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SportShorts for Friday, December 28, 2018


Sterling sophs among 9 named All-State

Sterling sophomores Lexi Rodriguez and twins Bree and Brook Borum led a strong local contingent on the Champaign News-Gazette All-State Volleyball Team, released by the newspaper on Wednesday.

Rodriguez, who led the Sauk Valley with 634 digs while also adding 134 assists and 30 aces, was one of 18 players on the first team. Brook and Bree Borum were among the 18 second-team selections; Brook finished with 455 kills (2nd in the area), 227 digs, 21 blocks and 32 aces, while Bree had 282 kills (6th in the area), 578 assists (2nd in the area), 226 digs, 34 blocks and 35 aces.

Older sister Josi Borum (270 kills, 507 assists, 229 digs, 39 blocks, 35 aces) was one of 50 special mention players, as was fellow senior Bailey Nelson from Oregon (371 kills, 146 digs, 59 blocks, 33 aces).

Four other locals were part of the 100 honorable mention team: Rock Falls’ Kenzie Olson (194 kills, 122 blocks), Fulton’s Daekota Knott (161 kills, 117 blocks, 20 aces), and Eastland’s Gabby Snyder (585 digs, 46 aces) and Sage Walrath (224 kills, 437 digs, 65 aces).


LeBron named AP Male Athlete of the Year

LeBron James on Thursday was named The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for the third time, following what the publication called his “most significant year” even without winning the NBA championship.

James opened the “I Promise” school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, for at-risk children this year. He left the Cavaliers again, this time for the Lakers, and has kept up his dominating play on the court.


Blue Devils rally to throttle Owls

Daniel Jones threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns, T.J. Rahming caught 12 passes for 240 yards and two scores, and Duke recovered from a slow start to blow past Temple 56-27 in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana on Thursday afternoon.

The Blue Devils scored touchdowns on seven straight drives, flipping a 27-14 deficit in the second quarter to a 56-27 lead by midway through the fourth.

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe is now 4-0 in the Independence Bowl dating to 1998.

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