MONDAY LOCAL SPORTS REPORT | The voice of LaSalle County since 1952!

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Girls High School Basketball

Ottawa finished strong at home to defeat Kaneland 32-26. For the Lady Pirates, Marlie Orlandi led the way with 13 points and Cheyenne Joachim finished with eight points and seven rebounds.

The JV Girls won the match against Kaneland 29-15 at Kingman Gym.

Marquette suffered a heavy loss on the Lowpoint-Washburn Road 39-36 in a Tri County Conference game. Josie Eager finished with 17 points and Lilly Craig added 11 points and six rebounds for the Lady Crusaders.

The JV team won 30-19 with Makayla Backos in the lead with 13 points for Marquette.

Serena won AFC 65-36. Katie Baker scored 20 points, adding five rebounds, five steals and seven assists for the Lady Huskers.

Newark won on the road at Rosary 53-38. For the Lady Norseman, Kellie Snyder had six points and 10 rebounds.

Some results Saturday in men’s basketball, Serena hammered the AFC 105-50 at Serena High School and Seneca failed in overtime against Rochester 66-65.

Seneca won their 2nd straight Fighting Irish Invitational wrestling championship. Irishmen Robby Nelson, Owen Feiner and Chis Peura were champions in their weight classes. Kyler Hahn, Tommy Milton, Bill Farcus and Kyle Hamby finished 2nd and Ryan Flynn finished 3rd on the day.

Elsewhere in sport

The Chicago Bears fired head coach Matt Nagy after four seasons with the team after a 6-11 season. Nagy became the sixth consecutive coach to leave Chicago without winning a championship.

The Bears ended their season with a 31-17 loss to the Vikings at Minnesota.

The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly fired Mike Zimmer, the franchise’s third-most successful coach, after eight seasons with the team. They also reportedly fired chief executive Rick Spielman after 10 years in his post

Las Vegas beat the Chargers 35-32 in a Sunday night overtime thriller. Daniel Carlson scored a 47-yard field goal as OT expired to send the Raiders to the playoffs. The Chargers finished seasons 9 and 8 and were eliminated.

Tonight Alabama faces Georgia in the College Football National Championship in Indianapolis. The top-ranked Crimson Tide try to repeat the title against the Bulldogs in third. Alabama have won six of the last 12 national championships.

Illinois hired Barry Lunney Jr. to be the football team‘s new offensive coordinator / quarterback coach a day after firing Tony Petersen, who lasted a season with the Fighting Illini. Lunney is from UTSA where he held a similar position and previously worked under the direction of the head coach. Bret Bielema at Arkansas, coach of tight ends for five seasons.

The Chicago Bulls’ nine-game winning streak is history. The Bulls were outscored 113-99 by the Mavericks in Dallas. The Bulls still lead the East at 26 and 11 and head home to welcome the Pistons tomorrow.

Junior basketball

The Grade 7 Shepherd team defeated Spring Valley 55-8 in the first round of the Starved Rock Conference Boys’ Basketball Tournament. In the lead for the Rams: George Shumway had 10 points and Griffin Dobberstein finished with 8 points. Shepherd will face Bureau Valley in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

Also at the tournament, Shepherd’s grade 8 students received a forfeit from Peru Parkside and will face Lincoln LaSalle in the semifinals also on Tuesday.

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