West Carroll Thunder wrestlers will compete in the 2011 IHSA wrestling regionals at Stillman Valley High School on Feb. 5th. Other teams in the Stillman Valley regional will be Amboy, Ashton Franklin Center, Byron, Le-Win, Oregon, Polo and Stillman Valley. Session one will begin at 10:00 a.m. with session two at 1 p.m. Concessions will be available throughout the day starting with breakfast. Admission will be $4.00 per session and $6.00 for a day pass.
Lady Missiles Coach Notches 400th Victory
Lady Missile head coach John Nesemeier talks to his squad during a timeout at Polo on Thursday evening. The Lady Missiles went on to defeat the Polo Lady Marcos 37-34. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
With the Milledgeville Lady Missiles 37-34 win over the Polo Lady Marcos on Thursday night in Polo, Milledgeville varsity basketball coach John Nesemeier reached a career milestone. The win was number 400 for the thirty year coach, all at Milledgeville.
The win places John at number thirty three on the all time win list for IHSA varsity girl’s basketball. It ranks him twenty sixth on the all time win list for coaching at one school.
John has recorded six regional championships and coached two Queen of the Hill 3 point champions, Dawn Bonnell and Andrea Herin.
His mom, Janice has taken gate tickets for years and his dad, Gordy kept the scorebook his whole life. Amy, his sister, played for him as did his daughter Betsy.
Lady Missile Rebecca Whitmarsh looks for an open teammate against the defense of Polo’s Brianna Webster during Thursday basketball action in Polo. The Lady Missiles took the narrow 37-34 win. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Riverdale Rolls Over Lady Thunder
The Riverdale Lady Rams jumped out to a fourteen point first quarter lead and rolled to the easy 73-41 win on Monday night. Riverdale was able to extend that lead to forty three to twenty one at the half and fifty nine to thirty one after three quarters. West Carroll head coach Travis Findalay said, “We changed some things up tonight and they worked but Riverdale is just an outstanding basketball team. Sophi played great. It was good to see her playing with confidence again. I was especially proud of Katy Cook. We asked her to do some things she wasn’t used to and she excelled. It may not show in the stat sheet but she was great for us tonight.” West Carroll’s Sophi Morhardt led all scorers in the game, dropping in twenty one points.
Riverdale: Bird 4 1-2 9; Corson 1 1-1 3; Gibson 7 1-2 15; Groves 4 0-0 8; Ickes 4 0-0 8; E. May 1 0-0 3; V. May 6 4-4 16; Mericle 3 0-1 6; Nimrick 1 1-2 3; Smith 1 0-0 2
3 Point Field Goals: Riverdale: 1 (E. May)
Fouled Out: None
Stockton Outlasts West Carroll
The Thunder traveled to Stockton on Tuesday to meet the Lady Blackhawks from Stockton. The Lady Thunder played neck and neck with Stockton through three quarters before a big fourth quarter surge propelled the Lady Blackhawks to the 54-40 win. Stockton held a narrow twelve to eight first quarter and West Carroll cut into that lead to trail by a single point going into the half. A twelve to nine third quarter Stockton advantage pushed the lead back to four points going into the final period. A twenty to ten fourth quarter for the Lady Blackhawks led them to the victory. Lady Thunder head coach Travis Findlay commented on his team’s performance saying, “We came out real sluggish in the first quarter but turned it around defensively. Just too many missed layups and turnovers tonight. Alisha (Handel) did a great job dfending one of the best players in the conference. Sophi (Morhardt) had a great game too.”Keeley Schulz led Stockton with eighteen points and teammate Jaci Lawfer added fourteen. Sophi Morhardt led West Carroll with sixteen points.
The Eastland Lady Cougars hosted the Stockton Lady Blackhawks on Thursday evening at EHS and came away with the 52-35 victory. Eastland jumped out to a nineteen to sixteen first quarter lead and extended that lead to thirty to twenty four at the half. The second half was all Eastland as they outscored visiting Stockton fourteen to nine n the third quarter and eight to two in the final period. Lady Cougar Courtney Blair led the Eastland scoring attack, dropping in twenty one points with teammate Annie Borota adding ten points. For the Lady Blackhawks, Keeley Schulz led Stockton with fifteen points while Jaci Lawfer added nine points.
