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Sportshorts for Saturday, June 22, 2013


RF’s Russell to play
pro ball in Europe

Rock Falls native Jamie Russell confirmed via Twitter on Friday that she will play professional basketball in the Czech Republic next season.

Russell, a 2008 Rock Falls High School graduate, led Illinois State with 14.1 points, 2.6 steals and 32.3 minutes per game last season. She was second on the team in assists (2.8 per game) and fourth in rebounding (5.2), while earning all-MVC first-team honors and a spot on the all-MVC defensive team for the second straight season.

In May, Russell was named MVP of the Four Nations tournament in China, leading Team USA to the title with a 7-2 record. She averaged 10.2 points, 4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game in the three-city, nine-game trip.


Three Golden Warriors named ICA All-State

Sterling senior Stephanie Kester and junior Karlie Mellott were both named first-team all-state by the Illinois Coaches Association, which released its Class 3A squad Friday.

Senior Priscilla Aponte was a second-team selection for the Warriors, who placed fourth in the program’s first trip to the state tournament earlier this month.

For a complete list of the 3A team, see B4.


Ebersole 3-on-3
tourney date set

The Don Ebersole 3-on-3 Memorial basketball tournament will be held on July 14 at Westwood Sports Complex. Games begin at 9 a.m.

Teams can consist of as many as five players. Cost for each player is $5. Players can register through the Sterling Park District up to July 9. Late entry on the day of the event might be allowed. Proceeds will go to the Sterling Park District Westwood Youth Basketball Program.


Coloma Township doubles tourney today

The Schreiner’s Mobil/Prescott Satellite Systems doubles tennis tournament will be played today at Centennial Park, with Sunday serving as the rain date.

The tournament is open to all persons 16 years old and older. All participants are guaranteed two matches, and may play in both the men’s or women’s division at 9 a.m. and the mixed division at 1 p.m. Each team must supply a new can of championship balls.


Walnut 5K set for July 6

The Walnut 5K Run/Walk for ALS Research will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 6, in front of Bureau Valley North junior high.

Entry fee is $15 before June 29, and $20 after June 29; all who register before June 29th receive a free t-shirt. Registraion on raceday begins at 7 a.m. at a tent located jsut south of the school. Trophies will be awarded to the top three opverall males and females, with medals to the top three in each age group.

Contact Julie Von Holten at 815-379-2269 or to request an entry form.


Elks Junior tourney coming to Dixon

Lost Nation Golf Club will be a regional site of an Elks Junior Golf Tournament, on Monday, July 15.

Lost Nation is the final tournament of six regional sites; the others are Mt. Vernon, Granite City, Kankakee, Lincoln and Peoria. Each regional is a qual;ifier for the Elks Junior Golf Tournament of Champions on July 29 in Pontiac; the top five boys and girls in each of six divisions at each regional will advance.

There will be boys and girls divisions at each of three age groups: 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18. All divisions will play 18 es, unless the regional site determines that the 13-14 division will play nine holes. The entry fee is $15, and for the Dixon tournament, should be mailed, along with an entry form, to Jay Wolfe, Dixon Elks #779, 2076 Grand Detour Rd., Dixon, 61021.

Contact Bob Eckhoff at 815-844-3703 or for more information.


Mechanical problem caused Leffler death

New Jersey state police said Friday that a mechanical problem was to blame for the dirt-track racing crash that killed NASCAR driver Jason Leffler.

The state police released some findings from a not-yet-complete report on the June 12 crash at Bridgeport Speedway in Logan Township.

The report finds that a torsion stop came off, causing part of the sprint car’s suspension system to become lodged between a wheel and the steering system. As a result, the report found, Leffler was unable to control the car’s steering as he came out of the fourth turn and spun out, slamming into the concrete wall along the side of the track.

The report does not say how fast Leffler was going, but says cars in the race were averaging 135 mph and hitting 150 mph on straightaways.

Blunt-force neck injuries were cited as the 37-year-old’s cause of death.

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