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Tidbits before prep storm

So the calendar flipped over to August at midnight Thursday, and with it, the SVM sports staff was put on the clock.

We have roughly 24 days until all the information for the 56-page football preview that we annually produce needs to be gathered, organized, and plopped onto pages.

Sometime in the wee hours of that 25th day, we will (hopefully) be finished, and turning our attention to the first week of games.

So yes, the coming weeks will be filled with football – well, as you can see (on today's front), we've already started talking prep football here. We'll also hit all the other prep sports that will pop up on courts, courses, and pools in the coming months.

Before we climb fully in, here are a couple other things to chew on.

Former local gets drafted

The name Mike Foltynewicz didn't mean anything to me when I started reading a Chicago Sun Times story on Friday. Maybe it means something to some of you out in the Sauk Valley.

Foltynewicz, an 18-year-old Minooka High School graduate, was the 19th overall selection – made by the Astros – in the 2014 MLB draft.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound right-handed pitcher has a sinking fastball that clocks in at about 97 mph. Not too shabby.

That's nice for an Illinois kid, but something else caught my attention.

The story said that Foltynewicz was born in Sterling, but he moved with his parents – Gary Cindy – to Harvard when he was 4.

I am guessing that Sterling baseball coach Nick Pepper is thinking he could have found a spot in his rotation for that 97 mph fastball.

Hoop offers keep coming

A few weeks ago, I talked to Isaiah Roby after he received his first college offer from Northern Illinois.

As a former Huskie, I thought it'd be pretty cool to have another local playing a sport in DeKalb. Right now, we have Sterling's Tyler Loos on the Huskies football team.

Since that story on Roby, it has become clear that the Huskies are going to have a lot of competition for his services.

Shortly thereafter, Roby received offers from Western Illinois and IUPUI.

The names got even bigger on Wednesday, as Nebraska and Georgia both made offers.

The best news for us in the Sauk Valley is that Roby is only a junior, so we should all get plenty of chances to watch him play in Lancaster Gym.

Must-watch Twitter

Speaking of Northern Illinois, the university keeps working hard to increase its national presence.

This week, NIU kept fans captivated on social media as it released a new future opponent each day on Twitter.

The Huskies didn't disappoint, as they added San Diego State, BYU, Utah, and Maryland to the fold for upcoming seasons.

Now, it's up to the Huskies to keep the momentum going with another successful season on the field.

All-Star props

The Sterling 9-10-year-old All-Stars won the state title in Freeport on Tuesday. They dominated the field, outscoring opponents 30-0 in three games.

Coaching the team was Roy Garcia, which was a bit of surprise for this sports editor.

See, I played baseball for his father, Jim, for at least six seasons during my formative years in Little League. Roy helped out the last couple, if my memory serves right. Younger brother Chris was a pitcher and infielder on most of those teams.

I spent most of the time behind the plate, praying not to make too many mistakes.

I can honestly say that much of my baseball knowledge comes from the things I learned from one Garcia or another.

Some baseball faithful out there might see that as someone to blame when they read my baseball musings, but I am grateful for the lessons learned.

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