Bart Rinkenberger is all wet.

Well, he was.

The Morton School Board member finished 31st among 750 runners Saturday in the men’s 4-mile race in the 46th Steamboat Classic.

Rinkenberger’s time on the rain-soaked downtown Peoria course was 23:36.

“It was the wettest race I’ve ever been in,” Rinkenberger said.

Need visual proof of Rinkenberger’s statement? Check out the photo that accompanies the Sports Notebook.

Rinkenberger carried his cell phone as he ran.

“I recorded the start and finish and sent the videos to my buddy so he could live the race through my videos,” Rinkenberger said with a laugh. “The phone held up great in the rain. I was kind of surprised.”

HELP WANTED: The East Peoria Athletic Booster Club needs a concession manager.

The job will pay $1,500 for the fall high school sports season and $1,500 for the spring high school sports season. While the booster club will pay the salary, the concession manager will be a contractual employee of East Peoria Community High School.

Among the job responsibilities is purchasing and maintaining inventory at EastSide Centre concession stands and other locations.

Weeknight and weekend availability is a must, as is being at an event at least one hour before the start for concession setup, and helping during an event.

Want to apply for the job? Send a letter of interest via email to Jason Bowman, East Peoria high school’s assistant principal/athletic director, at

BETHEL BASKETBALL: Bethel Lutheran Ministries’ 20th annual 3-on-3 Hoops Tournament will be held Saturday, June 29 in the air-conditioned Bethel Lutheran School gym in Morton.

Proposed age divisions for boys and men are 10-under, 11-14, 15-18, 19-25 and 26-over, and 13-under, 14-16 and 17-over for girls and women. Entry fee is $60 per team of four players.

Participants will receive a tournament T-shirt and each team will play at least three games. Referees will officiate games.

Proceeds from the tournament support Bethel Lutheran’s high school basketball program.

To register for the tournament, contact Dave Kinsinger at 263-8922, 263-8117 or

Bethel Lutheran is at 325 E. Queenwood Road, east of Interstate 155.

COOKING: Bradley senior pitcher Cole Cook from Washington was named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete first team.

Cook, a sports communications major, had a 3.51 GPA at the time of the conference’s announcement about Scholar-Athlete selections.

A southpaw, Cook pitched 62 innings in 19 games this season. His 2.03 ERA was the second-lowest by a Bradley pitcher who averaged at least one inning pitched per game since 1974, the beginning of the metal bat era.

Cook was 5-2. Opponents hit .220 against him.

A three-year Bradley player after transferring from Illinois Central College, Cook went 17-13 in his career with the Braves with a 4.02 ERA in 53 appearances, 28 as a starter.

He was on the Bradley Athletic Director’s honor roll in each of his six semesters at the school.

Cook is playing this summer with the Morehead City Marlins in the Coastal Plain League. Bradley senior outfielder Dan Bolt (Morton) is with the Upper Valley Nighthawks in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Both leagues are wooden bat summer leagues.

Steve Stein can be reached at (248) 224-2616 or Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.