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6 - FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2004 SPORTS I'REP BASEBALL •Ukiah al Santa Rosa, MOn.m. (V/JV) •Fi. Bragg JV at Ukiah frtreh, 3:?0 p.m. •Upper Lake at Potter Valley, 3:30 p.m. PREP SOFI BALI. •(March 12-13) Potter Valley al Willits Tourney I'RKP BOYS TENNIS •Ukiah al Santa Rosa, 3 p.m. .1C BASEBALL •Mcntlocino at Contra Costa College, I p.m. .1C SOFTBALL •(March 13-14) Mcndocino al Oavilan Tournament •(March 12-13) Potter Valley at Willits Tourney PREP SOFTBALL •Arcata al Ukiah varsity, 10 a.m. llenldsburg at Ukiah, I p.m. (V/JV) PREP TRACK & FIELD •Ukiah al Leprechaun Classic, 9 a.m. CLUB LACROSSE •Ukiah at Rancho Cotaic, Noon UKIAH SPEEDWAY •Molocross race, I p.m. (S.S. dou- lilc points) COMMUNITY SPORTS DIGEST 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 prizes will be up for grabs. For more information, contact Paul Shimmin at 4626613. ^Wildcat Wrestling Club The Wildcat Wrestling Club, open to athletes 6 years old and higher, is holding practices on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Ukiah High School gym from 6 to 8 p.m. Interested individuals looking to work on their skills can sign up on site. Pony/Golt League tryouts The Ukiah Pony and Colt baseball leagues will be holding tryouts for Pony teams (13-14-year-olds) on Saturday, March 13, and Sunday, March 14, beginning al 10 a.m. each day. In the event of rain, there will be one tryout held on Saturday, March 20. Anyone who has not signed up and wishes to do so may do it then. For more information, contact Kris at 468-3800. UHS Awards Night Ukiah High School is hosting its winter sports awards night at 7 p.m. on March 15 in the school cafetorium. Girls Youth Softball League The City of Ukiah Community Service Department's 2004 Girls Youth Softball League will be getting underway soon. Participants may register individually and will be placed on teams according to their grade level, League play begins in early April and will run through May. Each team will play at least 10 games. Cost is $45 per player (sibling discounts are avauftblp). Registration; 'deadline is March 15. Nee4 T feased scholarships are avaJJ^jle (proof of income required): Registration forms are available at the City of Ukiah, For more information, call 463-6712. Co-ed Volleyball League The City of Ukiah Community Service See DIGEST, Page 7 COLLEGE BASKETBAIL | PAC-10 TOURNAMENT Ducks upend Cal in first-round tourney bout Freshman Brooks comes up big down the stretch By JOHN NADEL The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Oregon's seniors did most of the scoring against California. But it was a freshman, Aaron Brooks, who scored the biggest points. Luke Jackson had 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Brooks scored five straight points down the stretch Thursday as Oregon beat the Golden Bears 87-82 in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament. Andre Joseph and James Davis added 19 points each for the Ducks (15-11), who will face top-seeded Stanford in Friday night's semifinals at Staples Center. The second-ranked Cardinal (27-1) beat Washington State 68-47 in Thursday's opener. Jackson, Joseph and Davis are all seniors. Joseph equaled his career high while Davis fell two points shy of his career best against Cal. "All year long ve felt like this was a good basketball team and we could get back in rhythm," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. "I felt like we did everything right in the last three minutes." The Ducks outscored Cal 12-6 after two free throws by Leon Powe with three minutes remaining gave the Bears a 76-75 lead. Brooks, the Ducks' starting point guard, was sidelined for 10 games over a six-week span after breaking a bone in his right wrist Jan. 4. "We're all confident he can get the ball up the floor without a turnover every time," Jackson said. "It's nice to have him, back." The Ducks are seeded fifth — just like last year when they won the tournament. They have won three straight games after losing four in a row. Now, in Stanford, they face one of the country's best teams who beat them twice during the regular season, overcoming a 19-point second-half deficit for an 83-80 victory in the first game between the teams. "We're going to have to executive offensively and take good shots," Jackson said. "On the