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SportShorts for Thursday, March 14, 2019

WRESTLING

Locals honored
by IWCOA

The Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association announced its annual award nominees Tuesday.

Eastland sophomore Ethen Doty, who wrestles for West Carroll and is the reigning Class 1A 126-pound champion, was selected as a candidate for 1A Oustanding Wrestler. Erie-Prophetstown senior Gabe Friedrichsen was named a 1A Scholastic Wrestler of the Year finalist.

Oregon assistant coach Justin Lahman has been named a 1A Assistant Coach of the Year candidate.

Morrison athletic director Gregg Dolan was named a 1A Administrator of the Year finalist.

Sauk Valley Media’s Brian Weidman was selected as a Newsperson of the Year candidate.

Recipients will be honored at the association’s convention and awards ceremony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7 at Alan Shepard High School, 13049 Ridgeland Ave., Palos Heights.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Former RF center Olson transferring
to Eureka

Former Rock Falls center Collin Olson will transfer to Division III Eureka College next fall after 2 years at
Central Lakes College in Minnesota.

Olson, a 2016 Rock Falls grad, played on the offensive and defensive lines during his time with the Rockets.

Eureka competes in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. The Red Devils went 9-2 overall and won the NACC last season with a 6-1 mark, and qualified for the Division III playoffs.

VOLLEYBALL

Newman’s McCarty to play at Sauk

Newman senior Hannah McCarty will continue her academic and athletic career at Sauk Valley Community College next fall.

McCarty was a TRAC East honorable mention selection in 2018 after recording 132 kills and 69 blocks for Newman, which went 27-7-1.

Sauk qualified for the NJCAA Division II National Championships from 2014-17.

MLB

Cards P Martinez to start season on IL

St. Louis pitcher Carlos Martinez will begin the season on the injured list as the two-time All-Star tries to work his way back from shoulder weakness.

Martinez will not appear in exhibition games. He is to throw on flat ground for the next week before moving to a mound.

NFL

Chiefs release
veteran S Berry

Kansas City began free agency Wednesday by
cutting one of their most popular players in strong safety Eric Berry, who was a dynamic presence when he was healthy, but had missed significant time throughout his career.

He would have been guaranteed $7.5 million Friday.

SLED DOG RACING

Alaska native wins
the Iditarod

Pete Kaiser won the Iditarod early Wednesday.

He became the latest
Alaska native to claim victory in the iconic sled dog race.

Kaiser, 31, crossed the finish line in Nome after beating back a challenge from the defending champion, Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom.

Crowds cheered and clapped as Kaiser came off the Bering Sea ice and mushed down Nome’s main street to the famed burled arch finish line. His wife and children greeted him, hugging him at the conclusion of the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) race, which began March 3 north of Anchorage.

Kaiser, who is Yupik, is from the southwest Alaska community of Bethel. A large contingent of Bethel residents flew to Nome to witness his victory. Alaska Native dancers and drummers performed near the finish line as they waited for Kaiser to arrive.

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