Sports Digest: Valpo wins Class A state hockey title

2013-03-09T21:30:00Z 2013-04-09T23:37:09Z Sports Digest: Valpo wins Class A state hockey title nwitimes.com
March 09, 2013 9:30 pm

Prep hockey

VALPO WINS CLASS A STATE TITLE: Jacob Stauffer and Charlie Crowley each had two goals and an assist as the Valparaiso Hockey Club defeated South Bend Riley 6-4 for the Class A state championship. Nate Mika added three assists for Valpo.

CROWN POINT FALLS IN CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Spencer Pilarski's third-period goal wasn't enough as South Bend Adams defeated Crown Point 3-1 for the Class 2A state title.

 

Women's basketball

SOUTH SUBURBAN ROUTS PRAIRIE STATE: With a berth to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament on the line, South Suburban used a 31-17 advantage in the second half to pull away from Prairie State 55-39 and win the Region IV Championship.

Ashley Huddleston led South Suburban with 24 points, while Megan Majors chipped in 13. Amanda Pierce led Prairie State with 13 points.

 

College softball

VALPO GAINS SPLIT AT HATTER CLASSIC: Kaitlyn Ranieri (Lake Central) fueled a five-run rally in the sixth inning with a two-run double to help Valparaiso defeat Colgate 7-5 and split Saturday's play at the Hatter Classic in DeLand, Fla. 

The Crusaders (9-7) lost to host Stetson 4-3 in the nightcap. Lindsey Norway also had a two-run double in the sixth in the win, while Tarah McShane added a two-run home run in the fourth.

CALUMET COLLEGE GAINS SPLIT AT TOURNEY: Sarah Simchak had a home run and five RBIs to help Calumet College shut out Valley City 10-0 at the Tuscon Invitational. The Crimson Wave lost 5-4 to Park in the other game. Sophie Kessler and Jessica Pabey each added two RBIs in the win.

PNC GOES 1-2 IN TUCSON: Mollie Lindeman (Hebron) scattered five hits and had 10 strikeouts as Purdue North Central defeated Arizona Christian 4-2, salvaging a win during Saturday's third game on the Arizona trip. The Panthers (2-4) lost 6-0 to Madonna and 10-8 to Hope International.

 

Pro golf

WOODS STRETCHES HIS LEAD AT CADILLAC: Tiger Woods hit a tee shot that got stuck in a palm tree. That's about the only thing that didn't fall his way Saturday in the Cadillac Championship.

Woods made seven more birdies on the Blue Monster at Doral, the last one from 15 feet on the 18th hole that gave him a 5-under 67 and a four-shot lead over Graeme McDowell heading into the final round.

 

Pro baseball

YANKEES CLOSER RIVERA SAYS THIS IS HIS FINAL SEASON: Mariano Rivera and his family walked into the pavilion behind the third-base stands at Steinbrenner Field followed by his New York Yankees' teammates.

It was the start of the long goodbye for baseball's greatest closer.

Dressed in a dark jersey top and pinstriped uniform pants, Rivera announced what already had leaked out in prior days: This will be his 19th and final major league season.

And the 43-year-old has a clear vision of how he wants his career to end.

"The last game I hope will be throwing the last pitch in the World Series," he said. "Winning the World Series, that would be my ambition."

FIGHT MARS CANADA'S WBC WIN OVER MEXICO: A fierce brawl that saw Alfredo Aceves and several players throw nasty punches erupted in the ninth inning of Canada's 10-3 romp over Mexico in the World Baseball Classic on Saturday.

The fights broke out after Canada's Rene Tosoni was hit by a pitch from Arnold Leon with Canada leading 9-3 at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. It turned into a wild scene, as chaotic as any on a major league field in recent years.

Even when the melee ended, a full water bottle thrown from the crowd struck the face of a Canadian coach. Canada shortstop Cale Iorg angrily threw the bottle back into the crowd.

Several police officers came onto the field trying to restore order.

 

Auto racing

HORNISH HOLDS OFF BUSCH FOR NATIONWIDE WIN: Sam Hornish Jr. survived two restarts in the final 15 laps and held off Kyle Busch to win the Nationwide Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Hornish led 114 laps in his second career Nationwide victory, but needed a strong finish to outrun Busch, the hometown driver who won the Nationwide race last week in Phoenix.

 

Pro soccer

BENGTSON LIFTS REVOLUTION OVER FIRE: Forward Jerry Bengtson scored in the 62nd minute; goalkeeper Matt Reis made four saves and the New England Revolution opened their season with a 1-0 victory over the Fire on Saturday night.

The Fire dropped to 0-2, having failed to score in 180 minutes of play.

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