SportShorts for Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March 6, 2018


Area youth wrestlers win sectionals

Sauk Valley Wrestling Club took sixth as a team at the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation West Sectional meet on Saturday in Rock Island, with four wrestlers taking first in their weight classes.

Carter Rude won the novice division at 79 pounds. Brendan Tunink won the 89-pound novice division. Brady Grennan took first place in the senior 74-pound weight class. Will Rude was first at 115-pound seniors.

Dixon’s Daniel Sotelo was the champion in the intermediate 49-pound division. Dixon’s Konner Koehler won the 122-pound intermediate title.

Wrestlers who placed in the top three advance to the state meet which begins in Rockford on Friday.

4 Dukes, 2 Rockets named all-BNC

The Dixon Dukes have four wrestlers who were named first-team all-Big Northern Conference. Freshman Hunter Pate, sophomore Sebastian Quintana and juniors Dylan Messer and Finn Brandon were honored.

From Rock Falls, sophomores Izaih James and Adam Meenen were named first-team all-conference.

Oregon freshman Andrew Herbst, sophomore Jacob Milliman and junior Noah Paul were all-BNC picks.

For the full team, see page B3.


Prestegaards named first-team All-NUIC

AFC’s Madeline Prestegaard was a unanimous first-team all-conference pick in the NUIC, with Jaynee Prestegaard also earning a first-team nod.

Milledgeville senior Mady Frederick also took first-team honors.

For the full team, see page B3.


Erie native named all-conference

Central College freshman Courtney Kruthoff of Erie was named all-Iowa Conference after a pair of third-place finishes in the conference indoor track championships on Saturday.

Kruthoff took third in the high jump, clearing 5-2, and racked up 2,923 points to take third in the pentathlon.


Smith set to transfer out of Illinois

Illinois freshman guard Mark Smith, the state’s Mr. Basketball winner in 2017, has decided to transfer from the program.

The 6-foot-4 Smith averaged only 5.8 points on 33.7 percent shooting, including a meager 23.2 percent on 3-pointers. His scoring average dipped to 3.1 points in Big Ten play.


Raiders cut ties with Aldon Smith

The Oakland Raiders released pass rusher Aldon Smith on Monday after his latest run-in with the law.

The team decided finally to cut ties the day after San Francisco police said authorities were searching for Smith in connection with a domestic violence allegation.

Sgt. Michael Andraychak said someone called 911 to report a domestic violence incident against Smith at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Smith fled the San Francisco home before officers arrived. Andraychak said the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Smith has been on the suspended list since November 2015 for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse. The Raiders had signed Smith to a 2-year contract before the 2016 season, but he never was cleared by the league to be able to return from suspension.