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6 -THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2004 SPORTS LOCAL SPORTS CAIENDAR I JC BASEBALL •Mendocino at Diablo Valley College, 2:30 p.m. JC SOFTBALL •Mertdocitlo at Napa Valley College (DH), 1 p.m. PREP BASEBALL 'Deep Valley Christian at Clearlakc, 3:30 p.m. PREP SOFTBALL •Analy at Uklah, 3:30 p.m. (V/JV) PREP BOYS GOLF •Elsie Allen at Ukiah, 3:30 p.m. (9 holes) PREP BASEBALL •Finer at Ukiah. 3:30 p.m. (V/JV) •Ukiah frosh at Analy, 3:30 p.m. St. Bernard's at Potter Valley (DH), 2 p.m. .. •Deep Valley Christian at Anderson Valley, 3:30 p.rn'. PREPSOFTBALL •Ukiah varsity nl Redwood, 3:30 p.m. •Redwood at Ukiah JV, 3:30 p.m. PREP BOYS TENNIS •Finer at Ukiah, 3 p.m. COMMUNITY SPORTS DIGEST City Men's Softball League The City of Ukiah Community Service Department's 2004 men's Softball league season will begin soon. An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at The Pub in Ukiah. League play is scheduled to begin May 3. Team fees are $450 for the sponsor 'fee and $25^ per .player (checks payable to the City of Ukiah). Registration forms , are available at the Ukiah Civic Center. The priority registration deadline for returning team sponsors is March 26 and the general deadline is April 16. Player fees will be collected from team managers at the first game. 'Register early, as space is limited. For additional information, call 463-6713. Puma soccer coaches needed The Ukiah Valley Youth Soccer ^League is currently accepting letters of application for competitive team coaches for the 2004-2005 playing season. These teams travel outside of $ie Uldah area and are for players in under 10 through under 19 years old. Include in the letter the age and -gender of the group(s) you are interested in coaching, an outline of any playing and coaching experience that you have, and •any. licenses flield >,(CYSA, USYSA, NSCA^, jeforee). All coaches must apply by March 20: Questions can be directed to the Soccer Hotline at 467-9797 or to Susan Graham at 467-0593. The application may be sent to: Ukiah Puma Committee, P.O. Box 1142, Ukiah, Calif., 95482. ,. Mendocino County SherifTsPAL Martial Arts Program «*'• ; The Mendocino County Sheriffs Police Activities League (PAL), in cooperation with; the Redwood Health Club of Ukiah, is sponsoring youth martial arts programs (karate, self-defense) for local youth. 'Spring 2004 classes 'start this month, March 20. Ages 4 through 6 years old (LiP Dragqns), 6 through 12 years old (Karate Kids), and 12 years through adult For more information, call the PAJU Voice Mail at 4684288 and leave your name and number or call the Redwood Health Club at 4680441 and asjk for Kathy. You can also drop in for the class. , , Jouth classes at the RedWood on ub meet Wildcat Wiping Club ./,'' The. Wildcat "Wi^stling-i Club, open to ethlejps 6 years old and higher, Js holding llglU?!, f$> 4IV1WI1|£ jjiavuwbo on Tuesday and Thursday awnings at the Ukiah High School gym from See WGEST, Pag*$ ;,j OUTDOORS Vidmar 's fellow explorer turns up missing French explorer Arduin nowhere to be found after attempting to cross open water By JEFF CASPERSEN The Dally Journal The arctic explorer with local roots, Wave Vidmar, is making significant progress in his quest to become the first American to complete a solo, unsupported expedition to the North Pole. Unfortunately, the fate of one of his colleagues is in limbo. French/Finnish female explorer Dominick Arduin has not been heard from since attempting to cross a roughly 33-mile gap of open water outside of Cape Arktichesky, which is located on the northern coast of Siberia. Arktichesky was the trip's starting point. Arduin and Vidmar made up just two of the five polar expeditions that got underway from Arktichesky on Friday, March 5. Vidmar, along with fellow explorers Ben Saunders and duo Bettina Aller and Couple Jean- Gabriel, opted to be flown by helicopter to thicker ice past the vast water opening, which has only sporadic patches of thin ice floating