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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, October 09, 2018 1:00 am

Briefs

Northrop places 6 on All-SAC soccer team

Staff, news services

The SAC announced its all-conference boys and girls soccer teams Monday, and three-time boys champion Northrop put six players on the squad.

Members of the boys first team include: Adam Gottschalk, Luke Neuhas and Noah Thomas all of Concordia; Erdwin Quintana, Medard Mikobi, Cristoval Gonzalez, Leo Nino Cuevas, Kirubel Ayalew and Alex Hernandez all of Northrop; Harry Khual and Refik Dogroyul of North Side; Carter Drake and Will Huth of Bishop Luers; Sar Thaw of South Side; Braulio Casteneda of Wayne.

The girls first team includes: Alex Bryant and Audrey Day of Concordia; Kara Gerber, Alijah Slate, April Salazar, Gladys Donis and Amber Minnick all of Wayne; Callie Burns, Ellen Hartzog and Erynn Burns all of Bishop Dwenger; Jewel Reuille of North Side; Hannah Warstler and Jenel Jordan of Northrop; Katelynn Grey of Bishop Luers and Nyasia Hardy of Snider.

BASEBALL

Marlins fire pitching coach

The Miami Marlins are parting with pitching coach Juan Nieves and three other coaches after their 98-loss season. Also not returning in 2019 will be first base coach Perry Hill, assistant hitting coach Frank Menechino and strength and conditioning coach Ty Hill. All were on the staff of manager Don Mattingly, who will be back for a fourth season.

BASKETBALL

Shoving match leads to fines

The NBA fined Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart and Cleveland Cavaliers forward J.R. Smith for an on-court shoving match in their exhibition game, the league announced. In the first quarter of Saturday's game in Cleveland, Smith and Celtics forward Aron Baynes got tangled up while boxing out under the Boston basket. Smith gave Baynes a two-handed push, and Smart ran in from near midcourt to retaliate with a shove of his own. NBA discipline boss Kiki VanDeWeghe fined Smart $25,000 for escalating the altercation and Smith $15,000 for initiating it.

Suns fire GM

The Phoenix Suns fired general manager Ryan McDonough barely a week before the season begins. James Jones and Trevor Bukstein will share the GM duties on an interim basis for the Suns. Suns owner Robert Sarver said Monday he made the decision to fire McDonough “after much thought and a long evaluation of our basketball operations.”

COLLEGES

Cougars fall out of NAIA Top 10

After a second consecutive loss, Saint Francis dropped to No. 13 in the latest NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The Cougars had been ranked in the Top 10 for 39 consecutive polls. They were No. 5 last week.

Indiana Tech athletes honored

Four Indiana Tech athletes were named Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference athletes of the week Monday. Junior soccer player Erick Turner was named Offensive Player of the Week; sophomore goalkeeper Edwin Rosado won Defensive Player of the Week; sophomore Maryssa Carey was named Women's Bowler of the Week; and Cory Hersha, also a sophomore, was named Men's Bowler of the Week.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Wayne seeks nominees for Hall

The Wayne High School Athletic Department is accepting applications for its Athletic Hall of Fame. Requirements for nominating individuals are on the website. Nomination forms can be downloaded at www.waynegenerals.org or stopping by the Wayne athletic office. Applications must be received before Nov. 16. Send nominations via fax to 260-467-6491 or via email to gary.raber@fwcs.k12.in.us.

SOCCER

Veterans rejoin national team

Veteran midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan rejoined the U.S. national team for Thursday night's match against Colombia. They are with the team for the first time since the U.S. loss at Trinidad and Tobago last October. The defeat ended the Americans' streak of seven straight World Cup appearances. Bradley is the 31-year-old U.S. captain. His next appearance will tie Clint Dempsey for third on the national team's games list with 141. The 34-year-old Guzan has 58 international appearances. He backed up Tim Howard in the last cycle of World Cup qualifying.

TENNIS

Americans win at Shanghai Open

In Shanghai, Sam Querrey and Taylor Fritz both won in straight sets at the Shanghai Masters to set up a second-round match between the Americans. Querrey upset ninth-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4, and Fritz beat Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (3).