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SportShorts for Tuesday, March 19, 2019

BOYS BASKETBALL

Three Cougars named all-NUIC West

Eastland senior Kaden Henze was one of three Cougars named to the NUIC West All-Conference team.

A first-team pick, he was joined by honorable mention selections Reid Janssen and his younger brother, Kellen Henze.

West Carroll senior Ryan Gengenbach also received honorable mention notice.

FOOTBALL

Hermes headed to Gustavus Adolphus

Oregon senior Dalton
Hermes will continue his academic and athletic
career at Gustavus Adolphus College next fall.

Hermes will be teammates once again with former
Oregon standout Brayton Finch at Gustavus Adolphus. Hermes rushed for 776 yards and six touchdowns in 2018 for the Hawks, and was named honorable mention all-Big Northern.

Gustavus Adolphus, located in St. Peter, Minn., competes in Division III’s Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Golden Gusties went 6-4 last season.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Dixon’s Fox to play at Sauk Valley C.C.

Dixon senior Avery Fox will continue her academic and athletic career at Sauk Valley Community College next fall.

Fox was a guard that helped the Duchesses to a 47-15 record in her two
varsity seasons.

The Skyhawks went 17-15 in 2018-19, and lost in the NJCAA Region IV Tournament championship.

NFL

Bengals release LB Burfict after 7 seasons

The Cincinnati Bengals released oft-suspended
linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Monday.

Burfict’s career was marked more by his behavior than his tackling skills. In his 7 years with the Bengals, he was suspended by the NFL to start each of the past three seasons, mostly for egregious hits that violated the league’s player safety rules.

His most notable performance might have been when Burfict and Adam “Pacman” Jones got 15-yard penalties in the 2015 playoffs that set up a Steelers field goal with 14 seconds left for an 18-16 win.

Burfict played in 75 games. He made 684 tackles, had 8½ sacks, five interceptions, 33 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

He made the 2013 Pro Bowl.

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