Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 7, 2004 · Page 9
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SPORTS SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2004 - A-9 LOCAL SPORTS CALENDAR PREP BOYS GOLF •Ukiah at Antioch Tmtrtiament. 8 JC BASEBALL •Los Medanos College al Mendocino, 2:30 p.m. PREP SOFTBALL •Ukiah at Cloverdale (scrimmage), 3:30 p.m. (V/JV) PREP SWIMMING AND DIVING •Santa Rosa at Ukiah, 4 p.m. PREP BOYS GOLF •Finer at Ukiah, 3:30 p.m. (9 holes) COMMUNITY SPORTS DIGEST Ukiah Lions Itoiith Football and Cheer Awards Night The Ukiah Lions Youth Football and Cheer Awards Night will be held March 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ukiah High School Cafetorium. ' The Awards Night is for all participants in the program and their families. CYO basketball playoffs Ukiah High School will host a series of CYO basketball playoff games on March 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special Oympics Benefit Dinner The Mendocino County Special Olympics will be holding a benefit dinner at Mario's Ristorante Italiano in Redwood Valley on March 10 (5-8:30 p.m.). Make reservations early by calling /Chris at 468-3800. Seating is limited. •*.. Savings Bank St. Patrick's Day Scramble The 50th annual Savings Bank St. Patrick's Day Scramble Golf Tournament is slated for March 13 at Ukiah Municipal Golf Course. The entry fee is $35 and registrants form their own teams. The first 20 teams of five members will play. All proceeds benefit St. Mary's School. Lunch will be catered, by the St. Mary's School eighth- grade parents immediately .following the tournament in the Todd Grove Room. Tee time is set for 8:30 a.m. (shotgun start). Over $1,000 in team prices will be up for grabs. For more information, contact Paul Shimmin at 4626613. Pony/Colt League tryouts The Ukiah Pony and Colt baseball leagues will be holding trvouts for Pony teams (13-l,4-ye8r-olds) on -S4tur4ay, March 13, and Sunday, March 14, beginning , at 10 a-m. each day. In thp event of rain, there wjp?b£>Qne tryout held on Saturday, March 20. Anyone who has not signed up and wishes to do so may dolt then. For more information, cohtaetKris at 468-3800. Girls Youth Softball League >v The City of Ukiah Community Service spartment's 2004 Girls Mh jSoftball availab tion 5.Ne»d-jb ayajlab] See DIGEST, fag* AM PREP WRESTUNC | CIF STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP Disappointment for Ukiah at state meet .leffCnsperMn/Dally Journal Ukiah coach Adam Aikman (right) and assistant coach Brett Colomblnl look on nervously as heavyweight Jacob Chavez battled Modoc's Corey Bell In Saturday morning's fourth-round consolation match. .left Caspersen/Dally Journal Ukiah senior Jacob Chavez struggles versus Modoc.s Corey Bell in Saturday morning,s fourth-round consolation match. Chavez falls short of placing By JEFF CASPERSEN, Jr. The Daily Journal BAKERSFIELD - Ukiah senior Jacob Chavez fell a match short of a guaranteed top 8 finish at Day 2 of the California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships at Bakersfield's Centennial Garden, suffering a consolation loss to Palo Verde Modoc senior Corey Bell (13-2 decision) Saturday. Qualifying for state is an accomplishment in its own right. Still, Chavez wanted more. Now he'll hit the weight room hard in preparation for next year, which he plans on spending at Santa Rosa Junior College competing in both football and wrestling. Ukiah coach Adam Aikman saw two of his wrestlers oust- ed from the championships on Friday - 103-pounder Justin Dygert and 160-pounder Tim Ramos. Though no one placed, the sixth-year coach realizes just getting to state is an honor. "I,m sure they're all disappointed," Aikman said. "But they all had a great season. It's a great accomplishment just to get here." Just about anything can happen when wrestlers of this caliber convene. "Sometimes, it's just who has a better day," noted Aikman, who firmly believed Chavez had the talent and ability to place. "You've refll- ly got to be on here." The coach also like the state meet's new home, which replaced the University of the Pacific's Spanos Center. UOP hosted the CIF championships from 1987 until last year. ; "I think Centennial Garden is a great facility," Aikman lauded. "It handles the huge crowds better than the Spanos Center." I NETS 78. WARRIORS 74 Kidd-less Nets still too much for Warriors ANG tile photo Warriors #3 Cliff Robinson drives around Nets #6 Kenyon Martin during Friday nights game in Oakland.. Golden State in control of game until the last two minutes By GREG BEACH AM The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — With Jason Kidd out of action, the New Jersey Nets got most of their big assists on defense. Richard Jefferson scored 23 points and the Nets made a late rally for their second victory in three games without their injured point guard, beating the slumping Golden State Warriors 78-74 Friday night. The Nets trailed the entire game until Lucious Harris' jumper gave them a 75-74 lead with 1:58 left. But on nearly every possession of the final four minutes, something occurred to highlight the playoff-tested Nets' cohesion — or to point out the young Warriors' growing pains. While New Jersey rallied to win in those final four minutes, Golden State was held scoreless. The Nets played superb team defense in the second half, starting with a full-court press and finishing by forcing Jason Richardson's turnover with 5 