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Illini West falls QND on the road in 2: 15-25, 18-25

Illini West falls QND on the road in 2: 15-25, 18-25

 

Leading stats for IW:

 

Kills- 

Josie Bryan and Reagan Reed with 6 each. 

Assists- 

Josie Bryan with 8, Reagan Reed with 5.

Digs-

Kaelyn Ferrill and Abi White with 3 each.

Service Points-

Abi White with 3. 

 

Chargers are now 10-5 and play again Monday at home vs. Liberty at 7 p.m. 

Illini West falls to Macomb at home in 2: 19-25, 21-25

Leading stats for IW:

 

Kills- 

Josie Bryan and Reagan Reed with 7 each. 

Assists- 

Josie Bryan with 6, Reagan Reed with 5. 

Digs-

Abi White and Kaelyn Ferrill with 8 each, Reagan Reed with 6. 

Service Points-

Abi White with 5 and 2 aces, Josie Bryan with 4 and 3 aces, Madalyn Boyer with 4 and 1 ace. 

 

Chargers are now 10-4 and play again Thursday @ Quincy Notre Dame at 7 p.m. 

Illini West defeats Monmouth-Roseville at home in 2: 25-17, 25-22

Leading stats for IW:

 

Kills- 

Josie Bryan with 13, Reagan Reed with 12.

Assists- 

Josie Bryan with 14, Reagan Reed with 12. 

Digs-

Josie Bryan and Kaelyn Ferrill with 10, Reagan Reed with 9, Ali Lopez and Abi White with 6. 

Service Points-

Ali Lopez with 10 and 1 ace, Kaelyn Ferrill with 5. 

 

Chargers are now 10-3 and play again  (Tuesday) at home vs. Macomb at 7 p.m. 

Illini West Volleyball defeats Payson Seymour on the road in 2: 25-17, 25-14

 

Illini West Volleyball defeats Payson Seymour on the road in 2: 25-17, 25-14

Leading stats for IW:

 

Kills- 

Reagan Reed with 11, Josie Bryan with 4, Madalyn Boyer with 3.

Assists- 

Josie Bryan with 12, Reagan Reed with 3. 

Digs-

Abi White with 8, Kaelyn Ferrill and Josie Bryan with 7 each. 

Service Points-

Josie Bryan with 8 and 5 aces, Abi White with 7 and 1 ace, Reagan Reed with 6 and 1 ace. 

 

Chargers are now 9-3 and play again Monday at home vs. Monmouth-Roseville at 7 p.m. 

ILLINI WEST GOLF WIN ON 9/12/2022

Illini West Chargers with the WIN!! ????Charger golfers competed in the Titan Golf Invitational at Gibson Woods today and took 1st place (323) in the 9 team field. Congratulations to medalist Colby Robertson shooting a 76. Colby also won the low Junior class award. Nick Bruns took 2nd place overall and low Sophomore with a score of 78. Wesley Robertson took 8th place overall with a score of 83. The team score of 323 sets a new “unofficial” team record low round (at least since 2016). GO CHARGERS!!

? Illini West defeats Beardstown at home in 2: 25-9, 25-18

 

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Illini West defeats Beardstown at home in 2: 25-9, 25-18

Leading stats for IW:

 

Kills- 

Josie Bryan and Reagan Reed with 6 each, Madalyn Boyer with 4, Kaelyn Ferrill with 2. 

Assists- 

Josie Bryan and Reagan Reed with 8 each. 

Digs-

Abi White, Kaelyn Ferrill, and Reagan Reed all with 4 each. 

Service Points-

Josie Bryan has a big night with 11 and 6 aces, Abi White with 7 and 2 aces, Reagan Reed with 6 and 2 aces. 

 

Chargers are now 8-3 and play again Thursday @ Payson Seymour at 7 p.m.

September 8th 2022 Illini West defeats Havana at home in 2: 25-19, 25-19

September 8th 2022 Illini West defeats Havana at home in 2: 25-19, 25-19

Leading stats for IW:

 

Kills- 

Reagan Reed with 9, Josie Bryan with 7.

Assists- 

Josie Bryan with 9, Reagan Reed with 8. 

Digs-

Kaelyn Ferrill with 11, Josie Bryan with 9.

Service Points-

Abi White with 8 and 3 aces, Josie Bryan with 7 and 1 ace, Kaelyn Ferrill with 5 and 2 aces. 

 

Chargers are now 7-3 and play again Monday at home vs. Beardstown ay 7 p.m. 

