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Sportshorts for Monday, March 17, 2014


Passmore wins
IESA title

Erie eighth grader Garrett Passmore won the 135-pound IESA state wrestling title on Saturday at the Convocation Center in DeKalb.

Passmore clinched the title with a pin of Minooka’s Jared Moreno in the championship bout. Passmore won his semifinal match 7-0 and quarterfinal match 5-2 on Saturday, after opening the tournament with a 5-0 win on Friday.


Kleinmaier advances to national meet

Dixon graduate and Wisconsin-Whitewater senior Katie Kleinmaier placed fourth at the USBC Sectional in Addison. She will be one of 16 bowlers from across the country to compete in the USBC National Tournament on April 14-18 in Reno, Nev.

Kleinmaier rolled games of 200, 247, 247, 226, 246, and 190 to finish with a pin total of 1,356. Two of her teammates also advanced. The Warhawks will wait until March 25 to find out if they are one of eight teams to qualify for the NCAA Championships held in Cleveland.


Sauk Valley’s Posley earns honor

Sauk Valley freshman guard Jacoby Posely was named to the Region IV, District I second team. Posley, a Winnebago graduate, averaged 12.7 points and 2.4 assists per game.

Teammate John Murphy was named to the all-tournament team. A full list of the Region IV teams can be found on B3.


Blair throws two innings for Memphis

Rock Falls graduate Seth Blair threw two innings on Saturday in a spring training game with the Triple-A Memphis Cardinals. Blair gave up a hit and an earned run in a 4-1 win.


Schmidt recovering from Stage 3 cancer

Philadelphia Phillies legend and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt announced Sunday he is recovering from an advanced form of skin cancer, after being diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma in August and undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment in the months that followed.

Schmidt, 64, said he has undergone two operations, radiation and chemotherapy.


Djokovic fends of Federer for title

Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) to win the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., for the third time on Sunday.

Federer rallied from a break down and a 5-3 deficit in the third set to force the tiebreaker, but he made a slew of mistakes to lose the 33rd meeting between the rivals.

Federer still leads the series 17-16, having beaten Djokovic in three sets in the semifinals at Dubai 2 weeks ago. Djokovic will remain No. 2 in the world.

Flavia Pennetta routed injured Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-1 to win the women’s title.


Hester wants to play for Dolphins

Devin Hester, the ex-Chicago Bears specialist whose 18 kickoff and punt return touchdowns are the best in NFL history, seems excited by the possibility of playing for the Dolphins.

“I would love to play for the Dolphins,” Hester said Saturday from his USA Football FUNdamentals clinic at his alma mater, Rivera Beach Suncoast High School.

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