seconds left. "Defense is our offense, without a doubt," said New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank, who improved to 16-3. "We are not the greatest shooting team, but the key is that you have to know who you are." Kidd had hoped to return in front of his hometown Oakland fans, but instead missed his third straight game with/a bruised left knee. After having lunch with his mother and sister, Kidd went through an energetic workout before the game. On the sideline, the seven- time All-Star jumped up and cheered with his teammates — even signaling for a first down after one Golden State turnover. "I think it's going in the right direction," Kidd said. "Those guys cheer for me when I'm out there. That's what makes this team so special." ' Jefferson, who made an acrobatic layup with 1:22 left, could see the difference between the teams. "Our experience," he said. "Every guy that was out on that floor has played in the NBA Finals the last two years. When it comes down to it, you know to pick it up. You know how to play. You know that you've got to talk on every single situation. "We've got experience together. I think that's where our teamwork really showed in the last two minutes." Richardson scored 22 points and Mike Dunleavy had 20 for the Warriors, who lost their fourth straight. The Nets were whistled for a shot-clock violation with 5:9 seconds left, but Richardson — under heavy pressure — accidentally kicked the bafll out of bounds on the inbounds play. Kerry Kittles, VvHo scored 17 points, hit one frSe throw to clinch it. Both teams were missing key injured players in a physical, low-scoring game. J The Warriors have been beset by injuries all season, but the absence of poiftt guards Speedy Claxton and Nick Van Exel has cost them any cohesion on offense. The 6-foot-9 Dunleavy started qt point guard, and rookte Mickael Pietrus went scoreless his first NBA start i)t small forward. !$ "You can see what happens when New Jersey is withont Jason Kidd," Warriors coaofci Eric Musselman said. "Th^ become discombobulatejd quickly without him on tile court. But without our tv$> point guards and (forwa^l Troy) Murphy, you really can't fault our kids. They continue to play hard." ^ Notes: All-Star Kenyop Martin had just nine points. .>. Nets G Brandon Armstrong, an East Bay native, got som£ rare playing time. He scored four points in 12 minutes ana was on the floor in the finaj seconds. fflMOR UAGIIE MSEMU | CUBS 5, CMNTS 3 Good day for Cubs' Goodwin MESA, Ariz. (AP) — This is why the Chicago Cubs want Tom Goodwin. Goodwin singled, hit an RBI triple and stole a base Saturday as the Cubs won 53, beating the San Francisco Giants for a second straight day. Juan Cruz worked two scoreless hinings. Goodwin, 35, was a key part of Chicago's playoff run last season, hitting a team-best .345 as a pinch- hitter. He re-signed in December, and is expected to pinch hit and back up center fielder Corey Patterson. With most of the regulars getting the day off Saturday, Goodwin got a rare start. He led off the first inning with an infield single, beating Giants pitcher Jerome Williams to the bag. He took second on Todd Walker's groundom, then stole third and scored, on Todd Hollandsworth's grounder to first. Goodwin added a run- scoring triple to right-center in the second inning. Alex Gonzalez also had a pair of RBIs for the Cubs, and David Kelton had a run- scoring double as the Cubs jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Cruz was expected to be Chicago's fifth starter until Greg Maddux signed, and now finds himself battling for a spot in the bullpen. Cruz has spent much of the past three seasons with the Cubs and their Triple-A team in Iowa. Cruz gave up singles to Jeffrey Hammonds and Edgardo Alfonzo in the first inning but worked out of trouble. In the second, he gave up a one-out single to Todd Linden but retired Cody Ransom on a popout and got Giants pitcher Jerome Williams on a called third strike to end the inning. Cruz struck out one and walked nobody. LaTroy Hawkins earned his first save of the spring for the Cubs. "I don't worry," Cruz said. "Wherever they send me, I'm just have to keep doing my job, showing everybody I can pitch." Williams worked two innings and gave up four hits and three runs for San Francisco. He walked one and did not strike out a batter. Nathan Haynes homered for the Giants. Notes: Maddux makes his 2004 debut with the Cubs on Sunday when he pitches a split-squad game against the Royals. Maddux, who signed with the Cubs as a free agent last month, began his career with the Cubs but left for Atlanta as a free agent after the 1992 season. PREP TENNIS | MONTGOMERY 6, UKIAH 1 Ukiah loses opener Barth keeps Ukiah from sweep Daily Journal UKIAH - The Ukiah High School Boys Tennis team lost its opener against visiting Montgomery 6-1 on Friday, March 5. Nate Barth, playing fourth singles recorded the only win for Ukiah defeating his opponent in two sets, 6-4/6-3. Kenny Jackson playing second singles put on a good showing, taking the first set 7-5, but then losing the next two, 6-2/7-5. First singles player, Matt Geniert lost his match in two sets 6-0/6-2. All three doubles players lost their matches. Ukiah's next' match is this Wednesday, March 10, at home against Cardinal Newman. Amy WellnUz/UaUy Jourini Matt Gerner returns a serve Iq first singles action Friday afternoon. Gerner lost h|i match 6-0/6-2. 3

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