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Moline, IL, United States

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Thursday's Illinois prep report

Quincy 38, Alleman 27: Offense was tough to come by for the Alleman High School girls basketball team in Thursday’s Western Big 6 Conference contest in Quincy. The Pioneers were playing from behind much of the game and then only scored one fourth-quarter point in a 38-27 setback to the Blue Devils. Claire Hulke led the Pioneers with 10 points and Averi Rangel added six, including splitting free… → Read More

Friday's prep roundup

Moline 74, Madison 48: The Moline High School boys basketball team logged its second blowout victory of the season in the Galesburg Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday, rolling to a 74-48 victory over Madison at John Thiel Gymnasium. The Maroons were led by three players with double-digit scoring — Brock Harding with 21, Grant Welch 17 and Rob Pulliam 16. “We had really good balance,” said Moline… → Read More

Saturday's college football games at a glance

Storylines: The Augustana Vikings seek to close the season on a three-game win streak. Augie’s last football win streak of that length came in the 2014 season that finished with a 5-5 record. … Illinois Wesleyan, which has won six straight vs. Augie, leads the all-time series 48-37-1. The Vikings’ last victory was a 7-2 decision in Bloomington in 2014, which was part of the program’s last… → Read More

Augie men host second ranked foe in early season battle

Game notes: The University of Dubuque was ranked No. 16 in the D3hoops.com pre-season poll. … The Augie starting five looks a bit different than it did in Saturday's 90-70 season-opening loss at No. 17 UW-Oshkosh. Part of that is due to the return of shooting guard Carter Duwa, who was held out of the opener as he rehabbed a sprained ankle. “It's huge to have Carter back,” said first-year head… → Read More

Vikings see good signs despite season-opening setback

Experience and good shooting is a nice combination for a basketball team to have. → Read More

Saturday's college football games at a glance

Storylines: The Augustana Vikings, coming in off a heartbreaking 29-26 overtime loss to Carroll last Saturday, are looking to snap a three-game losing streak. … The Vikings won the last meeting with Carthage, a 51-36 decision in Kenosha, Wis., in 2019. That victory snapped a four-game Carthage win streak in the series the Vikings have dominated 67-18-4. … Behind QB Cole Bharjwad, the third Augie… → Read More

Saturday's college football games at a glance

Oklahoma State (6-0, 3-0) at Iowa State (4-2, 2-1) → Read More

Saturday's college football games at a glance

Storylines: The Augustana Vikings return home to face the Wash-U Bears in a CCIW contest. … The Bears lead the short all-time series 2-0, winning games 38-24 in 2018 and 35-14 last year in contests that were closer than the final scores indicated. The two teams did not play last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and altered season. … The Vikings will have their third different starting… → Read More

PREP REPORT: Moline's WB6 sweep streak continues

Moline 2, Galesburg 0: The Moline High School girls volleyball squad took a step closer to a perfect run the Western Big 6 Conference on Tuesday night with a 25-6, 25-22 victory over hosting Galesburg. The Maroons (20-2, 13-0 Big 6) have already secured the league crown and finish the conference season on Thursday at Quincy with a chance to close out the title without dropping a set in league… → Read More

TRAC trio back at state for IHSA Class 1A golf

For the second straight fall, the Sherrard High School boys golf team played its way to a sectional title. → Read More

Tuesday's prep report for Dispatch-Argus

Geneseo 2, Galesburg 0: The Geneseo High School girls volleyball team battled for a 25-17, 25-19 Western Big 6 Conference victory Tuesday evening in Galesburg. Hannah Copeland led Geneseo with nine kills, 13 digs and two aces. Lauren Johnsen and Alysia Perez led the Maple Leafs with eight and seven assists, respectively. Bailey Huizenga and Delainey VanRycke each had six digs for the Leafs. Abby… → Read More

Tuesday's prep report for Dispatch-Argus

Geneseo 2, Galesburg 0: The Geneseo High School girls volleyball team battled for a 25-17, 25-19 Western Big 6 Conference victory Tuesday evening in Galesburg. Hannah Copeland led Geneseo with nine kills, 13 digs and two aces. Lauren Johnsen and Alysia Perez led the Maple Leafs with eight and seven assists, respectively. Bailey Huizenga and Delainey VanRycke each had six digs for the Leafs. Abby… → Read More

Saturday's college football games at a glance

Purdue's Jack Plummer (13) has been among the most efficient quarterbacks in the Big Ten so far this season. AP Iowa State (2-1, 0-0) at Baylor (3-0, 1-0) Basics: 2:30 p.m., McLane Stadium, Waco, Texas TV/radio: Fox; KJOC (1170 AM), KWPC (860 AM) Storylines: Iowa State, 14th in this week’s Associated Press Top 25, leads the country in total defense, allowing an average of 194 yards per game… → Read More

Tuesday's prep volleyball report

Pleasant Valley 3, Central DeWitt 0: The Pleasant Valley High School girls volleyball team continued its romp through Mississippi Athletic Conference competition on Tuesday, topping Central DeWitt 25-16, 25-9, 25-15. The 17-1 Spartans moved to 5-0 in MAC play and remain tied with Davenport Assumption, a Tuesday straight-sets winner over North Scott. Emily Goodpaster and Chloe Cline shared kill… → Read More

WESTERN BIG 6 CONFERENCE GOLF MEETS

Boys: Alleman High School hosts the 2021 Western Big 6 Conference Meet at Indian Bluff Golf Course in Milan. Tee times begin at 10 a.m. Girls: Galesburg High School hosts the 2021 Western Big 6 Conference Meet at Lake Bracken Country Club in Galesburg. Tee times begin at 10 a.m. Honors: The Top 12 individuals will be recognized as all-conference performers. The top six individuals will be named… → Read More

Saturday's college football games at a glance

Storylines: This is the first of two Mid-States Football Association crossover games with Mideast division teams. SAU travels to face Lawrence Tech in Southfield, Mich., next Saturday. ... Chalk this game up as one of those “it figures” contests. For the first time in four seasons, the Fighting Bees won't have to play national powers St. Francis (Ind.) or Marian in crossover games. Concordia,… → Read More

PREP REPORT: PV volleyball sweeps Muscatine

A look at Tuesday's prep volleyball and soccer action → Read More

Saturday's college football games

A capsule look at Saturday's Nebraska vs. Illinois and Iowa Wesleyan vs. St. Ambrose football games. → Read More

Will new practice approach pay off for Fighting Bees?

Every team in every sport is always looking for the edge that puts them over the top. → Read More

Bell set to welcome Vikings back to campus for 'normal' fall season

Steve Bell is looking forward to Tuesday morning and a return to normalcy. → Read More