Larry's Game Blogs - recaps of all WVIL local ballgames

4/27/17 Routt Catholic softball got off to a rough start tonight with 2 errors and a wild pitch in the first inning that allowed 3 runs.  They held the G-Perry Tornadoes in check and scored a run in the 4th.  Then, the G-P wheels came off as they made 2 errors and gave up 6 runs, with 5 of them being unearned.   The final score was 8-3 and gave the Lady Rockets a share of the WIVC crown.  The Tornadoes ended up with 4 hits, 3 runs, 4 errors and 6 runners left on base.  Brite went the distance and took the loss, as G-P fell to 9-12 on the year.  Routt had 8 hits, 8 runs, 3 errors and they left 9 on base.  Schulte recorded the win and Abbott came in to throw the last 3 innings.  Routt is 13-7 and will play Carrollton on Tuesday.   Routt baseball vs G-P was postponed and potentially re-schedueld for next Wednesday.
4/25/17 The Routt baseball bats came alive this afternoon as they pouned out 13 hits and 12 runs with 1 error and they only left 4 runners on base.  Plunk, Winters, Chumley and Bilbruck all had 2 hits as all 9 of the starters had at least one hit.  Winters 2 hits were both home runs and Muller was the winning pitcher.  They will play Griggsville-Perry again on Thursday.  The Tornadoes had 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 errors and they also left 4 runners on base.  Routt is 15-10 and G-P 4 and 13.  The Routt softball team got a 2 run home run from Abbott (who was also the winning pitcher) in the bottom of the 6th to post the 2-1 win.
4/24/17 Routt Catholic had an off night of softball and the Pawnee Indians took advantage for a 10-3 win.  The Rockets gave up 7 unearned runs with a combination of 3 errors, 5 wild pitches, 2 passed balls and a mental mistake in the first inning.  They outhit the Indians 10 to 8, but they left 11 runners on base while Pawnee only left 5 on.  Not much went right for the Rockets, so they will try to forget this evening and get ready for conference games on Tuesday and Thursday when they play Griggsville Perry.  Byers is not a hard thrower and Routt did not make the adjustment which resulted in numerous pop ups and balls hit off of the end of the bat.  Byers only struck out 2 batters but Routt couldn't get the big hit and left a lot of potential runs on the bases.  Worrell had a couople of hits and 2 RBI's to lead the offense.  Craigsmiller and Harden had 2 hits each to lead the Indians, who played a good defensive game over all.  They did make 3 errors in the win.  Pawnee is 10-10 and Routt 11-7.
4/22/17 On a blustery day with a high around 57, Routt Catholic baseball played in the Pleasant Plains invitational.  They had won on Friday night, 4-1, over Southeast but didn't fare quite as well on Saturday as they lost 4-3 to Williamsville and 10-7 to Morrisonville. They had 12 hits on the day with 11 runs, 4 errors and left 16 runners on base. While the Rockets are a scrappy,young ball club, they simply do not get the big hit when they need it.  They get runners on 2nd and 3rd in almost every game, with less than 2 outs and cannot push them across.  They are right on the verge of becoming a very good team but have some work to do. Bilbruck had 2 hits in game one while May and Muller had 2 hits each in the nightcap.  Nest week, they have games with Griggsville-Perry, as they try to lock up the conference title, along with a game verses New Berlin and possibly a make up game mingled in.
4/21/17 Barry Western had a great bottom of the first as they had 5 hits and 4 runs, but then the wheels came off and they lost 18-6 to Routt Catholic in softball.  The Wildcats ended with 8 hits, 6 runs, 6 errors and fell to 5-9 on the season.  Routt had 14 hits, 18 runs and committed 3 errors as they improved to 11-6.Schulte led the way with 3 hits, while Martin, ABBott, Schmidt, Wooldridge and Scott all had 2 hits.  Abbott was the winning pitcher.  Weir had a home run for Barry-Western in the loss. The Rockets had 8 of their 9 starters plus Wooldridge with at least 1 hit.
4/20/17 Brown Couonty and Triopia softball played a double-header today and the Hornets won both ends.  They won the opener 9-7 behind Hodge and won the nightcap 13-8 behind Hailey Alsup. The Trojans played well  in both games but also made 3 errors in the first game and 5 in the second.  They had 22 hits in the DH as Portwood, Harris, Duesterhaus and Knous all had 2 hits with one of Knous being a 2 run home run.  Portwood had 3 more hits in the second game while Duesterhaus and Gregory had 2. The Hornets had 24 hits over all.  Chloe Alsup had 5, Hodge 5 including a home run, Kylie Moorman 4, and all nine players had at least one hit in the second game, with 6 having hits in game one.  It was a great hitting day for these two WIVC oponents. The Trojans ended the day with a record of 4 and 12 while the Hornets improved to 11-5 on the year.  We will see Routt Catholic at Barry-Western on Friday.
4/18/17 Routt Catholic softball improved to 9-6 on the year with an 11 to 1 win over the (4-9) West Central Lady Cougars.  The Cougars had 5 hits with 1 run and they left 6 runners on base.  Their big negative numbers were 6 errors and and they gave up 6 unearned runs with those errors.  Routt compiled 14 hits, 11 runs, 0 errors and they left a hefty 11 runners on.  Abbot was sharp with 6 strike outs and only 2 walks.  Freshman, Kirby Peters went 3 for 4 in the win as Abbott, Worrell, Wooldrige and Scott had 2 hits each.  They will face each other on Thursday, in Winchester, and Routt will play again on Friday at Barry-Western. The Routt boys won 16-4 and Brown County baseball beat Triopia 2-1.
4/17/17 Petersburg-Porta improved to 10-2 with their 9 to 4 baseball win over Routt Catholic.  They had 11 hits, 9 runs, 2 errors and left 9 on base.  Kenny Daugherty went the distance for the win as Lasanska, Brock, Minor and Mays all had 2 hits.  Routt fell to 11-7 with 6 hits, 4 runs, 2 errors and 6 left on base.  The Rockets will host West Central on Tuesday in a conference game. Muller had 2 hits to lead Routt and Bonjean took the loss from the mound.  Overton also threw 1 inning and faced 4 batters.
4/14/17 Routt baseball lost a 6-4 decision to Gillespie at the Beardstown showcase.  The Rockets will play Beardstown on Saturday and then play one more position game in the afternoon.  The Routt Softball team lost 8-2 to the Pleasant Plains Cardinals.  The Lady Rockets had 5 hits, 2 runs, 3 errors and left 7 runners on base.  Schulte had 2 hits and took the loss.  The Cardinals had 10 hits, 8 runs, 2 errors and left 4 on base.  Olivia Carter was the winning pitcher.  Rush, Carter and Bee had 2 hits each in the win as Plains improved to 9-2 and the Rockets fell to 8-6.
4/12/17 Routt Catholic baseball improved to 10-4 with a 16-0 win over Illini Central, who left the game with a 2-9 mark.  The Cougars had 3 hits, 0 runs, 6 errors and they left 5 on base.  Routt got 2 hits from Winters and 2 hits from Bonjean, including a 3 run home run,  as the Rockets had 10 hits, 16 runs, 2 errors and they left 4 on base.  Bilbruck was the winning pitcher.  Routt had 8 players with at least 1 hit in the win.  They will play Gillespie at 10 am on Friday and Beardstown at 10 am on Saturday in the Beardstown Tiger Showcase.  They are hoping to get to a third place or title game on Saturday afternoon and a good candidate, if they make it, in Pleasant Plains.
4/11/17 On a warm sunny day atAlumni Field, in Jacksonville, we were treated to a good baseball game between Routt and Liberty.  The Eagles scored in the second inning and made the 1-0 score hold up until the bottom of the 6th.  The Rockets scored 2 earned runs and 1 unearned run and took the game 3-1 to improve to 9-4 on the year.  With the loss, Liberty is 2-3.  Liberty had 3 hits, 1 run, 2 errors and they left 2 on base.  Routt had 6 hits, 3 runs, no errors and left 3 on base.  Winters had 2 hits including the game tieing RBI and then the 2nd run scored on an error. Muller drove in an insurance run to put a cap on it.  Chumley and Muller teamed up from the mound and Muller recorded the win. Routt will play at Illini Central on Wednesday.
4/8/17 Today's round robin softball tournament at Rushville was a very interesting and entertaining day.  Brown County, Rushville and Routt played and Routt ended up the over all winner, but it was a struggle in each game.  Rushville came in with a 2-3 record and lost 11-6 to the Hornets and85-5 to the Routt Rockets in spite of playing very well.  They had a chance to witn both games. the had 10 hits in game 1 and 5 in game two.  Belville (3-6), Foreman (3-5) and Crossier (3-7) led the way.  Brown County got off to a 4-0 lead on Rushville and then had to fight back to tie the game at 10-10 and finally won 11-10.  In the title game, they got up 2-1 over Routt but were shut down after that and lost 8-2.  The Hornets had 16 hits on the day as Markert, Chloe and Hailey Alsup all had 3 hits as Hodge won the opener and H. Alsup took the loss in the championship game.  The Hornets are 6-3 after today's action and will be strong all year long.  They have lost 1 game to Calhoun and 2 to Routt to this point.  They beat Rout 7-5 on Friday night, so if they play again, it will be just as competitive.  Routt Catholic struggled to beat Rushville in spite of having a 5-0 early lead.  They were tied 5-5 in the 6th and Abbott put the game away for Routt with a 3 run home run. Routt scored 5 runs in the 6th in the championship game as well as they showed a strong offense.  Worrell hit a solo home run in the win.  Routt had 25 hits and 16 runs on the day as they improved to 7-5.  Schulte was 6 for 8 in two games and the winning pitcher in game two.  Abbott came in to relieve Powell and recorded the win in the opener.  It was a well played tournament for Routt except for the 4 errors.  These are three good teams who will win more games before the end of the regular season.
4/7/17 For the second day in a row, we had an overtime game, as the Routt Catholic Rockets held off Brown County 5-4 in 8 innings of baseball.  Brown County made a nice come back to tie the game at 4-4 in regulation butinthe bottom of the 8th, with one out, Overton singled and stole 2nd.  Chumley singled to score Overton and the Rockets improved to 7-4 on the year.  They had 6 hits, 5 runs, 4 errors and left 4 on base.  Plunk came in to win the game in relief, after Lindsey went 6 strong innings.  The Hornets had 8 hits, 4 runs, 2 errors and left 8 on base as they couldn't get the big hit.  Sussenbach suffered the loss and the Hornets fell to 4-2 on the year.  Joe Hendricker pitched 6 2/3 innings, striking out 7 and walking 4.  Routt will play in Pleasant Hill on Saturday as they look for win number 8. Wort and Hendricker had 2 hits each to lead Brown County.
4/6/17 In a marathon softball game, it was Routt prevailing with a 22-17 win over a scrappy Lady Trojan team from Triopia.  It was a game where the lead changed hands numerous times and went 9 innings before it could be decided.  Triopia had 14 hits, 17 runs, 3 errors and 15 runners were left on base.  Werries had 4 hits while Portwood, Duesterhaus, Burrus and Gregory each had 2 hits.  Harris, Werries, Duesterhaus and Knous also had a home each as the Trojans had enough offense to win.  Their problem is they have no "strike out" pitchers yet.  They do not give up and will win a lot of games in time, but they are young and not able to finish games, so they fell to 1-7 on the year.  I think they will make some noise at regional time, if they stay healthy and keep their current competitive attitude.  Routt knew they would have some difficulty tonight as Coach Martin voiced his respect for Triopia, based on his 12-6 win on Tuesday.  His Rockets didn't stop the Trojans the way they wanted, but they hit extremely well.  They finished with 27 hits, 22 runs, 4 errors and they left 21 runners on base in spite of the win.  Abbott, Schmidt and Powell had 5 hits each while Martin and Schulte had 3.   Worrel and Peters added 2 each as every starter with the exception of Wooldrige had at least 1 hit.  Wooldridge did walk 3 times and scored 2 times so, she did her part.  Triopia will play Brown County, in a rain make up game, on Friday at home.  They are 5-3 on the year and, on a good day, are going to be competitive with most area teams.  Triopia's baseball tam defeated Routt 6-0 tonight and they will also play Brown County Friday, in a game you can hear live on 101.3 WVIL.
4/4/17 Routt Catholic scored 3 unearned runs and defeated Triopia 4-1 in baseball this afternoon at Alumni Field.  They will play again on Thursday without the benefit of their #1 pitchers.  Werries pitched well enough to win today as he walked 2 and struck out 10, but the defense let him down.  Chumley gave up 5 hits and 1 earned run as he wallked 1 and struck out 3.  Werries also had 2 hits in the loss.  Overton had a single and double while Plunk, Bilbruck and Lindsey each had 1 hit in the win.  Routt is 6-3 and Triopia 3-4 after the game.   The only downside of the game was 4 errors on the Trojans and 2 errors on the Rockets as they each need to clean that up a little.
4/1/17 Piasa Southwestern came to Routt Catholic to play a baseball double-header with 0-5 record and a reputation for fielding good teams year after year.  They left with a 2-5 record as they swept the Rockets 9-0, 4-1 behind solid pitching.  This is the deepest staff we have seen this year.  Routt went 13 innings before getting their first hit or run.  Lindsey threw a pretty good second game but the Routt bats couldn't solve the Birds hurlers. Piasa ended up with 23 hits and 13 runs in the double victory and had base runners in 13 of the 14 innings.  Routt will host Pleasant Plains on Monday so they have some serious work ahead.  On Tuesday and Thursday they will face Triopia in conference play. They have a 5 and 3 records after today's action. 
