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Momence FB advances to Q'Finals; Watseka VB season ends

MOMENCE 21, SPRING VALLEY HALL 13:  LeAnthony Reasnover 137 yards rushing; Aaron Cantwell 112 yards passing, TD pass to Zach Hamann.  Jesse Fulwiley 36 yd TD run; Gino Wendes 27 yd TD run, INT, fumble recovery.  Momence goes to 8-3, and will host 10-1 Sterling Newman Central Catholic Sat. Nov. 16 at 2pm in the Class 2A Quarterfinals.  All the action can be heard on 94.1 WGFA and wgfaradio.com.

Also Sat. 11/9--Class 3A:  Winnebago 27, Bishop McNamara 12.  Class 7A: Edwardsville 42, Bradley-Bourbonnais 0.  Class 4A:  Quincy Notre Dame 23, Peotone 14.

WATSEKA VOLLEYBALL came to an end Thursday 11/7 at the 2A El Paso Gridley Sectional Title game, as the Lady Warriors lost 25-18, 25-21 to the Fieldcrest Lady Knights.  Taylor Bauer 15 kills, Hayley Gray 7 kills & 1 block, Maddie Pfingsten 25 assists, Natalie Castonguay 13 digs in defeat for Watseka.  The Warriors finish 32-4, the 3rd straight 30-plus win season for the program.

 

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Herscher Boys Soccer Finish 2nd in 1A

Saturady 11/2, The Herscher boys soccer team lost to Waterloo (Gibault Catholic) 2-1 in the IHSA Class 1A championship game at the Corn Crib in Normal, IL.  Herscher's Colton Walter scored midway thru the first half to give Herscher a 1-0 lead, but about 4 minutes later, Wes Degener scored a game-tying goal.  Finally at the 47:56 mark of the 2nd half, Waterloo's Andrew Reinholz scored what proved to be the state-clincher.  Herscher ended their season at 23-5-1.

The day before, Herscher beat Genoa-Kingston 4-1 Genoa-Kingston in a Class 1A semifinal match.  After trailing 1-0 early on, Mitchell Schwarzkopf and Brody Ryan both scored 2 goals in the Herscher win at the Corn Crib.

Chicago (FW Parker) beat Genoa-Kingston 6-0 in the 1A third-place game Saturday.  The Class 2A and 3A boys soccer finals will be held Nov. 8 and 9, at Hoffman Estates High School.

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Watseka Volleyball To Sectionals

On Tuesday 10/29, Watseka took out St. Anne in Class 2A Regional play at Central, 25-16, 25-18.  Watseka's Taylor Bauer had 11 kills, while Hayley Gray had 8.  Bauer locked up the first set for the Warriors with consecutive aces.  With the 2nd set tied at 15, the Warriors ended the match with a 10-1 run to advance to the regional championship match.  Setter Maddie Pfingsten set up the offense for Watseka (30-3) with 23 assists. Natalie Castonguay had 10 digs.

Thursday 10/31, the Warriors secured their third-consecutive regional title Thursday by defeating the host Comets 25-22, 25-23 at the Class 2A Central Regional.  Taylor Bauer and Hayley Gray each had eight kills and two blocks for top-seeded Watseka (31-3), and setter Maddie Pfingsten spread the  offense around with 23 assists.  The Warriors advance to the Class 2A El Paso-Gridley Sectional, where they will face Seneca at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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Nov. 1-2 HS Football Playoffs

SATURDAY, NOV. 2

Class 2A Playoffs
Momence 13, Central 6
Class 3A Playoffs
Bishop McNamara 39, Chicago Harper 14
Oregon 22, Wilmington 21
Class 4A Playoffs
Mahomet Seymour 35, Manteno 13
Quincy Notre Dame 33, Coal City 14

FRIDAY, NOV. 1

Class 7A Playoffs
Bradley-Bourbonnais 24, Pekin 20
Class 4A Playoffs
Peotone 49, Pontiac 0
Class 1A Playoffs
Ottawa Marquette 33, Milford Cissna-Park 12

INDIANA SECTIONALS FRIDAY:  W. Central 54, Culver 38...Winamac 41, Whiting 20....Pioneer 41, Carroll Flora 6.....Frontier 27, Caston 0

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10/25 HS Football; Josh Marquez, Zirkle Players of Week

Pontiac 41, Kankakee 14:  (KAN) Dyrrah Christon 151 yards on 28 carries, 2 TDs
Bishop McNamara 35, De La Salle 14:  (BM) Jonathan Ward 343 yards rushing, 4 TDs
Bradley-Bourbonnais 42, Andrew 27: (BB) Jarrod Ware 2 TD runs, 210 yds rushing; Tim Stone 2 TD runs, 126 yds rushing
Manteno 54, Seneca 6: (MAN) Ethan Kaufman 216 yds passing, 3 TD passes, 2 TD runs
Peotone 46, Westmont 12: (PEO) Jake Rapson 134 yds rushing, 2 TDs; Josh Vincent 40 yd fumble recovery for TD
Wilmington 42, Herscher 19: (WIL) Nick McWilliams 3 TD runs, 180 yards rushing; Nick Hawkins 2 TD runs.  (HER) Collin Glas 2 TD catches
Plano 47, Dwight 12: (DWI) Schlabowske, Allen TDs
Central 21, Momence 0:  (CEN) J.R. Caspary TD pass to Derrick Graham, Logan Podowicz; Noah Frerichs TD
Iroquois West 27, Watseka 18: (IW) Austin Zirkle 2 TD runs, 80 yd kickoff return for TD, 75 yd INT return for TD; (WAT) Austin Hasselbring 2 TD runs
Milford 56, Hoopeston 6: (MCP) Josh Marquez 2 TD runs, 71 yd punt return for TD
Coal City 35, Reed-Custer 0:

IN INDIANA SECTIONAL PLAYOFFS FRIDAY: 
Frontier 38, S. Newton 12: (SN) John Dafcik 50 yd TD run, 116 yds rushing, 115 yds passing
N. Judson 50, N. Newton 6: (NN) Harry Klisiak 5-yd TD run
Delphi 21, Benton Central 7

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA AND CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK WILL GO TO 2 PLAYERS:
SENIOR AUSTIN ZIRKLE OF IROQUOIS WEST HAD AN 82-YARD KICKOFF RETURN FOR A TOUCHDOWN TO START THE SECOND HALF. HE LATER HAD TOUCHDOWN RUNS OF 65 AND 1 YARDS, SWATTED AWAY A WATSEKA 2-POINT TRY, AND CAPPED IT OFF WITH A 75-YARD INTERCEPTION RETURN FOR A TOUCHDOWN TO HELP LEAD IROQUOIS WEST TO A SENIOR NIGHT WIN OVER RIVAL WATSEKA 27-18.

ALSO...SENIOR JOSH MARQUEZ OF MILFORD-CISSNA PARK HAD 2 FINE GAMES TO FINISH THE REGULAR SEASON. ON OCT. 18, HE HAD 3 CATCHES FOR 113 YARDS, SCORING 3 TIMES, AND HAD 66 RUSHING YARDS IN A WIN OVER OAKWOOD. THEN FRIDAY IN A WIN AT HOOPESTON, JOSH MARQUEZ HAD TOUCHDOWN RUNS OF 13 AND 36 YARDS, PLUS A PUNT RETURN TAKEN 71 YARDS FOR A TOUCHDOWN.