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Maroons Topple Mt. Zion

The Clinton Maroons had four players score in double-figures and topped Mt. Zion 73-57 in non-conference boys basketball action Tuesday night from Mt. Zion High School.
Chase Reynolds had 18 points, Austin Rauch and Austin Baker each scored 16 points and Ben Nelson added 13 points to lead the Maroons.
Clinton gradually pulled away each quarter and used a 27-19 final quarter margin to get to the final score.
Trevor Durand led all scorers with 22 points for Mt. Zion. Jonah Smith chipped in with 12 points and Clayton Marquardt added 11 points.
The Maroons improve to 13-11 overall while Mt. Zion drops to 10-17.
The Maroons will conclude their regular season Friday night when they host Prairie Central at Clinton High School.
Hear the action on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com.

UPDATED: Monticello Beats PBL To Advance to Regional Final

Calvin Fisher went over 1000 points for his career, Johnny Dawson scored a season-high 16 points and the Monticello Sages beat Paxton-Buckley-Loda for a third time this season, 56-45 from the Hoopeston regional to advance to a Regional final Friday night.
Fisher scored 21 points and Dawson scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half. 
The Panthers hung around most of the game but Monticello went ahead for good with a 9-0 run over the final 4:47 of the third quarter to seize control 40-31.
Ben Singleton added 12 points for the Sages who are now 23-1 overall.
They will match up with either GCMS or Champaign St. Thomas More Friday. The two meet on Wednesday night in Hoopeston. 
Hear Friday night’s action from Hoopeston on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 
Boys Class 2A Regional semifinal action from Tuesday:
At Auburn
Williamsville 45
Riverton 29
At Bloomington Central Catholic
Bloomington Central Catholic 103
Maroa-Forsyth 40
Tri-Valley 52
Heyworth 78
At Catlin Salt Fork
St. Joseph-Ogden 65
Broadlands Heritage 36
Salt Fork 64
Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 45
At El Paso-Gridley
Westmont 47
El Paso-Gridley 50
At Tuscola
Decatur St. Teresa 36
Warrensburg-Latham 31
Fithian Oakwood 74
Meridian 81
Class 1A Regional semifinal action from Tuesday:
At Concord Triopia
Illini Central 62
Hartsburg-Emden 42
At Decatur LSA
Mt. Pulaski 66
Decatur Christian 23
LeRoy 80
DeLand-Weldon 8

Michigan State Topples Illinois

Miles Bridges scored 19 points, Joshua Langford had 16 and No. 2 Michigan State beat Illinois 81-61 on Tuesday night, sealing a share of the Big Ten championship.
The Spartans (27-3, 15-2 Big Ten) have won 11 straight and can claim the conference title outright if they win at Wisconsin on Sunday.
The Fighting Illini (13-16, 3-13) were coming off a win over Nebraska and looked like they were building momentum, competing well enough to trail the Spartans by just three points at halftime.
Michigan State, though, opened the second half with a 12-1 run to take control and went on to build 20-plus-point leads. The cushion allowed coach Tom Izzo to put his three seniors in and out of the game in the final minutes, giving each of them an opportunity to kiss the school's logo at midcourt and get an ovation from the crowd.
Cassius Winston scored 12 points, Jaren Jackson had eight points and five blocks and Kenny Goins added a season-high nine points.
Illinois' Leron Black had 20 points and Trent Frazier scored 14 on 4-of-13 shooting.
Illinois wraps up the regular season at home against Purdue on Thursday night and Sunday at Rutgers, where the Illini will have their last chance to win a road game this season.

Sharks Down Blues

Mikkel Boedker and Logan Couture each had a goal and an assist, sending the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the slumping St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
Joonas Donskoi also scored and Martin Jones made 30 saves for San Jose, which has won five of its last six games.
Ivan Barbashev and Vladimir Tarasenko had the goals for the Blues, who have lost a season-high four straight.
After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for five goals in the second.
San Jose took a 1-0 lead when Couture knocked in a loose puck at 6:35. Boedker fired in a shot from the point that goalie Carter Hutton blocked but couldn't corral. Couture was on the spot and scored his 24th of the season.
St. Louis answered at 8:23 when Barbashev scored on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that sailed over Jones' arm.
Donskoi beat Hutton on a wrist shot from the left circle at 12:05. Couture assisted on Donskoi's first goal in 17 games.
Boedker gave San Jose a 3-1 lead at 15:54 when he scored from the left side of the net.
Tarasenko cut the margin to 3-2 on a power play when he fired in the rebound of a shot by Vince Dunn at 19:36 for his 24th of the season. 
Hutton made his second start in the last five games and stopped 20 shots. 
The Blues host the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.