3/28/17 Brown County took the early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but could only get 1 more hit over the next 6 innings and no more runs.  The final score was Routt Catholic 7 and the Hornets 1 as BC fell to 3-1 and the Rockets improved to 5-1 on the year. Nathan Hendricker had 2 of the 3 Hornet hits and Wort picked up the RBI and the other hit.  Chumbley retired 13 batters in a row, after Hendricker singled in the 3rd. Sussenbach went 5 innings and took the loss in the game.  Josh Lewis had 2 hits to lead Routt Catholic and 3 other players had 1 hit each.  The Rockets took advantage of errors, wild pitches and passed balls to score 3 earned runs and 4 unearned runs in their win.  Chumley went the distance with 80 pitches as he walked no one and struck out 8.  These two teams will square off in Jacksonville on Thursday. In a girl's game at BC, the Lady Rockets defeated the Lady Hornets 11-6 to even their record at 3-3.
3/22/17 It was a close game this afternoon, but Routt Catholic hung on to beat Pawnee 10-7 in baseball.  The Indian fell to 0-3 on the season, with losses to Routt, Rochester and Williamsville.  They had 9 hits, 7 runs, 3 errors and left 6 on base today in their loss.  Hamilton and Roberts had 2 hits each.  The Rockets improved to 4-1 on the year and will play at Pleasant Hill on Thursday.  They had 11 hits, 10 runs, 3 errors and left 11 runners on base in spite of the win.  Winters was 3 for 3 and Lindsey 2 for 2 as 8 of the 9 starters had at least 1 hit.  Chumley went the distance, for the win, with 9 strike outs and 2 walks.
3/21/17 Tonight's baseball game between Routt Catholic and WHNG was over early as the Rockets had 9 hits and 13 runs in the first inning.  The final score was 24-1 as Routt improved to 3-1 and the Spartans fell to 1-2.  WHNG had 2 hits and used 5 pitchers in the loss.  Routt had 16 hits, 24 runs, 0 errors and they left 7 runners on base.  Lindsey led the Rockets with 3 hits while May, Winters, Muller, Bilbruck, Chumley and Lewis all had 2 hits each. Routt will have a tougher time on Wednesday as they host the Pawnee Indians.  Muller went the distance for the Rockets and picked up the 2 hit win.
3/20/17 The Routt Catholic softball team did not hit well tonight but they hit at the right time and pulled off a 9-5 win over the Lady Trojans of Auburn.  Trojan pitching wasn't sharp today as they walked 10 and had 3 wild pitches in the loss.  They had 10 hits, 5 runs, 1 error and left 9 runners on base.Coleman, Filipiakand McMillen all had 2 hits as 7 of the 9 Trojans had at least one hit.  The Rcokets Mallory Martin had a solid game with 3 of the 5 Routt hits, as she scored twice and had 4 of the 9 RBI's.  Schulte went 6 innings and recorded the win.  The Rockets are 1-0 and will travel to Pleasant Hill on Thursday.  Routt pitching is good and the defense is good, so all they have to do is pick up the hitting a little and they will hve a good season. 
3/18/17 Adam Lindsey threw a 1 hitter as Routt Catholic knocked off North Mac 11-1 in baseball on Saturday.  Plunk, May and Bilbruck all had 2 hits each as the Rockets garnered 9 hits, 11 run, with 3 errors and they left 5 runners on base.  This is a very young Routt team but they will make a splash this year and will be a force at play off time.  They are 1 and 1 on the year with their loss to QND in their opener.  They scored 2 in the first, 7 in the secondand 2 in the 5th to wrap it up and will face a good team from Riverton on Monday.  After that, it is WHNG and Pawnee as they try to make an early run and build their confidence.
3/16/17 It was cold and windy today, but Greenfield and Triopia played softball with the Tigers winning a 13-3 shortened game.  It was not as bad of a game as the score would indicate.  Greenfield was a little stronger with 13 runs on 13 hits with 2 errors and 4 runners left on base.  Jones and Arnett led thw way with 3 hits each as Martin and Graham had 2 each.  Arnett pitched a solid game with 4 strike outs and 2 walks.  The Trojans had 6 hits with 3 runs, 2 errors and 9 runners were left on base as Triopia could not get the key hits.  Madison Gregory was the losing pitcher but she also had 2 hits and a run scored in the loss. Sara Evans came in late in the game and looked pretty good on the pitching rubber.  Their most experienced pitcher, Ashtyn Rouland is injured and will add a lot to the team when she returns.  With her on the pitching rubber, the defense will get stronger for Triopia, in the field, and Rouland's pitching will also be a plus. keep in mind there are only 3 seniors on this Trojan team and they will get better and more consistent as they physically mature. 
2/22/17 Routt Catholic boy's basketball has had it's ups and downs this year, due to injuries, illness, players quitting or not coming out, and it all ended tonight as they lost a 57-44 decision to West Central at the Greenfield regional.  They only lost 3 seniors off of this team and will have a good season next year.  They only shot 29 per cent tonight and 56 from the free throw line against a hot Cougar team.  Chumley led the Rockets with 15 points.  West Central shot 59 percent from the field and 63 percent from the line with 11 turnovers as they earned the right to play Carrollton for the regional title on Friday.  Montgomery came in, off of the bench, and played very well with 16 poionts.  Hurrelbrink added 14 as 8 Couogars scored in the team win.  They will take a 14-16 record into the title game.  Carrollton defeated WHNG 62-53. 
2/21/17 The final four is set for the Greenfield 1A regional, after tonight's action.  In the opening game of the evening, Routt Catholic dominated Brussels and came away with a 55-31 victory.  Routt shot 46 percent from the field and 60 percent from the line with 16 turnovers.  Chumley led the way with 16 pooints while Lucas May scored 10.  Kaleb Birdsell scored 8, Winter 7 and Whalen 7 as the Rockets spread the ball around.  Patrick May joined the list of players who couldn't play last night as Routt continues to play well with about half of their starting unit missing.  Overton played limited minutes tonight and hopefully will be at full strength for tomorrows game.  Brady Ellis scored 17 for Brussels and had little help offensively as the Raiders just couldn't keep up with Routt.  Brussels hit 30 percent of their shots and 40 percent of their free throws with 25 turnovers.  Brussels ended their season with 5 wins and 21 losses.
2/20/17 In the first round of the QND regional, it was Beardstown defeating Rushville 47-42 in a game that came down to the final 2 minutes before it went to the Tigers.  This is the 4th time this year that Beardstown has beaten Rushville.  The Rockets hit 34 per cent of their shots and 9 for 12 from the free throw line with 13 turnovers.  They fiished their season with a  5-22 record.  For the Tigers, they have earned a game against QND on Tuesday night.  They let a big lead get away but hung on to pick up tonight's wind.  They shot 40 per cent from the field and 13 of 19 from the line with a 12 for 15 4th quarter which helped them hang on.  They had 10 turnovers in their win and are 11-17 on the year and hopeful they can shoot well against QND.  Stinson led Rushville with 11 pooints while Phillips and Dimmit each scored 8.  Beardstown had well rounded scoring as Gullavogul led the way with 16, Nava 10, McWilliams 9 and Ruiz 8.
2/17/17 It was a busy night at Beardstown as they had a chili cook-off, the band, senior night, the dance team and they honored the 1987 basketball team.  They also had a boy's game between Routt Catholic and Beardstown, which the Rockets won 51-34.  It was a pretty close game for most of the contest but poor free throw shooting and turnovers helped cause the Tiger loss.  Nava had 10 points and Ruiz 9 to lead Beardstown, who shot 31 percent from the field and 30 percent from the free throw line with 21 turnovers.  Routt finished hitting 15 of 37 from the field and 17 of 26 from the line with 11 turnovers.  They improved to 17-10 and will play Brusels next Tuesday at the Greenfield regional.  Winter scored 24 to lead the Rockets as Chumley added 9.  Beardstown will play Rushville at QND in their regional opener.  They have beaten Rushville 3 times this season.
2/14/17 Triopia and Griggsville-Perry played to overtime tonight before the Trojans put the Tornadoes away 80-68.  It was a back and forth ame all night long as G-P won the first and third quarters while Triopia won the 2nd and they were tied 60-60 at the end of regulation.  Ian Smith hit 27 for the Tornadoes while Stinebaker had 22 and Kelley 12.  They shot 49 percent from the field and 86 percent from the free throw line but the 20 turnovers hurt them.  The Trojans got 16 from Thompson, 15 from Werries, 15 from Hageman, 13 from Milby and 11 from Bell as they improved to 16-8 on the year.  They shot 49 percent from the field and 60 percent from the line with 11 turnovers.  They will play Franklin on Friday and play Liberty in the first round of the Barry Western regional. 
2/10/17 Tonight was one of those fun high school boy's basketball games, for a variety of reasons.  Brown County had a starter missing and Routt had two starters missing.  Jonah Farve filled in for Sussenbach and led the Hornets with 21 points.  Routt stayed in the game until very late before falling 66-59 due to a 10 for 12 effort from the free throw line in the 4th quarter for Brown County.  Routt got double digit scoring from Winter (20), Chumley (19) and Patrick May 12 while shooting 45 percent from the field and 56 percent from the line with 13 turnovers.  Those are pretty good numbers but, not good enough as the Hornets  had four players in double digits.  Farve (21), Nathan Hendricker (19), Joe Hendricker (12) and Drake (10).  They shot 58 percent from the field and 79 percent from the charity stripe with 14 turnovers.  The Hornets are 13-7 and the Rockets 16-10 after the game.  It was a clean, close game and enjoyable to watch. Mt. Sterling will play in the Barry-Western regional and Routt will go south to play in the Greenfield regional. 
2/7/17 West Central was an easy winner over Payson-Seymour at the Routt Regional  54-30.  They will play Barry-Western for the Routt Regional title on Thursday.  The Wildcats defeated Routt in the night cap 34-27 after leading by 13 in the 3rd quarter and seeing their lead diminish to 29-27 in the 4th.  The Rockets had 4 chances with the score 29-27 and never scored again as their season came to a close at 16-13.  They only graduate 1 senior and should be very competitive next season.  Katie Abell led the way with 14 and never really got much help offensively tonight as 2 substitues scored 9 points and the regular starting outside players did not score.  They hit 31% of their shots and 50 of their free throws with 14 turnovers.  The Wildcats got 20 points from their best player, Blair Borrowman, as they hit 33 percent  from the field and 75 percent from the line with 7 turnovers. They will have their hands full lwith West Central but have a shot to win the regional and wre the better team tonight.
2/4/17 It was a tough day of basketball for Our Saviour School boy's basketball as they did not shoot well from the field or from the line against a little bit stronger and quicker team.  The final score was a 37-17 in favor of Decatur Our Lady of Lourdes.  No one had more than 4 points for the Shamrocks and they turned the ball over 16 times in the loss.  Those things happen sometimes and obviously it is hard to win a game under those circumstances. OSS hit just 5 of 32 shots from the field and 5 of 13 free throws and Decatur took advantage of them.  The Lancers hit 16 of 30 shots and 4 of 10 from the line with 13 turnovers as they moved on.  Etchason led the way with 14 points, Phillips had 8 and did a good job of running the point.  Harshman had 6 points and 6 players hit the scoring column in the win.  Our Lady of Lourdes improved to 22-3 while OSS ended their season 17-7.  There are some good players on the Shamrocks team, but it just wasn't their day.
2/3/17 Tonight it was a classic battle between height and speed as Routt Catholic (speed) played at home against Greenfield/NW.  The 6' 11" post (Bayless) for the Tigers scored 21 points to lead Greenfield in the 55-40 loss.  The Tigers shot 44 % from the field and 60% from the free throw line but part of their downfall was the 18 turnovers.  They fell to 6 and 15 on the season. As for Routt,  they got 25 pooints from Chumley and 16 from Winter as 7 Rockets hit the scoring column.  They hit 17 of 48 from the field (48%) and 13 of 19 (68%) from the line with only 3 turnovers as they improved to 15 and 9 on the year.  Routt played dogged defense on senior night at the Routt Dome to pick up the victory. 
2/1/17 While it was no shock or surprise that Routt Catholic defeated Griggsville-Perry tonight in girl's basketball, it was a good game for a couple of reasons.  First of all, Griggsville-Perry got off to a great start and hit 5 of their first 8 shots and held a 13-12 lead with time running out in the first quarter.  Schwiderski hit a big trey for the Rockets and took the 15-13 lead at the end of one but it was still good early basketball by the Tornaloes.  For Routt, they needed a win and got it, so it is possible for them to win 3 games in a row before having to face a tough Barry-Western team in the 2nd round of the Routt Regional.  While Routt beat the Barry-Western Wildcats at the Brown County Tournament, the Cats are very good and have one of the better players in the area.  Tonight, Battefeld hit 10 of 10 free throws and led the Tornadoes with 18 points.  Kennedy added 12 and Bright 9 in the loss.  They hit 32% of their shots and 79 % of their free throws with 10 turnovers.  The Rockets shot 42% from the field and 67% from the line with 9 turnovers.  Sara Worrell led the way with 16 points while Katie Abell had 15 and Schierl 12. Routt had 9 treys in the win and got a small amount of playing time from Sydney Walker, who will be a great player for the Rockets before her career is over with.  She did not score but she hasn't played for a long time and used tonight to test her right knee. if things to right, she will get some playing time on Thursday and Monday and hopefully be ready to pick up the pace on Tuesday and hopefull Thursday of next week.
