Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Johnnie on the spot at Alaska Raceway Park

Charlie Johnnie of Soldotna took first place in the Top ET class Sunday on the drag strip at Alaska Raceway Park in Palmer.

Driving his 1968 Pro Street Nova, Johnnie clocked an elapsed time of 10.899 seconds and hit 121 mph on the quarter-mile track, edging runner-up Mark Eslinger of Wasilla.

Boonstra, Craig tops in Midnight Sun Run

Todd Boonstra was the top overall male finisher, and Susan Craig the top female finisher in the Family Fun in the Midnight Sun 5-mile Walk/Run Saturday in Nikiski.

The race was sponsored by the Nikiski High School cross country team.

Family Fun in the Midnight Sun 5-mile Walk/Run Results

Male: Under 18 1. Mick Boyle, 31.41; 2. Thomas Wheeler; 3. Michael Wicker. 19-39 1. Mario Bird, 27.35; 2. Kent Peterson; 3. Grant Gephardt. 40-59 1. Todd Boonstra, 26.35; 2. Malcolm Rooper; 3. Will Schwenke. Over 60 1. Leon Marcinkowski,1:15.41; 2. Dick Mueller.

Female: Under 18 1. Whitney Hitchcock, 40.23; 2. Kassi Johnson, 3. Ashley Diamond. 19-39 1. Susan Craig, 40.00; 2. Beth Litzenberger; 3. Heather Gaines. 40-59 1. Vicki Jachowski, 59.18, 2. Julie Marcinkowski. Over 60 1. Delores Lindeman, 52.24; 2. VeEtta Baldwin, 3. Betty Dean.

Georgia, South Carolina still alive at CWS

OMAHA, Neb. Bryan Triplett had four hits, and Nick Gardiner and Brendan Winn drove in three runs each as South Carolina eliminated Miami from the College World Series with a 15-11 victory Tuesday night.

Winn, Steven Tolleson and Steve Pearce each homered and the Gamecocks scored the most runs against Miami since Florida got 15 in last year's NCAA regionals. Winn scored five times to tie a CWS record.

Miami was the second team knocked out of the CWS on Tuesday. Georgia eliminated Arizona with a 3-1 victory earlier in the day.

The Gamecocks, beaten 2-0 by Cal State Fullerton in their CWS opener, defeated LSU 15-4 on Monday and became the first team since LSU in 1991 to score 15 or more runs in consecutive Series games.

''Maybe we were due a little bit,'' South Carolina coach Ray Tanner said. ''In the first game we were goose-egged and have been in our other two trips out here.

''We're capable of throwing up some runs like these other guys, too. It's very rare you can do it on back to back teams like LSU and Miami.''

South Carolina starter Billy Buckner (7-2) scattered nine hits and struck out 10 in seven innings.

The Gamecocks (51-16) play Wednesday against Cal State Fullerton. They will have to beat the Titans twice to reach the best-of-three championship round that starts this weekend.

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