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SportShorts for Thursday, May 9, 2019

FOOTBALL

Missiles Boyer, Rahn to play at Central

Milledgeville seniors Carson Boyer and Nathan Rahn will continue their academic and athletic careers at Central College next fall.

Boyer, a first-team NUIC Upstate running back last fall, led the area in rushing touchdowns (21) and was second in rushing yards (1,115). Rahn was a 1A All-State selection and unanimous pick to the NUIC Upstate first team as a linebacker and running back after rushing for 683 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Central, located in Pella, Iowa, competes in Division III’s American Rivers Conference. Boyer and Rahn will be teammates with fellow NUIC grads Reid Taylor (Polo) and Devon Murray (West Carroll). The Dutch went 8-2 last season.

PREP SPORTS

Class 3A baseball, softball brackets out

The Rock Falls baseball team has the top seed in its subsectional and will face either Rockford Boylan or Rockford Lutheran on May 22 in a semifinal of the Rockford Lutheran Regional. Stillman Valley faces Rockford Christian in the other semifinal.

In the Rochelle Regional, No. 8 Sterling hosts No. 10 Belvidere May 20 in a quarterfinal. The winner will face No. 2 Dixon in one semifinal on May 22, with Rochelle facing Freeport in the other semifinal.

In softball, Sterling is the top seed in its subsectional and will face Stillman Valley
or Belvidere on May 21 in a semifinal of the Stillman
Valley Regional. Freeport faces Genoa-Kingston in the other semifinal.

In the Rock Falls Regional, No. 8 Dixon will face No. 10 Rochelle in a quarterfinal on May 20, with the winner moving on to face No. 2 Sycamore on May 21. No. 3 Rock Falls will face No. 7 Boylan in the other semifinal on May 22.

COLLEGE SPORTS

Two Skyhawks take regional honors

Sauk Valley Community College golfer Cole Ruckman, a sophomore from Dixon, was named to the Arrowhead Conference all-conference team following a fourth-place 296 over the five-match spring season.

He and Colton Guy will travel to the NJCAA championships May 21-24 in
Plymouth, Indiana.

Meanwhile, softball player Sarah Bisland, a freshman from Rockridge, was named first-team all-region.

The catcher and third baseman is hitting .465 with 22 RBIs and four home runs this spring.

MLB

Cubs looking into fan’s gesture

The Chicago Cubs vowed Wednesday to indefinitely ban the fan who used what appeared to be a racist hand gesture behind an African American television reporter who was on the air.

Wearing a gray Cubs sweatshirt and blue pants, he made an upside-down “OK” sign during the broadcast. The gesture is associated with the juvenile “circle game,” but it has also become a white supremacy sign.

The Cubs were still working to identify the fan following the incident Tuesday while the Cubs were facing the Miami Marlins.

Green said the team had figured out the fan’s seat location but he was not the season ticket holder and when security responded, the fan was no longer there.

Phillies chairman Montgomery dies

Phillies chairman David Montgomery, who was team president during Philadelphia’s 2008 World Series championship season, has died. He was 72.

The team issued a statement Wednesday saying Montgomery died after a 5-year fight with cancer.

Montgomery spent nearly 50 years working for the Phillies, starting in the ticket office in 1971. He was promoted to executive vice president after the 1981 season, became chief operating officer in 1992 and remained in that position until being promoted to general partner, president and chief executive officer in 1997.

Montgomery spearheaded the team’s transition from Veterans Stadium to Citizens Bank Park in 2004 and led the organization during its most successful period from 2007-2011. The Phillies won five straight National League East titles, two NL pennants and one World Series in that span.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Two convicted in corruption case

An aspiring sports business manager and an amateur basketball coach were convicted of bribery conspiracy Wednesday at a trial that showed top college coaches were paid off to steer NBA-bound athletes to favored handlers.

The verdict capped the two-week trial of Christian Dawkins and youth basketball coach Merl Code in a case that forced the NCAA to confront corruption affecting basketball players at some of its elite programs.

Dawkins, 26, of Atlanta, and Code, 45, of Greer, South Carolina, were convicted on a conspiracy count, but acquitted of some other charges. Dawkins was also convicted of bribery.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Michigan schools limit contact in practice

The organization that governs Michigan high school athletes has voted to trim the amount of full-contact football practice from a maximum of 90 to 30 minutes per week and to drastically reduce the amount of full contact allowed in preseason workouts.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association voted this week on the reductions for full-contact practices, joining New Jersey as the second state to implement rules favored by Practice Like Pros, a nonprofit devoted to reducing injuries in youth football.

The group cites studies that say 58% of concussions in high school football happen on the practice field, compared with 4% in the NFL.

Previously, Michigan allowed one full-contact practice per day in the preseason. Now, teams will get a maximum of 6 hours a week, including scrimmages, before the season starts.

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