Part II - Worthy Sheriff Sutton is looking for a carpenter to do a job for him. Plans for the structure is by no means difficult. Two upright posts with a cross beam supported by braces; underneath a platform with a “trap” only comprise the outfit. Proposals solicited by day or job.”
The 2010 Morrison Fillies pose with their medals and third place trophy after defeating Alton Marquette 3-2 on Saturday. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Morrison’s Kelly Winkler displays her Fillie colored locks for all the faithful Morrison fans during the Class 2A state finals in East Peoria over the weekend. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
The victorious Morrison Fillies take their third place trophy after winning the third place game at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria on Saturday afternoon. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
The Fillies Kaitlyn Finneran slides safely into second base ahead of the throw to Alton Marquette shortstop Mia Stack. Kaitlyn scored on a base hit by Billie Jean Conner. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Johnston City Lady Indian Samantha Watkins (11) slides safely into second base ahead of the tag by Morrison shortstop Kaitlyn Finneran’s tag in the bottom of the fourth inning. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
A group of Morrison faithful pose for a picture before the start of the third place game on Saturday at the EastSide Centre. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Morrison right fielder Ashley Vegter is thrown out at the plate as Alton Marquette’s Alexis Silkwood shows the ball to the home plate umpire during the Morrison half of inning four. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
A proud Morrison fan wears the t shirt proclaiming the third times a charm for the Morrison Fillies at the Class 2A state tourney in East Peoria. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Morrison Fillie pitcher Christie Wiersema delivers a pitch during tourney action in East Peoria at the Class 2A state finals. Christie picked up the win in Morrison’s third place win over the Explorers from Alton Marquette. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Morrison Fillies in IHSA 2A Final Four
Fillies Fall To Lady Indians In Semi Finals
By Craig Lang
Prairie Advocate Sports
Morrison fell behind in the bottom of the first inning on Cierra Hutchinson’s long home run to left field off Morrison starting pitcher Danielle Stralow and held on for the 3-2 victory at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria on Friday.
Johnston City would add another run in their half of the second to take a 2-0 lead on a walk, a bunt single and an error by third baseman Marie Deter. Both teams put zeros on the scoreboard in the third inning.
The Fillies finally broke through plating a runner in the top of the fourth inning to cut the deficit in half. Stralow doubled to right centerfield leading off the inning and Morrison head coach Tammy Deter put Kaitlyn Wiebenga in to pinch run. Fillie catcher Allie Hanson then followed with a double to score Wiebenga.
The Lady Indians added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning as an error led to another unearned run crossing the plate. Hutchinson lofted a fly ball to right fielder Ashley Vegter who dropped the ball. A wild pitch by Stralow sent Hutchinson to third base and she then scored on a Carley Bunting base hit to make the score 3-1 Johnston City.
The Fillies quickly responded, getting that run right back in the top of the sixth, scoring once on three hits. Leadoff hitter Danielle Stralow struck out swinging and catcher Hanson grounded out to second baseman Allison Smiley. Vegter then singled and second baseman Morgan Ammon followed with a base hit. Pinch hitter Billie Jean Connor singled to left field scoring Ammon to make it 3-2 Lady Indians.
Johnston City pitcher Kaley Coonce then retired the Fillies in order in the seventh inning to end the game and send Morrison to Saturdays third place contest against the Alton Marquette Explorers.
A big fourth inning propelled the Fillies to the 3-2 victory over the Alton Marquette Explorers on Saturday in East Peoria and the third place trophy in the Class 2A State Final tournament.
Timely hitting by Morrison coupled with brilliant pitching performances by Christie Wiersema and Danielle Stralow led the Fillies to the win.
The Explorers struck first, putting a run on the board in the top of the opening frame as Marquette’s Alexis Silkwood singled to left center field, stole second base and scored as second baseman Kate Dunn smacked a base hit up the middle.
Morrison responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning as pitcher Christie Wiersema rapped a double to left center and scored on shortstop Kaitlyn Finneran’s base hit.
The Explorers grabbed the lead back in the top of the third inning as Marquette shortstop Mia Stack blasted a home run to give the Explorers a 2-1 advantage.
Morrison came back to take the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth putting two more runs on the board. Kaitlyn Finneran drew a leadoff base on balls, Allie Hanson and Ashley Vegter singled to load the bases and designated player Billie Jean Conner came through with a huge base hit scoring Finneran and Hanson with Vegter thrown out at the plate on a close play.
Morrison then shut the door on the Explorers season as Wiersema and Stralow allowed just two base hit the rest of the way to seal the victory and third place for Morrison.
Orangeville: Katie Boals, Pitcher/SS 1st Team (U); Carley Rote, Pitcher/SS/3rd Base 1st Team (U); Hannah Wilson, 3rd Base/Pitcher 2nd Team; Haley Obert, Catcher 2nd Team
South Beloit: Abigail Stevens, Catcher 1st Team (U)
Player of the Year: Keali Engelkens, Milledgeville/Polo
Eastland Cougar Tony Dunlap autographs a t shirt for one of the Cougar Camp attendees after the competition on Friday at Eastland High School. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
NUIC North Girls Win All-Star Classic
By Craig Lang
Prairie Advocate Sports
The North girls took the win in the Jim Shaw All-Star basketball game in Lanark. The North squad won by a score of 53-29. The North team was led in scoring by River Ridge/Scales Mounds Brooke Wheelwright who had 13 points for the evening. The South squad was led by Forreston’s Renita Krusey, Morrison’s Shelby McBride and West Carroll’s Kara Durward who all scored six points. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
The Northwest Upstate Illini Conference North girls basketball team dominated the scoring on Monday night June 1st at the Eastland high school gym to win the Jim Shaw All-Star basketball Classic 53-29.
The North squad jumped out to an early lead and built on their lead to keep it from being a close game throughout. The North team led by Stockton coach Denny Young outscored and out hustled the South squad from the opening tip off to build a huge lead early and keep the pressure on the South squad, coached by Eastland Cougar head coach Colleen Henze, to take the easy victory.
Brooke Wheelwright led the North team scoring thirteen points and Stockton’s Haley Magee tossed in twelve points, also being name MVP of the game while Pearl City’s Gwen Scott added eleven points for the victorious North squad. For the South team, Renita Krusey, Morrison’s Shelby McBride and West Carroll’s Kara Durward all scored six points.
South Boys Team Victorious In Classic Battle
By Craig Lang
Prairie Advocate Sports
The South squad took the honors in the boys game of the Jim Shaw All-Star Classic held June 1st at EHS in Lanark. The South defeated the North by a score of 87-76 with Morrison’s Travis McBride taking scoring honors with 20 points and he also was named MVP. The North team was led by East Dubuque’s Chance Oster, who scored fifteen points. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
In a game that was close from start to finish, The NUIC South boys team pulled out the 87-76 win Monday night in Lanark. It was one last chance for the best seniors in the area to showcase their skills before a cheering crowd at the Eastland high school gym.
Both teams played with intensity and pride wanting to show one last time what they could do. The South squad was led by West Carroll head coach Josh Knuth while the North team was led by Scales Mound’s Erik Kudroniwicz.
The South team opened up their biggest lead of the game and pulled away from the North with about four minutes to go in the contest. The South squad was led by Morrison’s Travis McBride who scored twenty points and was named Most Valuable Player of the game.
Eastland Cougar Tony Dunlap added seventeen points. The North team was led by East Dubuque Warrioe Chance Oster’s fifteen points while Le-Win Panther Fritz Werhane added thirteen points.