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Local Sports Round Up 3/17/11

College Baseball
St. Lawrence, NY 7 Knox 6
Knox 10 Westminster of Missouri 4
Thursday: Knox vs Lakeland College

College Softball
Macalester 6 Knox 1
Knox 2 Fitchburg State of Massachusetts 1

Carl Sandburg at John Wood College

The Galesburg girls softball team is back on the field Thursday, after a disappointing opener Tuesday against Orion. The Streaks varsity lost 16-1 and managed just two hits, but hope to fare better Thursday when they travel to Abingdon.

The Silver Streaks baseball team is set to open their season this weekend when they host a tournament at Jim Sundberg Field. The boys will face Washington on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. (Arnie Gonzalez at 7:15am)

The GHS boys and girls track teams are fine tuning for Saturday's Silver Streak Indoor Invitational.

Now that the field is down to 64, the NCAA men's basketball tournament begins in earnest with 16 games in four regions around the nation. Pittsburgh, the top seed in the Southeast, is the only No. 1 seed in action today when the Panthers play first-round winner North Carolina-Asheville in Washington, D.C.

Virginia Commonwealth and Texas-San Antonio played their way into the field with first-round victories Wednesday night. The Rams move on to play Georgetown on Friday while Texas-San Antonio draws top overall seed Ohio State, the No. 1 seed in the East, Friday in Cleveland.

John Shurna scored 25 points and Northwestern beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee 70-61 yesterday in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Wildca took command with an 18-0 first half run and opened a 38-26 lead by halftime.

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton says he does not know if Bruce Pearl will return as men's basketball coach. Pearl has been working without a contract since revealing in September that he mislead NCAA investigators during a probe into recruiting. The NCAA charged him with unethical conduct and other violations. The ninth-seeded Vols play eighth-seeded Michigan on Friday in the NCAA tournament.

Western Illinois University women's basketball coach Leslie Crane's contract will not be renewed. The school's athletic director Tim Van Alstine made the announcement yesterday. Crane leaves Western Illinois after a season that saw her team finish with an 8-21 record. Crane has been at the helm of the WIU program for 13 years.
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