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Local Sports Roundup -- 6/10/10
A Galesburg High School boys track and field standout who earned medals in the last two Class 2A state meets will complete in collegiate athletics for a Division I university.

Bailee Ricketts was joined by his family Thursday at Galesburg High School as he signed a letter of intent to run track at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Ricketts competed the past two seasons for the Silver Streaks track and field team. His events included the high jump and the long jump, among others. Ricketts cleared 6'5" in the high jump at the state finals last month in Charleston, good for a seventh place finish. His team finished 12th overall.

Ricketts also won a medal in the 2009 state finals in Charleston to help lead Coach Craig Hillier's Galesburg squad to a fourth place finish.

Ricketts joins teammates Lucas Junk - who's going to DePaul and SIU-Edwarsville-bound Josh Thomas as members of this year's Silver Streaks track and field team who will compete at the next level.

You can hear from both Bailee Ricketts and Hillier on WGIL Sports Saturday, Saturday morning at 8:00 on WGIL AM 1400.


Bailee Rickets (center) signs a letter of intent to run track at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Friday afternoon at Galesburg High School.

(WGIL Sports Story and Photo by Mike Perry)


High School Softball State Semifinalists

>Class 3A @ EastSide Centre - East Peoria:

*SEMIFINAL #1*

River Forest Trinity (33-5)

Breese Mater Dei (24-10) @ 9:30 A-M


*SEMIFINAL #2*

Metamora (40-1)

Antioch (31-5) @ NOON

- The semifinal winners play for the state championship around Noon Saturday after the losers square off in the third place game Saturday morning at 9:30


>Class 4A @ EastSide Centre - East Peoria:

*SEMIFINAL #1*

Palatine Fremd (32-4)

Elk Grove Village (36-4) @ 4:30 P-M


*SEMIFINAL #2*

Moline (28-8) - making their 12th state appearance, has five state championships - last one in 2006

Orland Park Sandburg (38-2) - making their 11th state appearance @ 7 p-m


- The semifinal winners play for the state championship around 7 p-m Saturday after the losers square off in the third place game at 4:30.


High School Baseball State Semifinalists

>Class 3A @ Silver Cross Field - Joliet:

*SEMIFINAL #1*

Joliet Catholic Academy (23-14)

Chatham Glenwood (30-4) @ 10:00 a-m


*SEMIFINAL #2*

DeKalb (26-10)

Woodstock Marian (27-9) @ Noon


- The third place game is Saturday at 9 a-m followed by the state championship game


>Class 4A @ Silver Cross Field - Joliet:

*SEMIFINAL #1*

Naperville Central (36-4)

Lincolnshire Stevenson (34-3) @ 3 p-m


*SEMIFINAL #2*

Chicago St. Rita (31-9)

Huntley (29-9) @ 5 p-m


- The third place game is Saturday at 3 p-m followed by the state championship game
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