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Cissna Park, Watseka finish 3rd in state volleyball finals

NORMAL — The Iroquois County communities of Cissna Park and Watseka are proudly waving 3rd Place banners after the weekend state volleyball finals at ISU's Redbird Arena.

The Cissna Park T'wolves captured the 1A 3rd Place trophy. Watseka's Warriors returned home with the third place 2A award.


Cissna Park (34-5) made some defensive adjustments and got their own attack working for a 20-25, 25-23, 25-17 victory and the first state trophy in school history.

"I really think that was the difference in the match," Cissna Park coach Josh Landon said about a couple tweaks he made to his team's back-row defense. "We were able to dig up some of their (Woodlawn) power swings and got our offense going as well."

Addison Stoller finished the match with a 15-kill, 11-dig double-double. Anna Kaeb kept Cissna Park's attack flowing with 28 assists, and Lexi Knake led the Timberwolves defensively with 13 digs.

"Stoller was able to execute against their defense," Landon said. "We had to cut a little bit harder on our swings to find the open hole, but she just stayed aggressive."

And Gabby Wessels and Samantha Hasselbring helped bring home the win, giving Cissna Park a balanced attack.

"The likes of Samantha Hasselbring and Gabby Wessels stepped up tremendously, knocking down six and seven kills to keep Woodlawn honest," Landon said.

Cissna Park is also set up to build off this year's success — in which the only losses came to Rockford Keith Country Day (now three-time defending Class 1A state champs), Watseka (this year's Class 2A third-place finishers) and Deer Creek-Mackinaw (this year's 2A champs).

Of the nine players to play in the third-place match, only two are seniors. The Timberwolves will bring back Stoller, Kaeb, Wessels and Hasselbring next season.
Watseka showed determination against Edwards County after a semi-final loss to Dakota.
Watseka dropped the opening set 25-16 to the Lions. But then the match turned in the Warriors favor..

Watseka found a way to shut down the Lions power, Taylor Bauer got going and the Warriors rallied for a 16-25, 25-16, 25-13 victory. It was the first state trophy in program history.

"I think we just took them so much out of their offense that she couldn't get good swings," Watseka coach Krista Pufahl said about stopping James, who had just two more kills in the match after her strong start. "We took them completely out of their offense because we were attacking."

Watseka's own turnaround offensively started with better passing. Better passing gave setter Maddie Pfingsten a chance to deliver better sets. Better sets helped Bauer and fellow senior outside hitter Alexis Shoemaker terminate at a higher efficiency.

Bauer had a match-high 15 kills, while Shoemaker chipped in seven.

"Haley Shoemaker had a really good warmup," Pufahl said. "We knew if we could get her the ball she would put it away. She just had that look in her eyes."

Watseka finished the season at 36-4 — its fourth straight 30-win season. The Warriors, though, will have to deal with losing five senior starters in Pfingsten, Bauer, Shoemaker, Emily Allhands (who led all players with five total blocks) and Natalie Castonguay (who had a match-high 14 digs). Also graduating will be defensive specialists Katelyn McTaggart and Jenna Ripley.

"The seniors' commitment the past six years has really paid off," Pufahl said. "A lot of them have been starting since their sophomore season. We brought volleyball back into Watseka."

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Watseka, CP Volleyball Go to State; Comets FB to Round 3

HS Volleyball Sat. Nov. 28

Class 2A Chicago Christ the King Super-Sectional

Watseka def. Elmhurst IC Catholic; 23-25, 25-21, 25-21

Class 1A Danville Schlarman Sectional

Cissna Park def. Danville Schlarman 25-17, 31-33, 25-23

 

HS Football Sat. Nov. 8

Class 4A Playoffs

Coal City 25, Elgin St. Edward 20Manteno 35, Dixon 21Rockford Lutheran 56, Herscher 7

Class 3A Playoffs

Wilmington 40, Monticello 0

Class 2A Playoffs

Central 19, Hales Franciscan 18Fieldcrest 21, Momence 20

 

State Cross Country Meet

Class 1A Boys

Top local finisher: 14. Brandon Wilkerson (Tri-Point)

Class 1A Girls

Top local finisher: 2. Daly Galloway (Gardner-South Wilmington)