1/31/17 Tonight's boy's basketball game between Routt and West Central was close, exciting and very entertaining as the Cougars beat the Rockets 52-49.  Routt had their chances and just didn't make the big shot when they needed it.  Hurrelbrink led West Central with 21 points and one of the shots was a baseball type throw from the opposite foul line at the half time buzzer.  Cox also added double digits (12) in the win as 7 Cougars scored.  They hit 53% of their shots and 48% of their free throws with 13 turnovers and improved to 12-13 on the year.  For the Rockets, they hit 36% of their shots from the field and 14 for 20 from the line with 12 turnovers.  They fell to 14-9 on the year and will face Greenfield on Friday.  Winterscored 15, Chumley 13,  Whalen 9, May and 7 and Kaleb Birdsell 4 as they spread the ball around well. 
1/30/17 Pleasant Hill had a good shooting night as they knocked off Routt Catholic, at the Dome tonight.  They hit 48% of their shots and in spite of hitting 42% of theiir free throws and turning the ball over 26 times they won 57-47.  Root led the way with 25 points while Peebles added 15 and 6 players scored over all. The Wolves improved to 11-6 on the year.  As for Routt, they had some scoring lulls toniight and could not take advantage of the high number of turnovers they forced.  They only had 32% of their shots and 4 for 12 from the free throw line.  They took care of the ball with just 5 turnovers in the game but just couldn't get on a roll as they fell to 14-8.  Winters hit 13 and Patrick May 10 as 7 Rockets scored in the loss.  They will take on West Central tomorrow night in a home game.
1/27/17 It was a very physical basketball game tonight as Brown County defeated Liberty 64-46.  The Hornets improved to 10-5 on the season and the Eagles fell to 2-19.  Booher led Liberty with 14 points and Graham hit double figures with 12.  They shot 40 percent from the field and 56 percent from the line with 19 turnovers.  The Hornets had 3 players in double figures:  Sussenbach (19), Drake (18) and Nathan Hendricker (11) as they hit 50% of their shots and 13 of 17 free throws with 12 turnovers.  There were 35 fouls called in the game with 35 free throws and a lot of contact that wasn't called.
1/26/17 The #1 and #2 teams, in class 1A girl's basketball, played tonight in the 43rd annual Lady Hawk Tournament in the semi final round.  Tied 50-50 with 16 seconds to go was appropriate, then Lebonon made a bucket at the buzzer and improved to 23-0 on the year.  The loss dropped the West Central Cougars to 23 and 1 and if they played again tomorrow, it would be a similar finish.  They are two very good teams and will do well in post season play.  Will they meet again?  Only time will tell.   Krista Bass had 18 points and Kendra Bass 16 to lead 6 Greyhounds in the scoring column.  Lebanon shot 45% from the field, 76% from the line and turned the ball over 16 times in the wind.  West Central was led by Kaufmann with 16 poonts while Starks and Likes each scored 9.  Eight different Cougars scored in the loss as Starks and Kaufmann both filed out which didn't help.  The Cougars hit 30% of their shots and 61 % of their free throws with 18 turnovers.  It was as good of a basketball as you could want to watch and obviously very disappointing to the losing team.
1/24/17 Routt Catholic boys basketball improved to 14 and 7 with a 52-37 win over Liberty.  They had beaten the Eagles at the Winchester tournament on jan. 7th 59-40 and tonight was a similar win.  Klingele led Liberty with 9 pooints  as 7 Eagles got on the scoreboard.  They shot 41% from the field and 38 % from the free throw line with 19 turnovers as they fell to 2 and 18 on the year.  The Rockets spread the ball around well ltonight as Patrick May led the way with 13.  Schnitker, Winter and Whalen all scored 9 while Hunter Chumley and Overton each added 6.  Routt shot 37 percent from the field and 44 percent from the line with just 10 turnovers. Next up for the Rockets will be Pleasant Hill at the Routt Dome on Monday night.
1/23/17 Routt Catholic had a 37-31 lead into the 4th quarter and simply could not get the ball down the floor with any degree of consistency and the Lady Explorers of Marquette turned them over and took the 51-45 win.  That eliminated the Lady Rockets from the 43rd annual Lady Hawk tournament.  They have three regular season games left, prior to the regionals and are hoping to go 2 and 1 at the least.  They are 13-11 after tonight's loss. Katie Abell led Routt with 18 poionts and Mallory Martin added 17.  No one else had more than 3 pooints and the Rockets turned the ball over 22 times.  They shot 42% from the field and 61% from the line.  Marquette had 8 players in the scoring column and were led by Fischer and Madi Connors with 11 points each.They hit 35% of their shots and only 45% from the line which kept Routt in the game.  They also had 20 turnovers and improved to 11-11 with the win. 
1/21/17 It was a disappointing loss for the Lady Rockets of Routt Catholic tonight as they lost 47-46 to Greenfield-northwestern. Routt trailed most of the game but, due to the Tigers missing some late free throws, had a chance to pull out a win.  They were trailing by 13 points at the end of the third quarter but came up a little short at the end.  Walters got hurt in the third quarter and had to leave the game with 18 points (which gave her 1,000 on her high school career).  The Tigers only shot 6 out of 17 free throws in the 2nd half and almost gave it to the Rockets.  They hit 35% from the field and 8 of 20 free throws as they improved to 9 and 14 on the year and got themselves a date with the Lebanon Greyhounds on Wednesday.  Lebanon beat Marquette 57-24 and have a 21-0 record.  Routt was led by Katie Abell with 15 points while Martin added 9 and Worrell 8 as the Rockets fell to 13-9 and will play Marquette at 8 pm on Monday.  They only hit 26% of their shots and 6 of 9 from the line.  West Central rolled over WHNG 61-28 and will play Wednesday night at 8. They have a record of 22 wins and 0 losses and depending on which pole you look at, they and Lebanon are either 1 or 2 in class 1A basketball.  We may see a great match up on Thursday night at 8 pm.
1/19/17 Carrollton got a 3 point bucket from Krumwiede to start tonight's game and another 3 to start the 3rd quarter and ended up with 25 points overall.  The Hawks won the game 56-39 as they shot 54% from the field and 90% from the free throw line. Robinson also hit double digits (10) in the win as Carrollton improved to 14 and 8 on the year.  They will open the Lady Hawk Tournament on Saturday, at 9:30 am, when they take on the #1 seed Civic Memorial team.  Routt did not play well in the 2nd half and never had the lead in tonight's loss.  They got 10 points from Martin and 10 points from Katie Abell but were never really close in the game.  They hit 16 of 47 from the field with 3 for 4 from the free throw line and 17 turnovers.  Routt will play Greenfield at 5:00 on Saturday evening in the Lady Hawk. They will take a 13-9 record into the tournament as the #7 seed.
1/17/17 It was a tough, physical game as Routt Catholic hung on to win a 54-39 girl's baskegball game over Beardstown.  The Tigers were down by 13 and fought back to a 4 point deficit before the Rockets opened up a late lead and won their 4th game in a row.  They will face Carrollton, at home, on Thursday and then head for the Lady Hawk Tournament in Carrollton on Saturday.  The Tigers fell to 6 and 15 on the year and were led in scoring tonight by Rawlins with 14 points.  McWilliams added 9  while Elizabeth Garcia scosred 6 and Addison Herzog 5.  Beardstown hit 13 of 54 from the field and 12 of 18 from the free throw line with 22 turnovers.  Routt got 18 points from Katie ABell, 10 from Worrell and 9 from Schwiderski as they improved to 13 and 8 on the year.  They also got 8 free throws from Ellie Abell as Routt hit 22 of 35 for 63%.  They shot 14 of 37 for 38% from the field and had 19 turnovers.
1/16/17 Beardstown had a 7-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, in their game with the Lady Saukees of Pittsfield, but that was the end of the good new for the evening.  Pittsfield outscored the Lady Tigers 19 to 4 in the second quarter and never looked back as they posted the 47-17 win.  Beardstwon shot 19 percent from the field, 40 percent from the line and had 20 turnovers.  They only shot 5 free throws while the Saukees shot 32 and that played a big part in the game.  Pepper played a solid game and scored 19 points with 9 of 11 from the charity stripe.  Palmer added 8 and Bauer 5 in the wind.  Pittsfield shot 38 percent from the field and 56 percent from the line with 12 turnovers.  They are 12-11 on the year and will play Carrollton, for 5th place, at the Spartan Tournament at White Hall.  Beardstown will be in Jacksonville to take on Routt Catholic on Tuesday. 
1/9/17 Routt Catholic girl's won their second game in a row and will try to pick up their third on Thursday night when they host Beardstown.  They defeated Pawnee 60-31 tonight after getting off to a slow start.  With the win, they improved to 12-8 on the year.  Katie Abell led the way with 16 while Martin (11) and Worrell (11) hit for double digits.  Nine Rockets scored in the win as they shot 51% from the field and 66% from the line with 18 turnovers.  The Indians only shot 25% from the field and 50% from the charity stripe with 17 turnovers.  Harden had a big night with 20 points which gives her 1220 on her high school career.  Pascoe scored 6 as Pawnee fell to 8 and 9 on the year. 
1/5/17 At the Waverly Holiday Tournament, Routt Catholic came back late in the game and defeated Carrollton 71-64.  They were hoping to get another win tonight, at the home of the Hawks, but the inside game of Carrollton was too strong and they won 66-50.  Campbell scored 23, mostly in the paint, while Watson hit for 15 from outside and Stendeback added 10 from inside the free throw line.Jerrett Smith is coming off of an injury and played limited time in the 3rd quarter.  He hit 3 of 3 from the field and 1 of 1 from the free throw line in the win.  The Hawks shot 42 percent from the field and 17 of 22 from the free throw line.  The only down side was 20 turnovers as they improved to 6-5 on the year.  The Rockets couldn't sustain any offense tonight and did not stop the inside game of Carrollton.  Winters led the way with 15 while Patrick May hit 11 as 8 Rockets scored in the game.  They shot only 33 percent from the field and 9 of 14 from the charity stripe with 15 turnovers.  They fell to 8 and 6 on the year.  Beckman wasn't there tonight and his 6' 1" frame and inside play may have made a difference in the game.
1/3/17 After going 1 and 3 in the 35th annual Lady Tiger Classic, and not playing very good basketball, the Lady Rockets of Routt were in need of a win.  They hosted North Mac (5-6) and while it wasn't easy, came away with a 48-36 win as they improved to 11-8 on the year.  They will face Pawnee on Monday and Beardstown on Thursday, as they try to get on a roll.  The tough Lady Hawk in Carrollton is in the near future, so they want to head into it with a head of steam.  North Mac had difficulty sustaining their offense in their loss, but did get 15 points from Stauffer and 9 from Tomasko.  They hit 30 percent from the field and 60 percent from the line with 16 turnovers.  Routt shot 28 percent from the field and 18 for 32 from the line with just 7 turnovers.  Martin hit 8 free throws and 1 basket in the 2nd half to help secure the win.Katie Abell had 13 points and Schwiderski 9 as seven Rockets scored in the win. 
12/22/16 Routt Catholic girl's basketball got what they needed tonight as they came back, from trailing early and defeated WHNG 68-49.  It improved their record to 9-5 and dropped the Spartans to 5-7.  What was nice about the win, from Routt's point of view, is they were playing without Worrel, Walker and Addie Schmidt.  It called for someone to step up and several players answered the call.  Fellhauer had 7 points, Martin 9, Schierl 9, Molly Schmidt 5 and even Annika Black added a couple of points.  Katie Abell had 11 and Ellie Abell 10, but the player of the night got the Rockets off to a great start with 4 treys in the first quarter.  Schwiderski had 15 points on the night and gave Routt exactly what they needed with Worrell on vacation.  Routt shot 46% from the field and 59% from the line with 13 turnovers.  WHNG got off to a solid start with 11 points from Tupper in the first quarter .  Thye had a 20-18 lead until Martin hit a 3 pointer at the buzzer.  Randall had 11, Evans 12, Tupper 11 in the loss.  The player who was very impressive was a freshman, Lakeleigh Brown.  She is only 5' 4" tall but she plays big and is aggressive.  The Spartans shot 31 percent from the field and 60% from the line with 10 turnovers in the loss.   
12/15/16 Auburn improved to 14-0 with their girl's basketball team tonight as they knocked off the visiting Routt Catholic Lady Rockets 56-33.  It was close until the 3rd quarter when the Trojans hit 4 treys and outscored Routt 16-4 and took a 44-26 poiont lead into the 4th quarter.  Jessup had 13, Smith 13, Mackenzie 11 and Clark 9 as Auburn spread the ball around.  They shot 37 percent from the field and 33 percent from the line with 12 turnovers.  Routt had 8 players in the scoring column but noone in double digits as they fell to 8-5 on the season.  They had 20 turnovers and several of them were the result of poor passing with no ball fakes and teammates were not moving to help the passer.  They shot 27% from the field and 3 for 8 from the line. They will face Pawnee on Saturday at 12:30 and follow that with a game with WHNG prior to the Lady Tiger Tournament on the 26th.  They would love to go to Beardstown with a 10-5 record as they face North Fulton.
12/13/16 Tonight, at the Routt Dome, the Rockets led for three quarters and then got out scored 8 to 2 in the 4th and lost 51-48.  The White Hall North Greene Spartans improved to 5 and 1 with the win and Routt Catholic fell to 4-3.  Josh Hopper led WHNG with 29points and Booth hit double digits with 11.  The Spartans shot 49 percent from the field and were 7 for 9 from the line.  The Rockets hit 21 of 50 shots for 42% and 3 of 4 from the free throw line in the first half and no free throw shots in the 2nd half.  Chumley had 15, Overton 10 and Marshall 9 in the loss.  They will take on Pleasant Hill on Friday night, at the dome. It was a hard fought game tonight with 50 turnovers between the two teams.  Beckman will be back on Friday and the 6' 1" Jr. should help out with the inside game and rebounding.
