Category: Pioneers

The Rock Island Alleman softball team late rally stuns Monticello 7-5 in the Illinois High School Class 2A state semifinal game Friday afternoon at EastSide Centre. The Pioneers advance to state title game against Teutopolis Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Rock Island Alleman (31-6) scored 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on the strength of senior Mackenzie Sanchez‘s grand slam off of Monticello Sages (30-5) senior Chrissy Gadbury.

-Bob

Monmouth College held Grinnell College to its lowest point total this season Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough as the Pioneers downed the Fighting Scots 107-99 at Glennie Gymnasium. The Fighting Scots led most of the first half, taking an 11-point lead with 2:20 left in the half on Nick Marema’s two free throws. After the Pioneers had cut it to seven, Brent Burrows’ layup with four seconds left in the half sent Monmouth to the lockerroom with a 52-43 lead. Monmouth kept the pressure on at the start of the second session, stretching its lead to 14 at 60-46 on a bucket by Mike DeDecker. Grinnell was led in scoringby Aaron Levin with 23 points, Jon Calhoun led six Scots in double figures with 20 points as Monmouth shot 62 percent from the field.

-Bob

Off to its best start in school history, the Grinnell College men’s basketball team won a hard fought 102-90 come-from-behind victory over Monmouth College before 875 fans. The Pioneers are now a program-best 14-1 on the season while improving to 10-1 in the Midwest Conference. They’ll take that mark into Saturday afternoon’s contest at Lake Forest College, a team that is 11-0 in the league. Junior guard Griffin Lentsch led Grinnell with 30 points, hitting 5-of-12 from 3-point land. Also in double figures for the Pioneers were Patrick Maher with 16 points and Matt Chalupa with 10. Kenny Foster, Michael DeDecker and David Altman led the Fighting Scots in scoring with 14 points each. The Pioneers had 13 steals and forced 35 turnovers with there tenacious man-to-man defense.

-Bob

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