Thursday Sports Update

Thursday Sports Update

Illinois High School Association Executive Director Craig Anderson said a timetable for the return of high school sports is still up in the air as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put a stronghold on athletics.

With an IHSA board meeting set for next Wednesday, Anderson said the meeting could determine spring athletic seasons’ future. 

“However, with time running thin, everything is on the table, including modified seasons and even some sports cancelations.”  Said Director Anderson

The IHSA  board would also consider setting start dates for specific sports and if they dont start on those dates, cancelation of seasons is on the table.

Currently the IHSA has no scheduled meetings with the  governor’s office or the  IDPH before their board meeting for next wednesday.

No word yet on a timetable for all the high school students to return to the classroom which is far more important than the start of any sport. 

 

 

12th ranked Illinois presents a tough challenge on the road tonight for Northwestern at the Welsh-Ryan Arena. The 8-3 Illini has moved up in the latest AP rankings following wins over Penn State and Indiana last week.  The Wildcats have won its last three home games, scoring an average of 83.3 points while giving up 61.

The Illini’s Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn  are on the Midseason Top 25 Watch List for the John R. Wooden Award.  Illinois is one of three schools to have multiple players on the midseason list.  The John R. Wooden Award is given annually to the most outstanding men’s and women’s college basketball players.

 

In college football

Illinois is hiring defensive coordinator Ryan Walters away from Missouri.  Walters has been Mizzou’s coordinator the past three seasons.  Walters came to Missouri in 2015 after stints with Memphis, North Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona.

 

No big Surprise  that Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is ready to test himself at the pro level.  He revealed in a video on social media that he is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.  Lawrence is widely projected to be the top overall selection, which belongs to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

 

Over in the NBA

Coby White poured in a career high 36 points but the Bulls fell 128-124 to the Kings in Sacramento.  Zach LaVine added 32 points for Chicago, which fell to 4-and-5.  The Bulls visit the Lakers tomorrow night.

 

The PGA Tour tees off today in Hawaii.  First-round play begins in the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course in Kapalua The purse is worth 6.7-million-dollars.  Justin Thomas is the defending champion from last season.