3 Point Field Goals: Stockton: 2 (Magee 1, Schulz 1)
Eastland: 2 (Borota 2)
Fouled Out: None
F/S Score: Stockton 30 Eastland 29
Stockton Cruises Past West Carroll
The Lady Blackhawks traveled to Savanna on Saturday night and came home with the 53-26 victory over the West Carroll Lady Thunder. Stockton jumped out to the eight to three first quarter lead and extended that lead to twenty five to sixteen at the half. The second half was all Lady Blackhawks as they outscored West Carroll twelve to six in the third quarter and sixteen to four in the final frame to cruise to the win. Lady Thunder head coach Travis Findlay said, “Sarah Boyer was just outstanding for us. She found new wrinkles in our offense and just didn’t make mistakes. I told our girls that we need to start learning from each other. I hope they were watching Sarah.” Keeley Schulz led Stockton with twenty six points, seventeen of them coming in the second half. Sophi Morhardt led the Lady Thunder with eight points.
The Eastland Lady Cougars traveled to Pearl City on Saturday night and the host Lady Wolves managed to squeek out the 45-39 victory. Eastland led nine to seven after one and held a fifteen to thirteen lead at the half. The two teams played even basketball in the third period with each team putting up a dozen points. Pearl City was able to pull away in the final quarter outscoring Eastland twenty to twelve to take the narrow win. Kelsie Kluck led Pearl City in scoring, dropping in seventeen points while teammate Danielle Koning added fifteen. For Eastland, Annie Borota and Courtney Blair shared scoring honors with ten points apiece.
Saturday, Feb. 5th is senior night for the West Carroll girl’s basketball program. The Thunder will be competing against Pearl City at the high school in Savanna. It will be a full day of basketball with the F/S girl’s playing at 2:30 p.m. followed by the F/S boy’s. The varsity girl’s will play at 6 p.m. with the varsity boy’s following. This will be the final home basketball game for seniors Liandra Baltierra, Sarah Boyer, Kay Cook, Sarah Lucas, Ashleigh Maike and Sophi Morhardt. The junior class will be holding a soup and sandwich supper at the game from 4:40-7 p.m.
The West Carroll Senior Pep Band members will be honored at the boy’s basketball game against Winnebago on Tuesday, Feb. 8th. Senior band members include: Aaron Geesey, Bridget Frey, Montana Mosel, Emily Rogers, Ashley Huebner, Karina Ellithorpe, Kayla Gallup, Niki Covello, Andy Behnke, Loren Thacher, Zach Timm, Kris Corrigeux, Kierstin Dimmick, Jerry Cavanagh, Mark Miller and Liandra Baltierra. Servant Leadership will also be holding a bake sale at this game.
Girls Basketball Scores
Forreston 53 Stockton 49
River Ridge 82 Polo 29
Orangeville 50 East Dubuque 30
Pearl City 38 Le-Win 29
River Ridge 45 Galena 36
Durand 51 South Beloit 24
Dakota 50 Orangeville 31
Freeport Aquin 43 AFC 35
Blackhawk 40 Warren 27
Sterling 48 Ottawa 33
Forreston 47 Orangeville 42
Boys Basketball Scores
Forreston 72 AFC 45
Southwestern 75 River Ridge 38
Orangeville 61 Durand 39
Pecatonica 58 Dakota 50
Scales Mound 51 Galena 34
East Dubuque 72 Warren 45
Forreston 60 Durand 40
South Beloit 74 Milledgeville 52Riverdale 64 Morrison 49
Freeport Aquin Derails Milledgeville
The Freeport Aquin Bulldogs traveled to Milledgeville on Tuesday night and went home after taking the 74-51 win over the Missiles. Aquin jumped out to the twenty four to seventeen first quarter lead and led forty one to thirty two. The third quarter was huge for the Bulldogs as they extended their advantage, outscoring the Missiles twenty one to eight to seal the victory. Lucas Diemer led Freeport Aquin with twenty one points while teammate Zach Martin added twenty. Keegan Neubauer and Mitchel Rahn shared scoring honors for Milledgeville, each scoring thirteen points.
