little Flower Catholic tonight in the sectional.  They will play Joliet Laraway at 1:00 Saturday in Bartonville @ Limestone High School.  They were 12 of 39 from the field and 14 of 23 from the free throw line but played solid defense for 4 quarters to earn the win. The only bad number was the 16 turnovers  but, they forced 22 on the Falcons to go +6 on the night. Moore led the way with 12 points and a 6 for 7 effort from the line. 


South Fulton is the #1 seed of the Brown County Regional and played like it tonight as they eliminated Triopia 58-36.  Sayre and Musch finished with 11 points each in the loss.  The season came to a close for the Trojans with an 11-14 record. The Rebels had 9 players in the scoring column as they improved to 25-5 on the year and have a date with Mendon Unity for the championship on Friday night.  Mendon got to the title game with their 54-44 win over the host Brown County Hornets.  Game time is 7:00 on WVIL 101.3.


Triopia defeated Routt in a hard fought girl's game, 41-35 at the Brown County Regional.  Routt played the most consistent game I saw this year, which is a good sign for next season.  You want to be better at the end of the season than you were at the beginning and that is true of the Rockets.  They finished the year 3-21 but you wouldn't know it by their effort tonight. Triopia will play South Fulton on Tuesday night in the semi-final round.


When Carrollton and West Central played in the Winchester Tournament, it was a 17 point win for the Hawks.  Tonight they played their regular season game and Carrollton won 60-57 in an exciting match up.  Tied at 17 after one quarter, the point spread for the next 3 quarters was just 3 points and that is the way it ended.Leonard led the Hawks with 20 and Devlin was the point leader (17) for the Cougars.  Each team had 3 players in double digits and both teams shot 17 of 23 from the free throw line and each team had just 7 turnovers, so it was a fun high school game to watch.


Carrollton defeated Midwest Central while Beardstown knocked off WHNG so they will play for the championship tomorrow about 4:30.  The games will start early due to the weather.  This will be a good championship game between two quality teams.  This has been a very good tournament and the 4 games on Saturday will be evenly matched teams.  Athens won the girls tournament tonight at Rushville also as Rushville took 3rd and Beardstown finished 5th.


Midwest Central got down 10-0 to Triopia and came back to knock off the Trojans 61-48.  The Raiders are 2-0 in the tournament and Triopia 0-2.  South Fulton got out early and beat Greenview 52-32,  The Rebels are 1-2 and the Bulldogs 0-3 as they finished pool play.  Rushville played Carrollton tough tonight but lost 59-51.  Manning Plater led all scorers with 23 points but the Rockets came up a little short.  The Hawks are 2-0 and will take on the 2-0 Midwest Central Raiders tomorrow night. 


White Hall North Greene was sharp again tonight as they knocked off Greenview 70-33 to move to 2-0 and a showdown with Beardstown on Friday night.  Midwest Central got their 3rd win of the year as they defeated Rushville-Industry 65-63 in overtime.  It was the best game of the tournament to this point. Beardstown stayed undefeated in the tournament also as they beat South Fulton 67-49.  They will play WHNG at 8:00 on Friday night and one of them will represent the black division in the championship game at 6:30 on Saturday.  We have 3 more games for you on Thursday night at Beardstown.


Day one of the Beardstown Boy's Basketball Tournament came to a close with no real surprises.  Carrollton was too fast and too strong for Triopia tonight and beat them 71-57 with solid team play.  The Trojans played a pretty good game but didn't play well for 32 minutes and just couldn't keep up.  WHNG was on top of their game as they knocked off South Fulton 84-57 and makes you begin to look forward to a possible Carrollton-WHNG match up later in the tournament.  Beardstown was equally sharp in their game tonight but they played a 2-11 Greenview ball club that was not ready for the Tigers tonight.  The one team we know little about is Midwest Central and we will see them tomorrow.  We know what Rushville brings to the table so after Wednesday we will have a pretty good idea as to who the top four teams are going to be.  There are still some questions left unanswered.


Brussels beat Beardstown with a late surge, 64-51, for the consolation championship at the Lady Spartan.  Pittsfield came from behind to take their first lead at the 3:02 mark of the 4th quarter and knocked off the host WHNG 44-41.  In overtime, Micah Peebles made a shot with 2.2 on the clock, as WFNB beat West Central.  In the title game, it was all Litchfield as they cruised to a 51-31 win over Carrollton.


The all-tournament team:  Abby Brockmeyer and Riley Scharf of Litchfield, Abby Lashmett of West Central, Destyne Powell of WHNG, Patsy Coonrod and Rachel Willaims of Carrollton, Cydney Musch of Triopia, Megan Bishop of Greenfield, Baylee Kiel of Brussels, McKenzie Nichols and Micah Peebles of WFNB.


In the final day of the 2014 Lady Spartan Tournament, in the East Gym, it will be NGJV vs Payson-Seymour @ 10:00.  Madison will play Griggsville-Perry @ 11:30, Barry & Triopia @ 1:00 and Greenfield will face Routt @ 2:30.  In the championship side of the bracket, in the West Gym, it will be Beardstown and Brussels at 11:00 for the consolation c'ship.  At 12:30 WHNG and Pittsfield will play for 5th place.  West Central and WFNB will play for 3rd at 2:00 and Litchfield and Carrollton will play for the championship at 3:30.  Litchfield was seeded #1 and Carrollton #2, so it was a good job of seeding once again by the committee.


Day one of the 2014 North Greene Lady Spartan  is history as Litchfield defeated Routt 66-21, Barry 57-NG JV 19, Waverly Franklin-New Berlin 55 Beardstown 27, WHNG 61 Payson Seymour 18, Carrollton won by forfeit over Madison, Pittsfield Pleasant Hill 41 Greenfield/Northwestern 33, West Central 69 Brussels 45 and Triopia 53 Griggsville-Perry 41.  The top 8 seeds all won as we move into the 2nd round on Monday. 


Carrollton came to Jacksonville and knocked off the Routt Rockets in boys basketball, 81-64.  The Hawks hit 10 of 17 first quarter shots with 3 treys and led 25-6.  While Routt did come back to within 7 points early in the 4th, they just did not have enough to get all the way back.  Carrollton had 4 players in double digits with Gillingham and Smith hitting 20 +.  Ketchum, Nix and Jones had 14 each in the loss.  The Rockets turned the ball over 24 times and forced only 14 on the Hawks. Carrollton hit 11 of 17 free throws in the 4th quarter and only 1 of 5 from the field.  


