|High School Baseball
Galesburg is going into postseason play on a roll.
The Silver Streaks concluded the regular season with an 8-6 victory at home against Moline. The win was Galesburg's seventh straight that improved the team's record to 22-13.
The Silver Streaks, the #3 seed in the Class 3A Limestone Regional, play Thursday against #2 seed East Peoria at 4:30 p-m. Galesburg would advance to the regional championship game Saturday at 11:00 with a win. Limestone is the #1 seed in the field and plays the first semifinal game Thursday at 4:30 against Peoria Woodruff. The #4 seed Warriors beat #5 Peoria High 2-1 in Monday's play-in game.
>Class 1A Regionals
North Fulton beat South Fulton 8-2 in the regional championship game.
This season's regional title is the third straight for the Wildcats, who advance to play in Wednesday's Bloomington Sectional semifinals at Illinois Wesleyan University against Midland at 6 p-m.
Annawan-Wethersfield and Gibson City play in Thursday's semifinal game. The semifinal winners advance to Saturday's sectional championship game.
Brimfield-Elmwood shut out Canton 12-0 in the regional championship game. The Indians advance to the Chillicothe Sectional, which begins Wednesday.
High School Softball
>Class 2A Regionals
Sherrard beat Rock Island Alleman 9-4 to win the regional championship game. The Tigers move on to the Farmington Sectional to play Camp Point Central/Southeastern in the semifinals Wednesday at 4:30. Canton and Brimfield-Elmwood square off in Thursday's sectional semifinal game.
>Class 3A Regionals
Galesburg begins postseason play Tuesday afternoon in its own regional.
The Silver Streaks lost their final two regular season games Saturday against Metamora 3-0 and Sterling 10-0 and ended the regular season with a 11-20 record, the most wins since the 2004 GHS squad won 15.
GHS is the #1 seed in the Galesburg Regional. The Streaks play #4 seed Peoria Richwoods at 4:30 p-m (Tuesday). Galesburg, with a win against the Knights, will advance to Saturday's regional championship game at 11:00 against the winner of Wednesday's semifinal match-up between #2 seed Limestone and #3 Dunlap at 4:30 p-m.
The regional winner advances to the Streator Sectional to play the winner of the Pontiac Regional June 3rd at 4:30 p-m.
Major League Baseball
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox snapped a five-game losing streak against Cleveland by beating the hapless Indians 7-2 in Ohio. Chicago left-hander John Danks allowed two runs and six hits in five innings to stop a personal three-game slide. Mark Teahen drove in three runs. The teams play again Tuesday night at 6:05.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Chicago White Sox infielder Omar Vizquel has matched his boyhood idol in at least one statistic. Vizquel has tied Hall of Famer and fellow Venezuelan Luis Aparicio for the second-most hits by a shortstop. Vizquel got career hit Number 2,674 Monday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse is going on the shelf for now. An MRI revealed inflammation in his right forearm but no structural damage. There's no timetable for his return. His next scheduled start would be Friday.
Next Up for the Cardinals
The Redbirds begin a series in San Diego Tuesday night in a battle of two first-place teams. St. Louis is tied with the Cincinnati Reds atop the National League Central Division. The Padres have a one-game lead on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. Adam Wainwright goes for his seventh win of the season for the Redbirds. Five-game winner John Garland gets the start for San Diego. Pregame coverage begins at 8:22 on WGIL AM 1400.
Next up for the Cubs
Chicago begins a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field Tuesday night. Ryan Dempster (2-4) starts for the Cubs. He'll be opposed by lefthander Clayton Kershaw (4-2). First pitch is at 7:05.
National Hockey League
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Flyers, who haven't won a Stanley Cup since 1975, are going to the Stanley Cup finals where they will play the Chicago Blackhawks, who haven't hoisted the cup since 1961. The Flyers eliminated the Montreal Canadiens in five games to win the Eastern Conference finals with a 4-2 win Monday night.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith says taking a puck in the face was no party but that it could've been worse if he'd been hit in the jawbone. He was hit in the mouth Sunday during a win over San Jose and ended up losing seven teeth as Chicago clinched a trip to the Stanley Cup finals.