atop it. Arduin and fellow French expedi- tioner Frederic Chamard-Boudet chose the "more daunting route, attempting to negotiate the open water with kayaks and skis (for the ice patches). Chamard-Boudet somehow evaded death after falling into the water while skiing a section of thin ice. After spending four minutes in the freezing ocean, the explorer somehow lifted himself onto his floating sledge. From there, Chamard-Boudet sent out a distress signal requesting a helicopter rescue. He was picked up soon after. Chamard-Boudet had ditched his survival suit prior to falling in the water, as skiing without it improves speed. Arduin, on the other hand, has not been heard from since March 5. She originally forecasted she would reach solid ice in two days. Conditions in the WEB LINKS *httov/«ww.ih«jOl*i.«Sfti ^ sHe docu- ftiaritfrifl «i five North Pol^wiateicl ^speat- N6rt« Pete ehtrleS.trte details Dominick Afduin's Web site. region are brutal, to say the least, with temperatures loitering in the minus-40 degree range. Heavy winds and tides add to the sub-arctic torture. Vidmar, a 1982 graduate of Ukiah High School, is distraught over the bad See POLE, Page 7 MLB | SPRIN6 TRAINING ROUNDUP Ransom getting plenty of ABs ANG file photo San Francisco Giants shortstop Cody Ransom, out of minor-league options, is fighting for a roster spot. at Tucson, a two-hour bus ride away. "I'll never complain about that," Ransom said. "I know I can hit. It's just a matter of showing them I can do it consistently. I'll take all the at-bats I can get." Ransom, 28, is out of minor-league options, meaning he would have to clear waivers before the Giants could send him down. As it stands, Ransom is the only backup at shortstop to Neifi Perez, but that doesn't guarantee him a spot on the opening-day roster. Backup SS struggling midway through Spring Training By ANDREW BAGGARLY ANG Newspapers PEORIA, Ariz. — Infielder Cody Ransom has played 81 innings this spring, by far the most of anyone in Giants camp. He is on the travel list for today's game against the Diamondbacks The Giants could trade for a veteran backup like Milwaukee's Craig Counsell or even make a splash and acquire a starter like Montreal's Orlando Cabrera. Or, more likely, Pedro Feliz could play well enough at short this spring to become Perez's primary backup. Ransom would like to prove he is the most convenient solution - and the best. "They like veteran players here, guys who have been through it, and you can't blame them for that," said Ransom, who has appeared in 36 major-league games over the past three seasons. "It's hard to break in here, but once you do, it means even more." Ransom is struggling at the plate again this spring, batting .125 with 11 strikeouts in 32 at-bats. On Wednesday, he failed to make contact on a 3-1 pitch with Yorvit Torrealba on the move. The play resulted in Dustan Mohr getting thrown out at the plate. Giants manager Felipe Alou suggested Ransom may be getting tired. If that's the case, Ransom needs to find his second wind. "I know what I need to do to make the team," Ransom said. "It's time for me to break through." LOOKING FOR EXTRA CREDIT? Feliz is expected to start at shortstop today, Alou said. "I had him at third base, but (Edgardo) Alfonzo asked to go on the trip," Alou said. "I never had a veteran ask to go to Tucson before." Alfonzo doesn't appear to need the extra at-bats. He is batting .421 this spring. READY FOR MOHR: Outfielder Dustan Mohr exchanged words with Jake Peavy after the Padres right-hander hit him with a pitch See GIANTS, Page 7 PREP SPORTS RC edges diamond Wildcats ROHNERT PARK — Ukiah dropped to 1-4 on the varsity baseball campaign with a 6-2 loss at Rancho Cotate Wednesday. Pitcher Tim Chadd led the Wildcats offensively, going 2- for-3 with an RBI on the day. Richard Webb doubled and had an RBI. AT RANCHO COTATE UHS 000 100 1 — 2 6 1 RCHS 020 022 X — 6 7 1 WP—Strahlendorf. LP—Chadd. U—Chadd 2x3, RBI; Andy Patch 1H; Eli Arkin 1H; Alfonso Corona 1H; Richard Webb 