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Sport Shorts for Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sterling’s Young verbally commits to Loras

Dimitric Young is taking his basketball talents to the next level at Division III Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

Young was a key piece to Sterling’s regional championship team this past season. The do-it-all senior was a first-team all-NIB-12 selection for the 23-win Golden Warriors.

Nailor claims 4th in 3-point shootout

Rock Falls sophomore Cade Nailor finished fourth in the Class 3A 3-point Showdown at Carver Arena.

Nailor knocked down 6 shots Friday after leading his group in the preliminary round on Thursday with 12.

Carmel’s Evan Myers won the showdown with 14 made 3s on 15 shots. North Lawndale’s Steven Ross finished second with 9, and LaSalle-Peru’s Joel Pantoja claimed third with 8.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Amboy grad
Appleman shining at RMU-Springfield

Former Amboy standout
Kaitlyn Appleman is currently hitting .375 for Robert Morris University-Springfield. She has started all 10 games in center field for the 6-4 Eagles.

In recent games, she went 3-for-3 with 3 runs scored, a triple and an RBI versus Penn State Schuylkill, and 3-for-3 with 3 runs scored, a double and an RBI versus Sweet Briar College.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Augie to play for Division III national championship

Augustana will play for the NCAA Division III national championship on Saturday night after
defeating Williams College
90-79 Friday night in Salem, Virginia.

Former Erie star Jacob Johnston pitched in 14 points, hitting 2 of his 3 attempts from beyond the arc. The Vikings (24-8) shot a stellar 62 percent (31-for-50) from the floor against the Ephs.

Augie will play Babson College (29-2) at 5 p.m. for the Division III title.

NC State hires UNCW’s Keatts

NC State has hired UNC Wilmington’s Kevin Keatts to take over as head basketball coach. The school announced Keatts’ hiring in a news release Friday
night, 1 day after his Seahawks lost to Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Keatts is a former assistant to Rick Pitino at Louisville, and a two-time Colonial Athletic Association coach of the year who led UNC Wilmington to a 72-28 record and two NCAA Tournaments in three seasons there.

NFL

League to hire
second female official

Sarah Thomas made history in 2015 when she was hired as the NFL’s first-ever female game official. This season, Terri Valenti will reportedly join Thomas as the league’s second female official, though she won’t be on the field like Thomas.

On Thursday, the Sporting News’ Alex Marvez reported that the league is set to hire Valenti as the NFL’s first female instant replay booth assistant.

Valenti will be responsible for initiating replays inside the final 2 minutes when head coaches are unable to issue challenges.

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