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Top ranked Manteno High School beat the East Peoria Red Raiders 4-2 in the IHSA Class 3A Supersectional at Illinois State University Monday evening. The Red Raiders (32-5) led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, that’s when the Panthers (38-1) struck for three runs off three hits and two East Peoria errors. Manteno senior pitcher Brooke Stulga and Western Illinois University recruit retired the final 14 EP batters. She tossed a three hitter, walked none and struck out three. Junior third baseman Taylor Kellum provided all of the Raiders offense with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. Manteno faces Sterling High School at Eastside Centre in the State semifinals at 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

-Bob

Sophomore Kendall Duffy hit a fifth-inning grand slam to highlight a five-run inning for Bradley and freshman Jaelen Hull limited Loyola to four hits and one run in three and one-third innings out of the bullpen as the Braves rallied for an 8-7 victory against the Ramblers in the championship game of the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Saturday afternoon. Bradley (27-30 overall), which earned its second NCAA Tournament trip with the victory, trailed twice before Duffy’s fifth-inning grand slam gave the Braves an 8-6 lead after five innings. Madeline Lynch-Crumrine was named the tournament MVP after posting a 2-0 record with a 1.98 ERA in three starts to go with a .273 batting average at the plate. She was joined with team mates Brianne Joseph, Shannon King and senior Marina Groenewegen. Along with the all-tournament honors, senior Mariah Cole was named the MVC’s Elite 18 Award winner, given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average in the championship game.  A health science major, Cole owns a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average. The tournament title was Bradley’s second in program history and first since winning the 2009 event at Eastside Centre in East Peoria, IL. The NCAA Tournament field will be announced Sunday at 9 p.m. (CDT) on ESPNU. Here are a few of my snap shots from the game. I hope you enjoy them. Best of luck to coach Amy Hayes and the team Go Braves!

-Bob

Bradley University sophomore Kathryn Spenn delivered a RBI pinch hit single in the sixth and senior Madeline Lynch-Crumrine tossed a three-hit shutout as Bradley defeated I-74 rival Illinois State 1-0 Wednesday afternoon at Laura Bradley Park. Lynch-Crumrine was dominant, striking out four and walking three in the complete game shutout for her fourth shutout in Missouri Valley Conference play this season. The Braves (19-24 overall, 10-7 MVC) did not manage a base runner off the Redbirds (17-24 overall, 8-5 MVC) starter Regan Romshek until a single to open the fifth.

-Bob

The Illinois State men’s basketball team’s 62-55 win Monday night over Texas A&M in the quarterfinal round of the College Basketball Invitational marks just the third time in program history that the Redbirds have won two postseason contests in the same season, with the last time coming during the 1995-96 season. ISU was led by Daishon Knight, who connected on 50 percent of his shot attempts from the field, scoring 17 points. Knight also pulled down a career-high nine rebounds, all coming at the defensive end in 36 minutes. John Jones was the only other Redbird to score in double figures, as he tied a career-high 12 points, scoring nine-straight in the first half. The Aggies were led in scoring by sophomore forward Antwan Space. With the win, the Redbirds continue CBI play Siena College in Loudonville, NY Wednesday evening at 6:05 p.m. CT in the tournament semifinals.

-Bob

Bradley turned in one of its best defensive efforts of the season and came up with a pair of stops in the closing seconds of the contest to hold off I-74 rival Illinois State 64-62 Sunday afternoon at Renaissance Coliseum.  The 62 points scored by the Redbirds were a season low for a Bradley opponent this year. The game was tight throughout with neither team leading by more than six points and the contest featured 12 ties and 11 lead changes.  Senior Kelsey Budd hit a floater in the lane at the six-minute mark and made a pair of free throws after coming up with a steal to give Bradley (5-15 overall, 2-7 MVC) a 59-54 advantage with just over five minutes to play. Budd’s basket with six minutes left proved to be the final field goal of the game for the Braves, however, and Illinois State (5-14 overall, 4-5 MVC) chipped away at the BU lead to eventually pull even at 60-60 with 1:51 to play. Senior Alyson Spinas-Valainis made a pair of free throws with 1:38 left to give Bradley a 62-60 advantage, but a Bradley foul on the next trip down the floor allowed the Redbirds to knot the score at 62-62 on a pair of Lindsay Smith free throws. Senior Catie O’Leary was fouled with 44.4 seconds left and split a pair of free throws to put the Braves ahead 63-62.  Spinas-Valainis came up with a block on the next Illinois State possession, but a BU turnover with 10 seconds to play gave the Redbirds one more chance. Bradley opens the second half of the Missouri Valley Conference schedule with a 7 p.m. game at Wichita State Friday.

-Bob

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