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6 B Fieldcrest defeats LeRoy - Submitted by Editor
After a long holiday layoff the Fieldcrest Knights resumed their winning ways with a 79-62 victory over LeRoy Friday night at LeRoy. Jake Martin led the unbeaten Knights to their 12th consective win with 21 points while Kiel Melvin had 18 points and Jordan Krone added 14 points. Fieldcrest is the number one seed in the McLean County Basketball Tournament to be held January 13-20.
7 B Fieldcrest overpowers Tri-Valley - Submitted by Editor
After leading by only 3 points at halftime, Fieldcrest went on to gain a convincing 55-36 victory over Tri-Valley Saturday night at Minonk. Jake Martin led the Knights in scoring with 16 points. Kiel Melvin had 15 points, Jordan Krone 9 points, and Darin Meierhofer had 8 points to round off the balanced scoring for Fieldcrest (13-0).
10 B Fieldcrest shuts down Roanoke-Benson - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest extended its undefeated season record to 14-0 by defeating Roanoke-Benson, 63-45, Tuesday night in Minonk. The 6th ranked Knights' strong defense kept the Rockets at bay allowing only 3 points in the third quarter. Jordan Krone led Fieldcrest with 24 points while Logan Park added 15 points and Kiel Melvin had 10 points.
11 B MidState Stars lose to Champaign - Submitted by
Sunday January 7th was another hard fought game by the Stars. It was evident from the beginning of the game with Champaign St. Thomas More that it would be 48 minutes of hard fought soccer. STM brought their sectional scoring experience against the stingy Stars defense. The MidState Stars created many opportunities but only the lone goal by Megan Evans from El Paso prevented the shutout. Again the Stars exceptional defense and fantastic goal keeping repelled the relentless attack, and keeping the score from a complete blowout. Coach Zimmerman couldn't be prouder of the game communication and never-give-up attitude that his players have shown so far this season. 'The score of 11 - 1 doesn't show the hidden accomplishments that the Stars have shown in this game!'
13 B Undefeated Fieldcrest wins 15th straight - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest's balanced scoring and strong defense resulted in another victory with a 50-32 win over El Paso-Gridley Friday night at Minonk. Jake Martin and Lee Weld led the Knights with 16 points each as Fieldcrest extended its undefeated win streak to 15.
15 B MidState Stars tie Meridian - Submitted by
Sunday January 14th was by-far the best played game by the MidState Stars this season, a total Team effort! Playing the 3rd Team from the Meridan/Blue Mound School District with IHSA playoff experience was a great challenge for the Stars. After wearing down the Zesty Mozos in the first half, the Stars were down only 0 - 3. The second half showed that they refused to lose by scoring 4 goals. But with 7 seconds on the clock the Mozos squeaked in the equalizer off a mis-guided deflection, ending in a 4 - 4 tie.

The MidState Stars had many fantastic combinations at the Zesty Mozos goal but couldn't capitalize on them. (2) goals by scoring-machine Megan Evans of El Paso, (1) goal by Dylan Palmore of Minonk, and (1) goal by Anthony Duran of Normal lead the Stars offense. Again the Stars exceptional defense and fantastic goal keeping lead by Mike Snyder repelled the Mozos relentless attack, again turning away 80% of the Mozos scoring opportunities. Coach Zimmerman has been very proud of his team this session, rising above the competition by refusing to give up no matter what the score.

The session ends with a record of 1 - 1 - 5, against some of the best teams in the IHSA. Those players that began in August have improved above and beyond the Rec skills that they have been offered over the years, showing the players dedication and determination in becoming the best.

MidState Stars Soccer U18 Team:

Megan and Haley Evans, Bryan Andrews, Mike Snyder, Dylan Zimmerman, Dylan Palmore, Lawrence Knapp, Bradon Hickey, Anthony Duran, Justin Miller, Jacob Nunez.

