The host Eastland Cougars jumped out to an early lead and were able to fend off the West Carroll Thunder 43-41 Monday night in Lanark. Eastland took a twenty to fifteen first quarter lead and increased that lead to six points at the half. The second half saw the Thunder cut that lead to a single point to begin the final quarter. Free throws down the stretch and a three pointer from Brad Dunlap were enough for the Cougars to escape with the victory. Collin Macomber led Eastland with twelve points with teammate Tyler Giedd adding eight. Brady Edwards of West Carroll led all scorers in the game, dropping in eighteen points. Thunder head coach Josh Knuth said, “We played hard but we didn’t rebound very well. That was a major factor in the game. We have to have more guys step up when they get their opportunities. Give a lot of credit to Eastland, they played very well. We have to become a better rebounding team to get where we want to be.”
3 Point Field Goals: West Carroll: 4 (Edwards 3, Naples 1)
Eastland: 2 (Dunlap 2)
Fouled Out: None
F/S Score: Eastland 52 West Carroll 28
Pearl City Dominates Missiles
The Milledgeville Missiles jumped out to a four point first quarter lead but couldn’t sustain their scoring as they fell to the Wolves 43-18 on Tuesday evening in Milledgeville. The Missiles led ten to six going into the second quarter but their scoring disappeared as they were only able to put nine points on the board the rest of the contest. Pearl City went on to score in double figures the final three quarters to run away with the win. Junior Jason Kurth led all scorers in the contest, dumping in nineteen points. The Missiles Brandon Feltenz led Milledgeville, scoring eight points.
3 Point Field Goals: Pearl City: 2 (Gahm 1, Moyer 1)
Milledgeville: 2 (Feltenz 2)
Fouled Out: Milledgeville: 1 (Neubauer)
Storm Roll Over Morrison
The first half of the Morrison-Bureau Valley game looked like it would be close throughout. The Mustangs trailed by a single point and led by a point at the half. A dismal second half doomed the Morrison squad as they fell at Bureau Valley 49-30 on Tuesday evening. The Mustangs were outscored by eleven points in the third quarter and by nine points in the final frame to make the deciding margin of victory. Dylon Smith and Bill Bos shared scoring honors for Morrison, each dropping in seven points in a losing effort.
Morrison: Belt 1 1-2 4; Bird 1 0-0 3; Bos 3 1-2 7; Heusinkveld 1 0-0 2; Nelson 1 0-0 2; Smith 3 1-3 7; Volckmann 2 0-0 5
Bureau Valley: Ackerman 0 2-2 2; Baker 1 2-4 4; Catton 0 1-2 1; DeMay 4 2-4 12; DeVenney 4 2-4 12; C. Johnson 4 0-0 8; D. Johnson 1 0-0 2; Walters 3 2-2 8
3 Point Field Goals: Morrison: 3 (Belt 1, Bird 1, Volckmann 1)
Bureau Valley: 4 (DeMay 2, DeVenney 2)
Fouled Out: Morrison: 1 (Bos)
Forreston Grounds The Missiles
The Cardinals used big scoring advantages in the first and third quarters to handle the Milledgeville Missiles 50-33 on Wednesday evening in Milledgeville. Forreston opened up the game by taking a thirteen to four first quarter lead and outscored the Missiles eighteen to seven in the third quarter to take a lead that Milledgeville could not make up. The Missiles played even basketball with the Cardinals in the second period with both teams putting eleven points on the board. Despite being down by twenty going into the final period, the Missiles outscored Forreston eleven to eight to make the final margin of victory. The Cardinals were led by Jon Watkin’s eighteen points. Teammate Kody Michael added a dozen. Milledgeville was led in scoring by Keegan Neubauer who dropped in thirteen points.
3 Point Field Goals: Forreston: 6 (Watkins 5, Scott 1)
Milledgeville: 4 (Neubauer 2, Kness 1, Rahn 1)
Fouled Out: None
Cougars Edge East Dubuque
The Eastland Cougars jumped out to an early lead and were able to hold off a late surge to down East Dubuque 56-52 in overtime on Thursday in Lanark. The Cougars took an early fourteen to eight first quarter lead and stretched that lead to eight points at the half. The lead held at seven points going into the final quarter. A twenty one to fourteen fourth quarter edge for the Warriors clawed them back into the contest and sent the game to overtime but free throws down the stretch provided the final margin of victory for Eastland.Tyler Giedd led Eastland with eighteen points followed by Collin Macomber’s twelve points. Ty Hartman added nine. Tyler McLane led the Warriors in a losing effort by dropping in thirty six points.
