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SPORTS SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2004 - A-9 LOCAL SPORTS CALENDAR JC SOFTBALL •(March 13-14) Mewtecino at Oavllan Tournament TBA URIAH SPEEDWAY •Motocross race, 10 a.m. (S.S. double points) PREP SOFTBALL •Ukiah JV at fort Bragg, 3:30 p.m. COMMUNITY SPORTS DIGEST Wildcat Wrestling Cliib 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/Colt League tryouts / The Ukiah Pony and Colt baseball leagues will be holding its final day of tryouts for Pony teams (13-14-year-olds) on Sunday, March 14, beginning at 10 a.m. 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 'urtderway 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 available). Registration deadline is March 15. Need-based scholarships are available (proof of income required). Registration forms are available at the City of Ukiah. For more information, call 463-6712. City Co-ed Volleyball League The City of Ukiah Community Service Department's co-ed volley- .ball league gets underway soon, Adults, 16 years and older, are permitted to register on a team of up to 12 players. l ,/lveereaticrial and cornpeti- *jjve leagues are available. ( * All teams will play atjeast * eight games and one playoff game. Games will be played on weeknights starting in April and running into June. One may register as part o| a team or as individuals. Solo < iay register and bfc/ , ph an available team.'* Thft cpst $$ $250 per team (up to n players) or $40,per indi- vjdualif before March 15. » • t Registration' forms are ' available at the City of Ukiah. Ukiah Women's Athletic Association meeting COLLEGE BASKETBALL IMC-10 TOURNAMENT Healthy Davis boosts Stanford's NCAA hopes Cardinal knock off Washington, claim tourney title By JOHN NADEL The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — With Justin Davis healthy enough to play big minutes, the Stanford Cardinal believe they're in an excellent position to compete for the NCAA championship. Starting for the first time since partially tearing-a left knee ligament Jan. 29, Davis played a key role in top- seeded Stanford's 77-66 victory over second-seeded Washington on Saturday in the Pac-10 tournament championship game. "My main focus wasn't to think about my knee at all," the 6-foot-9, 230-pound senior said. Davis returned to action Thursday after missing 1,0 games, and came off the bench to get seven points and four rebounds in a 68-47 tournament-opening victory over Washington State. He had five points and one rebound Friday in 11 minutes during a 70-63 triumph over Oregon. Davis said coach Mike Montgomery told him he'd be starting against Washington during a shootaround before Saturday's game. "I was kind of surprised," Davis said. "We were going through Washington's defense and coach said, "Jump in, you're starting today.'" When asked why he decided to start Davis. Montgomery replied: "The fact that he cried for a half hour last night at my door." Speaking seriously, Montgomery added: "What's the point of waiting around? He got better the more confident he got. He was good early. Certainly he got tired, the second half he started getting the ball off the boards." Wearing a bulky brace on his knee, Davis had 13 points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes as No. 2 Stanford assured itself a top seed in the NCAA tournament. Davis said he was at 75-percent efficiency following the tournament opener. When asked where he stood after Saturday's game, he smiled and replied: "Seventy-six." Davis was averaging 11.5 points and 7.0 rebounds before being injured. "He played huge for us," Stanford guard Chris Hernandez said. "He gives us such a presence on the boards and another post player." PREP TRACK AND FIELD | Leprechaun Classic Wildcats host sun-drenched Classic 1C BASEBALL Mendo scores comeback victory The Daily Journal SAN PABLO — Mendocino College scored its second straight come-from- behind baseball win, downing host Contra Costa College 8-6 Saturday afternoon. Jeremy Snead picked up the win for Mendocino. Kevin Christenson notched the save. Junior Contreras paced the offense, going 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI. Phillip Lopez was 2-for-5 with two RBIs. The Eagles, who improved to 3-3 in Bay Valley Conference West play and to 58 overall, face visiting Marin Tuesday. AT CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE WP-^Jeremy Snead. LP—Anthony Brandi. Save— Kevin Christenson. MC—Junior Contreras 2x4, 3B, RBI; Billy Shaul 1x3; Phillip Lopez 2x5, 2 RBIs. CC—Cory Dunlap 5x5. Records—MC 5-8 (3-3), CC 5-9 (2-4). Herman Magdalenu/The Daily Journal Ukiah junior Gate Miramontes clears eight feet in the girls pole vault finals at Saturday's Leprechaun Classic at Mendocino College. She took fourth overall in the event. Wildcat boys place second; girls nab fifth The Daily Journal UKIAH — Though, fielding a smaller number of schools than in the past, Saturday's Ukiah High-hosted Leprechaun Classic at Mendocino College went off without a hitch. Track and field athletes basked in the hot late winter weather, putting on quite a show for those in