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WGEM Sports: Friday (February. 26) “Sports Extra Part II” Western Illinois Leathernecks Pull Off A Huge Upset On The Baseball Diamond During Their 2021 Season Opener In Louisville On Friday And WGEM Sports Salutes QU Hawks Basketball Standout Tanner Stuckman

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The Western Illinois baseball team pulled off a major upset on the college baseball diamond on Friday. WIU beat 4-th ranked Louisville 8-3 during their 2021 season-opener in Kentucky.

The 8-3 victory over the Cardinals (Feb. 26) will be added to Western Illinois' history of success against ranked opponents.

The most recent win occurred at No. 24 Iowa in 2015, and the Leathernecks also notably defeated No. 1 Arkansas on opening weekend in 2013.

The series continues Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m.

Quincy University basketball standout Tanner Stuckman has worked hard over the years to become one of the top players in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Thursday evening, the proud Quincy native and QND graduate played his final collegiate game at Pepsi Arena.

The redshirt senior pumped in 24 points and pulled down 6 rebounds during 39 minutes of action against Southwest Baptist University in his final college game.

Unfortunately, Stuckman's efforts were not enough to help Quincy avoid falling to a 81-69 setback to close out the season with a disappointing (6-16) slate.

Although the season didn't turn out the way Stuckman and his teammates may have envisioned, the team still has reason to be proud. They should be proud of the way they stuck together, as a true team, during the on-going and unprecedented COVID-19 global pandemic. A pandemic that at one time, brought the entire world of college sports world to a relative halt.

In light of Tanner's positive attitude, professionalism, and unyielding work ethic he's displayed the past 5 seasons, WGEM Sports thought it was fitting to take a quick timeout to salute the 6-foot-9 forward for his efforts on the college hardwood with the hometown Hawks.

Thank you for the memories and all the great plays Tanner! More importantly, thanks so much for proving to the next generation of aspiring Hawks, who may be dreaming of flying high one day at Pepsi Arena, that "hard work...STILL WORKS!"

Tony Cornish Jr.

Tony is the Sports Director for WGEM News.

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