12/12/16 In a ragged, defensive, physical game at Mt. Sterling. The host Hornets came from 11 down heading into the 4th quarter to post a 48-47 win over the visiting Routt Catholic Lady Rockets. There were 46 turnovers in the game as the Hornets shot 38% from the field and 74% from the free throw line. The Rockets countered with 29% from the field and 62% from the line.Doyle (14) and Heldt (13) led Mt. Sterling and Katie Abell (14) and Walker (12) led the Rockets. Next up for the Rockets will be Auburn, a tough 2A school who may still be undefeated on the season, at this point. Routt will play Pawnee on Saturday at 12:30 instead of the 2:00 original listed game time. It will be played at the Routt Dome.
12/9/16 Routt was just a little quicker than South County tonight in boy's basketball and won 52-38.  They outshot the Vipers 45 to 28 percent from the field and 72 to 40 percent from the line.  Both teams had 14 turnovers but Routt led at every quarter and improved to 4 and 2 with the win.  Couturiax led the Vipers with 9 while Gill and Fromme had 8 and Talbert 7.  Winters (19) and Chumley(13) led the Rockets as 7 players scored in the win.  The Rockets will be a hard team to beat this year unless they get out sized as they are pretty scrappy on both ends of the floor.  They lost to Pittsfield and to Lutheran so far.
12/5/16 The Lady Rockets of Routt Catholic were fres off of a 35-28 loss to Springfield Lutheran, on Saturday, when they did not play one of their better games.  It looked like they might end up with another tough loss tonight, at Greenfield, but they re-grouped and came away with a 46-40 win and improved to 8-3 while the Tigers fell to 1-5.  Jumping out to an 8-2 lead, Routt was feeling pretty good.  Slowly Greenfield began to eat into the lead and made it a real nail-biter at the end.  Routt led 12-10 after one quarter, and 20-17 at the half.  It was tied 32-32 after 3 quarters as Greenfield pushed their lead to 5 in the quarter but couldn't maintain the lead.  Routt out scored the Tigers 14-8 in the final stanza and survived.  Haylei Schaaf led Greenfield with 15 as the Tigers shot 35% from the field and 25% from the line with 21 turnovers.  The Rockets had two players (Martin & Katie Abell) with 12 points each as they led 7 scorers in the win.  They shot 47% from the field and 60% from the line with an acceptible 14 turnovers.  It was an exciting high school game to watch as it was anybody's game until the end.  
12/3/16 After the first quarter, when Routt Catholic led Springfield Lutheran 10-7, the Lady Crusaders out hustled the Lady Rockets and came away with a 35-28 win.  The Crusaders improved to 7-2 on the year and Routt fell to 7-3.  Neither team shot well as Springfield hit 19 of 51 for 37% and 9 of 16 from the free throw line for 56%.  Routt shot 14 of 38 for 37% and 1 of 5 from the charity stripe for 20%.  Elmore led the Crusaders with 21 points and no one else scored more than 4 points in the win with 16 turnovers.  The Lady Rockets were led by Katie Abell with 10 points and no one on Routt's team had more than 4 points either.  They had 22 points and this was not one of their better outings.They will take a 7 and 3 record to Greenfield on Monday night and see if they can get back on track.  They won big in the JV game and only have 1 senior on the varsity roster, so they have a lot of room to grow.  
12/1/16 It was a fun and exciting girl's basketball game at the Routt Dome tonight in Jacksonville.  The host, Lady Rockets, got past the visiting Lady Trojans of Triopia 48-42.  The Rockets never led in the game until about 5 minutes to go, in the 4th quarter.  With the win, Routt is 7-2 and the losss dropped Triopia to 6-3.Evans (14) and Reynolds (13) led the Trojans in scoring while Burrus and Portwood each added 7 points.  Triopia shot 35% from the field and 33% from the charity stripe with 17 turnovers.  For the Lady Rockets, they hit 32% from the field and 10 of 21 from the free throw line.  They had 13 turnovers and will take on Springfield Lutheran on Saturday in a road game.  Katie Abell led the Rockets with 20 pointsand Walker had 8.  8 Rockets scored and 6 Trojans in the game with several underclassmen playing key roles. 
 11/23/16 Tonight at the Lady Hornet Classic, in Mt. Sterling,  Pittsfield needed overtime to knock off Rushville-Industry 59-57.  In the Junior High Gym, it was Routt Catholic improving to 3-0 in the tournament as they defeated Beardstown 49-22.  Routt still needs a win over the host Lady Hornets on Friday night to get to the championship game on Saturday night.  They may make it anyway, due to the tournament rules regarding head to head competition, etc. since they have already beaten Liberty who is going to finish high in pool play.  The Tigers had 6 players in the scoring column tonight but their 26% shooting from the field and 35% from the line wasn't helpful in they loss as they felll to 0-3 in the tournament and 0-5 on the year.  Worrell (11) and Katie Abell (10) led the Lady Rockets as 10 over all players scored in the game.  Routt shot 41% from the field and 73% from the line with 15 turn overs.  Their only loss on the season was to Pittsfield 42-40 in their first game of the year.  They only have 1 senior on the team and are feeling good about themselves in the early going.
11/17/16 Routt was hoping to pick up their first girl's basketball win tonight at the Routt Dome.  They evened their record with a 54-39 win over the South County Vipers and will take a 1-1 record into the Brown County Tournament on Saturday morning where they will play Griggsvile-Perry at 9 am in the grade school gym.  The Vipers fell to 1-1 with the loss and were led by Sullivan with 18 points.  They shot 24% from the field and 79% from the free throw line with 16 turnovers.  Routt had two players in double digits as Walker hit 14 and Katie Abell 12 in the win.  They hit 19 of 51 shots and 15 of 21 from the free throw line for 71% and had 17 turnovers.  Martin added 9 and Ellie Abell 7 as 7 total players scored in the victory. 
11/15/16 In a very entertaining girl's basketball game tonight, Pittsfield defeated Routt Catholic 42-40.  It came down to what loses a lot ob basketball games every year.  Routt hit just 10 of 20 free throws and lost by 2 points.  In the meantime, the Saukees hit 6 of 8 free throws and hung on.  Both teams did a nice job of taking care of the ball as Pittsfield only had 8 turnovers and the Rockets had 10.  Lilly Pepper led Pittsfield with 15 points and Palmer added 13 with some late solid free throw shooting.  The Saukee hit 49% from the field and 75 percent from the line.  Routt had 7 players in the scoring column and was led by Ellie Abell with 14.  They hit just 14 of 44 shots and the 10 of 20 free throws in the loss.  They are hoping to play better against South County on Thursday, in their home opener.  This was a good starting game of the season and the Lady Rockets will get better.
11/14/16 High School girl's basketball opened their season tonight.  We were at the Tiger Den as the Lady Rockets of Rushville-Industry cme to town.  In a typical first game scenario of mistakes and rugged play, the Lady Rocket prevailed with a 53-42 win.  Ingles led the Rockets with 23 points and Chancey and Lamb each scored 10.  Rushville shot 22% from the field and 51% from the free throw line with 17 turn overs.  Beardstown was lead by Price with 10 points as 8 Tigers scored in the loss.  Beardstown hit 39% from the field and 36% from the charity stripe.  The Tigers had 43 turn overs in the loss and will need to correct that area. They will play Triopia at home on Thursday night.  Beardstown committed 32 fouls in the game and had 4 players foul out.  Rushville had 21 fouls also in a long opening game.
11/3/16 The class 1A, Routt Sectional for volleyball, went to Springfield Lutheran.  They defeated Mt. Olive 12-25, 25-18, 25-10 with a strong effort in the 2nd and 3rd games.  They will take on Stewardson Strasburg, at Mt. Pulaski, on Saturday.  Strasburg beat Farmer City (Blye Ridge) 25-15, 25-10.  For Mt. Olive:  Courtney Kernich 1 point, Niehaus 5 points 25 kills, 5 blocks, Murphy 3 points 22 assists, Gretak 2 points 4 assists 1 block, Henke 10 points 8 kills 1 block and Rachael Kernich 4 points 1 kill.  Fields had several digs in the loss and the Wildcats ended their season with 26 wins and 6 losses.  Lutheran:  Elmore 8 points 5 kills, Stoekel 1 kill, Tournox 7 points, Wiegand 6 points 1 ace 14 kills 2 blocks 1 assisted block, Ginder 3 points 9kills 9 blocks, Brunner 4 kills 1 assisted block, Ramey 10 points 1 ace 2 assists, Anderson 21 assists 1 kill .  The Crusaders improved to 26-11 on the year.  The Wildcats had 4 service errors and the Crusaders 5 service errors.

At the Routt Sectional, Springfield Lutheran ended the Hardin Calhoun season 25-21, 25-21 and will move on to face Mount Olive in the title game at 6 pm on Thursday.  Mt. Olive took 3 games to get past New Berlin 23-25, 25-17, 25-15 and that created a very goo match-up for the championship match. In tonight's win over the Lady Warriors, Lutheran fought off 23 assists by Junie Zirklebach and 18 kills for Grace Baalman plus 3 blocks.  The Crusaders got 5 kills from Elmore, 12 from Wiegand and 7 from Brunner.  Anderson did a great job with 17 assists while Tournox (6), Wieand (5) and Herman (9) served well.  Springfield Lutheran will take a 25-11 record into the title game.


In game two, New Berlin had 2 lapses and lost to Mt. Olive who stayed away from long dry spells.  The Pretzels got 10 kills from Lascody, 9 from Coonrod, 6 from Bixby and 5 from Owens.  Bixby also had 6 blocks and Hemberger 20 assists.  New Berlin ended their season with 24 wins and 12 losses.  Mt. Olive has a couple of players who will attack relentlessly.  Niehaus had 19 kills and 5 blocks tonight to go along with 8 service points.  Henke had 11 kills, and 1 block.  Murphy was steady with 26 assists and Rachael Kernich served 22 winners in 3 games.  This is a pretty good defensive team and they will have to be on their game to pick up the win.  They will also have to survive long volleys as the Crusaders will keep the ball in play as they wait for their attacks. It will be a title game well worth watching.  The winner will go to Mt. Pulaski.

10/27/16 Routt Catholic volleyball came to an end tonight, but not before they put up a good fight with Mt. Olive.  The Regional Championship went to the Wildcats 25-20, 24-26, 25-20 and the Rockets ended their season with a record 19-15-1.  They only lose 3 seniors so they should have 2 or 3 more solid seasons coming up.  Mt. Olive will move on with a 25-5 record:  Courtney Kernich 6 points 1 assist 1 kill, Field 1 assist, Niehaus 4 points 1 ace 1 assist 26 kills 8 blocks, Murphy 6 points 29 assists 2 kills, Gretak 3 points, Henke 4 points 1 assist 15 kills 1 block, Rachel Kernich 9 points 1 assist 1 kill.  The Cats had just 3 service errors on the night.  Routt: Fellhauer 2 points 1 ace 9 kills, Schwiderski 4 points, Peters 8 points 2 aces 4 assists 4 kills, Worrell 9 points 1 ace 23 assists 1 kill, Powell 4 points 7 kills 3 blocks, Abbott 5 kills, Parlier 1 kill, Huey 8 kills 1 block, Martin 2 points 2 assists and Abell 1 assist.  The Rockets had 5 service errors in the loss.  Abbott, Schulte and Wosrrell are the three talented seniors who will be gone from next years team.
10/25/16 What an exciting night of volleyball from the Mt. Olive regional. In the opener, it was the host school topping the South County Vipers 25-16, 25-16.  That earned the Mt. Olive Wildcats the right to play the winner of game #2 between Routt Catholic and Bunker Hill.  Routt trailed 24-17 in game one and came back to win 29-27, then pressed on to take game #2 26-24.  They trailed late in both games and simply would not give up, as they earned the right to play for the title.  It will be a solid championship game if you like volleyball, so head down I-55, just below Litchfield on Thursday night.  Bunker Hill brought an 18-12 record into the game and were very scrappy in the loss.  The Minutemen:  Devall 3 kills, Kahl 1 point 3 assists and several nice digs, Kliffmeyer 2 points 4 assists, Taylor 3 points 2 assists, Allman 6 points 3 aces 1 assist 1 kill, Schwegel 4 points 1 ace 7 kills 1 block, Morell 3 points 2 aces 4 assists 4 kills 1 block and Austill 2 points 1 assis 3 kills and 1 block.  The Minutemen had 2 service errors on the night.  The Rockets improved to 19-14:  Fellhauer 3 points 1 assist 1 kill, Schwiderski 2 pooints 1 assist, Peters 2 points 1 ace, 4 assists 5 kills, Worrell 7 points 1 ace 19assists 4 kills, Powell 5 points 7 kills 5 blocks, Abbott 1 assist 4 kills, Huey 1 assist 12 kills and Martin 4 points 1 ace 3 assist and another solid job digging the ball on serves.  She, Schwiderski and Parlier shared the responsibility and did a good job all match long.  Routt ended up with 4 service errors in the wind.  If you are a Routt fan, you have to proud of the Lady Rockets determination in their hard-fought win tonight.
