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Winnebago High School Athletics

For the first time in over 20 years, cross country coaches Janet and Joe Erb were nowhere to be seen at the regional meet for the Winnebago High School girls team. Then again, some of their runners weren’t there either.

Just days before regionals, members of the team and coaching staff came in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Winnebago High School Athletics

The Winnebago High School girls cross country team ran away with the 1A state title last year. At times, they’ve been even faster this year, but they won’t have a shot at back-to-back titles.

That’s because the IHSA canceled the state championship meets due to the pandemic. Joe and Janet Erb are married co-coaches of the boys and girls cross country teams.

Peter Medlin

On a new episode of Teachers’ Lounge, we have Jason Cavanaugh. He’s a high school math teacher and baseball coach in Sycamore.

They’re learning remotely. So, Jason is going into his empty, retrofitted math class to teach kids who are at home. Obviously, he’s never done this before, the students haven’t either. And, as you can imagine, the technology is not always flawless.

NIU

Football returns to Northern Illinois University this fall. Officials with the Mid-American Conference announced games will start Nov. 4. The MAC was the first major college football league to postpone its season because of COVID-19 and the last to jump back in.

The six-game season will conclude in a championship game Dec. 18 or 19. Pre-season practices can start Oct. 5.

Peter Medlin

Running is more than exercise, it’s therapy. That’s what Jonah Garcia says. So he’s training now harder than ever. Garcia’s a senior distance runner on Auburn High School’s track & field team in Rockford.

Like so many spring athletes, Jonah had his final high school season stolen by the COVID-19 pandemic. He says he was feeling good about the season and had personal records he figured he could easily break.

“I was hoping to go Division-1 and maybe try and get a scholarship based off of my times this year,” he said.

NIU eSports Hosting Daily Online Gaming Sessions

Apr 7, 2020
Andrew Heiserman

The eSports club at Northern Illinois University is organizing daily game sessions.

The club’s mantra is “anybody can play.” And anyone from competitive players on NIU’s eSports teams to casual gamers are flocking to their favorites while stuck at home can join the eSports Discord.

Discord is a platform where groups of gamers can chat over video, voice or text. 

 

On this episode of Statewide, we hear how one Illinois town has fared since a major employer left.  Galesburg lost more than 1500 jobs in 2004 when a Maytag plant closed.  

We learn about a service broadcasting sports events specifically for the blind.

And the number of people leaving the state has local governments working to find ways to reverse the trend.  That and more on Statewide.

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"Football helmet" by Flickr User Ramon Saroldi / (CC X 2.0)

Chicago sports franchises and national players' advocates are squaring off over whether injured professional athletes should be allowed to earn certain worker compensation benefits like other workers.

Current law allows Illinois residents to claim benefits that help make up the difference between what they would have earned before a career-ending injury and what they can make afterward, up to age 67.

Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would cut off former athletes at age 35 or five years after the injury.