Locals named to
Sterling’s Jayme Eilers and Morrison’s Lauren Rice were each named first team all-state by the Illinois Coaches Association. Eilers was a Class 3A selection, while Rice was named to the 2A squad.
Class 2A second-teamers included Emma Melton and Brooke Stralow of Morrison, Aleah Wight of Oregon, and Lakyn Waldschmidt and Madison Craft of Newman. Third-teamers included Ashley Davis and Erica Thulen of Erie-Prophetstown, Faith Kennedy of Fulton and Emma Sitzmore of Morrison.
In Class 1A, Amboy had a trio of second-teamers. They were Karlee Doege, Delaney Wilhelm and Kylie Highbarger.
White, Soltow earn BNC honors
Oregon’s Hailey White and Rock Falls’ Natalie Soltow were each named first team on the Big Northern all-conference softball team.
Second-teamers included Oregon’s Emily Perkins and Aleah Wight, and Rock Falls’ Bailee Reynolds and Miranda Long.
Mallory Newman (Dixon) and Payton Johnson (Rock Falls) received honorable mention notice.
Bramm to be remembered Sunday
The local community is invited to share stories of one of the area’s biggest and most beloved sports fans at a get-together Sunday in Lyndon, which also is a fundraiser for a memorial in his honor.
John “Woody” Bramm was 67 when he was killed in a car crash on June 7, 2016, in Florida.
The 1967 Morrison High graduate kept stats for the Mustangs’ football team for 45 years and was a fixture at any and all of the town’s youth sporting events – always with a high-powered smile on his face and a ready handshake.
Woody worked for General Electric, retiring in 2012. He also worked at Spencer’s Automotive in Morrison, and for famed race car driver Arnie Beswick’s drag racing team.
“Unless you’d been living in a cave, every sports enthusiast in Whiteside County knew Woody,” said Beswick, Bramm’s great and longtime pal, who’s organizing the tribute.
“Come help us celebrate and relive the many memories we all have of our friend, and help raise a few dollars to create a memorial in his name.”
The get-together begins at 2 p.m. at Bushy’s Bar & Grill, 407 First Ave. in Lyndon.
Call Beswick at 815-735-3006 for more information, or to donate to the memorial.
Rock Falls trio advance in Drive, Chip & Putt
Three locals from Rock Falls advanced to a sub-regional of the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship this past Sunday at TPC Deere Run in Silvis.
Maison Brandt took first place in the boys 12-13 year-old division, while Alayna Brandt won the girls 7-9 year-old division. Megan Fiorini placed third in the girls 12-13 year-old division.
All three advance to the sub-regional held at Warrior Run Golf Course in Norwalk, Iowa on August 6th.
The next step after the sub-regionals would be a regional held at Interlachen Country Club in Minneapolis on September 30th.