Pioneer girls look to stop Maroons' Big 6 title streak

Posted Online: Sept. 01, 2014, 5:45 pm
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By Chris Steele,
A competitive group of returning talent will make this year's girls' cross country season something to remember.

Moline earned its sixth consecutive Western Big 6 Conference crown last fall, and Keeley Knobloch returns to lead the Maroons in her senior season after qualifying for state last year. New faces, though, will have to step up to help fill some key roles this season.

Alleman looks to have a group of returners that will push Moline for that top spot. The Pioneers return sophomore Kaytlyn Golding, who is primed for a breakout season. Joining her are majority of the team's core from last season in Olivia Gonzalez, Michaela Hird, Lexie Mallary and Lucy Adlfinger.

The Maple Leafs girls also are primed for a big season in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference under first-year coach Kelley Timmerman. Geneseo returns leader Katie Puls as well as a pair of contributors looking to take that next step in Megan Coulter and Taylor Claus.

Rock Island will look for junior Agok Ayuen to push the pace for this year's team, and senior Iradukunda Josephine is a seasoned runner.

United Township junior Michaela Gordon has the potential to an all-conference runner, and the team has an interesting new prospect in Deijah Rivera-Watts.


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  Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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