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BOWLING

Reagan girls 4th at IESA state meet

The Dixon Reagan girls bowling team placed fourth at the IESA state bowling finals Saturday in Joliet, amassing a total pinfall of 5,863. Homer Glen Homer won the title with 6,484.

Victoria Baker led Reagan with a ninth-place finish with a 10-game total of 1,670. Kaylie Yocum was 14th with a 1,586, Katie Shafer was 41st with a 13,97, and Leslie Pettorini took 65th with a 1,210. Bowlers rolled four games in Friday’s prelims, then the top 10 teams and 32 individuals not on those teams advanced to bowl six games on Saturday.

Mt. Morris Rahn was 16th in the girls standings, with a four-game total of 2,688. Kaitlyn Drew was the only Rahn bowler to advance to Saturday, and she finished 51st with a 1,349.

On the boys side, Rahn placed 14th with a four-game total of 4,447; Minooka won the title with a 7,452. Isaac Kaltenbrun and Brandon Rowe both advanced to Saturday as individuals; Kaltenbrun placed 12th with a 1,819, and Rowe was 50th with a 1,604.

Reagan also had an individual advance to Saturday. Brennan Erb finished 55th with a 1,584.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Mark Smith to
transfer to Mizzou

Mark Smith, the former Edwardsville High School basketball star and Illinois Mr. Basketball who played one season at the University of Illinois, announced Saturday night on Twitter that he has committed to Missouri.

Smith left the Illini on March 5 after just one season, saying that he “didn’t fit the system” at Illinois, where he averaged 5.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists & 0.6 steals. He took an official visit to Missouri on Saturday, then quickly made a decision to join the Tigers and coach Cuonzo Martin, an East St. Louis native.

Smith will be eligible to play for Missouri in the 2019-20 season. He has 3 years of eligibility remaining.

NFL

Bears sign WR
Bennie Fowler

Two days after the Bears lost Cameron Meredith to the Saints, they signed veteran wide receiver & special teamer Bennie Fowler to a 1-year contract, news first reported by ESPN.

Fowler, 26, spent the last three seasons with the Broncos. The 6-foot-1, 212-pounder played in all 16 games last season, and caught a career-high 29 passes for 350 yards with three touchdowns. Fowler 
was also fifth on Denver’s roster with 227 special teams snaps last season.

Bears special teams assistant Brock Olivo knows Fowler well, as he worked in Denver last season.

He’s best known for catching the final pass of Peyton Manning’s career on a two-point conversion in Super Bowl 50 when the Broncos defeated the Panthers.

Mark Sanchez
suspended for PEDs

The NFL has suspended free agent quarterback Mark Sanchez for the first four games of next season for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing substances. He is eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and games.

Sanchez says on Instagram he was “blind-sided” and has “never cheated or attempted to gain a competitive advantage by using a banned performance enhancing substance.” He says he has been “subject to 73 drug tests” and “all but one have been clean.”

He attributed the result to “unknowing supplement contamination, not the use of performance enhancing substances.”

Sanchez spent last season as Chicago’s third-string quarterback. The 31-year-old – the No. 5 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft out of USC – has also played for the New York Jets (2009-13), Philadelphia (2014-15) and Dallas (2016).