Competitive video gaming, or E-sports, is one of the fastest growing competitive scenes in the world. And that scene is making its way to Central Illinois. The Illinois College e-sports team regularly competes against Big 10 schools and semipro teams. Southeast Springfield High School is looking to join the action. Southeast will be the first high school in Springfield to field an e-sports team.
E-sports, like any other team, is an opportunity to students to represent their school and get a real shot at a scholarship. But while e-sports don’t require the large facilities that other sports do, they do have equipment costs. Computers, mice, headsets, and the other kit necessary to take part can be out of reach for some students.
To make sure all students have the opportunity to showcase their talents, Southeast coach Dalton McGhiey is asking for donations on his go fund me page. You can learn more about the Southeast team on their campaign page as well.
City branch pickup starts tomorrow in the Northwest Quadrant
Springfield’s spring branch pickup program starts Monday, April 8th. Each quadrant of the city will have two pickup dates, one in April and one in May. Crews will only visit each quadrant once per month. The first pickup will be in the Northwest Quadrant.
Size of Branch Piles
Branches must meet the following standards to be picked up:
- No larger than 3 foot in height, 4 foot in depth, and 10 feet in length;
- Piles larger than a small pickup load will not be picked up by the city;
- The program is for branches only, no logs will be accepted
- Branches/limbs trimmed by a commercial contractor will not be picked up; and
- Branches must be placed on the curb not obstructing the street or sidewalk.
Small branches may also be broken up and put into yard waste bags for pick up by your waste hauler.
Year-Round Residential Branch Drop Off
Residents may drop off branches, free of charge year-round, to Evans Recycling with proof of residency. This service is not for commercial contractors but for city residents only. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway and is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12-noon. Contact number is 217.391.0886.
Week of April 8th & May 6th
- Northwest Quadrant – area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road. West of Walnut Street/J David Jones Parkway.
Week of April 15th & May 13
- Southwest Quadrant – area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road. West of Walnut Street.
Week of April 22nd & May 20th
- Southeast Quadrant– area south of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut Street, including the properties around Lake Springfield.
Week of April 29th & May 27th
- Northeast Quadrant – area north of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut/J. David Jones Parkway.
Boil Order issued for parts of Deerfield Subdivision
Press Release | City Water, Light and Power is issuing a boil order for parts of Deerfield subdivision, where a water service was repaired recently. Customers affected who are receiving notices today include these duplexes in Deerfield subdivision:
5300 thru 5411 Biltmore Dr.
2300 thru 2414 Asheville Dr.
2300 thru 2411 Knoxville Dr.
2204 & 2205 Thrasher Dr. & 5304 & 5305 Murre Dr.
Customers affected should boil all tap water used for drinking or cooking before use until this order is lifted. Water should be brought to a “rolling” boil for five minutes and then cooled before use when appropriate.
This boil order follows repair work to a water service on Asheville Drive. Per regulations, the main was flushed and multiple water samples were taken. One set of the samples did not fully meet CWLP water quality standards. Additional water quality sampling is being done to confirm that the water meets all standards and at such time, this boil order would be lifted.
When the boil order is lifted, which at the earliest would be this Friday afternoon, March 22, it will be announced by door to door notifications to customers affected and on CWLP’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/4CWLP and Twitter page, www.twitter.com/cwlp_. Customers affected wanting more information on their service may also call the Water Communications Desk at 789-2323 ext. 2.
Abe’s Roundball Classic set for holiday week
Abe’s Roundball Classic boys basketball tournament is set for Tuesday, Nov. 20, Wednesday, Nov. 21, Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24, at Lincoln Land Community College Cass Gymnasium. This event will feature eight boys basketball teams from across the state, including District 186’s own Lanphier Lions. Green Family Stores is sponsoring the tournament.
The tournament is an opportunity for local student athletes to compete against teams they would not see in their regular season, and gives Springfield a chance to watch nationally ranked recruits and student athletes who have been invited to Olympic trials. Chicago Orr is the defending 2A state champion and ranked preseason number one, and North Chicago was 4th in the 3A state championship last year.
Tickets are $5 per person. There is free parking located in the Cass Gymnasium lot. Concessions will be available.
The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
Game 1 6:00 pm Curie vs Cardinal Ritter
Game 2 7:30 pm Chicago Orr vs. East St. Louis
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
Game 3 6:00pm Peoria Manual vs. Chicago Brooks
Game 4 7:30 pm Lanphier vs. North Chicago
Friday Nov. 23, 2018
Game 5 12:00 pm Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 3
Game 6 1:30 pm Loser Game 2 vs Loser Game 4
Game 7 6:00 pm Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3
Game 8 7:30 pm Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018
Game 9 11:00 am Loser Game 5 vs Loser Game 6
Game 10 12:30 pm Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
Game 11 6:00 pm Loser game 7 vs Loser Game 8
(3rd Place Game)
Game 12 8:00 pm Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8