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Weekend Sportshorts


Eight locals named all-BNC West

Unanimous picks Hope Smith of Oregon and Jordan Giddings of Rock Falls highlight the eight players from the two teams who were selected to the Big Northern West all-conference squad.

Bree Tourtillott was the other Hawk named to the team, while Rockets Linsey Brown, Morgan Mammosser, Addesyn Nailor, Paige Reynolds and Michaela Ward were also rewarded for strong seasons.

Oregon’s Kayla Pottorff was an honorable mention selection. For a full list of the team, see B4.


USATF meet in Sterling June 22

Sterling High School will play host to the USATF’s “In Tune with June”
summer track meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22.

The meet is geared toward Masters and Open athletes, but area high school and middle school athletes are also welcome to participate. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on the day of the meet; the form is also available at

For more information, contact Barb Lauff at 815-441-4388.


Registration open for Rugged River Run

The newly revamped Oregon Trail Days 5K Rugged River Run will take place Sunday, July 22 at Lowden State Park.

Registration is now open for the event, which takes the place of the 8K Run-a-muck race the festival has sponsored in the past. The new race will follow a course through the forest, along the river on the Blackhawk Trail, up stairs and hills, and through the Lorado Taft Field Campus.

Cost is $35, and includes entry fee to Oregon Trail Days, a t-shirt, and breakfast at Lorado Taft Field Campus; event-day registration is $40. Forms are available at and

For more information, contact Amy Trimble at 815-238-8672 or Sue French at 815-732-2388.


Toews wins
Selke Trophy

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was named the NHL’s Frank J. Selke Trophy winner, as the league’s best forward who showcases defensive skills.

Toews, who was the runner-up for the award when the Hawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010-11, beat out fellow finalists Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings.

Toews ranked second
for the Hawks with 48 points (23 goals, 25 assists), and ranked third in the NHL with a career-high plus-28 rating. He also shared the league lead with 56 takeaways.


Jordan ordered to settle lawsuit

A federal judge who labeled Michael Jordan’s $5 million lawsuit against Dominick’s food stores “greedy” ordered the former NBA star to appear in court this week for an off-the-record settlement conference in a locked courtroom.

U.S. District Judge
Milton Shadur has ruled that Dominick’s is liable for a 2009 magazine advertisement that used Jordan’s name without permission.

Shadur wanted the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats to appear in person to hear the judge’s views on what reasonable damages would be, according to court transcripts. He rejected a demand from Jordan’s attorney that the president of the grocery chain also appear.

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