Routt Catholic had a doubleheader with WHNG in girls and boys basketball and lost 76-33 and 68-63.  Jennings (17) Hawk (14) Brannan (11) Powell (11)and Kraushaar (10) led 9 Spartans in scoring.  For the boys, Vincent hit 20 and Knox 10 as WHNG hit 44% from the field and 82% from the line.  Routt had 4 players in double digits but had foul trouble in their loss.  Whalen (18) Ketchum (14), Nix (12) and Jones (12) was not quite enough to get the win.  Routt fell to 2-8 and the Spartans improved to 4-5.


Routt Catholic entered today's girls basketball game with 1 win and 8 losses and were hopeful of knocking off the 1-5 Pawnee Indians.  The Indians gave the Rockets all sorts of chances as they turned the ball over 34 times but Routt could not make their shots (21%) and only made 9 of 24 free throws as they lost 45-30 in the end.  Schwiderski led the Rockets with 10 points.  Salzeider and Harden each scoredd 11 for Pawnee while Roberts added 9 and Maddie Galloway 6 in the win.  The Indians hit 17 of 45 shots and 9 of 12 free throws.  You won't normally see a team turn the ball over 34 times and win.  Routts next game will be on the 26th at the Lady Tiger Classic when they play Mendon Unity.


Carrollton, according to Coach Krumwiede, had never started their season with 6 straight wins until tonight.  They beat Triopia 53-41 behind some good speed and hard-nosed basketball.  Leonard led the way with 19 points but, they got a well balanced game as Palan had 9, Gillingham 8, Frye 8, Smith 6 and Brannan 3.  They only had 11 turnovers in spite of running up and down the floor and shot 40% from the field with 64% from the free throw line.  Triopia only shot 30% in the game with 59% of their free throws and had 18 turnovers in the loss.  Horney was the only double digit scorer with 18 while Winkleman scored 7 and Jackson 6.  Triopia is 2-3 on the season. 


On paper, the Hardin-Calhoun Warriors were a heavy favorite in their game tonight against the Triopia Trojans.  The final score was 59-17 and the Lady Warriors moved to 10-1 on the year.  The Trojans fell to 6-4.  Musch led the Trojans with 5 points as they shot 5 for 49 in the game.  Grace Baalman scored 22 and Klocke 10 to lead 8 Warriors in the scoring column.  Calhoun hit 23 of 35 shots in the win and will Play Civic Memorial in their next game.  Their only loss on the season was an overtime loss to Piasa Southwestern. 


Triopia boys basketball team got beat by a pretty good Kincaid team at Illinois College today.  The final score was 58-41 but the Ponies were in charge for most of the game.Jackson (16) and Hageman (11) hit double digits for the Trojans but they could not match the 25 of Smith and the 16 of Crowder for Kincaid.  The Ponies improved to 8-0 on the year as they shot 46% from the field and 91% from the free throw line.  Triopia is 2-2 and will face a very fast Hawk team from Carrollton on Friday.


In our second game at IC it was all Rushville-Industry in the first half and they held a 38-24 lead at the break.  Franklin started coming back in the 2nd half and the Rocket offense went flat which resulted in their 59-53 loss in overtime.  Jones scored 18 for Rushville and Manning Plater hit 15.  The hit 21 of 53 shots and went from 1 turnover at half time to 8 in the ball game.  The Flashes got a well balanced game as Tillery scsored 17, Dressendorfer 12, Morris 11, Wallbaum 9 and Watson 8.  They hit 19 of 68 shots and 16 of 27 free throws including 8 of 12 in overtime.  This was hard game for the Rockets to lose and a good come back win for the Flashes. 


Triopia needed to shoot better tonight and take care of the ball, if they wanted to defeat Carrollton  in girls basketball.  The Trojans hit 7 of 47 shots and turned it over 19 times while the Hawks knocked down 27 of 51  and had 11 turnovers.  Carrollton won the game 61-18 to improve to 7-0 on the year.  No one scored more than 4 points for the Trojans.  Nine Hawks scored in the game and were led by Coonrod with 15, Moujntain with 10 and Ruyle with 9 as they dominated from the start to finish in the game.   Next up for Triopia will be a tall and tough Warrior team from Hardin-Calhoun on Thursday at home. 


Routt Catholic lost to Springfield Lutheran in girl's basketball today 61-41.  The Crusaders were too big inside and took away the paint as the Rockets kept trying to stay in the game with outside shots.  Roat led the Crusaders with 20 points as she has now scored more than 1,000 in her high school career.Krueger had a nice game with 9 points also and Cowles knocked down 10 as these 3 players pretty much controlled the paint.  Lutheran shot 50 per cent from the field and 70 per cent from the free throw line with 16 turnovers.  Routt fell to 1-6 on the year as Nelson and Schwiderski each scored 11 points in the loss.  Langdon added 8 and Spaulding 7 .  Routt hit 14 of 42 from the field and 9 of 13 from the line.  They had 22 turnovers and were severly out rebounded.  They will take on Greenfield on Monday at home, in a WIVC match up.


Triopia was bigger and stronger than Routt tonight as they dominated much of the game with their 52-37 win.  The Rockets did a nice job of tryinig to stay within reach but they just couldn't close the gap.  The Trojans jumped out to a 16-6 first quarter lead and never trailed in the win.  Schwiderski had a great night for Routt as she hit 5 treys in the second half and finished the game with 21 points. As a team, Routt shot 23% from the field and 50% from the free throw line with 23 turnovers and were severely out rebounded.  Triopia had 9 players in the scoring column as Miller led the way with 10 and was followed closely by O'Daniel with 9.   The Trojans shot 33% from the field and 55% from the free throw line with a few too many turnovers at 18.  The put up 66 shots to the 47 by Routt.   

12/3/13 by Ryon McNeff

Tonight we got our first look at Triopia as they traveled to Rushville to take on the Rockets. Needless to say Triopia had no first game nerves about them as Dirk Winkelman had 15 points in the 1st quarter, all from 3-pointers, which helped the Trojans establish a lead they rarely surrendered. Coming into this matchup we knew that Rushville-Industry had a huge size advantage but Triopia did an excellent job of taking that away by running all plays between half court and the free throw line. Rushville made some hard charges late in this contest but Triopia went 12-20 from the free thrown line in the 4th to hold on for a 60-54 victory. Rushville-Industry was led in scoring by Manning Plater with 29 points and as a team they shot 44% from the field and 70% from the free throw line. Triopia was led in scoring by Dirk Winkelman's 23 points and 22 from Trent Horney. As a team, the Trojans shot 50% from the field and 55% from the free throw line.


Springfield went 5-0 in the New Berlin Turkey Tournament and won their second championship in a row.  West Central finished second for two years in a row with a 4-1 record.  Rushville-Industry, Carlinville and Raymond Lincolnwood each finished 2-3  in the tournament and the host school, New Berlin Pretzels finished 0-5. Barry Stewart of Carlinville, Schahl and Wofford of Lutheran, Devlin and Bettis of West Central, Jones of Rushville and Brockmeyer and Snyder of Lincolnwood made the all tournament team.  


