EIGHT LOCAL SCHOOLS CHANGE CLASSES: The IHSAA released its new classifications for the next two seasons, and the changes affect eight local schools, including five for football.
In football, Gavit moves up to 4A; Roosevelt and Hammond move down to 3A; Bishop Noll moves up to 2A, and Lake Station moves down to A.
Wheeler moves up a class to 3A in baseball, basketball, softball and volleyball; Rensselaer moves down a class to 2A in those sports, and Gary Lighthouse jumps up two classes to 3A.
SSC MEN AND WOMEN QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL TOURNEYS: South Suburban College's men's and women's teams have both qualified for the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in the same season for the first time in school history.
The Bulldog men will play Phoenix College in the opening round at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Danville, Ill. The women will play Lake Michigan at 11 a.m. March 20 in East Peoria, Ill.
PUC'S BROOKLYN SHORT GARNERS HONORS: Purdue Calumet's Brooklyn Short was named to the Daktronics-NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete list, one of 178 recipients from around the country.
Short averaged 10.4 points and a team-high 4.6 assists per game, which helped her earn Honorable Mention All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors.
VU'S NORWAY EARNS HORIZON LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Valparaiso sophomore outfielder Lindsey Norway was named the Horizon League's Player of the Week.
Norway was an all-tournament selection at last weekend's Hatter Classic with a .500 batting average and .875 slugging percentage.
BULLDOGS EKE OUT ROAD WIN: Jaren Lynch went 2-for-4 with an RBI to help lead South Suburban to a 5-3 win over Cumberland (Ky.) at the Fast Pitch Dreams Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Kaitlin Stone pitched a complete game for the Bulldogs (4-3), giving up just four hits and no earned runs.
BULLS' ROSE NOT SURE WHEN HE'LL RETURN: Bulls star Derrick Rose says he's still not sure if he'll play this season and the obstacles are more mental than physical at this point as he tries to return from knee surgery.
Rose told reporters before practice Tuesday in Los Angeles that he can "do everything" and it's just a matter of him "having the confidence to do it."
He says he'll return when he feels "normal" and that's in "a couple of days, that's great. If it's not, I'm fine."
Rose spoke exactly 10 months after he had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He says he's felt no outside pressure to return and downplayed the idea of a rift with the Bulls organization.
HAWKS ASSIGN MONTADOR TO AHL: The Blackhawks have assigned defenseman Steve Montador to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and recalled forward Jimmy Hayes.
Montador was placed on waivers on Monday and cleared them, meaning the team retained his rights He has appeared in only one game since he suffered a concussion in February 2012 and that was in late March. He has not played this season.
Hayes has 22 goals and 17 assists for Rockford.
ITALY'S KOSTNER HAS A WORLD OF LOVE FOR SKATING: Any other year, Carolina Kostner would come into the world championships as the favorite. She's the defending champion, and just won her fifth European title.
This is not any year, however. Olympic champion Kim Yu-na is back for the first time since 2011, and Mao Asada is at her best since winning her second title in 2010. The Russians are strong, and U.S. champion Ashley Wagner can't be counted out.
But that's OK with Kostner. Dismal performances at the 2009 world championships and Vancouver Olympics taught the Italians that her love of skating, not her spot in the standings, is what matters most.
The world championships begin today with the men's and pairs short programs. The women and ice dancers get started Thursday.
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Tuesday's Valparaiso baseball game with Navy was postponed due to inclement weather. The Crusaders now have a doubleheader today, playing Navy at 9 a.m. and then meeting Yale for the regularly-scheduled game at 6 p.m. ... Forest Park Golf Course in Valparaiso will host open houses from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. For details, call Beth at (219) 531-7888 or (219) 241-1111. ... Deep River Bowmen of Valparaiso will sponsor a pheasant hunt Saturday at the Dawn to Dusk Hunt Hunt Club. For details, call Mike Tichenor at (219) 309-6279, or go to www.deepriverbowmen.com or www.dawn-to-dusk.com.