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SportShorts for Thursday, November 30, 2017


Krogman headed to Clarke University

Eastland senior Katie Krogman will continue her volleyball career at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa.

A 4-year member of the Cougars varsity team, she was part of the state-championship team in 2015 and runner-up in 2016. Eastland won regional titles all 4 years Krogman was part of the program.

She will join a Clarke Pride squad that went 27-9 this year, 13-6 in the Heart of American Conference.


6 Dukes named first-team all-conference

Six Dixon football players were honored by the Big Northern Conference with a first-team all-conference selection.

Senior running back Arthur Cox, senior wide receiver Jared Harrison and senior lineman Brock Burgess were picked on the offensive side of the ball. On defense, first-team selections went to junior lineman Bryce Christiansen, senior linebacker Kyle Commons and senior defensive back Elijah McGlown.

Rock Falls senior Logan Wickens was named first-team All-BNC on the defensive line.

For the complete all-conference team, see Page B4.


Oregon St. hires new head coach

Jonathan Smith is returning to where he started.

Washington’s co-offensive coordinator has been hired by Oregon State to be the Beavers’ new head coach.

Smith is a former Beavers quarterback who has been working as quarterbacks coach for Chris Petersen since 2012, starting at Boise State and following him to Washington in 2014.

PSU assistant taking over Bulldogs

Mississippi State has hired Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead as its football coach, bringing in another up-and-comer who is largely in the mold of previous coach Dan Mullen.

The school officially announced the hiring on Wednesday morning. The 44-year-old Moorhead replaces Mullen, who left Starkville, Mississippi, after nine successful seasons to become the Florida Gators’ new head coach on

Moorhead will be introduced on campus on Thursday morning.

The new coach inherits a good situation at Mississippi State. The 24th-ranked Bulldogs were 8-4 this season with a roster that features only a handful of senior starters.

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