October, 2012 Archives

Senior center Will Egolf made 4-of-5 3-point tries and paced for Bradley players in double-figures with 16 points, leading the Braves (1-0 preseason) to a 68-54 win versus NCAA Division II Upper Iowa (0-1 preseason) in their preseason opener Monday night at Renaissance Coliseum. Egolf, a sixth-year senior who missed the entire 2011-12 season due to his second torn ACL injury, is 0-for-16 from 3-point range in his official career, but the 6-foot-9 center drained his first four tries from behind the arc Monday night. It was back-to-back treys from well beyond the arc by senior guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards four minutes into the second half, though, that broke the game open for the Braves.  Simms-Edwards, who finished 3-for-3 from 3-point land, hit consecutive triples from the right wing with 16:11 remaining and 15:25 left that stretched a 40-32 advantage to 46-32. Junior guard Walt Lemon, Jr. added 15 points and five assists for the Braves, while Simms-Edwards finished with 12 points and senior swingman Jake Eastman contributed 11 points, a game-high seven assists and three steals with no turnovers in his 36 minutes. Click here for final game stats.

-Bob

Captain Brett Sutter’s first career hat trick and Justin Peters’ 19-save shutout propelled the Charlotte Checkers to a 6-0 win over the Peoria Rivermen at Carver Arena, improving their league-best record to 6-1-1. Drayson Bowman set a new team record by scoring a goal for the sixth consecutive game, with Zach Boychuk and Nicolas Blanchard rounding out the scoring for Charlotte. The game also marked the first time the Checkers have posted back-to-back shutouts, with Dan Ellis keeping a clean sheet in Saturday’s 4-0 win against the Rivermen. The Checkers have not allowed a goal since the second period of Friday’s game in Grand Rapids, a span of nearly 159 minutes. Charlotte outshot the Rivermen 35-19 while going 2-for-2 on the power play. Click here for final game stats.

-Bob

The top seeded Elmwood/Brimfield Trojans ran all over the Champaign St. Thomas More Sabers 34-14 Saturday in the first round of the IHSA Class 3A football playoffs. Controlling the line of scrimmage, the Trojans (10-0) rushed for 525 yards while stopping the Sabers (5-5) with a stout defense. Senior running backs Jason Harkness (255 yards on 23 carries) and Brady Westart (216 yards on 30 carries) combined for 525 yards of offense and 26 first downs. Junior running back Sonny Visione added 41 yards on the ground. STM junior quarterback Storm Joop finished with 234 yards on 16-for-34 passing. With the victory Elmwood/Brimfield  advances to the second round next Saturday, traveling to play the Winnebago Indians (8-2).

-Bob

A bit of history was made Tuesday on the soccer pitch at John MacKenzie Alumni Field, where Bradley University and Western Illinois University played to a 1-1 tie, the first tie in the 24-game history of the series against Bradley’s closest NCAA Division I rival. Junior midfielder Keegan Balle put Bradley (9-5-3) on the board first, scoring his sixth goal of the year on a 25-yard blast in the 17th minute. The Leathernecks (3-8-4) got the equalizer in the 68th minute when Erick Bloom finished off a corner kick sequence from Aaron Appel and Hilary Esangbedo. Bradley finished the game with a 21-15 advantage in shots and the Braves allowed only two shots on goal in the 110 minutes. Junior forward Wojciech Wojcik had three of Bradley’s six shots on goal, but Leathernecks goal keeper Yves Dietrich made five saves to preserve the tie. Click here for final box score.

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-Bob

Bradley used an efficient offensive attack, matching a season-low with just seven attack errors, in a 25-23, 25-17, 25-20 victory against Indiana State to wrap up a season-long, four-match home stand Saturday at Renaissance Coliseum. Junior Amy Angelos had nine kills on 12 attacks with no hitting errors, while freshman setter Jessica Teel had a season-best 31 assists to help pace the Braves’ attack. The first set was close throughout with both teams hitting over .300 in the frame. With the score knotted at 22-22, a Madelyn Ervin kill gave BU a 23-22 edge. An Indiana State setting error put Bradley (8-14 overall, 2-9 MVC) in front 24-22 and the duo of Courtney Keefe and Allie Falter combined for a block after a Sycamore kill to close out a 25-23 Braves win. Click here for complete game box score.

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-Bob

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