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SportShorts for Tuesday, June 6, 2017

BASEBALL

Willman named NIB-12 West MVP

Sterling junior pitcher Tyler Willman was voted by the NIB-12 West coaches as this season’s Most Valuable Player. 

Fellow first-team all-conference selections were senior pitcher/infielder Turner Morse, junior catcher Trey Morse, and junior outfielder Nolan Sullivan. 

Senior second baseman Elias Edmondson and sophomore infielder Camden Bailey were honorable mention picks.

SOFTBALL

Eilers tabbed Player of the Year in NIB-12 West

Sterling sophomore pitcher Jayme Eilers was selected by the NIB-12 West coaches as this season’s Player of the Year. The Warriors’ ace threw two perfect games.

Senior pitcher/first baseman Lexy Staples, shortstop Cheyenne Harrington, and junior third baseman Gretchen Gould were also first-teamers.

Junior center fielder Hannah Kessler and freshman utility player Grace Gould were selected as honorable mentions.

LPGA

Ko remains at No. 1 after computer glitch

Last week, the Women’s World Golf Rankings projected that either Ariya Jutanugarn or So Yeon Ryu would soon dethrone Lydia Ko as the No. 1 golfer in the world. Despite headlines around the world trumpeting Ko’s inevitable topple, it emerged that Ko wouldn’t be relinquishing her perch after all.

The LPGA published a statement from the provider that WWGR Inc., uses to manage the calculations behind the rankings, saying that there was an error in their projections, and Ko remained ahead of Jutanugarn by .01 points.

Ko has been No. 1 for 84 consecutive weeks and 103 weeks overall.

NFL

Newton to resume throwing next week

Cam Newton will commence throwing next week for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in March.

The timeline puts Newton on pace in his recovery. When the quarterback underwent surgery in late March, Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion noted Newton would toss on the side after 12 weeks, throw with the team 16 weeks after surgery and be ready for training camp in July.

Hank Williams Jr. back on Monday Night Football

Hank Williams Jr. will be bringing his rowdy friends back to ESPN on Monday nights this fall.

Williams will debut a new version of “All My Rowdy Friends,” featuring its “Are you ready for some football?” catchphrase, before the first Monday night game of the season, between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis on Sept. 11.

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