The long wait is over for high school softball and baseball teams throughout Illinois. Monday marked the first official day of practices on the dirt and the diamond for area teams preparing for the IHSA's COVID-19 modified season. At Quincy Notre Dame, the Lady Raiders softball team started drills at 2:00 p.m. sharp under the watchful eye of head coach Eric Orne. QND's players are excited to have a chance to compete once again on the dirt after having their 2020 season wiped away due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Coach Orne is very upbeat about this years team with a trio of standout players returning for the "Blue and Gold." We'll have the latest from 10th & Jackson.
On the hill in Canton, the Lady Wildcats of Culver-Stockton College returned to action on the NAIA dirt as they played host to the Ravens of Benedictine College. The two Heart Of America Athletic Conference teams squared off in a doubleheader this afternoon. We'll have highlights from game 1 headed your way.
A well known former Leatherneck football standout was back on campus this weekend in Macomb. Former Western Illinois All-American Khalen Saunders was spotted on the sidelines at historic Hanson Field on Saturday. The current member of the AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs was having a lot of fun watching his former teammates in action against Youngstown State. The fact that WIU won the game 27-24 made the trip back to WIU a little sweeter for the 24-year-old Chesterfield, Missouri product. We'll check in with Saunders and get his thoughts on the 'Necks and "coming home to Hanson!"