Sport Briefs

Posted: Monday, February 24, 2003

Middle school wrestlers wrap up season

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Middle School Wrestling Championships were held Saturday. The following are the results:

Championship round

100 -- Simion Daigle, Homer Huskies, t.f. Ben Woodland, Soldotna Spartans; 105 -- Eric Morris, Sol, dec. Jake Culfo, Sol, 9-5; 110 -- Cody Booth, Kenai Kossacks, p. Logan Wilson, Sol; 115 -- Jordan Goracke, Sol, dec. Lizzy Perkins, Ken, 9-4; 120 -- Spencer Tachik, Sol, p. Jonny Carreson, Sol; 126 -- Tris Brymer, Chapman Eagles, p. Richard Hatt, Sol; 132 -- Eddie Buffington, Ken, p. Greg Aho, Ken; 138 -- Dusty Ward, Ken, dec. Justin Miller, Sol, 7-4; 145 -- Branson Holm, Seward Silvers, p. Brandon Obrikis, Sew; 155 -- Tyler Smith, Ken, p. John Demallie, Sol; 167 -- Stuart Stretch, Ken, p. Stephen Kahout, Hom; 190 -- Anthony Coveyou, Nik, p. Russ Bacon, Sol; 275 -- Mitchell Canavan, Ken, p. Patrick Moore, Sol; 75 -- CJ Reese, Sew, advanced through bye; 80 -- Double bye; 85 -- Double bye; 90 -- Michaela Hutchison, Sol, p. Wade Thurmond, Chap; 95 -- Austin Vandeford, Ninilchik Wolverines, p. Billy Bushnell, Ken.

Consolation

100 -- Tyler Crista, Sew, p. Mykle Sorrels, Sol; 105 -- Double bye; 110 -- Josh Dickinson, Nikiski Bulldogs, m.d. Luke Morse, Sol, 15-3; 115 -- Brad Mallet, Sol, dec. Chris Willuts, Sol, 4-1; 120 -- William Clock, Sew, dec. Billy Beck, Sew, 6-4; 125 -- Kory Spooner, Sol, dec. Nick Spur, Sew; 132 -- Brandon Benson, Hom, advanced through with bye; 138 -- Eddie Martin, Hom, dec. Tony Besse, Sol, 15-13; 145 -- Mike Dormady, Ken, p. John Ragussa, Sew; 155 -- Ben Hawkins, Hom, dec. Tanner Waterbury, Sol, 6-0; 167 -- Josh Detavener, Sol, advanced through with bye; 190 -- Kyle Tolva, Hom, dec. Walter Gage, Nik, 16-14; 275 -- Britton Anderson, Sol, p. Josh Denna, Sol.

Race 4 of America's Cup postponed for fourth time

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- The America's Cup has sailed into the doldrums.

Race 4 was postponed for the fourth time Monday because of light wind on the Hauraki Gulf. The race committee will try again Tuesday to get the race off between Alinghi of Switzerland and two-time defending champion Team New Zealand, although the forecast doesn't look promising.

The postponement flags were raised over the Viaduct Basin at 8:25 a.m., nearly five hours before the scheduled starting time. The boats didn't even leave their sheds.

Four postponements in five days have taken the steam out of Alinghi's march toward history. The Swiss team has a 3-0 lead in the best-of-nine series and is trying to return the America's Cup to Europe for the first time in 152 years.

Big day for Liechtenstein; rough day for Miller

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Marco Buechel won a super giant slalom Sunday for his first World Cup victory in a race in which Bode Miller hurt his chances for the overall title.

Buechel finished just ahead of World Cup overall leader Stephan Eberharter of Austria and gave Liechtenstein its first victory in nine years. Tobias Gruenenfelder of Switzerland was third.

For the United States, Daron Rahlves finished eighth and Miller, second to Eberharter in the overall standings, veered off the course.

Miller ended in a spray of snow after losing control on the upper section of the course. But the master of recoveries was unable to produce one this time.

