Buzzer beater pushes Niles North to victory

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Buzzer beater pushes Niles North to victory

By Dan Shalin
YourSeason.com

Niles North junior Billy Voitik tipped in teammate Malachi Nixs missed three-pointer at the buzzer to give the visiting Vikings a dramatic 56-54 win over Glenbrook North on Friday night in Northbrook.The Vikings (13-5, 4-2) trailed by 11 points, 29-18, at halftime and by as many as 14 early in the third quarter.But Niles North stormed back and took a brief 41-40 lead in the third.Glenbrook North junior Kurt Karis hit a three-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer to put the Spartans (13-4, 4-2) up 43-41 entering the fourth.The lead went back and forth in the final quarter. The Vikings had a chance to put the game away with some late free throws, but did not convert.The contest was tied at 54-54 when Nix (team-high 18 points) launched a 35-foot three pointer in the waning seconds. He missed, but Voitik was there to be the hero.We played a great second half. It was a really disappointing in the first half, Niles North head coach Glenn Olson said. We figured some things out in the second half. It also helps when youre making shots.We had some good looks in the first half, but they didnt go down. We really challenged the kids at halftime to focus on what we believe in as a team. We were able to go out and do a much better job in the second half, and the scoreboard reflected that.Niles North hosts Mather at 6 p.m. Saturday. Glenbrook North returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when they host Prospect.

Trevor van Riemsdyk on the move hours after being selected by Vegas in expansion draft

Trevor van Riemsdyk on the move hours after being selected by Vegas in expansion draft

Less than 14 hours after being taken by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft, Trevor van Riemsdyk is already on the move.

The Golden Knights have traded the 25-year-old defenseman to the Carolina Hurricanes, where he will reunite with former Blackhawks teammates Scott Darling, Joakim Nordstrom and Teuvo Teravainen. Carolina also receives a 2018 seventh-round pick in exchange for a 2017 second-rounder.

Vegas general manager George McPhee made it known that he was going to draft "a lot" of defensemen Wednesday night, and he did just that with van Riemsdyk being one of 13 blue liners selected. Because of that, it makes players like van Riemsdyk expendable, giving McPhee the opportunity to collect assets by trading some of them and using the returns on other parts of the roster.

Van Riemsdyk joins an up-and-coming Hurricanes team that has a young, promising defensive corps featuring 25-year-old future All-Star Justin Faulk, 20-year-old Noah Hanifin, who was the No. 5 overall pick in 2015, and 23-year-old Jaccob Slavin, who has emerged into of their best defensemen.

Van Riemsdyk has one year left on a deal that carries a $825,000 cap hit, and is set to become a restricted free agent next summer.

Shakeup: Cubs planning to demote Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa and put Jason Heyward on DL

Shakeup: Cubs planning to demote Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa and put Jason Heyward on DL

MIAMI - The Cubs are preparing for a major shakeup that would send struggling World Series hero Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa and put Gold Glove outfielder Jason Heyward on the disabled list.

Stuck in a 36-35 pattern but still only 1.5 games out of first place, the Cubs are expected to add outfielder Mark Zagunis and reliever Dylan Floro from Iowa before Thursday night's game at Marlins Park.

Schwarber will try to regain his confidence on a Triple-A level he almost skipped while skyrocketing through the farm system as the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft. While still showing flashes of the power (12 homers) that made him a Wrigleyville favorite, his .171 batting average ranked last among qualified big-league hitters this season.

Unable to grip a bat, Heyward has been waiting for a nasty cut on his left hand to heal after trying to make a diving catch on Sunday in PNC Park's foul territory.

For a banged-up Cubs team, Heyward would join a World Series MVP (Ben Zobrist) and a Cy Young Award finalist (Kyle Hendricks) on the disabled list.