defensive end, we're going to have to be accountable on every possession. If we do that, I think we'll be right there in the game." Said Kent: "I feel like our energy is back and our legs are back. We're going to need that energy tomorrow — every ounce of it." Amit Tamir scored a season-high 24 points and Powe, the Pac-10's freshman of the year, added 20 points and nine rebounds for fourth-seeded California (13-15). The Bears finished their season by losing three straight games and six of eight. "They're a big-shot team," Bears coach Ben Braun said of Oregon. "We made some great runs in the second half. Give Oregon credit — they knocked down some big 3-point shots." Oregon, which averages over nine 3-pointers per game to rank sixth nationally, went 13-of-26 from beyond the arc. JC BASEBALL I Mendocino College 10, laney College 0 Eagles catch a break, notch a win Crazy ninth lifts Mendo to victory By JEFF CASPERSEN The Daily Journal UKIAH — What appeared to be an extra-innings forcing double play manifested into a game-winning sacrifice fly, lifting host Mendocino College to a 10-9 baseball win over Laney College Thursday. With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, the Eagles' Phillip Lopez floated a shot to left field that had sacrifice fly written all over it. The ball was received cleanly — recording the inning's second out — and fired plate-ward in a desperate effort to gun down Junior Contreras, who began Lopez's at-bat at third. The ball was cut off near third base, where a sweeping tag was placed on Josh Craig, who was attempting to take third on the sacrifice. Out No. 3? Extra innings? Not quite. Instead, the home plate umpire ruled Contreras crossed the plate before Craig was tagged out, fueling a raucous uproar from the Laney College dugout. Iffy as the play may have been, Mendocino coach Matt Gordon is just happy to nab a win. "It was an excellent win," said the second-year coach. "We needed something to go our way." The Eagles fought valiantly just to be in a position to win late in the ball- game, scrapping back from a 6-2 fifth- inning deficit. A three-run home run by Junior Contreras in the bottom of the fifth got the ball rolling and three more Eagle runs in the sixth put the hosts on top 8-6. The teams matched runs in the seventh before Laney stormed back to tie things up in the top of the ninth, setting the stage for the crazy bottom half of the inning. Mendocino improved to 4-8 overall and to 2-3 in Bay Valley Conference West play. Laney College is now 5-8 for the year with a 2-3 BVC mark. AT MENDOCINO COLLEGE 101 310 102— 9164 020 033 101 — 10142 WP—Kevin Chrislenson. LP—Rivera. MC—Junior Contreras 2x5, HR, 3 RBIs, SB, 3 Rs; Phillip Lopez 3x3, 2B, 2 RBIs, R; Justin Tenhave 2x3, 2 2B, 3 Rs; Johnny Fomasl 1x3, RBI; Billy Shaul 1x4, 3 RBIs. LC—Stewart 2x4, RBI; Smith 2x4, RBI; Leyva 3x4, 2B, RBI; Buckingham 2x5, 2B; Rivera 3x5, 2 2B; Cabral 2x5, HR, RBI. Records—MC 4-8. 2-3; LC 5-B, 2-3. Herman Mugdaleno/The Daily Journal Above, Mendocino College first baseman Billy Shaul loses control of the baseball following a collision In the basepaths. Below, Eagles center fielder Johnny Fomasi rocks back to make a throw. COLLEGE BASKETBALL I PAC-10 TOURNAMENT Cardinal revisit their winning ways Childress posts 17 in first-round victory over WSU By BETH HARRIS The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The Stanford Cardinal returned to their winning ways and got Justin Davis back, too. Josh Childress scored 17 points and the second-ranked Cardinal led all the way in defeating Washington State 68-47 Thursday in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament. Stanford had lost its opening game both times since the Pac-10 revived the tournament in 2002. Before Washington ended Stanford's 26-game winning streak last Saturday, the Cougars put a scare into the Cardinal, who needed seven points in the final 25 seconds for the victory. "They concerned us because they gave us a great game a week ago," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "We came out and played harder and defended the shooters better." Saint Joseph's, which replaced Stanford in the top spot, lost for the first time this season Thursday, 87-67 to Xavier in the Atlantic-10 quarterfinals. "We're not worried about Saint Joseph's at all," guard Matt Lottich said. "They had a nice run, as did we. I'm