About the only local college and high school sporting events going on this week aren’t necessarily local. That’s because most of the college baseball and softball teams have gone south for spring break tournaments. The Carl Sandburg baseball team, under the direction of new head coach Jake Tenhouse, is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Chargers swept a doubleheader there yesterday, defeating Cuyahoga, Ohio Community College by scores of 5-4 and 11-9.
The Knox Prairie Fire also won yesterday, and they didn’t travel nearly as far, as the Fire defeated MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL 14-4. The Fire unleashed a 20-hit attack in winning their season opener. Phil Tallman had 4 hits for Knox.
The United Township Panthers of the Western Big 6 Conference have a new head football coach. Jason Kirby, who spent last season with the Canton Little Giants, will take over the vacancy in East Moline, following the resignation of former coach Ron Litchfield. Kirby has also coached at Rockridge, Sherrard, Bureau Valley, and Jacksonville Routt. His teams have amassed a record of 97-63 over 16 seasons. United Township won just one game last year, defeating winless Peoria Manual. Manual is currently looking for a new coach, after longtime boss Dan Fauser resigned to take the Driver’s Education position in District 150. Fauser’s Rams hadn’t won a game since the 2011 season.