UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL orts Montgomery firepower too much for Ukiah the Daily Journal The Vikings had too much firepower for the Wildcats Friday night, winning out 91-53 in a North Bay League basketball matchup at Santa Rosa. Montgomery made good on 14 three-pointers, eight of them on nine attempts by Greg Ballard who finished with a game-high 29 points in the win. For Ukiah, Isaiah Nelson netted a team-high 11 points in the loss, as well as. grabbing five rebounds and two steals. Nelson was three of five from 3-point range. . "They're so much bigger than us," Ukiah head coach Bill Heath said. "We tried to play zone and they just threw over the top. We played real hard, but we were just overmatched." Sam Billy finished with eight points for Ukiah, while both Greg Rogers and Ollie White each added seven points and five rebounds. Rogers also had a pair of steals. The Vikings blew open a fairly tight game with five straight 3- pointers early on and were never in danger of losing the matchup " after that. The Wildcats also shot poorly in the loss, netting just 23 percent from the floor, while the home side managed 58 percent. On a positive note, the Wildcats turned the ball over just 12 times for the entire game. "We did some positive things, we just didn't shoot well," Heath said. See WILDCATS, Page A-ll Eagles hold on to beat Contra Costa • file photo • Hit |fllUIV Mendo's Matt Bane was one of five Eagles to score In double figures in a win at Contra Costa Friday night. Five Mendo players score in double figures The Daily Journal The Eagles began the second round of Bay Valley Conference on a positive note Friday night, pulling out a 70-64 win at Contra Costa College. Mendo, which improved to 3-5 in BVC play with the win, finally found some balanced offense against the winless Comets, with five players finishing in double figures in scoring. Brance Holmes had a double- double, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Josh Goepel continued to shine with a team-high 22 points. "We played a very good first half, even though we were only up by four points (at halftime)," Eagles head coach Ed Boyle said. "In the second half, we kind of struggled and they played very well. But it was a good game for us, we played*very hard." The difference from the first to second half was particularly evident in two stats for Mendo. The Eagles turned the ball over just five tinies in the first period and had nine offensive rebounds, while after the interval, they turned the ball over 12 times and had just three offensive rebounds. The home side rallied to within two points with two minutes remaining, but Mendo held tough and didn't allow another point to close out the game. Matt Bane and David Coveljeach finished with 13 points in the win, See EAGLES, Page A-ll '• Big meet in store for Wildcat wrestlers ; The Daily Journal -".. The Wildcats wrestlers face what is likely to be their toughest North Bay League dual meet of the season Wednesday evening when they travel to match wits with Montgomery. Both teams are 4-0 in NBL action, with Montgomery coming off a tough win over Maria Carrillo, and Ukiah handling Cardinal Newman, 55-12, in Santa Rosa Thursday. The winner of this week's clash will likely have the upper. ~hand going into next montrf s. NBL championships. * On Thursday, however, the ; Wildcats prepared for the big meet in the best possible fashion, easily defeating the Cardinals. The Wildcats won 11 of the 14 contests, six of them on pins. * Among the lighter weights, Poncho Manriquez won a 14-7 decision at 105 pounds; William Rohrbough took a 14-7 decision dt 112 pounds; Jon Koegler won a 13-11 OT decision at 132 pounds; and Justin Ford won on a third-round pin, while leading 19-7 at 137 pounds. * At 142 pounds, Brian Williams won by forfeit, while at 147 pounds, Dennis Gall won 6y pin, and at 154 pounds, Neal Thomsen took a 5-0 decision. " Kyce Poya (162 pounds), Ryan Balleto (217 pounds) and Logan Silva (277 pounds) all also won by pinning their opponents, while at 173 pounds, Russ McCutcheon won a major decision, 13-4. At 191 pounds, Bob Clark lost a 5-3 decision, while Stoner Kurtis lost by pin at 121 pounds, and T.J. Holstine lost an 8-4 decision at 127 pounds. ' The JVs also won their NBL matchup at Cardinal Newman, winning out 34-4. Roman DeGallier (121) and Tony Ramos (142) each won by pinning their opponents, while Darwin Smart (132) won a major decision, 18-10. Sid Harper (105), Sean Adams (114) and David Parker (277) all won by forfeit, while Tyler Schafer lost a 16-4 major decision at 137 pounds. City of Ukiah co-ed volleyball The