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SportShorts for Monday, March 3, 2014


Locals fare well at NIBC finale

Oregon freshman Alyson Scheidecker placed second, and sophomore A.J. Nordman took third in the Northern Illinois Bowling Conference’s season-ending Top 16 Tournament last week.

The event, sponsored by the Northern Illinois Bowling Proprietors Association, pits the top 16 average bowlers in the NIBC’s regular season against each other in 15-game head-to-head match play over 3 days at three different venues. The top three finishers receive scholarship money, and the top five receive trophies.

Scheidecker’s 3,230 total pinfall in the girls portion of the meet was second to only Rockford Lutheran junior Dakotah Hazelwood’s 3,574; it was Hazelwood’s second straight title at the event. Oregon senior Karissa Corbin finished fourth (3,110), while freshman Abigail Scheidecker took 10th (2,728), sophomore MacKenzie Tague was 11th (2,677), and freshman Victoria Barnhart finished 15th (2,538).

On the boys side, defending champ Nordman rolled a 3,422 to place third behind Winnebago senior Derek Poole (3,518) and South Beloit senior Mike Murphy (3,514), who was runner-up for the second straight year. Oregon senior Justin Provo finished fourth (3,403), and sophomore Joe Miranda was 11th (3,100).


Curie stripped of title, forfeits all wins

Curie will have to give up its city championship but its seven academically ineligible players might be allowed to participate in the upcoming state tournament.

Curie coach Mike Oliver will not.

A week after Curie beat Young 69-66 in four overtimes to win its first Public League title, Chicago Public Schools announced through a written statement Friday evening that Curie, which was 24-1, must forfeit all its victories because the seven unnamed players were found to be academically ineligible since the start of the season.

Due to different eligibility standards between the CPS and IHSA, those player may be eligible to compete in the state series.

Curie, ranked No. 1 by the Tribune since the second week of the season, will maintain its No. 1 seed in the Class 4A Marist Sectional.

Oliver is suspended “for a period to be determined by CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett,” according to the release, and “all other disciplinary actions are personnel decisions and confidential.”


Henley holds on for Honda title

Russell Henley made good on his second chance at the 18th hole Sunday in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, two-putting for birdie on the first playoff hole to win the Honda Classic.

In a three-way tie for the lead while playing 18th in regulation, Henley badly chunked a chip shot. He ended up parring the hole, then watched as Rory McIlroy, Ryan Palmer, and Russell Knox matched his 8-under 272.

In the playoff, Henley was the only one of the quartet to reach the green on the par 5 in two, and two-putted for the win. Palmer and Knox missed birdie putts, and McIlroy had to scramble for par.

Creamer wins HSBC with long-range eagle

Paula Creamer made a 75-foot eagle putt on the second playoff hole Sunday in Singapore to win the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament over Azahara Munoz.

It was the 10th LPGA Tour win for Creamer, and first since the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open. The downhill, right-breaking putt capped a 3-under 69 that tied Munoz at 10-under 278.

Karie Webb finished third. one stroke back after blowing a three-shot lead on the back nine with three bogeys in the last six holes.


Blackhawks send Pirri to Panthers

Brandon Pirri took a big step backward in the standings Sunday when he was traded from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Florida Panthers in exchange for two draft picks.

The Blackhawks own the second-best record in the NHL, while the Panthers are tied for the third-worst mark.

The Blackhawks will receive a third-round pick in this year’s draft and a fifth-rounder in 2016.

Pirri, 22, played 28 games for the Blackhawks this season, recording six goals and five assists. He also played 25 games for AHL Rockford, posting 10 goals and 14 assists.

Pirri appeared in a total of seven games with the Blackhawks the previous three seasons, collecting two assists.

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