Hartsburg-Emden def. Deer Creek-Mackinaw 15-7, 15-7.
Hartsburg-Emden: Service points, Ashley Luken 9; Kills, Nikki
Chapman 17; blocks, Megan Leesman 6; assists, Molly Klokkenga 31.
Record: Hartsburg-Emden 13-5.
Junior varsity: Hartsburg-Emden def. Deer Creek-Mackinaw
15-17, 15-12, 15-13.
Lincoln def. Olympia 15-8, 17-15.
Lincoln: Service points, Brooklyn Robbins 10; kills, Michelle
McFadden 12; blocks, Kari McFadden 5; assists, B. Robbins 30.
Olympia: Service points, Kristen Goebel 13; kills, Brianne
Grawford, K. Goebel 7; blocks, Stasia Prater 4; assists, Jaime Ahlers 20.
Records: Lincoln 16-2; Olympia 16-7.
Junior varsity: Lincoln def. Olympia 10-15, 15-10, 15-13.
Men and women with collegiate or
competitive volleyball experience are encouraged to attend an
informational and organizational meeting at Eastside Centre on
Sunday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. At that time Tim Vande Schraaf,
club director of Eastside Volleyball Club, will outline practice and
tournament plans for the upcoming 2003 season. At the close of the
meeting, there will be a registration session when potential
athletes can be registered and assigned to teams.
Cola Girls High School Volleyball All Star Classic
The Eastside Volleyball Club presents
the fourth annual Pepsi Cola Girls High School Volleyball All Star
Classic on Dec. 7-8. The two-day event will be entirely at
Eastside Centre. The format for the event will be a two-hour
practice session for each team on Saturday, Dec. 7, followed by the
classic on Sunday, Dec. 8. This event is open to any senior
girl and is sanctioned by the Illinois High School Association.
To nominate potential athletes, online
nomination forms are available at
order for athletes to be eligible to play, the nominations must be
received by Oct. 15. Any coach or sportswriter is eligible to
nominate players. It is anticipated that the maximum number of
athletes, 250, will be nominated this year, so a selection process
could be imminent. After the selection is completed it is
anticipated that the event will feature 250-plus of the better
seniors throughout the Midwest. After the athletes have been
nominated, a confirmation letter will be sent out to them,
announcing their selection.
Final rosters for the event will also be advertised on the Eastside
Volleyball Club’s website starting on Oct. 10, with final rosters
being announced Nov. 1.
This event is being sponsored by Pepsi
Cola, Adidas, Mikasa and the USPV, as it was last year. The purpose
of the classic is to bring positive closure to the spectacular
careers of these young ladies. It will also expose the athletes to
the NCAA rules, as most high school associations don’t use the rally
format. The classic is open to any athlete, whether previously
committed to a collegiate institution or not.
According to feedback from previous
years, this event has been an invaluable tool for coaches and
recruiters. More than 125 collegiate coaches from 26 states attended
last year’s event. With the onslaught of the new NCAA rules
governing contact for D-I institutions, it is planned that all
matches and practices will be videotaped to accommodate those
Since the calendar has changed from
previous years, the Eastside Volleyball Club will be doing an
exposure event during the summer months, prior to the respective
high school seasons in 2003. The tentative dates are July 5-6, 2003.
For this event and for the help and
assistance of the college coaches, a list of players who have
already committed will be provided. More information will also be
compiled and distributed free of charge to collegiate coaches and
scouts at the event. If a coach is unable to attend, a
recruiting CD will be made available free of charge. Coaches and
recruiters need to officially request the CD by letter, with a
business card enclosed, mailed to Eastside VBC, 1621 Highview Road,
East Peoria, IL 61611.
Coaches and recruiters who are able to
attend are asked to RSVP to
Eastside_vbc@Yahoo.com so that a pass list can be compiled and
enough recruiting packets printed. For housing needs for
athletes, coaches and spectators, please check the link on
establishments close to Eastside Sports Centre.
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Collegiate Volleyball Festival
The Eastside Volleyball Club will
present the first Adidas Collegiate Women’s Volleyball Festival
April 26-27, 2003. The two-day event is open to any collegiate
volleyball program and will be run in conjunction with Eastside
Volleyball Club’s fourth annual Adidas Spike Classic, a junior girls
volleyball event that will feature 32 juniors teams. Both events
will be at the Shirk Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan
University in Bloomington.
The cost for entering a team in the
festival will be $225. Each team is guaranteed five best 2/3
matches. During each match both first and second officials will be
provided. The festival will have room for 16 teams and will follow
the festival format of play. Pool play on Saturday, April 26 will be
for seeding, and the tournament will climax with tournament play on
Sunday, April 27, featuring Gold and Silver divisions.
Volleyball Club 2003 Tournament Schedule
The 2003 tournament schedule for the
Eastside Volleyball Club will be mostly at the Eastside Centre. The
largest tournament event will be on April 26-27, 2003, in
conjunction with the initial Adidas Women’s Collegiate Volleyball
Festival. That event will be at the Shirk Center on the campus of
Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. The cost for all of the
events is $225 per team.