9/7/22 ?Illini West defeats Western on the road in 2: 25-13, 25-6

9/7/22   Illini West defeats Western on the road in 2: 25-13, 25-6

 

eading stats for IW: 

 

Kills- 

Josie Bryan with 8, Reagan Reed with 3. 

 

Assists- 

Reagan Reed with 8, Josie Bryan with 5. 

 

Digs- 

Kaelyn Ferrill with 7, Abi White and Reagan Reed with 4. 

 

Service Points- 

Reagan Reed with 13 and 1 ace, Josie Bryan with 10 and 3 aces, Elly Krieg with 5 and 1 ace. 

 

Chargers are now 6-3 and play again tomorrow (Thursday) at home vs. Havana at 7 p.m. 

Illini West competed in the Lady Suns Classic September 3rd in the Championship Pool against Southeastern and Unity.

 

Illini West competed in the Lady Suns Classic September 3rd  in the Championship Pool against Southeastern and Unity. 

Game 1:

Illini West falls to Southeastern at the Lady Suns Classic in 3: 16-25, 25-20, 17-25

 

Leading stats for IW:

 

Kills- 

Reagan Reed leads with 15, Josie Bryan follows with 11. 

Assists- 

Josir Bryan leads with 13, Reagan Reed adds 12. 

Digs-

Reagan Reed with 13, Josie Bryan with 8, Abi White with 7.

Service Points-

Madalyn Boyer with 9 and 5 aces, Abi White with 5, Reagan Reed with 4 and 1 ace. 

 

Game 2:

Illini West falls to Unity at the Lady Suns Classic in 2: 16-25, 17-25

 

Leading stats for IW:

 

Kills- 

Josie Bryan with 6, Reagan Reed with 4.

Assists- 

Reagan Reed with 7, Josie Bryan with 5. 

Digs-

Reagan Reed with 10, Abi White and Ali Lopez with 6.

Service Points-

Madalyn Boyer and Ali Lopez with 3 and 1 ace.

 

Illini West finishes 3rd at the Lady Suns Classic. 

Illini West defeats Pittsfield on the road in 2: 25-11, 25-11

Illini West defeats Pittsfield on the road in 2: 25-11, 25-11

Leading stats for IW:

 

Kills- 

Reagan Reed with 10, Josie Bryan with 6

Assists- 

Josie Bryan with 16, Reagan Reed with 5

Digs-

Josie Bryan with 6, Reagan Reed with 5, Ali Lopez with 4

Service Points-

Abi White with 9 and 1 ace, Josie Bryan with 7 and 1 ace, Kaelyn Ferrill with 5

 

Chargers are now 5-3 and play again Wednesday at Western High School in Barry, Illinois.

Illini West defeats Brown County at the Lady Suns Classic in 2: 25-19, 25-19

Illini West defeats Brown County at the Lady Suns Classic in 2: 25-19, 25-19

 

Leading stats for IW:

 

Kills- 

Josie Bryan and Reagan Reed both lead with 9 each, Madalyn Boyer adds 3. 

Assists- 

Josie Bryan with 12, Reagan Reed with 9.

Digs-

Abi White with 6, Ali Lopez with 5, Madalyn Boyer with 4. 

Service Points-

Ali Lopez with 7 and 2 aces, Madalyn Boyer with 7.

 

Chargers are 4-1 and play again Saturday in the Championship Pool at the Lady Suns Classic (3, 4, and 5 p.m. game times). Opponent and game time is TBA. 

Illini West defeats Liberty at the Lady Suns Classic in 2: 25-17, 25-5

Illini West defeats Liberty at the Lady Suns Classic in 2: 25-17, 25-5

 

Leading stats for IW:

 

Kills- 

Reagan Reed leads with 10, Josie Bryan with 8, Madalyn Boyer adds 5.

Assists- 

Josie Bryan with 14, Reagan Reed with 8.

Digs-

Kaelyn Ferrill leads with 8, Josie Bryan snags 7, Abi White adds 4.

Service Points-

Josie Bryan dominates with 15 and 6 aces, Reagan Reed adds 7 and 1 ace, Madalyn Boyer with 6. 

 

Chargers are 3-1 and play again tomorrow (Thursday) at the Suns Classic vs. Brown County at 6 p.m.

