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|Local Sports 2/15/12
Galesburg's quest for at least a share of the Western Big 6 boys basketball title continues Friday night as the Silver Streaks travel to East Moline. Galesburg enters the game at 5-3 in conference play, with the sting of a last-second 3-point shot by Rock Island's C.J. Carr from last Friday night still fresh in their memories. That shot cost the Streaks a chance to pull even with the Rocks and Quincy, who share the conference lead at 6-2. The Streaks will be looking for their second win against United Township, having beaten the Panthers 56-53 last month, in a game they led 30-10 at halftime. Our broadcast should begin around 7:10 Friday evening on WGIL.
The rest of the conference schedule finds Moline hosting Rock Island, while Quincy is at Alleman. Quincy will be playing without second-leading scorer Cole Abbey--who is academically ineligible. Meanwhile at Wharton Fieldhouse, the Maroons carry the momentum of back-to-back road wins at Galesburg and Quincy into Friday's battle with their Quad City rivals.
Elsewhere in boys high school basketball, it's the final night of regular season play for most of the class 1A and 2A teams in the area.....and most of our local teams are on their home courts Friday night:
B-PC/Avon at Knoxville
Rushville-Industry at Abingdon
Princeville at ROWVA
Sherrard at Monmouth-Roseville
Galva at United
Regional play begins Monday for all of the small-school teams in Illinois.
A member of the Galesburg Silver Streaks girls basketball team advanced in Thursday night's Country Insurance three-point showdown at Dunlap High School. Freshman Lexi Daniels made 8 shots to qualify for next week's round at the Washington Sectional.
Silver Streak Senior Jessica Leiber has been named to the Western Big-6 All-Conference Team. Leiber was one of eight all-conference selections announced today, joining Moline's Morgan Girard, and two-each from Alleman, Rock Island, and United Township. Quincy had no first-team selections.
A Silver Streak wrestler is also All Western Big-6. Senior Jonathon Mixon was named at the 182-lb class. Mixon just this week signed his letter of intent to attend and play football at West Point Academy with the U. S. Army.
This weekend marks the end of the road for the Knox Prairie Fire basketball teams, as they travel to Waukesha, Wisconsin to play Carroll College Saturday afternoon. The Knox men will get one more chance to notch their elusive second win on the season, as they play the Pioneers, who are 11-5 in conference play. The only win for Knox came against Cornell in early December. The Knox women have improved this year, with an overall mark of 9-13.
The Monmouth College men will also be done after Saturday, when they host Lake Forest. But the Fighting Scots women will keep playing, as they have already qualified for the Midwest Confeence playoffs next weekend.
The season is winding down for the Carl Sandburg College teams as well. CSC will host South Suburban Saturday afternoon at 3. The Chargers men will be looking for their fourth straight win.