AROUND THE HORN
Salem opener rescheduled
SALEM — The Springfield Local at Salem boys basketball opener on Tuesday has been rescheduled due to Springfield advancing to the football state championship game.
The basketball game will be held Dec. 21 with the junior varsity game beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Quakers to start at 6
SALEM – Today’s United at Salem girls basketball game will begin at 6 p.m. with a two-quarter jayvee game.
Slippery Rock moves on
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Jermaine Wynn Jr. tied the NCAA Division II playoff record for receptions and the eighth-ranked Slippery Rock University football team outscored Shepherd University 28-7 over the last 18 minutes to pull away for a 51-30 victory in the second round of the playoffs Saturday in front of 1,385 fans at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.
Wynn Jr. caught 18 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns, breaking the school single-game record and tying the Division II playoff record.
Slippery Rock quarterback Roland Rivers III completed 31 of 47 passes for 416 yards and four touchdowns, while Kutztown quarterback Tyson Bagent was 30-of-42 passing for 413 yards and four touchdowns.
Redshirt freshman Peyton Remish, a former South Range High School All-Ohioan, recorded one solo tackle for Slippery Rock.
The Rock improve to 12-0 on the year, tying the school record for wins in a season. Slippery Rock advances to the quarterfinals for the second straight year and will host 13th-ranked Notre Dame (Ohio) at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 in a rematch of last year’s regional final.
Bama drops out of top 5
Alabama dropped to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll, snapping the Crimson Tide’s record streak of 68 appearances in the top five.
The top four teams in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank were unchanged, with LSU at No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia.
The Buckeyes gained on LSU after their blowout victory at Michigan, receiving 19 first-place votes. The Tigers had 40, down 10 from last week. Clemson received three first-place votes.
Utah moved up to No. 5, followed by Oklahoma, Florida and Baylor.
The Crimson Tide lost to Auburn in a wild Iron Bowl on Saturday to give it two regular-season losses for the first time since 2010. The four-spot drop by Alabama broke a string of top-five appearances that began Nov. 8, 2015.
The week before the Tide’s run started it had been seventh, and it had been as low as 12th earlier that season.