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9/6-7 HS football; Laubscher Player of Week

Milford-Cissna Park 20, Iroquois West 7 – (MCP) Devon Laubscher 15 carries/110 yards, 2 TD runs. Jacob Marquez 12/91 rushing. (IW) Logan Anderson 1 TD run

Manteno 28, Reed-Custer 20 – (MAN) Ethan Kaufman 140 yds passing, 2 TD passes. (RC) Mark Harper 18/33, 275 yards passing, 3 TD passes.

Lisle 23, Herscher 14 – (HER) Brendan Powell 108 yards passing, 1 TD run. Blake Patchett 1 TD pass to Dean Johnson. Lisle put the game away with a 30-yard FG with just over three minutes to go.

Seneca 12, Peotone 7 – (PEO) 3 fumbles, 2 INTs. Brandon Wenzel was 7 for 21 with 86 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Jake Rapson led the rushing attack for the Blue Devils (1-1) with 60 yards.

Coal City 42, Dwight 0 – (CC) Brennen Shetina had three touchdowns, two passing and one rushing to lead the Coalers (2-0). Kasey Kaiser had six catches for 89 yards and two for touchdowns.

Momence 41, Chicago Christian 7 – (MOM) Aaron Cantwell 197 yards passing, 3 TD passes, Blake Lawrence 2 TDs, 57 receiving yards. The Momence defense held Chicago Christian to 13 rushing yards on 25 carries.

Paris 14, Watseka 8 – (WAT) Cole Davenport 141 yards passing, 10 completions, 1 TD run. T.J. Maitland 132 yards rushing.

SATURDAY: Central 49, Salem 0 – (CEN) QB J.R. Caspary 9 of 15, 204 yds passing, 3 TD passes. Logan Podowicz 3 INT's, one of them returned 83 yards for a TD. Chris Garcia 1 TD run and 1 TD catch. Noah Frerichs 2 TD catches.

In Indiana: Pioneer 66, S. Newton 28 - Justin Mersch and Sam Kiser each ran for three touchdowns to give Pioneer their first victory of the season. John Dafcik threw touchdown passes to Sam Applegate, Trever Lowe and Skylar Sanders and ran for a score for South Newton (1-2).
Other Indiana scores: Caston 21, Frontier 14.....W. Central 60, Tri-County 8......Winamac 56, N. White 0.....Tipton 65, Benton Central 14.....Calumet 42, N. Newton 35

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 9/7/13) IS JUNIOR DEVON LAUBSCHER OF THE MILFORD-CISSNA PARK BEARCATS. HE HAS PLAYED A BIG PART IN MCP'S 2-0 START, OPENING THE SEASON WITH 90 YARDS RUSHING AND 2 TD RUNS IN A SEASON-OPENING WIN AT OAKLAND. THEN ON FRIDAY, HE DISPLAYED BLAZING SPEED, RUSHING FOR 110 YARDS ON 15 CARRIES, AND TD RUNS OF 1 AND 43 YARDS IN A HOME WIN OVER IROQUOIS WEST.

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HS Football 8/30-31, Bauer Player of Week

IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FRIDAY 8/30, IROQUOIS WEST SHUT OUT EUREKA 19-0 TO EARN MATT WASILEWSKI HIS FIRST WIN AS RAIDER HEAD COACH.  AUSTIN ZIRKLE HAD 2 TOUCHDOWN RUNS, TRENTON MILLER WITH 1

MILFORD BEAT OAKLAND 33-6, WITH THE BEARCATS' QB JACOB MARQUEZ RUSHING FOR 132 YARDS AND 3 TD RUNS.

IN SATURDAY 8/31 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES RE-SCHEDULED FROM FRIDAY DUE TO LIGHTNING, THE CENTRAL COMETS' J.R. CASPARY PASSED FOR 278 YARDS AND 4 TOUCHDOWN PASSES TO LEAD THE COMETS TO A 35-14 WIN OVER THE PRAIRIE CENTRAL HAWKS.

WATSEKA LED ROBINSON 14-7 AT HALFTIME WHEN PLAY WAS HALTED FRIDAY, BUT ON SATURDAY NIGHT, ROBINSON ROARED BACK TO WIN 27-14.

OREGON TOOK OUT VISITING MOMENCE 28-21, DESPITE 3 TOUCHDOWN PASSES FROM AARON CANTWELL

IN OTHER SCORES SATURDAY, WILMINGTON SHUT OUT COAL CITY 22-0.....BRADLEY-BOURBONNAIS 26-THORNTON FRACTIONAL NORTH 20....KANKAKEE 46, SOLORIO ACADEMY 6.....BISHOP MCNAMARA 27, HALES FRANCISCAN 14......MANTENO 21, LISLE 20....PLANO 28, REED-CUSTER 7....HERSCHER 51, WESTMONT 12

IN INDIANA, THE SOUTH NEWTON REBELS PULL OUT A 33-31 WIN AT HOME OVER FRONTIER.
OTHER INDIANA SCORES:  RENSSELAER CENTRAL 56, N. NEWTON 20.....BENTON CENTRAL 47, SEEGER 9....N. WHITE 40, TRI-COUNTY 0.....W. CENTRAL 56, CASTON 20.....WINAMAC 34, PIONEER 8

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 8/31/13) IS JUNIOR TAYLOR BAUER OF WATSEKA LADY WARRIOR VOLLEYBALL.

