Former Lincoln Trail College men's basketball player Alex Heath will continue his career at Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, Calif., after committing to the school last month. Heath averaged 18 points, 5.6 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game while playing in just 19 of 29 games this past season. Those numbers came after Heath averaged 9.9 points, 4.3 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals over 24 games in his freshman season. Josh Brown | Daily News
Yet another section of the sports landscape has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak that is running rampant through the United States.
Following a teleconference Friday, the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) made the decision to cancel all remaining state series activities, which effectively brought the spring sports season to an end before it could even begin.
It was announced late last week that the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 that was set to take place on Sunday, May 24, has been rescheduled to Sunday, Aug. 23, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, becoming one of the latest major sporting events to be affected.
"The health and safety of our event participants and spectators is our top priority and we believe given the current situation, postponing the event is the responsible decision," Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Douglas Boles said in a press release. "We're confident we can deliver a world-class experience in August and are already working to do so. Making this announcement now gives everyone ample time to adjust and prepare for the new date. The new schedule will include many of the on-track activities that make the lead-up to the '500' so special. Fast Friday, Qualifying, Carb Day's Pit Stop Competition and the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race will all take place, beginning with the first day of NTT INDYCAR Series practice on Wednesday, Aug. 12."
Following an inaugural season that saw them grasping for anyone and everyone they could to fill spots on the field and still coming up short, Lincoln Trail College's women's soccer team is hoping year two will be the first of many steps forward.
After their first season this past fall was cut short due to a lack of players, head coach Shawn Hall has already been able to secure a deeper roster heading into his second season at the helm and he continues to look to supplement it.
"We have six new girls coming in and all of them are better than the back end of what we had last year," Hall said. "My goal was to bring more solid, all-around players in that can help the program and I believe we are doing that." Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Even though sports are done for the school year thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, improvements to the athletic facilities at Lincoln Trail College continue to progress.
A little more than a year ago, the LTC Foundation donated 11 acres of land west of the baseball diamond to allow for the addition of two soccer fields to house the LTC women's team and the soon-to-debut men's team, as well as a softball diamond to bring the LTC softball team back to campus after utilizing the Robinson City Park as home for many years.
Statesmen Park - which is the name for the entire complex - broke ground last May and hit some snags along the way, which prevented soccer fields from being completed in time to play on during the fall season.
As the number of days without sports continues to grow and the thought of losing an entire season of contests looms larger each day thanks to the outbreak of COVID-19, the executive director of the IHSA is hopeful the spring sports season can eventually resume.
A changing of the guard is on tap for Lincoln Trail College's softball team.
Following an unusual season that was cut short due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the country, LTC announced recently they will have a new leader of their softball program beginning next season.
In a press release issued last week, associate head coach Erica Arnold was promoted to head coach of the Lady Statesmen, replacing the retiring Gary Rodgers.
In addition, while Rodgers is retiring from coaching, he is not leaving LTC, as he has been named to the newly created position of Director of Athletic Grounds.
Continued concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic have led to some difficult decisions across the sports landscape, which have trickled down from the professional side, to college and even the high-school and junior high level, including schools and teams here locally.
The sports world has basically come to a standstill as a result of leagues and organizations suspending and in some cases cancelling sports seasons, some of which had just begun or were about to begin.