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Local Sports 8/29/14

WGIL Newsroom . Local Sports 190

It’s off to Moline tonight for the Galesburg Silver Streaks football team. Weeks-long concerns about the ability of the team to play due to the teacher’s strike were finally laid to rest yesterday, and the Streaks will not have to forfeit their league opener to the Maroons. Moline had the opportunity to schedule an alternate opponent, and head coach Matt Woods said that almost happened.

“We actually tried,” Woods said.  “I e-mailed, I think, the Tennessee Association, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Wisconsin.  I think we fell a day short on a game with a school from Wisconsin.”

The Silver Steaks have beaten the Maroons in back-to-back seasons under coach Tim Dougherty, and Woods talks about what he expects from Galesburg.

“Obviously, they’re well-coached,” Woods said.  “They have some momentum going in after last year against us.  I expect them to be fired up and ready to play.”

The Silver Streaks have been practicing at Knox College for the past several weeks, hoping for the resolution of the strike that finally came yesterday. Broadcast time is 7:05 tonight here on WGIL.

Elsewhere in Midwest 10 Conference play tonight:

United Township at Quincy
Peoria High at Alleman
Rock Island at Manual
Peoria Notre Dame at Richwoods

Among the area small school games on the schedule for tonight:

Abingdon-Avon at United
Knoxville at Stark County
Monmouth-Roseville at Dixon
North Fulton at Mid-County
Peoria Heights at Ridgewood
Elmwood-Brimfield at Mercer County

Volleyball
The Galesburg volleyball team won their opening match last night against Canton. The Silver Streaks prevailed in two straight sets by scores of 25-9 and 25-15. Other area games saw Monmouth-Roseville defeat Knoxville; Williamsfield topped Ridgewood; and United topped Bushnell-Prairie City.

CSC Basketball
Coach Ryan Twaddle’s Carl Sandburg men’s basketball team got stronger yesterday with the announcement that 6-foot, 6-inch center Trayvon Smith will be suiting up this season. Smith, who averaged 13 points and 8 rebounds per game for the Monmouth-Roseville Titans last season, will join high school teammate Martel Hunter on the Chargers roster. Both players had originally planned to attend Parkland College in Champaign, but changed their minds late this summer and were able to successfully transfer to Carl Sandburg.