16 B Fieldcrest suffers first loss of season - Submitted by Editor
Number one seed Fieldcrest was upset by Lexington, 50-47, in the first game of the McLean County Tournament. The Knights (15-1) were leading 45-39 advantage with 6:07 left to play but failed to score another field goal and went down to their first defeat of the season. The Knights leading scorer was Jordan Krone with 15 points followed by Jake Martin with 13 points.
20 B Fieldcrest defeats Blue Ridge - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest bounced back from its first defeat this year with a convincing drubbing of Blue Ridge, 82-51, in a consolation game at the McLean County Tournament. Jordan Krone led the Knights with 22 points while Logan Park had 12 points and Darin Meirerhofer had 8 points. Fieldcrest (16-1) plays Ridgeview Saturday for the consolation title.
21 B Fieldcrest tops Ridgeview - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest won the McLean County Tournament consolation title by downing Ridgeview, 59-48, Saturday at Bloomington. Logan Park led the Knights (17-1) with 16 points while Kiel Melvin had 14 points and Jake Martin had 10.
27 B Fieldcrest loses to Tremont - Submitted by
Fieldcrest suffered its 2nd loss of the season losing to Tremont, 67-59, Friday night in Minonk. The Knights (17-2) were leading 46-38 late in the third quarter, when the Turks rallied behind their point guard Jim Kuban who scored 24 points. Fieldcrest was led in scoring by Kiel Melvin with 23 points while Logan Park added 17 points.
31 B Fieldcrest defeats Gibson CIty - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest made 8 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter to down Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, 71-69, at Gibson City Tuesday night. Darin Meierhofer led the Knights (18-2) with 21 points, including 9 points in the third quarter. The Knights balanced scoring included Logan Park with 17 points, Jake Martin with 12, Jordan Krone with 11, and Kiel Melvin with 10. The win enabled Fieldcrest to remain tied with Tremont for the lead in the Heart of Illinois conference with a 9-1 record.
9 B Fieldcrests wins State 7-3A championship - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest won the State Class 7-3A championship with a 52-41 victory over Herscher Limestone Thursday night at Clinton. Trent Hartzler led Fieldcrest with 19 points while Zak Schwiderski and Reed Klendworth each scored 13 points. Fieldcrest finished the season undefeated with a 28-0 record.
10 B Fieldcrest clobbers Heyworth, 71-33 - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest returned to its formula of balanced scoring and good defense to crush Heyworth, 71-33, Friday night at Heyworth. Logan Park, Kiel Melvin, and Jake Martin shared scoring honors with 13 points each while Jordan Krone had 10 points and Michael DeRubeis had 8. The Knights are now 20-2 and are 1/2 game behind Tremont in the Heart of Illinois Conference.
11 B Fieldcrest downs Eureka - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest defeated Eureka, 63-53, Saturday night at Eureka. The Knights sank 16 of 18 free throw attempts in the last quarter to pull ahead after Eureka had closed the gap to 41-39 at the end of the third quarter. Jordan Krone was the scoring leader with 18 points while Jake Martin added 15 and Logan Park had 13 points. Fieldcrest is now 20-2 and is ranked 13th in the State Class A poll.
16 B Fieldcrest crushes Midland - Submitted by
Fieldcrest demolished Midland, 77-32, Thursday night, in a game at Toluca. Michael DeRubeis scored a career high 24 points to lead the Knights to their 22nd victory. Jake Martin and Kiel Melvin each had 13 points and Lee Weld added 12 points as the Knights forced Midland into 25 turnovers.
17 B Fieldcrest drubs Fisher, 68-38 - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest downed Fisher, 68-38, Friday night at Minonk to clinch a share of the Heart of Illinois Conference title with Tremont. Logan Park led the Knights(23-2) with 19 points and 9 rebounds.
22 B Fieldcrest dumps El Paso 66-28 - Submitted by Editor
After leading by only 3 points at halftime, Fieldcrest had a 34-1 second half run to pull away from El Paso for a convincing 66-28 victory in the first round of the El Paso-Gridley Class A Regional Basketball Tournament. Kiel Melvin led the Knight's balanced scoring with 13 points while Jordan Krone and Jake Martin each had 11 points and Darin Meierhofer added 10 points. Fieldcrest (24-2) meets Tremont Friday night to play for the regional championship.
24 B Last second shot lifts Fieldcrest over Tremont - Submitted by
Kiel Melvin's 3 pointer with 2 seconds to go lifted Fieldcrest to a 65-64 victory over Tremont in the El Paso-Gridley Class A Regional title game. The win advanced the Number 13 state-ranked Knights (25-2) to play Number 2 ranked Maroa (27-1) at Olympia next Wednesday. The game was closely played with 10 ties and 17 lead changes.

Click here to view the winning shot by Kiel Melvin.