The Cougars took a first quarter lead and used big scoring advantages in the second and third quarters to pull away from Stockton enroute to the 61-40 victory on Tuesday in Lanark. Eastland led fifteen to eleven after one quarter and then outscored Stockton thirty three to nineteen in the second and third quarters to take the win. Eastland had eight different players put up points, led by Collin Macomber’s twenty two. Cole Schamberger and Jared Hess led Stockton, each scoring ten points.
3 Point Field Goals: Stockton: 3 (Kappes 2, Huschitt 1)
Fouled Out: Eastland: 1 (T. Hartman)
F/S Score: Eastland 47 Stockton 37
Comets Cruise Past Missiles
The Sterling Newman Comets held Milledgeville to single digit scoring in each of the four quarters as they rolled to the 65-29 victory in Sterling on Wednesday evening. Newman took a twelve to four first quarter lead and extended their lead to thirty to twelve at the half. They outscored the Missiles thirty five to seventeen in the second half to make the final score. The Comets were led in scoring by Grant DeWitt’s twelve points with eleven other Sterling Newman players putting up points on the scoreboard. The Missiles were led by Brady Kness who scored eight points.
3 Point Field Goals: Milledgeville: 3 (Kness 2, Feltenz 1)
Sterling Newman: 1 (Sandy)
Fouled Out: Milledgeville: 1 (Neubauer)
Eastland Upends Hornets
The game was tight after the first quarter in Lanark on Friday evening but a huge second quarter surge led the Cougars past Scales Mound 76-50. Despite being knotted at fourteen after one, the Cougars outscored the Hornets twenty one to six in the second frame to open up a lead that Scales Mound couldn’t recover from. Senior Reid Lessman was on fire, raining three pointers all over the court. Lessman finished the game with twenty two points, including six three’s. Eastland maintained their lead in the second half, outscoring the Hornets forty one to thirty in the final two quarters to coast to the win. The Cougars had eleven different players put points on the board led by Lessman with teammate Collin Macomber adding fifteen points. For Scales Mound, Derian Phillips had twenty three points in a losing effort.
3 Point Field Goals: Scales Mound: 7 (Phillips 4, Cox 1, Korte 1, Staver 1)
Eastland: 7 (Lessman 6, Dunlap 1)
Fouled Out: None
F/S Score: Eastland 46 Scales Mound 30
Eastland’s Tyler Giedd puts up a left handed shot in traffic on Friday evening at EHS. Tyler dropped in thirteen points as the Cougars handled the Scales Mound Hornets 76-50. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
The Cougars Collin Macomber finds himself alone under the bucket for an easy two points on Friday night in Lanark. Collin scored fifteen points in the Eastland twenty six point victory. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
West Carroll Dominates Warriors
The Thunder jumped out to a seventeen to eight first quarter lead and cruised to the 67-40 victory over Warren on Friday night in Mt. Carroll. The Thunder extended their lead to twenty points at the halftime intermission, 38-18. West Carroll went on to outscore the Warriors twenty nine to twenty two in the second half to make the final margin of victory. Thunder head coach Josh Knuth said, “It was a night where all the kids got to play which was nice to have. We played well in spurts but we are still struggling to play thirty two minutes. We’ve got a big week next week with three games in four days. We must make sure we are focused and ready for this stretch of games. We need to continue to get better defensively in order to be where we need to be at the end of the year.” Junior guard Eric Naples led the Thunder with twenty two points while Brady Edwards added thirteen. Taylor Williams led Warren dropping in twenty one points.
Warren: Dawson 3 1-2 8; Doyle 2 0-0 4; McKee 3 0-0 7; T. Williams 9 1-3 21
The visiting Galena took a narrow 69-63 victory over the Pearl City Wolves in Pearl City on Friday evening. Pearl City jumped out to the sixteen to twelve first quarter lead but an eleven point Pirate advantage put the Galena squad up thirty five to twenty eight at the half. The Wolves were able to cut into that lead slightly in the third quarter, trailing Galena fifty one to forty six going into the final period. Galena managed to outscore the Wolves eighteen to seventeen in the final quarter to take the narrow six point win. Dalton Montgomery led Galena with twenty four points with teammate Greg Hart adding fourteen points. The Wolves were led by Jacob Gahm who scored twenty four points with Jason Kurth adding sixteen points.