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The South Central High School Volleyball team moves on in the Christ Our Rock Regional.  South Central beat the host Christ Our Rock team 25-19; 25-16.  South Central was led by Maria Brasel with 13 kills, seven points, and four aces.  Emily Chapman added 20 assists, seven points and three aces.  Hannah Rubin had five kills, ten points and two aces.  Deidra Schaal had three kills and five digs.  South Central improves to 19-14 on the year and will play their next round in regionals against Woodlawn at six Thursday night.

The Salem Community High School volleyball team wrapped up their season with a loss in regional play to the Benton Rangerettes on Tuesday 7-25; 21-25.  The game was the last for seniors Emily Wilzbach and Hayley Nielson.  Coach Karen Roth thanked the two for four great years.  Roth also thanks all those who came out to support the Lady Cats this volleyball season along with the Super Fans who she called the best.  

St. Theresa of Salem and Patoka will play in the championship game of the St. Peter Lutheran Tournament on Wednesday night. Both teams enter the championship game with perfect 3-0 records in the tournament.  St. Theresa advances with a 55 to 22 win over Kell/Farrington.  St. Theresa was led by Levi Cannon with 18 and Zach Wuebbles with ten.  Kell/Farrington was led by Dakota Tate and Kyle Mason with six apiece.  Patoka stayed undefeated with a 44 to 41 win over St. Peter.  Patoka was led by Colen Hill with 13 points.  St. Peter received 20 points from Hunter Brandt.  The championship game between St. Theresa and Patoka will be at six, followed by Kell/Farrington and Sandoval playing for fourth place.  Both teams are winless so far in the tournament.  

Central City is now 3-0 on the season after defeating Rome Tuesday night at Rome 79-51. The Citians built a 24-8 lead after 1 quarter and increased their lead 66-31 midway through the 3rd quarter.  Jamie Long for Central City led all scorers with 26 points, scoring 18 in the 2nd quarter. Anthony Reed was also in double figures for Central City with 15 points.  Noah Jackson and Preston Johannes each added 11. Hunter Voyles led Rome with 17 points.

The Odin Junior Eagles ran their record to 2-0 as they defeated visiting Iuka. Odin built a 15 point halftime lead and never looked back enroute to 63-42 win. Odin was led in scoring by Gage Roberts 21 points and Lucas Shaffer's 20.  Dominic Beyers chipped in 11 and Dylan Friend 7. Odin's JV also won 31-20. Odin hosts Raccoon on Thursday.

In junior high girls basketball, Centralia beat Franklin Park 68 to 28.  Maddie Quandt had 14 points for Franklin Park, while Lexi Sasdrieh pulled down nine rebounds.  Franklin Park won the JV game 26 to 19.  Malia Harris had eight points and Emily Wilson had nine rebounds.

The Selmaville Lady Rockets basketball team improved to 2 and 2 on the year with a 56 to 21 win over Raccoon.  Morgan Sanders had 18 points and Lacey Jones 12.  

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois opened last season with nine new faces on a roster of 15.

The team started hot, later endured an eight-game losing streak and settled for a spot in the National Invitation Tournament.

Illini coach John Groce says his expectations are higher this year.  He expects Illinois to score more than the 64.2 points a game it averaged last season after adding a proven scorer in transfer guard Ahmad Starks.  But Starks will be expected to pick up the slack at point guard. Starter Tracy Abrams is out for the season with a torn ligament in his right knee.

Guard and last season's leading scorer Rayvonte Rice says the team has a firm goal: It wants to return to the NCAA Tournament.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - There was a moment of silence before Game 6 of the World Series to honor Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, who died in an automobile accident over the weekend in the Dominican Republic.

The 22-year-old Taveras, who made his big league debut this season, was buried earlier Tuesday in a funeral attended by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak.

One of the game's top prospects, Taveras hit .239 with three homes in 80 games for St. Louis.

Officials are still investigating the cause of Sunday's accident on a highway in the popular tourist region of Puerto Plata. Taveras's 18-year-old girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, was also killed.

Thousands Attend Oscar Taveras' Dominican Burial

SOSUA, Dominican Republic (AP) - Thousands of people in the Dominican Republic are attending the burial of former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras.

Among those attending the funeral Tuesday for the 22-year-old slugger was Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny.   Taveras was considered one of the top prospects in the majors. He hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games in his only season in the majors.

Taveras died Sunday after authorities say he lost control of his 2014 Chevrolet Camaro on a highway in the popular tourist region of Puerto Plata. Officials said his 18-year-old girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, was in the car and also died.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Rams elevated linebacker Korey Toomer and offensive lineman Brandon Washington to the active roster, among a flurry of moves in the wake of an injury-filled loss at Kansas City.

The Rams on Wednesday also were awaiting the arrival of safety Mark Barron, acquired from Tampa Bay.

Wide receiver Emory Blake, tight end Justice Cunningham and offensive linemen Travis Bond and Steven Baker were signed to the practice squad.

Offensive tackle Jake Long (knee) and wide receiver Brian Quick (shoulder) were placed on injured reserve. 

Rookie quarterback Garrett Gilbert was released from the practice squad and the Panthers signed tackle Mike Remmers off St. Louis' practice squad.

Two other offensive linemen, center Scott Wells and guard Rodger Saffold, were injured in the Chiefs loss. Washington has been with the team much of the last two seasons and appeared in one game last year.

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