October, 2013 Archives

The Metamora lady Redbirds defeated  the Washington Panthers (24-11), 18-25, 25-21, 25-21 to capture the IHSA Class 3A Metamora Regional title Thursday night. The Redbirds (30-6) trailed 21-19 in the third set before an ace from Delaney Tjaden capped a 3-0 run for 22-21 lead, forcing Washington to call a timeout. Hannah Heinz (15 kills), Michelle Escue (34 assists) and Baylie Little (15 digs) led the Panthers. This is the Redbirds fourth straight regional title and 12th since 2001. Click here to view more photo’s.

-Bob



Bradley University senior point guard Walt Lemon,  Jr. scored 38 points, including the game-winner with 0.2 seconds left, lifting the Braves to an 85-83 men’s basketball exhibition victory versus Upper Iowa University Monday night at Renaissance Coliseum. Though unofficial as the stats were accumulated in an exhibition game, Lemon’s 38 points exceeded his career-high of 27 points and the lightning-quick guard equaled Bob Carney’s 1954 school record by attempting 26 free throws. Junior forward Auston Barnes added a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds and set-up Bradley’s final possession by forcing Upper Iowa into a shot clock violation with 7.5 seconds left and the game tied, 83-83. Driving to the hoop relentlessly throughout the night, Lemon made one more drive down the line and made an “and-1” finger roll with 0.2 seconds left. Bradley, which also played four exhibition games in the Bahamas in August, will play its sixth and final preseason tuneup Saturday when the Braves host West Virginia Wesleyan in a 1 p.m. exhibition at Carver Arena. The Bobcats are coached by former Braves Director of Operations Patrick Beilein.

-Bob

Rookie center Garrett Vermeersch netted the game winner, and his third goal of the night, with 3.6 seconds left in regulation as the Peoria Rivermen edged the Bloomington Thunder 7-6 in there SPHL home opener at Carver Arena. Nick Prockow also scored a hat trick in Peoria’s home opener before 5,689 fans. The Rivermen improved to 2-0-0-0 on the season, while backup goaltender Russ Stein made his professional debut and went on to earn his first pro victory. Stein made 20 saves on 23 shots over 40 minutes of play. Then with the seconds winding down in regulation, Rivermen winger Parker Stanfield gained the zone and left the puck for Vermeersch, who buried a slap shot from the left side into the back of the net for the game-winner at 19:56. Vermeersch finished the game with four points including an assist. Tyler Fernandez (1g, 2a), Jarrett Rush (2a) and Joe Schiller (2a) also notched multi-point games. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, working with Rivermen co-owners Bart Rogers and John Butler, formally declared the home opening game Saturday as Bruce Saurs Hockey Night in Peoria.

-Bob





Eureka College junior quarterback Blake Robles completed passes to 10 different receivers and set or matched career-highs with 25 completions, 345 yards and four touchdowns, but Upper Midwest Athletic Conference co-leader St. Scholastica scored on four of its first five possessions to build an early lead and later held off a second-half rally from the hosts in a 38-25 league victory over the Red Devils, Saturday afternoon at Pete FioRito Stadium at McKinzie Field. The Saints put the Red Devils in a hole early, grabbing a 24-0 advantage before the EC offense could get into a rhythm.  An 11-yard touchdown rush from Jake Jensen capped the first CSS possession and got the visitors on the board with a 7-0 lead. The Saints got the ball back after a Eureka three-and-out and stretched their lead to 14-0 when quarterback Tyler Harper connected with Spencer Sprecht with a 4-yard touchdown pass with 3:29 left in the first. The Saints racked up 144 yards of offense in the first quarter and led 14-0 at the end of the frame. Robles finished the day 25-for-47 for a career-high 345 yards and four touchdowns. Jake Bane made a season-high six catches for 70 yards and two scores, while freshman receiver Dorell Baugh made four receptions for 29 yards. Senior running back Corey Dawson rushed 14 times for 57 yards.

-Bob

Bradley University senior Lauren Zerante collected the second-most digs in school history with 36 and fellow senior Alise Tupuritis tallied a season-best 26 kills, but it wasn’t enough as Evansville rallied to top the Braves 20-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-21, 15-13 Friday evening. Zerante’s 36 digs are a Renaissance Coliseum record and rank as the second most digs in a match at Bradley behind Briony Hammet’s school record of 38 digs set at Evansville on Oct. 22, 2005. Tupuritis highlighted the BU offensive attack with a match and season-high 26 kills, as she notched 19 of her kills in the final three sets. Despite senior middle blocker Amy Angelos leaving the match early in the fourth set due to injury, Bradley rallied from a four-point deficit (17-13) to pull even at 19-19. Back-to-back Bradley blocks knotted the score at 19-19 and the teams were tied at 20-20 after trading points. Evansville answered with a block of its own, however, and three more BU attack errors down the stretch helped the Purple Aces take the fourth set 25-21 and force the deciding fifth. Zerante’s 36 digs moved her into ninth in Bradley history with 1,165 as she passed Amelie Rodrige (1,164 digs).  Sophomore Jessica Teel had her third double-double of the year with 26 assists and career-best 17 digs, while freshman Melissa Hoerber had 28 assists and season-high 17 digs for her fifth double-double of the season in addition to three aces to help lead the Braves. Click here to view more photo’s.

-Bob

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