Miller finished 28th in Saturday's downhill and now heads to the races in Asia trailing Eberharter by 185 points. However, the upcoming technical races play to Miller's strength.

World Cup downhill to be decided in last two races

SIERRA NEVADA, Spain -- The World Cup women's downhill title will be decided by the last two races of the season.

Organizers on Sunday called off the downhill race for the second straight day because of strong winds, scrapping the event. The first of two scheduled races, the fifth and sixth of the season, was canceled Saturday due to heavy snow.

American Kirsten Clark and France's Carole Montillet are tied for the lead in the downhill standings with 245 points, with races left at Innsbruck next week and Norway in March. Austria's Michaela Dorfmeister is third with 232 points and countrywoman Renate Goetschl has 218.

Dent beats Roddick for second career title

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Taylor Dent knew exactly how to celebrate the second ATP title of his career: a pizza loaded with everything but anchovies.

''My reward for winning the tournament is I don't have to do the gym today, and I get pizza,'' Dent said with a big smile.

Dent earned his supper by overpowering defending champion Andy Roddick with his serve-and-volley game Sunday, beating him 6-1, 6-4 in exactly one hour to win the Kroger St. Jude championship.

Pizza isn't allowed under Dent's new approach to the game under coach Brad Stine, who helped Jim Courier when he was No. 1 in the world during the 1990s.

Dent and Stine have been working together since last November, and Stine's first priority has been helping Dent lose weight and become quicker.

Dent, the 21-year-old son of former Australian player Phil Dent, lost his first three matches this year, but everything clicked in Memphis. He made only his second appearance in an ATP Tour final, and now he has titles in the past eight months.

''Today was especially nice to win, because indoors isn't such a favorable surface to me,'' Dent said. ''I really played well, and I think I showed what I'm capable of. I just have to go out and do it week to week.''

If Dent can do that, Roddick thinks he could find himself among the best in the world.

''I haven't figured out why he hasn't broke into the top 20, but I definitely think it's coming,'' Roddick said.

The 20-year-old Roddick came in as the top seed and ranked sixth in the world, looking ready to win his first title of the year.

But he still showed the effects of sitting out four weeks with a sore right wrist, which he injured during a thrilling 4-hour, 59-minute victory over Younes El Aynaoui in the Australian Open quarterfinals. Against Dent, Roddick sent forehands wide and backhands into the net.

''He just outplayed me,'' Roddick said. ''I said all week I didn't feel at my best. I was waiting all week for someone to step up and prove my point. He did.''

Meanwhile, Dent couldn't have played much better. He served effectively and often charged the net, repeatedly dropping over winning shots. Roddick managed just two points off Dent's serve in the first set, one off a double-fault, and he didn't get an opportunity to break in the first set.

''That first set was a joke for me,'' Dent said. ''If I could play that way every match, I'd be doing something special. That's how I aim to play -- not making any errors on the returns, knocking off volleys and really playing solid tennis. Nothing too flashy.''

Serving better in the second set didn't help Roddick, because Dent broke him in the third game. Dent went up 2-1 when he stroked a backhand down the line.

Roddick had his only chance to break Dent in the eighth game. Dent double-faulted, Roddick hit a forehand past him, then Dent hit a forehand long to give Roddick his first break point. But Dent rallied as Roddick hit a forehand long. Dent then dropped a crosscourt shot, and Roddick hit a forehand wide for deuce.

Dent served up an ace for the advantage, and Roddick, his opportunity gone, hit a backhand long to put Dent up 5-3.

Roddick held serve, but Dent served out with three straight service winners before ending with a 125 mph ace, his 11th of the match. He pumped his arms and looked immediately over to Stine in the stands.

''I was pretty happy,'' Dent said.

The match featured the 16th all-American final since 1997 on the ATP Tour, and only the fifth not featuring either Andre Agassi or Pete Sampras.



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