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SportShorts for Thursday, November 9, 2017

VOLLEYBALL

Three Hawks, two Rockets land on all-BNC first team

Oregon’s Aleah Wight, Gylian Finch and Bailey Nelson, as well as Rock Falls’ Kenzie Olson and Elise Moeller, were named to the first team of the Big Northern all-conference volleyball team.

Hawks setter Jasmine Herbst was chosen to the second team, as well as the Rockets’ Payton Yanes. Dixon do-it-all Maddy Melvin was also a second-team honoree.

Oregon, Rock Falls and Dixon all had a player
given honorable mention
in McKenna Sadler,
April Torres and Juliana Rotella, respectively.

SOFTBALL

Sterling’s Alexander, Corwell sign NLI’s

Sterling seniors Cara Alexander and Maddie
Corwell signed their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to continue their softball careers at the collegiate level.

Alexander will play for Rock Valley College, the four-time defending NJCAA DIII National Champion. Corwell will suit up for Division II Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

Jake Gebhardt (Indiana XC/Track) and Tyler Willman (Heartland Baseball) also signed their respective NLI’s Wednesday.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Skyhawks fall
at Triton

Riley Mehrens hit six 3-pointers and scored 21 points for Sauk Valley in a 95-76 loss to Triton on Wednesday in River Grove.

Also for the Skyhawks (1-3), Montel Brown had 13 points, and Cameron Graves added 12.

Najee Brown-Henderson
poured in 26 points to lead Triton, which is ranked No. 6 among Division II junior colleges.

Four assistant coaches indicted by federal grand jury

Four college basketball assistant coaches charged in a bribery scheme were among eight people indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in New York City.

The assistant coaches charged were Auburn’s Chuck Person, Arizona’s Emanuel Richardson, USC’s Tony Bland and Oklahoma State’s Lamont Evans.

NASCAR

Almirola to replace Danica at SHR

Acknowledging that it was perhaps the worst-kept secret in NASCAR, Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Tony Stewart officially introduced Aric Almirola as the driver of the organization’s No. 10 Ford for 2018 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Wednesday.

Almirola will replace Danica Patrick.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Les Miles interested in Oregon State job

Former LSU and Oklahoma State football coach Les Miles is interested in the Oregon State job.

Miles, 63, compiled a 114-34 overall record in 11-plus seasons with the Tigers, earning a pair of SEC titles (2007, 2011) and the 2007 national championship.

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