Sports Digest: Valparaiso men's tennis team rolls past Niagara

2014-03-08T22:00:00Z 2014-03-10T18:59:07Z Sports Digest: Valparaiso men's tennis team rolls past Niagara nwitimes.com
March 08, 2014 10:00 pm

Men's tennis

VALPARAISO ROLLS PAST NIAGARA: Jeffrey Schorsch won 6-0, 7-6 (7-2) at No. 1 singles to help Valparaiso defeat Niagara 5-2 on Saturday.

Dave Bacalla (No. 2), Charlie Emhardt (No. 5) and Michael Baiocchi (No. 6) also won in straight sets for the Crusaders (8-3).

Girls basketball

OREGON-DAVIS TAKES CLASS A TITLE: Oregon-Davis senior Ashley Campbell scored a game-high 35 points and fellow senior Jessica Avarone added 16 to lead the Bobcats to a 69-64 win over Vincennes-Rivet in the Class A state championship game Saturday in Terre Haute.

Campbell became the first player to score 30 points in a girls' state final game since Carmel's Chrissy Steffen had 31 in the 2008 title game.

The Bobcats (23-2) finished the season with a 10-game win streak and claimed their first state championship since 2007. Vincennes-Rivet (22-5) was led by sophomore guard Kelsey Ivers, who scored 23 points.

In the Class 2A title game, junior guard Sydney Hall scored 17, and Tyasha Harris added 14 to lead Heritage Christian (27-1) to a 64-61 victory over Fort Wayne Canterbury (20-5).

In Class 3A, Western senior guard Carley O'Neal scored a team-high 12 points to lead the Panthers to a 38-35 win over Evansville Mater Dei.

Facing a Mater Dei team that was averaging 64.2 points per game, Western kept Maura Muensterman — an Indiana University commit and Miss Indiana Basketball candidate — in check, limiting her to 12 points. With the victory, Western claimed its first girls state basketball title and prevented Mater Dei from winning a third straight state title.

In Class 4A, senior Brittani Rizzi scored 17 points, and junior Jenna Allen added a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds to lead Bedford North Lawrence (27-1) to its second straight title as the Stars defeated the Penn Kingsmen (25-2) 51-41.

Pro baseball

SCHIERHOLTZ POWERS CUBS PAST REDS: Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer and made a diving catch for the Cubs in their 9-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Schierholtz's drive off Alfredo Simon followed a walk to Donnie Murphy in the first inning. Schierholtz also singled and scored in the third. Ryan Kalish singled and scored twice for the Cubs.

Billy Hamilton walked leading off the game against Jason Hammel, who was making his first Cactus League start for the Cubs. The speedster stole second and third to give him six steals this spring.

Joey Votto doubled twice and walked in three trips for the Reds.

Schierholtz turned in a diving grab in right field to rob Kristopher Negron of a hit.

WHITE SOX'S QUINTANA HIT IN SHIN BY LINE DRIVE: White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana was hit in the shin by a line drive and removed from Chicago's 6-4 loss to an Arizona Diamondbacks split squad after just two batters.

The left-hander gave up a leadoff single to A.J. Pollock, then Gerardo Parra lined one off Quintana's left leg. The White Sox said Quintana was diagnosed with a bruised shin and is day to day.

Quintana, who walked off the field, said he does not expect to miss a spring start.

Auto racing

KESELOWSKI HOLDS ON FOR NATIONWIDE WIN IN VEGAS: Brad Keselowski overcame electrical trouble and held off Kyle Busch on Saturday to win the Nationwide Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time.

In his eighth start on the desert track, Keselowski earned his 28th career Nationwide win on his 20th track.

Kyle Larson was third, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth in front of rookie Chase Elliott, who posted his first top-five finish.

Busch came up from a 37th-place start to finish second on his hometown track, but couldn't catch Keselowski's Penske Ford.

Pro golf

REED BUILDS TWO-SHOT LEAD AT DORAL: Patrick Reed had a 3-under 69 in tamer conditions Saturday at Doral to take a two-shot lead into a final round that will prominently feature Tiger Woods for the first time this year.

Reed played a four-shot stretch around the turn in 4-under par to surge into the lead. He did enough right on the closing holes to keep his distance over PGA champion Jason Dufner (68) and Hunter Mahan (71).

Woods delivered the low round of the tournament. He made eight birdies for a 66, calling it the most complete round he has played this year. He wound up only three shots out of the lead as he goes for his fifth career win on the Blue Monster.

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