attendance. The local squad fared well under the sun, notching a second-place boys finish and a fifth-place girls finish. Ukiah's Tim Quiroga, Jacob Chavez and Quincy Vau were the boys squad's lone individual gold medal- ists. Quiroga won both the 800-meter dash (2:04.52) and the 1,600-meter run (4:31.68). Chavez won the shot put with a toss of 45-8 3/4, while Vau captured the discus with a heave of 40-5.1/4. The Wildcat boys swept the relay events, taking both the 400 (45.88) and 1,600 (3:39.44) races. Shawn Stone ran strong in both the 100 (11.62) and 200 (24.04), nabbing silvers in each. Simeon Sessoms finished fourth (11.85) in the 100 for Ukiah. Mary-Kameko Shibata was the sole individual gold medalist for the Ukiah girls, winning the 300 hurdles (47.56). She finished a close second (15.97) to Herman Magdaleno/The Daily Journal Ukiah's Simeon Sessoms runs the final leg ot the boys 400-meter relay, which the Wildcats won with a time of 45.88 seconds. Casa Grande's Alise Fix (15.64) in the 100 hurdles. Shelby Leland placed second in the 3,200 (5:14.08), as Casa Grande's Ashton LeSieur surged late to sneak away with a win (5:13.24). Ukiah's 1,600 relay team finished fourth (4:36.01), as did the Wildcats' Cat6 Miramontes in the pole vault (86). See CLASSIC, PageA-10 Wildcats take two UKIAH — With wins over Arcata and Healdsburg Saturday, Ukiah improved to 3-0' on the young varsity softball season. The Wildcats played host to Arcata early in the day, coasting to a 5-1 win. Ukiah then set its sights on Healdsburg in an afternoon tilt, dispatching the visiting Greyhounds by a count of 8-2. Sarah Redding (2-0) picked up the win in Game 1, throwing a complete-game one-hitter. She struck out 12 while walking just one and allowing an unearned run. The senior standout also led the Wildcats at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and an RBI. In Game 2, Ukiah's Lindsay Kiely (1-0) notched the win, working six innings. She struck out 11 and gave up seven hits. AT UKIAH WP—Sarah Reddlno 2-6. LP—lri« Trlska. Li- Redding 2x3, 2B, 3B, RBI; Mindy Archer 1x3, RBI; Jennifer Carroll 1x3, RBI; Nicole Irwin 1x3, RBI. WP—Lindsay Klely 1-0. LP—Jenna Teauler. U— Lindsay Ruddlck 2x3, 3B, RBI; Irwin 2x4, 2 RBIs; Athena Lawson 2x2, RBI. NBA | HORNETS 102, WARRIORS 84 W's continue downward spiral in New Orleans By BRETT MARTEL The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Baron Davis, among NBA leaders in 3-point attempts, is trying to change his approach as the playoffs draw near. Setting up teammates off the drive or taking it all the way himself, Davis had 24 points and 11 assists as the New Orleans Hornets defeated Golden State 102-84 Saturday night, extending the Warriors' losing streak to nine games. "I've been trying to drive and get to the line," said'Davis, who three games ago scored 14 points on free throws. "That's how it's got to be in the playoffs. It's got to be all about (getting) to the basket and what team can get the most layups and free throws," Although P^vis went to the foul line only twice, the Hornets had 31 free throw attempts. They missed 12, but made up for it with 56 percent shooting _ well above their 42 percent average for the season. The Hornets have attempted more than 20 3-pointers in a game 38 times this season. They attempted only 10 against Golden State. Hornets coach Tim Floyd, whose te'am has struggled the past month but now has won two of three, said he hopes the aggressive mentality sticks. "You'd think we'd figure that out by now," Floyd said. "When we don't shoot as many (3-pointers), we shoot it better and get to the line more." Stacey Augmon, making his 12th start of the season,, scored a. season-high 21 points, while Jamaal Magloire added 18 points and 10 rebounds. New Orleans took an 18-point lead when Davis found Augmon for consecutive fast-break layups, once off a steal and once on a long pass after a rebound to make it 72-54. Davis finished with four steals. Golden State responded with a 12-4 run, capped by a pair of jumpers by Troy Murphy, and Jason Richardson's straightaway 3-pointer made it 87-79. New Orleans finished the Warriors off with an 8-0 run that included Magloire's dunk as he was fouled, and a fast-break layup by Davis off a behind-the-back pass from David Wesley for a 95-79 lead with just over four minutes left. Magloire said he was never worried after Golden State closed the gap early in the fourth. "I knew if we played solid defense we'd win the game," Magloire said. "(Davis) was playing a very good game where he was penetrating and was able to get his shot off from the outside as well. And that's the kind of balance we need." Richardson led Golden State with 18 points. He had one of the more impressive baskets of the night in the third quarter when he soared over Davis, grabbed a rebound with one hand and stuffed it in the same motion. But after the game, Richardson sat in the locker room with a to*vel over his head and did not speak to reporters. • Reserve Tory Murphy scored 15 points for the Warriors, hitting his first seven shots before missing his last. Erick Dampier had 13 points and nine rebounds.