10/24/16 Rushville-Industry volleyball showed some real stamina and purpose tonight as they came from behind to knowck off Illini West 18-25, 27-25, 25-18 and will advance to the next round verses Deer Creek Mackinaw tomorrow night.  The Chargers were pretty much in the charge for the first game and a half tonight, then began to miss a few shots and got impatient as the Rockets began to come back.  They will end their season with 14 wins and 21 losses:  M. Duffy 7 points, Pence 2 points 1 ace 1 assist 10 kills, Smith 4 points 1 ace, Sirtak 14 points 2 aces 16 assists 1 kill, Grotts 6 kills 2 blocks, H. Duffy 7 kills 4 blocks, Johnson 5 assists, Nudd 6 points 1 ace, Spiekermeier 4 points 6 kills and Stone 2 assists 1 kill.  The Chargers had 3 service errors on the night.  Rushville improved to 10-17 on the year:  Groenewold 5 assists 1 kill, Etter 14 points 1 ace 9 assists, Belville a multitude of digs and 1 kill, Ingles 8 points 2 aces 1 assist 5 kills and several excellent back row digs, Krohe 9 points 4 kills 2 blocks, Farris 2 kills, Norton 4 kills 1 block, Chancy 7 points 9 assists 3 kills and Crosier 6 kills with 2 or 3 at a much needed time. The Rockets will be under-dogs against Deer Creek but you have to love their attitude and grit.
 10/21/16 Triopia had a frustrating football season this year and were hoping to finish with a win a t Carrollton.  They started out with a touchdown on each of their first two possessions and had a 12-8 lead, but it was the last time they would scoe until the 8:37 mark of the 4th quarter and they lost 50-18.  They will graduate 10 seniors and strap them up for next year with a lot of experienced players on the roster.  Tonight, very unofficial:  Burns had 19 carries for 118 yards, Lawson 11 for 97 with 2 touchdowns, Thompson 13 for 44 with a 24 yard touchdown pass to Duesterhaus and 1 reception for 9 yards.  Werries 1 carry for minus 2 yards, Rouland 4 carries for 9 yards, Gains 2 carries for 1 yard as the Trojans amassed 267 yards and 1 penalty for 5 yards.  They missed all of their conversions in the loss.  The Hawks:  Smith rushed for 70 yards on 11 carries with 2 touchdowns running and a 40 yard TD pass to Prough.  Holmes 4 carries for 20 yards and an 8 yard TD pass, for a score from Prough.  Proough 7 carries for 38 yards and TD passes to Holmes, Watson and a second one to Watson as the Hawks had 278 in the air and 129 on the ground.  Watson caught 3 for 38, Smith 4 for 61, Settles 2 for 13, Holmes 1 for 6 plus the TD, Bowker 4 for 120 and Prough 1 for 40.  They had 5 penalties for 40 yards and will enter the play offs with a record of 6 and 3.  I hope the Hawks get new uniforms for next year as dark green numerals on dark grey jerseys with black trim are nearly impossible to read from the stands or press box.  The crow wasn't happy and the opposing teams didn't care for it either, but all schools have limited budgets so I will have to be content just sharing my opinion.    
10/20/16 It was a combination of aggressive volleyball from Routt Catholic and an off night of hitting for the Auburn Trojans that resulted in a Rocket win 25-16, 25-20.  It was the second time this year, that Routt beat Auburn and the Trojans fell to 11-16.  For the Trojans:  Domescik-Rink 4 points 1 ace 2 kills, Pieper 1 ace, Eaker 4 kills, Dambacher 2 points 1 kill 1 block, Eicken 3 points 1 ace 1 kill, Ackerson 4 kills, Brauer 1 kill, Martin 2 points 10 assists, Audi 1 point, Rachel VanBebber 4 assists and Rebekah VanBebber 2 kills.  The Trojans had 4 service errors.  Routt:  Fellhauer 1 block, Huffman 1 point, Schulte 2 kills, Peters 7 points 1 ace 3 assists 3 kills, Black 4 kills, Worrell 6 points 1 ace 17 assists, Powell 7 points 1 ace 4 kills 1 assisted block, Abbott 4 illls, Huey 4 kills 1 block 1 assisted block and Martin 4 ponts with 1 ace and several back row digs.  The Rockets improved to 18-14-1 in spite of 9 service errors in the match.  They will play Bunker Hill on the 25th at the Mt. Olive regional.  Auburn will play in the Macon Meridian regional.  Auburn won the JV match 25-15, 25-22.
10/17/16 Routt Catholic volleyball had a golden chance to knock off a quality program tonight, in Hartsburg, but the Stags slipped away and won 14-25, 25-21, 27-25.  It was a fun match to watch and the only down side was 4 calls that were questionable at best and indecisive by the officials which made it worse.  The teams played hard and it could have gone either way in the end and I feel it will benefit both programs as they head into regionals next week.  It is the first time I got a chance to see Anna Hayes, from Hart-Em, play and she is very good and only a sophomore.  She had 2 points and 23 kills tonight as Routt had their hands full with her. The Rockets made several nice digs on her but she was relentless.  Eskew had 6 points and 18 assists plus 1 kill, Zinser 14 points 2 assists 7 kills, Conrady 4 ponts 5 assists 3 kills 4 blocks, Barry 4 points 1 ace 8 assists 2 kills,  oerschall 2 kills, Shawgo 4 points 1 ace 1 assist and Barry 4 points 1 ace 8 assists and 2 kills.  The Stags only had 1 service error on the night and improved to 14-12-1.  Routt fell to 17-14-1 and had 7 service errors in the loss.  Their numbers:  Fellhauer 2 points 8 kills, Schwiderski 5 points, Peters 9 points 8 assists 2 kills, Worrell 5 points 21 assists 4 kills, Powell 11 kills 3 blocks, Abbott 6 kills, Parlier 2 assists, Huey 6 kills 4 blocks and Martin 20 points with a ton of digs throughout the match.  She has become an excellent libero and has always been a solid server.  Routt will take on a tough Auburn Trojan team on Thursday night.  
10/15/16 If you are a fan of Routt Catholic volleyball, you saw what you wanted to today.  This is a young team with only 3 seniors and one of those was on vacation.  They were coming off of a poor showing at the Beardstown tournament where they went 1 and 3 and off of a loss to Calhoun 25-20, 25-12.  They have two tough games next week as they take on Hartsburg-Emden and Auburn and regional play the following week at Mt. Olive where they will face a good Bunker Hill team.  The Rockets have been up and down, but today they took 3rd place at Waverly in a strong 1A-2A tournament.  They opened with a 25-14 win and a 14-25 loss to West Central.  In game two, they split again with New Berlin 25-18, 20-25 (both 2A schools)  Next they beat South County 26-24, 25-14 to earn the right to play in the championship bracket.  They faced the #1 seed Calhoun Lady Warriors and lost 25-23, 25-19 in a very good showing.  The loss put them in the 3rd place title game where they defeated Camp Point Central, another 2A school, 25-23, 25-14?.  You couldn't have asked for more, if you were coach Gibson.  Their 3rd senior will be back on Monday, and while she will be rusty, it will be good to have her leadership and aggressiveness back in uniform.  
10/14/16 Triopia was fighting for their play off life tonight against strong Tiger football team, from Greenfield/Northwestern and ended up getting shut out 14-0.  They had only one solid scoring threat tonight and came up short on a 4th and 2.  The Trojans will miss the play offs as they have a 3 and 5 record with just a game left at Carrollton.  Triopia had 142 yards of offense with 97 on the ground and 45 through the air.  Werries was 8 for 11 with 2 interceptions.  He hit Lawson for 23, Thompson for 6 and Duesterhaus for 16.  Lawson carried 14 times for 67 yards, Burns 12 for 34, Martin 4 for 8 and Thompason 2 for 5.  The Trojans ahd 6 first downs and 4 penalties for 35 yards.  The winning Tigers improved to 6 and 2 on the year,and had:  236 yards of offense with 239 rushing and minus 3 in passing.  Arnett threw 1 for 6.  Foiles led the rushing with 151 yards on 26 carries with 2 touchdowns and 1 conversion.  Steckel had 13 carries for 59 yards and Roth 8 for 24.  They had 12 first downs and 8 penalties for 63 yards.  Foiles had TD runs of 50 yards and 7 yards.  The Tigers will end their season next Friday at Mendon, who is 8-0 on the year.
10/13/16 Beardstown volleyball played well tonight as they defeated Triopia 25-19, 25-9 to improve to 15-10 on the season.  They are playing their best ball of the year, a week ahead of the regionals. Triopia fell to 8-17 with the loss.  For the Trojans:  Littleton 3 points 1 ace, Privia 5 points 1 ace 2 kills, McGinnis 2 points 5 assists, Reynolds 2 points 2 kills, Burrus 1 point 2 kills and 4 blocks.  Triopia had 3 service errors in the loss.  Beardstown: Lupita Garcia 6 points 1 assist 1 kill, McGill 4 points 1 ace 18 assists 1 kill 1 block, Olivia Dour 4 points 3 assists 13 kills 1 block, Elizabeth Garcia 5 points 1 kill, Rawlins 10 points 2 aces 1 assist 5 kills, Price 4 kills, Alyssa Dour 5 kills and Paige Sommers 3 points and several good digs as the libero.  The Tiogers only had 1 service error tonight.  They will finish their regular season next week, at West Central, at Rushville and at Brown County before playing in the Rushville-Industry regional on the 25th.
10/11/16 White Hall North Greene went 0-4 in the Beardstown Tiger Tournament on Saturday and the Tigers went 2-2 and finished 4th.  The Spartans got off to a fast start tonight and had a 20-14 lead in game one before Olivia Dour served 11 straight points and Beardstown came back to win 25-20.  The Tigers then dominated game two with a 25-12 win.  For WHNG:  Randall 1 point 7 assists 3 kills, Tupper 2 points 1 ace 1 assist, Hackethal 1 point, Madi Evans 2 points 1 kill, Barnard 1 kill, Rhoades 4 points 1 ace 3 kills, Wells 1 assist, Nichols 1 assist, Gutherie 2 points 1 kill and MCClenning 5 points 2 aces 4 kills and 1 block.  WHNG had 3 service errors and Beardstown just 1.
10/10/16 Pittsfield defeated the Lady Trojans of Triopia in volleyball, 25-14, 21-25, 25-18.  For the Trojans:  Littleton 5 points 1 ace 2 assists, McGinnis 2 points 1 ace 9 assists, Reynolds 6 points 1 ace 1 assist 3 kills, Privia 5 points 1 ace, Job 1 assist, Glick 1 assist 3 kills, Evans 4 points 1 ace 2 kills, Burrus 2 points 12 kills 4 blocks and Harris 5 points 1 assist 1 kill.  Triopia had 9 service errors in the loss.  The Saukees:  Merryman 4 pooints 1 ace 1 kill, James 8 points 1 ace 19 assists, Gwartney 8 points 2 aces 6 kills, Ward 5 ponts 2 aces 3 kill, Bland 4 kills 2 blocks, Marable 12 points 4 aces 8 kills 1 block and Hobbs 5 points 2 assists 4 kills 1 blcok.  Pittsfield had 6 services errors in their win.
10/8/16 There were a solid group of 1A and 2A volleyball teams tht gathered at the Tiger Den in Beardstown for a Saturday Tournament.  The games were very competitive, especially in the high school gym and it was a fun place to be.  The All-Tournament team vote was close and the following players made the final cut:  Allison Klaas of Brussels, Maggie Merwin of Porta, Caitlyn Specketer of Havana, Leah Oswald from Tremont, Olivia Dour of Beardstown and Athen's  Micah Tapscott.  While there were numerous other excellent players who did not make the team, they helped make this one of the closest tournaments that was played this season.  Tournament wise, Waverly will be a good place to be on the 15th.  Calhoun, Greenfield-Northwestern, Pittsfield, Camp Point Central, West Central, Routt Catholic, South County and New Berlin will all be there.
10/7/16 Triopia came into tonight's football game, with a 3-3 record and high hopes of upsetting the undefeated Mendon Unity Mustangs who were 6-0.  The Mustangs proved to be too strong offensively as they knocked off the Trojans 48-20.  The Mustangs had 578 yards of total offense with 171 on the ground and 407 through the air.  They had big play scores for most of the evening with scoring plays of 64, 32, 28, 13, 11, 40, 70 and 41 yards and converted all of the extra points.  Dunker was 16-25 in passing with 2 interceptions and also rushed for 61 yards on 9 carries with a touchdown. He threw for 6 scores as he hit Miller, Logsdon and Brinkman for 2 each.  Logsdon led the ground game with 110 yards on 17 carries.  Mendon ammassed 18 first downs and had 90 yards of penalties with 3 unsportsman calls.  Triopia had a pretty good night normally, but it was overshadowed.  They had 359 yards of offense with 327 on the ground and 32 in passing.  Werries was 5 for 9 with 1 interception and Lawson was 1for 1 with a TD toss to Milby. Burns rushed for 226 yards on 25 carries and 2 TD's.  Lawson carried 11 times for 83 yards, Martin 4 rushes for 12 yards and Werries had 2 carries for 6 yards.  Triopia only had 1 penalty for 5 yards and compiled 15 first downs.  They have Greenfield and Carrollton left on their schedule and willl need to win both games to make the play offs. The Mustangs will play West Central and home and Greenfield on the road to complete their regular season.  They are play off bound and the winner of the WIVC north.