3 Point Field Goals: East Dubuque: 6 (McLane 4, Cory Theil 2)
Eastland: 3 (Dunlap 2, Ty Hartman 1)
Fouled Out: East Dubuque: 3 (Belken, Schneider, Cole Theil)
F/S Score: Eastland 45 East Dubuque 36
Thunder Fall To Panthers
West Carroll was slow getting out of the gate and just couldn’t manage to make up ground as they fell to Le-Win on Thursday night 62-56. The Panthers held an eighteen to eleven edge going into the second quarter and led thirty four to twenty eight at the half. West Carroll managed to cut that lead to a single point going into the final period. The Panthers outscored the Thunder sixteen to eleven to make the final margin of victory. Brady Edwards tallied twenty seven points to lead West Carroll. Thunder head coach Josh Knuth commented, “This was a very disappointing loss for us and we got outplayed in every facet of the game.”
The Morrison Mustangs used a big second quarter to take control of the game on Friday night at Morrison High School and went on to defeat the Erie Cardinals 46-34. Erie jumped out to the thirteen to ten first quarter lead but Morrison came roaring back with a second quarter sixteen to two advantage. They went in at the half leading sixteen to fifteen. The third quarter saw Morrison widen that lead to ten points, thirty one to twenty one going into the final period. The Mustangs took a fifteen to thirteen advantage in the fourth quarter. Morrison’s Bill Bos led the Mustang’s on the scoreboard, dumping in eleven points with teammate Dylon Smith adding nine points. Erie’s Eann Cox led the Cardinals, scoring a dozen points in a losing effort.
Morrison Mustang Kyle Heusinkveld releases a shot as Erie’s Drake Collis defends. Kyle scored six points in the Mustang’s 46-34 victory. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
The Mustang’s Landon Nelson tries to protect the basketball on Friiday night at Morrison Hish School. Landon scored two of Morrison’s forty-six points in the win. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Thunder Crush Pirates
The West Carroll Thunder scored early and often while their defense held the Galena Pirates at bay on Saturday night in Mt. Carroll. The Thunder rolled to the easy 75-57 victory behind scoring from a dozen different players. West Carroll took control of the game right from the beginning as they opened up a twenty five to eight lead to start the second quarter. The Thunder extended that lead to twenty four points by the half and the rout was on. Galena took a very slight scoring advantage in the second half but it was too big a hill to climb as the Thunder cruised to the victory. Matt LaShelle and Tyler Brashaw shared scoring honors for West Carroll with ten points apiece. Tim Brehm, Eric Naples and Andrew Krahn added nine points each. Thunder head coach Josh Knuth commented, “We played a solid team game tonight. Everyone stepped up and played well. Hopefully we can continue to build off the things we did well tonight. Tyler Brashaw had a very good floor game for us with eight rebounds, seven assists and ten points. We still have to continue to improve to get to where we want to be at the end of the season.”
# Point Field Goals: Galena: 5 (Montgomery 3, Hesselbacher 1, Phillips 1)
West Carroll: 9 (Brashaw 2, Coleman 2, LaShelle 2, Naples 1, Kingery 1, French 1)
Fouled Out: None
F/S Score: Galena 43 West Carroll 30
Pearl City Tops Scales Mound
The Pearl City Wolves jumped out to a ten to five first quarter lead and held on to defeat the Scales Mound Hornets 50-47 on Saturday night in Pearl City. The Wolves advantage came at the charity stripe as the made fourteen of sixteen free throws. Pearl City also got a huge game from Jason Kurth as he dropped in a game high twenty one points. Teammate Jacob Gahm added fourteen. Scales Mound was led by Devian Phillip’s eleven points.
3 Point Field Goals: Scales Mound: 7 (Phillips 3, Staver 2, St. Korte 1, Cox 1)
Pearl City: 2 (Gahm 2)
Fouled Out: Scales Mound: 1 (Cox)
Boys Basketball Scores
River Ridge 59 Galena 54
Orangeville 57 Milledgeville 37
Forreston 56 South Beloit 46
Eastland Cruises Past West Carroll
The Eastland Lady Cougars jumped out to a big early lead and cruised to the 64-41 victory over the West Carroll Lady Thunder on Tuesday night in Savanna. The Lady Cougars led twenty one to seven after the first quarter and extended their led to forty one to seventeen at the halftime intermission. A sixteen to four third quarter advantage extended the lead to thirty six points going into the final period. Eastland had three players score in double figures, Annabelle Borota had fourteen points while teammates Logan Feltmeyer and Taylor Ruter added twelve and eleven points. Sophi Morhardt led West Carroll scoring ten points. Thunder head coach Travis Findlay commented, “We were careless with the ball and didn’t rebound tonight. Both Katy Cook and Sophi Morhardt had great second halves to try to get us back in this game. We just need to play smarter and harder.”
