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SALEM - The Salem Wildcats said goodbye to 14 seniors as they fell to Freeburg 35-23 on a picture perfect night at Jim Finks Field.

Jacob Baker, Hunter Bookhout, Daniel Dillon, Colton Harness, Alex Hawkins, Nic Helm, Triston Holmes, Brock Irwin, Dylan Jansen, Dakota Koehnke, Mason McIntosh, Seth Spinner, Ian Stroud and Scott Tate suited up for the final time.

The Cats got off to a horrendous start after a 57 yard touchdown pass from Freeburg's Joseph Wolf to Robby Vall to make it 7-0.  Salem's Colton Hareness threw an interception and Wolf found Will Hogan for a 9 yard score to make it 14-0.

After a Salem fumble, Freeburg made it 21-0 with a 4 yard pass from Wolf to Hogan.  Wolf finished the game 13-of-20 for 146 yards, 3 touchdowns but did throw 3 interceptions.

Triston Holmes picked off two passes in the second half and also had touchdown receptions of 71 and 27 yards from junior quarterback Riley Martin.

Salem trailed 28-14 at halftime after Nic Helm scored with under 3 minutes to play from one yard out.

Salem's defense came to play in the second half, holding Freeburg scoreless for the first 29 minutes of the second half.  

Salem would make it 28-16 after a poor snap caused the Midget's kicker to kick the ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety.  

Salem would get the ball back and cut the lead to 28-23 with 5 minutes to play on a one-handed, circus catch from Holmes.  

However, Salem's defense was tired and after an unsuccessful onside kick attempt, Freeburg drove the football 52 yards capped off by a 6 yard score from Vall to make it 35-23.  

Salem's season ends at 1-8, Freeburg will play in the opening week of the playoffs as they finish the regular season at 8-1.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rookie Zach LaVine scored all six of his points in the final five minutes, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves erase a 13-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter and close the preseason with a 113-112 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
     Derrick Rose had 27 points and five assists for Chicago (4-4). Rose had 57 points the last two preseason games for the Bulls, hoping to rejoin the contenders in the Eastern Conference.
     Ricky Rubio led the Timberwolves with 19 points, five assists and two steals. Minnesota (5-2) won its last four in the preseason.-
     Anthony Bennett hit the go-ahead basket with 2:05 left, making it 107-106. Two free throws by LaVine made it 113-109 with 4.2 seconds to go and the Timberwolves survived when Thaddeus Young missed a pair with one second left and Mike Dunleavy missed a desperation heave.

McMurray on Martinsville pole

McMurray on Martinsville pole
     RIDGEWAY, Va. (AP) - Jamie McMurray will start from the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway after posting a qualifying time of 99.905 mph.
     Joey Logano will join McMurray in the front row, ahead of Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart. Logano and Kenseth are two of the eight drivers still in contention for the Sprint Cup championship.
     Kevin Harvick will start 33rd, worst of all drivers still left in the Chase for the championship.

Friday Night Football Scoreboard

Friday night high school football scoreboard:

Freeburg 35, Salem 23

Centralia 52, Mascoutah 48

Mt. Carmel 40, Mt. Vernon 30

Carlyle 42,Wesclin 0

Greenville 42, Vandalia 13

Herrin 49, Breese Central 0

Chester 33, Fairfield 28

Red Hill 43, Flora 14

Columbia 45, Nashville 22

Effingham 24, Mahomet Seymour 31

Carterville 55, West Frankfort 19

Triad 27, Belleville Althoff 22

Highland 62, Charleston 14

Mattoon 42, Jerseyville 14

Robinson 42, Edwards County 13

Casey Westfield 54, Olney 13

Newton 35, Paris 0

Edwardsville 22, Belleville East 8

O'Fallon 48, Granite City 21


Powless Named NTC Player of the Year

KINMUNDY - The South Central Cougars won yet another National Trail Conference championship this past Fall, and despite not winning the tournament championship at the end of the year, the Cougars were still honored with post-season awards.

Senior, right-handed infielder Noah Powless won the Most Valuable Player award as voted by the coaches from the National Trail.

Powless finished hitting .429 with 6 home runs, 22 RBI and pitched 43.1 innings striking out 63 and walking just 16 with a 3.32 ERA.

Dylan Smith finished in a tie for 3rd with St Anthony's Jacob Lorenz with right-handed pitcher Dylen Peters finishing 7th in the voting.

Klaiton Wolf of Altamont finished 2nd to Powless.

The following is a break down of all the voting....

1.  Noah Powless (MVP)
2.  Klaiton Wolf - Altamont
T3. Dylan Smith (SC) & Jacob Lorenz (St Anthony)
5.  Alex Bohnhoff (Dieterich)
6.  Zach Gardewine (St Anthony)
7.  Dylen Peters (SC)
8.  Gut Walk (Neoga)
9.  Mark Jones (Windsor/Stew Stras)
10. Trenton Poe (Dieterich)
11. Nick Miller (Altamont)
12. Devin Deremiah (Windsor/Stew Stras)

Honorable Mention:
- Austin Rexroad (Beecher City/Cowden Herrick0
- Matt Kingery (Neoga)
- Trevor Moore (Neoga)

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