THE UKIAH DAILY JQUI WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18. 1998 COMMUNITY SPORTS DIGEST Softball league The City of Ukiah Community Services would like to announce the beginning of registration for the 1998 girls youth softball league. The league is open to girls in third through eighth grades and registration forms are available from the Civic Center on Seminary Avenue. ! The registration fee is $35 for •the first player from a family, $30 for the second and $25 for the third, and applications will be accepted until team limits are reached, which may be before the April 6 cutoff date. The league will run from April 27 through approx. June 6 and organizers are also looking for coaches. For more information, call Debbie Woodworth, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and from 2 to 5 p.m. Fridays, at 463-6201. I i Final Pony/Colt league i sign-ups I Final sign-ups for the Ukiah ; Pony and Colt leagues will be ; held at Big 5 Sporting Goods ! Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ! Softball meeting | The Ukiah Men's Softball ; Association will hold an organi- izational meeting at Right Stuff | Pizza, Tuesday March 24, at • 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in • playing this season is encour- I aged to attend. ! Tennis tournament i i The Deerwood Country Club Ji will hold its spring tennis tour- •hament on the weekends of .March 28/29 (doubles) and April ;4/5 (singles). •; Entry fees - $12 for singles, 1$15 for non-members and $20 ;per doubles team, $24 for non- 'rnembers - is due by Friday, and ;ivill include a tournament luncheon to held March 28 and April 4. For more information, call John at 459-6345. Russian River Run celebrates 20th anniversary Registration is currently being taken for the 20th annual Russian River Run, which is set for May 3.1. This year sees the return of (he marathon as well as a half- marathon, 8K run, 8K walk and kids 2K fun run. i For more information, call 462-3329, or e-mail email@example.com. UHS softball girls drop two in Healdsburg games SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY Baseball Cardinal Newman at Ukiah, 3:30 p.m. Tennis Clear Lake at Ukiah, 3:30 p.m. Track Willits at Fort Bragg, 3:30 p.m. Deep Valley at Upper Lake, 3:30 p.m. THURSDAY Baseball Mendocino Col. at Santa Rosa, 2:30 p.m. Willits at Tomales, 3:30 p.m. Kelseyville JVs at Ukiah Freshmen, 3:30 p.m. Softball Willits at Tomales, 3:30 p.m. Swimming Ukiah at Willits, 3:30 p.m. Golf Ukiah at santa Rosa, 3 p.m. Willits at Little River, 1 p.m. Tennis Willits at Calistoga, 3:30 p.m. By GLENN ERICKSON Journal Correspondent Ukiah's varsity softball girls fell victims to the sharp, fast-pitch hurling of Healdsburg's Courtney Piper on the Ukiah diamond Tuesday afternoon, getting just one hit, that in the last inning, in a 6-2 game won by the Lady Greyhounds. Meanwhile, on the junior varsity diamond, the fledgling Ukiah softball girls were beaten, 8-6, but chiefly by themselves on nine errors infield. Which leaves the Ukiah varsity (1-1) to get ready for the Cloverdale Invitational, at 2 p.m. Friday, with St. Bernard of Eureka; and the JV girls to work on ball-handling and mental as well as physical errors before they enter a Frosh/Soph tourney at Willits on Friday. The Ukiah junior varsity is 0-1 on the season. A clean single by Ukiah's Nina Ward in the seventh and final inning was the only hit given up by the Healdsburg varsity pitcher. "She pitched an excellent game. We had two or three chances to get something going offensively, but she rose to the occasion. In all she struck out four, walked two, and had good defense when needed," notes coach Bill Brunemyer. At that, only three of the six runs were earned. Molly McGehee yielded five hits, struck out four and walked four in five innings for Ukiah; and Nina Ward, destined to get Ukiah's only hit, worked two frames, gave up no earned runs, two hits, and walked two. Erin Furlong, Ukiah catcher, gunned down a Healdsburg runner trying to steal second, to help Ukiah's cause defensively. Cloverdale, which has had its share of NCS softball contenders over the years, will have such teams as McKinleyvjlle as well as St.Bernard's from the Humboldt- Del Ndrte area* St. Vincent's, from Petalutna, and other teams in its toiimey, as well as Ukiah. HEALDSBURG 8, UKIAH JV 6 Playing their first game of the season, the "very young" Ukiah junior varsity softball team did what many young (and even older) teams do their first game of the season, get nervous excited, throw the ball around or bobble it and make wrong, if split-second decisions, due to inexperience. Still, coach Tonya Sparkes, who also has been working with the varsity while Brunemeyer was guiding his varsity basketball