The Journal Gazette
Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:00 am


3 city players named boys Junior All-Stars

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Blackhawk Christian's Caleb Furst was named to the 2020 Indiana Boys Junior All-Stars Core Group on Wednesday. Snider's Michael Eley and Homestead's Luke Goode were both named to the Junior All-Stars Red Group.

Furst, a 6-foot-10 forward, averaged 21.7 points for the Braves, who were set to play in the Class 2A regional before the state tournament was suspended. He has committed to Purdue.

Eley, a 6-4 guard, averaged 21.2 for the Panthers, who won the Class 4A Carroll Sectional in what proved to be their final game. Goode, a 6-6 forward, averaged 17.6 points for the Spartans, who lost in the Class 4A Huntington North Sectional final. 

Jalen Blackmon of Marion was also named to the Red Group despite tearing his ACL in January. He averaged 29.8 points before the injury. 

The Core Group is scheduled to play the Blue Group at Floyd Central on June 1, and then the Core Group will play the Red Group on June 3 at a location to be determined.


Towns' mother fighting COVID-19

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns says his mother is hospitalized and in a medically induced coma after contracting the coronavirus. Towns talked about the condition of his mother, Jacqueline Cruz, on Wednesday on his Instagram page. He urged his followers to take COVID-19 seriously. Towns said his parents went to the hospital recently and were tested for the disease. While his father was released, his mother's condition deteriorated to the point where she was put on a ventilator and placed in a coma.

Players declare for NBA draft

Dayton's Obi Toppin is headed to the NBA after leading the Flyers to a 29-2 record and No. 3 ranking as a redshirt sophomore. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds. ... Southern California forward Onyeka Okongwu declared for the NBA draft after one season. He averaged 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks for USC.


Washington State player found dead

A Washington State football player was found dead in his apartment by an officer who responded to a call for help involving “breathing problems,'' Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins said Wednesday. Jenkins said there were no signs of foul play and that the Whitman County coroner will determine the cause of death for 22-year-old Bryce Beekman, the senior defensive back who was found Tuesday afternoon.

Horse racing

Florida Derby field ready to go

The Florida Derby is set to have a full field and empty stands. A field of 12 has been entered for Saturday's Florida Derby, typically one of the biggest Kentucky Derby prep races and serves as the crown jewel of the Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Tiz the Law, a winner of three of his four career starts including the Holy Bull at Gulfstream last month, was installed as the 6-5 favorite at Wednesday's race draw.

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