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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

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

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

Spalding University opened up an early lead during Saturday’s St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest against the Eureka College women’s basketball team at the Reagan Center, holding off repeated rallies from the Red Devils in a 73-64 league victory, Saturday afternoon.  Eureka sophomore guard Emily Camden scored a career-high 19 points in the loss. Spalding led for all but 17 seconds of Saturay’s game, scoring on its first possession of the afternoon and eventually extending its cushion to double digits on Kerstin Hayes’ layup for a 19-9 lead with 9:53 left before halftime. Eureka answered with an 8-0 run, anchored by back-to-back triples from Camden. The Golden Eagles lead eventually dwindled to a single point, 25-24, but the visitors closed the first period on a 10-0 run over the final 2:55 of the the frame to lead 35-24 at intermission. Eureka trimmed the deficit back to four, 40-36, on a layup from senior guard Caty Eeten at the 15:11 mark.  Spalding regained a 10-point cushion less than two minutes later and ultimately led by as many as 16 on Hannah Washle’s free throws for a 59-43 lead with 7:51 to play. Eeten led all scorers with 21 points and added 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.  Camden was 4-for-7 from 3-point range.  Junior forward Kelsey Shoemake added 13 points, eight boards and two blocked shots. Saturday’s defeat ended Eureka’s eight-game home win streak that dated back to November.  The Red Devils will return to the road Wednesday for a 6 p.m. SLIAC tip-off at MacMurray in Jacksonville, Ill.

-Bob


The Illinois Central College Lady Cougars (12-2) defeated the second ranked Kirkwood Community College Eagles 65-53 Monday night to capture the Stoney Creek Inn Cougar Holiday basketball tournament. Sophomore forward Chanta Wright paced the Cougars with 16 points and 13 rebounds, Gabby Williams added 10 points and 14 boards, and April Gebke chipped in 11 points and five assists. ICC held Kirkwood to 24.6 percent shooting (14-for-57) from the floor. The Eagles were led by freshman guard Tyra Polite with 16 points and sophomore Danielle Woolfolk added 13 points.

-Bob

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