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Local Sports 8/27/14

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The prospects for the Galesburg Silver Streaks football team to play their opening game this Friday look bleak. The Galesburg Board of Education, following last night’s failed round of negotiations, conceded in a press release that “as things stand, it appears unlikely that the team will be able to participate in Friday night’s scheduled game with Moline.” If the students are not in attendance by Friday, the Streaks will be forced to forfeit the game to the Maroons. At that point, the focus would turn to next Friday’s scheduled home game with Alleman. A complicating factor there is that it is unlikely the new stadium would be ready to host the game due to delays from the teacher’s strike. In that case, it may be necessary to move the game to the Quad Cities, as Galesburg has no alternate stadium equipped with lights to host the event. Athletic Director Ralph Henning said in an email to WGIL today that “they do not know at this point.”

Volleyball
Just one of the area high school volleyball teams is scheduled to see action tonight, as the Monmouth-Roseville Titans will host Mercer County. The match will be the opener for the Titans, who had their road game with West Hancock postponed earlier this week due to the heat. Last night, ROWVA won it’s opening match against Bushnell-Prairie City, while Knoxville fell in three sets to Stark County, and United defeated Abingdon-Avon in two straight.

River Bandits
The Quad City River Bandits minor league baseball team and the Houston Astros have signed a two-year extension of their player development contract. River Bandits owner Dave Heller and Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan made the announcement yesterday at Modern Woodman Park in Davenport. The agreement will keep the Astros in the Quad Cities through 2016. In the first year of their new affiliation in 2013, the River Bandits won the Midwest League Championship.