Local High School and Junior High Sports Update for Oct. 14, 2019

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Volleyball

The United Red Storm volleyball team went (4-1) in their own invitational tournament on Saturday. The Red Storm won all four of their games in pool play, defeating Illini West, Abingdon-Avon, Canton and Southeastern all in straight sets. United then lost to Orion 21-10, 21-12 in the championship match. Orion is now (29-1) overall, while United is (21-4). The West Central Heat placed 5th, going (3-2) for the day. The Heat beat Farmington and ROWVA in pool play, losing to Orion and Illini Bluffs. West Central knocked off Southeastern in three sets in the 5th place match. Illini Bluffs took 3rd, beating Illini West in the 3rd place match. Bluffs took their first overall loss of the season in pool play, getting beat by Orion 21-15, 22-20, and are now (26-1). Abingdon-Avon took 7th, going (1-3) in pool play and then beating Farmington in crossover play.

In other high school volleyball tournament action on Saturday, Galesburg went (2-2) in the Dixon Invite. The Lady Streaks beat Dunlap and Dixon, but lost to St. Bede and the host Duchesses. Geneseo earned the tournament title, going (4-1).

At the United Township Panther Invitational, the Knoxville Blue Bullets went (2-1-1). LaSalle-Peru beat Morton in the title match.

The Macomb Bombers placed 5th in the 44th Annual Quincy Invitational. The Bombers beat Liberty and Chatham Glenwood in pool play then won two more matches in the Silver Bracket, garnering wins over Quincy and Lena-Winslow to go (4-1) on the day. The Bombers are now (24-7) on the season.

Soccer

The A-Town soccer team accomplished another first for the newly formed program. The Tornadoes won their first postseason match with a 3-0 win over the Illini Bluffs/Farmington co-op. That victory sends them to the semi-finals of the Class 1A Quincy Notre Dame regional on Tuesday against the host Raiders. The regional championship is set for Saturday.

The Galesburg Silver Streak boys soccer team got a second half goal from Aiden Breslin to get a 1-0 win over Pekin on Saturday. Kyler Smith recorded four saves for the shutout. Galesburg is now (12-8-1) overall.

Junior High

For the second time in team history Galesburg will be represented in both boys and girls IESA junior high cross country state championship races. Lily Furrow, a sixth-grader at Lombard, and Plamedi Nseka, a Churchill eighth-grader, qualified for the state cross country meet as individuals at Saturday’s sectional at Woodlawn Park in Sterling. The only previous year that the program had a boy and girl at the same state meet was in 2016. Furrow became the seventh girl from the Galesburg co-op to qualify for state in cross country but the first-ever from Lombard Middle School. She earned her spot by finishing 9th overall. Nseka, only the third Galesburg boy to advance to state, finished 2nd overall for the highest individual place ever at the sectional. The state cross country championships will be held at Maxwell Park in Normal next Saturday, October 19 with the girls 3A race at 12:30 and the boys 3A race set for 1:15.

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