Andy Jakubowski still paces in front of Huntley’s dugout most of the time the Red Raiders are in the field, it’s just a little slower these days, and with a limp.
Jakubowski held off as long as he could, but the pain in his lower back was more intense than, well, Jakubowski himself. It was quite possibly the worst time of the year for a baseball coach, but he succumbed and had surgery March 19 to remove the disk between his L4 and L5 vertebrae.
Jakubowski was assured by his doctor that the 45-minute procedure eventually will give him a great deal of relief. He still is on the bench with his 2-0 Raiders and looks forward to the upcoming weeks when he should feel significantly better.
“I had bulging disks in my back for 10 years,” Jakubowski said. “It finally gave out in November. I’ve been hobbling around. I don’t move very well, but I’ve been walking.”
Jakubowski is itching to hit fungoes in a spirited round of pregame infield, but that will have to wait. May 1 is the target date.
“I’ll see my doctor next week,” he said. “It’s killing me now [not to be able to do it]. I was debating back and forth [on surgery], but got to the point where I couldn’t take it anymore. That’s why I walk around kind of gingerly now.”
McCoy picks North Central: Woodstock linebacker Jack McCoy has decided to continue his football career at Division III North Central College in Naperville.
McCoy started for the Blue Streaks, who finished 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division. He was a three-year starter.
“It was down to North Central and Augustana, and I just felt North Central was a better fit for me as a player and student,” said McCoy, who is 6-foot-1, 225 pounds. “I’m excited to go from being a Blue Streak to being a Cardinal.”
McCoy also played for the Streaks basketball team, which went from 5-23 to 19-10 this season and won the school’s first regional title since 2000.
LeBeau to Auburn: Prairie Ridge junior Sarah LeBeau has committed to play college soccer with Auburn University. LeBeau played guard for the Wolves basketball team, but plays club soccer with Eclipse Select throughout the rest of the year.
Jenkins to LaCrosse: Crystal Lake Central running back Tyler Jenkins will play his college football at D-III Wisconsin-LaCrosse next year.
Jenkins was second on Central’s team with 512 yards and helped the Tigers reach the Class 6A quarterfinals. Central finished 9-3 and won two playoff games for the first time in school history.
Jenkins averaged 6.4 yards a carry and scored seven touchdowns.
• Joe Stevenson is a senior sports writer for the Northwest Herald. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can follow him on Twitter @nwh_JoePrepZone.