Elgin native Carson Walch is in the midst of training camp as a coach with the Philadelphia Eagles and he is embracing his new role with the team.
Walch is in his fourth season as a coach in the NFL and his second with the Eagles. Last year he was the team's assistant wide receivers coach. He was promoted by head coach Doug Pederson to wide receivers coach for the 2019 season.
"My new role is coaching the wide receivers and assisting coach Pederson and offensive coordinator Mike Groh with the passing game plan weekly," Walch said. "We have a solid wide receiver core in Desean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor. We are very excited about this group and the depth behind them."
Walch had also coached Jeffery when he coached for the Chicago Bears during the 2013-14 seasons. The pair were also reunited last year in Philadelphia, when the Eagles ranked seventh in the NFL in passing offense (267.2 yards per game). Carson Wentz, who played his college ball at North Dakota State, is the starting quarterback for the Eagles.
"Our sole focus is to help our guys master their craft daily and give them tools to win their matchups," Walch said.
The Eagles are gearing up for their third preseason game when they host the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday. The two teams are also practicing against each other this week prior to the game.
"We are staying the course and honestly just trying to get better each day," Walch said. "The preseason does get long but it is essential to build our base and backbone for the season ahead."
The Eagles play their final preseason game on the road against the New York Jets next week. They open the regular season on Sept. 8 when they host division rival Washington.
Michael Hurt had a solid three games for the University of Minnesota men's basketball team on its recent trip to Italy.
The Gophers played three games during the trip and posted a 3-0 record.
Hurt, who will be a senior forward during the 2019-20 season, averaged about 20 minutes a game and made one start during the three-game trip. The 6-foot-6 Hurt averaged 6.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists. He also shot a stellar 8-for-13 from the floor (61.5 percent) and was 3-for-4 from 3-point range.
The Gophers open the regular season on Nov. 12 at Butler.
Deb Heyne, a 1991 graduate of Mayo High School, is a member of the Southern Illinois University 2019 Saluki Hall of Fame class. Heyne was an elite volleyball player at Southern Illinois from 1991-94. She will be one of six former SIU athletes inducted on Oct. 18.
Heyne finished her career third all-time in kills (1,163) at Southern Illinois and was a two-time first-team All-MVC pick (1993 and 1994). She led her teams in six different statistical categories, including kills, attempts, aces, digs, block solos and total blocks. She was two-time MVP at the Saluki Invitational Tournament (1993 and 1994).
In the 1993 season, she led the MVC in attack percentage (.328) which was the second-best mark by any Saluki player at that time. She was named the SIU Female Athlete of the Year in 1993-94 and the Outstanding Leader Athlete in 1994-95. She was also a Saluki Booster Club Scholar-Athlete twice (1994-1995) and was selected as a team MVP.
Heyne was a three-time First Team MVC Scholar-Athlete and two-time GTE Academic All-District pick.
Guy N. Limbeck is a sports writer for the Post Bulletin. His Local Notebook appears each Tuesday. He can be reached at email@example.com