Klair Bradley and Meredith Stevenson inherited one gift this year.,Muskogee restarted swimming last fall, for the first time since prior to the YMCA’s closing in 2003, due to the interest of three swimmers a year ago.,Both are among the top five seeds in two events, Bradley the 500-yard freestyle and Stevenson the 100 backstroke, and qualifiers in one other individual event each (100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle, respectively) at this weekend’s Class 6A championships in Edmond.,Both Dyer and Winn – the only one of three Rougher boys who qualified (seventh in the 200 and 100 freestyles) – were part of the original three on the restart of the sport last year.,Stevenson started out nine years ago with a local team, the Muskogee Sharks, before joining Bradley on her club team in Tulsa.

But unlike HBO and “Game of Thrones,” WGN and the Cubs aren’t hyping their final season together after 72 years.,In my first year as Cubs beat writer in 1997, WGN televised 144 games.,The following January, the Cubs owners — Tribune Co. — decided to reduce the WGN schedule to 92 games, placing 62 games on CLTV, the company’s local cable news channel.,Fans gradually grew accustomed to watching more games on cable, and in 2003 the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks began their own sports channel, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, which is now NBC Sports Chicago.,WGN will televise the Cubs' season opener — likely for the last time »

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GOSHEN — Senior Hank Smith of the Elkhart Memorial Crimson Chargers is the newest member of the 1,000-point club among area schools.,Smith tossed in 19 points in last Saturday’s 63-52 win over the Northridge Raiders at North Side Gym in Elkhart.,Current Westview assistant coach Ross Hales (1989 graduate) is the program’s all-time leader with 1,322 points, followed by Markese McGuire (2013) 1,246, Jimmy Powers (1974) 1,235, Daimion Beathea (1991) 1,226, Kevin Sindle (2006) 1,201, Karvel Anderson (2009) 1,146, Walter Lewis (1983) 1,130 and Todd Johnson (2012) 1,073.,Other Westview members are Gary Yoder (1973) 1,711, Rusty Yoder (1994) 1,698, Ryan Yoder (1990) 1,594, Elijah Hales (current senior) 1,351, Chandler Aspy (2015) 1,299, Brad Oesch (1987) 1,283, Adam Christner (2009) 1,219, Jeremy Bachman (1,081) and Jeff Nelson (2000) 1,023.,Concord also has eight members led by Elkhart County’s all-time leader Shawn Kemp (1988) 2,134 points.

FAIRFIELD — The Vanden Vikings outscored the Fairfield Falcons 17-11 in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 60-49 victory in the Monticello Empire League boys basketball opener between former Solano County Athletic Conference rivals, Wednesday.,Both teams are at home Friday, with Fairfield hosting Rodriguez and Vanden playing Vacaville.,Wood 49, Rodriguez 48: At Vacaville, Jhalen Grayer grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the winning bucket with 20 seconds left in leading the Wildcats to a victory over the Mustangs in the MEL opener for both teams.,FAIRFIELD — Using four pins and six forfeit victories, the Rodriguez High wrestling team opened Monticello Empire League competition with a 60-24 win over MEL newcomer Vanden.,In other MEL games, Vacaville recorded a 4-1 victory over Armijo and Vanden blanked Fairfield, 8-0.

Larry Langford, who scratched his way out of the poverty and violence of a Birmingham housing project to become a charismatic politician who won the highest elective offices in Birmingham and Jefferson County only to lose it all when convicted of public corruption, is dead.,In October of 2009, Langford was convicted on 60 counts of wrongdoing, including bribery, fraud and money laundering related to his time as Jefferson County Commission president.,Yet, that self-declaration of honesty beaten into Langford as a boy flies in the face of the description of the man that a federal jury found accepted almost a quarter of a million dollars in cash and luxury items in exchange for using his office to guide millions of dollars in Jefferson County bond business to old friends.,Larry Langford found guilty on all 60 counts The irony of Langford’s life is, that for a man who reached the heights of politics in Alabama’s largest city and county, his fall fulfilled his greatest fear as a kid growing up in the projects.,In October 2009, Langford was convicted on 60 counts of wrong doing, including bribery, fraud and money laundering related to his time as Jefferson County Commission president.

