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Sportshorts for Saturday, July 20, 2013


Schoaf, 17, cards first hole-in-one

Ryan Schoaf, a 17-year-old Sterling resident who will be a senior at Newman this fall, carded his first hole-in-one July 6 at Deer Valley Country Club in Deer Grove.

Schoaf used his 9-iron to ace the 125-yard 13th hole. The feat was witnessed by his father, Chris, grandfather, Don, and recently retired Newman teacher Dennis Black.


Bureau County Blaze tryouts upcoming

Open tryouts will be held for the Bureau County Blaze travel softball teams Aug. 3-4 and 10-11.

For more information on the 14-and-under team, for which the tryouts are Aug. 10-11, call Bob James at 815-866-3679. James is also the contact for the 10- and 12-and-under teams, for which tryouts are the former weekend.

Rock River Renegade tryouts are Aug. 4

The Rock River Renegades’ travel softball team will host its tryouts Aug. 4 at the Sterling High School softball field.

Prospective members of the 13/14U division team must be 14 or younger as of Dec. 31. Contact coach Terry Ferguson at 815-499-5429 or for more details.


Ex-Sterling coach Yaklich hired at ISU

Luke Yaklich, who coached Sterling boys basketball from 2000-03, was named an assistant coach at Illinois State University on Friday.

ISU marks Yaklich’s first college coaching gig after 14 years on the prep level.


Deal to send Garza to Rangers hits snag

A deal sending Cubs starter Matt Garza to the Rangers fell through Friday, though the teams remain in negotiations while the Cubs seek alternative trading partners, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

The talks included Rangers third base prospect Mike Olt and starting pitchers Neil Ramirez and C.J. Edwards. The Rangers also expressed interest in Cubs left-handed reliever James Russell. 

The breakdown in negotiations came after the teams exchanged medical information on players involved.

Yankees again place Jeter on DL

The Yankees placed Derek Jeter on the 15-day disabled list with a right quad strain sustained in his first game back with the team last week.

The 39-year-old shortstop singled on his first pitch in a major league game this year as the Yankees beat Kansas City on July 11, but he left in the eighth inning when his quad tightened.


Charlotte team to revert to Hornet nickname

The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved a name changing application that will allow the Charlotte Bobcats to revert back to the Charlotte Hornets for the start of the 2014-15 season.

The initial NBA franchise in Charlotte was named the Hornets and resided in the city from 1988 until moving to New Orleans in 2002. Two years later, the league awarded the expansion Bobcats to Charlotte.

Charlotte jumped at reclaiming the name after the franchise in New Orleans changed its moniker to the Pelicans this offseason, with Bobcats Sports & Entertainment chairman Michael Jordan filing to officially change the name back in May.

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