1 B Fieldcrest loses to No. 2 Maroa - Submitted by
Number 2 ranked Maroa-Forsyth ended Fieldcrest's highly successful season with a 74-59 win over the Knights in the first game of the Class A Sectional tournament at Olympia. Fieldcrest got within 7 points of Maroa early in the fourth quarter but the rally felt short as Maroa had another surge led by their high scoring guard Robert Kreps who finished with 24 points. The Knights had a cold shooting night hitting only 39 percent from the field and 50% from the free throw line but only had 7 turnovers. Jake Martin led Fieldcrest in scoring with 23 points while Lee Weld had 12 points and Logan Park finished with 11 points. The Knights finished their season with a fabulous 25-3 record and were beaten by a great team that may very well win the State Class A championship.
12 B MidState Stars Soccer lose 9 - 2 - Submitted by
It was a tremendous challenge Tuesday night at Sale Barn Field for the MidState Stars soccer team. Taking the field against Inter Milan, a team made of former and current Illinois State players, could have been more than a lesson. Relying on player coaches Jeff Morrison and Jeremy Donhardt to help control the pressure attack, the MidState Stars turned away many creative scoring opportunities made by Milan. Ending the first halve down 6 – 0 never stole the determination away from the Stars; re-grouping at half-time the Stars came out in the second half to provide more controlled passing and some creative flick headers by Jacob Nunez and Dylan Zimmerman. Both Nunez and Zimmerman were able to split the defense for 2 goals bringing surprise and frustration to their seasoned opponents. The intensity of the game on both sides grew as the game ended with a final score of 9 – 2. The evidence of this intensity in this game was in the fact that the lone referee allowed the game to play on far past the required 70 minutes. Going into the fourth week of the season with games on Tuesday and Thursday next week, the MidState Stars welcome the challenge of their next opponents. If you are interested in supporting the areas most exciting new soccer club, come out and cheer your own MidState Stars; playing behind the Sale Barn in Bloomington-Normal, off Business 51 South, off Hamilton Street. Please check the schedule for dates and times.
21 B MidState Stars play two - Submitted by
The MidState Stars had their work cut out for them this week, bringing games on Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday night's game against Witnesses was another hard fought game until the final whistle. Mike Snyder's defensive repelled the continuous attack, with Megan Evans, Emma Kirby, Jeff Morrison, and Aaron Porzelius battling the passing lanes. At times midfielders Mark Rhodes, Bryan Andrews, Jeremy Donhardt, and Haley Evans controlled the tempo and provided many opportunities for forwards Jacob Nunez and Dylan Zimmerman to place shots on goal. Even with the greatest of efforts the MidState Stars came up short 7 – 0.

Thursday night's game against Fusion brought a group of very seasoned veterans to challenge the MidState Stars. There were many gray streaks down the field for Fusion with the Stars fronting them to take the ball away. Fullback Gage McKinley's prevent defense turned away many goals, and helped to force most of the game to take place on the Fusion's side of the field, making it easy to fill the goal box with shots. Goals by Justin Miller and Dylan Zimmerman couldn't have happened without the great support of their midfield and defenders. Even when the game is in your favor though the dreaded miss-kick can bring any team down. Battling back and forth to end up being down 3 – 2; it was the two own goals that put the game out of reach for the Stars. Ending with a loss 5 – 2; the realization is that they can compete with any team, and with time a victory will be on their horizon.

