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2/19/2013 10:16:00 AM
Area briefs: Two local referees to officiate at state

NT Sports Staff

Local referees Richard “Buzz” Fisher of Princeton and Mark Geuther of LaMoille will officiate this weekend at the IHSA girls basketball Class 1A and Class 2A state tournaments at Redbird Arena in Normal.

Ottawa to honor Dorothy Love
Dorothy Love, the wife of legendary Ottawa coach Gil Love, will be honored Friday at the Streator at Ottawa boys basketball game for her years supporting the Pirates.

Love has been attending Ottawa basketball games since 1944.

It is estimated she has seen 1,500 varsity, sophomore and freshman contests, including virtually every varsity boys game since 1944.

She has attended more than 2,000 Ottawa athletic events, concerts, plays and graduations.

Dorothy and the Love family established the Gil Love Memorial Scholarship in 1992, which is presented each year to a worthy senior athlete.

In 2011, Love was inducted into the Ottawa Township High School Hall of Fame, joining her husband who was inducted in the intial class in 2007.

She also is in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a friend of basketball.

Innis elected to Hall of Fame
Jim Innis, who coached football at Minonk-Dana-Rutland High School from 1981-84, will be inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame as the winner of the Ray Eliot Award.

The Ray Eliot Award was created to bring recognition to someone for his contributions to the furtherance of sportsmanship, the quality of the game and the advancement of athletics in Illinois.

Innis was 25-12 in his four seasons at Minonk-Dana-Rutland. He also coached at Momence and Argo high schools.

Leland-Earlville’s season ended
The Leland-Earlville boys basketball team had its season ended Monday with a 53-37 loss to Morgan Park Academy in the Class 1A Serena Regional.

The Panthers got into early foul trouble, which led to Morgan Park shooting 37 free throws.
Nolan Baumbach sank three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points, while Danny Pfaff added 10. L-E finishes the season 9-18.

LaMoille-Ohio game postponed
The LaMoille-Ohio boys basketball team’s Class 1A Erie Regional quarterfinal against Indian Creek was postponed Monday due to a power outage.

The Lions were trailing 21-7 after the first quarter when the game was suspended. The game will resume at 6 tonight.

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