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, chrissteele@qconline.com
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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1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
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1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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