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Kankakeean qualifies for Olympics

Kankakee resident Matt Gentry qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London by winning the 74-kilogram freestyle wrestling gold medal for Canada in the Pan American Olympic Qualifier Sunday March 25 in Orlando, Fla.

The key match for Gentry was a narrow semifinal victory over Cuba's Yunierki Blanco, against whom Gentry was 0-2 lifetime entering the match. Gentry then earned gold with a dominating victory over Puerto Rico's Francisco Soler.

This is the second appearance in an Olympic Games for Gentry, a native of Oregon with Canadian heritage.  The Summer Olympics run July 27- August 12.

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Area sports 3/30/12

Friday, March 30
High School

Bradley-Bourbonnais 5, Kankakee 1
Herscher 11, Cissna Park 0 (5 inn.)
Tri-Point 10, Grace Baptist 0 (5 inn.)
Putnam 2, Dwight 0
Westville 13, Milford 3 (6 inn.)
Momence 3, Grant Park 2
Peotone 14, Seneca 0 (6 inn.)
Coal City 8, Kankakee 5
Tri-Point 11, Grace Baptist 0 (5 inn.)
Watseka 8, St. Anne 4
Beecher 6, Tinley Park 3
Dwight 6, Putnam 3
Grant Park 6, Momence 2
Peotone 5, Seneca 2
Girls soccer
Bishop McNamara 5, Reed-Custer 2
Grant Park 7, St. Francis de Sales 0
Lincoln-Way East 3, Peotone 1 at Charger Shootout (Stagg)

Junior College

KCC 16, Morton 0
Olivet Nazarene at Trinity Christian 4, Olivet Nazarene 3
ONU Invitational:
Olivet Nazarene 11, Siena Heights 3
Olivet Nazarene vs. Robert Morris - postponed


IL Wesleyan Women win Div. III title

HOLLAND, Mich. — Illinois Wesleyan’s women’s basketball team and its five-guard starting lineup stands tall as NCAA Division III national champions for first time after ousting 3rd-ranked George Fox (Ore.) University (32-1), by a score of 57-48, on Saturday night at Hope College.

The Titans, who had more losses entering the Final Four than the other three teams combined, rode a relentless and scrappy defense and the scoring of tournament MVP Olivia Lett to the top.  Lett, who netted a game-high 22 points, scored the final six points by making all of her free-throw attempts.

Illinois Wesleyan (28-5) overcame a 48-43 deficit with 3 minutes, 46 seconds remaining. The Titans took the lead for good on a Melissa Gardner 3-pointer with 1:06 to go.

Gardner was a star player for the Central Lady Comets in high school, and set a Titans’ single-season record for 3-pointers this year.   Brittany Hasselbring was another local who was a key contributor to the championship season, she was Bishop McNamara's consistently successful high school girls' team.

The Titans showed mettle overcoming an illness- and injury-plagued 3-4 start to the season. They won their final 14 games, including six in the NCAA tournament.
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2/10 boys hoops & player of week

Friday, Feb. 10
Boys’ basketball
Thornwood 68, Bradley-Bourbonnais 44 - F
Coal City 54, Lisle 39
Donovan 61, Grant Park 57 - F
Reed-Custer 50, Dwight 46 - F
Herscher 58, Sandwich 49 – F (Herscher clinches I-8 Conference title)
Iroquois West 55, Watseka 44 - F
Rich East 66, Kankakee 47 - F
Manteno 66, Peotone 57 - F
Bismarck-Henning 81, Milford 49 - F
PBL 38. Central 35 - F
Plano 74, Wilmington 53 - F
Providence 61, Bishop McNamara 41 - F
Momence 51, St. Joseph-Ogden 48 - F
St. Anne 58, Tri-Point 46 – F (St. Anne clinches River Valley Conference title)

The First Trust & Savings Bank in Watseka and Clifton Player of the Week (ending 2/11/12) is junior KEATON ZIRKLE OF THE IROQUOIS WEST RAIDERS.

A 3-sport star athlete, Keaton has been a consistent performer for Coach Matt Honeycutt’s Raiders, averaging 15 points a game, and is also high on area leaderboards in free throw percentage and 3-pointers.

He has scored in double-digits several times this season, and even a few 20-plus point games, including Friday night—in which he scored 28 points (about HALF of his team’s total output), along with three 3-pointers, in a 55-44 win on the road over SVC rival Watseka.