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Sportshorts for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014


Barnes named in
All-State selections

Jacob Barnes (6-3, 250), a senior lineman at Newman, was named to the All-State preseason second team. The magazine, which was released Sunday, picks 25 first-team and second-team players from all eight IHSA classes.

Rockford Lutheran junior running back James Robinson was named to the first team.


Carp Derby in Dixon this weekend

Carp Fishing Now will be holding a catch-and-release family-style carp derby on Saturday and Sunday at Page Park in Dixon.

Check-in starts at 6 a.m. both days at the Page Park Pavillion. Fishing begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Cost is $40 for the advanced division, $12 for adults/amateur division, and $5 for children 13 and under. Cash prizes will be awarded for 20 largest carp caught.

For more information, contact Larry Kirchner
at 239-246-2742, or
email at


Veterans playday
set for Sept. 6

The 23rd annual Dixon American Legion Veterans golf playday will be held Sept. 6 at Edgewood Golf Course in Polo. It begins at 10 a.m., and the event is in memory of Dan McGowan.

Cost is $40 and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, prizes and lunch. Proceeds will benefit the Honor Flight program of Lee County.

For more information, contact Dick Santos at 815-288-3798.


Sterling to host sports jamboree

Sterling High School will host its annual Back-to-School Jamboree on Friday at Sterling Chevrolet Field at Roscoe Eades Stadium and Musgrove Fieldhouse.

The evening will feature boys soccer, volleyball, and football scrimmages, as well as introductions for all fall sports, and it will include` the dedication of the newly renovated SHS tennis courts at 7 p.m.

The event begins at 5:15 with the introductions of the soccer and volleyball teams. The varsity football scrimmage will start at 7:25 p.m. Admission is free.

Quinn signs new concussion law

Illinois high school coaches and athletic directors will be required to take an online concussion training course under a plan Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Tuesday.

The law, which took effect immediately, requires the Illinois High School Association to develop a program that schools’ athletic staff members have to complete every 2 years. IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman said the free program, which is available to coaches and athletic directors now, would take at least a few hours to complete.

Student-athletes will also get concussion awareness education.The legislation was prompted by concerns about a rise in head injuries, state officials said.


Vikings, Kluwe reach settlement

The Minnesota Vikings and Chris Kluwe have reached a settlement that will prevent the former punter from suing the team over his release.

Terms of the resolution were not disclosed.

Kluwe had accused the Vikings of cutting him in May of 2013 because of his vocal support of marriage equality and gay rights.

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