Two of the three games from the Gene Berschneider Turkey Tournament were exciting tonight as Rushville-Industry won their 2nd game of the 2013 event and SpringfieldLutheran got past West Central to basically lock up the championship. New Berlin continued to struggle with their loss to Carlinville.  There are 3 games left, on Saturday night, but you would expect West Central to get past the Rushville Rockets and for the Crusaders to beat the Pretzelswhich will make Lutheran 5-0 and West Centtral 4-1 which is the way they finished last year. The Raymond Lincolnwiid game with Carlinville will be competitive and win or lose, Rushville has had a good tournament since they didn't win any games last year.  


It was a good night of basketball at the Turnkey Tournament in New Berlin tonight.  Springfield Lutheran (3-0) defeated Carlinville (1-2) 67-37 as the Cavaliers got into foul trouble and never recovered. West Central (3-0) held off a pesky Raymond-Lincolnwood (1-2) team 60-50 and that gives us a championship game at 5:30 Friday when the Crusaders and Cougars meet. The Rushville-Industry Rockets (1-2) got their first win of the season as they got past New Berlin (0-3) 62-43.  Rushville went 0-5 last year so they will be looking for win #2 on Friday when they face the Lancers of Raymond-Lincolnwood.


Day two is in the books for the New Berlin boy's tournament and we have 2 teams with 2-0 records, 2 1-1 and 2 0-2 as we head into Wednesday's action.  West Central (2-0) defeated Carlinville (1-1) 63-53 in the best game of the night.  Springfield Lutheran (2-0) dominated (0-2) Rushville-Industry 65-41 and Raymond Lincolnwood (1-1) played a very sound game with their 61-29 win over (0-2) New Berlin.  Tomorrow will bring some interesting match ups as Springfield Lutheran faces Carlinville,  West Central takes on Raymond-Lincolnwood and the 0-2 Pretzels and Rockets will see who can make it into the win column.


The 2013 Gene Bergschneider Turkey Tournament got underway tonight with Springfield Lutheran knocking off Lincolnwood 59-54, Carlinville dropped Rushville-Industry 59-42 and West Central took care of New Berlin 61-38.  This looked like the beginning of a very competitive tournament and Tuesday night it will be West Central (1-0) vs Carlinville (1-0), Rushville-Industry (0-1) will face Springfield Lutheran (1-0) and the night cap will be New Berlin (0-1) playing Raymond-Lincolnwood (0-1).


Patsy Coonrod played the best game I have seen her play in 4 years of basketball as she scored 28 points with 12 of 16 from the field and 4 for 6 from the line.  She also had a solid night of rebounding as the Hawks knocked off Brown County 67-39.  Nine of the Hawks scored in the game as Williams added 13 and Madison Struble 8.  Carrollton shot 46% from the field and 62% from the line as they improved to 2-0 on the year.  Brown County shot 37% from the field and 62% from the line and fell to 0-3 on the year.  They may have had the toughest schedule through 3 week as they lost to Calhoun, West Central and then to Carrollton. Markert scored 19 and Buss 6 to lead the Hornets.  They had 31 turn overs and 22 fouls in the loss.  Next up will be Griggsville Perry and Liberty as Brown County tries to get some wins. 


Triopia moved to 2-0 on the early season for girl's basketball as they knocked off Beardstown (0-2) 40-21.  The Tigers have some trouble scoring in the young season and will have to pick it up a little.  Rawlins was injured in the game and that didn't help matters.  She left with 5 points while Cowell scored 6 and Sindsey and Davidsmeier scored 4 each.  The Tigers only shot 27 times in the game while Triopia shot 63 times.  Beardstown had 31 turnovers and Triopia only 13.  Sayre had 11 points, Musch 9 and Ganz 6 to lead Triopia.Eight of the Trojans scored in the game and they played pretty well with a good combination of height, scoring and few turnovers.  They have the stuff to win a lot of games in the WIVC this season and it will be fun to watch them play in the Lady Tiger this season if they can stay healthy. 


Routt Catholic and Pittsfield-Pleasant Hill opened their girl's basketball season tonight with the Saukees winning 43-24.  The Saukees owned the boards and took advantage of the Rockets turnovers in the win.  Routt was led by Nelson and Spaulding with 6 points each.  The hit 6 of 17 from the field and 11 of 29 from the line with 33 turnovers.  Pittsfield shot 17 of 47 from the field and 6 of 16 from the free throw line with 22 turnovers.  Klatt led the way with 15 points and Clowers added 11 while Hoover hit 8.  This is a pretty promising Saukee ball club who will come after you aggressively with a deep bench.  Their JV won 41-23 also so this may be a good team for the next few years.  Routt is extremely young with 1 junior and no seniors but, they have to improve to stay in the WIVC race this year.  This was only game one so their is plenty of time work on their organization. 


The Hardin-Calhoun Warriors were a little too strong for the Triopia Trojans and beat them in the semi-finals of the New Berlin sectional 25-20, 25-22. This was a good season for the Trojans and they came up a little short.Kylie McGinnis had 1 point and 8 kills tonight while Meyer added 2 points and 8 assists.  Evans had a good night with 8 points, 5 assists and 1 kill and Cydney Musch was strong at the net with 1 assist, 4 kills and 6 blocks.  Sayre finished with 6 points and 4 kills and "Ganz ended up with 1 point and 2 kills.  The Warriors played without their talented setter Maddie Baalman but Sydney White filled in very nicely with 19 assists.  Grace Baalman had 10 points and 10 kills and Emma Baalman 6 points and 12 kills.  Sam Gerson had an all around good match with 4 points, 2 assists and 6 kills.  Calhoun will take on Liberty at 7:00 on Thursday night for the championship and a chance to move on the Nokomis Super-sectional.  


Triopia played one of their most consistent volleyball games of the year tonight and won the Routt Regional 25-16, 25-8 over the New Berlin Pretzels.  This was a very nice team win with a lot of players contributing to the end result. Kylie McGinnis had 10 points, 7 kills and 1 block, while Meyer had 6 kills, 11 assists and 1 kill.  Ganz had 3 points with Lynn adding 5 of her own.  Sayre was aggressive with 5 pooints, 5 kills and 2 blocks and Werries recorded 2 kills.  Cydney Musch had a good night with 5 kills and 1 block and Katie Evans set the balll well with 7 assists.  The only down side was the 5 service errors in the win.  New Berlin ended their season with a 13-22 record.  Triopia will play Hardin-Calhoun on Tuesday at the New Berlin Sectional in game 2.  In the opener it will be Pawnee and Liberty with the two winners playing for the title on Thursday.