Jan. 11-12, 2003 — Pepsi Cola Festival
of Spikes; junior girls 18 and under, junior girls 16 and under
Jan. 18-19, 2003 — Pepsi Cola Volley
Classic; junior girls 18U and 16U
Feb. 8-9, 2003 — Adidas River City
Festival; junior girls 18U and 16U
Feb. 15-16, 2003 — Pepsi Cola Spike
Festival; junior girls 18U and 16U
March 1-2, 2003 — Adidas Spring Fling;
junior girls 18U and 16U
March 22-23, 2003 — Eastside VBC March
Madness; junior girls 18U and 16U
April 5-6, 2003 — Mountain Dew Spike
Festival; junior girls 18U, 16U and 14U; (8U,10U,12U AAU League will
also run; $150 per team)
April 12-13, 2003 — Adidas Spike
Festival; 18U, 16U and 14U; (8U,10U,12U AAU League will also run;
$150 per team)
April 26-27, 2003 — Adidas Spike
Classic; 18U, 16U and 14U; at Shirk Center, Bloomington
May 3-4, 2003 — Eastside River City
Classic; 18U, 16U and 14U; (8U,10U,12U AAU League will also run;
$150 per team)
The East Peoria Department of Tourism
is in charge of all housing and has secured rooms at facilities
within 10 minutes of the playing facilities. Further information,
such as registration forms, housing information, rules, schedules
and other pertinent information, can be found at
information, please contact the Eastside Volleyball Club at (309)
699-8738; by fax, (509) 692-5171; or e-mail,
The Railers lost a game at Springfield
that I really hoped they would win. I felt it might set the tone for
the rest of the year and help them eke out another win or two. Now
their backs are against the wall, and they’ll have to take care of
business all by themselves. I know they can do it, I’m just not sure
that THEY know they can do it!
lost at sea…
Are you STILL mad that no one wanted to
give the Illini any respect before the season started? Maybe those
people knew more about this team than they were letting on? The
coaching staff STILL maintains that the losses are solely a matter
of execution — that guys are trying to do too much and are getting
out of position. Oh, if it was just that easy. I’d wager to say that
virtually any LDN reader could be 1-4 right now as coach of this
unit. It is very discouraging and very difficult and painful to
Now I know what my dad meant when he
told me how difficult it would be to be a fan in the Midwest. On the
coast we’re used to speedy, quick, agile athletes at all the quality
positions… Oh well, I digress.
The sad thing is that this season held
so much promise, and now it has gone up in smoke. This REALLY tests
the resolve of the fans. Many fans don’t want to be tested, as
attested by the throngs who had seen enough and left at HALFTIME on
Saturday. While I preach loyalty everywhere I go, I can’t really
blame them after what we’ve been forced to endure so far this year.
A couple of weeks ago my son tried to
run out on the field, and it’s a good thing I stopped him; he might
have hurt someone — something our missed tackles and sloppy play are
not likely to produce.
I could say more, but I won’t. Well,
except for this: This was not a very good Michigan team that we let
have their way with us on our home field, and that is sad and
…to Eastern Illinois 45-10 as Dwayne
Smith tallied the only points via the TD route for the Redbirds. EIU
started quickly, taking an early 17-0 lead, and the Birds could
never get back into the game. Stephen Carroll did add a field goal
to the cause. Both teams evened their records at 2-2.
find another way to lose
…this time, in overtime. Lots more
conservative play calling seems to haunt the Bears at times. The
injuries on defense seem to be taking their toll on Chicago as well.
Hopefully they can repair the ship before the cheeseheads come to
LCC continue to duke it out
If you like outstanding women’s sports,
you should be taking in LC and LCC volleyball matches. These two met
twice more this past weekend in a tournament in the beautiful new
Laughlin Center. In the first match, LC hung tough, but LCC put them
away in three. However, it was a different story in the championship
round. LC won two of the first three games before LCC rallied back
to hoist the championship trophy.
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Credit LC for some gritty play and
their fans for outstanding support. I REALLY commend their fans for
encouraging their team as they did. LCC’s fans were pretty awesome
as well, and when a whole gym has an electricity like this tourney
had, that’s what college sports should be about!
Congratulations to Breanne Prunty,
Christen O’Malley and MVP Ren Cox for making the all-tournament
team. Congrats also to Beth Guy of the Lady Lynx for also securing a
spot on the all-star team!
Greg Taylor and I want to continue to
thank you for making the Monday night sports showcase so fun to do.
We love talking sports, and your calls, e-mails, etc. make it all
worthwhile. Tonight at 6 p.m. set your Web browser to
and click on the live link in "Hear it here!" to transport you to
our live show. You can also tune your TV dial to CITV Channel 5 or
your radio dial to FIX-FM 96.3.
We’ll REALLY need your help tonight as
we cry into Greg’s Kool-Aid! Maybe you know how some of these teams
that we support can get themselves right.
Tonight’s special guests include
Lincoln College soccer coach Mark Howard along with some of his
players. I believe the Lynx are 6-4 and have a win over a top 10
school, Lewis and Clark. You soccer fans will NOT want to miss coach
Howard’s comments about how exciting his team is and what home games
you might be able to attend in the next few weeks. We also hope to
entertain members of LCHS coach Jan Dickerson’s tennis team.
Over the next few weeks we hope to
shine the spotlight on as many prep, collegiate and pro sports as we
are humanly able to. We hope to have former WAND 17 sports anchor
Ron Rector do a show or two with us. We also hope to have Decatur
Herald-Review sports editor Mark Tupper on board for a show. We’ve
asked LCHS golfers and swimmers to join us soon as well, and we plan
to get soccer and any other athletes showcased as well. IF you play
on a team or would like to have a shot at being on the show,
an e-mail and we’ll try to hook you up.
Also, if you are a junior high or high
school student and you are interested in maybe becoming a sports
send us an e-mail. We hope to select one or two students
to maybe be a guest host in the studio with us. Hope to hear from
Have a great
week, everybody, and let’s hope our teams get off the snied! And
good luck, Cardinals, in the desert!