21 B MidState Stars Win, 4-1 - Submitted by Mike Zimmerman
The Spring season for the MidState Stars Soccer Club has been an intense learning experience. Challenging adults and college players, who have many more years of experience, has produced an ‘awakening' within the mostly high school aged MidState Stars. After the loss the previous week to the Good Calls, the MidState Stars finally made a connection within the team. Great passing combinations and super communication created many opportunities against the Good Calls with their second encounter. Goalkeeper, Mike Snyder, had a tremendous game turning away 20 shots on goal. With the support of his ever-protective defense, Mike was able to initiate many break- aways that turned into scoring opportunities for the offense. With the midfield under control, and the passing to the open spaces; goals by Jacob Nunez (2) and Justin Miller (2) gave the MidState Stars a commanding victory; 4 – 1. "It was a total team effort," quoted Coach Zimmerman. The MidState Stars play their season finale at the PCSL fields on Tuesday night at 6:15 pm, next to the Bloomington-Normal Airport. Practice continues with the Summer High School League starting in June. If any businesses are interested in sponsoring the MidState Stars Soccer Club, please contact Mike Zimmerman at 309-432-3057 or 309-527-1515. MSSC is selling their club patches for $5.00 each. For information on the club, please check out our web-site:
24 B Fieldcrest wins sectional opener - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest won the Class A sectional semifinal opener by downing defending State Champion IVC, 6 - 2, at Chillicothe Wednesday. Fieldcrest (21-8) was led by Kiel Melvin whose grand slam in the seventh inning clinched the game for the Knights. Lee Weld (8-0) had seven strike-outs for Fieldcrest. The Knights will play the winner of the Prairie Central and Olympia game for the sectional title.
27 B Fieldcrest loses in sectional final - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest lost its bid for a state tournament berth by losing to Olympia, 2-1, in the Class A sectional finals at Chillicothe Saturday. Fieldcrest's only run came on a squeeze play bunt by Trent Ruestman in the second inning. The Knights outhit Olympia 8-5 but twice had two runners caught off second base from line drive outs. Fieldcrest ended their season at 21-9.
27 B Fieldcrest's Peterson 2nd in state track 3,200 - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest's Brian Peterson captured 2nd place in the 3,200 meter race of the Class A championship state track and field meet at Charleston Saturday. Peterson set a school record of 9:28:31 while finishing behind winner Logan Block of Knoxville whose time was 9:24:55. Peterson finished 11th in the 1,600 final in 4:33:04.
14 B MidState Stars Close Out The Spring Season - Submitted by Mike Zimmerman
Having to move the last game to a smaller field across town didn't prevent the MidState Stars and Pub II from having one fantastic game. Battling back and forth, the Stars ended the first half only down 0 –2. Even with the best defense so far this season, the Stars allowed 2 more goals in the second half. Ending the game with a 0 – 4 loss. Having only allowed 12 shots on goal, the MidState Stars defense was exceptional for the 70 minute game. Good ball handling and great passing also gave the Stars many opportunities in front of the Pub II goal box. Members of the Spring team: Aaron Porzelius, Mark Rhoads, Jeremy Donhardt, Jeff Morrison, Bryan Andrews, Justin Miller, Gage McKinley, Megan Evans, Haley Evans, Mike Snyder, Emma Kirby, Jacob Nunez, Nate Covert, Sky Emmett, and Dylan Zimmerman. The team hopes to bring their improved playing abilities to use in the 7 vs 7 High School League at the PCSL fields the week of June 18th. Coach Zimmerman wants to thank all our sponsors; Jay Hurd at Country Financial, Alpha Community Bank, and SMF of Minonk; without who's support the opportunity to play soccer at this level would not of been possible. Coach Zimmerman would also like to thank the players and parents for their continuing drive and dedication to their club. And most of all, the support and guidance from the Board of Directors of the MidState Stars; Patty Kamischke, Scott Piercy, Tracy Luckey, Angie Logue, Darren Evans, and Terri Evans; for helping to give hope to area youth and their love of soccer.
18 G Minonk Crush softball team wins 2nd place - Submitted by Lynn Tjaden
This past weekend (June 16-17) the Minonk Crush Fastpitch softball teams played in the Mt. Zion Shootout. The 10 and under team took 2nd place in the tournament. They won 5 games to get to the championship game on Sunday afternoon. It is their first year playing together at this level. Click here to view a picture of the team and its trophy.
29 B MidState Stars Summer Season Begins - Submitted by Mike Zimmerman
