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Booker hired as new St. Bede baseball coach

Posted by wlpo on September 18, 2014

A baseball coach whose celebrated run at LP High School came to contentious end has been hired by Saint Bede Academy.  Bill Booker will be the next head boys’ baseball coach for the Bruin’s. He fills a vacancy created John Bellino stepped away from baseball at the end of the past season.

St. Bede Athletic Director Tom McGunnigal made the announcement Thursday. He says Booker’s success and experience at the state level and his enthusiasm for coaching were just some of the attributes that got him the position.

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A baseball tournament means more business in Peru and Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on July 31, 2014

 If parking lots at hotels and restaurants look busier than usual this weekend in the Illinois Valley it could be because of baseball.

 The Central Region Senior Baseball Tournament is back in Peru and Oglesby with nine teams including players locally from Ottawa and regionally from Michigan and Wisconsin. Opening ceremonies start at 6pm Friday in Washington Park in Peru with games going through Tuesday in both Peru and Oglesby.

 Oglesby Mayor Don Finley says with hungry teenagers this tournament is a boost to the economy.

 Finley says many volunteers put in time to make the tournament happen every year. He says they will start planning for 2015 right after this year’s tournament ends.

 For more about the Central States tournament, you can listen to an interview with Don Finley at the WLPO AM and FM news page.

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Central States Tourney about to begin

Posted by wlpo on July 27, 2014

Summer is moving along as indicated by the Central States Senior League Regional baseball tournament starting Friday.  According to coordinator Don Finley, teams will arrive around mid-afternoon Friday with an opening ceremony at 6pm in Peru Washington Park.

Competition starts Saturday with three games in Oglesby and two in Peru.  Sunday The championship will be hosted by Oglesby on Wednesday, August 6.

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