Sports briefs | Southeast girls basketball coach John Harder finishes third in national poll

March 13, 2014 

Girls basketball: Harder third in national poll

Southeast girls basketball coach John Harder took third in USA Today's poll for the best coach in the nation.

Harder recorded 265,516 votes to finish behind winner Jesse Nelson of Olpe (Kan.) High (513,293 votes) and runner-up Tim Miller of Hazel Green (Ala.) High (274,036).

Harder led the Noles to the Class 5A state title this year, his third in 30 years at the school, and has more than 700 career victories.

Juco baseball: Polk State rolls over SCF

BAYSHORE GARDENS -- The Polk State baseball team dropped State College of Florida to 3-3 in Suncoast Conference play by scoring five runs in the top of the first inning and strolling to a 15-2 victory at Robert C. Wynn Field.

Chase Sandberg led the Manatees (16-8) by going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run.

Prep baseball: Manatee junior varsity upends Palmetto

BRADENTON -- Garret Richelieu pitched five scoreless innings, and Matt Mackey and Collin Moore each had two hits as the Manatee junior varsity ripped visiting Palmetto 10-2.

Richelieu allowed just three hits for the Hurricanes (5-3-1). Eric Crawford homered, and Seth Miller, Richelieu and A.J. Colagiovanni doubled.

NHL: Streaking Bruins beat Canadiens

MONTREAL -- Carl Soderberg, Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic scored in the second period and the Boston Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 for their sixth straight victory.

ELSEWHERE -- Chris Higgins had the only goal in the shootout and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2, rebounding from a third-period collapse in their last game.

Tennis: Anderson, Raonic, Federer win at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Kevin Anderson upset Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-1 in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday, joining Milos Raonic in sending home two top-10 players.

Anderson advanced to the quarterfinals against four-time tournament champion Roger Federer, who beat 11th-seeded Bradenton resident Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-4.

Sixth-ranked Andy Murray joined Wawrinka on the sidelines, losing to the big-serving Raonic, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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