September, 2012 Archives

It was a beautiful fall afternoon on Saturday, so I traveled downtown to get some game action shots of Bradley University as they took on Illinois Central College at O’Brien Field. The game went 11 innings so everyone on both teams could get some live game situations. The Braves led by head baseball coach Elvis Dominguez outlasted the Cougars and head coach Brett Kelley. Click here to view more photo’s to purchase.

-Bob

Bradley University junior Alise Tupuritis turned in her fourth double-double, but the Braves couldn’t overcome six aces and 12 blocks by Missouri State as the Bears swept the Braves 25-18, 25-19, 25-19 Saturday at Renaissance Coliseum. Tupuritis led Bradley (6-9 overall, 0-5 MVC) with 10 kills in addition to collecting 10 digs and three blocks in the loss, while junior Lauren Zerante led the BU defensive efforts with a match-high 15 digs. Sophomore Courtney Keefe added nine kills and 10 digs. Missouri State (9-8 overall, 4-2 MVC) got off to a hot start, hitting .379 in the opening set and never trailed in a 25-18 win. Andrea Beaty led the Bears’ first-set attack, recording five kills on five swings. Amy Angelos and senior Madelyn Ervin each had seven kills to help lead Bradley offensively. Zerante notched eight of her match-high 15 digs in the final set.

-Bob

The Elmwood/Brimfield Trojans (6-0, 4-0) clinched at least a share of the Prairieland Blue Division football conference and secured another IHSA Class 3A playoff berth with a 20-7 victory over Farmington (5-1, 3-1) Friday night. Brady Westart rushed for 135 yards in the game, scoring all three of his teams touchdowns. Jason Harkness had 113 yards rushing in the game for the Trojans. Farmington’s only score of the game came on the second half kick-off for a touchdown by junior Noah Welker for 82 yards.

-Bob

After dropping the first two games of Wednesday’s non-conference match against Knox College, the Eureka College volleyball team stormed back to win game three and twice served game point in game four, but the visiting Prairie Fire rallied to hold off the Red Devils’ charge and earned a 25-18, 25-15, 16-25, 29-27 victory at the Reagan Center. The decision spoiled Eureka’s 2012 home opener. Knox (2-14) never trailed in either of the first two games to race to an early lead in the match. After a Eureka kill from freshman outside hitter Sam Vogel forced a 7-7 tie in the opening game, the visitors responded with six consecutive points to take control with a 13-7 cushion. Eureka clawed back within five, 15-10, after a kill from senior outside hitter Shari Steidinger, but the Prairie Fire was able to coast to a 25-18 win. Game four saw 17 ties and 11 lead changes, as neither squad was able to push their lead past four points. Knox gained their biggest edge of the frame at 16-13 following a Eureka attack error. The Red Devils fired back, using a 8-2 run capped by a kill from junior outside hitter Jacqui Kane to lead 22-18. Knox answered with four straight points for a 22-22 tie, but the Red Devils ultimately forced game point, 25-24, after Peyton McAtee’s kill. Knox was able to fend off game point twice over the next series of volleys, and eventually earned the victory when Amber Eisha blocked the Red Devils’ attack for a 29-27 victory. Click here to view more game photo’s.

-Bob

Western Illinois University dropped its Missouri Valley Football Conference opener to No. 15th-ranked Illinois State (4-0) 23-3 at Hanson Field. The Fighting Leathernecks evened there record on the season at 2-2. Led by senior running back Darrelynn Dunn who scored two touchdowns for the Redbirds on 29 carries for 123 yards, and senior quarterback Matt Brown was 16-26 passing with one touchdown to junior Jordan Neukirch. Freshman linebacker J.J. Raffelson was the defensive star for WIU with 13 tackles. Western launched its best drive of the afternoon on its opening possession of the second half. The Leathernecks marched inside the Redbird 5 yard line, but had to settle for Pat Smith’s 21-yard field goal for there only points in the game. Click here for the complete game stats.

-Bob

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