Here’s a look at area sports.
Sandburg player honored
Carl Sandburg College sophomore basketball player Juwan Hubbard has been named to the All-Region first team and All-Arrowhead Conference second team. The 6-foot guard, who helped lead Sandburg to it’s first appearance at the National Tournament, was the leading vote-getter on the all-region team. He missed first team all-conference by just one vote. In Sandburg’s five postseason contests, Hubbard averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. For the season, Hubbard led the team in scoring, assists, and steals.
The St. Louis Cardinals played their final game of the spring training season at their home in Jupiter, Florida this afternoon. Now it’s off to Memphis to play their minor league affiliate tomorrow night, before opening the regular season on Monday against the Reds in Cincinnati. We talked with Cardinal broadcaster Mike Claiborne on the WGIL Morning News, and he said they will travel north in unison.
“They’ll pile us all on one big 757, you know, the key to this whole travel thing is we’ve got the best equipment guys in baseball who can pack us up and move us at a moments notice,” says Claiborne.
One of the new things to watch for in Major League Baseball this season is the use of instant replay. We asked Claiborne if he thought it was a good thing, or just another delay that will make games even longer.
On the field, the Cardinals figure to be a solid favorite to win the National League Central Division once again, and should contend for another National League title. Much of that depends on the performance of some of the newcomers to the team, including shortstop Johnny Peralta. Claiborne said they are hoping his offense can overshadow some defensive shortcomings.
“Johnny Peralta is a very good hitting short stop,” says Claiborne. “I don’t want anybody to think he’s the second coming of Ozzie, because he isn’t.”
We will have the Cardinals opener Monday afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds here on WGIL.