Sports Digest: Prairie State continues postseason success

2013-03-02T21:30:00Z 2013-05-06T22:08:05Z Sports Digest: Prairie State continues postseason success nwitimes.com
March 02, 2013 9:30 pm

Women's basketball

PRAIRIE STATE CONTINUES POSTSEASON SUCCESS: Danielle Zandstra scored a game-high 15 points to lead Prairie State to a 66-44 win over Morton College and advance to the NJCAA Region IV Championship for the third consecutive season.

Amanda Pierce came off the bench to score 13 points for the Pioneers (21-8).

 

College wrestling

CAL COLLEGE'S ERIC JOHNSON FINISHES 8TH: Crimson Wave wrestler Eric Johnson dropped a 16-3 decision to William Penn University's Kyle Soderblum, ending Johnson's NAIA National Wrestling Championship run.

Johnson, a Highland grad, is Calumet College's first ever All-American wrestler with the eighth-place finish at the tournament.

 

College baseball

VALPO RALLIES TO DOWN BONNIES: Valparaiso overcame a one-run deficit three times, scoring twice in the eighth inning, to down St. Bonaventure 5-4 on Saturday in Punta Gorda, Fla.

Tanner Vavra had three hits and drove in two runs for the Crusaders (2-5), while Elliott Martin singled three times. Andrew Bain and Billy Cribbs each notched two hits. Ben Mahar allowed one run over three innings of relief for the win, with Karch Kowalczyk tossing a scoreless ninth for his second save.

PUMAS BLANK TIFFIN: Two late runs were all St. Joseph's College needed to defeat Tiffin 2-0.

Jake Roberts knocked in a run for the Pumas (1-2), but the pitching of Jordan Peterson was what made the difference. Peterson hurled a complete game, giving up four hits and no walks.

 

College softball

CRUSADERS GAIN SPLIT AT BUCCANEER INVITATIONAL: Jessie Marinec had a double and three RBIs to lead Valparaiso to a 9-1 win over host Charleston Southern at the Buccaneer Invitational on Saturday.

Seventh-ranked Tennessee shut out Valpo (5-6) 5-0 in the opener.

Kaitlyn Ranieri (Lake Central) was 2-for-3 with a RBI and run scored. Amanda Wisniewski had a solo home run and three runs scored, and Taylor Weissenhofer (3-2) allowed four hits and struck out eight.

 

Pro basketball

NOAH, BOOZER LEAD BULLS PAST NETS: Joakim Noah had 21 points and 10 rebounds; Carlos Boozer scored 20 points, and the Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-85 on Saturday.

Boozer added eight rebounds. Jimmy Butler had 13 points; Nate Robinson and Kirk Hinrich scored 12 apiece, and the Bulls won their second straight after dropping seven of 10.

 

Pro baseball

SELIG CALLS FOR TOUGHER DRUG PENALTIES: Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig wants tougher penalties for major league players who violate the sport's drug agreement.

Players' association head Michael Weiner said the union is willing to discuss changes, but only ones that would start in 2014.

Speaking at a news conference Saturday, Selig said the situation surrounding last year's positive drug test of All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera and allegations players received banned substances from a now-closed Florida anti-aging clinic helped lead him to seek stiffening of penalties as quickly as possible.

QUINTANA SOLID IN WHITE SOX'S WIN: Jose Quintana got off to a great start again. He knows from experience there's a long way to go. Quintana, who started strong and faded late as a rookie last season, pitched three perfect innings for the White Sox in their 4-0 victory over Cincinnati.

CUBS FALL TO GIANTS: Pablo Sandoval hit a towering home run, the only blemish for Carlos Villanueva, and San Francisco beat the Cubs 9-7.

Villanueva, a candidate for the Cubs starting rotation, gave up one run on four hits over three innings.

 

Pro golf

GUTHRIE, THOMPSON SHARE LEAD AT HONDA CLASSIC: PGA Tour rookie Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson survived a tough day and shared the lead going into the final round of the Honda Classic.

Guthrie had a 1-over 71, which was no disgrace on a windy, cool Saturday at PGA National in which none of the last 20 players to tee off broke par. Thompson had a two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th hole for a 70 to join Guthrie at 8-under 202.

 

Around the horn

Valparaiso University women’s soccer coach John Marovich is serving as coach of the ’96 Indiana Olympic Development Program, which plays for the national championship today at the 2013 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships in Frisco, Texas.

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