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N. Newton's Schultz Player of Week 8/18/12

The First Trust & Savings Bank in Watseka and Clifton Player of the Week (for the week ending 8/18/12) is SENIOR CHAD SCHULTZ OF THE NORTH NEWTON SPARTANS.

Chad, a workhorse on offense and defense, got his senior year off to a nice start, leading the Spartans to an impressive opening night victory over one of Indiana’s top Class A teams, South Newton.  Chad rushed for 122 yards on 24 carries.  He ran a punt back 80 yards for a score in the first quarter, and sealed the Spartan win in the 4th with TD runs of 9 and 59 yards.

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Walker & Gentry Return from London Olympics

Rick Walker is a former Olympic hopeful who had his dreams of qualifying in the trials dashed when the U.S. boycotted the 1980 Games in Moscow.  The Kankakee Eastridge High graduate is now head coach for the Southern Illinois University swimming team.

He coached Egyptian distance swimmer Mazen Aziz, who swam collegiately for Walker at SIU. He finished 24th with a time of 1:54:33.

Matt Gentry, an Oregon native who married his college sweetheart and moved to Kankakee, finished fifth in the 74-kilogram freestyle wrestling event as a member of the Canadian wrestling team. He nearly forced a third and decisive period against heavily favored U.S. sensation Jordan Burroughs, who swept through four matches en route to winning the gold medal.

Gentry said before the meet that the Summer Games would mark an end to his competitive wrestling career,which includes a 2004 NCAA national championship.

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WGFA Sports' Tom Conn is on JEOPARDY 10/11/12!

WGFA sports broadcaster and Saturday morning sports show host Tom Conn is FINALLY a contestant on the long-running TV quiz show "JEOPARDY!"  He has auditioned nearly every year since high school, but this past January, he did well enough on the 50-question online test to be invited to an in-person audition in Chicago in May.  One month later, Sony Pictures in California called him to come to an August 1st taping to compete!

While he is not allowed by Sony to reveal what happened, you can tune in to find out for yourself...on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012.  Check your local listings to watch Tom in action!  CONGRATULATIONS, TOM on finally making it on the show!

Listen to his announcement here!


 

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Watseka HS football preview

Recently, Saturday morning sports show host Tom Conn talked to Watseka Warriors football coach Steve Lucas, to preview the 2012 team.
 

Braves scout Stu Cann

On a recent Saturday Morning Sports Show, host Tom Conn talked to Stu Cann, a Midwest scout for MLB's Atlanta Braves, about what baseball scouting is like: