Sports Briefs

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2003

Soccer club to hold tryouts

The Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club will be holding tryouts for its competitive soccer teams today and Saturday. Registration forms and additional information can be found at the Web site or by calling Ginny at 262-5631.

KPHA squad gets third at state

The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Squirt B team placed third in the state tournament this past weekend.

Soldotna Whalers win Soldotna tourney

The Soldotna Whalers freestyle wrestling club won the Soldotna Whalers Freestyle Wrestling Tournament Saturday at Soldotna High School.

The Whalers had 60 wrestlers in the tournament, with 40 of those wrestlers placing. The following is a list of placers:

Pre-Bantam 3. Jesse Littrell, 40 pounds; 1. Jared Chavez, 45 pounds; 3. Dalton Best, 55 pounds; 3. Kylee Pollard, 65 pounds.

Bantam 1. Troy Streiff, 65 pounds.

Midget 2. Taylor Hanley, 60 pounds; 2. Jordan McNamara, 87 pounds.

Novice 1. Cody Carroll, 65 pounds; 2. Amber Chapman, 65 pounds; 2. Dylan Sterling, 70 pounds; 3. Monica Hutchison, 70 pounds; 3. Zach Hibberd, 75 pounds; 1. Zac Aberkane, 80 pounds; 1. Zayan Aberkane, 85 pounds; 1. Ryan Henley, 90 pounds; 2. Derrick Burlison, 90 pounds; 1. Richard Baker, 95 pounds; 1. Freddie Pollard, 100 pounds; 2. Chris Nolden, 100 pounds; 2. Hugh Warner, 112 pounds; 3. Donny Dormady, 120 pounds; 3. Lance Kitchen, 140 plus pounds.

School Boy/Girl 2. Colton Carroll, 85 pounds; 1. Michaela Hutchison, 95 pounds; 3. Jordan Goracke, 120 pounds; 1. Eddie Buffington, 140 pounds; 1. Josh DeTavernier, 160 pounds.

Cadet 2. Erick Morris, 112 pounds; 3. Amanda Skinner, 112 pounds; 1. Eli Hutchison, 130 pounds; 2. Jeremy Goracke, 130 pounds; 1. Clark Buffington, 135 pounds; 2. Michael Burlison, 140 pounds; 3. Brandy Goracke, 152 pounds.

Junior 3. Brandon Cleveland, 152 pounds; 1. Jimmy Miller; 1. Sean Whitmore, 215 pounds.

Open 3. Colten Goracke, 185 pounds; 1. Charles Karron, 211 pounds; 2. Justin Whitmore, 211 pounds.

Relative of Texas Ranger is POW

SURPRISE, Ariz. The pilot of an Apache attack helicopter shot down over Iraq and taken prisoner is a relative of Texas Rangers catcher Todd Greene.

Chief Warrant Officer Ron Young, 27, is from the Army's 1st Battalion of the 227th Aviation Regiment out of Fort Hood, Texas.

He's my wife's cousin, but we've been together 17 years, so he is part of my family,'' Greene said while walking to the clubhouse following Thursday's morning practice. Her mom first found out about it from the TV. We knew he was missing, but then the government called her mother to let us know he is a POW.''

Greene said he learned about Young's status during a game, after Texas manager Buck Showalter pulled him out and told him to call his wife.

Astros place Reynolds on waivers

KISSIMMEE, Fla. Shane Reynolds was put on waivers Thursday by the Houston Astros, who decided to use young pitchers Tim Redding and Jeriome Robertson in their rotation.

Reynolds, who said he had fully recovered from a season-ending back operation last summer, had been effective at times during spring training despite an 0-1 record and 5.87 ERA. Throughout the exhibition season, the Astros had listed Reynolds as the team's No. 3 starter.

He is guaranteed $1 million, and could have made an additional $5.75 million if he had reached 220 innings and 32 starts.

This was a very difficult decision,'' Astros general manager Gerry Hunsicker said. But from what we saw this spring, with the options that we had, the goal is to take the best team to Houston with the best chance to win. I just felt that we had better options.''

Roy Oswalt, Wade Miller and Brian Moehler head the Astros' rotation. Redding and Robertson have pitched well this spring.

Reynolds, who turned 35 Wednesday, had surgery June 13 to repair a pinched nerve in his back. He went 3-6 with a 4.86 ERA in 13 starts before then.

Since his major league debut in 1992, Reynolds is 103-86 record and 3.95 ERA, ranking seventh in Astros history in wins and fifth with 1,309 strikeouts.

Houston still must decide whether to have right-handed reliever Brandon Puffer or third-string catcher Raul Chavez on the roster when the season starts.

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