girls, some of whom play softball, to the NorCal semi-firtals via a North Bay League Championship and North Coast runner-up path strewn with travel roadblocks. ' The Ukiah JV girls got an excellent first mound effort by Lia Clifton, a sophomore, who worked six innings, faced 36 batters, gave up just two hits, struck ont seven and walked four, and was hew responsible for just one of the Greyhound runs when all was said and done. If they didn't field or react quickly enough to defensive situations, leading to nine errors of omission as well as commission their first game, the Ukiah girls did swing their bats on offense. • the collected nine hits to somewhat counter their nine errors but came up short in the run department by two. Perusing her scorebook after the game, coach Sparkes found the following good SEE SOFTBALL, PAGE II \ Ukiah golfers win at home Barbara VnKoncellos/The DaUy Journal Kirby Farmer, number 4 seeded golfer for Ukiah High School, wins during game against Piner. Beat Finer 192-250 By GLENN ERICKSON Journal Correspondent Playing their first NBL match at home this season, the Ukiah High School golfing boys defeated visiting Piner of Santa Rosa on the Ukiah Municipal Golf Course front-nine Tuesday afternoon. The Tee Cats of coach Rowland Nielson, now 1-1 in North Bay League play after an opening loss to Newman in Santa Rosa, and a postponement, defeated Piner, 192-250, low score winning in golf. Today the boys travel to Santa Rosa's Bennett Valley layout to play Montgomery in a makeup match. Montgomery, which will be scored against Elsie Allen, its regularly scheduled opponent of the day, also will be scored against Ukiah as the three teams play at the same time in what amounts to a double-dual match for the host Vikings, and a makeup single dual for Ukiah,.. Meanwhile, the Ukiah golfing girlsrwlth no girls to play from Piner, will travel to Cobb Mountain in Lake County to play Kelseyville, a small-school tee team, in a non-league match today. The Ukiah girls are 0-1 on the season in the NBL after a loss to Ursuline, NBL/NCS golfing power, last week. Tuesday the Ukiah boys again were led by Kirby Farmer, who shot an even-par 34 on the Ukiah Municipal Golf Course's first nine holes of its 34-36 Par-70 course. (Pre-daylight savings matches are nine holes, those after DLS will be the usual 18.) Jaron Mack and Jason Vigil each shot 38. four-over; while Brandon Farmer and Shaun Brittain each carded 41; and Clint Andregg a throw-out sixth card of 42. Under the six-play, five-score NBL format. Some other golfers got in a nine-hole round, or less, as well. Joey Pomilia shot a 38; while Nate Garnero committed a golfing no-no in his practice round, hitting out-of-bounds, which would cost a penalty stroke. But he went and picked up his ball, calling for a DQ. UHS swimmers sweep in Santa Rosa They'll go on Thursday to meet rivals in Willits By GLENN ERICKSON Journal Correspondent Coach Lee Panttaja's Ukiah High School swimmers took three North Bay League victories from longtime swim rival Santa Rosa Tuesday afternoon in the Ukiahi pool. Thursday they run into another swim rival, neighboring Willits, at Willits, at 4 p.m., with the Wolverines getting a late but determined start in the NBL due to prolonged construction work on their pool, which delayed their conditioning and caused postponement of their own opening NBL swim last week. On a bitterly chilling, windy evening, after a sunny afternoon, the Ukiah swimmers took the measure of Santa Rosa in all three categories: Varsity Boys, 93-76; Varsity Girls, 110-75; and Junior Varsity (girls/boys), 111-56. Coach Panttaja was smiling at the good swims and at times lively competition in the pool Tuesday, even though he had to remind officials that Ukiah's They swam great, but I had to remind officials that they were not an official team. -Coach Lee Panttaja , 55 second 200-free relay team had to be technically DQed (disqualified). Because, due to illness and early-leave, two Ukiah girls scheduled to swim did not. So Talla Khoury and Katie Giacomini each swam two laps against one-each by all other swimmers on both teams. 