Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 19, 1998 · Page 6
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNJ THURSDAY, MARCH 19. 1998 Ray Hamill, sports editor, 468-3518 COMMUNITY SPORTS DIGEST Final Pony/Colt league sign-ups 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. Tennis tournament The Deerwood Country Club will hold its spring tennis tournament on the weekends of March 28/29 (doubles) and April 4/5 (singles). Entry fees - $12 for singles, $15 for non-members and $20 per doubles team, $24 for nonmembers - is due by Friday, and will 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 i for May 31. ; This year sees the return of • the marathon as well as a half! marathon, 8K run, 8K walk and ; kids 2K fun run. Registration ! prices for participants who regis- ; ter before May 15 are $30 for the • marathon, $20 for the half- 1 marathon, $14 for th 8Ks and $2 • for the kids fun run. ', Anniversary t-shirts are also ; available for $6 while supplies ' last, and awards will be given ; out to both male and female run< ners in nine different age groups. I For more information, call 462• 3329, or e-mail rdysetgo@zap- ! com.net. ; Three-on-three tourney I The third annual Ukiah three'• on-three basketball tournament ; for boys and girls will be held • Saturday, April 4 at the Pomolita ', Gym. The tournament will feature ! four age divisions -10/11,12/13, ; 14/15 and 16/17 - and each team • will have four players. Registra- | tion fee is $50 per team and ' awards will be given to first and ; second place teams. 1 For more information, call : 462-8662, 485-8250 or 4850199. SCHEDULE THURSDAY Baseball Mendocino Col. at Santa Rosa, 2:30 p.m. Ukiah at Santa Rosa, 3:30 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 Wiljjts, 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. FRIDAY Baseball Willits vs, St, Bernards at Ukiah High School, 3:30 p.m. Deep Valley at Lower Lake, 3:30 p.m. Softball Ukiah varsity at Cloverdale Tournament Ukiah JVs/Willits/Deep Valley at Willits Tournament Owners overwhelmingly approve sale of Dodgers By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ending the era of family ownership, baseball owners today overwhelmingly approved the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers from Peter O'Malley to Rupert Murdoch's Fox Group. In approving the record sale for a sports franchise, valued ai about $350 million, owners disregarded the opposition of Murdoch's arch enemy, Ted Turner, vice- chairman of Time-Warner Inc., the Atlanta Braves' owner. "Fox will be a great contributor to the baseball industry," said O'Malley, who will remain as chair nan of the board. "I'm very proud they have agreed to step in and take the leadership of the Dodgers," he said. The vote by National League teams was 14-1 with one abstention, and 13-1 in the American League, according to sources close to the team and Fox. The votes against the sale were cast by Turner's Braves and thfl Chicago White Sox. The New York Mets abstained. Acting commissioner Bud Selig said Fox brings expertise as baseball's TV partner and in marketing. "I believe the synergism all the way around is very useful," Selig said. "They've been good partners with baseball, and I think that relationship spoke well of them as a potential partner, and I think that's what carried the day," said Texas Rangers president Tom Schieffer. The sale had been criticized because Fox, a division of Murdoch's News Corp., has national TV and cable contracts with baseball and has full or partial local rights to games involving 22 of the 30 teams. "They answered our questions about having the financial interest in 21 other clubs. That was our biggest concern," said Peter Magowan of the San Francisco Giants. O'Malley's family had controlled the Dodgers since Oct. 26, 1950, when the team was still in Brooklyn. O'Malley's father, Walter, moved the franchise to Los Angeles after the 1957 season, making major league baseball a coast-to-coast sport. The sale includes the team, Dodger Stadium, 300 acres surrounding the ballpark in downtown Los Angeles and training complexes in Vero Beach, Fla., and the Dominican Republic. O'Malley was the last of the family owners who dominated baseball during an era before it became a business. At one