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Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2003

Skyview begins cross country practice

Skyview High School will hold its first cross country practice of the season at 3 p.m. Monday. All participants should meet in the commons.

For more information, call Kyle Gauthier at 398-8552 or Kent Peterson at 260-6230.

Twins to put on reunion game

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

Bulldogs set to start practice

The Nikiski High School football team will begin practice July 28 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School.

Also, a parent-athlete meeting has been scheduled for July 29 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Coach Clooten at (907) 398-4149.

Gephardt, Goldstein take titles

Grant Gephardt and Rachel Goldstein won titles at the second annual Tsalteshi Trails Association/Soldotna Progress Days Everything But The Red Run Friday.

The race covers every loop at Tsalteshi Trails, except for the red loop. The distance is 5.8 kilometers.

Gephardt completed the course in 23 minutes, 3 seconds, for the victory. Brian Beeson was second in 23:25.

Goldstein crossed the finish line in 25:40 for her victory. She was 26 seconds ahead of Kyle Gauthier.

Everything But The Red Run

Friday

at Tsalteshi Trails

1. Grant Gephardt, 23 minutes, 3 seconds; 2. Brian Beeson, 23:25; 3. Kent Peterson, 23:50; 4. Tom Kobylarz, 24:37; 5. Steve Gilles, 25:19; 6. Sid Maurer, 26:52; 7. Bill Coghill, 27:23; 8. Bob Hempstead, 28:35; 9. Bill Berkhahn, 29:21; 10. Chuck Timison, 30:32; 11. Michael Fillingin, 30:54; 12 (tie). Kurt Strausbaugh, Drew Cramer, 31:42; 14. Paul Beever, 32:41; 15. Max Best, 32:53; 16. Tim Straub, 36:44; 17. Allan Miller, 37:50.

WOMEN

1. Rachel Goldstein, 25:40; 2. Kyle Gauthier, 26:06; 3. Carrie Setian, 27:16; 4. Jessica Franzmann, 29:24; 5. Emily Grossman, 29:30; 6. Robin Fisk, 29:53; 7. Robin Baker, 30:56; 8. Penny McClain, 30:59; 9. Amy McVee, 32:07; 10. Connie Best, 32:52; 11. Chris Morin, 33:53; 12. Jayne Hempstead, 35:13; 13. Tammy Strausbaugh, 35:31; 14. Heidi Metteer, 37:38; 15 (tie). Lisa Franzmann, Annette Pankowski, 39:52; 17. Connie Wheat, 40:05; 18. Tina Williamson, 40:10; 19. Carolyn Roush, 43:43; 20. Brenda Cameron, 43:45; 21. Maria Sweppy, 45:28; 22. Nora Baker, 48:04; 23. Leah Fishbaugh, 55:20; 24. Stephanie Snyder, 55:20; 25. Christine Anderson, 58:01.

26. Dolly Hills, 58:03; 27. Bobbie O'Neill, 58:11.

Twins rained out at tourney

The first day of the District II Tournament in Fairbanks was postponed Saturday due to rain.

Players and coaches will try again to get the tournament under way Sunday. The American Legion Twins are scheduled to play Wasilla at 2 p.m. The winner of that game will play Fairbanks at 6 p.m.

Body found in area searched for missing player

WACO, Texas A body found at a rock quarry near Baylor University was too decomposed to immediately determine whether it was that of missing basketball player Patrick Dennehy, authorities said Saturday.

The body was found by an investigator Friday night in an area not previously searched, but in the general vicinity of where authorities had been looking for the Baylor athlete, said McLennan County Sheriff Larry Lynch. The scene, five miles southeast of Baylor, was secured and guarded overnight.

''This morning, at first light, we began a thorough collection of all evidence and examination of the area where the badly decomposed body was found,'' Lynch said.

He said he notified Dennehy's family Saturday that an unidentified body was found, and that it was being taken to a forensic lab for an autopsy and positive identification.

Dennehy, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound center, was last seen on campus June 12. His family reported him missing June 19, and his Chevy Tahoe, missing its license plates, was found in a Virginia Beach, Va., parking lot June 25.

Stringer's widow plans to sue league Monday

MINNEAPOLIS An attorney for Korey Stringer's widow said she will sue the NFL on Monday, alleging that the league's policies led to Stringer's heat stroke death during Minnesota Vikings training camp in 2001.

Stan Chesley said Kelci Stringer's suit would also name football helmet maker Riddell Sports Group Inc., and some NFL medical advisers. He said the federal lawsuit would include a wrongful death claim on behalf of Stringer's widow and son, and a class action claim on behalf of all NFL players.

''What's on trial here is the rules and procedures and the culture'' of the NFL, Chesley said Saturday. ''Frankly, it's no coincidence that the average football player in the NFL plays for 4 1/2 years. They use them up and spit them out.''

Chesley declined to say publicly where the lawsuit would be filed. The planned suit was first reported by The New York Times.

Stringer collapsed during training camp on July 31, 2001, in sweltering heat and humidity. The 335-pound Pro Bowl lineman's body temperature was 108.8 degrees when he arrived at a hospital. He died 15 hours later.

Phone messages left by The Associated Press with an NFL spokesman and Riddell were not immediately returned.

Kelci Stringer had already filed a $100 million wrongful-death lawsuit against the Vikings and the team's training camp physician, David Knowles. In April, a Hennepin County District Court judge dismissed Kelci Stringer's claims against the team. She later settled with Knowles for an undisclosed sum.

Her attorneys said at the time they planned to ask the state appeals court to reinstate the claims against the Vikings.

Chesley said the issues in the new lawsuit are different. The suit against the team stumbled because the law limits how much Stringer's widow could get from his employer, the Vikings. Chesley said that while the league does not employ the players, it sets the procedures for the mandatory training camps.

Chesley said the league wanted a 335-pound player like Stringer but then did little to protect him in the heat that led to his death. He said the lawsuit is designed to change that.

The NFL has said it has already made changes.

Before training camp opened in 2002, the NFL consulted with several experts and held a series of discussions and seminars on the subject. The league banned the herbal stimulant ephedra and began random testing for it last summer after learning that dietary supplements increased the risk of heat-related illnesses.

A bottle of Ripped Fuel, which contains ephedra, was found in Stringer's locker after he died, though Stringer's remains weren't tested for the substance during investigations of his death.



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