Illini West defeats Western at the Lady Suns Classic in 2: 25-20, 25-9

Illini West defeats Western at the Lady Suns Classic in 2: 25-20, 25-9

 

Leading stats for IW:

 

Kills- 

Reagan Reed leads with 8, Josie Bryan adds 3.

Assists- 

Josie Bryan with 10, Reagan Reed with 3.

Digs-

Abi White takes 4, Kaelyn Ferrill with 3. 

Service Points-

Abi White leads with 8 and 1 ace, Josie Bryan with 7 and 3 aces, Kaelyn Ferrill with 7 and 1. 

 

Chargers are 2-1 and play again tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Suns Classic vs. Liberty at 4 p.m.

Meet the Warsaw- Hamilton Titans Volleyball team!

WHT Girls Volleyball Team and Cutline
Front Row: (L to R) Maddie Sackett, Laura Heinrich, Paige Wasielewski, Hailey Harl, Paiyton Huston,
Bianca Hill, Georgia Seabold
Back Row: (L to R) Alexis Lucie, Mehra Morrison, Breanna Peterson, Jadyn Climer, Jordyn Climer, Abbie
Morrison

2-1 (L) Illini West vs. Brown County

The Illini West (Carthage, IL) varsity volleyball team lost Thursday's home non-conference match against Brown County (Mt. Sterling, IL) by a score of 2-1.

llini West falls to Brown County at home in 3: 21-25, 25-15, 23-25

 

Leading stats for IW:

 

Kills- 

Josie Bryan leads all with 15, Reagan Reed follows with 11.

Assists- 

Reagan Reed with 13. Josie Bryan with 12.

Digs-

Kaelyn Ferrill leads with 8, Josie Bryan follows with 7. 

Service Points-

Ali Lopez with 10 and 5 aces, Reagan Reed with 10, Josie Bryan with 8 and 4 aces. 

 

Chargers are 1-1 and play again Tuesday at the Suns Classic vs. Western at 5 p.m.

2-1 (W) Illini West vs. Camp Point Central

On 8/23, the Illini West varsity volleyball team won their home conference match against Camp Point Central (Camp Point, IL) by a score of 2-1.

Leading stats for IW:

 

Kills- 

Josie Bryan with 19, Reagan Reed follows with 9. 

Assists- 

Reagan Reed with 17, Josie Bryan with 10.

Digs-

Reagan Reed with 14, Kaelyn Ferrill with 12

Service Points-

Ali Lopez with 9 and 2 aces, Josie Bryan with 7 and 3 aces, Reagan Reed with 7 and 1 ace. 

 

Chargers are 1-0 and play again Thursday at home vs. Brown County at 6:00 p.m. Note that our JV game is starting 1 hour earlier for this match. 

Chargers historic run comes to an end

Photo by Rick Goettsche

 

Illini West had never played Sterling Newman Central Catholic before Saturday's Class 2A Second Round playoff game, but Carthage (where Illini West High School is located) had.

The last time Sterling Newman and Carthage met was in the 2004 IHSA Class 2A State Championship game, with the Comets coming away with the state title 21-7.

With neither team having a common opponent throughout the course of the regular season, the only things people had to compare the 2018 teams heading into the postseason matchup were schedules and the final state rankings published by the IHSA.

Despite the Chargers coming into the second round matchup with an unscathed 10-0 record, 9-1 Sterling Newman finished fifth in the Class 2A final state rankings, while Illini West finished seventh. Sterling Newman's one loss on the season came against Orion, who finished the regular season 9-0 and ranked third in the final polls.

The Comets held their regular season opponents to 6.44 points per game while scoring 45.33 points per game. Illini West held its regular season opponents to 10.55 points per contest while scoring 47.55 points.

Based off of the rankings and stats, both teams matched up very well.

Despite the first score of the game coming with six seconds to go in the first quarter, Sterling Newman found themselves in the driver's seat with a 22-0 lead with 6:38 to go in the second quarter.

Illini West punted three of its first four offensive possessions and fumbled once, as the Comets scored on three of their first four offensive possessions, taking a 30-6 lead into the half.

Sterling Newman shut down Illini West's big-play offense in the third quarter, as the lead grew to 46-6 heading into the fourth, where the Comets put the game away for the 46-14 win.

“The worst scenario is to get beat by a team that doesn't deserve it,” Illini West Head Coach Lyle Klein said. “The team that beat us really did deserve the win. It was just a matter of they were better than us.

“We wanted more for our players and ourselves. I wanted to see them get some more accolades and I wanted to be able to continue to coach them and be with them. It was heartbreaking at the end, but that's what happens in this game unless you wind up on top.”