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HS Football Playoffs 10/31-11/1

Friday, Oct. 31
Wilmington 49, PBL 7 (Wilmington plays at Monticello for round 2)
Herscher 21, Kankakee (McNamara) 18 (Herscher plays at Rockford-Lutheran for round 2)
Coal City 40, Mendota 14 (Coal City plays at Johnsburg for round 2)
Manteno 48, Evergreen Park 19 (Manteno hosts Dixon for round 2)

Saturday Nov. 1
Casey (C.-Westfield) 34, Milford [Coop] 29
Momence 19, El Paso (E.P.-Gridley) 6 (Momence plays at Minonk-Fieldcrest for round 2)
Belleville (West) 24, Bradley (B.-Bourbonnais) 7
Clifton (Central) 41, Gibson City (G.C.-Melvin-Sibley) 14 (Central plays at Chicago Hales Franciscan for round 2)

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10/24 HS Football; Garcia Player of Week

Oct. 24 High School Football

Bradley-Bourbonnais 28, Andrew 3

Central 28, Momence 22

Bishop McNamara 48, De La Salle 34

Dwight 29, Argenta-Oreana 8

Herscher 28, Streator 8

Iroquois West 52, Watseka 27

MCP 68, Hoopeston 7

Kankakee 66, Pontiac 14

Peotone 19, Reed-Custer 18

Coal City 48, Seneca 0

Wilmington 21, Manteno 7

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA AND CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 10-25-14) IS SENIOR QUARTERBACK CHRIS GARCIA OF THE CENTRAL COMETS.

CHRIS FINISHED UP THE REGULAR SEASON WITH 2 SOLID GAMES. ON OCT. 17, IN A SENIOR NIGHT 42-6 WIN OVER WATSEKA, CHRIS WAS REAL IMPRESSIVE ON THE GROUND: 9 CARRIES, 160 YARDS RUSHING AND 2 TOUCHDOWN RUNS. THEN LAST FRIDAY (OCT. 24), HE WAS 7 OF 13 PASSING FOR 111 YARDS, AND 2 Touchdown PASSES, WITH NO INTERCEPTIONS, AS HE HELPED LEAD THE COMETS TO THE SANGAMON VALLEY CONFERENCE TITLE, BEATING THE PREVIOUSLY UNBEATEN REDSKINS AT MOMENCE, 28-22

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10/17 HS Football; CP's Stoller Player of Week

Friday, Oct. 17
High School Football

Bishop McNamara 41, St. Ignatius 16
Bismarck-Henning 31, MCP 21
Central 42, Watseka 6
Coal City 42, Lisle 7
Dwight 28, Iroquois West 0
Herscher 33, Sandwich 6
Kankakee 34, Rich East 22
Lincoln-Way North 29, Bradley-Bourbonnais 23
Manteno 50, Westmont 12
Momence 14, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 3
Reed-Custer 35, Streator 14
Wilmington 43, Peotone 14
Rensselaer Central 63, Benton Central 0
N. Newton 47, Hanover Central 35
S. Newton 26, Clinton Central 25

Boys soccer Class 1A Manteno Regional

Illinois Lutheran 2, Beecher 1 (OT)

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 10/18/14) IS JUNIOR ADDISON STOLLER OF CISSNA PARK LADY TIMBERWOLF VOLLEYBALL.

HIGH ON AREA LEADERBOARDS ALL SEASON LONG IN TOTAL POINTS, KILLS, AND DIGS – ADDISON HAD A GREAT WEEK, LEADING HER T-WOLVES TO 4-0 IN POOL PLAY IN LAST WEEKEND'S UNITED CLASSIC TOURNAMENT, AND MAKING THE ALL-TOURNEY TEAM WITH 33 KILLS, 12 BLOCKS, AND 38 DIGS. THEN THIS PAST THURSDAY, SHE HAD 14 KILLS AND 3 BLOCKS IN A HARD-FOUGHT 3-SET WIN AT IROQUOIS WEST—HELPING TO LEAD CISSNA PARK TO WIN #26 AND CLINCHING THE REGULAR SEASON SANGAMON VALLEY CONFERENCE TITLE