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SportShorts for Friday, March 15, 2019


Dixon’s Bailey, Rock Falls’ Nailor earn AP all-state nods

Dixon’s Beau Bailey and Rock Falls’ Cade Nailor were selected as honorable mentions to the Associated Press Class 3A all-state team.

Bailey averaged 18.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 3.1 steals this season, helping the Dukes (23-8) to the Geneseo Regional title. He finished his career as Dixon’s all-time leading scorer.

Nailor averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists, and shot 66 percent from the floor. The undefeated Big Northern champion Rockets (31-3) finished fifth in the final 3A poll, and won the Freeport Regional.


Locals litter NUIC all-conference team

Eight local wrestlers from three different programs were named to the NUIC all-conference team.

West Carroll led the way locally with five selections – 126-pound state champion Ethen Doty, Miguel Watkins (106 pounds), Briar Nevills (113), Camren
Simpson (170) and Eli Dertz (195).

Polo had two selections in Connor Eubanks (120) and Marcus McKenna (160).

Amboy was represented by 195-pounder Avery Shaw. The Clippers also won the conference’s team sportsmanship award.

E-P’s McCullough, Friedrichsen picked for All-Star Dual

Erie-Prophetstown’s Tod McCullough has been selected to coach the Illinois team at the 26th Annual
Illinois/Indiana All-Star Classic Dual Meet.

The meet will be held at Culver Academies High School, 1300 Academy Road, Culver, Ind. on
Sunday at noon.

E-P’s Gabe Friedrichsen, who finished fourth at 182 pounds at the Class 1A state meet last month, has been chosen to wrestle for the
Illinois squad.


Fleetwood finishes strong for Players lead

Tommy Fleetwood kept a clean card in the March wind, kept his patience, and was rewarded at the end with three straight birdies for a 7-under 65 to set the early pace Thursday in The Players Championship.

Byeong Hun An and Brian Harman were at 66, while Rory McIlroy also played bogey-free for a 67.

Ryan Moore also fired a 67 that included a hole-in-one on the island-green 17th.

Harris English had an albatross – the third straight year for one at The Players – on the par-5 11th hole. He and Tiger Woods sit at 2 under.

Phil Mickleson, who shot a 2-over 74, confirmed Thursday that he and his wife, Amy, hired William Singer and his for-profit college tutoring company to prepare their children for the college admission and selection process.

Mickelson said everything was done above board, and that neither he nor his family ever made financial contributions to Singer’s Key World Foundation.

Earlier this week, federal authorities announced Singer orchestrated a massive bribery scheme to get students admitted to elite universities as recruited athletes and help them cheat on college entrance exams to gain admission. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges including racketeering conspiracy.

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