Comets take top spot in 2A poll
Newman begins the 2014 season in the same place it finished 2013: At No. 1 in the Associated Press Class 2A football poll.
The Comets received 14 first-place votes and 156 points in the top spot, well ahead of No. 2 Mercer County (122). Newman’s Week 1 opponent, Rockridge, received the other first-place vote and is third with 109 points. Eastland-Pearl City is ranked seventh with 44 points.
Erie-Prophetstown received 21 votes to just miss the top 10 in Class 3A, while Oregon received three votes in that poll. Sterling received three votes in the Class 5A poll, where Rochelle received 10 votes to rank 11th.
For a complete list of the polls for all eight classes, see the facing page.
Schuldt tied for 77th at Q School
Ember Schuldt of Sterling carded a second-round 76 on Wednesday and is in an 18-way tie for 77th place at Stage I of the LPGA Qualifying Tourney at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Schuldt, a recent University of Illinois graduate, had a 73 in Tuesday’s opening round and stands at 149.
The top 60 players among 278 remaining in the field after Friday’s fourth and final round advance to Stage II of qualifying slated for Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in Venice, Fla.
Sterling man scores ace at Prophet Hills
Barry Montague recorded his first career hole-in-one Monday during Southern Senior League play at Prophet Hills Country Club in Prophetstown.
Montague used a 5-iron to ace the 155-year par-3 fifth hole. The shot was witnessed by Jack Peterson, Gene Robbins, and Dick Brokaw.
Mannelly replaces McNeil at WSCR
Recently retired Bears long-snapper Patrick Mannelly will be Matt Spiegel’s new partner on the 9 a.m.-1 p.m. show on WSCR-AM 670, beginning Tuesday. He replaces Dan McNeil, who departed after failing to agree to a new contract with the station.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler joins NFC North rival Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Sept. 1 issue.
The NFL preview edition asks, “Where Did All the Gunslingers Go?” and answers its own question: “The NFC, That’s Where.”
SI also created QB rivalry covers for each of the NFC’s three other divisions, including Tony Romo (Cowboys) vs. Nick Foles (Eagles) in the East, Drew Brees (Saints) vs. Matt Ryan (Falcons) in the South, and Russell Wilson (Seahawks) vs. Colin Kaepernick (49ers) in the West.
Cutler last graced the cover of SI for the magazine’s Jan. 24, 2011, issue.