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  • Jeffery Wileaver’s 2-run single capped a five run sixth inning and propelled Monticello to an 11-1 ten-run rule win over Oakwood Thursday afternoon in non-conference boys baseball action from Monticello High School.

     

    Wileaver’s hit capped a 3-for-4 afternoon.

     

    Leading 6-1 in the top of the sixth, the Alex Marquardt doubled to following Nate Graham’s pop out to center field. Then Konner Bundy walked. Nick Stokowski singled over the head of Oakwood left fielder Noah Ruch. An errant throw to second allowed Stokowski to take third, then an errant throw to third allowed Stokowski to score, making it 9-1.

    Logan Hislope followed with a single, Mitch Carr was hit by a pitch. Jacob Pakorny walked to load the bases and set up Wileaver’s two-run walk off single to extend the lead to a game ending 11-1 lead.

     

    Marquardt finished the afternoon 4-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored.

     

    Cam Wittig was the pitcher of record, throwing four innings, allowing a run on three hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.

     

    Stokowksi finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

     

    Chase Vinson tripled in the fourth inning and scored on a Hunter Phelps RBI single for the only run of the game for the Comets.

     

    Vinson finished 1-for-2 with a walk.

     

    Oakwood drops to 1-1 on the season while Monticello improves to 4-1 overall.

     

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  • Maroa-Forsythe defeats the Lady Maroons 8-3 in non-conference softball action.
     
    Trojan pitcher, Kate Beckemeyer, got the win giving 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 11 and walking 3. She went 3-for-4 at the plate, driving in 3 which included a 3-run triple.
     
    Kalla Wickenhauser also went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs, including an RBI double.
     
    Junior Olivia Sanders for the Maroons took the loss, giving up 8 runs on 11 hits, striking out 1 and walking 1.
     
    Junior Aspen Taylor went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a run score with several defensive plays. Tori Wilson went 1-for-3 with a double.
     
    Maroa goes to 4-1 on the season, while Clinton drops to 1-3.
     
    Tune in Thursday to hear Clinton take on Central A&M at 4:30pm on the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW and dewittdailynews.com.

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  • Patrick Kane scored his team-leading 33rd goal in regulation and connected again in the shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday night to open an eight-point lead for first place in the Central Division.
    Artemi Panarin also scored in the shootout as Chicago rode a 42-save effort by Corey Crawford through overtime to improve to 6-0-1 in its last seven. It was also the Blackhawks' 18th win in their last 22 games. Marian Hossa scored his 24th goal of the season midway through the third period.
     
    Crawford was beaten only by Tyler Seguin in the shootout and twice in regulation by Ales Hemsky as he rebounded from giving up four goals on 10 shots to Vancouver on Tuesday night.
     
    Dallas' Kari Lehtonen made 24 saves through overtime, following up on a 30-save shutout on Monday against San Jose.
     
    >>Blues Blast Canucks
     
    Magnus Paajarvi scored twice to lead the Blues to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. St. Louis has won 14 of 20 since Feb. 7 after Paajarvi was recalled from Chicago of the AHL.
    Kyle Brodziak and Alex Pietrangelo also scored for the Blues who won their fourth straight to give them nine wins in their last 10. Jake Allen made 27 saves for his seventh win in eight starts while allowing just nine goals in the stretch.
     
    Henrik Sedin scored for the Canucks who have lost seven of their last eight to fall to 11-22-3 on the road. Ryan Miller stopped 30 shots.
     
    Brodziak snapped an 11 game goal-scoring drought when he roofed a slap shot by Miller late in the second period for his eighth goal of the season to put the Blues up 2-1.
     
    St. Louis C Paul Stastny was scratched as he is out week-to-week with a lower body injury.
     
    The Blues host Calgary on Saturday.
     
    >>Blackhawks Extend F Kero
     
    The Chicago Blackhawks have signed utility forward Tanner Kero to a two-year contract extension.
    The deal with the 24-year-old, signed by the Blackhawks as a free agent in April 2015, runs through the 2018-19 season. Terms of the deal announced Thursday weren't disclosed.
     
    Kero, one of seven rookies to play for Western Conference-leading Chicago this season, has five goals and seven assists in 38 games. He was recalled from Rockford of the AHL on Dec. 22 when he was leading the IceHogs with 20 points on seven goals and 13 asssts.
     
    Kero played four seasons at Michigan Tech, located in Houghton, Michigan. and just across the Keewenaw Waterway from his hometown of Hancock.
     
    A 2015 Hobey Baker Award nominee, Kero was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's Player of the Year during his senior year when he led the Huskies with with 20 goals and 46 points.

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  • The Chicago Bears have re-signed receiver and kickoff returner Deonte Thompson to a one-year contract.
    He had 22 receptions for 249 yards and finished second in the NFL with 804 kickoff return yards last season.
     
    Thompson has 39 receptions for 477 yards and 71 kickoff returns for 1,803 yards in five seasons with Baltimore Ravens (2012-13), Buffalo Bills (2014) and Bears (2015-16).
     