 

Early momentum

The first four possessions decided the game.

Illini West won the opening coin toss and elected to receive.

After three plays, the Chargers punted. Sterling Newman also went three and out on its first offensive drive, resulting in another punt.

Illini West picked up the first first down of the game with 7:00 to go in the first quarter, but the Chargers' second offensive drive of the game stalled, resulting in back-to-back punts.

It took nearly a full quarter before either team scored but finally, Sterling Newman broke the scoreless drought with a two-yard touchdown from Brody Ivey with six seconds remaining in the first quarter.

“I felt good about our start,” Klein said. “I felt our guys were in the right frame of mind before the game … We knew Sterling Newman was very good and thought we knew we could be very good.”

Looking for an answer to begin the second quarter, the Chargers did the opposite, fumbling the ball on their third offensive series of the game.

The Comets wasted no time putting up another six points, as quarterback Brycen Bartel scrambled in for a two-yard touchdown putting Sterling Newman in front 14-0.

The fourth possession was more of the same for Illini West, failing to gain traction in the run game, leading to a third punt.

Again Sterling Newman took the Chargers' punt and marched down the field for a third-straight score and a 22-0 lead with 6:38 remaining in the second quarter.

“The floodgates definitely opened,” Klein said.”We gave them an opening with a turnover. They got a good drive. It was time for us to answer.

“We had a really nice return and then a fumble … Sterling Newman just took over the game from there.”

Illini West's offense started to click on the fifth offensive series of the game. Quarterback Carter Boyer hooked up with sophomore receiver Lincoln Gooding on a pass play that marched the Chargers all the way to the Comet 32-yard line.

Facing a fourth down with just one yard to go to save the drive, Nick Vorhies picked up the first down with four minutes left in the frame. Just as the two had done throughout the season, Vorhies power running set things up for Colton Sargeant's slash and dash running style, as Sargeant capped the drive with the Chargers' first score on a 22-yard touchdown run.

Any bit of momentum the Chargers gained with their first touchdown was gone less than three minutes later.

After receiving the ensuing kickoff with 3:19 to go in the second quarter, the Comets put together a seven-play drive that ended in a four-yard touchdown run from Chase Graham. Graham capped off the drive with the two-point conversion for a 30-6 lead going into the half.

“We knew most of the time where the ball was going,” Klein said. “It's just a matter of their X was able to beat our O. Sometimes that happens when you're at that level.”

The second half was more of the same for both squads.

Illini West's first three offensive possessions of the second half resulted in a punt and two interceptions. Meanwhile, Sterling Newman punted its first time with the ball in the second half but followed with two-straight touchdowns that gave the Comets a 40-point running clock heading into the fourth quarter.

With the game out of reach, the Comets put their reserves in. Coach Klein attempted to put his reserves in, but his seniors wanted to finish out the final game of their high school football careers.

Much like the previous meeting between the two programs from 14 years ago, the Comets again tripled the home team's point total, coming away with the 46-14 win.

Despite the gut-wrenching loss, Klein had nothing but good things to say about his team after the game.

“It was tremendous growth from the very first time we had them,” Klein said of his team. “We were able to add on little things that some of the better teams are able to do. Our guys totally understood the schemes and concepts we were doing. I feel like they could probably call what we would want to do in each situation just like we would. We were all on the same page.

“They studied film, they did what they were supposed to do, they worked hard in the offseason. It was fun watching them grow as young men in our system.”

Illini West will graduate a majority of its starting lineup this coming spring, but the class of 2018-2019 has forever left its mark on the program and its coaches.

“We'll definitely miss the boys,” Klein said. “The good thing is, they move on and they are going to be successful in life because that's how they are as players. I look forward to seeing them grow as individuals.”

Vorhies rushed for 66 yards on 16 carries. Sargeant scored two touchdowns and had 29 yards rushing on six carries. Isaac Schreacke had two receptions for 50 yards. Jake Garnett paced the Charger defense with 4.5 tackles. Michael Lord finished with four tackles.

Rivalry re-lived: Lord lifts Chargers past Aledo

Photo by Rick Goettsche

 

Illini West trailed Aledo Mercer County for a total of 14 seconds during Saturday's IHSA Class 2A Playoff game at Fuzz Berges Field.

Hosting a playoff game for the first time since 2012, many saw the Chargers' first-round matchup with Aledo Mercer County to be a difficult one.

