Sports Briefs

Posted: Friday, May 02, 2003

Skyview, Homer soccer teams split

The Skyview and Homer soccer teams split a pair of Region III Southern Division games Thursday.

The boys game featured a pair of teams that came in with perfect records in the Region III Southern Division. It took until the last minute of the game for a winner to be decided.

Johan Granvik, on an assist from Lukas Fellman, scored in the 79th minute to give the Panthers a 1-0 victory.

Fellman does not start for Skyview, but was playing center midfield because Trevor Barber had tired.

"Lukas Fellman played out-of-sight," Skyview coach Dave Carpenter said.

He also gave credit to the defense for holding up under Homer's pressure. Carpenter particularly mentioned Jacob Oliver, Shaun Reeve and Mike Sturm.

Carpenter also said Mitch Burdick did well to create a lot of chances.

"Homer played a terrific game," Carpenter said. "They're the toughest team we've seen all year."

The win put Skyview at 3-0-0 in the Region III Southern Division and 6-0-1 overall. Homer dropped to 2-1-0 in the Region III Southern Division and 2-4 overall.

In the girls game, the Mariners took a 2-0 lead and hung on for the victory. Megan Mahan got things started for the Mariners with a goal just three minutes into the match.

Then, 18 minutes into the second half, Chantrelle Cousins scored to give the Mariners a 2-0 cushion.

Skyview's Anna Evanson made things interesting by netting a goal with 16 minutes left in the game. Skyview put the ball in the penalty area with a corner kick, and Evanson booted home a loose ball from 15 yards out with her left foot.

"Overall, it was the best game we've played all season," Skyview coach Tony Lewis said. "We were spread out and we passed the ball well.

"We tried hard to come back from a 2-0 deficit. We had good opportunities in the last five minutes. They did all I could ask for, except win the game."

Lewis credited Ginny Berg with a solid game at forward and Anne Verba with a good game at center midfield.

With the loss, Skyview fell to 0-2-1 in the Region III Southern Division and 2-4-1 overall. Homer improved to 2-1-0 in the Region III Southern Division and 2-4 overall.

Henderson 1-for-3 in Atlantic League debut

NEWARK, N.J. Rickey Henderson went 1-for-3 and drove in a run in his first game with the minor league Newark Bears, and showed major league bravado in predicting he'll soon be back in the big leagues.

Baseball's career leader in runs, steals and walks said he's 99 percent sure'' he'll be signed by a major league team before long, and boasted that he can still run wild on the base paths.

Anybody in the major leagues, I can out-steal right now, at age 44,'' he said before the Bears beat the Bridgeport Bluefish 6-5 at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Park. When they call on me on first or second base, I get the job done. They say I look like I'm 25 years old. I know a lot of gentlemen my age that wish they could get up in the morning and do the things I do.''

Henderson is regarded as the greatest leadoff hitter in history, stroking 3,040 hits while playing for eight major league teams. He has scored 2,288 runs, and his eight steals last year increased his total to 1,403. He also holds records for walks (2,179) and leadoff home runs (80). He's five homers shy of 300.

A crowd of 6,107, one of the largest ever to see a game in the Bears' six-year history, saw Henderson single sharply to right-center in the third, and draw a bases-loaded walk in the seventh. He grounded out to first base in the bottom of the first inning, and flied out to the warning track in left in the fifth. He did not attempt a steal, and was taken out in the eighth for a pinch-hitter.

It was good to be out there, playing under the lights,'' he said afterward. I haven't faced live pitching since last August, so I'd say it was pretty good.''

Henderson said he wasn't bothered when manager Bill Madlock, the four-time NL batting champion, pinch-hit for him late in the game.

He just asked,'' Henderson said. He was trying to use everybody. I can understand that. I don't have a problem with that.''

The 10-time All-Star and 1990 A.L. MVP hit .223 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 72 games for the Boston Red Sox last season, but was not invited to a major league camp this spring.

In signing with the Bears in the independent Atlantic League, Henderson hoped to follow the same path as his former Oakland A's teammate Jose Canseco, who played 41 games for the Bears in 2001 before signing with the Chicago White Sox in June. That Bears team also featured former major leaguers Jack Armstrong, Jaime Navarro and Jim Leyritz, and Canseco's brother, Ozzie.

Henderson said he was hurt when no major league team invited him to camp this spring.

I was disappointed I didn't get a chance,'' he said. If I didn't work out, hey, great. But I didn't get the opportunity to try. Deep inside, it hurts a little bit.''

Henderson showed signs of adapting to the minors, or at least trying to fit in, helping coaches gather up stray baseballs after batting practice and putting them in green milk crates.

He said he's prepared to play in the Atlantic League as long as it takes'' to catch the attention of a major league club, and would not rule out playing a second season next year with the Bears.

They say I can play 'till I'm 50,'' he said. Hopefully it won't take that long.''

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