National Basketball Association
BOSTON (AP) -- In the first overtime game of the NBA playoffs, the Orlando Magic kept their season alive by outlasting Boston 96-92 to cut the Celtics' lead to 3-1 in the Eastern Conference finals. Dwight Howard's 32 points and 16 rebounds were a big reason the series is now moving back to Orlando for Game 5 Wednesday night.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Don't expect a broken nose to keep Phoenix point guard Steve Nash out of the lineup when the Suns try to even the Western Conference final at two games apiece with the L.A. Lakers Tuesday night. Nash has a small nasal fracture suffered late in their 118-109 victory over the Lakers on Sunday, but says he's played with similar injuries in the past.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the deal says Boston Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau is the leading candidate to fill the New Orleans Hornets' coaching vacancy and the team could offer him the job this week. After interviewing eight candidates, the Hornets are working on a contract for Thibodeau, according to this source.
Local Sports Notes - 5/25/10
High School Softball - Postseason
@ Galesburg Regional:
Galesburg begins postseason play Tuesday in its own regional.
The Silver Streaks start the second season after dropping their final two games of the regular season. Galesburg wound up with a 11-20 record. Second-year head coach Scott Hopping helped lead the softball squad to its best season since the 2004 Galesburg High School team won 15 games.
The Silver Streaks are considered the favorites in the regional after garnering the #1 seed. Galesburg takes the field Tuesday afternoon against #4 seed Peoria Richwoods at 4:30. The Streaks, with a win against the Knights, will advance to Saturday's regional championship game at 11:00 against the winner of Wednesday's semifinal match-up between #2 seeded Limestone or #3 Dunlap at 4:30.
The Galesburg Regional champion advances to the Streator Sectional to play next Thursday at 4:30 against the winner of the Pontiac Regional. The regional winners from Pontiac and Bloomington square off in the first sectional semifinal game next Wednesday at 4:30 for a spot in the championship game a week from Saturday at 11 a-m.
>Class 2A Sectionals:
Sherrard, a 9-4 winner Monday against Rock Island Alleman in the Aledo Regional championship game, plays Camp Point Central/Southeastern in Wednesday's first sectional semifinal game at 4:30. The second semifinal game Thursday afternoon at 4:30 pits Canton against Brimfield-Elmwood. The semifinal winners play for the sectional championship Saturday at 11:00.
>Class 1A Sectionals:
Illini Bluffs, which beat Princeville 9-8 in eight innings Monday in the Tremont Regional championship game, plays Stark County in the first sectional semifinal game at 4:30 Wednesday. That's followed by the second semifinal game at 7:00 between United and Orion. The semifinal winners meet in Saturday's sectional final at 11:00.
Lewistown, the winner of the Havana Regional, plays in Thursday's semifinal game at 4:30 against Payson Seymour. The winner will play either Griggsville-Perry or A-C Central/Virginia in Saturday's sectional championship game at 11:00.
High School Baseball - Postseason
@ Bloomington Sectional - Illinois Wesleyan University
The first semifinal game is Wednesday as North Fulton, a state semifinalist last season, takes on Midland at 6 p-m. The second sectional semifinal game is Thursday night at 6:00 between Annawan-Wethersfield and Downs Tri-Valley. The semifinal winners advance to the championship game Saturday at 11:00.
@ Jacksonville Sectional:
ROWVA plays the first sectional semifinal game Wednesday against Argenta-Oreana at 5:00. The second semifinal game follows Thursday at 5:00 between Hartsburg-Emden and Jacksonville Routt. The winners play in the championship game Saturday at 11:00.
Brimfield-Elmwood shut out Canton 12-0 Monday to win the Farmington Regional championship.
Rockridge beat Macomb 5-1 in the Taylor Ridge Regional championship game.
@ Chillicothe Sectional:
Brimfield-Elmwood and Rockridge play in the first semifinal game Wednesday night at 7:00. The second semifinal game features the host school, Illinois Valley Central, squaring off agianst Peru St. Bede Thursday night at 7:00. The winners of the semifinal game play for the sectional title Saturday at 11:00.
Galesburg High School is red-hot going into postseason play.
The Silver Streaks beat Moline 8-6 in a make-up game Monday in their last regular season game - their seventh straight victory. Galesburg goes into the regional with a 22-13 record.
The Streaks, the #3 seed in the Limestone Regional, hope to continue their season Thursday at 7 p-m against the regional's #2 seed East Peoria.
Galesburg will advance to the regional championship game Saturday at 11:00 with a win. Limestone is the #1 seed in the field. The Rockets play #4 seed Peoria Woodruff in Wednesday's first semifinal game at 4:30. The Warriors beat Peoria High 2-1 in Monday's play-in game.
The Limestone Regional winner advances to the East Peoria Sectional to play the winner of the Washington Regional next Wednesday at 4:00. The regional winners from LaSalle-Peru and Morris square off in the second sectional semifinal game next Wednesday at 6:30 for a spot in the championship game a week from Saturday (June 5) at Noon.