Lady Cougar Ronni Miller returns a Stockton serve during Thursday night volleyball action in Lanark. Miller contributed fourteen digs in the Stockton win.
(PA photo/Craig Lang)
Eastland 2 Le-Win 1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-17)
Milledgeville 2 Forreston 1 (19-25, 25-19, 25-14)
Stockton 2 Pearl City 0 (25-17, 25-18)
Scales Mound 2 River Ridge 1 (25-27, 25-18, 25-15)
Freeport Aquin 2 AFC 0 (25-18, 25-18)
Galena 2 East Dubuque 0 (26-24, 25-19)
Sterling 2 Streator 0 (25-21, 25-16)
Stockton 2 Eastland 1 (16-25, 25-17, 25-12)
Freeport Aquin 2 Milledgeville 0 (25-17, 25-19)
Eastland Lady Cougar Haley Miller sets the ball to a teammate during Thursday evening volleyball action against Stockton at EHS. Eastland took the first game but fell in the next two. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Class 1A RegionalVolleyball Schedules
1-AFC vs. Polo – 7 p.m.
2-Erie vs. game #1 winner – 6 p.m.
3-Eastland vs. Milledgeville – 7 p.m.
Game #2 winner vs. game #3 winner – 7 p.m.
Pearl City Regional
1-River Ridge vs. Scales Mound – 6 p.m.
2-Pearl City vs. Warren – 7 p.m.
3-Stockton vs. game #1 winner – 6 p.m.
4-East Dubuque vs. game #2 winner – 7 p.m.
5-Game #3 winner vs. game #4 winner – 6 p.m.
Class 2A Volleyball Regional Schedules
1-Forreston vs. Pecatonica – 5:30 p.m.
2-Galena vs. West Carroll – 7:30 p.m.
3-Dakota vs. game #1 winner – 5:30 p.m.
4-Le-Win vs. game #2 winner – 7:30 p.m.
5-Game #3 winner vs. game #4 winner – 7:30 p.m.
1-Rock Island Alleman vs. Prophetstown – 7 p.m.
2-Port Byron/Riverdale vs. game #1 winner – 6 p.m.
3-Fulton vs. Morrison – 7 p.m.
4-Game #2 winner vs. game #3 winner – 6 p.m.
‘Catz Win A Thriller
The ‘Catz Eric Schaney runs the football as the Cardinal’s Ross Williams (#41) closes in for the attempted tackle. Schaney and the rest of the Wildcatz battled back to take the come from behind five point victory to remain undefeated in the regular season. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
The EPC Wildcatz hopes of having an undefeated season looked to be in jeopardy during the first half of Friday night’s Senior Night game against the Forreston Cardinals in Lanark. But, the 8-0 ‘Catz kept their composure and orchestrated a thrilling come from behind 31-26 victory to take the Northwest Upstate Illini Northwest title and end their season at a perfect nine wins and no losses, their first undefeated season in nine years.
EPC’s Cody Kluck fights for a few more yards after catching a Tim Vandenburgh pass for a first down in the fourth quarter of Friday evenings game in Lanark. Forreston’s Brett Carlson closes in for the tackle. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Everything seemed to be going the Cardinals way in the first half as they jumped out to a twenty six to sixteen first half lead. A thirty yard field goal by EPC cut the Forreston lead to 26-19 with just under seven minutes remaining in the contest.
The ‘Catz defense stiffened and held the Cardinals to a three and out. EPC running back Ben Thomas busted a forty-four yard run to get the Wildcatz deep in Forreston territory and set up a Ramsay Truckenmiller sixteen yard TD run to pull EPC to within a single point. A two point conversion failed, leaving the score 26-25.
With just under a minute left, the ‘Catz faced a fourth and ten at their own forty-six yard line. QB Tim Vandenburgh hit Cody Kluck with a pair of passes for thirty-two yards. On second and ten from the Forreston fourteen Vandenburgh found Thomas in the middle of the endzone and connected for the game winning TD pass.
Vandenburgh completed thirteen of twenty one passes for 123 yards while Thomas rambled for sixty seven yards. The Cardinals ground game was led by Bryan Kraft who ran for one hundred eight yards.
EPC will host the Orion Charders in round one of the IHSA Class 2A football playoffs while the Cardinals will host the Alden-Hebron Giants.
