>> Good to see Nick Rolovich and Dave Aranda are getting well-deserved raises.
>> Mike Brown is the new head coach of the Lakers. Everyone says he’s a nice guy, and a defensive-minded coach. But is he the right fit for an aging team led by an aging superstar?
>> Kansas second baseman Ka’iana Eldredge, a Punahou product, made the Big 12 All-Freshman team.
>> Following up on Sunday’s column about lopsided games. As sportswriters, we talk a lot about liking blowouts because it means we can get most of our story done early. But that only goes so far. I don’t envy what my friend T.J. Johnston of the Moline Dispatch & Argus had to endure last month — a high school doubleheader that was won by a combined score of 29-0!
“Moline beat United Township (East Moline) in a Western Big 6 Conference twinbill. First game went to Moline 11-0 with 7 in the fourth and then stopped it mid-inning with 4 in the fifth. Moline then went 5-9-8-7 for the 18-0 nightcap victory.”
That’s topped only by a high school playoffs score I saw in a copy of the Baltimore Sun that Jason Kaneshiro brought into the office: Final score was 35-0. It was a second-round game of regionals. Yikes!