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SportShorts for Saturday, April 14, 2018

FOOTBALL

Sterling OL Reynolds to play at DuPage

Sterling senior offensive lineman Kerry Reynolds will continue his football carrer at the College of DuPage.

Reynolds was a first-team NIB-12 West selection in 2017. He helped pave the way for 3,204 rushing yards and 1,366 passing yards in his lone season with the Golden Warriors.

Located in Glen Ellyn, the College of DuPage Chaparrals are a perennial top-25 NJCAA program playing a national, independent schedule.

SLOWPITCH SOFTBALL

CTPD meeting
set for Tuesday

The Coloma Township Park District will host the 7th Annual Co-ed Church Slowpitch Softball League this summer in Centennial Park.  

An organizational meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 17th at 7:30 p.m. at the Little
Red Schoolhouse in Rock Falls. Teams should register for the league and pay the required entry fee of $385 at that time.

The league will consist of 16 teams and will play on the ‘B’ and ‘C’ diamonds in Centennial Park. Each team must secure their own sponsor and provide their own equipment anduniforms.  

The league will play Tuesday and Thursday nights. Game times will be at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Play will begin the week of May 28 and end the third week of August.

Team registration will be taken at the Coloma Township Park District Office.

NHL

’Hawks sign Notre Dame defenseman

The Chicago Blackhawks signed defenseman prospect Dennis Gilbert to a 3-year entry-level contract, the team announced Friday.

He will report immediately to Rockford for the IceHogs’ AHL playoff run.

Gilbert, 21, was the Blackhawks’ third-round pick (No. 91 overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. He played the last 3 years at Notre Dame, where he emerged as one of the top defensemen for one of the best programs in the country. The Fighting Irish reached the Frozen Four in each of the last two seasons, falling to Minnesota-
Duluth in the national title game in 2018.

Hitchcock retiring, will become consultant

Ken Hitchcock is retiring
from coaching after 22 years, leaving the Dallas Stars’ bench after just one season to become a consultant with the team.

Hitchcock, 66, is third in NHL history with 823 coaching victories, and fourth with 1,536 games behind the bench. He coached the Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, St. Louis Blues, and then the Stars for a second time during a career that started during the 1995-96 season.

He won the Stanley Cup in 1999 with Dallas. His 86 playoff victories rank ninth overall.

MLB

Game show makes up for White Sox snub

“Wheel of Fortune” finally made things right with the Chicago White Sox and their fans after their snub against the team earlier this year.

Back in February, the game show featured a puzzle of professional Chicago sports teams, but did not include the White Sox.

On Thursday night, however, the Sox got a puzzle all to themselves. The category was “People”, and the solution was “Chicago White Sox fans.”

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