time, baseball was dominated by Stoneham (Giants), Carpenter (Phillies), Wrigley (Cubs), Griffith (Senators and Twins), Fetzer (Tigers), Galbreath (Pirates) and Yawkey (Red Sox). Murdoch's arrival completes the transformation. Previously, the Tribune Co. (Cubs), The Walt Disney Co. (Angels), Time Warner (Braves) and Interbrew SA (Blue Jays) had acquired teams. Turner attended an owners' meeting for the first time in nine years in an attempt to block the sale, speaking Wednesday for less than five minutes, according to several owners who spoke on the condition they not be identified. '»' He didn't break out any fiery rhetoric, instead taking a low-key approach of (Ait- lining Murdoch's possible legal conflicts of interest and questioning whether'-he would be a partner with the other owners. Turner's only question during today's meeting was whether Murdoch was a teal fan and how many baseball games -'he attended. •;' "I thought Ted Turner showed an extifa- ordinary amount of class," Selig said. ; Braves chairman Bill Bartholomay SSid Turner congratulated the Fox executives after the meeting and wished them well'.' Murdoch did not attend the meeting and is in Britain, according to Fox- spokesman Vince Wladika. :'•; Chase Carey. News Corp.'s co-crffef operating officer, met with several owrtdrs Wednesday to address their concerns. -^ In other news: -n' — Baseball's ownership committee gave preliminary approval to Don SmilSy, who is trying to put together a group''to buy the Florida Marlins. '. ? . The St. Mary'i 7th graders who clinched the CYO Div. Ill title with a 35-34 win over St. Elizabeth's in Healdsburg over the weekend. Pictured from left to right (back row) head coach Rick Teeters, Jack Piper, Jennifer Teeters, Tyler Pearson, Steven Espinoza, Shiloh Fernandez, Ryan Sperry, assistant coach Ron Pearson, Dustin Pedrotti (front row) Brian Phillips, Blake Boardman and Cory Era-McGarvey. St. Mary's clinch three CYO basketball championships The Dally Journal St. Mary's went three for three in championship matchups over the weekend, clinching CYO tjtles in 7th-grade Divisions I and III and 6th-grade Division II. The St. Mary's 7th-graders made it three straight titles, posting a 47-45 come-from- behind win over arch-rival St. Eugene's in Rincon Valley. Trailing by K midway through the third quarter, St. Mary's clinched a dramatic win with some preisure defense and clutch shooting from soth Carey Franklin and Scott Dent. "Our team never gave up," head coach Kevin Kelley said after the win. Andrew Huey scored a team-high 15 points in the win well as pulling in six rebounds, while Franklin and Dent each added 12 points. Chris Myers rebounds and grabbed a team-high eight icored two points, while Kelvin Kelley finished with six points. Former Tale Sonilia, Noah Larsen, Scott Welsh and Andrew Thomas all also contributed in the win, as did Brady baker, who finished with three rebounds. Over the past three years, this team has compiled an impressive 32-3 overall record, winning CYO titles in Div. II in 1996, as well as Div. I for the past two seasons. 7th-grade, Div. Ill Steven Espinoza's clutch free-throw shooting made the difference over the weekend, as St. Mary's defeated a previously unbeaten St. Elizabeth side 35-34 for the Div. HI title in Healdsburg. Espinoza finished with a team-high 17 points in the win, while Jennifer Teeters added eight and Ryan Sperry six. Head coach Rick teeters called the win "another great team effort." Cory Era-McGarvey and Blake Boardman each added two points in the win. 6th-grade, Div. II St. Mary's pulled off a huge upset with an emphatic 53-33 win over St. Peter's for the league championship in Cloverdale. And St. Mary's did it with a balanced performance with every player on the squad scoring for the game. Cameron McKnight finished with a team-high 16 points, eight of them in the fourth quarter, while John Talamo added eight and Richard Webb six. "Our terrific team-defense made the difference," St. Mary's coach Anthony Motta said after the win. Jed Sagehorn, Solomon Gonzales, Justin Lohse, Owen Knight and Webb all led the way defensively. Motta added that he was pleased with his squad's excellent teamwork and sportsmanship throughout the season. MVP Kevin Mitchell in minors trying comeback By ROB GLOSTEH