Sauk Valley falls in Region IV finals
The Sauk Valley Skyhawks lost in the regional title game Sunday afternoon, falling to Waubonsee 22-25, 25-18, 25-17, 29-27 to miss out on a trip to the NJCAA national tournament.
The Skyhawks earned their spot in the championship with a quarterfinal win over South Suburban on Saturday (25-21, 25-14, 24-15), then a semifinal upset of top-seeded Moraine Valley on Sunday (25-20, 20-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-11).
Lexi Greve pounded 38 kills, and Aleah Wight had 64 digs to lead Sauk (28-15). Hannah Wilson had 30 kills and nine blocks, Juliana Rotella added 18 kills and 41 digs, and Hannah McCarty chipped in 14 kills. Shannon Lytle finished with eight kills and five blocks, Emily Shrimplin dished 53 assists, and Madison Craft set for 50 assists.
COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY
Skyhawks run at nationals
Five Sauk Valley runners competed at the NJCAA Division I Cross Country championships on Saturday at the University of New Mexico North Golf Course in Albuquerque.
Haley Weidner was Sauk’s top finisher, placing 93rd out of 290 runners in the women’s 5K race in a time of 20:59. Xheneta Beqiri was 198th in 22:59, and Kelynn Boyle placed 238th in 24:07.
In the 343-runner men’s 8K race, Dillion Forbeck (287th, 30:26) and Ruben Leal (321st, 32:03) ran for the Skyhawks.
Sauk Valley falls
The Skyhawks trailed by only two points at halftime Saturday, but lost 79-65 to Morton after they were outscored 40-28 in the second half.
Andrew Morrissey had 21 points and eight rebounds, with Markel Hudson adding 19 points and seven boards. Derian Duncan and Austin Meiners each had three assists to lead Sauk (2-2).
Cassius Winston’s brother dies
The brother of Michigan State basketball star Cassius Winston has died after being struck by an Amtrak train Saturday night.
Scott Kipp, Albion’s Chief of Public Safety, confirmed Sunday that Zachary Winston died after being hit by a westbound train in Albion. Zachary Winston, of Detroit, played basketball at Albion College.
Cassius Winston, Michigan State’s point guard, was a preseason All-American last month. He was in the starting lineup Sunday night when the top-ranked Spartans played their home opener against Binghamton. Fans and players observed a moment of silence in Zachary Winston’s honor before the game.
LSU increases lead atop AP poll
LSU is an overwhelming No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll after beating Alabama in a 1-2 matchup, and Minnesota is ranked seventh, moving into the top 10 for the first time in 57 years.
LSU received 54 first-place votes in the AP Top 25. Ohio State was No. 2 with five first-place votes and Clemson was third with three first-place votes. Alabama fell two spots to No. 4, and Georgia was fifth.
Oregon was sixth and Minnesota was at No. 7. The Gophers won Saturday’s other matchup of unbeaten teams, defeating Penn State at home. The Nittany Lions slipped four spots to No. 9.
No. 24 Indiana is ranked for the first time since 1994, snapping the longest poll drought among Power Five conference schools.