Triopia defeated Routt Catholic in the semi-final round of the Routt Regional 27-25, 25-15 to end the Rockets season with 7 wins and 27 losses in an unusual year.  The Trojans will take on the New Berlin Pretzels on Thursday in the title game and a chance to play in the New Berlin Sectional.  The Pretzels downed Franklin Waverly 25-18, 25-16 behind the solid sets of Briana Klein (22). It will be a good match as both teams are about the same size with good setters and good net play.  Triopia is the #1 seed and New Berlin the #2 seed so get to the Routt Dome for some fun competition on Thursday night.


The regionals started for volleyball tonight and it was Routt over Meredosia/Chambersburg 31-29, 25-11 and Franklin/Waverly beat ISD 25-9, 25-11.  Routt will move on to play Triopia tomorrow night at 6:00 and Franklin/Waverly will face New Berlin at 7:00.  Routt and Triopia played in regular season and it was a hard fought win for the Trojans in 3 games.  The rematch will be a good semi-final match.  The Flashes and Pretzels are also similar and we will end up with a competitive final on Thursday night. Either team could have won the 31-29 battle and it was a great way to open the regional. 


It was senior night at Triopia for their football game this evening and the Trojans honored 5 of their players.  Greenfield/Northwestern who was 6-2 and play off bound was in town and pretty much dominated the game.  They helped their post season seeding with a convincing 42-0 win.  The Trojans ended their season 2-7 but will return most of their team next year.  Triopia finished with 193 yards of offense with 95 through the air and 98 on the ground.  Greenfield/NW had 320 yards of offense with 96passing and 232 rushing.  Coffey and Gibbs led the rushing game and Masters hit 5 of 12 through the air.  They scored on plays of 24, 34, 2, 42 and 14 and their hurry up offense with big play capability was impressive.  Their only two losses on the year were to Carrollton and to Brown County.


On Senior night at Winchester, the West Central Cougars out played the Triopia Trojans, in football, and won a decisive 44-14 game.  The Trojans started out strong with a 12 play drive and took an 8-0 lead and that was their last real good news of the night.  Clayton scored twice for Triopia and Shanks threw for 100 yards as their highlights.  West Central pretty much did what they wanted in the game and ran through the Trojans tacklers as they rushed for 321 yards in the win.  Barnett had 153 yards and Boehs ran for 90.  Triopia had 106 yards on the ground with Parker leading the way with 36 and Clayton 35.  Triopia fell to 2-6 on the year and will end their season next week at home against Greenfield/Northwestern.  The Cougars will hit the road and take on CPC, who is still undefeated after their win tonight over Carrollton.  


It was a combination of Senior night and Volley for Hope at Triopia tonight and we got to see a very good match as a bonus.  Triopia won 25-23, 26-24 as the 5 and 15 Tigers put up a real fight in both games.  Madrid had 10 points and 4 kills.  Young played very well with 1 point, 10 assists and 1 kill.  Rawlins played her final good match with 7 points, 1 assist and 4 kills.  Trujillo finished with 3 kills and 1 block and Alexander 3 points and 1 kill.  Triopia started seniors tonight and worked in their starting unit and played very well as a team.  Eleven different players put up numbers tonight as the Trojans seem to be rounding into the type of team they want for regional time.  They will play in Jerseyville this week end and that will also help prepare them for post season.  Emily Burns had 6 points while Kylie McGinnis posted 7 kills and 5 blocks.  Sydney Meyer as steady as usual with 6 points, 15 assists and 9 kills.  Baily Ganz 2 point, Lynn 1 point 1 assist and 3 kills, Miller 1 assist and 3 kills, Megan Burns 2 assists, Abbie McGinnis 2 points and Evans 2 points and 3 assists.  Cydney Musch ended with 6 kills and 1 block while Sayre rounded out the scoring with 13 points, 1 assist and 6 kills.  It was a real nice team effort. The Tiger's JV won 9-25, 25-13, 25-18.


Hardin Calhoun's volleyball team was as good as advertised.  They came to Routt Catholic with a 20-2 record and took care of business 25-16, 25-7.  We will see them again on Saturday when they play in the Waverly Tournament.  To win it all, they will have to defeat West Central twice and that will be fun to watch.  They knocked off West Central in 3 games in regular season play.  Their win tonight gave them sole posession of the WIVC crown. Routt was just overmatched tonight and could not get any steady rhythmn going.McGee had 3 kills and Huey 2 blocks for their sparse highlights in the loss.  They did haved only 1 service error. The Warriors got a great night from Maddie Baalman with 2 points, 1 block and 19 assists.  Oswald had 9 points and Grace Baalman had 4 points, 1 assist and 5 kills.  Emma Baalman tossed in 9 points and 11 kills and Sam Gerson finished with 9 points 7 kills and 1 block.  This is a well rounded team with height and talent. They only had 2 service errors as well and will enter the Waverly Tournament as the #3 seed;  a little confusing as they have beaten the #2 seed already.  They will settle it on the court.        


Routt has played and lost to some very good teams in volleyball this season and it paid off tonight as they used that experience to knock off the Brown County Hornets.  Grainger led the Hornets with 4 points, 1 assist, 4 kills and 3 blocks.  Ryssman added 1 point, 4 kills and a block and Wegs served well with 8 points including 3 aces.  The Hornets had 7 service errors on the night and fell to 5-18 on the year.  Smith and McGee were a great team tonight as Smith had 14 assists and McGee 15 kills.  Smith also added 6 points and 2 kills of her own.  Worrell served 5 points and Langdon had 1 assist and 4 kills.  Jenna Rossi contributed 3 points with 2 aces and 3 kills as the Rockets played some of their best team ball all season.  They had 8 service errors in the win and will need to serve much better on Wednesday when they face a big and strong Hardin-Calhoun Warrior team.


Camp Point Central was as good as advertised and defeated the Triopia Trojans, in football, Friday night 54-12.  The Panthers pretty much did what they wanted and executed well in the win. With the win, they stayed perfect on the season with a 7 and 0 record.  Kramberg rushed for 161 yards and 1 touchdown while Hennen ran for 99 yards and 1 TD.  Keltz carried e times for 48 yards and a score and Stone 1 time for 45 yards and a touchdown. Phillips hit Foote for a 56 yard touchdown.  CPC controlled the ball for 32 minutes in the game.  Triopia was led in rushing by Parker with 77 yards and a score.  Shanks hit Wise for a 58 yard score as well.  Camp Poont had 477 yards of offense to 261 by the Trojans in a basically penalty free game.CPC was the better team tonight and will take on a good Carrollton team next Friday night at the home of the Hawks.  Triopia played hard tonight and will take on West Central in Winchester on Friday night.


