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Local Sports 8/20/14

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A standout 3-sport athlete from Monmouth-Roseville High School has decided to attend Carl Sandburg College. Martel Hunter, who excelled at football, basketball, and track at the Warren County school, reportedly made a last-minute decision this summer to come to Galesburg, rather than attend Parkland Community College in Champaign. Hunter was expected to join his former Titans’ teammate Trayvon Smith at Parkland, but the two decided to stay closer to home and have enrolled in fall semester classes at Sandburg. Chargers head basketball coach Ryan Twaddle confirmed last night that Hunter will be on the roster for his Freshmen season, but Smith remains under obligation to Parkland at this point, leaving his athletic status in question.

The possiblity remains for a public scrimmage to be held for the Galesburg Silver Streaks football team this Friday night. Jami Isaacson said yesterday that the booster club may still be able to organize a scrimmage, but a site for the event would have to be determined. Originally, the scrimmage was to have taken place at the new athletic complex at Galesburg High School, but the teacher’s strike cost the team several practice days, and has made the campus off-limits for any GHS athletic events. Plus, the completion of the new stadium and fieldhouse is on hold by sympathizing construction workers until the teachers return to work. The Silver Streaks are nearing the cutoff date to a possible forfeit of their opening game with Moline. If school is not back in session by Monday, IHSA rules dictate that Galesburg would forfeit its’ game scheduled for next Friday, August 29th.

The annual preseason get-together of high school football coaches, fans, and the media will be held tonight in Rock Island. The Western Big 6 Conference will be previewed, although only four of the schools are likely to be represented. Quincy rarely attends the event, while Galesburg coach Tim Daugherty has expressed a lack of interest in taking part since becoming the team’s head coach several years ago. The banquet is put on annually by the Rock Island-Milan booster club, and will feature a brief preview of the Rocks football program, as well as those from Moline, Alleman, and United Township.


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