The road was paved to the Final Four, but Nevada’s run ended with a one-point loss to Cinderella story Loyola-Chicago, a bitter end to a banner year that saw Nevada win the Mountain West, earn 29 victories (tied for the most in program history) and reach the Sweet 16 for the second time ever.,Dan Avansino takes aim at Manogue Reno High’s Dan Avansino entered 2018 as the longest-tenured Northern Nevada football coach at the 4A level with the same school.,Nevada women reach MW Tournament final The Wolf Pack women’s basketball team had an up-and-down first season under head coach Amanda Levens, but it ended in historic fashion, with Nevada reaching the Mountain West Tournament title game for the first time in its history.,The Wolf Pack led Boise State for much of the game before a buzzer-beater sent the Broncos to a 62-60 win to deprive Nevada of its first NCAA Tournament berth.,When it was founded in 2008, the Bighorns were Northern Nevada’s first affiliated minor-league team in more than 15 years after the city lost the Reno Silver Sox in 1992.

The Cavaliers, who jumped South Carolina with a 28-0 beatdown in Saturday’s Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., spent Christmas Day practicing in Charlottesville and then riding a bus to the Queen City, leaving little time for holiday festivities.,(8-5), which finished a season with a victory for the first time since 2005, kept the ball away from the Gamecocks for all but 17 minutes and 25 seconds, putting up 413 total yards to South Carolina’s 251.,Mendenhall and his players said in the days leading up to the game that stopping the run would be paramount.,The Cavaliers took a monumental leap last season, going 6-7 and falling badly to Navy in the Military Bowl, the program’s first postseason appearance since 2011.,returned to campus after Navy’s thorough 49-7 win to end last season, Mendenhall said, the players had talked frequently about the importance of not only beating the Hokies for the first time since 2003, but about the intrinsic value of going out with a win.

The old signs have started coming down at Toyota Park in Bridgeview as the stadium begins its switchover to Seatgeek Stadium.,A longtime sports bar in Countryside served its final drinks Sunday before ending its 22-year run at the end of the year.,Items collected at the company’s Bedford Park location were donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.,Carousel Checks has opened in its new offices at 11152 Southwest Highway in Palos Hills after moving from its longtime home in Bridgeview.,The company was founded in 2003 as Parker Machines by former Palos Hills resident Andrew Crim.

TYRONE — A Mifflin County woman faces char­ges after state police said she crashed through eight construction barriers on I-99.,Morgan Schenker, 29, of Lewistown was arrested in Tyrone in the early morning hours of Nov. 3 after state police suspected she was intoxicated when she crashed into the lighted, orange and white construction barriers in the southbound lanes of I-99.,According to charges filed in Tyrone District Court, Tyrone police called state police about 3:30 a.m. to re­port the crash and that Schenker, who was parked at the Sheetz on Logan Ave­nue, appeared intoxicated.,Schenker told state police she was lost and on the way to a friend’s house in Phil­ips­burg and had crashed while looking at the GPS on her phone.,State police noted it was Schenker’s second DUI arrest.

He was well known in the region for his love of baseball and his coaching abilities, serving for 12 years as the pitching coach for the University of Virginia baseball team, head coach of the Staunton Braves of the Valley Baseball League and the Miller School, where he led the team to a state championship in 2006.,Snook taught government and psychology at Lane and Charlottesville High schools from 1972 to 1980 and was very active in city politics, social organizations and civil rights efforts.,He taught in the Department of Pediatrics at the UVa Medical School and served for 10 years as its chairman.,The Orange County High School football standout was working out in a non-contact drill with the University of Maine football team when he told a coach he felt like he was going to pass out.,She served on the Orange County School Board for 21 years, 10 as board chairwoman.