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SPORTS BRIEFING

Hovorka had short season

MOUNT VERNON — Former West Branch girls basketball standout Kayla Hovorka saw her sophomore season at Mount Veron Nazarene University cut short after just a pair of games.

The 2018 West Branch graduate suffered a torn ACL for the second time in her basketball career shortly before the season began.

After seeing a bit of action in the Cougars first two games, testing revealed the injury and shut down her season. Hovorka played a total of 13 minutes in her two games this season, scoring three points and grabbing one rebound.

She had surgery the day after Christmas and spent the rest of the season rehabbing and cheering on her team from the bench. The NAIA Cougars finished the season at 18-13 after falling to Taylor University 68-66 in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League Tournament on Feb. 25.

She played in 31 games and started five at guard as a freshman for Mount Vernon Nazarene, averaging 6.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.

At West Branch, Hovorka came back from a torn ACL as a freshman to help lead the Warriors to back-to-back regional appearances and an unbeaten regular season as a senior.

Church of baseball

“The only church that feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the church of baseball.” — Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) in “Bull Durham”

Not the time to play tennis

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – The U.S. Tennis Association says its best not to play the sport right now because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a posting on its website on Friday, the USTA called it “in the best interest of society to take a collective pause” from tennis.

The statement said there have not been specific studies about tennis and the COVID-19 illness.

But there is “the possibility” that germs could be transferred among people via sharing and touching of tennis balls, net posts, court surfaces, benches or gate handles.

So the USTA wants players “to be patient in our return to the courts.”

In the meantime, the group encouraged people to create what it termed “tennis-at-home” variations.

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