A record three hundred seventy‐eight (378) teams – one better than 2010 ‐ were drawn and placed into brackets tonight for the start of the 33rd Annual IHSAA Softball State Tournament Series.Sectional action runs May 22‐27 with the 64 survivors moving into a one‐game regional round on Tuesday, May 30. From there, 32 teams will square off in four‐team semi‐states on Saturday, June 3, with the four state championship games scheduled for Saturday, June 10 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.2017 IHSAA Softball DrawArea Girls Softball Sectionals.Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Rising Sun.Game 1: Rising Sun vs. South Decatur.Game 2: Jac‐Cen‐Del vs. Hauser.Game 3: Winner of G1 vs. Winner of G2.Game 4: Oldenburg Academy vs. Shawe Memorial.Championship: Winner of G3 vs. Winner of G4.Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Switzerland County.Game 1: North Decatur vs. Austin.Game 2: Southwestern (Hanover) vs. South Ripley.Game 3: Winner of G1 vs. Winner of G2.Game 4: Milan vs. Switzerland County.Championship: Winner of G3 vs. Winner of G4.Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ Madison.Game 1: Rushville Consolidated vs. Batesville.Game 2: South Dearborn vs. Madison Consolidated.Game 3: Greensburg vs. Connersville.Game 4: Lawrenceburg vs. Franklin County.Game 5: Winner of G1 vs. Winner of G2.Game 6: Winner of G3 vs. Winner of G4.Championship: Winner of G5 vs. Winner of G6.Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Bloomington North.Game 1: Bloomington South vs. Columbus North.Game 2: Bloomington North vs. East Central.Game 3: Winner of G1 vs. Winner of G2.Game 4: Shelbyville vs. Columbus East.Championship: Winner of G3 vs. Winner of G4.
SENSATIONAL fifties from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers overshadowed Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 99 as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) finally snapped a six-match losing streak this IPL season with an eight-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Mohali yesterday.Kohli (67) in company of AB de Villiers (59 not out) scripted a superb run-chase, sharing an 85-run stand to lay the foundation.The India skipper blasted eight boundaries, while de Villiers clobbered two sixes and five hits across the rope in his 38-ball innings.Invited to bat, dashing West Indies opener Chris Gayle (99) carried his bat through with an unbeaten 99, studded with five sixes and as many as 10 hits to the fence to single-handedly anchor Punjab to 173 for four.Kohli and de Villiers then did the bulk of the scoring and once the skipper was dismissed in the 16th over, Marcus Stoinis (28 off 16) played a crucial cameo to take the team through with four balls to spare.With this victory, RCB also avoided the ignominy of most successive losses for a team at the start of an IPL season. FLYING STARTChasing 174 to win, Parthiv Patel and Kohli gave RCB a flying start, amassing 43 off 23 balls but the left-handed opener was caught by Mayank Agarwal off R Ashwin in the 4th over.de Villiers and Kohli then took the bowlers to the cleaners, picking up boundaries at will, as RCB brought up the 100 in the 12th over.Kohli completed his second fifty of this IPL season in 37 balls but runs dried up a bit in the middle with M. Ashwin (24/0) and Andrew Tye (4-40) bowling a tight over each.Mohammad Shami then gave Punjab a glimmer of hope when he dismissed Kohli, who pulled one straight to M. Ashwin as RCB slipped to 128 for two.But Marcus Stoinis and de Villiers ensured there were no hiccups, sharing 46 runs, as RCB romped home comfortably in the end. GAYLE MAGICEarlier, Gayle stitched a 66-run opening stand off 38 balls with KL Rahul (18) and kept the scoreboard ticking even though he lost partners on the other end.RCB could have dismissed Gayle in the first over itself when he was hit on the leg by Umesh Yadav but Virat Kohli didn’t go for a DRS and the West Indian escaped.Gayle made RCB pay for the mistake as he hit a four and six off Umesh’s next over, before Rahul joined the party and smashed a couple of fours off the India pacer in his third over.In the sixth over, Gayle exploded as he welcomed Mohammad Siraj with a four at long off and followed it up with a six over long-on and another boundary across cover.He then pulled another one over square leg before sending the ball across the fine leg as KXIP amassed 24 runs to end the powerplay at 60 for no loss.Chahal was then introduced into the attack and Rahul lifted him over long-on for a maximum but the spinner had him stumped in the next delivery to produce a crucial breakthrough.Mayank Agarwal then joined Gayle, who completed his fifty in 28 balls.Agarwal smashed Chahal over extra cover for a six but the spinner cleaned him up in the next delivery as Punjab slumped to 86 for two.Sarfaraz Khan (15) and Gayle then took Punjab across the 100-mark before the former was caught behind off Siraj’s delivery.Sam Curran (1) too couldn’t stay long and was removed by Moeen Ali as Punjab slipped to 114 for four in 14th over.Mandeep Singh (18) and Gayle then provided the late charge, scoring 60 off 37 balls.Gayle, who has six tons to his name, needed 10 runs in the last over to complete another century but he fell short by just one run despite hitting the last ball for another four.