    The Bears announced the move on Thursday.

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  • Player of the year front-runner Frank Mason III poured in 26 points, Kansas turned on the jets in the second half and the top-seeded Jayhawks soared to a 98-66 blowout of No. 4 seed Purdue on Thursday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals.
    Devonte Graham also had 26 points and Josh Jackson had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Jayhawks (31-4), who led by 7 at halftime before their up-and-down pace finally wore down the Boilermakers.
     
    Kansas used two big runs, including an 11-0 charge highlighted by Lagerald Vicks' 360-degree drunk, to coast into a matchup with No. 3 seed Oregon on Saturday for a spot in the Final Four.
     
    Caleb Swanigan had 18 points and seven boards for the Boilermakers (27-8), but the 6-foot-9, 250-pound All-America candidate had to work for all of it. The Jayhawks kept collapsing on him in the post, forcing Swanigan to begin taking 3-pointers early in the second half.

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  • B.J. Taylor scored 17 points, Tacko Fall had a double-double and Central Florida held on to defeat Illinois 68-58 on Wednesday night to advance to the final four of the NIT.
     
    A.J. Davis and Matt Williams added 16 points apiece for the Knights (24-11), who play TCU in a semifinal game at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Fall had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
     
    UCF was the fourth-seed in the bracket and Illinois (20-15) No. 2 but due to an arena conflict the Fighting Illini couldn't host the game. The Knights took advantage with the first sellout crowd in 10,000-seat CFE Arena history to move within one win of tying for the most in school history.
     
    Both teams had five 3-pointers in the first half but Illinois only had two other baskets, shooting 7 for 26 to fall behind 34-19.
     
    UCF pushed the lead to 19 midway through the second half and was up 52-37 before Malcolm Hill rallied the Illini. Hill hit back-to-back 3-pointers and then made three free throws with 3:14 to play to cut the deficit to six. But Davis made 5 of 6 free throws from there and Taylor was 6 of 8 in the final minute.
     
    Hill had 29 points to finish his Illini career with 1,846, third all-time. Jamall Walker went 2-1 as the interim coach after replacing John Groce, who was fired after the Big Ten Tournament. Illinois introduced Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood as its new coach on Monday.

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  • Nikola Mirotic scored a season-high 28 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 117-95 in a matchup between struggling teams fighting for a playoff spot on Wednesday night.
    Mirotic shot 12 of 15 and made 4 of 6 3-point attempts to lead Chicago to an easy win after dropping eight of 10.
     
    Jimmy Butler added 16 points and 12 assists. Joffrey Lauvergne filled in for suspended center Robin Lopez and outplayed Andre Drummond with 17 points and seven rebounds. Rookie Paul Zipser added a career-high 15 points as the Bulls moved into a ninth-place tie with Detroit in the Eastern Conference.
     
    Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris each scored 14 for the Pistons, losers of five of six. Drummond grabbed 17 rebounds but scored just eight points on 4-of-12 shooting.
     
    The Bulls host Philadelphia on Friday.
     
    >>Celtics Drop Pacers
     
    Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points, Avery Bradley had 18 with eight rebounds and the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 109-100 on Wednesday night for their fifth win in six games.
     
    Al Horford added 15 points with eight boards and eight assists, and Jae Crowder also scored 15 points for Boston, which won for the 12th time in 13 home games.
     
    Paul George led the Pacers with 37 points and Jeff Teague had 25. Indiana has alternated by winning and losing in its last 15 games.
     
    The Celtics turned a red-hot shooting third quarter into 39 points, pushing a seven-point halftime lead to 14 after three quarters.
     
    Boston hit 17 of 25 shots from the field, with Marcus Smart's last-second bank shot in the lane capping the shooting. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw, giving the Celtics an 88-74 lead entering the final quarter.
     
    Thomas hit two 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the third.
     
    George kept the Pacers in the game, though, scoring 14 in the quarter.
     
    Trailing by 17 early in the fourth, the Pacers went on a 13-2 run to slice it to 95-89 on Teague's 3-pointer.
     
    Thomas then sandwiched a couple of breakaway layups around a turnaround by Horford to seal it.
     
    The Pacers open a three-game home stand, beginning with Denver on Friday.
     
    >>Lopez Gets Game Suspension For Altercation With Ibaka
     
    Chicago's Robin Lopez and Toronto's Serge Ibaka have both been suspended one game without pay by the NBA for fighting.
     
    Lopez and Ibaka threw punches at one another during the Bulls-Raptors game on Tuesday. Lopez was barred from Chicago's home game with Detroit on Wednesday, and Ibaka will not play when Toronto visits Miami on Thursday.
     
    Also, Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire was fined $15,000 for his role in the altercation. He pushed Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic and the league says he acted "as other than a peacemaker."
     
    Lopez and Ibaka were both ejected and issued technical fouls after Tuesday's incident.
     
    The Raptors and Bulls do not play again this season.

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