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SportShorts for Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Holbrook inducted into IWCOA Hall

The Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) held their Hall of Fame Banquet this past Saturday night at the William Tell Holiday Inn in Countryside, Illinois.

Scott Holbrook was inducted into the IWCOA Hall of Fame. The Sterling native is a former state champion at Newman and 10-time state wrestling finals official.

Five locals were honored at the banquet. Sterling athletic director Greg King was selected as the Adminstrator of the Year in Class 2A. 

Dixon’s coaching staff claimed three awards for helping the Dukes to a third-place finish in 2A. Head coach Chris Bishop was honored as the 2A Coach of the Year, while assistants Bill Eastman and Micah Hey were co-winners of the 2A Assistant Coach of the Year award.

Polo’s Jim Busser was honored as the IHSA’s Official of the Year.

VanKampen commits to Dubuque

West Carroll senior Andrew VanKampen will continue his wrestling career at the University of Dubuque.

The 120-pounder finished his senior season with a 32-7 record and took fifth at state.


Sauk’s Chislom picks Dalton State

Sauk Valley swingman Sean Chislom will continue his basketball career at Dalton State in Dalton, Ga.

The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 12.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals per game for the Skyhawks in 2016-17. 

Chislom will team up with former Sauk teammate Isaiah Box for the Roadrunners.


Jimmie Johnson grabs win at Bristol

Jimmie Johnson grabbed a rare victory at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday, giving him consecutive wins for the 11th time in his storied career. It was just his second career win in Thunder Valley.

Johnson now has 82 career victories, and is just one away from tying Cale Yarborough for sixth on the all-time wins list. Two more would put him alongside Darrell Waltrip.

A speeding penalty on Kyle Larson late in the race allowed Johnson to make it look easy in the end.


‘Hawks fire assistant coach, Kitchen

The Chicago Blackhawks have fired assistant coach Mike Kitchen.

Kitchen joined coach Joel Quenneville’s staff in July 2010. He helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015.


Bears single-game tickets on sale

The Chicago Bears are now selling single-game tickets to fans.

Single-game tickets are on sale via phone and internet only. Fans can call 800-745-3000 (or 800-943-4327 for the hearing impaired), or buy online at

Tickets range from $77 to $614.

Ticket limits will vary by game.

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