Here’s Your WHPO Sports Update….
LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to score 30 points and shoot at least 60 percent in six straight games, Chris Bosh scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Miami Heat held off the Portland Trail Blazers 117-104 on Tuesday night.
Memphis beat Sacramento 108 – 101
Toronto got by Denver 109 – 108
Houston 116 – Golden State 107
LA Lakers beat Phoenix 91 - 85
Utah 109 – OKC 94
The Chicago Bears announced Wednesday they terminated the contract of receiver Johnny Knox, who missed the entire 2012 season after suffering a back injury in 2011 that required surgery to stabilize a fractured vertebra. Knox suffered the injury during the Bears’ Dec. 18, 2011 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on a devastating hit from defensive end Anthony Hargrove .
Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners reached an agreement Tuesday on a contract that is expected to make him the highest paid pitcher in baseball. His deal is worth $175 million over seven years. Hernandez, who will turn 27 on April 8, is 98-76 with a 3.22 ERA in eight seasons with the Mariners.
Top 25 action last night:
#7 Florida beat #25 Kentucky 69 – 52
#8 Michigan State handling #4 Michigan 75 – 52
High School Basketball….
Salt Fork beat Bismarck-Henning 62 – 36, giving the Blue Devils their first conference loss of the season, though they still hold at least a share of the Verm Valley Conference title going into Friday night’s final games before Regional play begins next week.
Schlarman beat Milford 64 – 50
Georgetown-RF 57 – Oakwood 46
Chrisman knocked off their 2nd ranked opponent in as many tries as they upset Westville last night 43 – 42.
Armstrong-Potomac got by Hoopeston Area 45 – 39, the Trojans first win of the season. Wade Rogers had 19 points for A-P.
and Watseka beat Manteno at home on Senior Night 68 – 39
Just as local wrestlers prepare for IHSA State Finals and IKWF Regionals and State Series, the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that 2016 will be the last year wrestling will be a part of the Summer Olympic Games. The executive board of the IOC reviewed the 26 sports on its summer program in order to remove one of them so it could add one later this year. It decided to cut wrestling. Wrestling ranked as one of the lowest in TV viewership, ticket sales, internet hits and press coverage at last summer’s London games. The decision isn’t final until May, as the international wrestling federation attempts to lobby against the decision.
Danville Area Community College has cancelled its 2013 Spring Softball season due to a lack of numbers, according to DACC Athletic Director Tim Bunton. Current players will continue to practice, and their scholarships will be honored, with a full season planned for 2013-14.
That’s your WHPO Sports Update….
youth soccer news:
HAYS will hold a sign up for a spring soccer academy on Saturday, February 23rd from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at First Church of God, 1004 E. Orange St. in Hoopeston. The academy is not a league but is a program designed to teach skills, team play, fundamentals and sportsmanship. There will be light scrimmaging. Newcomers to soccer are welcome!
The academy is $20 and includes a t-shirt. It will run every Saturday morning, various times in the morning by age group on April 6th through May 4th. It is for ages 4 through children in 8th grade, boys and girls. Surrounding communities welcome. If you have questions, please contact Kathy Harding at 217-497-6686.
and in case you are planning ahead….
Hoopeston Area Youth Baseball (that’s T-Ball, Instructional League, Minor, Major & Pony Leagues) and Hoopeston Girls Softball sign-ups will start at the WHPO Business Expo – the weekend of March 9 – 10. Other sign-up dates will be announced….check out both leagues on Facebook.