Sports Report 2/01/23 | The Voice of LaSalle County since 1952!
In local sports, in high school girls hoops, Sandwich took a 36-35 win over Morris, Lasalle-Peru fell to Sycamore 55-29, and Seneca defeated St. Bede 58-57. Kennedy Hartwig led with 28 for the Irish. In high school boys hoops action, Earlville beat Somonauk 69-51, Mendota fell to Newman Central Catholic 66-46, Coal City beat Streator 65-57, Lasalle-Peru picked up a win over Sycamore 44- 39 and Seneca defeated Beecher. 73-66 in triple overtime. In other local sports, Shepherd’s 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams have had victories over Lasalle. Grade 7 won in straight sets Meredith Waldron led with nine points, Lanie Allen added four points and four assists. Grade 8 won in three sets. Piper Lewis led with 13 points and a one kill and Chloe Carmona added 10 points.
>>Bulls run out after hot start
(Chicago, IL) – The Chicago Bulls blew a 19-point lead en route to a 108-103 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at United Center. DeMar DeRozan missed a free kick with 36 seconds left in regulation time, and Zach LaVine returned the ball on Chicago’s last significant possession. Nikola Vucevic had 23 points and 14 boards in the losing effort. The Bulls sit 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 23-27 record. Chicago hosts Charlotte tomorrow night.
>> Illini dominates Nebraska in the second half
(Champaign, IL) – Illinois Fighting Illini No. 25 thwarted the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the second half of a 72-56 win at State Farm Center. After leading by just one at halftime, the Illini held the Huskers to just 19 points in the second half to take control of the game. Matthew Mayer led the way with 16 points as Illinois improved to 16 and 6 overall and 7 and 4 in the Big Ten. The Illini visit Iowa on Saturday.
>> Feral cats fall in Iowa
(Iowa City, IA) – Northwestern’s three-game winning streak is coming to an end after an 86-70 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Wildcats went blow for blow with Iowa in the first half before being outscored by 16 points in the second. Boo Buie had 20 points in the losing effort. Northwestern fell to 15 and 6 overall and 6 and 4 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats host Michigan tomorrow night.
>> College Basketball Roundup
(undated) – In other college hoops yesterday, DePaul lost to No. 23 UConn 90-76, and Northern Illinois beat Western Michigan 73-59. Tonight Bradley hosts Southern Illinois, Illinois State hosts UIC.
>>Former Cubs OF Fowler announce retirement
(undated) – A member of the 2016 Chicago Cubs hangs up his glove. Dexter Fowler has announced his retirement after 14 years in the Majors, including two seasons with the Cubs. Fowler was selected for his only All-Star appearance in 2016, the same year he won the World Series with Chicago. Fowler led Game 7 of this World Series with a home run against Corey Kluber, and he hit .261 with 30 home runs and 94 RBIs in 281 games for the Cubs.
>> Vandersloot leaving the sky
(Chicago, IL) – The Chicago Sky loses another All-Star. Free agent Courtney Vandersloot announced yesterday that she has decided to find a new organization to play for in 2023. The four-time All-Star has spent the past 12 seasons with Chicago, helping the team win the WNBA championship in 2021 She scored 11-point eight points per game to go along with six and a half assists last season. The news comes less than a week after Candace Parker signed with Las Vegas after two seasons in Chicago.
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