A KEY PART OF WATSEKA'S BACK TO BACK SECTIONAL TITLE TEAMS IN 2011 AND 2012, BAUER HAD AN IMPRESSIVE WEEK AT THE TIMBERWOLF TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT AT CISSNA PARK ALL LAST WEEK--LEADING HER TEAM TO WINS OVER DONOVAN, MILFORD, AND CENTRAL...THEN ON SATURDAY, LED HER CLUB TO CLINCH THE TOURNAMENT TITLE WITH WINS OVER FISHER AND ARMSTRONG-POTOMAC. THE LADY WARRIORS ARE NOW 6-0.

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Indiana Football 8/23/13, Bigger Player of Week

North Newton 48, South Newton 42

KENTLAND – Sam Thomas' 3-yard touchdown run capped a back-and-forth fourth quarter for the visiting Spartans.

South Newton jumped out to a 21-0 lead on two 4-yard touchdown runs by Trevor Lowe and Skylar Sanders' 45-yard dash. Jonno Bigger fueled a 21-0 run by North Newton with a 30-yard touchdown run and two TD passes. Sanders gave the Rebels a 28-21 halftime lead with his 17-yard reception from John Dafcik.

Dafcik threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and Bigger finished with four TD passes.

Other area scores Friday: Triton 25, Caston 13.....Clinton Prairie 20, Frontier 7....Lewis Cass 29, Pioneer 0.....N. Montgomery 35, Benton Central 0..... Carroll (Flora) 37, Tri-County 0.....West Central 18, Culver 6....Winamac 56, Knox 14......N. White 52, Taylor 20.

The First Trust and Savings Bank in Watseka & Clifton Player of the Week is sophomore QB Jono Bigger of the North Newton Spartans. With his club down 21-0 after 1 quarter, Bigger led a furious comeback, finishing 27 of 38 passing for 368 yards, including 3 TD passes, and 2 TD runs, as N. Newton won a wild season opener in Kentland over rival S. Newton, 48-42.

North 12, South 6 in wild end to Senior Bowl

At the 3rd annual River Valley Senior Bowl football game June 15 at Olivet Nazarene University's War Field, the North squad's Jake Ballard recovered a South fumble as time expired and rumbled 17 yards into the end zone to give his side a 12-6 victory.

The North struck first with Sample finding Coal City's Ryland Tondini for a 4-yard touchdown on the team's opening drive to make it 6-0. That covered most of the offense for the first three quarters. The North twice thwarted South drives with interceptions from Kankakee teammates Jevon Wesby and Kyle Love, and the South had just 115 total yards heading into the final quarter.

The South finally gained some traction down the stretch with 122 yards in the fourth highlighted by a pair of long bursts by Momence's DeAndre Wright, who led offensive players with 134 yards on 14 carries. The speedy running back put the South into North territory before a former conference rival turned all-star teammate in Central's Logan Gigl crashed into the end zone from 1-yard out to tie things with just more than three minutes to go.

The teams appeared destined for a second-straight tie after North quarterback Ryan Sample's pass to Shaun Ohrt fell incomplete on fourth and goal with less than 20 seconds to go in the game.  But the South elected to go for the win with a bit of trickery.  After a completed pass by Flanagan's Alec Dutko, the South tried a hook-and-ladder play from its 37-yard line. While they managed to keep the play alive for awhile, the loose ball eventually bounded to Ballard, who sprinted in for the North win.

In total, 58 local graduates participated.  The North got its second win in three attempts in the contest. 2012 ended in a tie and the North won the inaugural game in 2011.

Bishop McNamara Softball Wins 2A State

Bishop McNamara edged Nashville 3-2 Friday 5/31 at E. Peoria to advance to the Class 2A softball state title game.  After a rainout Saturday, Bishop McNamara and Tremont, both undefeated, met again Sunday 6/2 in E. Peoria to decide the Illinois Class 2A softball state championship.

Bottom of the 2nd, with 2 out, Megan Gill had a 2-rbi single, Kaitlyn DeLong and Alee Reshenskas each with an rbi single, and Bailee Porter even had a steal of home to put the Irish up 5-0.

Top of the 5th, Tremont's Kali Sanders launched a 2-run homer to make it 5-2 Irish. But Bishop Mac put up 3 runs in the 6th as Lauren Jurkovic, Corinne O'Connor and Caitlyn DeLong each got a 2-out rbi double .

Jaelen Hull goes the distance, finishing 28-0, surrendering just 3 hits, 2 runs, while striking out 3, and walking none.

The final, Bishop McNamara 8, Tremont 2. Coach Laura Harms' Fighting Irish finish a perfect 35-0, clinching the first softball state title in school history.  Bishop McNamara became just the third undefeated state champion in all classes since 1986.

The Class 1A softball title went to Milledgeville, defeating Toledo (Cumberland) 5-4 in a rain-shortened 5-inning game Saturday.  The 3A and 4A state titles will be decided June 8, again in East Peoria.