WQAD Sports Jan. 13: Gatorade Player of the Year from Sterling, Alleman player’s trip overseas & more

  • Sterling's Lexi Rodriguez won Gatorade Player of the Year for Illinois in volleyball. The junior libero is already committed to play college volleyball at Nebraska with her senior year still ahead.

"There's so many of those people that have won, from not even just Illinois, but from other states that have gone on and got an even more bigger legacy from college and going overseas or to the Olympics," Rodriguez said. "Just knowing that and knowing that I'm where they started out just kind of gives me even more hope for what my future might hold."

  • Alleman's Kiersten Bailey is currently preparing for a huge trip to Germany. Playing soccer since she was about 4-years-old, QC Rush national coaches chose Bailey out of hundreds of other girls vying for one of 16 spots on the Rush Select National team.

"I wanted to follow what my sisters were doing, so it started out as jealousy, I wanted to be them, but then I ended up really, really loving it," Bailey said about how she got started. "And it was all about wanting to get better."

Bailey's goal is to play Division 1 soccer. She leaves for Germany on March 14.

  • Illinois hoops back in AP Top 25

Blue and Orange have secured their first national ranking in over five years.

  • Riverdale girls best Sherrard

Rams win this Monday night game at 32 to 19.

  • Houston Astros General Manager and Manager fired

Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired for the 2017 sign stealing scam. The team faces a $5 million fine and has to forfeit their first and second round draft picks in 2020 and 2021.

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