Rushville Republican

December 31, 2013

Sports Briefs

Rushville Republican

---- — Pass, shoot and dribble contest

The 2013 Rushville Breakfast Optimist Pass, Shoot and Dribble Contest will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the Rush County Boys and Girls Club. The competition is open to all girls and boys ages 8-13 (divisions of ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13). Trophies will be awarded to the top three in each age group. Winners of each age group will have the opportunity to advance to the regional competition in February.

BRMS basketball tournament

The BRMS seventh-grade boys Black won the tournament title at Batesville.

In the first game, the Cubs defeated St. Louis 42-19. Scoring for the Cubs included Jordan Smith 11, Duncan Draper 10, Cameron Craig seven and Mason Springman six. Springman led the team in rebounding with six followed by Craig with five. Craig led team with seven steals and Draper had four blocked shots. Springman, Smith and Wilson all had three assists.

The rallied in the second game to beat an undefeated North Decatur team 34-27. Draper led the way with 10 points and nine rebounds, followed by Craig’s seven points, six rebounds and five steals. Springman had seven rebounds and three assists. Wilson hit a pair of 3-pointers for six points.

In the championship game, the Cubs put together a complete game, taking an early lead and never looking back in defeating Batesville 47-27. The team played execellent defense the entire game. according to Coach Jerry Craig. Springman led the Cubs with 16 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Craig had 12 points. Draper had eight points, six rebounds and three blocked shots, and Smith had four assists, four steals, and overall had an excellent floor game all three games for the young Cubs. The Cubs are 9-3 for the season. Next game is at Connersville on Monday.

Kelly says he’s picked D coordinator

NEW YORK (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says he has decided on Notre Dame’s next defensive coordinator and multiple media reports indicate it will be New York Jets linebacker coach Brian VanGorder.

Kelly said after the Fighting Irish’s 29-16 victory over Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl that contract details were still being worked out and the new defensive coordinator would be “an outside” hire, though he declined to identify his choice.

The NFL Network, citing unidentified sources, was first to report VanGorder was headed to Notre Dame.

Kelly and VanGorder worked together at Grand Valley State from 1989-91. VanGorder is in his first season with the Jets. He has previously been defensive coordinator at Georgia and Auburn.

VanGorder would replace Bob Diaco, who left to become the head coach at Connecticut.

Arizona No. 1 for 4th straight week

Arizona and Syracuse lead the same top five teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll for the fourth straight week.

The Wildcats (13-0) saw their lead in first-place votes change for the first time Monday. They received 60 No. 1 votes from the 65-member national media panel, three less than they got the last three weeks.

Syracuse (12-0), which beat previously unbeaten Villanova on Saturday, were No. 1 on the other five ballots.

The three Big Ten schools — Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State — remained third through fifth.

Oklahoma State moved up one spot to sixth while Duke, Wichita State, Baylor and Oregon all jumped two places to round out the top 10.

Louisville, which lost at Kentucky on Saturday, dropped from sixth to No. 14 while Villanova fell three places to 11th with the loss at Syracuse.