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Salem Wildcat standout distance runner Brenner Webster was able to bring home the gold with a first place finish in the prestigious Illinois Prep Top Times Indoor Classic.

Racing against a field of the top 14 2A distance runners from throughout the state of Illinois, Webster was able to break away from the pack after the 800 meter mark. 

"I knew the first 800 was too slow and I needed to make a move, so I took a chance and no one went, so I just push it to the end and trusted my training" quoted Webster after the race. 

Senior hurdler Austin Birks, who competed in the 60 meter hurdles, was able to capture 15th place out of a field of 24. 

This concluded the high school indoor season. Next up for the Wildcats will be the O'Fallon Relays on April 3rd with a noon start time.


LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Miguel Cabrera hit his second home run of the spring and raised his average to .385, leading the Detroit Tigers past the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 Saturday.

Cabrera was playing in his sixth game of the spring while recovering from offseason surgery on his right ankle. It was his sixth straight game of the spring, and he will sit out Sunday against Philadelphia.

Shane Greene, acquired during the offseason from the New York Yankees, allowed three runs in five innings for the Tigers. He also walked three while striking out six.

Lance Lynn started his third game of the spring for the Cardinals and allowed six hits and two runs in five innings. He walked none and struck out five.

Alex Avila homered for the Tigers.


MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Jake Arrieta pitched four shutout innings and also homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the split-squad Chicago Cubs routed the Colorado Rockies 18-4 Saturday.

Cubs rookie Kris Bryant had four hits, raising his spring average to .459.

The Cubs scored seven times in the first inning, helped by four plays that Colorado botched and Arrieta's three-run homer.

Bryant hit a double off starter Jonathan Gray, who left after getting only two outs.

Arrieta gave up three hits, walked none and struck out five.


GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Todd Frazier hit his fourth home run this spring and drove in four runs as the Cincinnati Reds beat a Chicago Cubs split squad 9-5 Saturday.

Frazier hit an RBI single in the first inning off Gonzalez Germen, who was pulled after getting only two outs. Frazier also made two errors at third base.

Brennan Boesch, making a bid to win a spot as the Reds' fourth outfielder, also hit his fourth homer and doubled.

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman started and struck out the side in his only inning. Manny Parra and Tony Cingrani had scoreless outings as Cincinnati used eight pitchers.

Cubs second baseman Javier Baez had two hits and made two errors. Dexter Fowler hit his first home run of the spring.

Germen gave up four hits and walked three.


Patoka's Jered Cain is the Most Valuable Player on this year's Egyptian-Illini All Conference Boys Basketball Team.  Cain averaged 23 points per game, eight rebounds per game and six assists along with one game where he scored 43 points.  

Others making the first all conference team were Caleb Boehne of Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran, Damian Latham of Mulberry Grove, Colton Burrus of Cowden-Herrick, Landon Feezel of St. Elmo/Brownstown and Austin Rexford of Beecher City.  

Second team members are Dylan Back of Patoka, Jerry Hine of Centralia Christ Our Rock, Ty James of Mulberry Grove, Malachi Maxey of St. Elmo/Brownstown, and Konner Blackerby of Cowden-Herrick.  





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