Rays, Yankees, Dbacks Make Three Team Trade

The Diamondbacks have acquired outfielder Steven Souza from the Rays as part of the three-way trade that also involves the Yankees. As well, infielder Brandon Drury is headed from Arizona to the Yankees, and the D-Backs send reliever Anthony Banda to Tampa. The Yankees will also be sending prospects Nick Solak and Taylor Widener to the Rays and Diamondbacks, respectively.
The centerpiece is of course Souza, who's heading into his age-29 campaign. Last season, he batted .239/.351/.459 (121 OPS+) in 148 games for the Rays with 30 home runs and 16 stolen bases. For his career, Souza owns an OPS+ of 106 across parts of four big-league seasons. He's owed $3.55 million for the upcoming season, and he's not eligible for free agency until after the 2020 season. The D-Backs recently added fly-catcher Jarrod Dyson to the fold, and by dealing for Souza they're doing their best to replace the power they lost when J.D. Martinez signed with the Red Sox. 
On the Yankees' side of things, Drury, 25, fills a need for infield depth at second and third.

Bears Notes

>>Bears Declining Option on Sitton, To Release Freeman
The Chicago Bears are parting with veteran guard Josh Sitton and linebacker Jerrell Freeman.
Two people familiar with the situation say the Bears have decided to decline their option on Sitton for next season and release Freeman.
A four-time Pro Bowl lineman, the 31-year-old Sitton spent the past two seasons in Chicago after an eight-year run with Green Bay.
The 31-year-old Freeman suffered a season-ending pectoral injury in the opener last year and was suspended for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing drugs in each of his two seasons with the Bears.
>>Bears DB Pleads Guilty in Northeast Iowa Bar Fracas
A Chicago Bears defensive back has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors stemming from a fracas at a bar in northeast Iowa.
Deiondre' Hall and Green Bay Packers defensive back Makinton Dorleant were arrested March 26 last year outside Sharkey's Funhouse in Cedar Falls.
Court records say Hall entered written pleas Feb. 9 to charges of disorderly conduct and public intoxication. He was sentenced to six months of probation on a deferred judgment. That will allow his conviction to be removed from court records if he successfully completes the terms of his probation.
The records say the Dorleant was given a year of probation and granted a deferred judgment at his sentencing last May on the same charges. The Packers cut him in April after he failed a physical.
Both men played college football in Cedar Falls at Northern Iowa.

Monticello To Take On P-B-L At Hoopeston Regional

The Monticello boys basketball team will take on Paxton-Buckley-Loda tonight from the Hoopeston regional in 2A postseason action.
The Sages wrapped up a 22-1 regular season, running the tables in the Illini Prairie Conference. 
Monticello has beaten P-B-L twice this year. This will be the second straight year the Panthers and Sages meet three times.
Last year, the two played to an overtime duel at Monticello Middle School for a Sectional title.
Game time tonight from Hoopeston is 7 pm. Hear all the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.
The winner takes on either G.C.M.S or Champaign St. Thomas More Friday night for a Regional title, the two will meet on Wednesday. 
Other 2A Regional semifinal action tonight:
At Bloomington Central Catholic
Tri-Valley 7:30pm
At Catlin 
St. Joseph-Ogden 6:00pm
Broadlands Heritage
Salt Fork 7:30pm
At Tuscola
Decatur St. Teresa 6:00pm
Fithian Oakwood 7:30pm
Macon Meridian
At Vandalia.
Shelbyville 7:30pm
Class 1A Regional semifinal action tonght:
At Concord
Illini Central 7:30pm
At Decatur LSA
Mt. Pulaski 6:00pm
Decatur Christian
LeRoy 7:30pm
At Nokomis
Neoga 6:00pm
Sangamon Valley

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