Time to clean out the notebook before fall sports fill up everything ...
Adehkeem Brown landed in a good spot.
The former Quincy University all-conference cornerback recently signed to play professionally with the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns of the German Football League. A playoff push pickup, Brown helped the Unicorns qualify for next month's GLF quarterfinals and will be on the playoff roster.
The Unicorns won the GFL South championship and will face the fourth-place team from the GFL North in the first postseason round, scheduled for Sept. 21. They are expected to face the Dresden Monarchs or the Berlin Rebels.
Brown, who ranks second in QU history with 14 career interceptions, began his professional career last season in Italy for the Turin Giaguari.
"With Adehkeem Brown, we have committed not a stopgap but a replacement at eye level," Schwäbisch Hall coach Jordan Neuman said in a press release.
The John Wood Community College men's basketball team unveiled its 2019-20 roster Sunday with some intriguing additions.
There are three holdovers -- guards Nick Rumbo and TJ Jackson and forward Chandler Bevans -- who played crucial minutes in last winter's run to the NJCAA Division II national tournament. There are a couple of transfers who help bridge the gap, none more prominent than Aaron Shoot, the former Quincy High School point guard who was the 2018 Herald-Whig Player of the Year.
The true freshmen who are on campus for the first time make this team intriguing.
It starts with Bradyn Kilby, the 6-foot-7 swingman from Chatham Glenwood who originally committed to the University of Illinois-Springfield but changed his mind after a coaching upheaval there. Stevie Wright, a 6-6 forward from Webster Groves, Mo., is a banger and an athlete who comes from of the Show-Me State's best programs.
Throw in Mohammed Fadika, the 5-11 point guard who is the younger brother of former JWCC forward and current Quincy University big man Aziz Fadika, and Ja'Veon Taylor, the 6-4 swingman from Waukegan, who is the cousin of former JWCC All-American guard Jordan Johnson.
The Pittsburgh Pirates waited until Geoff Hartlieb enjoyed a homecoming before sending back to the minor leagues.
Hartlieb, the former Quincy Gems right-hander who began his college career playing basketball at Quincy University, was in the bullpen for the Pirates when they made the trip to St. Louis 10 days ago. He appeared twice in the three-game series, in which he had more than 200 family and friends in attendance.
Hartlieb is from Highland, Ill., and transferred to Lindenwood to play baseball after his freshman year at QU.
He worked a flawless two-thirds of an inning in his first appearance against the ?Cardinals, but wrapped up the series allowing two runs and four hits without getting an out in the Sunday finale. He then allowed three runs and four hits in an inning against the Los Angeles Angels, which preceded him getting sent to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.
Hartlieb is expected to be back up Sept. 1 when the rosters expand to 40 players.
Add another Quincy University basketball alum to the list Hawks playing professionally overseas.
Demetrius Houston, the 6-foot-3 guard who graduated in May, signed with Play Overseas and will join one of the pro teams in England this fall while also earning a master's degree. Houston was the Hawks' leading scorer last season, averaging 13.3 points. He was second in assists (60) and first in steals (31).
Mixed results have followed Nick Stroud to the Gateway Grizzlies.
Released by the Southern Illinois Miners after going 1-2 with a 5.17 ERA in four appearances, the former Quincy University right-handed pitcher signed with the Grizzlies -- another Frontier League franchise -- in early August. He earned the victory in his first outing, allowing one run and three hits in two innings of a 2-1 victory over Lake Erie.
Saturday, Stroud made his first relief appearance against the Evansville Otters and didn't survive an inning. He allowed three runs, two hits and three walks in one-third of an inning as the Grizzlies fell 9-6.
Stroud was an All-Great Lakes Valley Conference and all-region starter last spring for the Hawks, going 7-4 with a 3.45 ERA. He set a single-game school record with 18 strikeouts against Bellarmine.