Sectionals set for softball, baseball

The IHSAA on Sunday drew pairings for the baseball and softball sectionals.

Softball sectionals get underway first with sectionals running from May 24-29. Baseball opens two days later with sectionals running from May 26-31.

Below are looks at sectionals involving PT-area schools.

SOFTBALL

CLASS 4A AT LOGAN

Game 1: Lafayette Jeff vs. Kokomo

G2: Harrison vs. McCutcheon

G3: Logansport vs. Game 1 winner

G4: championship

CLASS 2A AT WABASH

G1: Wabash vs. Cass

G2: Whitko vs. Manchester

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner

G4: Rochester vs. Tipp. Valley

G5: G3 winner vs. G4 winner

CLASS 2A AT WINAMAC

G1: Winamac vs. Hebron

G2: Rensselaer vs. Pioneer

G3: North Newton vs. Boone Grove

G4: North Judson vs. G1 winner

G5: G2 vs. G3 winner

G6: G4 winner vs. G5 winner

CLASS A AT N. MIAMI

G1: Northfield vs. North Miami

G2: North White vs. Caston

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner

G4: West Central vs. Southwood

G5: G3 winner vs. G4 winner

BASEBALL

CLASS 4A AT LAF. JEFF

G1: McCutcheon vs. Lafayette Jeff

G2: Harrison vs. Logansport

G3: Kokomo vs. G1 winner

G4: G2 winner vs. G3 winner

CLASS 2A AT WABASH

G1: Wabash vs. Carroll

G2: Rochester vs. Cass

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner

G4: Whitko vs. Manchester

G5: G3 winner vs. G4 winner

CLASS 2A AT HEBRON

G1: North Newton vs. Hebron

G2: North Judson vs. Rensselaer

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner

G4: Boone Grove vs. Winamac

G5: G3 winner vs. G4 winner

CLASS A AT CASTON

G1: Southwood vs. Northfield

G2: West Central vs. Pioneer

G3: North White vs. North Miami

G4: Caston vs. G1 winner

G5: G2 vs. G3 winner

G6: G4 vs. G5 winner

Bobby Unser, 87, Indy 500 champ in great racing family, dies

There wasn’t much Bobby Unser wouldn’t do to promote the Indianapolis 500, which is how he found himself at a show-and-tell at an Indiana elementary school a few years ago.

He had the famed Indy 500 winners’ Borg-Warner Trophy with him and proudly showed the students the Unser legacy. He pointed to the nine places where their faces are sculpted into the sterling silver — four spots for his little brother, Al; three for himself; two for nephew Al Jr.

One girl had a question: If his brother was there four times and he was there only three, was his brother the better racer?

It was one of few times anyone had seen Unser speechless.

Unser, who began racing jalopies in New Mexico and went on to become a beloved figure across racing and part of the only pair of brothers to win “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” died Sunday at 87. He died at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, of natural causes, Indianapolis Motor Speedway said.

“There simply was no one quite like Bobby Unser,” said Roger Penske, now the speedway owner. “Beyond his many wins and accomplishments, Bobby was a true racer that raised the performance of everyone around him. He was also one of the most colorful characters in motorsports.”

Unser was a member of one America’s most famed racing families and one of the greatest drivers in the history of the speedway, capturing the race in 1968, 1975 and 1981.

“He is part of the Mount Rushmore of Indy,” said Dario Franchitti, another three-time Indy 500 winner.

The Associated Press

White Sox’s Robert could miss rest of year with hip injury

CHICAGO (AP) — Luis Robert couldn’t put any weight on his right leg as he was helped off the field Sunday. A day later, the news was no less painful for the White Sox or their promising young center fielder.

Robert could miss the remainder of the season after a scan Monday showed he has a torn right hip flexor, another major blow for a team eyeing a deep playoff run.

General manager Rick Hahn said their will be more consultations with specialists in the next few days to determine whether Robert needs surgery.

Either way, Hahn said Robert won’t resume baseball activities for three to four months at least. It’s not clear if he will play again this year.

“It hasn’t been ruled out,” Hahn said. “It just all depends on the healing timeframe here. And unfortunately, none of us are smart enough to know exactly how his body will respond to whatever’s next. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

The White Sox were already without slugging outfielder Eloy Jiménez, who is expected to miss most of the season after rupturing his left pectoral tendon in spring training.

Robert was injured in Sunday’s loss to Cleveland. He fell to the ground after beating out an infield single to third base in the first inning and was helped off the field while putting no weight on his right leg.

Second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting and a Gold Glove winner last season, Robert is batting .316 with one homer and 11 RBIs.

The White Sox are second in the AL Central behind Kansas City at 15-12. Chicago ended a string of seven losing seasons last year and made the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Westbrook has 21 boards, 24 assists;

Wizards blast Pacers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook had the third game in NBA history with 20-plus rebounds and 20-plus assists — he and Wilt Chamberlain have the other two — and the surging Washington Wizards moved closer to Indiana in the Eastern Conference playoff standings by outgunning the Pacers 154-141 on Monday night.

Westbrook had 14 points to go along with his career-high 21 rebounds and career-high-tying 24 assists, his league-leading 32nd triple-double of the season. He has 178 triple-doubles, three short of Oscar Robertson’s record, with seven games remaining for Washington.

Rui Hachimura scored 27 points and Bradley Beal had 26 as Washington scored a season high and moved within one-half game of Indiana for ninth place in the East. Teams that finish between seventh and 10th will enter the league’s new play-in tournament for the main playoff draw.

The Wizards earned the tiebreaker over the Pacers by winning the first two meetings. The teams meet one more time this season at Indiana on Saturday.

Domantas Sabonis had 32 points and 20 rebounds and Caris LeVert scored 33 points for the Pacers, who have lost three of four. Eight Pacers scored in double figures.

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