After flunking everyone last week, we get things back to normal with this week’s edition of the Mid-Week Grades. I’ll talk these over with WGEM SportsCenter host Josh Houchins on Wednesday’s program. We’ll yap it up between 7 and 9 a.m. on ESPN 1440. We’ll look at the grade book around 8:20.
A — Luke Guthrie. I usually like to wait awhile before putting the same person or team in the grades, but the former Quincy High School golf star has certainly earned another mention. He got ripped off an A last month after winning the Big Ten Conference championship. There’s no denying the University of Illinois golfer this week. He had another strong showing a the NCAA Tournament, helping the Illini reach the match-play portion of the team event. On Monday, he went out and came this close to making it into the U.S. Open field during a qualifier in Springfield, Ohio. Guthrie could still make the field as an alternate, but I think he’s shown that he’ll be playing in some pretty big tournaments down the line.
B — Francis Kallon. The suburban Atlanta teen recently committed to play for the Georgia Tech football program. Not that big of a deal until you consider that Kallon has never played a varsity game. The 6-5, 245-pounder had to be coaxed to play spring ball at Lawrenceville Central Gwinnett. Kallon, who lived in London for much of his life until moving to Georgia last year, thought he was going to be a basketball player until he stepped on the football field and turned heads. Illinois was one of a dozen schools who tried to get Kallon to sign.
C — Los Angeles Loyola High School track and field. The team took second in its class in the California state track and field meet over the weekend. Not bad, huh? It is when you consider that the team should have finished with a state championship. Pole vaulter Evan Barr’s third-place finish was wiped out after he was DQ’d for cursing after his last attempt. When his points came off the board for Loyola, it would up taking second to Long Beach Poly. In what other sport would points be taken off the board if a player cursed? Are there any?
D — Bryce Harper. The Washington Nationals’ can’t-miss prospect made another bone-headed play on Monday night. After hitting a home run for the Class A Hagerstown Suns, Harper decided to blow a kiss to the Greensboro pitcher as he made his way home. It’s a pretty bush league move by Harper. If he tries to do that when he gets to the bigs, he’ll get a 98 mph fastball to the dome the next time he steps to the plate.
F — Lenny Dykstra. The former Mets and Phillies star would love to have Harper’s problems. Dykstra’s facing 25 misdemeanor and felony counts on grand theft and drug possession. Dykstra and two buddies were trying to run a scam by leasing the cars. Cops wound up finding a mini drug store at Dykstra’s house while they were investigating the crime. “Nails” could be in the pen for 12 years if he’s convicted.