It was "Volley for the Cure" tonight at the Routt Dome in Jacksonville and the Crimson won handily 25-9, 25-13 and improved to 12-3 on the year. McGee had a pretty good night for the Rockets with 2 points, 1 assist, 5 kills and 3 blocks. Jacksonville was led by Tomhave with 12 points and 3 kills, 'Steckel 14 service points, Thornley with 4 points, 8 assists and 2 kills and Keene who made the most of being set up as she had 6 kills, 1 block and 1 assist. The Crimson were too tall, too strong and basically too well disciplined to get out of position as they dominated the shorter Rockets.  Routt will take on WHNG tomorrow night in a road match..


Triopia need a win tonight, on the road, at Mendon Unity to keep their play off hopes alive.  They jumped out to a 16-0 lead and things were looking good but, 7 fumbles later and some shaky tackling left them with a 43-22 loss.  Wise scored on an 80 yard run around left in on the first play from the line of scrimmage and Parker scored on a 2 yard run with 4:09 to play in the first quarter, then the bottom fell out.  The Mustangs scored the next 5 touchdowns and also scored a safety. to take a 37-16 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.  Triopia scored with 8:27 to play in the 4th on a Shanks to J. Gregory 20 yard pass.  Mendon scored with 1:59 to play for the final time.  Loos had 3 TD's through the air as he hit Brink for 24, Blickhan for 24 and Thompson for 4 yards.  Blickhan returned a punt for 75 yards to scored and ran one in from 17 yards.  Blickhan also only missed 1 extra point kick on the evening and played an all around good game.  Triopia finished with 412 yards of offense and the Mustangs ended with 60 yards rushing and 290 passing.  Mendon was the better team tonight and deserved the win.  The Trojans have CPC (undefeated) at home next Friday night and still have Greenfield and West Central on their schedule. 


Carrollton defeated Routt Catholic 25-8, 25-10 tonight at the home of the Hawks.  The Rockets got off to a slow start and never got any rhythm as they fell to 3-15 on the season.  No one had more than 1 kill for Routt and they were not close in the match tonight so, they will keep trying to get organized before regional time and see if they can make a run.  Carrollton played very well . Emily Struble had 12 points with 5 assists while Weber had 4 pooints and 9 assists.  Mountain had 6 points with 4 aces, 1 assist, 4 kills and 1 block.  Lake played well with 2 points and 5 assists and Wills added 6 kills and a block.  Madison Struble had 10points with 3 aces and 8 kills with 1 block.  Routt had 4 service errors and The Hawks had 3.  With the win, Carrollton improved to 5-9 on the year.


Franklin had beaten Triopia at the Meredosia Tournament and they may face each other again at the Waverly tournament or at the Routt Regional, so tonight's match was a big one.  Triopia won 25-23, 25-22 as they were a little more consistent than the Flashes this evening.  Franklin only had 2 service errors to 8 for the Trojans but, they couldn't any long runs in the games.  Nevius had 3 points with 3 kills while Wallbaum had 6 points and 1 kill.  Duewer had 2 kills and 3 blocks and Henry played good defense while adding 6 points and 2 aces.  Franklin fell to 6-7 with the loss. Triopia got a good team performance tonight.  Emily Burns had 3 points, 1 ace, 1 assist and 1 kill.  MCGinnis was sporadic but added 5 kills.  Meyer had 7 points, 2 aces, 16 assists and 2 kills.  Ganz was strong with 5 points, 1 ace, 1 assist, 6 kills and 2 blocks.  Lynn finished with 3 points and 2 kills.  Sayre served 8 points with 2 aces and had 5 kills.  Miller scored 2 kills as did Werries.  Milby contributed 3 points, 8 assists and 1 kill.  The only down side was the 8 service errors as those are unforced and give away points.  Triopia won the JV games 25-23, 25-20. 


Routt was the under dog in their homecoming football game today with Mendon Unity.  They got behind 28-0 and came back to make it a 28-13 game before finally giving up a late Mustang touchdown and took their 4th loss in 5 games.  Menon won their first game of the season and have a date with Triopia next Friday night at home. Routt, primarily due to their size, had a hard time moving the ball and getting to the end zone today. Howard finished with minus 5 yards, Dylan Jones with 15, Hoots 16 and Basnett 8 yards. Ben Whalen led the way with 83 yards.  Garde had an interception and Jones was 6 for 11 through the air with 1 interception. Jones threw a 9 yard TD pass to Whalen and a 35 yard TD to Ketcham as Patrick May hit 1 of 2 extra points.  Loos was 2 for 7 passing for the Mustangs and ran for 68 yards.  Beck had 37 yards rushing, Cantrell 3 and Sean Schmidt 2.  Blickhan led the asy with 135 yards of rushing and 3 touchdowns in the win.  He also hit 5 of 6 extra points.  Klitz had an interception and Zach Miller caught a 14 yard Touchdown pass for one of the Mendon scores. Routt wanted the win and was not looking for a character builder but they fought hard in the loss and will have to take on the undefeated Panthers of CPC next week on the road.  They have some serious challenges ahead.


Triopia played one of their better matches tonight but it wasn't good enough to get them a win over West Central in Volleyball.  Meyer had 2 points, 7 assists and 1 kill.  Ganz added 3 points, 1 assist, 2 kills and 4 blocks. Kenzie Miller had 2 kills while Sayre had 8 kills.  Werries had 2 points and 1 kill as Milby had 4 pooints and 8 assists and McGinnis rounded out the match with 5 kills and 5 blocks.  She (Kylie McGinn) did a credable job against  Victoria Miller in the loss.  Hurrelbrink had 9 points, 7 assists, 1 kill and 1 block as she played a well rounded match for the Cougars.  Roberts played equally well with 5 points, 12 assists and 2 kills. Street was active with 5 points, 7 kills and 6 blocks.  Miller was strong with 4 points, 2 assists, 9 kills and 4 blocks.  Kilver had a couple of kills while Buhlig had 2 points and 2 kills and Lexi Moore played solid defense while adding 3 points.  Triopia had 4 service errors while West Central had 5.  West Central improved to 15-2 with the win.  Their only losses came to Calhoun and Southeastern.


