Masterson to run
Dixon senior Blain Masterson announced that he will continue his track and cross country career at Wisconsin-Parkside.
Masterson finished 127th at the Class 2A state cross country meet at Detwiler Park last fall. He was 53rd at the Belvidere Sectional, and 19th at the Sterling Regional.
Norton heading to Illinois Wesleyan
Eastland senior Grace Norton will continue her golf career at Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington.
Norton was an all-NUIC golfer three times at Eastland, and was named team MVP in 2016.
Dixon, RF dominate Big Northern nods
Members of the state-qualifying Dixon and Rock Falls wrestling teams took a combined 13 spots on the Big Northern Conference all-conference squad.
From Rock Falls, state champion Niles Ager is all-BNC first team at 195 pounds. Other Rockets on the first team are Rollie Elder (152) and Tyler Meyers (170). Adam Meenen (126) and Browdie Benti (182) are second-team, with Noah Schueler (145) an honorable mention.
Dixon’s Sebastian Quintana (152) and Andrew Wolber (182) were first-team wrestlers. Mason Rhodenbaugh (126), Colten Bishop (132), Bryce Christiansen (138) and Ryan Troutman (285) were second-team. Elijah Ankney (120) was an honorable mention.
Oregon’s Anthony Marchetti (195 pounds) was first-team. Chase Clark (132) was second-team, with Jacob Milliman (106) an honorable mention.
Swanigan, Pitino take B1G honors
Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference, and Minnesota’s Richard Pitino is its coach of the year.
Swanigan was a unanimous pick for both player of the year and the AP all-Big Ten team, also announced Tuesday, in voting by 13 journalists covering the conference.
Michigan State freshman Miles Bridges was the choice of all voters for newcomer of the year.
Joining Swanigan on the all-conference first team are Minnesota’s Nate Mason, Maryland’s Melo Trimble, Iowa’s Peter Jok, and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ. Jok and Trimble were second-team picks in 2016.
Robbers break into Puig’s home
At least $170,000 worth of jewelry and other items were swiped from the Sherman Oaks home of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig last week, police officials said Tuesday.
The LAPD’s Commercial Crimes Division is investigating the break-in, which happened the week of Feb. 27, according to Officer Lillian Preciado, a department spokeswoman.
No one was home at the time, and Preciado said it was not clear if the burglars specifically targeted Puig’s home.
Puig, who purchased the $1.8-million home in 2015, said Tuesday that he was not concerned about the loss of property, but simply thankful that no one was hurt during the break-in.