December 3, 2013

Sports briefs, Dec. 3


---- — Delphi tops Frontier in Kitchen Classic

DELPHI — Blaine Walters scored 12 points and Brent Hawn scored 11 to lead Delphi’s boys basketball team to a 42-31 victory over Frontier in Monday’s opening round of the Indiana Kitchen Classic.

Delphi trailed 21-16 at halftime, but took control with a 21-4 run in the second half.

Clinton Central beat Faith Christian 65-59 in Monday’s nightcap. Delphi and Clinton Central will meet in a semifinal game at 6 p.m. Friday.

The opening round continues today with North White vs. Rossville, and Tri-County vs. Carroll.

Winamac girls fall on road to Rochester

ROCHESTER — Rochester topped Winamac 49-43 in a girls basketball game Saturday night.

Winamac led 27-25 at halftime. Rochester outscored the Warriors 11-7 in the third quarter to take a slim lead, then outscored the Warriors 13-9 in the final quarter.

Ali Larkin led Winamac (4-2) with 17 points. Stephanie Shorter followed with 15.

Caston grapplers go 1-4 at Shenandoah

MIDDLETOWN — Caston’s wrestling team posted a 1-4 record in Saturday’s Shenandoah Invitational.

Braden Moss had Caston’s best showing. The 138-pounder went a perfect 5-0. Also for the Comets, 106-pounder Jacob Maroney (4-1) and 132-pounder Bobby Kite (3-2) also had winning records.

USC selects Sarkisian as football coach

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Sarkisian was named the head coach at Southern California on Monday, leaving Washington to return to the Trojans’ storied football program for another run at national titles.

Two days after USC’s regular season ended with a home loss to UCLA, Trojans athletic director Pat Haden replaced interim coach Ed Orgeron with yet another assistant coach from Pete Carroll’s championship-winning era at the school.

The 39-year-old Sarkisian is a Los Angeles-area native who went 34-29 in five seasons at Washington, rebuilding a decimated program into a bowl contender. He is the permanent replacement for Lane Kiffin, his former co-offensive coordinator at USC under Carroll.

Kiffin was fired in late September and replaced by Orgeron, who didn’t get the permanent job from Haden despite going 6-2. Crosstown rival UCLA trounced USC 35-14 last Saturday in what turned out to be the Trojans’ final game under Orgeron, who resigned Monday after failing to get the head job.

No. 12 Connecticut beats No. 15 Florida

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Shabazz Napier hit a jumper from the free throw line as time expired to keep No. 12 Connecticut undefeated with a 65-64 victory over No. 15 Florida on Monday night.

Napier, limping on a left ankle he hurt during a four-point play with 33 seconds left, escaped a trap around 30 feet from the basket and got off a wild shot that missed but was tipped blindly back by DeAndre Daniels. Napier grabbed the ball and let go a left-handed jumper that went through as the horn sounded and set off a deafening cheer from the sellout crowd of 10,167 at Gampel Pavilion.

Napier finished with 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting including making 5 of 8 from 3-point range.

The Huskies (8-0) and Florida (6-2), which had a five-game winning streak snapped, battled down the stretch exchanging the lead six times in the final 6 minutes.