Daily Journal The City of Ukiah Community Services Department is now accepting registrations for the 2000 adult co-ed volleyball league for ages 18 and up. There will be a recreational and competitive league and both team and individual registrations are being accepted. A maximum of 12 individuals will be allowed on a team. The cost of registration is $200 per team or $35 per individual and registration forms and fees are due by March 10. For more information, call Sage Sangiacomo at 463-6237. SUPER BOWL XXXIV Rams, Titans ready to go file photo Receiver Isaac Bruce is one of several offensive weapons the Rams have heading into this afternoon's game. A battle of two Cinderellas I f you say you saw this one coming, you're a liar. No one saw this one coming. Not even Nostradamus saw this one coming. Not even the greatest physic hotline saw this one coming. Not Tennessee, and certainly not the Rams. , But here they both are. Two Cin- derellas battling for a championship at the end of a season full of unlikely stories. Two Cinderellas battling for one of sports greatest prizes. That's not to say both don't belong here. They most certainly do. The Rams proved they could beat poor teams comprehensively during the regular season and little else besides. And even their Divisional playoff win came against a Minnesota defense among the weakest in the league. But ON THE SIDELINES BY RAY HAMILL last weekend, they proved themselves worthy champions of the NFL's weaker of the two conferences. Yes, they're good, and yes they have probably the most balanced team in the NFL, but they still won in a very poor conference. The fact that they barely beat a team with a rookie QB in the conference final tells us all we need to know. And how the blazes did a team with a rookie QB get to a conference final in the first place, composure in the pocket or not? But the fact remains the Rams won the conference and quality of the opposition aside, they deservedly did so. They were the best NFC team in week one and they are still the best NFC team in week 21. As for the Titans, they did it the hard way. But they did it with some innova- See SIDELINES, Page A-ll Minority ; hiring once again an issue at Super Bowl Associated Press ATLANTA — There's never been, a minority head coach in the Super Bowl. Of course, the odds are stacked against it. > Only two blacks, Minnesota's Dennis Green and Tampa Bay's Tony Dungy, are among the 31 NFL head coaches, so commissioner Paul Tagliabue found himself addressing a familiar issue Friday as another title game approached. In particular, Tagliabue was grilled on the recent trend of coaches-turnedr kingmakers designating a successor before even leaving their post. Bill Parcells did that in New York, • though Bill Belichick quit the Jets after only one day. Dave Wannstedt was elevated to the top job in Miami as Jimmy Johnson retired. Even the St. Louis Rams, who. meet the Tennessee Titans in Sunday's Super Bowl, know who their coach will be after Dick Vermeil' retires. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz is next in line, though he probably won't get the job until 2002. .' Belichick, who now coaches the New England Patriots, is white. So are Wannstedt and Martz. Ditto for' Dave Campo (Dallas), Al Groh (Jets) and Mike Sherman (Green Bay), hired since the end of the regular season. But Tagliabue, speaking at his annual Super Bowl news conference," defended the league's minority hiring) record. 1 "The reality is that one-third of our I coaches are African-Americans," the > commissioner said, including assis-! tants in his figures. > "The growing number of coordina-1 tors are African-Americans. 'And to • the extent that coaches are trying to*, designate an heir apparent, I think' you are going to see African-Ameri- \ cans in that pipeline." * Tagliabue pointed out that the Jets- have just elevated Maurice Carthon to assistant head coach and that Ted Cottrell, Buffalo's defensive coordinator,' is well respected around the league. The commissioner doesn't believe minority candidates are denied a fair opportunity when a successor in named in advance. "It might be a positive thing if people are doing that kind of long-range planning," he said. "They might start looking at younger coaches.... I don't see that as a negative in terms of minority hiring, frankly." On another issue, Tagliabue acknowledged the NFL is concerned about off-field crimes committed by its players, but he also suggested those crimes are part of a deeper problem. "I think our track record is better than society at large," Tagliabue said.
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