Soorts THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL. FRI. MARCH 20-SAT.. MARCH 21. 1998 Ray He sports editor, 468-3518 COMMUNITY SPORTS DIGEST Wrestling tournament The Ukiah freestyle club will hold the Coastal Mountain Division tournament at the Ukiah High School gymnasium Saturday. The tournament, which will feature freestyle and greco wrestling, will get under way at 10 a.m., with weigh-ins running from 6:30 to 8 a.m. 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 Woodworm, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and from 2 to 5 p.m. Fridays, at 463-6201. 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. Sports Attic basketball tourney The llth annual Sports Attic basketball tournament is set for April 4 and 5 and will benefit the Ukiah High School baseball program. All teams are assured of at least two games and the entry fee is $165. The tournament will be held at Ukiah High School. MVPs will be named for each game in the tournament and will each receive vouchers for the Sports Attic. For more information, call Rick Cleland at 4631706. Soccer camp Joe Machnik's No. 1 Goalkeeper Camp and No. 1 Striker Camp will be held at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park from July 19-24 and from July 25-30, respectively. For a free brochure and CD Rom, call 1-800-MACHNIK. Santa Rosa rallies to beat Eagles Mendocino blows late lead for second straight game The Daily Journal The Eagles blew a lead late in the game for the second time in three days Thursday, on the way to a 10-4 loss at Santa Rosa Junior College. With an upset of the league-leading Bear Cubs within reach, Mendocino gave up seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, falling to their second straight loss and their fourth in five games. "We didn't play very well," head coach Kevin Smallcomb said afterwards. "It was just a ridiculous inning." SCHEDULE FRIDAY Baseball Mendocino Col. at Napa, 2:30 p.m. 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 SATURDAY Baseball Mendo. Col. at Contra Costa, 1 p.m. Ukiah freshmen at Fort Bragg JVs, 11 a.m. Softball Willits, Deep Valley/Ukiah JVs at Willits Tournament. Ukiah varsity at Cloverdale Tournament Track Ukiah at Humboldt, 9 a.m. Mendocino did get another solid pitching performance from Jesse Bussard, who held the home side to just one score in the opening five innings. But it wasn't enough for Mendocino which fell to 4-6 in Bay Valley Conference play and 7-11 for the year. "Jesse pitched pretty well and we did not play well behind him," Smallcomb said. "We didn't even give him a chance to win." The Eagles have struggled on both sides of the ball in their recent games, failing to get much going at the plate and suffering from inconsistent fielding on defense. On Tuesday, Mendocino led Diablo Valley 5-4 in the eighth, but gave up five unanswered runs and ended up losing 9-5. "Offensively we're not executing at all," Smallcomb said of his side, which managed six hits Thursday. : "We're not getting any big hits, we're just getting what the other team gives us. We're not executing on offense and defense and until we do, we won't get it turned around." The Eagles have been fielding just .870 as a team this year and have been averaging close to four errors a game. Against the league-leading Bear Cubs (9-2), Mendocino committed five errors and Santa Rosa's opening four scores were all unearned. On a bright note for Mendocino has been the pitching. One of the team's preseason concerns, the pitching staff has rise to the occasion in most games, but has not received much in the way of support on defense. Even without No. 1 starter Jarod Wilson, out indefinitely with a back injury, the Eagles' pitching staff has looked impressive at times, with Matt Nielsen,: Bussard and Jason Husky all stepping up. "I just hope it's like Rip Van Winkle," Smallcomb said. "I hope we wake up in time, because the season is passing us by. "But I think we'll get better as we play." The next week of action will be crucial for the Eagles, with four matchups scheduled. The Eagles travel to second-placed. Napa (6-4) this afternoon for a make-up game, followed by a trip to Contra Costa Saturday. The Eagles then return home to face Laney and Los Medanos next week, two teams that defeated the Eagles in the first round of league play. Ray HamUI/rtie Dally Journal Ukiah junior Cassie Burris clinched first place in the 200IM at Willits High School Thursday in a time of 2:23.09. Wildcat swimmers continue to roll Ukiah boys and girls beat Willits in NBL meet By RAY HAMILL The Daily Journal The Wildcats had little difficulty overcoming the Wolverines in a swim meet at Willits High School Thursday afternoon, with the boys, girls and JVs all recording victories. Both Ukiah varsity boys and girls improved to 2-0 in North Bay League action, with 108-50 and 102-47 victories, respectively, while the JVs won out 112-34. "Everybody