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Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2003

Twins to put on reunion game

Former Twins American Legion baseball players are invited to play in an Old Timers Game July 30 at 6 p.m. Those interested should call Lance Coz at 283-6101 and leave phone contact information.

Football officials meeting slated for Monday

There will be a general meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Football Officials Association on Monday at 6 p.m. On the second floor of the the Lambe, Tuter, Wagner & Moore office building in Soldotna. The meeting is open to anyone interested in officiating either high school or Pop Warner football for the upcoming season.

For more information, call Randy Sparks at 262-1232.

Skins game hits Birch Ridge Monday

The seventh annual Wells Fargo All Alaska Pro Skins Game will start at about 6 p.m. Monday at Birch Ridge Golf Course. The game will be preceded by a pro-am, which will start at 11 a.m.

Immediately after the pro-am, Wells Fargo Alaska will host a barbecue for participants and spectators. The top three pros from the pro-am will then compete with Birch Ridge Pro Tom Walsh and defending champion Billy Bomar.

For the pro-am, most of the professional golfers will be bringing their own teams. But, some will need teams. Amateur golfers possessing a USGA handicap that want to play should call the pro shop at 262-5270 for details.

The event began in 1996 when Hall of Fame professional golfer Billy Casper came to Soldotna to fish. Casper was playing golf with other pros like George Archer, Joe Jiminez and Robert Landers in the Alaska International Pro-Am. Casper agreed to show his golf skills at Birch Ridge, hatching what was then the National Bank of Alaska Skins Game.

Casper won the first event in 1997, followed by Harold Henning in 1998 and Rex Caldwell in 1999. The event underwent change in 2000 when the Alaska International Pro-Am was canceled, but National Bank of Alaska, now Wells Fargo Alaska, did not want the event at Birch Ridge canceled because of belief in the opportunity for peninsula residents to watch great golf and belief in the junior program.

In 2000, Tony Grimes, a Palmer professional golfer, won the event, followed by Bomar in 2001 and 2002. Bomar is an Anchorage pro. Bomar, now the director of golf at Settlers Bay Golf Course, will attempt to win his third straight championship Monday.

Racing Lions host City Race No. 4

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions hosted City Race No. 4 Friday on the motocross course at Twin City Raceway.

The next motocross event on the Racing Lions' calendar will be City Race No. 5 on July 25. For more information, visit the Web site at www.kprl.org.

Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions Motocross City Race No. 4

Friday at Twin City Raceway

50 cc 1. Bruce Hudson; 2. Austin Hibbert. 60 cc 1. Cody Woodworth; 2. Craig Hilleary; 3. Dylan Hendricks; 4. Bruce Hudson. 80 Novice 1. Jeff Vincent; 2. Jed Brown; 3. Dan Ravin; 4. Taylor Hibbert; 5. Justin Covey. 80 Intermediate 1. Cody Woodworth. 125 Novice 1. Daniel Walker; 2. Cortni Brown; 3. Shane Ashley; 4. Lisa Deitrick; 5. Wes Catlin. 125 Intermediate 1. Zach Aragon; 2. Sarah Herrin. 125 Expert 1. Rick Bailey. Vet Class 1. Lane Giesler; 2. Dan Kouf; 3. Mike Kelly; 4. Mike Rewis. Under-5 Quad 1. Candace Britton. Mini Quad 1. Carly Meacham.

Twins go 1-1 at BP Tournament

The American Legion Twins went 1-1 at the BP Tournament in Anchorage. The Twins were playing their last game of the round robin portion of the tournament Saturday against Glen Cove, N.Y., as the Clarion went to press.

In Saturday's first game, the Twins carried an 11-8 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Dimond scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh, including the game winner with two outs, to escape with the win. Robby Rounsaville had three doubles in the game.

In Friday's game, Rounsaville was the hero. He pitched a scoreless top of the seventh, so the Twins could enter the bottom of the seventh 3-2.

Rounsaville singled in a run in the bottom of the seventh, then scored on a wild pitch to win the game 5-4. Jacob Madrid was at the plate with two strikes when Rounsaville scored. Madrid had fouled off several pitches to stay alive in that at-bat.

Friday

TWINS 5, THUNDERBIRDS 4

East 200 002 0 4 9 5

Twins 000 110 3 5 8 2

Waldron, Jessen (7) and Jessen, Baldwon (7); Johansen, Foster (6), Rounsaville (7) and Butler. W Rounsaville. L Jessen. 2B Twins: Foster 2. 3B East: N. Cading, C. Cading. LOB East 7, Twins 6.

Saturday

LYNX 12, TWINS 11

Twins 100 037 1 11 12 4

Dimond 020 402 4 12 18 0

Simpson, Rounsaville (3 1-3), Butler (6 1-3) and Butler and Hicks (6 1-3); Schreckenghost, Jackson (5 2-3), McCarty (7) and Bell. W McCarty. L Butler. 2B Twins: Foster, Rounsaville 3, Madrid, Kennedy; Dimond: Schreckenghost, Stralka. HR Dimond: King. LOB Twins 8, Dimond 8.

Becker joins Hall of Fame

NEWPORT, R.I. Boris Becker looks like he still could be out on the court, contending for titles.

Instead, he's enjoying retirement, and Saturday he became the second-youngest person inducted to the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Becker never considered a comeback, even after watching Martina Navratilova win the Wimbledon mixed doubles championship at age 46 last weekend.

''For me, if I was to imagine coming back after 11 years and wearing shorts I don't think they would have shorts big enough,'' the 35-year-old Becker said. ''When I retired in 1999, I left for good. I couldn't imagine coming back.''

Bjorn Borg was the youngest Hall of Famer, inducted at 31 in 1987.

Report: Clarett allowed to take oral exams

NEW YORK Ohio State star Maurice Clarett received assistance to pass a class before the Fiesta Bowl, a university professor told The New York Times for Sunday's editions.

The running back passed African-American and African Studies 101 by taking two oral exams, Paulette Pierce, an associate professor, told the newspaper. She said she worked directly with Clarett and administered the exams after he walked out of the course's midterm exam during the fall semester.

It wasn't clear whether Clarett received special consideration, or whether university or NCAA rules were broken. Clarett, a freshman standout on the Buckeyes' national championship team, did not respond to the newspaper's requests for an interview.

Pierce also said several football players told her that tutors occasionally wrote their papers, but she had no direct proof.

''We are shocked and dismayed by the allegations,'' university president Karen Holbrook and athletic director Andy Geiger said in a statement Saturday night. ''We have a rigorous system of checks and balances in place to prevent the kind of misconduct that is charged.'



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