By flying into New Zealand from South Africa, as they will on Tuesday morning, then winning a playoff match, they will have ended a 12-game losing streak for teams in such situations, that stretches back almost 20 years.Travelling teams have struggled in the playoffs full stop, winning just 23 per cent of matches, but when they have to fly across the Indian Ocean, and then across the Tasman, that figure falls to 13 per cent.Across the years, 18 teams have found themselves in those circumstances, with 16 losing and just two winning – in games where they were at home against opponents who had made the same trip.First, in 1996, there were the Blues, who beat the Sharks in Durban in the final round of the regular season, then returned home to beat Northern Transvaal in the semifinals.And then in 1998, there were the Crusaders, who beat the Sharks in Durban to end the round robin, then again in Christchurch in the semifinals.Since then, 12 teams have faced the arduous journey – eight from South Africa, two from Australia, and two from New Zealand – and none have triumphed.Going the other way, from New Zealand to South Africa, teams have won four times out of 11, a tally the Hurricanes will be trying to add to when they take on the Lions in Johannesburg in the early hours of Sunday morning (NZ time).Two of those wins came this year and last, when good Chiefs teams were forced to travel to play average Stormers teams, thanks to the convoluted conference format. The others came in 2011, when the Crusaders beat the Stormers, during their impressive run to the final in that earthquake-affected season; and in 1999, when the Highlanders beat the Stormers to set up the party at Tony Brown’s place, which they then lost to the Crusaders.The itinerary the Highlanders had then, from New Zealand to South Africa and back, is the hardest possible – at least until the Jaguares or the Sunwolves make the playoffs – and it’s one the Chiefs are familiar with, having done it last year, when they returned home victorious from Cape Town then lost meekly to the Hurricanes. Photo by: Getty Images (Liam Messam and the Chiefs are up against history as they try to stay alive in Super Rugby).
WHITTIER – Authorities arrested a man in connection with a carjacking incident in which the victim chased down the person who stole his vehicle, Whittier police said Thursday. The incident began 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, when Whittier officers spotted two men fighting near the main gate of the Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary. When they tried to stop the fight, one man got into a vehicle and drove off. Police later stopped the vehicle at Workman Mill Road and detained the driver. A short time later, several California Highway Patrol officers arrived. At that point it was determined that the man detained had earlier carjacked a Toyota pickup truck using a simulated handgun. The carjack victim had chased the man to Rose Hills, where the two fought. VFW post to host fundraiser tonight LA MIRADA – The Ladies Auxiliary from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148, 13932 Valley View Ave., will host a fundraiser dinner at 6 tonight. A pepper steak dinner will be served. A donation of $7 per person is requested. For more information, call (562) 941-4097. Church plans Walk for Life WHITTIER – The Whittier Life Center will host its 11th annual Walk For Life at 9 a.m. Saturday, beginning at St. Bruno’s Catholic Church, 15740 Citrustree Road. The walk will end at the Whittier Life Center, 7743 Painter Ave. A raffle and barbecue will be held following the walk. For more information, call (562) 693-8803. Fundraiser to benefit veterans SANTA FE SPRINGS – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752, 11912 Rivera Road, will hold a fundraiser dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. tonight. Corned beef and cabbage will be available for $5.95 per person. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. Register Monday for rec programs LA MIRADA – Registration for spring recreation classes offered by the city begins Monday. Classes range from arts and crafts to music to dance to sports and fitness. Several city sponsored trips also are planned. A listing of all the classes, trips and events can be found in the city’s La Mirada Living newsletter, available at City Hall, the Resource Center, the Activity Center and the Communty Gymnasium. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. Drive-in movie group to meet INDUSTRY – Beginning at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, fans of drive-in movies can share their favorite drive-in memories and view display items and videos at the Southern California Drive-in Movie Society’s first 2007 “Night Out” at the Vineland Drive-In, 443 N. Vineland Ave. Admission is $7.50 per person. Children 11 and younger are free with adult admission. For more information, call (626) 961-3416 after 6:30 p.m., or visit www.socaldims.com. La Mirada Easter egg hunt set LA MIRADA – The city’s annual Easter egg hunt will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7 at La Mirada Regional Park, 13701 Adelfa Ave. The free family event will feature an egg hunt, arts and crafts, games, live music, face-painting and photos with the Easter Bunny. The event kicks off with a $4-per-person pancake breakfast put on the by local Kiwanis Club. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!