Dawn Patrol: IHSA may restrict pitch counts; Sonny Acres matriarch dies

  • St. Francis pitcher Ryan Hodgett is back on the diamond after missing his junior year thanks to Tommy John surgery. In an effort to reduce throwing-related injuries, the Illinois High School Association is looking at several options to protect young arms, including creating a mandatory pitch count.

    St. Francis pitcher Ryan Hodgett is back on the diamond after missing his junior year thanks to Tommy John surgery. In an effort to reduce throwing-related injuries, the Illinois High School Association is looking at several options to protect young arms, including creating a mandatory pitch count. Photo courtesy of Debra Hodgett

 
 
Updated 8/29/2016 5:59 AM

IHSA may restrict how much young pitchers can throw

In an effort to reduce throwing-related injuries, the Illinois High School Association is looking at several options to protect young arms, including creating a mandatory pitch count. On Tuesday, the association's baseball advisory committee will consider the issue. The panel eventually will make a recommendation that will be vetted before going to the IHSA's board of directors, which gets the final say on what regulations will be implemented for the spring baseball season. Full story.

 

Remembering the matriarch of West Chicago's Sonny Acres Farm

Sonny Acres Farm in West Chicago is where Ramona Feltes spent most of her 98 years. She helped her parents with farm work in her younger years, invited the public onto the property through a small farmstand she started with her husband, and launched the farm's popular fall fest with her nine children. On Aug. 13, she died peacefully in her sleep, in the same bedroom of the farmhouse where she was born. Full story.

Bald eagles, birds of prey spread their wings in Geneva

Whether they're nesting at Mooseheart Child City and School near Batavia or soaring along the Fox River, bald eagles can be spotted from afar throughout the suburbs. A few dozen visitors to Peck Farm Park in Geneva, however, got to see the majestic American icon and other birds of prey up close yesterday during a presentation by SOAR Illinois, which stands for Save Our American Raptors. Full story.

Weather

Partly cloudy and 73 degrees this morning. Temperatures will reach 82 degrees this afternoon, before dipping to 71 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.

Traffic

Ongoing major reconstruction has reduced Irving Park Road to one lane in Bensenville between Church Road and O'Hare South Access Road until 2017. Full story.

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