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

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.
9/16/14

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.
7/7/14

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. 

7/6/14

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. 

7/5/14

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. 
7/1/14

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.

6/30/14

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.

6/29/14

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

 

6/28/14

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.

6/27/14

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.  

5/31/14

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.

5/28/14

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.

5/24/14

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.

5/22/14

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.

5/20/14

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.  

5/19/14

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.

5/13/14

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.

5/12/14

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.

5/10/14

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.

5/9/14

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.

5/6/14

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.

5/5/14

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.

5/2/14

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.

5/1/14

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.

4/30/14

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.

4/24/14

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.

4/23/14

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.

4/22/14

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.

4/21/14

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.

4/19/14

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.

4/18/14

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.

4/17/14

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.

4/15/14

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. 

4/12/14

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.

4/11/14

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. 

4/10/14

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.

4/8/14

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.

4/7/14

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.  

4/5/14

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.

4/1/14

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.

3/31/14

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.

3/26/14

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.

3/21/14

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.

3/20/14

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.

3/18/14

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. 

2/24/14

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.     

2/20/14

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.

2/18/14

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.

2/17/14

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.

2/15/14

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.  

2/14/14

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.

2/13/14

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. 

2/12/14

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. 

2/11/14

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.

2/10/14

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.

2/7/14

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.

1/31/14

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.

1/30/14

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. 

1/29/14

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.

1/28/14

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.

1/18/14

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.

1/16/14

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.

1/11/14

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. 

1/9/14

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.  

1/4/14

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.

12/21/13

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.

12/20/13

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. 

12/19/13

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. 

12/18/13

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. 

12/16/13

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. 

12/7/13

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.

12/5/13

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.

11/30/13

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.  

11/29/13

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.  

11/27/13

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.

11/26/13

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.

11/25/13

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).

11/22/13

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. 

11/21/13

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. 

11/19/13

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. 

11/5/13

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.  

10/31/13

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.

10/29/13

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.

10/28/13

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. 

10/25/13

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.

10/18/13

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.  

10/17/13

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.

10/16/13

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.        

10/14/13

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.

10/11/13

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.

10/7/13

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..

10/4/13

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. 

10/1/13

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.

9/30/13

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. 

9/28/13

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.

9/26/13

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.

9/25/13

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.

9/24/13

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.

9/20/13

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.  

9/17/13

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.

9/16/13

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.

9/14/13

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.  

9/12/13

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.

9/9/13

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.    

9/6/13

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.

9/5/13

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.

9/4/13

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. 

9/3/13

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.   

9/2/13

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.

8/30/13

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.    

8/29/13

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. 

8/27/13

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.