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April 12, 2013

Sports briefs

Cubs prospect banned for wielding bat

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs prospect Jorge Soler has been suspended five games for charging the visiting team's dugout during a Florida State League game with a bat.

Soler was suspended Thursday.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says the organization supports Soler but condemns his actions Wednesday night. Epstein says the Cubs will work to help Soler "better channel his emotions on the field."

Playing for Class-A Daytona, Soler grabbed a bat from his dugout and approached the dugout of the Clearwater Threshers during the seventh inning. Epstein said he was told there was some back and forth with another player, which included comments about Soler's family. Soler was restrained before he reached the dugout.

The 21-year-old Cuban signed a nine-year, $30 million contract with the Cubs last year and is in his first full professional season in the United States.

2 Illinois boys' basketball coaches on probation ST. LOUIS (AP) — The governing body of Illinois high school athletics put two boys' basketball coaches on probation and imposed other sanctions for what the group's chief called "an ugly and embarrassing incident" during the state championship game last month.

The Illinois High School Association's action Wednesday followed its investigation of events during and after Harrisburg's victory March 9 over South Holland Seton Academy in the Class 2A championship, marred by what the IHSA said was questionable conduct by a player and an obscene outburst by one coach.

Some of the questioned conduct followed the first-half ejection of Seton Academy's Mark Weems Jr. after he was whistled for his second technical foul, the last for making contact with an official.

In the tunnel during halftime, IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman said, Weems' coach, Brandon Thomas, "delivered an obscenity-laced tirade in the presence of student-athletes," then initially refused to participate with Harrisburg coach Randy Smithpeters in an effort by tournament officials to quell the situation.

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    Rachel Wright sent the Lady Rams softball fans home happy Thursday.

    With the game in the bottom of the seventh and tied at five against Althoff, Wright knocked a single. Her sister Hannah raced home for the winning run as Mt. Vernon claimed a 6-5 win.

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  • McKee settles in at SVWW

    Some sports coaches might be concerned about the possible headaches of co-oping with other school districts.

    Mike McKee is excited about working with a trio of schools.

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  • Kane leads Blackhawks past Blues, 4-3 in OT

    Patrick Kane had his shot all along. Same for his dazzling puck-handling skills and the vision that sees the plays before they happen.

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  • Brian Gamber resigning as Spartans basketball coach

    Brian Gamber is resigning as Spartans basketball coach after two seasons.

    April 23, 2014

  • Boyd Ballard Ballard takes over Rams wrestling

    Boyd Ballard has wrestled at the highest levels and now he's taken over the Mt. Vernon program.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodlawn-Patoka baseball Patoka knocks off Woodlawn

    Patoka built an early cushion against the Cardinals and hung on for a 5-3 win.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Centralia baseball Rams outlast Orphans

    The offensive floodgates finally opened in the ninth inning for Mt. Vernon's baseball team.

    The Rams piled up six runs in the ninth inning to claim a 7-3 extra-inning victory Tuesday.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mt. Vernon looks to move quickly on basketball opening

    The summer is a critical time period in the development of a high school athlete.

    With the resignation of Mt. Vernon boys basketball coach Scott Gamber becoming official at Monday's school board meeting, Mt. Vernon will look to move quickly to fill the position with summer workouts approaching. MVTHS principal Wes Olson said Tuesday the school will try to have a candidate at the May board meeting.

    April 22, 2014

  • Gamber resigns as Rams coach

    Scott Gamber has resigned as Rams basketball head coach after six seasons.

    April 21, 2014

  • Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime

    Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.

    April 18, 2014

Tom Lindley Sports