Rock Falls physical deadline Aug. 14
All Rock Falls athletes must have their physical by Aug. 14, which is the first day fall sports teams are allowed to practice by the IHSA.
The golf meetings will take place at Tabor Gym at 6 p.m. for the boys and 6:30 for the girls. Picture day is Aug. 17 at Hinders Field, and Meet the Rockets – which all athletes and a parent or guardian are required to attend – is slated for 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at Tabor Gym.
Kids Fishing Day is Sept. 7 in Thomson
Kids ages 5-12 are encouraged to register for Kids Fishing Day on Sept. 7 at the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Thomson.
A clinic and fishing will take place from 9 to noon, and will be followed by a cookout. Call the Savanna District Office at 815-273-2732 to register, volunteer or get more information.
Illini’s Finney may return soon
Illinois defensive starter Eric Finney didn’t suffer
a torn ACL, but the junior-college transfer did undergo arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday that will sideline him for at least a few weeks.
Illinois coach Tim
Beckman didn’t rule out Finney returning for the end of training camp.
Finney, an outside linebacker/safety hybrid expected to start at the star position, missed the 2012 junior-college season with an undisclosed injury.
Illini add two
The Illini added two new future home opponents, Middle Tennessee State in 2015 and Western
Kentucky in 2017.
Illinois and Middle
Tennessee State met twice previously, and the Illini hold a 2-0 advantage. MTSU just joined
Conference USA. The game is set for Sept. 26.
Illinois already has a 2014 home game scheduled against Western
Kentucky, which will be the first meeting between the teams. The 2017
contest is set for Sept. 16.
Dean Smith to get prestigious award
Former North Carolina coach Dean Smith is one of 16 people who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year.
Smith retired in 1997 after 36 seasons with the Tar Heels as the winningest coach in NCAA men’s history with 879 wins. He won two national championships, reached 11 Final Fours and won 13 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles. He also directed the U.S. men’s basketball team to a
gold medal in the 1976 Summer Olympics.
The award, created 5 decades ago by President John F. Kennedy, is the highest honor the U.S. bestows on civilians for contributions to society.
This year’s recipients, announced Thursday by the White House, include Oprah Winfrey and former President Bill Clinton.