Mustangs Quell the Storm
By Bill Popkin
The Bureau Valley Storm, needing only one more victory this season to make the IHSA football playoffs, traveled to E.M. Cole Field in Morrison on October 19 to battle the Morrison Mustangs in the final game of the regular season. Another strong defensive effort by Morrison (6-3), limited the Bureau Valley squad to only 13 yards on the ground, thwarting the Storm’s effort (4-5). The Mustangs prevailed in the contest 21-6.
Danny Willis began the scoring with a 46 yard touchdown sprint at the 4:41 mark of the first period. Alex Volckmann’s extra point kick made the score 7-0. On the Mustang’s next possession, Brock Deter went in from the 5 yard line. With another Volckmann extra point, the Mustangs were in control 14-0.
The Storm answered back with 3:24 remaining in the second stanza on a Parker Neuhalflen to Jake Smith pass covering 30 yards. The extra point try failed, and the Mustangs were still ahead 14-6.
The only other scoring in the ballgame came at the 7:00 mark of the last quarter. Matt Wilkens hit Willis on an aerial strike covering 15 yards, culminating a short 3 play drive. With Volckmann’s third extra point kick, the score was 21-6. This would hold up to be the final score of the game.
Morrison’s Andrew Connelly led all rushers in the game with 84 yards, and Willis chipped in 68 more for the home team. The Mustangs totaled 330 offensive yards to 137 for the Storm. However, Morrison committed 8 penalties for 80 yards. This could prove to be a problem in playoff action. On the year, the Mustangs have averaged 19 points per game while giving up only 11.
Flaming autumn leaves. Caramel covered apples. Pumpkins carved with scary faces. It’s high school playoff football time. Enjoy it! This is as good as it gets!
The number 7 seeded Morrison will travel to Aledo to play the number 2 seeded Mercer County Golden Eagles this weekend. The powerful Eagles boast a perfect 9-0 record. They averaged 49 points per ballgame while giving up just 5 points in each outing. Their stingy defense has also shut out the opposition 5 times this season.
Raiders Top Missiles
AFC had their ground game going in full swing as they piled up four hundreds yards of rushing to take the thirty two point (54-22) victory. Jake Kaecker and Andrew LeFevre led AFC, running the football for one hundred sixty six and one hundred twenty seven yards respectively. Kaecker found the endzone for three scores for the Raiders.
Missile QB Kameron DawTyne completed twenty of thirty five pass attempts for two hundred fifty yards and two TD’s. Jordan Harris had twelve receptions for eighty seven yards and a TD. Doug Williams led the Milledgeville defense with fourteen tackles.
Varsity Football Scores
West Carroll 35 Polo 16
Le-Win 53 Dakota 16
Stockton 56 Freeport Aquin 19
Fulton 6 Kewanee 3
South Beloit 19 River Ridge 14
East Dubuque 39 Orangeville 18
Galena 1 Pecatonica 0 (forfeit)
Ottawa 27 Sterling 24
Warren 50 Durand 24
Stillman Valley 47 Winnebago 21
Sterling Newman 13 Amboy 6
Byron 42 Mendota 10
Streator 34 Dixon 14
Machesney Park Harlem 57 Freeport 12
Peru St. Bede 28 Erie/Prophetstown 20
Rock Falls 41 Oregon 36
Port Byron/Riverdale 34 Spring Valley Hall 14
IHSA Football Playoff Pairings
West Central at Stockton - Sat. 10/27 at 2 p.m.
Galena at East Dubuque - Sat. 10/27 at 1 p.m.
Hales at Aquin - Sat. 10/27 at 4 p.m.
Abingdon at Le-Win - Sat. 10/27 at 2 p.m.
Alden-Hebron at Forreston - Sat. 10/27 at 4 p.m.
Orion at EPC (Lanark) - Sat/ 10/27 at 1 p.m.
Winnetka at Amboy - Sat. 10/27 at 5 p.m.
Morrison at Mercer County - Sat. 10/27 at 1 p.m.
Rockridge at Rockford Lutheran - Sat. 10/27 at 6 p.m.
Winnebago at Farmington - Sat. 10/27 at 1 p.m.
Erie/P’town at Sterling Newman - Sat. 10/27 at 2 p.m.