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UNDATED - In prep volleyball, the Sandoval Lady Blackhawks defeated Weber 25-19, 25-19.  Sandoval dropped the JV match in 3 sets.
    South Central defeated Patoka 25-13, 25-15 behind 12 kills from Maria Brasel and 17 assists from Emily Chapman.  Deidra Schaal had 14 points on 6 aces to pace the Lady Cougars who also won the jv and fresh/soph matches.  SC improved to 17-14 on the season.  
    John A Logan defeated KC in four sets last night in GRAC play.  The Blue Angels are 15-11 heading into a tri match Saturday at Lincoln College.  Lake Land also defeated SWIC in four sets.

On the volleyball schedule for tonight, Centralia is at Marion, Mater Dei has a showdown at Nashville, Mt Vernon welcomes Carbondale, Neoga is at South Central for Senior Night, Woodlawn hosts Crab Orchard, Vandalia hosts Pana, Carlyle is at Breese Central and Wesclin at Columbia.  

    Lindenwood JV's will play at Rend Lake at 7pm tonight.


ST PETER - The first night of the St Peter Invitational boys basketball tournament began on Wednesday.
The host Saints got 30 points from Hunter Brandt in their 45-41 win over Sandoval.  Amarion Moore had 12 and Kaleb Calhoun 11 in the loss.  St Peter trailed 11-4 after the first quarter before outscoring Sandoval 31-20 in the middle two quarters before playing the final quarter even.  

    In the 2nd game, Patoka earned a 70-18 win over Kell/Farrington.  Ty Cain had 16 and Colten Hill 13 to lead a balanced attack for Patoka.  Kell was led by Cord Hails 5 points.  

    Tonight, Kell will play St Peter at 6 followed by Sandoval and St Theresa at 7:15. 


Illinois adding press-box medical staffer
 
     CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois will add a medical staffer in the press box at football games to help spot potential injuries.
 
     The announcement comes less than a month after Michigan apologized for the handling of quarterback Shane Morris' concussion.
 
     Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas said in a news release Wednesday that the staff member should help provide an extra set of eyes watching for injuries that may not be easily seen from the sidelines.
 
     Thomas did specify what kind of medical professional would serve in the new role.
 
     Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon announced plans to add a press-box medical staffer after acknowledging it was a mistake to send Morris back on the field after he was injured during a September game.


Rams safety McDonald held out with concussion
 
     ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Rams safety T.J. McDonald did not practice due to concussion-like symptoms.
 
     McDonald's presence was a bit of a surprise on the injury report Wednesday, given coach Jeff Fisher made no mention of it and McDonald played every snap in last week's victory over Seattle.
 
     Several other starters were held out. Defensive end William Hayes (illness), wide receiver Kenny Britt (ankle), cornerback Janoris Jenkins (knee) and guard Rodger Saffold (knee) did not participate.
 
     Linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe) and cornerback Trumaine Johnson (knee) were limited. Johnson is hopeful of making his season debut Sunday at Kansas City.


NEW YORK (AP) - DePaul is the unanimous choice by the coaches to win the Big East championship.
 
     The Blue Demons have four starters returning from a team that won the conference's regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the Sweet 16.
 
     St. John's is second in the poll announced Wednesday, receiving the other first-place vote since coaches can't pick their own team. The Red Storm finished second last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
 
     Creighton's Marissa Janning is the preseason player of the year.
 
     Villanova, Creighton, Seton Hall, Providence, Marquette, Georgetown, Xavier and Butler round out the poll.





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