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|Local Sports 8/30/13
The new high school football season kicks off tonight. The continuing hot temperatures will likely make for long evenings on the area fields tonight, as extra timeouts will be used by officials to ensure that players remain hydrated in an attempt to prevent heat-related illnesses. The starting times for several games have been moved back a half-hour, as Mid-County's game with Annawan/Wethersfield will now kickoff at 7:30 in Galva, and Knoxville's home game with Bushnell-Prairie City will also be a 7:30 start.
Other games in the area tonight include the "A-Town Tornados" debut in Abingdon against Farmington; highly-touted Monmouth-Roseville will host Dixon, and United travels to West Prairie.
The Galesburg Silver Streaks will be at home as they try to dodge the construction mess and play host to the Moline Maroons. Streaks head coach Tim Dougherty says they have taken the hot weather in stride.
It's the first of three straight Western Big-6 Conference games to open the season, and coach Dougherty says they don't have to do much scouting to be ready.
As for the site of the game, Van Dyke Field is in pretty good shape, but the surrounding area has been dug up by work crews as they prepare the new stadium for next year. GHS athletic director Ralph Henning gives the lay of the land for fans coming into tonight's game.
Parking could also prove to be a challenge, as some of the traditional spots have been closed due to the construction. If the GHS lot is full, fans can use the lot of the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church across Fremont Street, or park at the Northwoods church and take a shuttle to the game. Broadcast time is 7:06 here on WGIL. Our halftime guest will be new Knox College head football coach Damon Tomeo. (toe may oh)
The Galesburg High School cross country team was scheduled to run at Moline today, but that meet has been cancelled due to the heat. Moline has not had school for the past two days.
The Fighting Illini will begin their new season tomorrow in Champaign. You can catch Illinois football all season long here on WGIL. Listen for pregame coverage at 10:30 in the morning, with the kickoff at 11, as the Illini host in-state rival Southern Illinois at Memorial Stadium.