Due to uncertainties regarding the spread and protocols surrounding COVID-19, Rivet athletic director Jill Frey announced Thursday that the school has decided to cancel the Niehaus Lumber Holiday Classic girls basketball tournament this season.
This was slated to be the 12th season for the annual event, which was scheduled for Dec. 29-30 at the Vincennes University P.E. Complex.
According to the school's press release, the decision was made for several logistical reasons, including the safety of players, coaches and officials and because it's likely limited spectators, or perhaps none at all, would be allowed based on recommendations from the health department in each participating county.
The decision was made over a month in advance in order to give participating teams times to cancel potential travel plans and schedule new opponents.
Jazz sign former Trailblazer Gill
Former Vincennes University center Romaro Gill signed an Exhibit-10 contract with the Utah Jazz after going undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday.
The 7-2 Seton Hall product averaged 7.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game last season and earned Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved honors from the Big East Conference. Gill, 26, played sparingly as a freshman at VU, and averaged 5.2 points per game as a sophomore helping the Trailblazers to a 32-3 record and a spot in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA tournament in the 2016-17 season.
The Exhibit-10 contract guarantees Gill a spot at the Jazz's training camp and $50,000 if he doesn't make the team and ends up with the Utah G-League team. Last season the Jazz signed former Indiana forward Juwan Morgan as an undrafted free agent, and Morgan went on to appear in all of Utah's playoff games in August, including a pair of starts.
Another former District 16 player was drafted on Wednesday. Jayden “Jay” Scrubb out of John A. Logan (Ill.) was selected by the Brooklyn Nets with the 55th overall pick. Scrubb, who originally committed to his hometown Louisville, declared for the draft in March, and he was named the NJCAA Player of the Year last season, averaging 21.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
Schenk recovers in 1-over-par start
SEA ISLAND, Ga. — Adam Schenk shook off nearly all of his five bogeys, birdieing two of his final four holes to shoot a 1-over-par 73 in the first round of The RSM Classic on Thursday.
The Vincennes golfer is in 76th place and has to improve his position today to make the cut after the second round of low 65 golfers and ties.
Schenk rallied twice in his opening round. He bogeyed the par-4 first and the par-3 third, but made the turn at even par with birdies on the par-5 eighth and par-4 ninth holes. On the back nine, he bogeyed the par-4 10th, the par-3 11th, and the par-4 13th. He rebounded with birdies on the par-4 15th and the par-3 16th holes.
Matt Wallace has the lead at 6-under 64. Eight players are tied at 5-under, led by Keegan Bradley.
Schenk tees off at 10:50 a.m. today with playing partners Sean O'Hair and Joel Dahmen.
6th Lady Spartans slip past Hatchets
South Knox's sixth-grade girls began their basketball season on Wednesday by eking past visiting Washington, 20-19.
Kendal Hill had 11 points, four steals, two rebounds; Layla Thomas four points; Ellie Burke three points, eight rebounds, two steals; Kalissa Lavely two points, three rebounds; and Payton Allen nine rebounds, two steals.
Washington took the B-game, 13-10. Burke scored four points; Allen two points, six rebounds; Hill and Reagan Harrington two points; Alexa Risley three steals, two rebounds; and Thomas and Grace Detweiler two rebounds.