ICA announces its
The Illinois coaches Association has released its all-state softball teams.
In Class 3A, Sterling pitcher Jayme Eilers was a first-team selection, while infielders Gretchen Gould and Olivia Edmondson were second-team picks. Outfielder Jordan Thormeyer was third-team all-state.
Erie-Prophetstown shortstop Erica Thulen, Newman shortstop Madison Craft and Newman catcher Jenna Johnson were second-team all-state picks in Class 2A, while E-P’s Calisa Steel and Jaden Johnson, Fulton’s Emily Schipper and Emily Banker, and Newman’s Hailey Frank and Elle Koerner were third-team picks.
Eastland’s Jenna Green was a first-team pick in Class 1A. Emma Norton was second team, and Meredith Janssen was third team.
Comets host camps for volleyball, basketball
The Newman volleyball and girls basketball teams will be holding their annual camps next week at the high school gym annex.
Both will run Monday through Thursday, with the volleyball camp from 9-11 a.m. and the girls basketball camp from noon to 2 p.m. The camp is open to girls entering third through ninth grades next fall.
Cost is $40 per individual; if a girl wants to attend both camps, the cost is $60 total. To register, or for more information, contact volleyball coach Debbi Kelly (815-535-0364), girls basketball coach Joe Salvatori (815-499-3454) or the high school office (815-625-0500).
IHSA to move all classes to the same weekend
The IHSA boys and girls basketball tournaments will crown champions in all four classes in a single weekend starting in 2021. The state tournament will move from 2 days to 3, running Thursday through Saturday.
The IHSA announced on Monday that girls basketball semifinals and finals in all four classes will be held March 4-6, 2021, with the boys playing all classes the following week.
Details for game times and how many games will be played each day will be figured out at a later date.
Raiders to be featured on Hard Knocks
Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden will be a TV star once again.
HBO announced Tuesday that the Raiders will be featured on the network’s “Hard Knocks” show in training camp this summer that gives a behind-the-scenes look at an NFL team.
Eli Manning still No. 1 for Giants
When the New York Giants report to training camp next month, two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is going to be the No. 1 quarterback for coach Pat Shurmur.
Shurmur reiterated his support for the 38-year-old veteran as his starter Tuesday. He also said heir apparent Daniel Jones, the No. 6 overall pick in the draft, is getting ready to play in the regular-season opener at Dallas.
Vikings, Rudolph reach agreement
The Minnesota Vikings and tight end Kyle Rudolph have agreed to terms on a contract extension, keeping the team’s longest-tenured offensive player in place despite a tight salary cap situation.
The Vikings announced the deal on Tuesday as minicamp began. Rudolph had entered the final year of his previous contract with a $7.25 million non-guaranteed salary, putting him at risk for being released after Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. was drafted in the second round.
Rudolph, a two-time Pro Bowl pick in his ninth NFL season, had 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns in 2018. He played in every game over the last four years. The native of Cincinnati and product of Notre Dame has spoken often about how at home his family has felt in Minnesota .