10/6/16 It was all Greenfield/Northwestern tonight as they defeated the Lady Trojans of Triopia 25-12, 25-13 to improve to 14-7 on the year.  Triopia fell to 8 and 15.  They will host a 1A regional this season.  For Triopia:  Richardson 1 kill, Littleton 2 points 1 ace 1 kill, McGinnis 4 assists, Reynolds 1 point 2 kills, Privia 1 assist, Job 2 points, Glick 2 kills, Evans 1 kill 2 blocks, Burrus 3 points 3 kills and Harris 4 assists.  Triopia had 6 service errors in the loss. For Greenfield:  Graham 1 point 1 assist, Hailey Driscoll 1 ace 1 assist 2 kills, Allie Driscoll 12 points 11 assists 4 kills, Bishop 3 kills, Davis 3 points 1 ace 1 assist 3 kills, Walters 7 points 2 aces 1 assist 3 kills and Vetter 7 points 1 ace 1 assist and 4 kills.  The Tigers had 4 service errors and will be the #4 seed in regional play in post season.
10/4/16 It was a tough night for Routt Catholic to pick up their 13th win of the season, with the hard win over Jacksonville on Monday and the senior night activities tonight.  They did win 25-14, 20-25, 25-17 and improved to 13-8 in front of the pairings for the aA regionals.  WHNG fell to 7-11 with the loss:  Randall 10 points 2 aces 9 assists 2 kills, Tupper 10 points 2 aces 1 assist 4 kills, Hackthal 5 points 1 ace, Maddie Evans 1 ace 1 assis 9 kills 4 blocks, Barnard 4 kills, Rhoades 2 points 1 ace 4 kills 2 blocks, McClenning 2 assists 1 block.  The Spartans had 5 service errors on the night.  Routt: Fellhauer 6 points 2 aces 1 assist 4 kills, Schwiderski 4 points 1 ace 3 assists, Schulte 1 assist 1 kill, Black 2 kills 1 block, Worrell 12 points 1 ace 10 assists 2 kills, Powell 4 points 2 aces 4 kills 2 blocks, Abbott 2 kills, Huey 6 kills 1 block, Martin 14 points 5 aces, Abell 1 kill.  The Rockeis had 9 service errors and some difficulty returning serves for the second match in a row.  They will play in the Beardstown tournament on Saturday and are in the same pool with Beardstown, Athens and Brussels.  They will be in the High School gym if you are planning on attending.  
10/3/16 Routt Catholic volleyball was not happy with the way they played Jacksonville and lost at the Crimsons tournament.  They had a second chance tonight as they played each other at the Bowl for "Volley for the Cure".  The Rockets got a measure of revenge with a 21-25, 25, 23-25-21 win in a very exciting and hard fought match.  Routt improved to 12-8 on the year and will play at the Routt Dome in senior night vs WHNG on Tuesday night.  For the Crimsons:  Crews 9 points 2 aces, Johnson 5 points 1 ace 3 assists 1 kill, Flagler 4 points 1 ace 7 assists 3 kills 1 block, Zoe Wood 2 kills 1 block, Brunstein 3 points 1 assist 7 kills 1 block,  Schildman 11 points 1 ace, Upton 3 points 1 ace 13 kills 7 blocks, Hughes 1 assist 2 kills 4 blocks.  Jacksonville had 11 service errors in the loss.  Routt Catholic:  Fellhauer 2 points 8 kills 2 blocks, Huffman 2 points 1 ace, Schwidersky 4 points 1 assist, Schulte 1 block, Peters 3 points 3 kills, Worrell 11 points 1 ace 20 assists 1 kill, Abbott 7 kills, Huey 1 assist 5 kills 1 block,  Martin 3 points 1 ace and Powell 8 points 2 aces and 2 kills.  Routt missed a lot of servide returns tonight, but they only had 4 service errors which offset the latter.     
9/23/16 For those of us who are used to seeing defensive battles between Brown County and Triopia, we got a surprise tonight at the Hornets defeated the Trojans 36-30.  It was a game of big plays after the first quarter in which the Trojans kept the ball for 11 minutes and 10 seconds and scored 8 points.  They  recovered the following kick off, so Brown County's offense never ran a play until the second quarter.  Then it was back and forth for the next 3 quarters.  The Trojans led 8-0 after one, 22-6 at half time, 30-22 after three and the Hornets got their only lead with 2:34 left in the game.  Brown County had touchdown runs of 30 yards (Tynan), 50 yards (Drake), 50 yards (Drake), 39 yards (Tynan) and 70 yards (Tynan).  They finished with 365 yards of offinse with 14 first downs and 2 penalties for 15 yards.  Tynan had 167 yards, Drake 121 yards, Lewis 52 yards and Bowen 26 yards as BC improved to 4 and 1 on the year.  Triopia got 1 yard TD (Lawson), 40 yard TD run for Martin, 31 yard pass from Werries to Milby, 10 yard pass from Werries to Milby.  Werries finished with 4 completions in 7 attemptsand 1 interception and 111 yards through the air.  Triopia rushed for 245 yards and had 356 yards of offense in the loss.  They had 18 first downs and 6 penalties for 40 yards.  Martin rushed for 85 yards and caught a pass for 64 yards.  Burns rushed 24 times for 104 yards and caught a 6 yard pass.  Lawson carried the ball 19 times for 56 yards and 1 TD.  Lawson also had his 13th and 14th extra point conversions. With the 36-30 win for Brown County, Coach Tom Little recorded the 100th win of his career.  
9/21/16 Payson was very strong in volleyball tonight as they defeated Routt Catholic 25-10, 25-18 and improved to 13-3 on the year. They have only lost to Augusta (twice) and to Metamora in 3 games.  They are tall, athletic and hard hitting with a relentless attack.  Stanford, Mellon and Epperson are as good as you are going to get on one team.  Tedrow is also a solid libero and  they will tough in post season.  Routt was out gunned tonight but Worrel had a good match and Powell continues to improve as she is becoming a force.  With Fellhauer, Peters, Black, Huey and Abbott all in attack mode, this is a pretty good team in their own right.  They have a couple of tough matches ahead as they face West Central on Monday and Carrollton on Tuesday.
9/20/16 WIVC volleyball continues to be very competitive as tonight it took 3 games for Routt Catholic to defeat Triopia 23-25, 25-14, 25-23 as the Trojans put up a tough fight.  For Triopia:  Richardson 5 pts, Littleton 5 points 1 ace 8 assists 2 kills, McGinnis 10 points 2 aces 5 assist 5 kills, Reynolds 8 points 4 kills 2 blocks, Privia 5 assists and several digs as libero, Job 1 assist 2 kills, Evans 2 kills 1 block and Burns 1 point 5 kills and 3 blocks.  The Trojans had 5 service errors as they fell to 6 and 10 on the year.  Routt:  Fellhauer 10 points 2 aces 5 kills, Schwiderski 7 points 2 aces 2 assists, Schulte 1 kill, Peters 8 points 1 ace, 1 assist 1 kill, Black 2 kills 1 block, Worrell 14 points 4 aces 22 assists 3 kills, Abbott 4 kills, Huey 7 kills 2 blocks, Martin 3 points 2 assists, Powell 2 points 1 ace and 10 kills.  The Rockets had 8 services errors and improved to 10-6 on the season.  The JV match went to Routt 25-12, 25-18 as they improved to 10-4 overall and 6-0 in conference play.  Next up for Routt Catholic will be Payson on Wednesday night.
9/15/16 In a dominating football game tonight, the Triopia Trojans rolled up 454 yards of offense, all on the ground, as they knocked off Routt Catholic 54-12.  The Trojans scored on everyone of their posessions except the last one late in the game and also played solid defense as they held the Rockets to 182 yards.  For Routt, they had 73 yards on the ground and 109 yards in passing. They got a 4 yard touchdown from Beckman and a 1 yard rushing touchdown from Chumley.  Chumley was 9 for 19 with 1 interception and Plunk had a 3 for 11 night with 2 interceptions. The Rockets had 10 first downs and 6 penalties for 57 yards as they fell to 0-4 on the year.  Triopia had 17 first downs and 2 penalties for 57 yards. Burns had good night with 212 yards on 12 carries with 3 touchdowns.  Lawson totaled 178 yards on 10 carries with 2 scores with 3 (2 point) conversions.  Martin carried 6 times for 15 yards and a TD, Thompson 2 carries for 38 yards and a 30 yard TD run and Stanberry had 2 rushes for 12 yards. The Trojans are 2 and 2 and will be home to take on Brown County next Friday night.  Triopia wanted to work on their pass defense tonight also, as they have Mendon Unity later in the season, who will be looking to rack up passing yardage.
9/14/16 Routt Catholic volleyball got back to winning tonight, as they defeated Griggsville-Perry 25-23, 25-13 to improve to 9 and 6 on the year.  The Tornadoes:  Scott 5 points 1 ace 4 kills, Ring 5 points 12 assists, Richards 4 kills, Stain 3 points 2 aces 1 assist 4 kills 1 block, Brite 2 kills, Goewey 4 points 1 ace 1 kill.  They also had 7 servide errors in the loss.  For the Rockets:  Fellhauer 1 point 3 kills, Huffman 1 pooint, Schwiderski 5 points 1 assist 1 kill, Peters 3 points 1 ace 4 kills, Black 1 assist 1 kill, Worrell 1 poiont 7 assists 4 kills, Wooldridge 1 point, Abbott 1 kill, Huey 3 kills, Martin 14 points 3 aces, Powell 7 kills 1 block and Parlier 1 point 1 assist.  Routt finished with 4 service errors.
9/13/16 WIVC volleyball is heating up and there are a lot of question marks as to how it is all going to turn out.  Last night we saw a strong effort by WHNG and tonight Greenfield/Northwestern beat Routt Catholic 25-17, 21-25, 25-23 in an exciting match.  The Tigers had played a close match with Hardin-Calhoun earlier so it is going to be hard to lay claim to the WIVC title.  West Central is tough and while we haven't seen them play yet, there are good reports in regard to Carrollton. In tonight's match, Routt: Fellhauer 3 points 1 ace 14 kills, Schwiderski 1 assist, Schulte 2 kills, Peters 6 points 1 ace 1 assist 1 kill, Black 1 assist 2 kills 1 block, Worrell 5 points 1 ace 25 assist 2 kills, Wooldridge 1 point, Abbott 1 assist 6 kills, Huey 3 points 5 kills 1 block, Powell 1 assist 3 kill 2 block, Parlier 4 points and Martin 6 points and several digs.  Routt had 4 service errors and fell to 8 and 6 with the loss.  G/NW:  Graham 5 points, H. Driscoll 3 points 1 assist 8 kills 1 block, A. Driscoll 6 points 24 assists 2 kills, Bishop 2 points 4 kills 1 block, Schaaf 1 block, Davis 1 assist 10 kills 1 block, Walters 9 points 5 aces 6 kills 2 blocks and Vetter 7 points 2 aces 1 assist 1 kill.  The Tigers had 7 services errors and improved to 2 and 3 on the year with the win.  Their losses came to Raymond Lincolnwood, Calhoun and Bunker Hill.  They and Routt may meet again in the Waverly Tournament a little later in the season. 
9/12/16 It was hard to tell tonight if White Hall North Greene volleyball was playing extremely well or if Triopia was off their game, but the end result was a convincing 25-12, 25-22 win for the Spartans over the Trojans.  WHNG:  Randall 6 points 1 ace 12 assists 2 kills, Tupper 7 points 1 kill, Briana Evans 1 assist numerous digs, Hackethal 8 points, Madison Evans 9 points 4 aces 2 assists 9 kills, Barnard 2 kills 1 block, Rhoades 3 kills, Murray 2 points 1 ace and McClenning 1 assist 5 kills.  The Spartans had 6 service errors in the win.  Triopia:  Littleton 1 ace 5 assists 1 kill, McGinnis 3 points 3 assists, Reynolds 4 points 1 ace 1 kill, Privia 2 points 1 assist, Job 2 points 1 ace 1 assist, Glick  2 points 3 kills, Evans 1 point 3 kills and Burrus 3 kills 2 blocks.  The Trojans had 4 service errors.
9/9/16 The first half of tonight's football game between Triopia and CPC belonged to the Panthers and the second half to the Trojans.  The final score was 28-20 and exciting as the Triopia come back fell a little short.  They are 1-2 and the Panthers are 3-0.  CPC had 383 yards of offense with 354 on the ground and 29 through the air.  Rankin threw 2 passes to Dearwester.  The Panthers had 16 first downs and 5 penalties for 46 yards.  Jebben led the way with 147 yards, 3 touchdowns (65,66,5 yards) and a pass catch for 2 extra points. Buss finished with 84 yards on 16 carries, Strohkerch 47 on 10 carries, Williams 75 on 7 and Rankin 1 on 4 carries.  The Trojans had 243 yards of offense with 126 in passing and 117 in rushing.  Werries was 6 for 18 with 2 touchdowns.  Milby had 63 yards in recptions with a 43 yard TD and Lawson 2 catches for 54 yards and 1 TD.  Thompson also had 9 yards as a receiver.  Burns had 56 yards on 15 carries, Lawson 36 on 12, Martin 17 on 6 and Werries 8 on 2.  The Trojans had 14 first downs and 4 penalties for 35 yards.  Next up for Triopia will Routt, at IC, on Thursday.  The Rockets are 0-3.  
