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SportShorts for Wednesday, May 8, 2019


Oregon’s Clark headed to Augustana

Oregon High School senior Chase Clark will continue his academic and athletic career at Augustana College next fall, where he will compete on the wrestling team.

Clark placed third at 152 pounds at the Class 1A State Wrestling Tournament held in Champaign this past winter. He had a 45-8 record.


Dixon’s Thompson to run at Sauk

Dixon senior India Thompson will continue her academic and athletic career at Sauk Valley Community College.

Thompson, a sprinter for the Duchesses, has clocked in at 30.50 seconds in the 200-meter dash this spring.

Sauk Valley will start its inaugural season next spring.


Bramer set to resign as Byron coach

Byron co-op swimming & diving coach Grant Bramer has accepted a new position as a coach and teacher at Mililani High School on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

Bramer, a Sterling native and graduate, coached the Tigers’ boys and girls swimming & diving teams the past 2 years. Byron produced seven sectional champion and 11 new school records under his tutelage.

Bramer will remain the head coach of the Byron Tiger Sharks club team until July 25. He will be Mililani’s boys and girls swimming & diving and water polo coach, and will also teach U.S. History and Representative Democracy.


Memorial tourney to be held Saturday

The Joe Valente/Wayne Wright Memorial 8-Ball Tournament will be held Saturday in Rock Falls.

Host sites are PJ’s II, Froggy’s, Corner Tap, Whiskey Barrel and The Cooler. Sign-up is at the Whiskey Barrel at 11 a.m., with competition starting at noon. Entry is $10, with a $10 green fee.

For more information,
contact Marc Ramirez at 815-441-7292.


Holland takes over as GM, president of Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers hired longtime Detroit Red Wings executive Ken Holland as their new general manager and president of hockey operations Tuesday.

Holland takes over the struggling team from interim GM Keith Gretzky, and one of his first tasks will be finding a new coach. Veteran Ken Hitchcock will not be back next season after taking over in November for the fired Todd McLellan.

Edmonton has made the playoffs just once since advancing to the Stanley Cup Final in 2006, and the Oilers hope Holland is the GM who can finally build a contender around superstar captain Connor McDavid.

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