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Sportshorts for Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013


Music in Motion 5K today in Sterling

The 13th annual Music in Motion 5K will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at Westwood Sports Complex.

The 5K is a fundraiser for the Sterling Schools orchestra program, with all proceeds going toward purchasing instruments and supplies for students in need.

Race-day registration will run from 7-7:45 a.m. Visit for more information.


Sterling Sharks
tryouts next weekend

The Sterling Sharks travel baseball program will be holding tryouts for the 2014 season at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at
Gartner Park.

The tryouts will be for 8U, 9U and 14U boys teams for next summer. All interested boys are welcome to attend. Contact Kenny Koerner at 815-441-0150 for more information.


Summer Thunder coming to Byron

A high-powered Nitro Funny Car showdown will highlight the fourth annual Summer Thunder event Sunday, Aug. 11 at Byron Dragway, 7827 River Road.

Anthony Bronge will face Barrie Young in a quarter-mile race to cap the day’s action, which also includes a matchup between Brian Hicks and “Mad Mark” Krupa.

Professional wheelstander Richard Hutrchins will also perform, and teams like the Chicago Wise Guys, the Midwest Top Sportsmen and the Midwest Super Stock Mafia will also participate.

Admission is $25, and gates open at 9 a.m. Qualifying will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., with final eliminations and the main event set for 1 p.m.

For more information,
visit or call 815-234-8405 or


Lynch named to Manning watch list

Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch was named Friday to the 2013 Manning Award watch list.

The award, named in honor of Archie Manning and his sons, Peyton and Eli, features the top 30 returning quarterbacks according to ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating list.

It is the fifth preseason watch list for Lynch, who is also in the running for the Walter Camp Award and the Maxwell Award for college football’s most outstanding player, as well as the Paul Hornung Award for the nation’s most versatile player, and the Davey O’Brien Award for the country’s top quarterback.

Lynch, who was the MAC MVP and an AP second-team All-American last season, is the only MAC player named to the Manning watch list.

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