swam well, it was a good solid team effort," Ukiah head coach Lee Panttaja said of his squad, which placed first in every event except the diving, won by Willits senior Daniel Bartholomew. Both Ukiah and Willits teams have been perennial NBL contenders in recent years, but both teams are headed down different courses this year. While the Wildcats appear to be headed for another serious championship challenge again this season, the Wolverines, with few experienced returners on hand, are looking at an experience-building season. But despite the young and Ukiah's Ashley Shaeffer pictured in action during the diving competition. relatively inexperienced squad lowed by a broken heater, all of which left the Wolverines side- on hand, Willits head coach Lou Meier likes what he's seeing from his team. "We did well for the team that I have," Meier said after Thursday's meet. "We have a bunch of rookies that have only been in the pool for four days." The Wolverines' preparations for the season were hampered somewhat with a broken pump at the Willits pool fol- lined until this week. "The kids have made a tremendous improvement just this week," Meier said. Bartholomew, Jason Whitney and Brian Yoxall are the only returning boys with any sort of experience at Willits this year, while senior Elle Hansen returns to anchor the girls team. Whitney recorded a personal best (55.48 seconds) in the 100 freestyle Thursday, finishing second to Ukiah's Ben Garnero (52.73). Garnero has been one of the Wildcats' most dominant performers so far this season, clinching victories in both the 100 and 200 free at Willits. The Ukiah boys finished third in the NBL last year, just two and a half points out of first. But with some depth and speed on the squad in 1998, the Wildcats could claim top place this year. Panttaja likes what he's seen from his squad so far this year, with some quality depth in the Ukiah pool. "I think we've got a lot of really strong swimmers," he said. "Depth only means something if the kids are pretty fast. Just having numbers isn't enough." Both Panttaja and Meier also liked what they saw from some of their younger swimmers Thursday. "I could list just about every swimmer on the team," Panttaja said. "From top to bottom, it was a team win." Meier, meanwhile, used some of his younger and less experienced swimmers in some of the longer distances, and a couple of them came through with some impressive times. Freshmen Milo Hulse- Stephens and Kiley Boettcher See SWIMMING, Page 7 Wildcats blank Santa Rosa The Daily Journal The Wildcats improved to 3-1 ; in North Bay League play . Thursday afternoon, blanking the Panthers 5-0 at Santa Rosa. ' Left-handed pitcher Tim Johnson tossed a two-hit shutout > over six plus innings to lead Ukiah on the mound, striking out seven batters and walking six for the win. "We did real well," head coach Dennis Busse said. "Our attitude was good, and our approach was good." The Wildcats, who have shutout their opponents in all three wins this season, took the , lead in the top of the first and added to it with scores in the • fifth, sixth and seventh. Conor-; Rustenhoven, who came in to relief Johnson with runners on "first and second in ; the bottom of the seventh, ; secured the win after striking out : the first batter and getting the second to hit into a double play. Santa Rosa fell to 2-2 in NBL play. "(Defensively), we played well," Busse said. "We started out a little shaky right at the beginning, but after that we regained our composure and confidence." : Tim Keffeler and David Solda : led the way offensively for ' Ukiah, with both finishing 2x3 at • the plate. Keffeler finished with | a triple, while Solda added a . double and an RBI. ; In addition to his pitching : duties, Rustenhoven also fin- : ished with a base hit and an RBI, ' while Dan Heller went 1x4 with : a double, Tim Bogner went 1x3 ' with a double and an RBI, and Ben Pattee went 1x3. Mike Lombardi was held hit- : less at the plate, but finished with two RBIs for the day. Ukiah golfers even record at 2-2 By GLENN ERICKSON Journal correspondent Ukiah high school golfing boys evened their North Bay League dual match record at 2-2 Thursday afternoon, with a 21- stroke team victory over Santa Rosa on the West course at Oakmont in Santa Rosa. Shaun Brittain and Brandon Farmer shared medal honors for the day with cards of 39, one- stroke lower than Santa Rosa's Tim Pollard on the Par 36 course. Kirby Farmer (41), Ben Fritts (42), and Clint Andregg (44) scored for Ukiah, with the 45 of Nate Garnero the throw-out score. The Ukiah girls, meanwhile, had no game Thursday, but traveled to Cobb Mountain Wednesday for a practice round with Kelseyville. Ukiah's Nicole Winiger led the Ukiah girls with a 49 over nine holes, followed by Golda Tanlimco and Andrea Fowler at 51, Andrea Petsch at 56 and Beth Lewis at 59.
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