The High School Summer 7 v 7 league at the PCSL Fields in Bloomington began Tuesday Night June 19th with (8) Bloomington-Normal high schools participating along with the MidState Stars Soccer Club. Game one with Central Catholic No Shoes No Shirt No Soccer was a game with great passing and ball control. The Stars scored first as Jacob Nunez danced past two defenders for a well-placed shot in the corner. The resulting counter attack by Central Catholic gave them 6 goals by the end of the non-stop 40 minute game. Megan Evans added a second goal for the Stars with a hard shot from the right. The game ended 6 – 2 in favor of the Central Catholic NSNSNS team. Game 2 with the Heyworth Hornets was played mostly on Heyworth's end of the field with 5 break away goals by the Hornets. The Stars' aggressive play over-extended their defense at times to allow the goals. Goals by Emma Kirby and Megan Evans prevented a shutout by the Heyworth goalkeeper. The game ended in favor of the Hornets 5 -2. In 7 v 7 play; 6 players and a goal keeper are on the field for each team. The field is significantly reduced in size; forcing more creative passing. The games are a continuous 40 minute game without halftime, and with unlimited substitution. It is definitely apparent on the sidelines that the MidState Stars are improving. Applying their skills learned in the MSI Spring Adult League has paid off, and there are wins on their horizon.
19 B MidState Stars Rattle the Nets - Submitted by Mike Zimmerman
Another great effort against Normal Community High School Tuesday night for the always-improving MidState Stars. Goals by Jacob Nunez and Dylan Zimmerman against Normal Community Black were hard fought. The Stars great defense turned away many of the creative shots at the nets by Normal Community. Final score of the first game was Normal Community Black 4 and the MidState Stars 2. The second game against Normal Community Orange was again a great effort by the MidState Stars. Leading up until the last 10 minutes, the hard pressed N.C. Orange wore the Stars defense down ending in a score of 8 – 5 in favor of N.C. Orange. Again the midfield support allowed Jacob Nunez and Dylan Zimmerman to collect all the goals for the team. Though the scores do not reflect the hard work by the MidState Stars, all in all the team is improving. Turning away endless scoring opportunities by their opponents, and with the relentless support from each player, creative scoring opportunities by the Stars will eventually bring them victories. Games are being played at PCSL Fields in Bloomington on Tuesday nights until the end of July. Wednesdays are the rainout make-up games. July 24th the Stars take on Normal West and Bloomington High. July 25th the Stars take on Heyworth and Central Catholic which are make-up games from July 10th. Check out the MidState Stars web-site:
25 B Fieldcrest opens season with 54-22 win - Submitted by Editor
Preseason favorite Fieldcrest flew by Deer Creek-Mackinaw with a convincing 54-22 road victory in their season opener. Senior quarterback Jordan Krone threw for 262 yards and five touchdowns and ran for one touchdown. Krone threw 2 td passes to Jake Bane and connected with throws to Josh North, Mick DeRubeis and Alex Paulen.
1 B Fieldcrest crushes Tr-Valley 54-12 - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest remained undefeated with a 54-12 drubbing of Tri-Valley Friday night at Minonk. Jake Bane led the Knights with 4 touchdowns that included a 57 yard punt return and 3 pass receptions from quarterback Jordan Krone. Josh North scored 2 touchdowns on a 61-yard run and a 50-yard punt return while Alex Middleton and Noah Martin each scored a touchdown to finish the scoring for the Knights who are now 2-0.
4 B Fieldcrest Youth Football wins openers - Submitted by Jason Buchanan
The Fieldcrest Youth Football Season kicked off Saturday Aug. 25th. The JV (5th & 6th) won against Flanagan 28 - 12. the Bantams (3rd & 4th) played Blue Ridge and won 32 -0 and the Varsity won a hard hitting contest against the Blue Ridge Knights 20-19 in OT.
4 B Fieldcrest Youth Football Week 2 results - Submitted by Jason Buchanan
The Fieldcrest Youth Football teams traveled to Fisher on Sept 1st. to take on the Fisher Fire. The Bantams lost a heart breaker in OT 25 - 19. In the second game of the day the Junior Knights took on the Junior Fire and won 20 -14 in a hard fought battle and remained undefeated at 2-0. The last game of the day featured the Fieldcrest Dark Knights vs the Fire of Fisher. The Dark Knights took a commanding 25 - 6 lead half way through the 3rd quarter before the Fire came flaming back but the Knights held them off and won the game 32 - 26 to improve to 2-0.
8 B Fieldcrest downs Heyworth, 35-12 - Submitted by
Fieldcrest remained undefeated with an easy 35-12 victory over Heyworth Friday night at Minonk. Quarterback Jordan Krone led the Knights in scoring throwing 3 touchdown passes and running in another. Alex Middleton ran for a touchdown while Jake North was the rushing leader with 78 yards. Fieldcrest is now 3-0.
15 B Fieldcrest remains undefeated - Submitted by
FIeldcrest improved its record to 4-0 with a convincing 29-10 win over host Tremont Friday night. Quarterback Jordan Krone completed 17 of 23 passes including touchdown passes to Mike DeRubeis and Jake Bane. Tony Williams scored on a 2 yard run and Collin Seggerman turned an intercepted pass into a 42 yard touchdown to complete the Knights scoring. Josh North led the Knights in rushing with 118 yards.
22 B Fieldcrest slips by Lexington, 16-14 - Submitted by
