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SportShorts for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

VOLLEYBALL

McAuliffe to sign with Skyhawks

Milledgeville senior Haley McAuliffe will sign a letter of intent Thursday evening to play volleyball at Sauk Valley Community College next season.

McAuliffe, a setter, was sixth in the area in assists (476), eighth in the area in aces (50), and 10th in the area in digs (209) during the 2013 season. She was an honorable mention all-area selection.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tigers down Hawks in Oregon

Clayton Hoover and Daniel Lowe scored 25 points apiece Wednesday night, as the Byron Tigers beat the Oregon Hawks 61-47 in a Big Northern West battle at the Blackhawk Center.

Hoover hit seven of Byron’s eight 3-pointers, while Lowe went 11-for-14 from the free-throw line for the Tigers (20-9, 7-4), who were 15-for-18 as a team.

Trevor Otten hit four of Oregon’s six 3s and finished with 14 points, while Skylar Short chipped in eight points for the Hawks (5-20, 1-10), who led 28-24 at halftime.

Clippers pick up first TRAC North win

Damon Quest hit the game-winner as time expired on his Senior Night on Wednesday, leading the Amboy Clippers to a 58-57 victory – their first Three Rivers North win of the season – over the Erie
Cardinals in a makeup game from Jan. 7.

Quest finished with 31 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals for Amboy (3-21, 1-12), which erased a 49-39 third-quarter deficit. Jordan Ernst had nine points, seven boards, six assists and three blocked shots, and Ethan Shaw added eight points.

Jordan Chandler’s 12 points paced Erie (2-25, 1-13), while Vinnie Bramm and Branson Rosenow added 11 points each. Owen McConnell scored 10, and Ken Cole chipped in eight points.

PREP FOOTBALL

LaSalle-Peru’s
Sassano resigns

The LaSalle-Peru school board accepted the resignation of varsity football coach Joe Sassano after a closed session at Wednesday night’s meeting.

Sassano, who resigned to spend more time with his family, led the Cavaliers to a 27-38 record in seven seasons, including playoff berths in 2007 and 2009. The Cavs were 1-8 last fall.

Superintendent Steve Wrobleski said he was sorry to lose Sassano, but he understood that family comes first. He said the search for a new coach will start in the next few weeks.

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