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.
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.
Rich Central 28, Kankakee 24 - (KAN) Joseph Jordan 2 TD runs Bishop McNamara 40, Leo 7 - (BM) Jerrico Johnson 2 TD catches, TD run; Jared Marcotte 218 yds passing, 3 TD passes Lincoln-Way North 42, Bradley-Bourbonnais 21 -(BB) Jarrod Ware 2 TD runs, 174 yds rushing; L.J. Harris TD run, 75 yds receiving Manteno 43, Dwight 28 - (MAN) Ethan Kaufman 187 yds passing, 2 TDs; Shawn Boswell 2 TD runs. (DWI) Tony Bernardy 77 yds rushing, 1 TD Peotone 28, Lisle 14 - (PEO) Joey Janutis, 3 TD catches, 230 yds receiving; Brandon Wenzel 4/9 234 yards passing, 3 TDs, INT Seneca 34, Herscher 7 - (HER) Brendan Powell 2 yd TD run Sandwich 44, Reed-Custer 7 - (RC) Mark Harper 250 yards passing, TD throw to Mason Dransfeldt Central 35, Watseka 0 - (CEN) Derrick Graham 3 TD runs, 118 yds rushing; Ben Toberman 5 yd INT return for TD Momence 35, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 3 - (MOM) Aaron Cantwell 4 TD passes, 246 yards. Leanthony Reasnover 171 yards rushing, TD St. Thomas More 44, Iroquois West 0 - (STM) Storm Joop 10/16, 266 yards, 4 TD passes all to Michael Plecki--6 catches for 224 yards total receiving. (IW) Jacob Connor 77 yds rushing, 18 carries Milford-Cissna Park 55, Oakwood 28 - (MCP) Jacob Marquez 5 TD passes, 236 yards passing; Devon Laubscher 160 yds, 3 TDs on 7 carries Coal City 49, Westmont 6 Plano 43, Wilmington 22
INDIANA: Winamac 47, Frontier 13....Rensselaer Central 47, Benton Central 0....Carroll (Flora) 26, N. White 6.....Hammond Noll 34, N. Newton 7....Tri-County 28, Caston 27.....Pioneer 50, W. Central 36
THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS JUNIOR QB JACOB MARQUEZ OF THE MILFORD-CISSNA PARK BEARCATS. ENJOYING A FINE YEAR BOTH IN AREA PASSING AND RUSHING, JACOB WAS ESPECIALLY BUSY FRIDAY 10/18 AT OAKWOOD. HE WAS OF 8 OF 16 PASSING FOR 238 YARDS AND 5 TOUCHDOWN PASSES. ALSO HE RUSHED FOR 63 YARDS ON 9 CARRIES, AND EVEN KICKED 5 EXTRA-POINTS, AS HIS BEARCATS WON IN OAKWOOD 55-28, KEEPING MCP'S PLAYOFF HOPES ALIVE HEADING INTO THE REGULAR SEASON'S FINAL WEEK
Hall of Fame football coach Sam Fanning, a Milford graduate who returned to coach football at his alma mater, was honored at halftime of Milford-Cissna Park's Oct. 12 game vs. Attica. The football complex at Milford was officially dedicated Sam Fanning Stadium.
Fanning lettered 4 years in football at Milford as an offensive guard and defensive tackle (played under the legendary Dick Stearns), 4 years in baseball as catcher, and 3 years in track & field as shot putter and discus thrower. He was active in FFA his freshman and sophomore years. Also, Fanning was Salutatorian of his 1967 Graduating Class of 54 students.
In a 9-year period, starting in 1988, Fanning guided the Bearcats into the playoffs 7 times, including unbeaten teams in the 1993 and 1994 regular seasons. He retired from coaching football in 1997, but continued to be the High School's Athletic Director and Math Teacher until 2003. He remained as Math teacher and retired from Education in 2006. As A.D., the Bearcat athletic teams flourished in the 1990s, honored as the best in the decade by the Champaign News-Gazette.
Sam Fanning's most memorable game was against the Oakwood Comets who were at that time ranked #4 in the state. The game was won by Milford in the 3rd overtime.