'They swam great, but I had to remind officials that they were not an official team," added Panttaja. While divers of both teams served as point-scoring targets for the judging of diving judges learning their trade, Ukiah divers of coach Pat Keplinger took first, second and fourth in varsity girls; first and second in varsity boys; and first and fourth in JV diving, to account for 29 total points over three meets. Santa Rosa, once the ruler of NBL swimming, particularly in the days when now NBL Commissioner Elmer Brown was their coach, took first places in varsity girls in three individual events; four in varsity boys; and two in JV swims. All other firsts individually went Ukiah's way; as it did in most relay events. In varsity boys the competition was close most of the meet, with Santa Rosa leading much of the meet, even if only by a point or two, until the final six of 12 events. Ukiah individual winners included: Varsity Boys: Jason Cabral (200/100-free); James Cahall (diving); Ben Garnero (500- free, 100-back). Varsity Girls: Katrina Sinclair (200/100-free); Cassie Burris (200-individual medley, 100-breast); Ashley Schaeffer (diving); Maija Panttaja (500- free). Junior Varsity: Rachel Hiliard (200/100-free), Felice Hensley (diving); Merisa Piper (50-free), Amanda Nichols (500-free); A. Schnider (100-back); Ellie Richmond (100-breast). Winter Sports Awards given The Dally Journal In a between NCS-NOR CAL basketball squeeze on Monday night, Ukiah High School held its annual Block-U Winter Sports Awards Night in the Ukiahi cafetorium. . Highlight of the evening was naming of the Block-U Blanket Awards in basketball and wrestling, after scores of other honors were accorded athletes in their "winter" sports. Kyle Heath, who finished his brilliant and busy four-year starter career for the Ukiah High School varsity boys' basketball team as Ukiah and NBL all-time large-school scorer and numerous other records and honors, was presented the Block-U Blanket for 1998. He also ranks third highest Redwood Empire scorer from a large or small school.. Equally honored was Emily Smith, as outstanding in her sport as was Heath, Smith the leader of the varsity girls' basketball team in spirit as well as statistics, earned her All-NBL honors and final Block-U Blanket Award. Clint Brandt, who reached the North Coast Section level at 278-pounds, was the Block-U Blanket Award winner in wrestling this season. Ukiah again not only had many athletes earning Most Improved, Most Inspirational and other team or special Free Throw seasonal honors, but also a full share of 3.50 individual and 3.0 plus North Coast Section scholarship honors. McGee, Bowles eye Nationals By GLENN ERICKSON * Journal Correspondent Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo) wrestling coach Lennis Cowell and five of his top mat men, including Ukiah's Gan McG^e and Laytonville's Brian Bowles, Monday flew to Cleveland fo.r the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which start Thursday and end Saturday. '.' It will be the first time McGee, an athletic sophomore, or Bowles, a senior, have joined wrestling's "Big Dance," if yo<i will.. "Gan has been working his butt off in practice, and so hais Bowles," coach Cowell told the Daily Journal from his home Sunday. "I think he will do well, though he may not medal. But he is just a sophomore, and the experience will do him good.."« Bowles, a son of Lay tonville coach Dave Bowles, is a senior, and this will be his first, rather than his second NCAA champi? onship tournament. As it should be if he had not lost a year of wrestling eligibility through no fault of his own, when his trans-i fer credits were not all accepted by Poly. "Because we are entering Finals week, Brian, spent Sunday taking an examination so he would not miss it while on our trip. He's a good, strong, hardworking athlete with good* basics. We like him. It is a shame he lost that year. He has; defeated the nationally No. $ ranked 177-pound wrestler front Illinois; and he and Gan and oup other wrestlers should get some* wins and points for us. Maybe a- medal if they finish in the Top-8; or higher Saturday." tj While McGee is a compara-i tively inexperienced 278j! pounder who may not yet real*) ize how strong or good he cao| be if he explores his mat potenrj tial, the 6*10" Ukiahan did placej fourth in the Pac-10 Champi-i onships to qualify for th& Nationals. In a class dominate^ by Bakersfield's Steve Neafi rated the "best by test" of the* nation's 278-pounders. l\ Bowles placed third in thfe Pac-10 to join McGee and Call Poly teammates Craig Weljp! (150), Pac-10 champion; Davidj Wells (158), second in the PacJ*? 10; and Mike French (190), PacJ; lOchampion with a 26-6 season; record, enroute to Cleveland. *5 "This is the right time for3 Gan (McGee) to go to th$ Nationals, to learn what ij i'" like, to absorb as well as win a that he can, and then come bac stronger and even more deter mined the next two years Cowell points out. Ukiah's McGee follows i the NCAA footsteps of NCA/ two-time All-American Bre Colombini (167), who wrestl at Minnesota; Keith Lelan now a UHS mat and tracfcj coach, who won the NCA/f Division 2 National Champil onship at 190 pounds for Ca| Poly, some years ago; and Antol nio Lopez, UHS Counselor! who also wrestled at the nation? al level *?
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