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Last night we got a chance to get our first looks at the Brown County and West Central girls basketball teams as they faced off in an early season WIVC matchup.  After 1 qtr of play, these 2 teams were tied up  11 but West Central would not waste any time in changing that trend.  The Lady Cougars got a bit of a lead before halftime and then really separated themselves from Brown County in the second half en route to the 64-43 victory.  Brown County’s Vanessa Markert led all scorers with 20 points on the night.  For West Central, Kaydee Carmody led the Lady Cougars with 16 points.  As a team, Brown County shot an outstanding 71% from the Free Throw line which any coach has to be pleased with this early in the season.  West Central had trouble finding the basketball night but don’t expect that to be a common problem or this team.  I think that West Central will be a team that has grabbed a lot of attention by the end of this season as they have many strengths and have some excellent players coming off of the bench.  Now looking at the season for Brown County, I think the Lady Hornets really have the potential to turn some heads and be a competitive team.  They have a great group of girls but they just need that varsity game experience to really get to the level they are looking to be at.

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The Rushville-Industry Lady Rockets were looking to get their week off to a hot start last night as they hosted a tough Farmington volleyball squad.  This entire match would be a lot of trading points back and forth with neither team getting much of a advantage until late in the set.  Farmington won a hard fought set 1 26-24 while the Lady Rockets would take set #2 25-19.  Then look out, Rushville-Industry came to life and these ladies absolutely started playing like the team many people know they are capable of being.  The biggest difference for them, was that they played with minimal errors.  With momentum on their side, the Lady Rockets won the match by a score of 26-24, 25-19, 25-12.  Kristyn Haulk was outstanding for Farmington this evening with 9 Assists.  While Madison Kessler had 19 assists for the Lady Rockets and Carly Rhoades added in 14 Kills.  This was a great way for the Lady Rockets to get this week started as they have 3 conference games this week that they could use to help keep them in the top of the conference standings.

Last night the Rushville-Industry Rockets opened up their home schedule by hosting a very tough Farmington squad.  This game got out to really a great start for both teams as they were playing well on both sides of the ball and neither was committing penalties. Farmington would strike first as Seth Bales would get a 25 yd field goal to make it 3-0.  Then in the next possession, Mason Plater would find Austin Gardner on a 7 yd pass play to make it a 6-3 score in favor of the Rockets.  With time running down in the 1st half, Farmington had a long 4th down play looming near the 50yd line and they come out and run a fake punt that caught Rushville off guard and began the momentum swing in this contest.  Farmington would score before the half and took a 10-6 lead into halftime.  Neither team could score in the 3rd quarter and Farmington’s offense held onto the ball most of the 2nd half.  They would pick up one more score and Farmington would claim the victory over the Rockets by a score of 17-6.  Macae Skaggs led the way for the Farmers with 112 yards of rushing on 22 carries.  Skaggs was the workhorse for Farmington in the 2nd half and the Rockets could never find a way to stop him.  J.R. Boyd led the Rockets on the ground attack with 52 yards while Mason Plater was good for 55 yards of passing.  The Rockets now fall to 1-2 on the season and have a very hard two weeks ahead of them as they go to Elmwood/Brimfield next week and then come home to face Beardstown in week 5. These two games could be huge for the Rockets in terms of playoff aspirations as a win would put them in a much better position and would be a huge momentum swing for this team that is greatly improved.

The 2012 Football season kicked off in Mt. Sterling last night as Brown County hosted Calhoun in a week 1 battle.  The start of this game looked to be a game of strong defenses but Brown County finally turned up the Offense in the 2nd quarter.  The 2nd quarter scoring started with Braxton Phelps getting 75 & 26 yard touchdown runs.  Then towards the end of the quarter Michael Scoggin had a 35 yard pick 6 interception to bring us to a 36-6 halftime score in favor of BC.  Calhoun came out in the 2nd half and really dominated the offensive side of the game with a couple of touchdowns but it would not be enough as Brown County picked up the 36-18 victory.  Brown County definitely had  a lot of trouble on defense in the 2nd half as they could not get a stop and just looked out of sync the entire half.  Calhoun’s Tavis Gauntt lead the team with 92 yards over 7 carries while Brown County’s Braxton Phelps lead the Hornets with 164 yards over 9 carries.  Both teams showed some positives last night but they have a lot they can improve on. Best part is this was only week 1 and they have 8 more weeks of football to improve upon.

Tonight the South Fulton Rebels hosted the North Fulton Wildcats for Homecoming. Both teams came out looking like there was a lot of energy in both and South Fulton especially showed a lot of energy and looked to try and make North Fulton really fight for this one.  North Fulton got on the board early with a pass from McCabe to Coufal to make it 6-0.  Then South Fulton got their first chance on offense of the evening and after an incomplete pass, that could have resulted in a huge play, the next snap to Kessler was wild and resulted in a fumble recovery for the Wildcats.  North Fulton was able to score on the ensuing drive but South Fulton did not look like a team ready to give up.  The Rebels kept trying to go to the air but they just came up a bit short each time.  In the second quarter North Fulton was able to find the end zone 4 different times in a period of about 2 minutes of clock and they also recovered a squib kick that South Fulton froze up on.  In the second half the Rebels came out with some new life and were able to put a couple of scoring drives together before the final horn.  North Fulton won this one 54-14.  The Wildcats ended the night with 162 yards of rushing and 85 yards through the air.  Their biggest downfall tonight was the 11 penalties for 80 yards.  Justin Higgins carried the ball 10 times for 65 yards tonight while Travis Windsor had 46 yards of receiving.  For South Fulton, they finished the night with 93 yards of rushing and 122 yards through the air.  The Rebels were able to keep the penalties to a minimum with just 3 penalties for a total of 15 yards.  Joey Hamm had 5 carries for 49 yards this evening while Bryar Anderson had 57 yards of receiving.  North Fulton improves to 5-1 (3-0) on the season and gains playoff eligibility while South Fulton falls to 0-6 (0-3) on the season.  I also want to mention that the game between these two schools is working to become known as the Blackout Game and they want to use it as a chance to help out a charity.  This year Easter Seals was the charity and the students from South Fulton were able to raise $600!