sure they're going to regroup." The Cardinal (27-1) advanced to Friday's semifinals against fifth-seeded Oregon, an 87-82 winner over California. As if the Cardinal doesn't have enough scoring tlireats, Davis played his first game since bruising a bone and tearing a left knee ligament in January. He had seven points and four rebounds in 14 minutes Thursday. "It felt good out there. I'm probably at 75 percent right now," he said. "I don't think my explosiveness is where it should be. It's just a matter of continuing the strengthening." Montgomery plans to bring Davis along slowly and increase his minutes as the Cardinal progresses in postseason play. "Psychologically, it made a huge difference for our team," Montgomery said. "He ran down some balls. He's a difference- maker." Eighth-seeded Washington State (13-16) finished with six more victories under first- year coach Dick Bennett than last season. The Cougars were in the tournament for the first time since 1990, when all 10 schools qualified. "When we would threaten occasionally they were always there to close the door," Bennett said. "We appeared to be a little tight and never fully got past that." Marcus Moore scored 17 points and Jeff Varem added 10 for the Cougars, who lost to Stanford for the 16th straight time. Thomas Kelati, one of the Pac-10's top 3- point shooters, was l-of-5 from long-range. "They did a really good job, especially on me," Kelati said. "Every time I touched the ball, I couldn't turn around without a Stanford defender." Chris Hernandez was Stanford's only other scorer in double figures with 11. 1'he Cardinal controlled the boards 33-22, and Stanford's bench outscored Washington State's reserves 24-10. "They were much more aggressive and they recovered to the shooter very quickly," Bennett said. "They were a step quicker and just a shade more alert." LOCALSPORTS in Brief Wildcat girls record softball win SONOMA — Ukiah got its softball season off on the right foot, scoring an 8-3 victory at Sonoma Thursday. Sarah Redding notched the win on the hill for the Wildcats, hurling six innings and allowing two runs -— both unearned. She struck out three and gave up just two hits. Lindsay Kiley pitched the final inning, recording two strikeouts and giving up an earned run on two hits. Jennifer Carroll led Ukiah offensively, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Mindy Archer was 1- for-3 with an RBI and Lindsay Ruddick, Cassie MacDonald and Kiley picked up hits. Nicole Irwin had two RBIs. The Wildcats, who improved to 1-0, face Arcata (10 a.m.) and Healdsburg (1 p.m.) in a home doubleheader on Saturday. AT SONOMA WP—Sarah Redding 1-0 (6 IP, 3K, 2BB, 2H, 2R, OER). LP—Lisa Sarglotto. U-^Jennifer Carroll 2x4, . RBI; Mindy Archer 1x3, RBI; Lindsay Ruddick 1H; Cassie MacDonald 1H; Lindsay Kiley 1H; Nicole Irwin 2 RBIs. Records—U 1-0. UHS swimmers swept by Montgomery SANTA ROSA — Montgomery swept Ukiah in varsity swimming action Thursday, with the Wildcat girls losing 98-87 and the shorthanded boys squad dropping a 120-32 decision. Abby Mulvihill swam well for Ukiah's girls, capturing an exciting 100-meter butterfly race with a time of 1:08.6. Also notching wins for the Wildcats were Elena Willoughby (200-meter individual medley, 2:21.9) and Delia • Pliquet (100-meter breaststroke, 1:12.55). Molly Learn swarn well in the 200 and 500 freestyle events, while Ally Cannon continued to improve overall. Divers Amber VanVranken and Rosie Hunters also enjoyed strong days. The boys squad hit the pool with just five swimmers. Diver Gabe Thomas had a solid outing. Ukiah's junior varsity squad lost 100-45. Whitley Sassen swam impressively. PV baseball squad pounds Tomales POTTER VALLEY — By virtue of an offensive explosion, Potter Valley cruised to an 18-8 season-opening varsity baseball win over visiting Tomales Thursday. Five Bearcats rapped out three or more hits in the victor ry. Seth Goeken, Duane Phillips and Carson Elmer each had 4-for-5 days at the plate. Avery Cooper and Jody McCoy were each 3-for-4. Mike Garcia blasted a three- run homer in a 2-for-4 outing. Potter Valley hosts Upper Lake today. AT POTTER VALLJY WP—Setn Goeken. LP—Borodlc. PV—Goeken 4x5,2B, 38,2 RBIs; Duane Phillips 4x5, RBI; Carson Elmer 4x5,3 RBIs; Mike Garcia 2x4,3B, 3-R HR, 3 RBIs; Avery Cooper 3x4, RBI; Jody McCoy 3x4,2 RBIs; Nathan Monlux 2x4,2B, RBI. Record6-PV 1-0.