Mike DeRubeis's 4 yard run and Josh North's 2 point conversion with 5 minutes to go gave Fieldcrest a 16-14 win over host Lexington Friday night. Tony Williams ran the other touchdown for the Knights in the first half. Fieldcrest is now 5-0 for the year and 4-0 in the Heart of Illinois conference.
29 B Fieldcrest loses to Flanagan, 34-6 - Submitted by Editor
Flanagan-Woodland spoiled Fieldcrest's homecoming with a convincing 34-6 win over the Knights Friday night at Minonk. The Falcons shut down Fieldcrest's passing game by limiting area passing leader Jordan Krone to 94 yards and 1 touchdown, a 24 yard pass to Josh North. Flanagan-Woodland was led by area rushing leader Aaron Willis who rushed for 176 yards and scored 2 touchdowns. The Knights are now 5-1.
6 B Fieldcrest outlasts GCMS, 35-34 - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest withstood a second half rally by Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley to gain a 35-34 victory at Gibson City Friday night. Quarterback Jordan Krone threw for 232 yards and three touchdown passes while Josh North led the Knights in rushing with 100 yards and ran in 2 touchdowns. Mike DeRubeis caught six passes for 98 yards including two touchdown passes and Jake Bane scored on a 37 yard pass to complete the scoring for Fieldcrest.
13 B Fieldcrest bests El Paso-Gridley, 21-14 - Submitted by
Fieldcrest overcame a 14-0 deficit in the 3rd quarter to snatch a a 21-14 victory over El Paso-Gridley Friday night at Minonk. A last minute touchdown by Alex Middleton pulled the Knights ahead after they had marched 76 yards down the field. Quarterback Noah Martin carried the ball for 60 yards during that drive. Martin also tossed a touchdown pass to Collin Seggerman and Jake Bane. The Knights are now 7-1.
20 B Fieldcrest sails past Ridgeview, 42-14 - Submitted by Editor
Quarterback Jordan Krone led Fieldcrest to an easy 42-14 victory over Ridgeview Friday night at Minonk. Krone passed for 199 yards and 6 touchdowns to account for the Knights scoring. Jake Bane caught 4 touchdown passes while Michael DeRubeis caught 2 touchdowns. Josh North was the rushing leader with 154 yards. The Knights finished their season with an 8-1 record and were 7-1 in the Heart of Illinois Conference finishing second to Flanagan-Woodland who handed Fieldcrest their only defeat.
27 B FIeldcrest loses to Farmington - Submitted by
Fieldcrest ended its season with a 33-28 loss to Farmington in the opening game of the Class 2A playoffs Friday night at Minonk. Quarterback Jordan Krone completed 22 of 40 passes for 323 yards including 2 touchdown passes to Michael DeRubeis in the final quarter. Jake Bane scored on a 66 yard pass play and Josh North also scored on a 22 yard pass. The Knights finished the season at 8-2.
1 B Go Brian - Submitted by Fieldcrest XC
Brian Peterson will be running at the Class 1A State Meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday November 3rd. Brian will be racing at 10:00 A.M. to try to achieve a 1st place medal.
4 B Fieldcrest's Peterson places 2nd in state cross country - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest's Brian Peterson captured 2nd place in the Class 1A state cross country meet Saturday at Peoria. It was the third time Peterson placed in the state finals having also placed second in last year's meet. Peterson ran the fastest race of his career with a time of 14 minutes, 53 seconds losing to Parker Thompson of Tremont by 4 seconds.
11 B MidState Stars Soccer Club Begins Winter 2007 Play - Submitted by Mike Zimmerman
The MidState Stars began play in the River City Indoor High School Boys League tonight with an "awakening". With a league stacked with Peoria area teams just off the state playoffs, the Stars battled to find their own identity. This year's opponents are Peoria Richwoods, Dunlap, Galesburg, Peoria Notre Dame, Peoria FC, Peoria Christian, and Bloomington-Normal; with many of the teams having more than one squad. Up against Dunlap Gold, an IHSA sectional winner, the Stars defended the first half of the game being down 7 – 0. The second half the Stars had more offence but couldn't quite finish in the net. The Stars ended the game with their first loss, 10 – 0. This winter's team members Patrick Luckey, Megan Evans, Haley Evans, Bryan Andrews, Sky Emmett, Mike Snyder, Aaron Porzelius, Paul Kosur, Troy Miller, Elena Hinthorn, Holly Salzman, and Dylan Zimmerman. " This game was my opportunity to try different combinations to gauge my players," said coach Zimmerman. " It is up to the team to pull together and respond to their roles and responsibilities," added coach Zimmerman. Fans can check on the MidState Stars progress this winter on their web-site:
19 B MidState Stars Play 2 - Submitted by Mike Zimmerman
The MidState Stars Soccer Club has been given the opportunity to play 2 games in the next 3 weeks in the River City Soccer League on Sundays in both divisions. Playing short-handed, the Stars opened up with Peoria Notre Dame Irish, one of the 7 teams that Notre Dame has in this 6 v 6 league. Putting themselves down 3 – 0 early, the Stars began the process of quick passes and great communication to tie the game and then go ahead 4 – 3 at the end of the first 20 minutes.

