Fall sports teams: Catch up with Streaks volleyball, golf, girls cross country, football

Mike Trueblood
Special to The Register-Mail
Galesburg falls to Geneseo 2-0 in WB6 Conference volleyball action on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 at John Thiel Gymnasium.

GALESBURG — The Galesburg High School volleyball team has put momentum to use in some recent matches, but is looking to apply that asset for an extended stretch as they progress toward midseason.

The Silver Streaks are 5-8 in dual matches and 1-3 in the Western Big Six Conference after Tuesday night's home contest with Geneseo which they dropped in two sets.

"I feel like volleyball is a game where momentum is a key, and we've been up and down," said Galesburg's first-year coach Mindy Matthews.

"We've played better at home where our fans have been very supportive."

Galesburg picked up a big WB6 win at United Township Sept. 6 in three matches, a situation they've found themselves in frequently this season.

On Sept. 8 the Streaks fell to Quincy 25-11, 16-25, 19-25.

"Our blocking has been getting a lot better," said Matthews, whose team plays a 6-2 offense. "We do have some height this year.

Galesburg falls to Geneseo 2-0 in WB6 Conference volleyball action on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 at John Thiel Gymnasium.

"Out hitting has been very strong."

Some key performers for the Silver Streaks so far have been senior Capre Ferguson, a left side hitter who is one of the team's kill leaders, junior setter Kiarra Kilgore, junior middle hitter Syriah Boyd, senior front row player Tayler Raska and junior right side hitter Abbott Matthews.

Senior libero Avery Wolfe turned in one of the highlights for the team this season when she was named to the Quincy All-Early Bird Tournament team.

Following Tuesday's loss Matthews said, "We need to focus on serve receive and fine tune our blocking.

"Hitting was off and on tonight, so that hurt us in the end.

"Consistency is key, along with some energy at the get-go."

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Runbom leading Silver Streaks boys golf

Galesburg's Jason Runbom tees off during the IHSA Class 2A Boys Golf State Championship on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 at Weibring Golf Course in Normal. Runbom finished seventh.

Led by senior Jason Runbom, the Galesburg boys golf team has featured three strong players this season, but is still searching for three more to solidify the team's top spots.

GHS was 7-3 in dual meets through last week.

Runbom, who finished seventh at the state tournament last year, took second in the Metamora Invite last weekend, shooting a 1-over par 72 and has highlighted his year so far by winning the Geneseo Invitational at Deere Run with a 1-over par 72. He also finished second in the Bettendorf Invite.

Galesburg finished fourth among 16 teams at Metamora with junior John Crowl shooting a 76 to finish 13th individually.

"Our top three players have been pretty consistent," said Streaks' fourth-year coach Jim Noonan of his lineup which includes senior Carson Hopping in the No. 3 spot. 

"We're trying to get some kids to take ownership of the other three spots.

Other players in the Streaks' mix include senior Luke Foster, senior Keagan Lawton, senior Brandin Lewis, sophomore Hayden Musser, senior Payton Parish and senior Benjamin Smithraley.

"We knew we some experience coming back. Our top three can show up and be near the top every time."

The Streaks have been boosted by 20 players who have come out for the team.

Galesburg will host the Western Big Six Conference meet on Sept. 20.

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Galesburg senior wide receiver Mikey Eiker hauls in a touchdown pass during the Silver Streaks' 48-21 WB6 Conference loss to the Golden Warriors on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 at Van Dyke Field.

Silver Streaks football: QB hurt in Friday's game

Galesburg (1-2) will try to get back on the winning track when it travels to Geneseo (2-1) on Friday for a Western Big Six Conference game.

The Silver Streaks fell at home 48-21 to Sterling last Friday after falling behind 28-7 by halftime.

During the game, Galesburg suffered the loss of senior starting quarterback Tristan Legate who left the game briefly in the first half, returned to play in the second half, then got hurt again in the third quarter to return to the sideline.

Gino Williams finished the game at quarterback.

Galesburg will return home Sept. 23 to play Quincy.

With Brianna Admire injured, senior Mia Carlson has shown leadership for the Galesburg Girls Cross Country team in 2022.

Carlson provides leadership for Silver Streaks girls cross country

Jody Chapman is coaching the sport for the 20th year and has a six-runner roster which includes three freshmen and three seniors.

Brianna Admire, Mia Carlson and Victoria Runbom are the seniors. Leairah Harrison, Alyssa Huls and Bailee Temple are the freshmen.

Four of the six runners are competing in the sport for the first time.

"They work really hard and that's the key," said Chapman. "They're improving every week.

Admire qualified for the state meet last year, but has been sidelined by an injury and her return is uncertain.

Carlson has provided senior leadership.

"She's a great leader and has improved every week," said Chapman. "She did cross country for the first time during the pandemic year and really liked it and stuck with it."

Two seniors atop the Silver Streaks girls golf team

Brad Gross is coach of the seven-player team.

It consists of seniors Trinity McGraw and Gracey Miyler, juniors Finley Kane, Erika Mckee and Abby Phillips and sophomores Cora Johnson and Ashley Yoder. 

After competing in the Macomb Invitational on Saturday, Galesburg will play in the Western Big Six Conference meet on Monday and host the Streaks Invitational along with the GHS boys team at Bunker Links Golf Course on Aug. 24.