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State Track and Field Qualifiers

The Western Dubuque boys track and field team will have quite a contingent of athletes headed to Des Moines next week after qualifying 11 events last night at the 4-A state qualifying meet at Dalzell Field. The Bobcats easily claimed the meet championship. The Hempstead boys automatically qualified 5 events. On the girl’s side of the meet; Senior had six events qualify, Western Dubuque 2, and Hempstead 1.  It is possible for more qualifiers after times are compared around the state. The complete list of state qualifiers should be posted sometime this afternoon. At the 3-A state qualifier in Manchester, both the Wahlert boys and girls won meet titles. The complete number of automatic qualifiers isn’t available this morning for us.

Cordell Pemsl Hardship Waiver Petition Approved

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Dubuque native and University of Iowa junior forward Cordell Pemsl’s hardship waiver petition has been approved by the Big Ten Conference. Pemsl will have two years of men’s basketball eligibility remaining after playing a total of 29 minutes in two nonconference games last season. The former Wahlert prep underwent season-ending surgery in December, to remove hardware near his knee from a previous surgery when he was in high school. Pemsl has played in 68 career games at Iowa, averaging 7.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest.

Spartans Keep Playing at A-R-C Baseball Tournament

At the American Rivers Conference baseball tournament in Cedar Rapids, the University of Dubuque won twice yesterday to continue on the tournament trail today. The Spartans first defeated Central 3-2 and then knocked of Luther 3-1. The Spartans will play in an elimination game at 10 o’clock this morning facing regular season conference champ Coe. The winner will play Buena Vista and has to beat the Beavers twice today in order to win the conference tourney title and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

UW Platteville Continues Play in the WIAC Tourney

The U-W Platteville baseball team lost the first game yesterday in the WIAC Tournament in Whitewater to U-W Lacrosse 2-1 in 12 innings, but fought back in their second game to avoid elimination defeating U-W Stout 5-2. The Pioneers will meet Lacrosse again today at noon in order to remain in tournament title contention.

A-R-C Track and Field Championships.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa — Dubuque’s men and Wartburg’s women took narrow leads after the second day of the American Rivers Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Coe College in Cedar Rapids. Dubuque’s lead is just two points over second-place Central (65-63) and just seven better than Nebraska Wesleyan (58). Wartburg’s lead is just five points over second-place NWU (85-80) and a comfortable 23 points over third-place Loras. The individual highlight yesterday came from Dubuque’s Blaze Murfin, who set a new meet record in the hammer throw with a toss of 59.16 meters. The meet picks up this morning with field events at 10:00a and the first running events at 1:30p.

HOUSTON (AP) – The Golden State Warriors have advanced to the NBA’s Western Conference finals for the fifth consecutive year by downing the Rockets, 118-113 in Houston. Stephen Curry scored all 33 of his points in the second half as Golden State managed to beat the Rockets without Kevin Durant, who sat out with a calf injury. Klay Thompson added 27 points for the Warriors, who have eliminated the Rockets in four of the last five postseasons.

DALLAS (AP) – Sung Kang matched the Trinity Forest course record with a 10-under 61 to take a four-stroke lead into the third round of the PGA’s Byron Nelson in Dallas. Kang was 16 under following a round that included six straight birdies from the fifth through 10th holes. Matt Every and Tyler Duncan share second at 12 under, Brooks Koepka is 11 under and Rory Sabbatini is at minus-10.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Steve Stricker matched the course record with an 8-under 64 to take the second-round lead at the Regions Tradition, the first of five PGA Tour Champions majors. Stricker is a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour. He leads David Toms by two strokes at 12 under on Greystone’s Founders Course.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – Kevin Harvick claimed his third pole of the season by winning yesterday’s qualifying at Kansas Speedway. Harvick led a sweep of the top four spots for Stewart-Haas Racing, turning a lap of 179.217 mph in the return of single-car qualifying to Kansas. That was enough to edge teammates Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez, who locked down the rest of the front two rows for tonight’s 400-mile race.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The NCAA men’s basketball rules committee is proposing moving the 3-point line to the international distance and changing the shot-clock resets reset following offensive rebounds. Both rules could take effect next season in Division I. College basketball’s other two divisions would wait until 2020-21 to move the 3-point line because of the cost. The Playing Rules Oversight Panel will vote on the recommendations June 5.

CHICAGO (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers have grabbed a piece of the NL Central lead and extended their season-high winning streak to seven games with a 7-0 shutout of the Cubs. Chicago had won 10 of its last 11 until Ryan Braun hit a solo homer and Gio Gonzalez limited the Cubs to two hits over 5 2/3 innings. Yasmani Grandal and Jesus Aguilar each drove in two runs, and Hernan Perez backed Gonzalez with a couple of nice plays at second base.

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