In the second half the feeling of a possible win drove the Stars to out-play and control the ball by adding 3 more goals for the 7 – 3 final score. In their first win Sky Emmett had the hat-trick, with goals by Bryan Andrews, Troy Miller, Paul Kosur, and Dylan Zimmerman. Emma Kirby gave a great defensive performance by feeding the offense and assisting in many of the goals. Mike Snyder also gave a great performance in the goal by having a save percentage of 85.

In game 2 against Peoria Futbol Club Alliance it was evident that the Stars were worn down by their first game. Though they battled each ball with ferocity, the fresh Alliance were more than a match for the Stars. The Stars battled in front of their opponents goal many times put could not finish in the net. Being down 4 – 0 in the first half and finishing the game with a final score of 8 – 0 for the loss. First half in the goal with a save percentage of 75 by Mike Snyder was a valiant effort, especially after 60 straight minutes of blocking and diving. In the goal in the second half, rookie goalkeeper Bryan Andrews turned away what must of seemed an endless barrage of balls, also finished with a save percentage of 75.

Coach Zimmerman was very encouraged by the play of the Stars. " If you could imagine the David – Goliath story, and see the way our club performed this weekend, you can see that this team is destined for more wins ", said Coach Zimmerman of his team. The MidState Stars played down in Decatur last winter against class A regional and sectional qualifiers. This winter the Stars are challenging the class AA regional and sectional winners. " You are only as good as your competition," says Coach Zimmerman. For further information on the MidState Stars Soccer Club, please go to their web-site:

26 B MidState Stars continue with their soul-searching play - Submitted by Mike Zimmerman
It was another weekend of soul-searching play by the MidState Stars soccer team. Minus their leading scorer, the MidState Stars fought back and forth with Peoria Notre Dame Navy to tie the game in the second half 3 – 3. Goals by Paul Kosur, Troy Miller, and Bryan Andrews were hard fought against the Notre Dame Navy defense.

Taking their opponents for granted the Stars let down their guard and allowed two more goals from the precise-passing by the Navy players. "Losing 5 – 3, the Stars have to decide where their priorities lie, and their responsibilities as team players begin, " Coach Zimmerman said of his team.

Game two with the Peoria Notre Dame O'Malley squad was a sight to behold. Fresh from their loss in the IHSA Super-Sectionals, it was apparent that the Stars were in for the best learning experience of the season.

Though the first half ended with the Stars being down 5 – 0, the Stars kept fighting for every ball. Goal-keeper changes and shuffling of players during the first half did not disrupt the intensity of the O'Malley continual attack.

The second half brought more focus to the MidState Stars play. Great defense and passing combinations put the Stars in the O'Malley goal box giving them many opportunities to rattle the nets. If it were not for the second half opening goal by Emma Kirby, the Stars would have been shutout for the third time this season. The game ended 7 – 1, for the forth loss of the season.

"The road to be winners is never an easy one, " quoted Coach Zimmerman. "You can also only be as good as your competition", "and this why I have chosen to place my players in this arena, " added Coach Zimmerman.

You can view the MidState Stars progress and statistics on their web-site:

1 B Fieldcrest wins opener - Submitted by
Fieldcrest won its opener defeating Ridgeview, 64-54, at Minonk Tuesday night. Noah Martin led the Knights with 24 points including five 3-pointers. Jake Bane had 9 points and six steals. Jordan Krone had 8 points and Robert Kreiser had 7 points and 8 rebounds.
1 B Fieldcrest loses to Tr-Valley - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest suffered its first loss of the season losing 68-59 to Tri-Valley Friday night at Downs. Nathan Ropp and Michael DeRubeis each had 14 points for Fieldcrest (1-1) while Noah Martin had 13 points.
3 B MidState Stars' Highs and Lows - Submitted by Mike Zimmerman
This evening the MidState Stars had two well fought games. In the first game against Peoria Notre Dame Green, the seasoned veterans of both squads exchanged shots on the goal with the Stars ending the first half ahead 1 – 0. In the second half, the Stars fought hard to add another 5 goals while defending and allowing no balls in their net. Mike Snyder had a great game with 26 saves while only allowing 1 goal. Troy Miller led the team with the hat trick, with Bryan Andrews, Sky Emmett, Megan Evans each rattling the net once. The Stars had 20 shots on goal, and 16 take-a-ways from the Green defense.

