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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.  

Two Salem Wildcat Senior Track Members have qualified to participate in the Illinois Prep Top Times Indoor Classic.

Brenner Webster qualified in the 1600 meter with a time of 4:26 and is ranked in the top three.  Austin Birks time of 7.76 in the 60 meter high hurdles places him in the top 20.  

The indoor meet featuring the top track and field athletes from throughout the state is being held Friday and Saturday on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.  Birks preliminary race will start at eleven Saturday morning.  Webster will race around three Saturday afternoon.  

Meanwhile, the Salem Wildcats boys track team hosted its annual tri-meet with Marion and Mt. Vernon. The Mt. Vernon Rams ran away with the team victory with 89 points. Salem was able to secure second place by 3 points over Marion with team scores of 50 to 47.

The Wildcats top finishers were Daniel Dillon with 2 1st place finishes in the hurdle events with a win in the 110 high hurdles and a win in the 300 meter hurdles. He also anchored the 2nd place 4x400 relay team with Trae Kulhman, Kaden Wayer and Caden Owens. Nic Helm was 1st in the discus and Brenner Webster was 1st in the 400 meter dash. Austin Birks was 2nd in the 300 meter hurdles and the 110 high hurdles. Eric Schoonover picked up two 3rd place finishes in the high jump and the long jump. Hayden Wimberley was 3rd in the 1600.

The Salem Track Team is back in action next Friday, April 3rd in O'Fallon.

Riley Martin tossed five scoreless innings, but the Salem Wildcats varsity still fell to Centralia 2-1 in seven innings on Thursday at Rend One Ball Park in Marion.  

Matt Williams pitched the first six innings for Centralia, striking out five, walking two and giving up three hits.  But Josh Nunnery got the win after pitching a scoreless top of the seventh inning, before the Orphans scored the winning run in the bottom of the inning.  

Coleton Harness was tagged with the loss, lasting just 1 and a third innings and giving up both of the Orphan runs.  

Salem scored their only run of the day on an RBI single by Zach Conselino in the sixth inning.  

Centralia answered with their first run of the contest in the bottom of the sixth, scored with the help of a Wildcat error.  The Orphan's Dawson Berry scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a bases loaded single.  

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Starters John Lackey and Matt Harvey both pitched well Friday as the split-squad St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 5-4 Friday.

Lackey gave up one run and six hits in seven innings, walking none and striking out one. He needed only 84 pitches in the longest outing by a St. Louis pitcher this spring.

Pitching on his 26th birthday, Harvey allowed one run and three hits in 4 1-3 innings, striking out five and walking none.

Harvey missed all of last season after having Tommy John surgery. The All-Star threw 58 of his 80 pitches for strikes.

Rafael Ortega hit his first two home runs this spring, a solo shot in the sixth and a three-run drive in the eighth. He had been sent to the minor league camp earlier this week.

VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman left the game early after diving for a ball in the Nationals' 1-1 tie with the split-squad St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

The oft-injured Zimmerman exited after the second inning. Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman "banged himself a little bit" but added, "He's good. No worries."

Nationals closer Drew Storen made his second spring training appearance and threw one scoreless inning. He had not pitched since March 11, two days before the righty had surgery to remove a bone in his left hand.

Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed one run over six innings.

Carlos Martinez, vying for the fifth spot in the St. Louis rotation, gave up one run in five innings.

Jose Lobaton had three hits for the Nationals, including a pair of doubles. The game was stopped after nine innings.

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