2B, RBI. Records—U 1-4. TUESDAY RECAP Rancho downs Ukiah linksters SANTA ROSA — Ukiah suffered its first boys varsity golf setback Tuesday, dropping a North Bay League match to Rancho Cotate, 187-198. . Ryan Sperry led the Wildcats with a 1-over-pair 36 over nine holes. Rancho's Troy Nelson took medalist honors, firing a 33, a career-best for him. Kirk Little and Graham Beard posted 39s for Ukiah at Foxtail South Golf Course in Santa Rosa. Ukiah travels to the Marin Catholic Tournament at the Meadow Club in Fairfax on Monday. AT FOXTAIL SOUTH GOLF COURSE. SR U—Ryan Sperry 36, Kirk Little 39, Graham Beard 39, Jason Nicoll 41, Joey Fowler 43, Ben Run 44. RC— Troy Nelson 33, Mike Burgess 37, Erlck Brown 38, Jason Wang 39, Greg Comstock 40, Matt Bataclan 46. YOUTH SPORTS Dolphins swim well at COR meet By RICK MULVIHILL For The Dally Journal Ten Ukiah Dolphins swimmers traveled to the College of the Redwoods' pool outside of Eureka this past weekend to participate in the Humboldt Swim Club Invitational swim meet. The competition was tough, with over 185 swimmers representing several different teams from all over Northern California. This is a popular meet, is held at an indoor pool, and is an opportunity for the Dolphin swimmers to compete in a meet without concerning themselves with the weather. Leading the Dolphins in first-place finishes was Elena Willoughby, who was the overall winner in eight events. Willoughby is a versatile swimmer, who is strong in all four strokes and at every distance. Her races were all solid, with perhaps her breaststroke and IM races rating as her top swims of the meet. Willoughby is currently swimming for Ukiah High and because of high school rules, had to swim as an unofficial Dolphin at the Humboldt meet. Another Ukiah High swimmer performing well was Abby Mulvihill, who attained several personal best times on her way to being the overall winner in the 200 backstroke and 200 freestyle events. Mulvihill was also just barely touched out of winning the grueling 200 butterfly by only .02 seconds. See DOLPHINS, Page 7 courtesy photo Uklah Dolphins swimmers (from left to right) Jennifer Gruenke, Brittany Bass, Sonora Mooney, Arlanna Vincent and Macaela Stenback take a second to pose for a picture. W ednesday's recap of Mendocino College^ Tuesday softball doubleheader against Diablo Valley College contained numerous errors, , Mendocino was not swept by visiting DVC 4 Ratjter, the Eagles won Game 2 of ih$ "double-dip 1-0, backed by a phenomenal pJtchmg outing by former Ukiah High stand, out Taylor Aggi, Aggi hurled seven innings of, three-hit softball, picking up ( the win and improving ,to 6-2 on the year, Wednesday's arti- • cle, reported her as 5-2, "Sfte (A$$) *$ * coa<?h Skip limpr. "She • never really pi she pitches a a performance/' . , „ r, a pictqm of sjcohft BOWLING | PBA CHAMPIONSHIP DeVaney takes lead in qualifying Escondido's bowler mantains lead after 3 preliminary rounds TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — Mike DeVaney shot a 1,322 over six games Wednesday for a 4,156 18-game pin- fall to maintain his overall lead after three rounds of qualifying in the Professional Bowlers Association World Championship. DeVaney, of Escondido, Calif., rolled a high game of 246 on the day and has averaged 230.89 over the qualifying rounds. Justin Hromek, of.Towanda, Kan., jumped from 16th into 2nd place with 4,018. Randy Weiss, of Irmo, S.C., moved from 2nd to 3rd after posting 4,011. The top 80 bowlers were to return Thursday to roll two six-game sets, then will be reduced to the top 32 for best-of-seven match play. Match play is a single-elimination, bracket format where bpwlers are ranked based on the previous 20 PBA Tour events. The season's top eight point earners await the eight match-play winners for the Super 16 round on Saturday. Players are trying for a $120,000 first-place prize and a five-season tour qualifying exemption. The finals will be March 21 at Eastern Michigan University. gan Far ing fielder. a fiqt in sebaoJ .