VU'S BOLTON NO-HITS TEMPLE: Fifth-year senior Amanda Bolton (2-3) tossed a no-hitter with three strikeouts as Valparaiso defeated Temple 9-0 at the USF Spring Invitational.
It's the first VU no-hitter since March 2011, when Alex Lagesse (Beecher) tossed a perfect game against Detroit.
Janelle Bouchard led the offense for the Crusaders (11-9) with a double and four RBIs. Kaitlyn Ranieri (Lake Central) was 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored; Angie Doerffler scored three runs, and Jessie Marinec was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
BULLDOGS GARNER AWARDS: E.C. Central grad Michael Harris continued his memorable season by being named the Region IV-A Player of the Year.
Harris averaged 24 points, 4.7 assists and eight rebounds per game this season. He earned Player of the Week seven times. Harris is also eligible for the NJCAA Division II All-American Team that will be named at the end of March.
Bryce Walker, also an E.C. Central grad, was named to the Second Team All-Region IV-A team along with teammate Kadeem Thornton.
Coach John Pigatti was named Region IV-A Coach of the Year, his fifth in seven seasons.
The Bulldogs (30-3) will play Phoenix College at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the NJCAA Division II National Championships as the No. 5 seed. The game will be televised at www.njcaatv.ihigh.com and will be broadcast on WJOB-AM (1230).
FORMER T.F. SOUTH STAR HONORED: Florida Gulf Coast's Joyce Iamstrong (formerly Holloway) was named to the Atlantic Sun Conference first team. The T.F. South grad helped lead the Eagles to their fourth consecutive regular-season conference championship.
HONORS FOR LAW: Loyola University sophomore Simone Law (Marian Catholic) was named to the Horizon League first team. The South Holland resident and 2011 Times Illinois Player of the Year leads the Ramblers in scoring (17.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg).
TOUGH-LUCK LOSS FOR VU'S WEBB: Cole Webb (2-3) allowed an earned run on three hits over eight innings, but he picked up Valparaiso's 1-0 loss to Alabama-Birmingham. Webb also had seven strikeouts for VU (7-11).
KRAVETZ COMMITS: Mount Carmel pitcher Jeremy Kravetz has committed to play for Kansas. The left-hander is a Lansing resident.
FOUR LOCALS ACADEMIC ALL-STATE: Nick Davidson (Andrean), Jessica Bell (Lake Central), Andrew Birky (Kouts) and Michael Schlotman (Munster) have been named first team academic all-state by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
To be eligible for consideration, players had to have a minimum grade point average of 3.5, rank in the top 25 percent of their class and scored at least a 1500 on their SAT or a 23 on their ACT.
SIMEON WINS IN SEMIS: Led by Jabari Parker's double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds, three-time Class 4A champion Simeon beat Proviso East 68-56 in one Class 4A semifinal Friday at Carver Arena in Peoria.
Kendall Pollard added 15 points for the Wolverines (29-3) in what was rematch of last year's state championship.
Proviso East (29-4) was led by Parrish McCullum's 14 points.
Simeon will play Stevenson, a 60-49 winner over Edwardsville, at 8:15 p.m. today for the Class 4A state championship.
In Class 3A, Morgan Park beat Limestone 70-49, and Cahokia topped Orr 56-46.
BRYANT LEAVES EARLY, BUT LAKERS BEAT PACERS: Kobe Bryant lasted just one quarter on a severely sprained left ankle, but Dwight Howard completed a go-ahead, three-point play with 90 seconds left Friday night to help the Los Angeles Lakers hold off the Pacers, 99-93.
George Hill scored 27 points, and Paul George had 20 for Indiana.
VICIEDO POWERS SOX PAST CUBS: Dayan Viciedo hit a grand slam and a two-run double, Dewayne Wise and Jordan Danks also homered, and Gavin Floyd allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings in the White Sox's 15-3 victory over the Cubs on Friday.
The Sox beat their crosstown rival for the second time in two games this season.
Wise homered for the third time this spring, and Paul Konerko raised his average to .394 with a single and a double. Konerko also walked and scored two runs.
KYLE BUSCH SETS TRACK RECORD AT BRISTOL: Kyle Busch won his first career pole at Bristol Motor Speedway with a track record qualifying lap.
Busch turned a lap at 129.535 mph in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to take the top starting spot for Sunday's race. It beat the record of 128.709 set by Ryan Newman in 2003, which had been the first sub-15 second lap at Bristol.
Busch's lap was 14.813 seconds, besting Newman's lap of 14.908.
Kasey Kahne qualified second in a Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports with a lap at 128.995, and Busch's teammate Denny Hamlin was third at 128.960.
Around the horn
Receiver Greg Jennings has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings, becoming the latest Green Bay Packer to head across the border and join their bitter NFC North rivals. ... Adam Scott had a putt for birdie on 16 holes in a second round that was without a bogey and without much stress. He wound up with a 5-under 66 that left him one shot behind 31-year-old rookie Shawn Stefani in the Tampa Bay Championship. ... Jee Young Lee birdied three of the last four holes to take a one-stroke lead over Ai Miyazato on another hot day at the LPGA Founders Cup.