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WIU Baseball's Thompson named Summit League Player of the Week

Western Illinois junior outfielder Deion Thompson has been named Summit League Player of the Week for the week of May 14-20. This is the Bloomington native's first career weekly award. 


Thompson batted .389 (7-18) over the week,with seven RBI, three runs scored, two doubles, two home runs, two walks and two stolen bases. His most prolific performance came on Friday (May 18), when he went 3-for-4 with four RBI, a double and home run in the series finale win at Omaha.


Thompson and the Leathernecks finished the regular season with a 14-12 record in Summit League play, good for second place. That is tied for the most Summit League wins for WIU since 2006.


Western Illinois will now play third-seeded North Dakota State Wednesday in the first round of the Summit League Tournament in Tulsa, OK. 

Macomb Area Sports Scores 5/18-5/20/2018

High School Baseball
2A Regional Finals: Carthage 5/19
Monmouth-Roseville 0 vs Illini West 2
-Kennedy Gooding: 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
-Jackson Porter: W, 7 IP, 3 H, 10 SO, 2 BB
-Illini West plays Brimfield Wednesday in Sherrard 2A Sectional Semifinals 
High School Softball
2A Regional Finals: Carthage 5/18
West Hancock 1 vs Illini West 11
-Baylee Clampitt: 2-3, 2 R, 2B, 4 RBI
-Blair Boston: W, 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 SO, 4 BB
-Illini West plays Brimfield Wednesday in Farmington 2A Sectional Semifinals
WIU Baseball
Western Illinois 4 vs Omaha 7
-Mitch Ellis: 1-3, R, 2 RBI
-Javin Drake: 5.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 7 SO, 3 B
Western Illinois 12 vs Omaha 8
-Deion Thompson: 3-5, R, HR, 2B, 4 RBI
-Dillon Sears: 2-4, R, HR, 2 RBI
-Sam Cottingham-Beard: W (1-1), 4 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 SO, 2 BB
Western Illinois (17-29, 14-12) 6 vs Kansas (26-28) 19
-Alex Dorethy: 3-3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
-CJ Schaeffer: 2-3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
-WIU finishes season 2nd in Summit League 
-Western plays North Dakota State Wednesday in Summit League Tournament

Macomb Area Sports Scores 5/17/2018

High School Baseball


Quincy 2 vs Macomb 5

-Brandon Bickers/Parker Schmalshof: 2 RBI each

-MHS plays Peoria Richwoods Wednesday in Canton 3A Regional Semifinal


1A Mt. Sterling Semifinal

Camp Point 2 vs Brown County 1

-Panthers play Liberty Saturday in Regional Final


2A Carthage Semifinal

Knoxville 5 vs Illini West 10

-Kennedy Gooding: 2 HR, 4 RBI

-Chargers play Monmouth-Roseville Saturday in Regional Finals


High School Track & Field


1A Illinois State Track Meet (Finals Qualifiers)

BWP: Maleigha Huston (400 & 800), Taylor Larson (400), Deidre Lorton (high jump)

Rushville-Industry: Ellie Lamb (discus)

West Hancock: Zarra Humphry (800)


WIU Baseball


Western Illinois (16-27, 13-11) 4 vs Omaha (9-16, 14-34) 1

-Alex Dorethy: 2-4, 2 RBI

McDonough County Girls Softball Scores 5/17/2018

MCGSL Games played on 5/17/2018
HyVee Pee Wee League:
First Bankers Trust 5 vs Catch-a-Star 14
Pepsi Refreshment Services Rookie League:
Western IL Realty-Amanda Smith 6 vs WIU FOP Lodge 169 4
Macomb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Minor League:
Yetter - Colchester 1 vs Edifice Remodel 14
DRIVE 16 vs MTC Communications 11
Fortress Bank 18 vs Hilton Farms/Bushnell Locker 1
Chick's on the Square Major League:
Veterans Construction 12 vs Beck's Pest Control 11
McDaniel Accounting 3 vs Project Dance Company 6

WIU Head Baseball Coach Ryan Brownlee previews end of regular season, league tournament

Following a series victory at South Dakota State last weekend, Western Illinois Baseball has clinched a spot in the Summit League Tournament. The Leathernecks (15-27, 12-11) now play a three game series at Omaha (May 17-19), followed by a game at Kansas (May 20), to close out the regular season. 


WIU won 4-3 in the opener at SDSU Saturday in 14 innings, before falling 13-7 in the backend of the doubleheader. The initial game was scheduled for Friday, but was rescheduled due to projected inclement weather. Western won the rubber match 9-6 Sunday, enabling Ryan Brownlee's team to clinch a spot in the postseason for the second consecutive season. 


Following the South Dakota State series, Western came home for a non-league game against Iowa. While the Leathernecks lead the Hawkeyes 4-0 in Tuesday's game, Iowa came back to win 5-4. 


WIU now begins its final Summit League series of the year, playing the opener against Omaha this afternoon. The Mavs are currently on the outside looking in, sitting in fifth place in the Summit League standings. A series sweep for Omaha and a series sweep for South Dakota State against North Dakota State would get the Mavs the fourth seed, and sneak them into the postseason. 


Following the three game slate in Omaha, Western heads to Lawrence, Kansas for a Sunday afternoon game against the Jayhawks. That ends the regular season for the Leathernecks, as they'll then prepare for next week's Summit League Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 


Get a preview of the remainder of the season and some thoughts from WIU Head Baseball Coach Ryan Brownlee. You can listen to the interview here

Surprenant named WIU Interim AD

(Photo via WIU Athletic Communications)

Danielle Surprenant has been named interim director of athletics at Western Illinois University, effective May 21. This comes following the departure of Matt Tanney, who is taking the AD job at Division III Wabash College. 


Surprenant has served as senior associate athletic director for internal operations and senior woman administrator since April 2017. Prior to that, she worked for seven years at Quincy University as the associate athletic director for compliance and internal operations and senior woman administrator. The university said in a press release that a national search will be held for to fill the AD opening. 


"Danielle has a solid background in collegiate athletics and the experience necessary to provide outstanding leadership for Leatherneck Athletics and to continue the program's long tradition of excellence," said WIU President Jack Thomas. "We look forward to working with Danielle as the interim athletic director, and we wish Matt Tanney well in his new position at Wabash."


Surprenant is a Carthage native and resides there with her husband Grant and their two children. 

Macomb Area Sports Scores 5/16/2018

High School Baseball


2A Regional Semifinals: Beardstown

Beardstown 1 vs Auburn 7


2A Regional Semifinals: Carthage

Monmouth-Roseville 6 vs West Hancock 4

-Mon-Rose plays Illini West/Knoxville winner Saturday


High School Softball


2A Regional Semifinals: Warsaw

West Hancock 14 vs QND 4

-West Hancock plays Illini West Saturday