The Golden Eagles came into Saturday's game with a 5-4 record, but everyone was well aware both team's regular season records were meaningless coming into the playoff opener, as the long-time rivalry with Aledo (Mercer County) was renewed.

After Nick Vorhies started the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run, Mercer County responded in the second quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run from Zane Frick. Rashaun King kicked the point after through the uprights and the Golden Eagles led 7-6. That was the only lead Mercer County held throughout the contest.

On the ensuing kickoff, Michael Lord turned on the burners and out ran the Golden Eagles' kickoff unit, scoring a touchdown before quarterback Carter Boyer ran in the two-point conversion to give Illini West a 14-7 lead.

Lord added another score on Illini West's first offensive possession of the second half for a 28-7 lead, allowing the Chargers to run clock the rest of the way and come out with the 50-26 victory.

“Anytime you get a special teams score, that is especially big," Klein said. "That's why (Lord) is so important to this team. Then coming out in the second half, getting the ball and taking it right down and scoring once we got it, that was huge."

"Their quarterback is a difference maker," Klein said of King. "It took us a while to settle in and get used to him rather than what we had seen in the first half."

 

Illini West Survives Scare

Building on what might have been his best game of the season, Lord capped off the Chargers first offensive series of the second half with a one-yard score, giving the Chargers the 28-7 lead with 5:43 to go in the third quarter.

It's a good thing Lord scored.

After giving Mercer County its only lead of the game on an extra point kick in the first quarter, King came in at quarterback in the second half and nearly brought his team back from the 21-point deficit.

After Lord's score, King connected with Tristin Ham for a 28-yard touchdown strike. King kicked another PAT and Mercer County trailed just 28-14 with 2:15 remaining in the third quarter.

Things got scary for Illini West, as the Golden Eagles finally found a way to slow the Charger offense, forcing a punt on the first offensive series of the fourth quarter.

On the first offensive drive of the fourth quarter for Mercer County, King continued to showcase his arm strength, this time hooking up with Evan Terrill for a 19-yard touchdown throw. Illini West blocked the point after attempt, but the Golden Eagles were now down just one score.

The old saying goes, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.” Thankfully for the Chargers, Lord continued to giveth.

Michael Lord ripped off a 24-yard touchdown run in response to the King touchdown pass, giving Illini West a 36-20 lead after Boyer kept the option and extended his arm across the goal line for the two-point conversion.

"I saw a key block from Ty Jackson that opened up a hole,” Lord said. “I used my speed to cut left and once I saw the end zone, I knew there was nothing stopping me. I was determined to put us back in a comfortable position and I'm glad and thankful I was able to do so.”

The stout defensive play the Chargers showed in the first half continued after the score. Illini West found a way to slow King and the Golden Eagle offense, forcing a turnover on downs after Mercer County failed on a fourth-down attempt.

Just three minutes trickled off the clock between scores for the Chargers, as Sargeant ripped off a 42-yard touchdown run the ensuing drive, putting the game out of reach with the score now at 44-20 with 5:40 to go.

Despite the 24-point deficit, King kept pushing, marching Mercer County down the field for another touchdown throw, this time a 27-yard strike to Steven Speaker II, cutting the deficit to 44-26.

With under five minutes to go in the game, Illini West started to milk the clock, taking off as much time as possible to come away with the win.

In the process, Sargeant ripped off a huge run up the right sideline. Surrounded by Mercer County defenders, it appeared he was going to be stopped. Somehow, Sargeant ducked under the arm of a Golden Eagle defender and followed the foxhole all the way to the end zone, putting the final nail in the coffin and allowing Illini West to come away with the 50-26 win.

“He's done a good job of doing that all year, just finding the little creases,” Klein said about Sargeant. "I didn't see all of it, I lost him there for a second. I thought it was a good gain and that was going to be it.

"He just keeps moving. That's one of the good qualities that our backs have, that they are relentless, they keep working hard, they keep moving their feet, they want to be in the end zone."

Since the convergence of Illini West in 2007, the Chargers lead the all-time series between the two schools 4-2 (not counting Carthage vs. Aledo games from the past).

Sargeant paced the Chargers with 156 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Vorhies carried the ball 25 times for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Lord finished with 49 rushing yards on five carries for two touchdowns and added in 84 kick return yards to go with another touchdown.

Illini West takes on Sterling Newman Central Catholic in the second round playoff game this Saturday at Fuzz Berges Field starting at 2 p.m.

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