Payson-Seymour cruised to a 25-5, 25-5 win over Routt Catholic at the Rout Dome tonight.  McGee led the Rockets with 3 late kills and 1 block while Schwiderski had 1 point and 3 assists as the Rockets fell to 3-13 on the season.  They will face a strong West Central ball club next week as well as JHS.  The Indians came in with an 8-8 record, got off to a great start and played tough to the end.  Gregg had 13 points, 2 kills and 1 block.  Pryor served 8 points with 2 assists.  Lippincott added 5 kills and 2 blocks while Skylar Brown had 5 points with 2 aces and 2 kills.  Wolf was solid with 3 points, 1 ace, 14 assists and 2 kills.Reese and Flesner each had 3 kills also as this was a nice team effort by the Indians tonight.  They will play at the Mendon regional in October.


There were 18 service errors tonight in the VB match between Triopia and Routt Catholic.  The Trojans won 25-16, 23-25, 25-22 in an exciting finish.  These are a couple of teams who have been plagued by inconsistency this season but, they both have enough talent to make life miserable on their opponents for at least part of their matches.  Smith had a nice night for the Rockets with 2 points, 11 assists and 2 kills. Casler served 7 points while MCGee had 8 kills and 4 blocks.  Langdon had one of her better nights with 6 kills.  Triopia played a lot of their team tonight in their win. Kylie MCginnis had 8 kills and 1 block.  Meyer finished with 6 points, 14 assists and 3 kills and Ganz played well with 8 points and 7 kills. Megan Lynn had 3 kills while Miller tallied 1 assist, 4 kills and 1 block.  Sayre counted 9 points and 6 kills and Werries had 6 points in game one.  Milby contributed 4 points, 7 assists and 1 kill and Evans had 1 point and 3 assists.  Triopia will face a tough West Central team at home on Thursday night.  Routt's JV won 25-20, 25-19.


There were too many mistakes by both teams tonight but it ended up being very exciting at the end as Brown County came back late and beat Triopia 12-8 with just 9.6 seconds left on the clock.  The Hornets scored first with 5:52 on the clock in the 2nd quarter.  The Trojans came back,after the lights went out for about 20 minutes, and scored with 16 seconds left before half.  Triopia made their extra point (2 point conversion) and Brown County did not, so it was 8-6 Triopia until the Hornets winning touchdown with 9.6 left. Phelps ran for 73 yards to open the scoring and Parker scored on a 2 yard run to tie the game.  Wise hit Jackson for the extra point and the defense amd mistakes took over until the final winning drive when Ruble hit Robinson with the touchdown in the corner of the end zone.  Triopia fumbled 5 times (lost 3) and had a touchdown called back on a penalty.  Brown County fumbled 3 times (lost 2) and threw 2 interceptions plus had touchdown called back on a penalty.  They also had one of their fumbles in the end zone, so it was a game of survival and the Hornets came out on top.  Brown County had 267 yards rushing and 9 yards passing. Phelp led the way with 132 yards, Long 67 yards, Mekdara 23 and Boylen 45 yards.  For Triopia, they had 182 yards rushing with 41 passing. Parker ran for 73 yards, Wise 44 and Arendt 37.  Wise was also 2-3 3 passing and Ruble 1-5 with 2 interceptions.  In spite of 7 penalties for 60 yards the Hornets were good enough to improve to 4-0 with the win while Triopia fell to 1-3.  ISD is up next for Triopia and CPC will take on the Hornets at Camp Point.  


Greenfield-Northwestern and Routt had 24 service between them tonight as the Tigers picked up a 25-21, 22-25, 25-13 win in WIVC play.  GNW improved to 3-2 on the year and the Rockets fell to 2-11 as they continue to look for some consistency in their game. Pauling had a good night with 7 points and 8 assists and Schiderski served well with 14 points and 1 assist.  Smith had 4 points, 4 assissts and 2 kills while Rossi finished with 5 points, 1 assist and 3 kills.  McGee totaled 5 kills and 4 blockds and Huey had a kill and 2 blocks.  Routt had their chances tonight but just couldn't hang onto their lead.  McNeely had a super night with 7 points, 23 assists and 1 kill.  Liz Bishop added 7 points and 11 kills while Thomson served 12 points with 2 assists and 3 kills.  Madeline Smith finished with 4 kills and 2 blocks.  Megan Bishop played well with 12 points and 4 kills and Conrady did a nice job with 6 kills and 2 blocks.  The Tigers put the pressure on from the beginning and although they trailed in 2 of the 3 games, they did the right thing at the right time and got their win.  Routt will take onGriggsville-Perry in Griggsville on Thursday.


Triopia has been a little inconsistent with their volleyball so far this year and tonight they lost 25-22, 12-25, 25-23  to WHNG.  They had 4 service errors in each of their losses and no service errors in the game they won.  They looked very sharp at times and lost their concentration at other times and the Spartans got the best of them.  MacKenzie Musch had an outstanding second game with 11 straight points, including 4 aces.  She is the third sophomore who has looked very good at times for the varsity.  She, along with Kylie McGinnis and Emily Burns are trying to get more and more varsity court time and that will bode well for the Lady Trojans before the year is done.Hailey Kraushaar and Arika Hull had 4 kills each while Britney Kraushaar, Clanton, Jennings, Hull and Hoesman had 8 blocks between them as they protected the net nicely.  The Spartans improved to 4-2 with the win.  Meyer had 7 points, 9 assists and 3 kills while Ganz had 5 points and 9 kills with 1 block.  Sayre served 6 points and 3 kills with Milby having 1 points and 14 assists. Evans contributed 2 points, 3 assists and 1 kill.  The sophomores, Emily Burns 7 points, 1 assist), Kylie McGinnis (11 kills, 4 blocks)  and Mackenzie Musch (12 points and 4 kills) added some solid offense to the Triopia attack. Triopia fell to 5-4.


It was a tough week end of volleyball for the Lady Rockets of Routt Catholic.  They played in a very strong field of teams at the JHS tournament where they o-4.  The lost their opener to a good Bellvelle West team 25-12, 25-10.  Match two was a 25-18, 23-25, 16-14 loss to the Knights of Peoria Richwoods.  In match three, it did not get any easier as they played very impressive Metamora Redbird team who dominated them 25-15, 25-9.  They closed the day with a 25-19, 25-23 loss to the Lady Wildcats of Lovejoy. Routt historically playes a very tough pre-WIVC schedule but this year they are matching a rebuilding season against a strong mixture of opponents and are hoping it will get them ready for their conference run.  Calhoun, West Central and Triopia are all waiting for them in the weeks ahead.  It will be fun to see how they respond.  Personally, I don't think you have seen their best games yet but, they need to improve and mature in their effort.  


