Category: MVP

Bradley University reserve forward Aaron Birk blasted a shot from the top of the penalty area in the 47th minute and the laser found the top right corner for the game’s only goal as the Braves (13-6-2) earned a 1-0 win against Missouri State (11-5-2) in the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Championship Sunday evening at Shea Stadium. Bradley claims its third MVC Tournament title and secures its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The start of the championship game was delayed three hours, the result of severe weather that rocked Central Illinois. Bradley allowed only three shots on goal and senior keeper Brian Billings made all three saves to earn the shutout and capture MVC Tournament MVP honors. Bradley will face a familiar foe when the Braves (13-6-2) open their seventh NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship Thursday at Northwestern (10-7-3) in a 7 p.m. first-round game at Lakeside Field.

-Bob



Freshman Tyler Davis scored his first career goal 4:44 into the first overtime period, lifting Bradley (2-0-0) to its first-ever championship in the fifth annual The Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic with a 1-0, overtime victory against Massachusetts (0-1-1) Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Sophomore midfielder Andrew Brown triggered the scoring play with a throw from the far flank. Senior forward Wojciech Wojcik flicked the throw into the 6-yard box, where freshman forward Christian Okeke took possession and managed to get turned for a shot that bounced off a defender. The ball fell to Davis, who kept his shot low through traffic and just beyond Minutemen goal keeper Nick Ruiz reach. Wojcik, who also scored Bradley’s game-winner in Friday’s 1-0 win against University of New Hampshire, was named The Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic Most Valuable Player. He was joined on the all-tournament team by Braves goalkeeper Brian Billings and back Jason Coon and Johnny Contreras, a trio that spearheaded 185 minutes of scoreless defense on the weekend.

-Bob



Pekin High School graduate Nathan Taphorn scored 15 points to lead his South team to a 152-142 victory at the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game Saturday night at the Shirk Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. Malcolm Hill of Belleville East was the leading scorer for the South with 26 points. Former Edwardsville Tigers star Garret Covington added 20 points and was the team MVP. Kendrick Nunn of Class 4A state champion Chicago Simeon had 21 points for the North and team mate Jaylon Tate added 18 points and was named the team MVP.

-Bob



The home run derby may have been scheduled for Tuesday night but no one told the players that, as the 2012 State Farm Frontier League All-Star game saw the two teams combined for a total of seven long balls on the evening, with the Eastern Division’s best prevailing over the All-Stars from the West 9-6 Wednesday night at the Corn Crib. London Rippers first baseman Joash Brodin was honored with the game’s Most Valuable Player Award, going 4-5 with a homerun and three runs scored. The squad from the East treated fans at the Corn Crib to souvenirs early and often, with Traverse City’s Jose Vargas opening the scoring in the top of the first when he belted a two-out, solo shot to the top of the berm in left. Southern Illinois Miners outfielder Chad Maddox extended the East’s lead when he too hammered a solo home-run in the top of the second inning. Normal CornBelter catcher Pat Trettel gave the hometown fans something to cheer about as he helped cut into the East’s lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the frame, bringing in Schaumburg Boomers outfielder Chad Mozingo. The next batter, River City outfielder Jason Patton, knocked in Gateway’s Jarod Yakubik with an RBI single of his own, bringing the score to 9-6, but the West would get no closer. Lake Erie Crushers left hander Paul Fagan picked up the win for the East, while Gateway right handed pitcher Tim Brown took the loss. Regular season games resume on Friday.

-Bob

Normal Community West High School’s senior Austin Stewart capped a spectacular prep career with 19 points in the scorebook and a plaque in his hand Saturday at Shirk Center. Stewart was named the South Most Valuable Player as the North prevailed, 116-96, in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A-4A All-Star Game. East Moline United’s Tavian Johnson paced all scorers with 28 points and was the North MVP. Neuqua Valley’s Tyler Sutton added 24 points and Prospect’s Mike LaTulip 21 for the North. Plainfield’s Deontre Brown had 13 points and was the team’s Leadership Award recipient.

-Bob

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