Sports briefs for Nov. 6, 2013

Posted Nov. 06, 2013, at 5:32 p.m.

Volleyball showcase set at MMA Saturday

The Maine Volleyball Coaches’ Association will host its annual high school Senior Showcase at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine on Saturday.

The matches will feature the state’s top high school volleyball players and seeks to involve players from as many schools as possible, with 10 schools to be represented in the Class A game and eight schools in the Class B match.

The Class B match will start at 1 p.m., followed by the Class A match. Several awards will be presented by the MVCA following the games, including all-academic team awards and most valuable player honors for both classes.

Players selected to participate in the Class A match are Madeline Cook and Deandra Kanu of Mount Desert Island, Sophie Moore, Sarah Stacki and Emma O’Rourke of Cape Elizabeth, Jodie Derby, Lexi Foster, Jordynne Copp and Emily Warnock of Greely of Cumberland Center, Sam Robinson and Hallye Anderson of Gorham, Abby Mills, Mary Cleary and Lauren Piper of Scarborough, Riley Burfeind and Katrina Meserve of Falmouth, Hannah Johnson of Kennebunk, Marissa Ulmer and Ashley Boyle of Windham, and Bailey Cote of Biddeford.

Class B game participants are Amanda Preston, Brooke Beal, Jodie Wood and Karigan Scanlon of Machias, Keirstin Barker, Kassidy Seeley, Whitney Porter and Kaitlyn Carl of Washington Academy of East Machias, Melissa Huang and Jasmine Ross of Calais, Carlye Look of Jonesport-Beals, Alissa Campbell of Woodland, Frankie Couture and Karmen Kennedy of Narraguagus of Harrington, Maddie Maierhofer, Grace Mallett, Kristina Borderia and Hannah Elrich of Yarmouth, and Charlotte Esancy and SoHyun Jeon of North Yarmouth Academy,

Harzewski captures state bowling tourney

LEWISTON — Nate Harzewski of Dixmont recorded a five-game total of 884 to win a Maine State Junior Gold Bowlers tourney at Sparetime Recreation Center Saturday.

Harzewski captured the U20 title to earn a berth in the North Pointe National Junior Gold Championships in Buffalo next July.

Jakob Harzewski also earned a spot in the national tourney by winning the U15 tourney with a 764 total pinfall.

Both bowlers compete out of the Family Fun Bowling Center in Bangor.

Phillips named Texans’ interim coach

Wade Phillips is officially taking over as interim coach of the Houston Texans while Gary Kubiak recovers from an illness that hit him at halftime of Monday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The 66-year-old Phillips is the team’s defensive coordinator and no stranger to taking over the head-coaching duties on an interim basis. He served in that role in 1985 with the New Orleans Saints and again in 2003 with the Altanta Falcons. His record as an interim coach is 3-4.

Phillips also was head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys. His overall record is 83-66.

Phillips came to the Texans in 2011 after he was fired as head coach of the Cowboys.

Charges dismissed against Dodgers’ Puig

Reckless driving and speeding charges against Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig were dropped by prosecutors in Chattanooga, Tenn., the Chattanoogan reported Wednesday.

Puig was stopped in April when Chattanooga Police clocked him driving his car 97 mph in a 50 mph zone at 1 a.m. and going in and out of lanes. The police report stated that Puig was serving as the designated driver of the vehicle.

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