Triopia and Routt Catholic squared off, in football, tonight and the Trojans big line took care of business.  They opened big holes for their running back who responded with big gainers.  Arendt led the way with touchdown runs of 23, 56 and 65 yards as he used his 230 pounds and good speed to get the job done.  Wise scored on two sweeps around the right end and Levi Job with a running touch down, plus a Wise to Jackson TD pass put up a lot of numbers.  They also converted on 4 of 6 two point conversions for the 50-0 win.  While it was impressive, the Trojans know their next game is a big one as they hit the road to play in the "Hornets Nest" in Mt. Sterling where they will face a good Brown County team.  Routt has small numbers and small players and will have to work hard for all they get this year in regard to wins.  They have the heart but they will need to catch a few breaks along the way.


Barry Western came into tonight's volleyball match with Triopia with a 2-4 record but, you had to look at the team they lost to in order of getting a feeling for the match.  They were beaten at the Suns Classic by Southeastern, Brown County, Liberty and CPC and were ready for the Trojans.  Starting slowly, they lost 25-18, then came back to win 25-19 and 25-22 as they were a little more consistent than Triopia in the long haul.  For the Trojans, they had 8 service errors in the loss.  Meyer had 4 points, 11 assists and 2 kills.  Ganz contributed 5 points, 5 kills and 2 blocks.  Sayre had her usual good game with 2 points, 1 assist and 6 kills while Werries recorded 6 points and 4 kills.  Milby had 9 points in the opening game and 13 on the night with 8 assists, 2 kills and 1 block.  McGinnis had 6 kills and 2 blocks and Emily Burns 2 points. Robbins was a little wild at times for the Wildcats but finished with 8 points and 6 kills.  Dunker served 2 points and had 13 assists.  Bradshaw served well with 11 points, 1 assist, 2 kills and a block. Jessica Grammer added 9 points and 1 assist while Evan Colston came off the bench with 6 kills and 7 blocks.  Taylor Smith had 4 points, 4 assists and a kill and Christison roundedout the scoring with 9 kills and 6 assists.  It was a good win for the Cats and it helped that they only had 1 service error in each game.  Next up for the Trojans will be Brown County tomorrow in Mt. Sterling.    


Triopia got the kind of start they needed last night against the Carrollton Hawks but, just couldn't keep it up all 4 quarters and ended up losing 34-8 to drop to 0-2 on the season.  This is the first time the Trojans have started 0-2 since 2000, so they will try to rebound against the Routt Rockets on Thursday night at Don Kemp Field.  The biggest problem for the Trojans tonight was their inability to hold the Hawks when Carrollton was 3rd and long.  They gave up 45 yards on a 3rd and 30 and 37 yards on a 3rd and 16, so Carrollton was able to get out of deep trouble.  Triopia had 191 yards on 39 carries and the Hawks 206 on 38.  Carrollton had 96 yards through the air to minus 6 for Triopia. Parker was the leading rusher on the night with 122 yards while Wise had 44 and Alexander 38.  Palan led the Hawks with 82, Smith 68 and Brannan 37.  Brannan also caught 3 passes for 47 yards.  Carrollton had scoring drives of 5 for 48 yards, 3 for 49, 3 for 54, 9 for 53 and 9 for 76 as they had the ball for nearly 32 minutes.  Tripia amassed 191 yards and gave up 302 in the game.  They played better than they did against Pleasant Hill but the Hawks were much more explosive than the Wolves.  Next game will be the start of the division play so let's see how Triopia responds as they get over the sting of their early losses.


Auburn did not pne of their better matches tonight but it was good enough to knock off the young team from Routt Catholic 25-20, 25-18.  This is a senior laden Trojan team with some very good talent but they had 5 service errors in the game one and 3 in game two.  They also had numerous hitting errors tonight but their talent level was good enough to withstand the Rockets challenge. Cochran had 9 points and 5 assists.  Kuhn 6 kills and 2 points, Jenkins 5 points and 2 kills and Kuenstler 7 points, 1 assist, 2 kills and 1 block.  Auburn improved to 1-1 on the season with their loss to Pleasant Plains.  Routt is 2-6 after the loss with a heavy early schedule of solid opponents.  They are hoping the early test will teach them what they need to know for WIVC play.  Tonight they hurt themselves with 6 service errors in the opener and 2 in game two.  They had too many unforced errors to beat a good team and will need to become a little more consistent.  Smith finished with 3 points, 4 assists and 1 kill while Spaulding had 4 points 3 assists and Nelson 2 kills.  Rossi was active with 5 points and 2 kills and McGee didn't get set enough tonight to make a major impact as she ended up with 3 kills and a block.  Huey got some more experience and contributed 3 kills and 2 blocks while Langdon had a kill.  This is a rough looking team at the moment but they show promise and will get better as the season rolls along.  Next up is the JHS tournament at IC.


One of our questions was answered tonight at the Meredosia volleyball tournament.  How good is West Central?  You gotta like them.  Triopia played them tough in game one and led most of the way.  At crunch time, the Cougars stepped up and won 26-24, then dominated game two and won 25-12.  It will take a good team who is willing to play 3 hard games to get past West Central at least in the early going this season.  They will be their own biggest enemy by not concentrating for their entire matches.  Bailey Ganz had 4 kills and a block with 2 points.  Sayre had 3 kills, Werries had 3 kills and Alexis MCGinnis finished with 1 kill and 3 blocks and that was about the highlight of the Trojan evening. Hurrelbrink, Roberts, Street and Victoria Miller played very well and the combination was just too much for Triopia tonight. When these 4 and their supporting teammates get it right, they are the team to beat in the WIVC. If I see someone better, I will point it out immediately and hope they face each other.


Griggsville-Perry is a little better team, on paper, than Meredosia and they proved it on the court tonight.  The Tornadoes won 25-13, 25-9 with more consistent play and fewer unforced errors than the Indians.  Meredosia will need some more court time and a little more organization and I think they will come around to have a good year. Griggsville-Perry is, in my opinion, a step down from West Central and Triopia now but they will pretty solid before the year is done.  Flowers had 6 points with 13 assists and 1 kill.  Lexi Kessinger had 11 points and 6 kills and Allysin Bingham 5 points with 1 kill.  Rachel Smith had her best night with 1 points, 3 kills and 1 block and G-P was led by Kelsey Whitaker with 9 points, 2 aces, 1 assist, 7 kills and 2 blocks.  This was a nice team win and the Tornadoes played with a lot of confidence.  Their next big challenge will be Saturday night when they play West Central. It will give them a true sense of who they are and what they need to work on.  Can they beat the Cougars?  We'll have to wait and see. 


It was another night of solid volleyball at the Meredosia Volleyball tournament.  Franklin won in 3 games over Pleasant Hill.  Kennedy Moore served 13 points tonight while Katie Moore  had 9 kills and 2 blocks for the Wolves.  Clowers played well again with 5 points, 12 assists, 7 kills and 3 blocks.  Sarah Calvin also played well for P. Hill with 3 points and 5 kills.  For Franklin, Macie Nagel finished with 8 points and 13 assists.  Maddie Henrey served 10 winners and had 2 kills.  Nevius had her best night of the tournament with 1 point, 1 assist and 9 kills.  Nine of the flashes had at least 1 kill as they played team ball.  Franklin had 4 service errors and the Wolves ended with 8.


