The opponent has changed, but the destination remains the same for the Galesburg American Legion baseball team. Post 285 is headed for the state tournament next week in Arlington Heights, but instead of playing the hosts, they will now open with the winner in the St. Louis area on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Galesburg head coach Steve Cheeseman reported the change of opponents at mid-morning. Galesburg qualified for the state tourney with yesterday’s 15-6 win over Peoria, as they captured the Third Division Tournament by winning for the ninth straight time. Coach Cheeseman says his team has peaked at the right time.
“We were talking last night after the game with the guys that there can’t be a season where there’s more adversity and more challenges,” Cheesman said. “Our guys, we never stopped believing in them; they never stopped believing in themselves. They kept working at it, and we kept trying different things, and finally, it stuck. They bought in, and they’ve been on a roll. They’ve been on a roll, and they’ve been fun to watch and fun to be around. I think the biggest thing that drives them seeing the light is that they just care about team and about succeeding. When you’ve got that combination going, good things are going to happen.”
Steve added that he believes the team has the ability and confidence to play with anybody. “Like I told the guys, ‘why not us?’ We’ve not seen anybody this year that we can’t be successful against, if we play our game, and do these things we’ve been talking about right now,” said Cheesman.
Post 285 improved its’ record to 33-15 with yesterday’s win, and will participate in the state tournament for the first time since they hosted the event in 2011. The event will begin Tuesday night with an opening banquet, and will feature six teams in a double-elimination format. The winner will advance to the Great Lakes Regional Tournament the following week.
Back-to-school preparations continue, and the Knoxville school district is set to conduct athletic physicals this weekend. The cost is $10, with physicals being offered from 8 to 11 tomorrow morning at the Knoxville Junior High School.
Galesburg High School tennis coach Leeanne Scherpe is organizing a doubles-team fundraiser to be held on Saturday, August 9th at the Art Fish Courts at GHS. There will be five different age brackets, and the cost is $40 per team. The second annual “summer slam” helps to raise funds for the Streaks boys and girls tennis programs. For more information or to register, you can call or email Coach Scherpe at Galesburg High School.