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Daytona Wins Florida State League Title

Daytona Wins Florida State League Title

Sunday Sept. 11, 2011
Posted: 8:30 p.m.
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The Cubs downed St. Lucie Sunday night at Digital Domain Stadium, 4-2, to complete a sweep and capture their first Florida State League title since 2008 and fifth overall.

Logan Watkins RBI single in the sixth inning snapped a 2-2 tie. Mike Brenly followed with a sacrifice fly to give Daytona a two-run bulge in a game that it trailed 2-1. Greg Rohan finished with three hits and an RBI while Justin Bour added two hits and an RBI.

Dae-Eun Rhee earned the victory despite allowing both runs over six innings. Aaron Kurcz pitched shutout ball over the seventh and eighth before Frank Batista closed things out with a perfect ninth.
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Charles Shirek was brilliant on the mound while Brandon Short took care of matters at the plate Sunday afternoon for Birmingham in a 7-1 victory over Mobile at Hank Aaron Stadium.

The victory knotted the Southern League semifinal series at two games apiece with the deciding fifth game slated for Monday night in Mobile. The winner of Mondays game will face Tennessee for the Southern League title.

Shirek scattered eight hits over seven innings, allowing only one run. Leyson Septimo and Tyson Corley each pitched a no-hit inning to close out the BayBears.

Short, meanwhile, had a double and a triple and tied a season-high with four RBIs. Tyler Kuhn added a pair of hits while Jon Gilmore, Chris Marrero and Alden Carrithers each drove in runs.

The coolest Bear arrival in Bourbonnais was.... the punter?

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The coolest Bear arrival in Bourbonnais was.... the punter?

Today is basically a national holiday for football fans around the globe. It’s a fresh start, a new beginning, the start of training camp and effectively the start of the 2017 football season.

Now the Bears pre-season doesn’t start until August 10th, and the regular season begins exactly a month after that as the Monsters of the Midway take on the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field .

But for fans who are in desperate need of some football injected into their lives, today will suffice.

The beginning of training camp means a many things for the players. It can be the difference in getting a job or not, impressing a coach or even feeding their family. Yet on a lighter note, day 1 provides a perfect opportunity for a first impression as players show up to camp in style and in… well you can decide.

In an homage to arguably the greatest Bear ever, just a day after his birthday, WR Josh Bellamy showed up in a #34 Bears Walter Payton jersey. You have to love that. Coincidentally he is pictured with a man who hopes to be the Bears next Sweetness, 2016 Bears Offensive MVP, Jordan Howard.

Next, with possibly the most style of any arrival in Bourbonnais today, we have 6’5” 220lb machine of a punter Pat O’Donnell and Bears K Connor Barth rolling up in a McLaren with the butterfly doors. I feel like it's safe to say the Bears have started the 2017 NFL campaign with the coolest  special teams showing across the league. That’s some major  #SpecialTeamsSwag

Rounding out the notable arrivals we have our most unique one to say the least. OL Eric Kush, who the medical community unanimously declared as allergic to sleeves, showed up on a tandem bike. With whom did he show up on this tandem bike you ask? Take a look below.

Bold move by Kush, but you’ve got to respect it, he's proabably the size of 2 average people anyways so it all works out.

If you’re itching for more Bears training camp storylines take a look here, and now that the season is underway start tuning in to our BearsTalk Podcast here to stay up to date on on everything blue and orange.  

Bear down Bears fans…. We’re almost there.

30 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

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30 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

School: Maine West

Head coach: Jason Kradman

Assistant Coaches: Steve Piha, Mike Smith, Russ Swenson, Dan Wilson, Mike O'Brill, Matt Boswell, Tony Manicke, Ryan Willett, Trent Greco, Rashad Daviston, Joe Duszynski

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (2-3 Central Suburban North Conference), missed the 2016 IHSA state playoff field

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th vs Streamwood

September 1st @ Larkin

September 8th vs Buffalo Grove

September 15th @ Wheeling

September 22nd @ Glenbrook North

September 29th vs Maine East

October 6th @ Vernon Hills

October 13th @ Highland Park

October 20th vs Deerfield

Biggest storyline: Can Maine West become playoff eligible in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior TE Matt Kentgen Senior DL Walter Hutt

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will need to reload on both sides of the football with just 7 starters back (3 offense 4 defense) this fall. .

EDGY's Early Take: Maine West is looking to continue to take positive steps forward after just missing out on a five win season in 2016. Look for the Warriors to get the football into the hands of senior TE Matt Kentgen as much as possible and if the underclassmen can develop West could again challenge for a state playoff slot in 2017.