9/6/16 We got our first look at the 2016 version of the Lady Tigers volleyball team from Beardstown as they faced the Porta Lady Bluejays.  Beardstown won 25-16, 25-15 as they had a steady night of aggressive volleyball.  The Bluejays fell to 1 and 3 on the year with the loss.  Team numbers show:  Mahoney 2 points 4 kills, Butler 1 kill, Koch 2 points 11 assists, Danner 1 assist, Ryan 1 point 1 kill, Cowman 1 point, Lincoln 1 kill 1 block, Carlock 6 points 2 aces 5 kills and Rash 1 kill.  They only had 1 service error on the night.  The Tigers came into the match with 4 wins and 3 losses:  Lupita Garcia 5 points, Price 2 kills 1 block, Alyssa Dour 4 kills, McGill 7 points 1 ace 19 assists 1 kill, Elizabeth Garcia 4 points 2 aces, Rawlins 2 points 1 assist 5 kills, Olivia Dour 6 points 2 aces 3 assists 12 kills 6 blocks and Sommers 4 points and several digs.  Beardstown had 7 service errors in the win and will take on Havana on Thursday night. It should be a good year for the Tigers and they only have 1 senior on the team, so they may have a nice team for next year as well.
9/2/16 Triopia's defense looked good last week in spite of losing an 8 to 6 game to Hardin-Calhoun.  Tonight their defense played well again as they held WHNG to just 8 points and the TD came by way of a returned kick off.  The difference is the performance of their offense.  They compiled 377 yards with 299 on the ground and 78 through the air.  Werries was 4 for 6 as he hit Martin twice for 62 yards, Thompson 1 for 4 and Milby 1 for 12.  Burns had a solid night as he rushed for 123 yards on 11 carries and had TD runs of 18, 50 and 56 yards.  Lawson added 136 yards on 12 carries with 2 touchdowns also, of 2 and 72 yards.  the 6th TD was a 53 yard completion from Werries to Martin to open the scoring.  Martin rushed for 14, Werries 4, Thompson 4 and Stanberry 18.  Triopia had 13 first downs and 4 penalties for 25 yards.  The Spartans got their first score of the year with a 72 yard kick off return from McDonald who also had 37 regular yards. WHNG had 120 yards of offense with 76 passing and 44 running. Hopper was 4 for 11 and minus 34 on 7 carries.  Harbaugh had 20 yards, Whicker 10 rushing and 7 receiving, and Heberling 10 to round out the scoring.  WHNG is 0 and 2 and the Trojans are 1-1 with a date next Friday with CPC at the home of the Panthers.  The Spartans had 6 first downs and 3 penalties for 35 yards in tonight's loss.  Triopia got good play on both sides of the ball tonight and it helped fire up the Trojan base. 
9/1/16 Routt Catholic came into tonight's VB game with Triopia with a 6 and 2 record and feeling pretty good about themselves.  Auburn beat them soundly in the opener and it was time for a gut-check for the Lady Rockets.  They settled down and won the final two games 25-21, 25-19 and picked up a very good win over a quality team.  Auburn:  Domescik-Rink 4 points 6 kills, Pieper 6 points 1 kill, Dambacher 2 points 1 kill, Ackerson 6 points 1 ace 8 kills, Martin 6 points 25 assists 1 block, Audi 3 points, Rachel VanBebber 6 kills 3 blocks and Rebekah VanBebber 6 kils 1 block.  The Trojans had 11 service errors and fell to 0-2 with the loss.  Routt Catholic:  Burke 2 points, Fellhauer 8 points 2 aces 1 asist 2 kills 3 blocks, Schwiderski 3 points 1 ace, Peters 3 points 2 assists 2 kills, Black 1 block 1 assisted block, Worrell 3 points 16 assists, Abbott 7 kills, Huey 7 kills 2 blocks 1 assisted block,  Martin 3 points numerous digs, Parlier 1 point 2 kills and Powell 1 kill.  Routt had 11 service errors also but this was a very good win for their program.  They will play Metamore and Danville Schlarman in their first 2 games in the Jacksonville tournament on Saturday, September 10th at IC.
8/31/16 West Central VB moved to 2-0 on the young season with a 25-8, 25-19 win over Triopia, who fell to 3-1.  The Cougars were dominant in game 1 and withstood a strong run by the Trojans in game 2 to post the win.  Triopia was a little lean on numbers as they couldn't get on any extended run in the loss.  Reymolds had 7 points with 1 ace, Littleton 1 block, McGinnis 1 assist, Privia 1 assist, Job 1 assist, Glick 2 points 1 kill and Burrus 3 kills.  Triopia had 5 service errors.  West Central recorded:  Hoover 6 points 1 ace 8 assists, Little 8 points 3 aces, Pontnack 1 assist, Piechowski 2 points, 9 assists 5 kills, Sellars 1 kill, Cox 3 kills, Schafer 6 points 1 ace5 kills 1 block, Moore 3 points a ace 1 block, Altman 7 points 2 aces 5 kills.  The Couogars had 9 service errors.  The West Central JV also won 25-18, 25-19.
8/30/16 Triopia showed heart and stamina tonight as they won game one relatively easily, then had the lead and lost game two before coming back from a 12-7 deficit to take the tie-breaker from Griggsville-Perry @ Meredosia.  They are 2-0 in the tournament and will face the ever tough Cougars of West Central on Wednesday at 6 pm.  Griggsville-Perry played well enough to win tonight but came up a little short and are now 0-4 on the early season.  For the Tornadoes:  Scott 1 point 1 assist 1 kill, Ring 9 points 1 ace 12 assists, Richards 2 points 1 assist 5 kills 1 block, Stain 7 points 5 aces 6 kills 3 blocks, Brite 4 points 1 ace 3 kills and Goewey 4 points 2 aces.  They had 9 service errors in the loss.  The Lady Trojans:  Richardson 11 points 1 ace 1 kill, Littleton 7 points 10 assists 2 kills 1 block, McGinnis 5 points 1 assist 2 kills, Reynolds 1 assist 7 kills, Job 3 points 2 aces 1 assist, Glick 5 points 1 ace 1 assis 2 kills, Evans 3 points 3 kills 2 blocks and Burrus 5 kills.  Triopia had 9 service for the 2nd night in a row and will need to fix that problem as the season rolls on as that will hurt them against strong teams in the WIVC.  If Evans and Burrus (freshman) continue to get stronger and stronger at the net, this is going to be a very tough Trojan team as we get deeper into the regular season. 
8/29/16 At the Meredosia Invitational Volleyball tournament, it was the Lady Trojans of Triopia defeating Meredosia 25-15, 25-21 to improve to 2-0 on the year.  The Indians fell to 0-3 with earlier losses to Liberty and Beardstown.  For Meredosia Brooke Walker had 3 points 2 assists 1 kill, Welch 2 kills 1 block, Moudy 6 points 3 aces 1 assist, Deusterhaus 4 points 2 aces 4 assists 2 kills, Schmitz 2 points 2 assists 1 kill 1 block and Marsik 1 kill.  The Indians had 5 service errors.  Triopia:  Richardson 3 points, Littleton 1 point 7 assists, MCGinnis 7 points 1 ace 4 assists 2 kills, Reymolds 1 assist 5 kills, Privia 7 points 2 assists, Job 4 points 1 ace 4 assists, Glick 4 points 2 aces 4 kills 1 block, Evans 3 points 6 kills 1 block and Burrus 1 kill and 1 block.  The Trojans had 9 service errors which they need to clean up a little.  They will play Griggsville-Perry on Tuesday and West Central on Wednesday.  
8/26/16 For those of us to like defense, tonight's football game between Triopia and Hardin-Calhoun was exciting to watch.  The Warrriors scored with 4:36 to play in the first quarter on a 74 yard run by Wes Klocke and a 2-point conversion by Ralston and made it stand up until the 4th quarter.  Werries scored on a 1 yard plunge with 24.3 seconds left in the game and the Trojans could not convert the 2 point play- resulting in the final score 8-6 and a hard fought win for Calhoun.  Calhoun will host Beardstown next Friday.  The Tigers were a 24-0 winner over WHNG, who will take on Triopia next Friday in White Hall.  For the Warriors, they had 218 yards of offense with 197 on the ground and 212 through the air.  Clark, prior to being injured, was 2 for 4 in passing with a 4 yard pass to Ralston and a 17 yard connection with Klucke.  Klucke had 115 yards rushing on 10 carries, Watter 49 on 8 caries, Bick 24 on 5 rushes and Webster 3 on 6 carries.  Calhoun had 9 first downs, 6 penalties and 7 fumbles.  For the Trojans:  256 yards of offense with 171 on the ground and 85 passing. Werries was 5 for 12 as Lawson caught 1 and Martin 4.  Lawson rushed for 66 yards on 8 tries, Burns 51 on 13, Werries 35 on 5 and Martin 19 on 5.  They had 14 first downs as they consistently moved the ball.  They also had 5 penalties and 3 fumbles.  It was a very good high school game.
8/25/16 In their home opener, in volleyball, the Lady Rockets of Routt Catholic improved to 2 and 0 on the season.  They knocked off Pleasant Hill 25-22,25-14 and will play in the Lutheran invite in Springfield on Friday and Saturday.  That will be a real test for this young team.  For the Lady Wolves, Moore had 1 point 1 ace 1 assist and 6 kills, Collard 1 point 4 kills, Allen 5 points 1 ace 7 assists, Giles 4 points 1 ace 2 assist 1 kill, Cos 3 points 2 aces and Batchelor 2 points and 1 kill.  They also had 3 service errors as they fall to 0-3 on the year.  They will play in the Meredosia invite next week.  For the Lady Rockets, Worrell had 6 points 4 aces, 10 assists 4 kills, Huey 4 points 6 kills, Fellhauer 4 points 3 kills 1 block, Peters 9 points 1 ace 1 assist 3 kills, Rusotto 1 assist, Schwiderski 1 point 1 assist, Abbott 2 kills, Martin 1 point 1 assist and Clay 2 points and 1 kill.  Routt had 5 service errors in the win.  Routt's JV is also 2-0 on the year with their 25-16, 25-10 win tonight.
8/23/16 Routt Catholic volleyball opened their season with a hard fought win over the Lady Hornets of Brown County 24-26, 25-12, 25-17. There are only 3 seniors on the Routt Roster but a large number of the juniors and sophomores played a lot last season and are experienced players.  They have 31 players on the combined JV and varsity squad and will play with depth.  Worrell had a solid night with 7 service points and 26 assists.  Fellhauer 8 points, 5 kills, Schwiderski 9 points with 3 aces, Peters 9 points, 2 assists and 7 kills, Black 5 kills, Wooldridge 5 points, Abbott 4 kills, Huey 1 point 5 kills and 2 blocks, Martin 8 points and Abell 3 kills, 1 block.   The Hornets fell to 0-2 on the year as they faced a couple of pretty good opponents in the CPC Panthers and the Routt Catholic Rockets.  Markert 5 points 5 kills and 2 blocks, Alsup 2 points 2 kills, Doyle 2 kills, Hohenberry 2 points 3 assists 8 kills, Winner 1 kill, Maas 5 points 14 assists3 kills, Gooding 5 points and Dormire 6 points with 1 kill.  The Hornets had 4 service errors and the Rockets had 6.  Routt will be at the Dome on Thursday verses the Pleasant Hill Wolves.
8/22/16 Our 2016 coverage of volleyball began this evening in Mt. Sterling when Camp Point Central came to town to take on the Hornets.  The Panthers won 25-14, 25-21 and played consistent volleyball for both games.  A. Genenbacher had 4 assists and 3 kills, Hildebrand 16 points, and 5 kills, Fuhrman 2 points, 1 kill, 1 block, Gille 5 kills, Williams 2 points, 9 assists, 1 kill and B. Genenbacher 5 points, 1 assist and 8 kills.  For Brown County, Markert 3 points, 7 kills and 4 blocks, Alsup 1 point, 2 kills, Doyle 7 points 1 kill, Hohenberry 1 points, 5 assists and 1 kill, Maas 2 points, 6 assists and Gooding 2 points and a nice game of digs as the Lebaro.  Brown County will host the Routt Catholic Rockets on Tuesday in what should be a close match.  We will carry it live on 101.3 WVIL.   
7/24/16 Today was a hot day with temperatures in the low to mid 90's but the championship game of the 11-12 year old Little League Sectional play at Beardstown was played in front of an enthusiastic crown from Bradley Bourbonnais National and Champaign East.  They had played earlier with Bourbonnais winning 7-5 and that win forced Champaign to take on Beardstown on Saturday.  Champaign East won a hard fought 11-6 game but had to dig into their pitching staff again.  Doubet went for Champaign today and did a nice job as he pitched 6 innings, facing 26 batters with 6 hits and 4 earned runs.  He walked one, struck out 4 and gave up a home run to Nolan Czako in the 6th.  Champaign had 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 error and they left 8 runners on base, so they had their chances but, just couldn't et the runners home.  They got them on, got them over and just didn't get them in.  Bourbonnais had 6 hits, 4 runs, 3 erros and only left 3 on base in their win.  Pettigrew and Hall had 2 hits each for Champaign and Longtin had 2 hits for BBN.  Sykes was the winning pitcher with 72 pitches as he went 4 innings, facing 18 batters with 4 hits and 2 runs (1 earned) with 4 walks and 7 strikeouts.  He tired a little in the 4th and walked 3 batters but escaped with no damage being done.  Blake Long came in for the 3rd time in relief in the tournament and did a good job for the 3rd time.  He faced 8 batter, walked 1 and struck out 4 to help secure the game and recorded the save.  It was a great tournament from the beginning to the end with just the one game that got out of hand.  There was some very talented players on the field all of the time and an all-star team from this group of 4 teams would be very good and hard to beat. Bourbonnais will move on to River Forest for the state games and we want to wish them the best of luck.  They earned the right with some solid baseball at Beardstown.   
