Friday Sports Recap

Marquette Cross-Country at Roanoke Thursday night had Lucas Hoffman finish in 2nd Place with a personal-record time of 15:41. Will Fiesel finished in the top 10 with a 19:10, and Nate Nelson was 12th at 19:59. For the Lady Crusader runners, freshman Lilly Craig took 1st Place by 42 seconds with a personal best 20:42. Ella Biggins had her best finish of the season finishing in 4th at 22:03. Mary Jo Lechtenberg was 7th at 23:07 and Izzy Garkey made Top 10 with a 9th Place finish at 24:01. Last night Marquette Cross Country competed in Roanoke against Lowpoint-Washburn/Roanoke-Benson. In the boys race, Lucas Hoffman finished in 2nd place, running a new all-time personal record (PR) of 15:41. Will Fiesel finished in the top 10 (19:10) and Nate Nelson was 12th (19:59). Of the 23 Marquette runners, 21 set new Personal Best times.

The Seneca Boys’ took First Place in a triangular meet with L-P and St. Bede at Baker Lake in Peru. The Fighting Irish were led by Austin Aldridge at 17:32, Chris Poyner in 18-Flat, Brady Danek in 18:23, and Levi Maierhofer in 18:46. For the Girls, Seneca took First Place led by Amber Vroman in 19:41, Ashley Alsvig in 20-Flat, and Audrey Jenkins in 20:24.

The Astros and Rays are just starting game six of the American League Championship Series. Tampa Bay leads the series 3-2 after last night’s second-consecutive elimination game win by Houston. In the National League Championship Series, the Dodgers and Braves play later tonight with the Braves looking to grab their first pennant in 20 years.

Two members of the White Sox organization are taking home top Sporting News’ end-of-season awards.  First baseman José Abreu was named the MLB Player of the Year, and general manager Rick Hahn was named the MLB Executive of the Year.  Abreu hit .317 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs this season, leading Chicago to its first postseason appearance since 2008.  He is the third White Sox player to be named the Sporting News’ Player of the Year.  Hahn helped build the team that went 35-and-25 this season and clinched a playoff spot.  He is the third White Sox executive to be named the Sporting News’ MLB Executive of the Year.

Family, friends and colleagues are mourning the death of ESPN NFL reporter Vaughn McClure.  The Chicago native died this week at his home in Georgia at the age of 48.  McClure joined ESPN in 2013 to cover the NFL before settling in on the Atlanta Falcons beat. He covered the team during its run to the Super Bowl in 2017.  Before ESPN, McClure covered the Bears for the Chicago Tribune for six seasons.  The graduate of Northern Illinois University also covered Notre Dame football for the Sun-Times.

The Bears take a 4-and-1 record into Sunday’s game in Charlotte against the Panthers on Sunday.  The Bears have been idle since October 8th after the win over Tampa Bay at Soldier Field. Carolina, at 2-and-2, is tied for first in the NFC South. The Bears are second in the NFC North.