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Local Sports 4/17/14

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Baseball
Knoxville 9 United 7
South Fulton 18 Brown County 5
West Hancock 5 West Prairie 2
Lewistown 11 Delavan 0
Illini West 7 B-PC 2

Softball
Galesburg 11 Knoxville 1
Brimfield/Elmwood 9 North Fulton 3

 

Area Schedule
Baseball and softball games shouldn’t be threatened by today’s weather, although it remains a little windy as teams head out to the area diamonds this afternoon. In baseball, Galesburg will host Pekin at the east field on the GHS campus. The Galesburg freshmen will play at Alleman today. In other varsity baseball, ROWVA travels to Williamsfield; United goes to Aledo to play Mercer County; and Ridgewood visits West Prairie. In softball, it’s Knoxville hosting Farmington; Abingdon/Avon at Havana; and Monmouth-Roseville at home to Macomb.

On the college baseball schedule, Knox goes to Springfield for a game with Robert Morris, while Carl Sandburg travels to Augustana.

College recruits
A pair of local basketball standouts have made their college choices. Galesburg High School senior Tyson Parks IV has signed to play next season for the Carl Sandburg College Chargers. Parks was an honorable mention All-Western Big 6 selection in his senior season, averaging about 7 points and 8 rebounds per game. Parks will be the first Galesburg graduate to suit up for Sandburg since Chad Thompson played there two seasons ago.

Also, three-sport standout Martel Hunter of Monmouth will be headed to the same school as his Titan teammate Trayvon Smith. Hunter reportedly decided against playing football and basketball for Monmouth College, in favor of basketball-only at Parkland Junior College in Champaign. Hunter has received state recognition in football, basketball, and track during his high school career, which included a state title in the 100 meter dash in his junior season.

Hall of Fame
A prominent figure in Western Big 6 Conference coaching is headed to the IBCA Hall of Fame for the second time in his career. Rock Island Alleman girls basketball coach Jay Hatch will be inducted during ceremonies next Saturday night in Normal. Hatch just completed his 21st year with the Pioneers, during which time his teams have won 426 games, including a state championship in 2005. Two years ago, Hatch was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a softball coach as well.