Work on the new athletic facilities at Galesburg High School continues in spite of the teachers strike.
There had been questions as to whether construction workers would cross the GEA’s picket lines, but according to GHS Principal Roy Van Meter and Athletic Director Ralph Henning, work is ongoing today at the fieldhouse, the football field, and the school itself. Henning said that the wooden basketball floor is being laid today at the fieldhouse, and the track around the football field is done except for the painting which should happen in the next week or two. All athletic practices and competitions have been cancelled until further notice, which is causing concern about the first varsity football game scheduled for August 29th at Moline. If the strike continues through Monday, Galesburg would likely have to forfeit the game due to the inability to get the IHSA-required 12 “contact” practices in prior to kickoff. Henning said they would be checking with the IHSA about potential options, but it didn’t look very promising at this point. He said they had also been in contact with Moline officials, and that the Maroons are looking into a possible replacement game against Glenbard West, since they are scheduled to play Elgin–where a teachers strike is also in progress.
A new head softball coach has been hired at Knox College. Athletic Director Chad Eisele announced yesterday that Erin Rutledge has been hired to assume the position. Rutledge is a 2012 graduate of Illinois College in Jacksonville, and spent last season as an assistant at Louisburg College in North Carolina. Rutledge succeeds Ashley Sims, who resigned in June after five years at Knox.