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Kewanee to field boys soccer

There will be a new boys soccer team on the horizon at Kewanee High School.

The Kewanee School Board has approved to start the program in 2016 by a 4-3 vote. The Kewanee Star Courier said the decision came against the recommendation of superintendent Chris Sullens, who expressed concern about the number of students available for the fall sports boys programs at Kewanee. Currently, Kewanee offers football, golf and cross country in the fall for boys.

The Boilermakers will become the just the fourth school in the Three Rivers to field boys soccer, including Princeton, the Orion/Sherrard co-op and Riverdale.

A similar motion to start a girls soccer team was not seconded. Girls, may however, try out for the boys team, the Kewanee school board said.

IHSA postseason pairings/assignments: Postseason play is just around the corner. Here’s a rundown where local teams will be competing.

Princeton (11-8-1) drew the No. 2 seed of its own 1A girls regional in soccer headed by Rock Island Alleman. The field also includes No. 3 DePue and No. 4 Hall. The regional will open May 13 at Tiskilwa with Alleman facing Hall at 5 p.m. PHS and DePue will clash at 5 p.m. May 14 with the regional finals set for 5 p.m. May 16.

Baseball and softball regionals will start up May 19. A 2A softball regional returns to St. Bede, where the defending champion Lady Bruins will host Bureau Valley, Hall, Princeton, and Seneca. Morrison also hosts the 2A sectional. In 1A, LaMoille/Ohio will travel to Serena and Putnam County will head to Henry for regional play. PC will be playing for the right to return home for sectionals.

In baseball, Bureau Valley will host the local 2A regional including Hall, Princeton and St. Bede along with Riverdale and Prophetstown. The regional champ advances to the Morrison Sectional. Putnam County plays host for a 1A regional, including Amboy and LaMoille.

Bureau Valley will host a 1A sectional in girls track on May 15, including Amboy/LaMoille, DePue, Hall, Henry, Putnam County, Ohio and St. Bede. Mendota and Princeton will run out of the 2A sectional at Plano on May 16.

Erie will host a 1A boys track sectional May 23, including DePue, Hall, Putnam County, Ohio and St. Bede. Amboy/LaMoille will compete out of the Oregon 1A sectional. Mendota will host a 2A sectional May 23, including Princeton and LaSalle-Peru.

Riverdale fills vacancies: Riverdale High School has filled two of its coaching vacancies. Katie (Battern) Sowder, a 1997 Riverdale grad has been named as the girls’ basketball head varsity coach. She replaces longtime coach Mick Kopriva, who is retiring.

Myron Keppy returns for his second stint as head wrestling coach. In his first stint, from 1994-2010, according to the Moline Dispatch, he led the Rams to five appearances in the Class A dual-team state tournament with eight regional titles and coached three state champions.

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