3 Point Field Goals: Eastland: 3 (Borota 2, Ruter1)
West Carroll: 1 (Cook)
Fouled Out: None
F/S Score: Eastland 48 West Carroll 9
Milledgeville Wins Big Over West Carroll
After taking a six point first quarter lead the Milledgeville Lady Missiles broke the game open with big scoring advantages in the second and third quarters to take the 64-42 win in Milledgeville on Thursday evening. The Lady Missiles used an eight point advantage in the second frame to take a thirty four to twenty lead and extended that lead to fifty to twenty nine to start the final quarter. Brianna Herin led the Milledgeville scoring attack with fifteen points. Teammates Sam DeGraff and Stephanie Workman added thirteen and twelve points respectively. West Carroll’s Sophi Morhardt led all scorers in the contest, dropping in twenty three points. Lady Thunder head coach Travis Findlay said, “Sophi played the best game I’ve ever seen her play tonight. She was stellar on offense and defense. This was the best single game performance we have had in three years.”
West Carroll’s Sophi Morhardt (#1) tries to get a shot off in traffic on Wednesday night in Milledgeville. Sophi led all scorers in the game, dropping in twenty-three points. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
The Lady Missiles Rebecca Whitmarsh goes up for a shot on Wednesday night against West Carroll. Rebecca scored ten points in the Milledgeville 64-42 win. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
The Lady Thunder’s Sarah Lucas goes up for a shot as the Lady Missiles Brianna Herin defends. Sarah scored four of West Carroll’s forty-two points. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Milledgeville Rolls Over Marcos
The Milledgeville Lady Missiles got off to a fast start and cruised to the lopsided 55-30 victory over Polo on Friday night in Milledgeville. The Lady Missiles jumped out to a twelve to four first quarter lead and extended that lead to thirty three to ten at the haltime intermission. A good second half by Milledgeville kept the Lady Marcos at bay as the Lady Missiles rolled to the easy victory. The Lady Marcos were hurt by their inability to make free throws as they only converted on six of twenty from the charity stripe. Brianna Herin and Abbie Gelwicks shared scoring honors for Milledgeville with each scoring ten points. Eight other Lady Missiles put points on the scoreboard.
Polo: Albrecht 1 0-0 2; Haye 2 0-3 4; Llanos 2 3-7 7; Roberts 4 3-10 11; Webster 1 0-0 2; Woodin 1 0-0 2; Wolf 1 0-0 2
3 Point Field Goals: Milledgeville: 4 (Herin 2, A. Gelwicks 2)
Fouled Out: None
Lady Wolves Edge Le-Win
Pearl City jumped out to a fourteen to nine first quarter advantage and held off the Le-Win Lady Panther 42-38 Friday night in Pearl City. They extended that lead to seven points at the half and led by four points going into the final period. Pearl City converted on thirteen of sixteen free throws to help their cause from the charity stripe and were able to fend off a slight second half scoring advantage by the Lady Panthers. Pearl City’s Kelsie Kluck and Danielle Koning led the Lady Wolves, each scoring a dozen points with teammate Chelsey Doubler adding nine points. Le-Win’s Larynn Shumaker led the Lady Panthers with thirteen points.
KC Free Throw Contest Jan. 15 at Eastland Middle School
Local competition in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is set for Saturday, January 15 at the Eastland Middle School in Shannon. Registration will be held from 9-9:30 a.m. and all boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate.
Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. Entry forms will be available at the event. For more information, call John Jirgenson at 815-493-8935 or Clark Carroll at 815-493-2936.
The KC Free Throw Championship is an annual event with winners advancing through the council, district and regional levels. This event is being sponsored by the Shannon Knights of Columbus. The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal organization with more than 12,500 local councils.
West Carroll Manny’s Shootout
The 4th annual West Carroll Manny’s Shootout will be held on Saturday, January 22nd at West Carroll Middle School in Mt. Carroll. The shootout features some of the top varsity boys and girls basketball teams representing four states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa & Wisconsin), urban and rural schools, public and private schools, large and small schools.
Iowa basketball power Bettendorf High School, returns for the third year and will play LaFollette High School of Madison, Wisconsin. Sterling High School girls are new to the Shootout and will play Davenport Assumption girls, who are playing in their second West Carroll Shootout. Clinton, Iowa High School boys return this year and will play the host school, West Carroll Thunder. Indian Creek High School (Shabbona) is a new entry and will face Forreston High School, who is in their fourth year of the Shootout.
Danville High School, a member of the Big Twelve conference (schools from Champaign/Urbana, Decatur, Bloomington/Normal & Mattoon), is new to the Shootout and has a great basketball tradition. They will face newcomer, Gary West Side High School of Gary, Indiana. West Carroll High School girls will play Unity Christian High School of Fulton in the opening game, followed by the Milledgeville High School vs. Shullsburg High School (Shullsburg, WI) boys’ game.
A paid entry fee of $6.00 gains spectators admission to all seven games.
10:00 a.m. - Unity Christian Knights girls vs. West Carroll Thunder girls
11:30 a.m. - Milledgeville Missiles vs. Shullsburg Miners
1:00 p.m. - Sterling Golden Warrior girls vs. Davenport Assumption Knights girls
2:45 p.m. - Bettendorf Bulldogs vs. Madison LaFollette Lancers
4:15 p.m. - Danville Vikings vs. Gary West Side Cougars
5:45 p.m. - Forreston Cardinals vs. Indian Creek Timberwolves
7:30 p.m. - Clinton River Kings vs. West Carroll Thunder
Manny Castro of Manny’s Pizza in Savanna, Fulton and Freeport, Illinois, is a major sponsor of the West Carroll Shootout. Manny’s Pizza in Savanna has been going strong since 1973 and is one of the longest running businesses in Savanna. Pride of community and local sports is evident in the atmosphere at Manny’s Pizza.
West Carroll Wrestling News
Thursday, January 13th is senior night for the West Carroll wrestling team. The Thunder will be competing against Durand and Polo at the high school in Savanna. The meet will begin at 5:30 p.m. This will be the final home meet for senior Trey Enloe.
The Thunder wrestlers will compete in the Panther JV Wrestling Tournament at Erie High School on Friday, January 14th. The tournament will begin at 4:30 p.m. Schools entered are Erie/Prophetstown, Dixon, Fulton, Kewanee, Marquette Academy, Mercer County, Morrison, Sterling Newman Central Catholic, Orion, Ottawa Township, Polo, Princeton, Putnam County, Riverdale, Rock Island Alleman, Rockford Lutheran, Sherrard, Sterling and West Carroll. Admittance will be $4 for adults, $3.00 for students and $12.00 per family. Passes will not be accepted. Concessions will be available.
The West Carroll Thunder wrestlers will be competing in the 37th Bob Lueder’s Invitational tournament on Saturday, January 22 at Yourd Gymnasium at Clinton High School. Teams competing include: Camanche, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Washington, Davenport Central, Davenport North, Dubuque Senior, Dubuque Wahlert, Durant-Bennett, Fairfield, Le-Win, Milton, Wisconsin, Morrison, Mt. Vernon, Newton, Northeast, Sauk prairie, Wisconsin, West Carroll, Wilton, Clinton, Linn-Mar, New Hampton, Davenport Assumption and Western Dubuque. The first round will begin at 9 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students.
HS Wrestling Results
West Carroll 51 Camanche 24
Northeast 48 West Carroll 32
Bowling League Results
Women’s Wednesday Night League
1-Pruis Upholstery 12-0
2-FAT Boy’s 8-4
4-Green & Clean 5-7
5-Smith & Associates 5-7
6-Ken Kophamer Realty 4-8
7-KJ’s Bar & Grill 4-8
8-Goldstar FS 4-8
High Individual Game
Brenda Workman 234, Kelli Williams 231, Karen Norman 216, Liz Hamilton 206, Dana Nelson 193
High Individual Series
Liz Hamilton 563, Karen Norman 543, Dana Nelson 541, Brenda Workman 513, Kelli Williams 512
1-FAT Boy’s 3-1
3-CAR Quest 2-2
4-Nelson Electric 2-2
5-AG Express 2-2
6-DA BEERS 2-2
7- Roger’s Roughriders 1-3
8-Ridley Appraisals 1-3
High Individual Game
Denny Trobaugh 246, Derik Damhoff 236, Vern Milnes 236-226, Mike Hamilton 225, Andy Beranek 223
High Individual Series
Vern Milnes 620, John Bielema 598, Brian Drehmer 597, Derik Damhoff 592, Mike Hamilton 588