AP Sports Writer PEORIA, Ariz — Applause echoes from a nearby stadium, where the major leaguers play. Here, on a field hidden behind the parking lots a bunch of minor leaguers try to prove they deserve a shot. Kevin Mitchel, once among baseball's most "eared hitters, steps to the plats. The former MVP is surrounded by kids half his age, all sharing his dream. Mitchell takes a called strike from Ryan Van Do Weg, who's a dozen years younger and five dozen pounds lighter than the hitter he's facing. Then Mitchell takes a half swing at a breaking ball for strike two. The third pitch is low and away, and Mitchell swings and misses. The catcher drops the ball, but Mitchell trips as he's heading to first and lands in the batter's box. The catcher tags him out as Mitchell smirks. "This is real hard. It's been a long time since I've been in the minor leagues," Mitchell said. "There's no motivation here at all, especially since you've got nobody in the bleachers getting on you. Hopefully I can get that intensity back. I had more intensity playing softball.'' Actually, there are six people in the stands on this sunny afternoon. Another couple is teaching their toddler how to walk on the grass behind the third base dugout. Mitchell is playing in the minors for the Oakland Athletics, trying to get another shot at the majors. He has not faced big- league pitching in nearly a year, since being released by the Cleveland Indians early last season. "AH I'm seeing is breaking balls. They know they're facing Kevin Mitchell and I put some numbers up," he said. "As bad .-"\ Ukiah boys suffer I first loss The Daily Journal „ Cardinal Newman racked up five runs in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday on the way,to a 7-1 win over Ukiah at Anton Stadium. ^ The Wildcats, 2-1 for the season, held the visitors scoreless for the opening three inning^, but took advantage of three errors and several mental mistakes to break open a tight gar/ne in the fourth. ,, All five scores in the inning were unearned. ."We took a step backwards this week," Ukiah head coac,h Dennis Busse said after the loss. "But sometimes you've got-to take a step back to take two forward." The Wildcats got some solid pitching from both Shajie Roberts and Conor Rustenhoyen and out-hit the Cardinals 9-6 'for the game, but lost the clash .on defense, committing six errpfs for the day. >J . t "We'll see how we respond from this," Busse said. The Wildcats return to action this afternoon, with a trip to ta'Ke on Santa Rosa. .', Despite the loss, Busse was happy with some of what he saw form his squad Wednesday. P <j "Rustenhoven looked real good at the plate and on th;e mound," the coach said. "A#d Shane pitched well, and we battled all the way through, we didn't give up." In addition to pitching a coy- pie of solid innings, Ruste'ii- hoven also finished with a couple of base hits, finishing 2x4~a]t the plate. j Mike Lombard! and Natfc Maxwell both also finished 2x8 for the game. j The Cardinals added to the^r tally with two more scores in th top of the seventh, before th Wildcats replied with their Ion score in the bottom half of th inning. as I want to hit, there's only one way I can get myself ready — I'm trying to swing at anything 1 can." Mitchell certainly did put up some numbers during a career that began as a rookie with the 1986 world champion New York Mets and included stops in San Diego, Sari Francisco, Seattle, Cincinnati, Boston, Cleveland and Japan. Mitchell, 36, hit 47 homers and had 125 RBIs with the Giants in 1989 and was the NL's MVP. He hit .341 for the Reds in 1993 and .326 the following year for Cincinnati. Lady j Bearcats openj with a win The Daily Journal The Lady Bearcats got thei^ season off to a winning start Tuesday with a 4-3 win over Lower Lake at Potter Valley, i The Bearcats took advantage of some quality pitching to ovgrj- come the Lady Trojans, wfth senior Alison Freeman tossing a two-hitter for the win. ' "It was our first outing and it was a good outing for us," head coach Fred Austin said aft^wards. "We were able to hangfy for the win and I was ri&l pleased with the girls." Freeman, a third-year van player, pitched all seven inni: for the Bearcats, giving up See BEARCATS, Page 8

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