Category: Potters

East Peoria Junior Ashley Emert homered and senior Sarah Finck pitcher led the Red Raiders to a 6-1 victory at Morton High School Thursday. East Peoria wrapped up an unbeaten Mid-Illini Conference season. Ciera Montgomery doubled to start a two-run second inning for the Raiders (26-4, 14-0). Emert belted a solo home run in the fifth and Kali George capped the scoring with  a run-scoring single in the top of the seventh. Finck allowed three hits and struck out nine Potters for the win. Jessica Cave drove in the only run for Morton.

-Bob

Washington High School catered the Metamora Class 3A Regional basketball title Thursday night with a 62-51 victory over rival Morton High School (26-5). The Panthers (24-3) ended a eight-year regional title drought to advance to the Chillicothe IVC Sectional to meet Galesburg (17-14) or Geneseo (16-13) in a semifinal scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday. Leading scorers for Washington were Jess Learned 17, Hayley Reneau 14, Maddie Lee 11 points, 6 rebounds, and Tia Sherman added 10 points. Chandler Ryan led Morton with 28 points, Brandi Bisping and Emma Heisler added 7 for the Potters.

-Bob

The IHSA No. 10-ranked Washington Panthers (5-0) ended Morton’s 36-game league win streak with a 69-56, three-overtime Class 3A girls basketball victory at the Potterdome. It was the Potters first Mid-Illini loss since Jan. 25, 2011 Senior guard Hayley Reneau gave the game its 14th and final lead change 54 seconds into the third overtime. The senior hit the go-ahead, 3-pointer in the 3rd OT. She made five 3s to finish with a game-high 18 points. Washington extended its lead to six thanks to a three-point play by senior guard Makayla Hartter (17 points). The senior guard was fouled after making a layup and sunk the free throw for a 60-54 lead. She also helped hold Morton’s leading scorer sophomore Chandler Ryan to 10 points on 4-for-17 shooting. Morton freshman Brandi Bisping scored 15 and senior Emily Schultz, who scored seven straight in the second quarter, added 12 before both fouled out. The Panthers junior forward Jess Learned added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

-Bob



Metamora High School (27-5, 11-1), defeated Morton High School (13-16, 6-6) 25-17, 25-23 on Thursday evening at the Potter Dome. The Redbirds were led by sophomore Sydney Hanchett and senior Delaney Tjaden with 10 assists each to keep pace with the Limestone Rockets in the Mid-Illini Conference. With the win retiring head volleyball coach Karla Bartman raised her record to 421 wins and only 94 losses with six MI titles during her 14 years at Metamora. Click here to view more photo’s.

-Bob


The visiting Morton Potters (5-1-3, 2-0-1) moved into a tie for first in the Mid-Illini Conference thanks to a powerful attack that included three goals from Jonah Greving as they defeated the Limestone Rockets 6-1. Limestone senior Drew Hillman tied the game 1-1 at the 15-minute mark. The deadlock was broken almost instantly, however, as Jared Stoops put the Potters ahead for good with an unassisted goal in the 16th minute. Greving added a pair before the break to make it 4-1, with insurance goals by Andrew Dryden and Noah Spencer preserved the victory.

-Bob

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