Triopia improved to 3-0 on the year with their 25-18, 25-21 win over Griggsville-Perry.  The Tornadoes got a good night from Flowers who had 3 points, 8 assists and 1 kill.  Bingham contributed 2 points, 1 assist and 5 kills while Whitaker had 7 kills and 1 block.  Triopia is deep in talent this year and got help from 10 different players.  Meyer had 3 points, 13 assists and 2 kills.  Ganz has played well in all 3 matches so far this season and tonight had 4 points, 1 assist, 9 kills and 1 block.  Sayre served 3 points with 5 kills.  Werries had 5 points and 1 kill.  Megan Burns had 5 points, 2 assists and 1 kill.  Milby a point, 2 assists and 1 kill while Evans served 3 points and had 3 assists.  Alexis McGinnis (5 kills, 1 block) and Kenzi Miller (1 kill, 2 blocks) have added a lot to this already talented team and once they get Musch back, they are going to be very tough at the net.  Their game with West Central tomorrow night will tell them a lot about who they are this season and what they want to work on.  This will be a fun match to watch as they may be two of the better teams in the WIVC this season.   


The Merdosia-Chambersburg volleyball tournament opened tonight with some very good matches.  Griggsville-Perry defeated Franklin 25-22, 25-23 in a tight battle.  Flowers, Lexi Kessinger and Kelsey Whitaker led the Tornadoes while Bonds had 3 kills and 3 blocks as well.  Wallbaum, Sutera, Nevius, Duewer, Lane and Henry were the main scorers for the Flashes.


In game #2, it was a dominating performance by the West Central Cougars as they took care of the Pleasant Hill Wolves 25-10, 25-17.Peebles and Smith led the Wolves while Roberts, Victoria Miller, Sorrell, Kilver and Street all played good games in the Cougar win.  Lexi Moore also had 11 service points as this was a good team win for West Central.  They are physical and can be powerful in their aggressive style of play and will be a huge challenge for many opponents this season.


In the final game of the night, the Triopia Trojans got off to a great start and took advantage of the Meredosia Indians 25-8. The Indiansi played a much better second game and it took a 29-27 effort by the Trojans to put it away.  Demaree, Fansiier and Emily Campbell played well for Meredosia in the loss.  Meyer and Ganz served well with 8 and 10 points respectively.  Ganz also had 3 kills and 4 blocks in the win.  Kenzie Miller came in, off of the bench, with 3 kills and a block and Sayre had one of her better games with 4 points and 5 kills.  Werries had 5 points while Milby contributed 9 assists in game two.  Each team had 6 service errors in the match and will want to work on that aspect.  The Tuesday night matches will be well balanced as Franklin takes on Pleasant Hill and Triopia will play Griggsville-Perry.


Pleasant Hill didn't pay any attention to the local newspaper who predicted they would lose a 42-6 decision to the Triopia Trojans on opening night of the football season.  They had won 3 of their last 6 games in 2012 and averaged 270 pounds per man on the line. They came to Don Kemp Field with the intention of playing the Trojans tough or possibly beating them, which a lot of teams have not been able to do very often.  The final score was 12-8 as the Wolves got the job done.  It was a scoreless game at half time as Triopia held off several serious scoring attempts by P. Hill.  The Wolves finally scored with 2:18 in the 3rd on an 11 yard run by Corbin Edwards. The extra point was no good.  Triopia came back with Parker Tourchdown at the 5:51 mark and he also ran for the 2 point conversion to give the Torjans the 8-6 lead.  The touchdown was set up by a Blake Lawson fake punt and run on a 4th and 10 play that put Triopia at the Wolf 20.  Things looked good for Triopia but P. Hill scored on a 9 play 68 yard drive that was high lighted by a 34 yard run by Edwards and a 1 yard finish by Seth Moyers.  The Wolves had 185 net yards while Triopia was held to just 43.  The big stat of the game was the 6 Trojans fumbles of which they lost 4.  It was a little too much to overcome and Triopia came up a little short at the end.  They have a touch match up next week as they face Carrollton and P. Hill has a good chance to get to 2-0 as they take on the ISD Tigers.    


Pleasant Hill was up and down in their loss to Triopia on Tuesday and tonight they got up big on Routt Catholic, then let the game slip away 25-23.  Game two went Routt's way and they swept the Wolves 25-14 for the win.  Colvin served well for P. Hill tonight and Holcomb had 5 service points as well.  Moore had 3 points and 2 kills, Colvin had 2 kills and Clowers had 3 points 2 assists, 2 kills and 1 block.  The Wolves had 6 service errors tonight and couldn't survive the pressure the Rockets put on them.  Spaulding had 11 points, 8 assists and a kill tonight while McGee had 8 kills and 1 block.  Russato had 4 points, Smith 4 points, Rossi 5 points and Langdon 5 points as Routt served well.  They had 4 service errors also but once they settled down, they played well.  You get the idea this is a team that will take a little time to gel and will be very good when that happens.  Freshman, Huey, will contribute more and more as her season rolls on. She had 3 kills tonight as Rossi had 3 and Langdon 2 which showed the Rockets can attact from several different positions and players.  They play at the Lutheran tournament this week end. 


In our first night of volleyball for the 2013 season, we had Pleasant Hill at Triopia to take on the Trojans.  Triopia took advantage of the Wolves mistakes and won 25-14, 25-16 to get their season off to a nice start.  Except for being a little incosistent, Pleasant Hill played okay and will win some games before this season is over with.  Clowers led the Wolves attack with 5 service points, 3 assists, 4 kills and 1 block.  P. Hill only had 2 service errors but they made numerous hitting errors and will get better as the season rolls on.  Triopia had some lapses themselves but overall had a good opening night.  Meyer finished with 9 service points, 4 assists and 2 kills as she played a well rounded floor game.  Sayre had 4 points, 2 assists and 4 kills and Megan Burns scored 9 points in a row in the 2nd game to put it away after being tied 8-8.  Ganz, Werries, Lynn and Kylie McGinnis all had kills while Ganz had 4 blocks and McGinnis had 2 blocks as the Trojans played a good team match.  The down side for Triopia was 6 service errors with 3 to start the 2nd game.  Bunfill and Musch did not play due to injuries and will add to this team as soon as they heal.  Next up for Triopia will be the Meredosia tournament.  We will see the Wolves on Thursday when they host the Lady Rockets of Routt Catholic.