The second game with Peoria Notre Dame 2011 was the most physical game yet played by the MidState Stars. Having been worn down in the first game and the team unfortunately having only one extra player to substitute in, the Stars took the first half to re-adjust to a different style of tempo from the 2011 squad. The Stars gave up 7 goals in the first half and 6 goals in the second half. Although they hammered the goal box in the second half, the Stars could not finish with any goals against the favored 2011 stingy defense. Mike Snyder had 30 saves. The Stars had 16 shots on goal and only 4 take-ways.

"Our team fought well tonight, said Coach Zimmerman. "They were just worn down in the first game," "and having to play two games, and each of opponents playing two different tempos," " we just never could adjust in the second game with having no fresh players to bring in to slow down the attack." "On a great note, all together we are improving in our ball control and passing." "Winning just doesn't happen, it is hard work, and developed over time," stated Coach Zimmerman.

The Stars return to play on December 16th with their final game for this session being on January 13th.

7 B Fieldcrest clobbers Lexington, 68-30 - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest utilized balanced scoring to overwhelm Lexington, 68-30, Tuesday night at Lexington. Noah Martin led the Knights in scoring with 14 points while Nathan Ropp had 12 points, Jordan Krone had 11 and Taylor Baxter had 10. Fieldcrest improved its record to 2-1.
8 B Fieldcrest downs Flanagan - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest held off a 4th quarter rally by Flanagan to beat the falcons, 68-55, Friday night at Flanagan. The Knight's pressure defense gave them a 17-2 lead in the first quarter and led the rest of the game. Jordan Krone made a career high 27 points while Noah Martin had 15 points. Fieldcrest is now 3-1.
11 B MidState Stars Tournament Results - Submitted by Mike Zimmerman
The MidState Stars High School Coed team entered the FCPeoria Adult Men's 4 v 4 Tournament with the attitude of honing their skills and possibly coming home with some hardware. What they found out was they could hang with the adult teams and rattle the nets. 4 v 4 games require no goalkeeper with only 4 players playing man to man in a flexible zone defense.

Round robin scores: Retzl 14 MSSC 3; Meller 12 MSSC 9; Peoria Muslim 16 MSSC 5. Playoff Score: Retzl 10 MSSC 3. Consolation score: Peoria Muslim 9 MSSC 8, 2 OT.

The scores do no reflect the intense play by the Stars. "The players showed a lot of maturity and determination in their play this weekend," spoke Coach Zimmerman. "It was David against the Goliaths in these games," added the coach. "These players came together as a team; when you score 29 goals in 5 games one might think a team would win," remarked the coach. "Our players were given great praise and many compliments from their opponents after the games," said with pride by the coach.

Tournament stats are now posted on the MidState Stars Soccer Club web-site, along with stats for league play at thefollowing link.

The MidState Stars resume league play Sunday December 16th at 8:30 pm against Notre Dame Navy at the Midwest Sports Complex in Mossville at 8:30 pm with their final session I game on January 13th at 4:45 pm against Notre Dame O'Malley. Session II starts January 20th.

16 B Fieldcrest wins Colmone Classic - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest defeated Stark County, 61-56, Saturday night to win the Colmone Classic at Spring Valley. The Knights defeated Wethersfield, 70-45, and Hall, 50-27 in previous tournament games and are 6-1 for the season.
22 B Fieldcrest dumps Blue Ridge, 78-32 - Submitted by
Fieldcrest overpowered Blue Ridge, 78-32, Friday night at Minonk. Noah Martin and Taylor Baxter had 13 points each while Jordan Krone had 12 points, Michael DeRubeis had 11 and Nathan Ropp had 10 to round out the balanced scoring for the Knights. Fieldcrest's sticky defense resulted in 29 steals as the Knights improved their record to 8-1..
27 B Fieldcrest loses to Hartsburg-Emden - Submitted by Editor
Hartsburg-Emden outlasted Fieldcrest, 68-64, in a tight first round game at the State Farm Holiday Classic Wednesday night at Normal West Gym. Hartsburg-Emden was led by Dakin Bolen who scored 40 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. The Knights (7-2) scoring leader was Jordan Krone with 29 points.
31 B Fieldcrest wins Consolation at State Farm Classic - Submitted by Editor
Fieldcrest won the Consolation bracket of the Class 1A-2A division at the State Farm Classic with a 61-53 overtime victory over El Paso-Gridley Friday night at Bloomington. Previously, the Knights(10-2) beat Roanoke-Benson, 56-43 and CPCI, 60-43, to reach the finals.