7/23/16 It was another fun game today at the 11-12 year old baseball sectional, for Little League, at Beardstown.  Champaign East took the early 1-0, 4-0 and 5-0 lead as they scored in first three innings.  Beardstown came alive with 4 runs in the 4th with a 3 run home run by Micah Wink to close the gap 5-4.  East added another run in the 5th to make it 6-4, however, Jacob Pate hit his 3rd home run in three days to tie the game at 6-6.  Champaing got 5 runs in the top of the 6th and closed out the win 11-6.  They will play Bradley Bourbonnais at 2 pm on Sunday for the title.  If Champaign can find a way to win, we will be back on Monday at 6 pm for the "if necessary" game for the championship.  The winner will play in the state tournament in River Forest in the next round.  Pate and Wink had home runs for Beardstown and Jake Munore had a 3 run home run for Champaign in the win.  It was a very good semi-final game and promises to be a good title game Sunday.  Bourbonnais beat Champaign 7-5 on Friday night and we expect more of the same kind of action Sunday.  It will be live on 101.3 WVIL and on    
7/22/16 Salem was eliminated from the 11-12 year old baseball section tonight by Beardstown 12-0.  In game two, it was a battle of the unbeaten as Bradley Bourbonnais out hit and defeated the all stars from Champaign East 7-5.  Beardstown and Champaign will play the last semi-final game at 2 pm on Saturday and the winner will face Bourbonnais at 2 pm on Sunday.  Whoever it is, will have to beat Bourbonnais Sunday and again on Monday evening to take the title from them.  Champaign East and Beardstown played the first game of the sectional and the Tigers lost a 6-2 decision, so it will be fun to see if Beardstown can get a measure of revenge or if we will see a re-match of Champaign and Bradley Bourbonnais for all of the marbles.  All of the game will be carried on 101.3 WVIL and on

the 11-12 year old Little League baseball sectional opened tonight at Schmolt Park in Beardstown and it was a solid night of youth baseball.  Game 1 was a 6 to 2 win for Champaign over the host Beardstown Tigers.  Leo Severen threw 6 inning for the winners with 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and 5 strike outs.  He gave up a 2 run home to Jacob Pate as his team finished with 9 hits, 6 runs, 0 errors and they left 5 on base.  Stumph and Serveren had 2 hits each in the game.  Beardstown ended up with 4 hits, 2 runs, 3 errors and 3 left on.  Beardstown still has their #1 and #2 pitchers available as they head into round two, but they have one loss in the double elimination tournament.


in game two, it was a barn burner as Sykes for Bourbonnais and Purcell for Salem had a great night from the mound.  Sykes was the winning pitcher their numbers were pretty similar.  Sykes went 4 innings with 0 runs, 0 walks and 8 strike outs.  Purcell went 4 2/3 with 1 run, 1 walk and 8 strike outs.  Sykes also drove in the winning run with a ground out with a runner at third. It was as good of a youth baseball game that I have seen in the years we have had Little League on the radioi.  In round two, it will be Beardstown and Salme in an elimination game at 6, while Bourbonnais and Champaign will play in the winners bracket at 8.  Both games will be broadcast on 101.3 wvil and 

7/16/16 Beardstown forced the 2nd championship game in the 11-12 year old Little League baseball tournament with a 10-4 win over Brown County.  The Tigers had 3 home runs in the win and Brown County had 1 in the loss.  Beardstown had 12 hits, 10 runs, 1 error  and 6 runner left on base.  McWilliams was the winner with Krumboltz in relief.  Brown County had 6 hits with 4 runs, 1 error and 5 runners left on base.  Haynes took the loss with Henry in relief.  Pate had 2 home runs for Bearstown and McWillams had 1.  Worth had a 2 run shot for the Hornets.  Sunday night the title will be decided and one of these two good teams will represent District 17 in the sectionals at Beardstown, starting on Thursday.
7/15/16 Beardstown scored 10 runs in the top of the first tonight and held on for the 11-5 win over Tri-County in the 11-12 year old baseball semi-final game.  The loss eliminated Tri-County and qualified Beardstown to play Brown County on Saturday night at 7 pm in the championship game.  The two teams played on Thursday night in an exciting 4-2 win for Brown County and the rematch should be just as exciting.  These are two similar teams and will likely come down to an error or a mistake that is costly. If Beardstown wins, the same teams will play on Sunday in the "if necessary" title game.  It will be broadcast live on 101.3 WVIL and on
7/12/16 Game 1 tonight was an exciting game between Brown County and Rushville as the lead changed hands several times.  Brown County won the game 10-7 and will move on to play Beardstown on Thursday night at 8 pm.   With the loss, Rushville will play GNW on Wednesday night at 8.  In game 2, the Beardstown pitching was a little too strong for Tri-County and the Tigers won the game 11-2.  Tri-County will play Jerseyville in an elimination game on Tuesday at 6.  By 10:30 on Thursday night, we will have lost 3 of our 6 teams as the tournament will begin to show us who will be in the title game.
7/11/16 The Litle League 11-12 year old district tournament started tonight with a 15-2 game in which Rushville knocked off Jerseyville.  It was a 1-1 game in the bottom of the 3rd and just fell apart for Jerseyville.  Rushville will play Brown County on Tuesday at 6 pm.  In the second game, Mason Fricke had a great night on the mound as he went 4 1/3 innings and struck out 11 while allowing 1 base on balls and no runs.  Tri-County won 9-0 and will play Beardstown at 8 pm on Tuesday.
7/10/16 On Saturday, Beardstown defeated Adams County 6-5 to earn the right to play the "necessary" championship game on Sunday, where they won it 9-8 in 7 innings.  This was a good 2 game set between these very similar teams and an exciting end to both of the contests.  Beardstown will move on to play in the sectionals next and the Adams County All-stars are eliminated after putting up a good showing in the District.
7/8/16 It was a long game but Beardstown had a big 5th inning and defeated Rushville 20-10 and will get the chance to play Adams County National for the 9-10 year old baseball championship.  Adams County beat Beardstown 21-10 early in the tournament, so this is a re-match the Tigers think they can win.  Adams County is a strong team and it should be a good title game. It will be played at 6 pm on Saturday and can be heard live on 101.3 WVIL.
7/7/16 It wasn't a pretty game today, but Beardstown hung on to beat a stubborn Macomb 11-12 year old team 10-9.  Macomb is eliminated and Beardstown will play Rushville in the semi-final round on Friday.  The winner will play Adams County National on Saturday.  There were a lot of early mistakes by Macomb but Beardstown did not put them away and Macomb came back to tie the game 9-9 in the top of the 5th and lost in the bottom of the 6th.
7/6/16 With only two hits tonight, the Beardstown 9-10 baseball team shut out Brown County 10-0 behind Brockschmidt and Quigley. They will place Macomb on Thursday at 6 pm.  The winner of that game will face Rushville on Friday night at 7 pm.  Rushville came up a little short in their 7-6 loss to Adams County National. Brady Lowe had a solid night with 4 hits, 4 RBI's and at least 3 outstanding plays at shortstop.  They only had 6 hits overall in the hard fought win.  Rushville had 7 hits and 6 runs in the loss and will try to fight their way back into the title game on Saturday where they would get a second and maybe third chance to win it all.  This will be a real dog fight between Macomb, Beardstown Rushville and Adams County over the next 3, maybe 4 days.
7/5/16 Calhoun and Beardstown played a very exciting and close first championship game at Beardstown in the 11-12 year old softball battle.  Calhoun won 3-2 behind Pohlman.  Calhoun had 4 hits, 3 runs, 3 errors and left 8 on base.  Beardstown had 5 hits, 2 runs, with 1 error and left 4 on base.  Game two was a lot different as Calhoun ran out of pitching and lost 15-7.  Green went the distance for Beardstown in the win.  Calhoun finished with 4 hits, 7 runs and they made 2 errors.  Bearstown had 7 hits, 15 runs and 5 errors in the win.   Beardstown won the title and will play in the Peru Sectional next week.

Four games were played at the District 17 finals for the 9 and 10 year old boys tonight, as two teams were eliminated.  Macomb beat Carrollton 17-177 to open the day, in a drizzling rain and ended the Hawks try for the title.  In the second game, it was Brown County getting past Pike County National 11-6 to push Pike County out of the tournament.  In the 3rd game, two of the teams with the best offense so far squared off and Adams County National got the best of Beardstown 21-10.  In the final game of the evening Rushville got some solid pitching from Kessler and Ham and shut out Tri-County on a 1 hitter 11-0. The two unbeaten team, Adams County National and Rushville will play each other on Wednesday night at 8 pm.  The two games on Tuesday will be elimination games and the first game on Wednesday will be an elimination game as the field narrows.


The scheduled 11-12 year old softball championship was not able to play due to the field not drying out in time.  It has been moved to Rice Field in Beardstown, which can take a lot of water and still be playable.  It will be a nice home field advantage for the Lady Tigers who remain the only unbeaten team in the play off.  Calhoun will have to beat them at 6 pm and again at 8 pm on Tueaday if they want to win the District.  That is a tall order but Calhoun will give it their best shot. 

7/1/16 In the best game of the 11-12 year old softball District finals, Beardstown shut out Brown County 1-0.  Beardstown scored an unearned run in the top of the first and made it stand up.  Snyder led off with a single (the only hit for the Tigers) and went to second of a wild pitch.  Rosas hit a ground ball to the pitcher, who threw late and wild to first base and Snyder scored. Markert did not give up another hit or run in the game.  Brown County had 2 hits in the game and 3 golden opportunities to score but just couldn't get it done as Hager and co. kept denying them. They had runners at 2nd and 3rd in the 3rd with no out.  They had the bases loaded with no outs in the 4th and had runners at 2nd and 3rd with 1 out in the 5th and came up empty.  Markert and Hager came up big each time they were in trouble and it was a very exciting game to watch.  It was a semi-final matchup and if Brown County can get past Calhoun on Saturday night, we are going to see a re-match on Sunday in the title game.  Everything depends on the weather though as rain is in the forecast for the week end.
6/30/16 While it wasn't a well played softball game, it was very exciting as Calhoun and Pike County were tied 3-3 in the top of the 6th inning.  Calhoun scored 5 big runs and held on to win the elimination game 8-3.  They earned the right to play either Beardstown or Brown County on Saturday night in the semi-final round.  Tonight's second game was postponed due to lightning and eventually rain.  It is re-secheduled for 6 pm on Friday night. Pohlman came in for the last 5 innings of the game and did a great job holding the Pike County All-stars in check.  She only gave up 1 hit in the win.  Jaelyn Hill, Ellas Sievers and Jaelyn Schulte each had 2 hits in the win.
6/29/16 In one of the longest and highest scoring softball games that I have ever called, Pike County defeated Jerseyville 31-15 and will move on to face Calhoun who was a 6-3 winner over Rushville in game two.  Pke Co. only had 8 hits in their win and took advantage of the 19 walks and 1 hit batsman plus the 8 errors. Reagan Smithers had 3 hits and Dolbeare had 2 hits to lead the way offensively.  Jerseyville had 13 hits and 15 runs in the loss.  Kendall Davis had a good game with 3 hits, while Malley, Magherio, White and Weishaupt each had 2 hits.  The final game was a lot closer and exciting has Rushville led for 4 1/2 innings before giving up the lead in the bottom of the 5th and then lost the game 6-3.  Calhoun had 9 hits as Alyssa Kress led the way with 3 hits and LexiSchulte had 2.  Pholman came in in relieft to post the win.  Aubrie Jones pitched well enough to win the game but the Rushville offense couldn't get on track after scoring 2 in the first and 1 in the second.  They could only muster 5 hits as Phillips led the way with 2 hits and Quinn hit a triple to drive in two runs.  Rushville is eliminated but played pretty well over all in the tournament.  Brown County, Beardstown, Calhoun and Pike County are the final four teams standing and one more of them will be eliminated on Thursday night.
6/28/16 Brown County defeated Rushville 11-6 tonight at Mt. Sterling as The Rockets made it interesting.  Their pool play game ended with Brown County winning 14-0, so this was a much better game for the Rockets in spite of losing.  The Hornets had 8 hits, 11 runs, 1 error and left 5 on base.  Markert was the winning pitcher.  Rushville had no hits in the game, but manufactured 6 runs, with 4 errors and Jones was the losing pitcher, but not before giving it a great effort.  In the second game, Beardstown had 12 hits, 11 runs, 1 error and left 5 on.  Pike County had 0 hits, with 1 uneared run, 5 errors and they left 2 on base.  It was a nice no hit effort for Rachel Hager for Beardstown as she walked 4 and struck out 4 as her defense played well behind her.  Beardstown and Brown County are the two remaining teams with no losses and will play each other on Thursday night at 8 pm. 
6/27/16 It was opening night at the District 17 State Finals and both games were won by the 10 run rule.  In game one, Rushville had 8 hits and 16 runs as they beat Jerseyville 16-6 in 5 innings. Madison Quinn had 3 hits to lead the way for Rushville.  Aubrie Jones was the winning pitcher and Ashley Smith took the loss.  With the win, Rushville earned the right to play the #1 seed, Brown County team Tuesday at 6 pm.  Brown County shut out Rushville 14-0 in pool play.  In game two, Beardstown played a pretty good game as they beat Calhoun 14-4 in 4 innings. Beardstown had 11 hits, 14 runs while Calhoun had 2 hits and 4 runs in the loss.  Beardstown will take on Pittsfield at 8 pm on Tueaday.  Rachel Hager was the winning pitcher and Elly Pohlman recorded the loss. Logsdon, Barker and Hobrock each had 2 hits in the win.