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Bits and Bytes: The Changing Role of the Manager in Baseball

Jacob Steinberg, IV Leader Sports Co-Editor

April 10, 2019

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For years, managers have been key characters in the game of baseball. The dirt-kicking, hat-throwing, base-tossing, arguing coaches have dominated the game for years. However, with advanced technology taking over the game, are...

Eagles Look To Regroup After Disappointing Season

Jacob Steinberg, IV Leader Sports Co-Editor

April 10, 2019

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The long, harsh, cruel winter is now giving way to spring. That means basketball season is over across the Illinois Valley, and for the IVCC Men’s Basketball team, it was disappointing year to say the least.  The Ea...

Lady Eagles Plan Ahead For Next Season

Mason Lucas, IV Leader Sports Co-Editor

April 10, 2019

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Basketball season has come to a close for the IVCC Lady Eagles. Their season ended on March 2 with a 100-61 loss to the then second-ranked team in the country Moraine Valley.   The Lady Eagles won the first...

Lady Eagles Seek Redemption After Disappointing 2018 Season

Jacob Steinberg, IV Leader Sports Co-Editor

April 10, 2019

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The IVCC Women’s Softball team is seeking redemption after a disappointing 2018 season.  After finishing 17-18 overall and 11-11 in conference play, Head Coach Cory Tomasson says that last season was a letdown. “I really had high expe...

Men’s Baseball: Eagles Look to Turn This Season Around One Game at a Time

Mason Lucas, IV Leader Sports Co-Editor

April 10, 2019

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The IVCC Eagles baseball team is looking to improve on last season’s woes as they get ready for upcoming action for the 2019 season.   Last season the Eagles had a sub optimal season, especially in conference. Overall the team finished 17-33 and 3-17 in conference play. Paxton Kenn...

Chicago Cubs 2019 Preview: a return to form … Mostly

Ryan O'Rourke, IV Leader Sports Writer

March 4, 2019

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Spring Training is just over a month away and the Chicago Cubs are preparing to come back with a vengeance. After losing game 163 and the wild card game at Wrigley last year, the team found themselves on the outside looking in...

Mid-Season Update: Lady Eagles Moving In The Right Direction As Critical Stretch Approaches

Mason Lucas, IV Leader Sports Co-Editor

January 25, 2019

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Twenty-one days into the new year, and the Lady Eagles are back in full swing already playing four games to start off 2019. While only 2-2 in those four games, the Lady Eagles are 10-8 overall on the season and 2-1 in conference...

Fixing The Mess That Is The Chicago Bulls

Jacob Steinberg, IV Leader Sports Co-Editor

January 25, 2019

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After the firing of Fred Hoiberg on December 3, the Chicago Bulls have gone backwards. With the second worst record in the Eastern Conference at 11-36 as of published date, the Bulls are currently a giant mess. It is clear t...

Women’s volleyball Season in review: Lady Eagles look to build upon their strong season

Jacob Steinberg, IV Leader Sports Co-Editor

December 5, 2018

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The IVCC Women’s Volleyball team took a big step forward this season, finishing with a record of 16 wins and 15 losses.   Compared to a record of 2-31 in 2016 and 12-25 in 2017, the Lady Eagles have been trending in the ...

Women’s Basketball Season Preview: Lady eagles look to three-peat as conference Champions

Mason Lucas, IV Leader Sports Co-Editor

November 20, 2018

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With every October comes fall weather, Halloween, and the return of basketball. The IVCC Lady Eagles basketballteam is set to return to the court on Oct. 13 to defend their back-to-back conference championship run. The Lady Eagles finished 18-11 lastyear with an 8-2 record in conference,giving them a share of the conference championship for the second straightyear. The team is looking to repeat anoth- er conference championship run but must do so without key players from last year’s team. Coach Tom Ptak said, “That’s the goal. Our returning [players], their mindset is let’s go get it. Let’s do that.” One team statistical leader lost wasJulia Pohar. Pohar averaged 21.4 points per game (ppg) which lead the team. Pohar was also named MVP of the Arrowhead Conference and was a NJ-CAA All 3rd-team selection. Another statistical leader lost wasQuincie Weber. Weber averaged 11.5 ppg and 10.5 rebounds per game (rpg). She was sec-ond on the team in scoring and led the team in rebounding. In all the Lady Eagles lost six soph-omores last year, including Hunter Wright, Lauren Tomasson, Paige Talty, and Cassidy Murphy. Coach noted that those are some big shoes to fill, with losing Pohar who was a prolific scorer and Weber who was big for the team in rebounding. “We are losing some big numbers but that’s always the challenge, I think for the kids returning from last year. That’s kind of their incentive. Theyknow what needs to be done and theywill step up.” The Lady Eagles however, bring back some returning talent, most notably, Rachel Moraski. Moraski was third on the team in scoring with 10.3 ppg. She also aver-aged 1.5 steals per game (spg), and 5.9 rpg. The Lady Eagles also bring back Jen-na Lusietto, Lexi Marx, Maddie Dough- erty and Haylie Barrera. Ptak also noted that the returning players are excited to step-up and have been putting in a lot of work in the off-season to get ready for the upcom-ing season. The Lady Eagles have also broughtin freshman talent this year. Five new players will compete forthe Eagles this season. One new players is Presley Hatton, who averaged 12.1 ppg and 7.2 rpg at Putnam County high school. She also earned Tri-County All-Conferencehonors. Blair Bullock is another talentedincoming freshman, Bullock was an IBCA 1A/2A all-state honorable men- tion. She averaged 16.7 ppg and is the fourth all-time leading scorer in Ke-wanee school history with 1,279. Guard Gena Fassino, center ZoePiano from La-Salle Peru Township high school, and Emily Cook from Le-land-Earlville round out the talentedfreshman class. Ptak is excited about what each player brings to the team in terms of shooting, rebounding, ball handling,and so forth. The team will continue its space and pace offense from last season, and Ptak stated their biggest concern is re-bounding and defense. Ptak also stated that they have been working on both right from the start. “This year, overall, we’ll be faster. We are going to struggle with rebounding, but we will be faster and have better shooting... and we been really focus-ing and defense.” The team starts their season on Oct. 13 with a three-game jamboree inRockford. ...

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